Looking Back: 5/23May 22, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
May 23, 1955
Miss Carole Reising of Jasper and Miss Barbara Nahler of Huntingburg were recipients of awards given on Honors Day, at Indiana State Teachers College. The presentations were made by Dr. Raleigh W. Holmstedt, president of the college. Miss Reising received honorable mention as the outstanding freshman woman, an award given by Pamarista, the honorary organization for upperclasswomen. Miss Nahler received the Henri Memorial art scholarship for women given on the basis of outstanding work in the art department of Indiana State.
James B. Willis, a native of Pike County, has been named principal of Otwell High School, it has been announced by Paul D. Hollis, the Jefferson Township trustee. He succeeds Clifford Gates, who has accepted a similar position at Marshall, Ind. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Willis is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He has served as principal of Tennyson and Griffin High Schools. He is 31 years old. He and his wife and four children are moving to Otwell.
The greater part of last night’s meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the Jasper city council was taken up by a discussion of the gas utility. Attorney Louis A. Savage reported that the firms that purchased the bond issue are somewhat worried about whether the utility is going to make enough money by next Januaryto meet the interest payments on the bonds, in view of the fact that a large number of persons who signed up for the service are not yet using gas. Enough money was set aside to take care of the interest charges until the first of next year, but after that, income from the new utility is expected to pay the interest of the bonds, and also, of course, to show a profit to the city. Don Grewe, superintendent of the gas utility, said that 262 of the more than 600 Jasper residents who signed up for the gas are not yet using it, although the lines and the meters have been installed. Mayor Lorey said one local appliance dealer has orders at present for 15 more furnaces, and will be disappointed if his firm doesn’t install at least 100 between now and next winter.
Jasper’s Reds played their second ball game of the season and scored their first victory when they defeated Winslow of the Deer Trail League, 5 to 4, on Manager Urban “Nigg” Pfeffer’s grand slam homer last night at Recreation Field. Nigg’s clout came with the Reds down 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Donnie Bates had singled to open the frame. Junior Tooley, Winslow starter, grew wild and Rocky Renneisen walked, Kenny Moenkhaus was hit by a pitched ball and, with the sacks loaded, Chick Alles drew a pass that brought Bates across with the first Redleg tally. Then Pfeffer came up and poled one over the left field barrier. Jerry Schneider pitched the first five innings for the Reds and was credited with the win. Chick Alles finished up and didn’t allow a run. Pfeffer was the only Jasper player to have more than one hit. Bob Harmon, a veteran ex-Three-Eye Leaguer, was four for five for Winslow.
Bert King has notified the Dubois County board of election commissioners that he is withdrawing his name as a candidate for the office of mayor of Huntingburg. Mr. King, a used-car salesman, had no opposition when he ran for the Republican nomination for the mayor’s office in the primary. In view of Mr. King’s withdrawal, the Democratic nominee, P. C. “Pop” Gilltner, will be unopposed in the general election in November-unless the Republicans of Huntingburg file the name of some other member of their party by Sept. 1.
Pictured in this issue is William “Biler” Scherer, who began painting at the George P. Wagner Company over 50 years ago. Nowadays, a spray gun has largely replaced the brush that Mr. Scherer used when he first started painting. Also pictured is Mike Wagner, Mr. Scherer’s boss. Mr. Wagner, who has been with the firm for 65 years, presented “Biler” with $50. Mr. Scherer was married in 1914 to Regina Wenzel of Jasper. They have three daughters, Mrs. Ray Gunselman, Mrs. Rufus Streicher and Mrs. Don Pfister.
• 50 Years Ago
May 25, 1970
Huntingburg, Jasper and Gentryville all posted victories Sunday afternoon in Lincolnland League play. John Wellemeyer blasted two home runs to lead Huntingburg to a 6-2 triumph over Holland; Gabe Mehringer went all the way on the mound as he pitched Jasper to a 9-6 win over Mariah Hill and Bill Sisley’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Gentryville a 5-4 win over Ireland. Southpaw Bob Lacer went all the way for Huntingburg, scattering seven hits, as the Merchants won their first game of the season. Wellemeyer had a single to go with his two homers to lead a 7-hit attack for the winners. Don Buse, a teammate of Wellemeyer’s at the University of Evansville, led Holland’s 7-hit attack with three singles. Danny Beck, Phil Rohleder, Steve Pfister and Al Boehm each accounted for two hits as the Reds had 13 hits off of Mariah Hill’s Randy Flamion. With the win the surprising Jasper Reds are 2-0 and moved into first place in the league.
Tom Meyer, a big, sturdy, hard-throwing righthander, allowed but 2 singles as he pitched the Holland Dutchmen to a 10-0 sectional baseball win over the Ireland Spuds Monday night in the sectional baseball tournament at Recreation Field. The game was called after 4 1/2 innings of play due to the 10-run rule. Holland had six hits — all singles. Jack Werremeyer had two of those. The game marked the last time a high school athletic team was to participate as the Ireland Spuds, as Ireland and Jasper will consolidate this fall. Mark Hildebrand pitched a four-hitter and helped his own cause with a double, single and RBI as the Huntingburg Hunters downed the Dubois Jeeps, 11-1, Monday in the opening game of the Jasper Sectional baseball tournament. Hildebrand allowed only four hits, including a double and a single by Herbie Jarboe.
Gary Corbin and Jim Wenzel both hit home runs, Jeff Hochgesang tossed a four-hitter and Wenzel and Lee Boehm both drove in two runs Tuesday night as the Jasper Wildcats opened defense of their IHSAA sectional championship with an 8-3 victory over the Otwell Millers at Recreation Field in Jasper. The victory kept Jasper’s perfect sectional streak alive. Don Noblitt’s Cats won the first three IHSAA sectionals (and regionals) and are shooting for their fourth straght (in four years) this year.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Huntingburg’s new police chief, Lt. Eugene Sachs. He is pictured with his wife as they look over one the department’s police cars while on a visit to Huntingburg Tuesday. The new officer, who formerly worked for the Evansville Police Dept., will assume his duties on June 1.
A warning was issued today that all state and city regulations pertaining to Beaver Lake will be strictly enforced. Three officers, plus Indiana Conservation Officer, Charlie White, will be watching and patrolling Beaver Lake. A reminder that drinking alcoholic beverages and use of profane language while boating on Beaver Lake are violations of state statutes. It was also pointed out that the facilities of Beaver Lake are for the enjoyment of the public and a strict enforcement of the laws is necessary to ensure public safety.
Howard Buickel, former football coach at Huntingburg High School, this week signed a contract to serve as principal of Dale High School in the North Spencer School Corp. Buickel, a Boonville native, attended Indiana University on an athletic scholarship and played four years of varsity baseball. During the past two years he has served as the principal of Owensville High School. He is the incoming president of the Pocket Athletic Conference and the father of three children. The family plans to move to Dale next month.
The Jasper Pony League, a baseball league for boys 13-14 years of age, will open its 1970 campaign Monday at the Pony League Field next to Alumni Stadium.
Memorial Day, no paper.
• 25 Years Ago
Memorial Day, no paper.
In Wood Memorial’s four-year tenure at the Jasper baseball sectional, the fruitless Trojans have had nothing but futility, frustration and folly to show for their efforts. Until now. A triumphant and relieved Wood Memorial seized their first sectional win in four tries, dropping Pocket Athletic Conference foe Southridge 4-2 in the first game of the opening round at Ruxer Field on Monday.
The Jasper Reds evened their season record at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southern Indiana Semipro League by sweeping a twinbill from Albion on Sunday at Albion, Illinois. In the first game, Jasper’s Kevin Werner swatted a two-run dinger and added a single as the Reds pounded out 14 hits in the 8-0 romp of Albion. Brett Wininger and Ryan Seidl both went 3-4 from the plate to pace the Jasper offense. Craig Shoobridge tossed a complete game shutout for the victory. In the second contest, the Jasper bats stayed hot as the Reds hammered out 13 more hits in the 12-0 whitewashing. Werner threw a one-hit shutout for the pitching win while Seidl led the way at the dish by going 4-for-4. Jasper’s Jason Kavanaugh, Chad Overton and Chris Himsel each had two hits in the winning effort.
Surprisingly, the lights didn’t go out at Alvin C. Ruxer Field during Tuesday night’s baseball sectional game between Northeast Dubois (9-19) and Pike Central (13-10). The Chargers’ power surge in the final three innings, however, did put out the Jeeps. Pike Central eliminated Northeast Dubois from the IHSAA tourney by a score of 16-1 in only five innings. Eric Gladish provided the energizer for the Charger bats. He was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, finishing 3-3. He drove in seven runs, four coming on a grand slam in the fifth inning. Brad Weisman picked up the pitching victory for the Chargers by going the full five innings. He allowed six hits, one earned run and two walks and struck out one.
Few local pet owners are taking advantage of a technology called animal microchipping, according to Dr. Frances Traylor of the Dale Veterinary Clinic. The microchips are injected under the skin of pets, allowing lost animals to be scanned for a serial number that identifies them and their owners. Traylor gave the Dubois County Humane Society a scanner earlier this year. Betty Fendel of the Society says volunteers have scanned every animal that has arrived since the donation, but they have yet to come up with a positive scan. Humane Society volunteers are trying to educate the public about the benefits of the safe, simple method of protecting pets against loss or theft. The injections cost $25.
This week ends with $732,000 worth of good news for the Huntingburg Sewer Department. In one fell swoop, Huntingburg learned it qualified for a $417,000 low-interest Farmer’s Home Administration loan for its sewer plant upgrade as well as a $315,000 Community Focus Fund grant to fix and line problem sewers. The loan is the additional funding Huntingburg required to finance its $4 million sewer plant upgrade. Over a year ago, the city secured a $1.7 million Farmer’s Home Administration grant for the project, along with a $1.8 million loan. It later became evident that added equipment and other items would require an additional $417,000.
St. Meinrad Archabbey’s Father Lambert Reilly, 62, says that when you become a monk you either travel the world or get to know every last inch of your monastery. So far in 40 years, he’s seen the world by directing countless religious retreats in foreign countries. But he’s about to become intimately involved with everything that goes on at the Archabbey. That’s because on Friday his fellow monks asked him to stay home and be their spiritual leader. Following a centuries-old process, they elected him to replace Archabbot Timothy Sweeney, 60, who resigned after serving for 17 years.
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