Looking Back: 5/29

Northeast Dubois Elementary School first-graders Laine Friedman and Kyle Jones dumped a bucket of pennies onto the collection pile during their final “Pennies for the Rainforest” program. The school gathered $475, which will be sent to The Nature Conservancy to purchase 13 acres of Paraguayan rainforest. During the seven years the school had participated in the nationwide program, they have bought 81 acres of forest. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published May 17, 1996.


65 Years Ago

May 21, 1956

The graduation exercises for the 101 seniors of Jasper High school will be held at 8 o’clock on Wednesday evening of this week in the gym. Judith Pfeffer will deliver the valedictory address. Jennie Hopf will deliver the salutatory address. Bernard J. Gallagher, superintendent of the city schools, will introduce the commencement speaker, Dr. Russell J. Humbert. Humbert is the president of Depauw University in Greencastle. Principal Claude Miller will present the class, after which the diplomas will be presented by Casper A. Elliott, a member of the school board.

May 22

That Huntingburg’s parking meters are a good source of revenue, was brought out at last night’s meeting of the Huntingburg City Council and Mayor P. C. Giltner, when Clerk John Prior read the report on the parking meters to date. The initial cost of the 255 meters, which were installed in February of 1954 under the administration of Mayor Orval Kemp, was $16,702.50. To date, $8,486.07 has been paid, leaving a balance of $8,216.43, according to a copy of the contract which Mr. Prior secured from the Duncan Parking Meter Co., 50% of the meter receipts is payable monthly to the meter company, with the other 50% going into the city treasury for operational costs and upkeep. After the remaining amount is paid off, the city will get the entire meter receipts to keep for its own use.

May 23

Jack E. Newton, president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, announced today that Dwight Havens of the national chamber will address the second annual meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 5. According to Newton, those present at the meeting at the Legion home will hear “one of the best informed speakers on the subject of local chamber of commerce action.” Havens is known across the United States for his enthusiasm in chamber of commerce work. He serves the U. S. Chamber as its chamber of commerce service department manager. His department of the national chamber has the special purpose of providing a national information exchange for the nearly 3,000 chambers of commerce throughout the nation.

May 24

William J. Deering, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Deering of 704 Clay S., Jasper, will be ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, S. T. D., bishop of Evansville, next Saturday at 9 a.m. in Assumption Cathedral in Evansville. Father Deering will celebrate his first Mass at 10:30 next Sunday morning in St. Joseph Church. He will be assisted by Rev. August B. Fichter, R. D., pastor of St. Joseph Church as archpriest; Rev. Othmar Schroeder, pastor of Holy Family Church, as deacon; Rev. Thomas Breidenbach, a newly-ordained priest of the Indianapolis diocese, as sub-deacon; and Rev. Robert Wannemuehler, assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s, as master of ceremonies.

May 25

An explosion of undetermined origin in a second-floor spray booth of the Jasper Novelty Furniture Company’s No. 2 plant on South Clay Street shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday resulted in extensive water damage by the plant’s sprinkler system. However, Manager Robert F. Schnaus is not complaining about the water damage. If the explosion had occurred only a few minutes later, when the workmen would have gone home for the day, the whole plant might easily have burned down. The possibility of a fire in the spraying departments of factories are among the things that keep the owners lying awake at nights. Mr. Schnaus could not make an accurate estimate of the loss before it was known how much material was damaged.

May 26

The first season of organized Babe Ruth League baseball in Jasper will open Tuesday night, May 29, at Recreation field. There are four teams for this first year of this type of baseball, which is for boys from 13 to 15 years old. They are the Lions Club Giants, managed by Chick Alles and Markie Schuetter; the Modernbuilt Home Braves, managed by Jim Heath and Bill Rohleder; the Kiwanis Club Reds, managed by Forrest Murphy and Omer Kendall; and the Dubois County State Bank Pirates, managed by Art Jarboe and Bob Knuth. Babe Ruth League games will be played every Tuesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Recreation field under the same rules and on the same size field as semipro baseball.

50 Years Ago

May 24, 1971

Commencement exercises of 20 seniors at Holland High School will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the gym. David Blessinger will be valedictorian with Tom Meyer as salutatorian.

Ron Myers, president of Myers Shurway Foods, announced today that the new Shurway Food Center located at the Jasper Southgate Shopping Center on Highway 231 South, will officially open for business Tuesday morning, at 9 a.m. Store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

May 25

Fifty-seven basketball players, including four from Indiana, have accepted invitations from the U. S. Olympic committee to compete for 12 berths on the Pan American team and 16 openings on the Olympic developmental squad. Players from Indiana include Jobe Wright of IU, Don Buse of the University of Evansville, Bob Ford of Purdue and Robert McAdoo from Vincennes University. Among coaches to serve is Arad McCutchan of Evansville.

May 26

Jeff Hochgesang survived a shaky start and then hurled 6 innings of no-hit ball as he pitched the Jasper Wildcats to a 5-3 victory in the opening game of the ISHAA Baseball Sectional at Recreation Field in Jasper Tuesday night. The victory was the 13th straight in sectional play without a loss for Jasper since the post-season tourney started in 1967. The Holland Dutchmen, helped along by 14 English errors and 15 stolen bases, routed the Red Raiders, 20-1, in the second game of the sectional. The hard-hitting Dutchmen pounded out 15 hits.

May 27

From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Post season stats are starting to come in for area youngsters playing college baseball. Gary Corbin, the Jasper product, now a freshman at Florida State, played junior varsity ball this season, seeing action at shortstop and on the mound. In 19 games Corbin batted .298, driving in 11 runs. He also posted a 1-0 record on the mound. Randy Flamion of Dale had a good year at ISU at Evansville with a .302 batting average in 15 games. Flamion played outfield and pitched at ISUE. On the mound he was 3-3. Dan Loftus of Jasper completed another good year as the first baseman for Wabash College.

May 28

Pictured on the front page of this issue are O. Leo Beckman, president of the German American Bank, past-president Bob Gramelspacher of the Wabash Valley Association and Michael Martin, the executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. The three men are shown on the steps of the U. S. Capitol Thursday. They are among more than 50 WVA members in Washington to plead for funding for projects in Indiana and Illinois.

May 29

Right handers Bill LovVron and Denny Boeglin combined for a two-hit shutout Friday night as they pitched the Huntingburg Happy Hunters to an 11-0 victory over the Otwell Millers in the semi-final round of the sectional baseball tourney at Jasper. Senior righthander Jeff Hochgesang worked himself out of a number of jams Friday night as he pitched the Jasper Wildcats to a 9-4 victory over the Holland Dutchmen. Hochgesang had control problems throughout the game, giving up a total of 10 walks, but allowed only one hit. The final game matches rivals Jasper and Huntingburg, the fourth time in five years they have met in the championship game. It will be televised live on Cable 9 tonight starting at 7:30 p.m.

25 Years Ago

May 27, 1996

No Paper - Memorial Day

May 28

The Southridge Raiders spotted the Washington Hatchets too many runs. Washington scored six times in the first two innings and then staved off a furious Southridge rally to win the first-ever Jasper Softball Sectional 7-4 Saturday afternoon at the Schroeder Complex. The Raiders finished 8-11 on the season. “We got off to a slow start and couldn’t catch up,” said Southridge coach John Blemker. “We had a chance to win the ballgame.”

May 29

The Greater Jasper schools next year could offer a second chance for adults who were never graduated from high school to earn a Jasper High School diploma, the school board heard at its Tuesday night meeting. An adult learning center could be established in the old Tenth Street School by the start of the upcoming school year, Superintendent Larry Riggs said. A recent survey garnered 23 favorable responses from people who said they would be interested in the program.

May 30

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans two meetings at JHS next month to discuss a recommendation for a U. S. 231 study that looked at bypasses around Huntingburg and Jasper. The study looked at U. S. 231 between I-64 and State Road 56 in Haysville, with a goal of improving traffic service. Jasper and Huntingburg were the focus. RUST Environmental of Indianapolis has been studying the local corridor since February 1993. Two months ago, during workshops with city officials in Jasper and Huntingburg, project manager Dave Heslinga said six bypass alignments to the east and west of both Jasper and Huntingburg are still being equally considered along with other area traffic improvements called TSM’s, or Transportation System Management options.

May 31

The wettest April on record in Dubois County has been followed by the wettest May in the 42 years that the Jasper Waste Water Treatment Plant has been keeping track of local rainfall. No April had more rain than last month’s 12.31 inches and no May has had more than this month’s 11.09. The two months combined totaled 23.4 inches—more than half the average annual local rainfall of 43.61 inches. Today, Patoka Lake tied a release rate record for water channeled through the dam.

June 1

The Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indianapolis will buy the deteriorating West Baden Springs Hotel in an attempt to remove it from its most endangered landmarks list. Details on the purchase will be announced at Monday news conferences at 9:30 a.m. at the West Baden Springs town hall and at 1 p.m. in Indianapolis. The 94-year-old hotel is widely recognized for its free-standing 200-foot-diameter, 130-foot high dome, the largest in the world until the Astrodome was built. The hotel has been vacant since 1991, when its owners filed bankruptcy.

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