Looking Back: 5/24

This photograph, taken during the 1913 flood, shows a view to the southwest from the Jasper Desk Company, just south of Fifth Street. The tall building to the left was Bohnert’s Mill and Elevator located at Second and Main streets. The two-story building immediately to the left of the mill was the U.S. Hotel. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
May 23, 1949
Despite a high wind which hampered their work, firemen from Jasper and other cities  in the 13th district gave a fine demonstration of fire-fighting tactics yesterday afternoon on the Public Square in Jasper. Members of the Evansville department, 15 of whom came to Jasper with one of their big ladder outfits, found the strong wind increasing  the work of raising ladders in a fine demonstration which they staged on the southeast side of the court house. Several hundred spectators saw the demonstration.

Down by 43 pins going into the final game, Allen Joseph staged a red-hot last-ditch stand at Gerbo Lanes Saturday night to cop his second city singles championship. Allen rolled  a 242 final line to defeat Edwin Krempp in the finals of the elimination tourney which had been going on all week. The winner’s series was 602 while Krempp ended up with a 551 triple. Joseph now joins Denny Bell and Gene Kunz as the only double winners of the annual event.

May 24
A class of fifty seniors from Huntingburg High School will be graduated tonight  at exercises beginning at 8 o’clock in the Huntingburg High School gym. Miss Doris Rohleder will deliver the salutatory address and Miss Marjorie Rauscher will be the valedictorian.

Jasper High School’s Class of 1949, numbering ninety-eight students, will be graduated tomorrow night at 8 o’clock when commencement exercises will be held in the JHS gym. Delivering the salutatory address will be Miss La Verne Hackman. William Dudine, Jr., will deliver the valedictory address.  

Owen Roettger has been elected commander of the Huntingburg American Legion, Post 221. Other officers named at the annual election held this week include Philip Bretz, first vice-commander; Dr. Robert E. Eschbach, second vice-commander; William Feldmeyer, finance officer; Sylvester Rhodes, service officer; Kermit Ruttkar, chaplain; Patrick Moran, historian, and Alfred Dearing, sergeant at arms.

May 25
Wilford Maas has been elected president of the Huntingburg Junior Chamber of Commerce for the coming year. Other officers selected at the annual election of the Jaycees were Robert Rehl, first vice-president (internal affairs); William Dittmer, second vice-president (external affairs); Don Bretz, secretary; Robert Eschbach, treasurer; Arthur Renner, Jr., and Roy Cox, state directors, and James Riddle and Richard Koehler, board of directors.

Doriss Kremp and Kenneth Krempp were proud possessors today of trophies proclaiming the outstanding members of the Jasper High School’s Class of 1949. Doriss was presented the Mothers’ Club  trophy as the outstanding senior girl while Kenneth was awarded the Kiwanis Club cup as the outstanding senior boy in his class. The presentations were made last night at commencement exercises in the Jasper High School gym where a large crowd heard the address by Dr. P. E. Lull, of the speech department of Purdue University.

The Jasper city police are asking the cooperation of local dog owners in keeping their pets confined to their own premises. Numerous complaints have been made to the police lately, especially by folks whose gardens are just beginning to bear some resemblance to the pictures in the seed catalogs. It seems that some folks just don’t like to have dogs running around in their gardens.

Last year city police killed 46  stray dogs found running around at large in the city of Jasper.

May 26
Dr. Gilbert E. Metzger, president of Jasper-On-The-Air, Inc., has purchased the equipment of a Kokomo radio station. Dr. Metzger, who submitted the winning bid of $35,100, said the equipment from radio stations WKMO and WKMO-FM would be moved to Jasper.

May 27
The Dubois County Softball League became a reality last night although the complete roster of teams for the circuit was still undetermined. At a league meeting held last night in the Legion Club at Jasper, it was revealed that a team from Holland  has requested admission to the league and that another club from Huntingburg is in the making. President of the league is Allen Joseph, while Kenneth Lewis is secretary and Jack Rumbach, treasurer.

50 Years Ago
May 25, 1964
Alvin B. Holland, of Loogootee, was elected State Deputy of the Indiana Council, Knights of Columbus, at the annual K. of C. convention held in Indianapolis over the weekend. Mr. Holland is a teacher in the vocational guidance department of Loogootee High School. He is married and the father of five grown children.

Ed Yarbrough finished eighth out of a field of 16 pole vaulters in the state high school track meet on Saturday at Indianapolis. All vaulters started at 12 feet which was a foot higher than the group started at a year ago when Yarbrough finished 12th out of a field of 16. Coach Ed Schultheis remarked this morning that Yarbrough vaulted as well as he has at any time this year.

May 26
The board of directors of the St. Anthony  Community Center held their annual election of officers Monday night. Ed Reckelhoff was elected president to succeed Ed Humbert. The latter will continue to serve on the board of directors. Other officers chosen are Vic Kluemper, vice-president; Anthony Wagner, treasurer; and James Klem, secretary. Besides Ed Humbert, the other members of the board of directors are Erwin Boehm and Charles Andrews.

Enrollments for summer classes have been completed at Jasper High School. Classes will begin on the morning of June 1 and continue for eight consecutive weeks. Summer classes will close on Friday, July 24. Approximately 570 students have registered for one or more summer classes this year.

May 27
Jasper’s Armory Pool will open for the season on Decoration Day it has been announced by the Park Board. At the present time the bathing suit patches are being mailed to families that have applied for season tickets. The season tickets sell for $10 and entitle all members of the family to swim in the pool at any time it is open. The season tickets may be purchased at the City Office. Pool hours will be 1 to 9 p.m.

John Briggeman, former Washington Catholic basketball star, has been named head coach at Montgomery High School. Briggeman, who was the assistant at Montgomery this past year, will replace Sam Wiley as head coach. Wiley has been the head coach for three years. Briggeman will teach social studies and physical education in addition to his coaching duties.

Miss Evelyn Dilger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dilger of Mariah Hill, was the recipient of the first annual Thomas More award given at the commencement ceremonies, held at St. Benedict
College last Sunday. The award is to be made annually to an outstanding graduate of the college at Ferdinand. Miss Dilger received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

May 28
Rev. Robert Kress, a native of Jasper who has served during the past five years as superintendent of Washington Catholic High School, will return to Innsbruck, Austria, next fall for two years of study. Father Kress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kress of Jasper, will be a candidate for a degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology (S. T. D.) at the University of Innsbruck where he received his licentiate in sacred theology in 1958. This summer Father Kress will again study at the University of Notre Dame.
If any residents of Jasper have any beefs about utility service, street conditions, weedy lots in the neighborhood, starlings in the treetops, etc., they can get it off their chest tonight when Mayor Jack Newton holds another of his gripe sessions in the City Council chambers. The session will begin at 7 o’clock.

May 29
At the regular meeting of the Huntingburg Board of Public Works Thursday night a summer sewage maintenance rate was adopted. It was based on the 1963 four-month summer average for each consumer and will apply to commercial (C) classification of water users as well as to residential customers of the water system. Raymond Bartelt made the motion to grant the special rate. It was seconded by Tom Schnellenberger and unanimously approved.

Dave Buehler was elected President of the Huntingburg Jaycees at Tuesday night’s meeting at the Jaycee cabin. Mr. Buehler is the manager of Buehler’s IGA Foodliner in Huntingburg. Other officers elected at the meeting are: Bud Suhreheinrich, external vice-president; Dave Junge, internal vice-president; Kenny Morgan, secretary; Archie Rothgerber and John Rothgerber, state directors.
Kathleen Schmitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schmitt of 1708 Jackson St., has received a 1964 March of Dimes Health Careers Award. The announcement was made by Leon Fleck, chairman of the Dubois County Chapter of the National Foundation. The award of $100, financed by the chapter through the 25th Anniversary March of Dimes, will enable her to start studies toward a career in nursing. Miss Schmitt will enroll next fall at Indiana State College.

25 Years Ago
May 22, 1989
J.D. Scott hit four home runs and two doubles, drove in 12 runs, and scored five runs to help the Jasper Reds to a split of their semipro doubleheader against the Plainfield Patriots Saturday at Recreation Field. Scott belted a grand slam and a two-run shot in a nine-run fourth inning, sparking the Reds to a 17-6, five-inning rout in the second game. He had a solo shot and a three-run blast in the first game, a 12-9 loss.

May 23
Diane R. Mehringer graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Evansville in ceremonies held on May 6 at Roberts Stadium in Evansville. Miss Mehringer is a 1985 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School and the daughter of Leo and Marilyn Mehringer of R. 4, Jasper.

May 24
After 42 years in education and 17 years at Lynnville Elementary School, Principal Lowell E. “Mac” McGlothin will retire at the end of the school year. Teachers, students, parents and friends of McGlothin will have the opportunity to say farewell from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the school gym.

Daniel J. Richardt, 18, son of Joseph and Bonnie B. Richardt of R. 2, Huntingburg, was chosen as the Youth of the Month of May by the Huntingburg Optimist Club. He is a graduate of Southridge High School and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. Richardt is planning to attend Purdue University to become a pharmacist.

May 25
Indiana State University has presented Terry L. Wahl with two scholarships, the Sycamore Scholarship and the George Graesch Wind performance Scholarship. Wahl was selected because of his musical talent  and in recognition of academic excellence and outstanding leadership. The 1989 Forest Park High School graduate will major in music when he continues his studies at ISU this fall. He is the son of Leo and Edwina Wahl of R. 3, Ferdinand.

May 26
Graduation ceremonies for the 1989 senior class of Heritage High School begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school gymnasium. The valedictorian is Kathy Lynne Trulock, the daughter of Gordon and Sylvia Jean Trulock, of Chrisney. The salutatorian is Karen Rexing, the daughter of Richard and Joyce Rexing, R. 1, Lamar.

Father John Schipp will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on June 4 in Holy Family Catholic Church. A mass of thanksgiving will be said at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria, and the public is invited.

May 27
Pike Central did nothing Friday night  it hasn’t done all year. The Chargers relied on excellent pitching, flawless defense, and timely hitting to blank North Daviess 11-0 in five innings and win the school’s second straight sectional championship in the IHSAA girls softball tournament. What is most impressive, perhaps, is the manner in which they have dominated the Switz City sectional the past two years. In the three sectional games last year and three more this year, the Chargers never gave up a run!  This past week they outscored Linton-Stockton, L & M, and North Daviess by a combined score of 40-0. None of those games went more than five innings, and Friday night’s contest was over in 50 minutes as Stacey Ferguson tossed a masterful four-hitter.

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