Looking Back: 5/25May 24, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
May 24, 1954
Approximately 70 per cent of furniture and related products manufactured in Jasper and Huntingburg is shipped to market by truck a survey in the two cities by the Indiana Motor Truck Association showed today. Five truck lines authorized to serve Jasper and Huntingburg haul the bulk of the freight. However, it is shared also by private trucks owned either by the manufacturers, buyers or suppliers; by contract carriers hired by the manufacturers, buyers or suppliers, and by such independents as log or lumber haulers, it was found. The one of the five common carriers serving the two cities with its home office in the area is the Jasper and Chicago Motor Express, Inc. It is in its twenty-fourth year. The line has 90 employees, 60 of which are in Jasper.
In past years many motorists, especially those from Schnellville and vicinity, have been inconvenienced when high water made the road in the Bonifer bottom impassable. But that stuation is about to be corrected. The State Highway commission has authorized the construction of a three-span bridge over Hall Creek, 11⁄4 miles south of Highway 164 (the Celestine Road). The bridge will be 96 feet long. The successful contractor is the R. P. Olinger Construction Co. of Huntingburg.
Marilyn Osborne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ford Osborne, is valedictorian of Huntingburg High School’s graduating class. Dan Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Henderson, is the class salutatorian. Commencement exercises will be held at eight o’clock tonight at the gymnasium.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is a photo taken by Oscar Haake of the Ferdinand News. It shows Mrs. Henry Huff, the wife of the caretaker of the Ferdinand State Forest, doing her bit to help save the service building in the state forest yesterday morning by directing the stream from a hose onto the roof of the blazing structure. Oscar followed the fire truck to the scene and took the picture while the firemen were unreeling the hose. The fire was discovered around 10:30 Tuesday morning by Roy Blunk, of Mentor, who was mowing grass near the structure. Henry Huff, 27, who has been caretaker at the state forest for the past five years, was typing in the building, when the fire broke out.
The scope of Jasper’s newest public utility — natural gas — will be reflected in the Jasper Home Show, scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 8, 9 and 10, at the Calumet Lake. At least six of the exhibitors at the Home Show are planning to show new gas-fired furnaces and gas conversion burners. Appliances, both electric and gas — will also be a popular item at the show. Indications are that at least ten displays will include home appliances of some kind. The Home Show will run from 6 to 10 P. M. each evening. It is being sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees.
St. Mary’s new physical education and auditorium building at Huntingburg will be dedicated at appropriate ceremonies Sunday. Sunday Masses will be held at 6, 8 and 10 o’clock, the first two Low Masses and the last being a Pontifical High Mass. As soon as the Bishop of Evansville, Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, comes to the door the bells will be rung and the procession will begin moving toward the new building. Dinner will follow the High Mass. Special guests will be served in the gymnasium. Robert Menke will be the principal speaker.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Richard Lange of Ferdinand, who won the $50 first prize as he was crowned the King of the Dubois County strawberry festival. H. W. A. Hemmer, the secretary of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club, is shown presenting the check to Mr. Lange. Also in the photo are Joe Vandemark of Purdue, who judged the berries, W. E. Sruckman, chairman of the Kiwanis agricultural committee, and Dr. John Bretz, Kiwanis Club president.
• 50 Years Ago
May 26, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Msgr. John N. Dudine, pastor emeritus of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Louisville, who will celebrate the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood with a High Mass at 10:30 a. m. on Memorial Day in Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville. It will mark the first time that the Schnellville parish will have the honor of having a priest-son who is celebrating his golden jubilee. The concelebrated Mass will be followed by a banquet in the Sacred Heart cafeteria to which have been invited Bishop Paul Leibold and priests and nuns.
Leonard Newman, 923 MacArthur St., Jasper, has been elected by the service organizations and churches of Dubois County as their representative on the Tri-Cap board of directors. He will fill the vacancy left by James Jackson, whose term has expired. Tri-Cap is a local Community Action Agency funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity. Tri-Cap serves Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties with central offices located in the courthouse in Jasper. Tri-Cap is governed by a board of directors composed of 18 persons, six from each county. The other five members from Dubois County are: Anthony Hasenour, Meralea Dillon, Richard Eckerle, Bernard Krampe and James P. Brown.
Huntingburg city officials and personnel from the Huntingburg Brick Company breathed sighs of relief Tuesday afternoon when they found some explosives that had been filched from the brick firm’s clay pit area around 4:15 p. m. Tuesday. Two boys, believed to be 10 and 12 years of age, took four sticks of dynamite and four blasting caps, which are used to set off dynamite, but apparently had some second thoughts about the danger they were putting themselves into and discarded the stuff. One of the brick company employees had left the dynamite and caps in the clay pit area while he went to get some more of the same. Upon his return, he saw two boys scampering up a nearby hill, and discovered that the explosives were missing. Huntingburg officials, including Mayor Dale Helmerich, searched for about an hour before they found the explosives where the boys had dropped them.
Hard throwing sophomore Tom Meyer struck out 17 Ireland Spuds in the six-and-two-thirds innings he worked Tuesday night as he pitched the Holland Dutchmen into the semi-final round of the Jasper sectional with a 5-3 win over the Spuds. Meanwhile, Coach Don Noblitt’s Jasper Wildcats opened defense of their 1967 and 1968 IHSAA Sectional Championships with a 9-2 victory over the English-Sterling Red Raiders Tuesday night in the opening game of the tourney at Recreation Field. Sophomore centerfielder Jim Wenzel led an 11-hit attack with three hits in four trips to the plate.
A group of 200 property owners from every township in Dubois County attended a meeting last night at the VFW Home in Jasper. They formed a group called “Concerned Taxpayers of Dubois County.” Linus Wagner of Madison Township was elected chairman of the group. Also elected were Delbert Weisman, Boone Township, secretary, and and Ambrose Beckman, Marion Township, treasurer. S. E. Durcholz was appointed publicity chairman by Wagner. The group is to be organized on a county level and township precinct level for an indefinite period. The leaders foresee this organization functioning on behalf of taxpayers on future occasions.
Twelve-year-old Bruce Schilling won top honors Wednesday night in the bicycle races around the courthouse square in Jasper, staged as part of the Midnight Madness promotion by Jasper merchants. Schilling won the race for 12-year-old boys and then came back to win the main event. A large crowd gathered on the square to watch the races which promise to be a regular event.
Memorial Day, no paper.
The Huntingburg Merchants, front runners in the Lincolnland League, remained undefeated for the season with an impressive 13-1 victory over English Friday in a Memorial Day exhibition game at Municipal Park. It was the Merchants’ fifth victory of the season without a loss. John Wellemeyer blasted a home run and a double to lead the Huntingburg attack. Witnesses to the home run claimed it was one of the longest ever hit at the Huntingburg park.
• 25 Years Ago
May 30, 1994
Memorial Day, no paper.
The very first honorary diploma ever granted by the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation was presented during Saturday’s graduation to a man who contributed much to the class of ’94’s success and to the success of the 24 senior classes preceding it. High school principal Jim Wahl is one of a very small group of people: Indiana principals who have served 25 consecutive years at the same school. It is estimated that only one-tenth of one percent of Indiana’s 1,500 principals have served 25 years at the same school, according to Superintendent Richard Kerby. Kerby honored Wahl during Saturday’s commencement exercises.
The book on this year’s Jasper sectional was that no team seemed to have that one pitcher who could dominate a ballgame. Does 13 strikeouts define domination? Southridge southpaw Alex Graman did just that. The sophomore baffled Wood Memorial hitters for seven innings in the Raiders’ 5-1 win over the Trojans Tuesday at Ruxer Field. “I knew he was picking off quite a few of them but I really didn’t know how many (strike outs) he had,” said Raider coach Gary Meyer. “He pitched a fine ballgame. He just looked awesome.” Graman gave up six hits, one earned run, and walked none. “I don’t know when the last time a team from Southridge has won a game in the sectional here. Hopefully that will fire up our club.” The Raiders face Jasper in the second game of Saturday’s semifinal round.
George Nord will begin defense of his 1993 Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament championship on Saturday, June 11, at the Jasper Municipal Golf Course. The second round will be played on June 12 at the Jasper Country Club and the final round will be played at the Huntingburg Country Club on Sunday, June 19. Deadline to enter the 25th annual tourney, which is sponsored by The Herald, is Friday. Nord won his first Dubois County Amateur tourney in 1988.
Larry Hanselman made a hole-in-one at Sultan’s Run on hole No. 16 Wednesday. Hanselman was hitting from the 163-yard gold tees and was using a 4-iron. Hanselman was playing with Ron Keusch, Jerry Messmer and Paul Duvall.
The Texas Rangers wanted to take a pitcher with their first choice in the amateur draft. They ended up with a catcher — but at least he has the same name as one of their pitchers. Texas took Kevin Brown, a slugging catcher from Southern Indiana, with the 56th overall pick of Thursday’s draft. The Rangers didn’t choose until the 22nd pick of the second round because their first-round pick went to San Francisco as compensation for signing free agent Will Clark. Brown is a graduate of Pike Central High School. Brown, 21, led Southern Indiana, an NCAA Division II team, with a .381 batting average, 16 doubles, 13 home runs and a .769 slugging percentage in 44 games as a junior in 1994.
On Friday, Joe Keusch, a 1990 Southridge High School grad, was picked in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers. Following a stellar career at Southridge, Keusch went on to Wabash Valley Junior College where he pitched for two years. He then signed a scholarship to Eastern Illinois University and he just recently completed his career there. Keusch was told by the Rangers’ midwest scout, Mike Daughtry, at his last regular season game this spring that the club was interested and that they would try to take him late in the draft. Daughtry is expected to fly into Evansville today to try to sign the Rangers’ first pick, Kevin Brown. The University of Southern Indiana slugging catcher is a graduate of Pike Central High School and is a former prep opponent of Keusch’s. The duo also played together on the Jasper Reds two years ago.
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