Looking Back: 5/30


Lonnie Madley of Koester Company raked freshly layed asphalt on Giesler Road in Jasper 25 years ago. Madlet and the rest of the road crew spent three days putting down two layers on the road. Herald file photo by Philip Holman. Published June 1, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 30, 1955 

Memorial Day, no paper.

May 31

Don Grewe and Bremen Ainsworth, the superintendents of the gas utilities at Jasper and Huntingburg, respectively, have done some investigating and find that gas bills of their customers should not be as high in future winters as they were during the past winter. Their investigation shows that the past winter was 9.2 percent colder than the previous winter, and 10.3 percent colder than the average for this area. The normal temperature during past winters was obtained from the Evansville weather bureau.

Wilbur Siebert, who is the local distributor for the Cook’s Brewery which is owned by Speedway owner Tony Hulman, talked with the latter yesterday afternoon following the 500-mile race, and said that Mr. Hulman was a very saddened individual. Wib and Dow Apple and George Lorey were among Dubois Countians who saw the race. After it was over, they went over to the section of the track where Bill Vukovich lost his life, and talked with Tony Hulman while the fire-seared car was being readied for removal from the scene. 

June 1

Three more youths from Dubois County and one from Spencer County signed up for the Army during the final days of May, it was announced by Master Sgt. Noel E. Russel, who is in charge of the recruiting station in Huntingburg. All were sent to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., for their basic training. Recruiter Russel said that 15 men from Dubois County enlisted in the Army in May. Future enlistees can now be assigned to the Third Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky. The latest enlistees are Robert D. Phillips, 17, of 112 Sycamore St., Huntingburg, who was assigned to special forces; David O. Singer, 19, of 603 Fourth St., Huntingburg, who went into the regular Army; Ralph J. Bromm, 17, of St. Anthony, who was assigned to the engineers equipment maintenance course; and Eugene A. Gentry, 18, of Star Route, St. Meinrad, who was assigned to the tractor scraper operators course.   

June 2

Jasper’s Reds defeated the Deer Trail leading Holland Dutchmen 5-2 at Recreation Field last night and will go to Evansville Sunday to resume I-K League play against the Sunbeam Bakers. Young Jerry Schneider struck out 12 in registering his second win of the season for the Redlegs. Frank Skinner, starting for Holland, allowed fewer hits but gave nine passes and in the four-run Jasper fifth inning walked in two runs. “Aging Alvin” Ruxer relieved Jerry in the seventh and didn’t allow a run. Holland outhit Jasper 5-3. Bob Brosmer doubled home two runs for the Reds.

June 3

Jasper’s Jaycees last night elected Tom Berger as president of their organization for the coming club year. He will succeed Glenn Gramelspacher, incumbent president, on July 1. Other officers named at the meeting include Lenny Newman, first vice-president; Bill Haller, second vice-president; Ken Gramelspacher, secretary; Bill Johnson, treasurer, and Clarence Brown, Art Jarboe and John Gramelspacher, directors. At last night’s meeting, plans were made for the sale of American flags to home owners in the community. The campaign to provide all homes with flags to display on national holidays is a state-wide project of the Jaycees. The kit, containing a three-foot by five-foot flag, a six-foot tall mast and a bracket, will sell for $3.00 each. An initial shipment of 100 kits is being awaited and the Jaycees are hoping to receive the order in time to distribute the flags for Flag Day, June 14.   

June 4

William Kussmaul of the Griffith police department and president of the Police League of Indiana, has announced that Miriam Stemle, a student at Jasper High School, was adjudged the winner of the Police League of Indiana’s annual essay contest on the “Prevention of Juvenile Deliquency.” Miss Stemle will receive a $100 cash scholarship award. Miriam, who will begin her junior year at JHS next fall, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Stemle of Jasper. Pete Gerber, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Gerber of Ferdinand, won fourth place. Pete also won a cash award. Approximately 3,500 students from all parts of the state entered the contest.

50 Years Ago   
June 1, 1970

Serving as official announcer for the IHSAA sectional baseball tourney at Recreation Field last week, Jerry Birge, sports editor for the DAILY HERALD, was often asked to make special announcements concerning car lights left on, cars improperly parked, etc. Last Friday groundskeeper “Spitz” Knebel handed Birge a note about a car that was blocking a driveway. Jerry read the announcement over the P. A. system, saying, “Would the owner of a Chevrolet Belair with license plate no. 19A5990 please move the car. It is blocking the driveway of the city garage. If it is not moved it will be towed away.” Completing the announcement, Birge flipped off the microphone, and then exclaimed, “Hey, that’s my car.” Birge will be back on the microphone for the regional next Saturday, but he’ll have to find a different parking space.

June 2

Former Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel of St. Meinrad was found alive and uninjured Monday after a day-long walk back to the Benedictine Priory at Huaraz, Peru, from a small village about 15 miles away. Father Bonaventure, who had been missing and feared dead since a Peruvian earthquake devasted much of Huaraz on Sunday afternoon, called Archabbot Gabriel Verkamp Monday evening to confirm that he was tired but well. Prior Bede Jamieson, who along with Father Bonaventure was among the 15 Benedictine priests and brothers assigned to Huaraz, was killed in the quake, along with four Benedictine nuns assigned to missionary work in Huaraz. Among the injured was another St. Meinrad monk, Brother Pius Klein, a native of Aurora, Ind.

June 3

The Huntingburg High School Lettermen’s Club was recently the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Harold McMurtrie at Lake Barkley in Kentucky. The Lettermen boarded McMurtrie’s coach, driven by Dick Grewe, and travelled to Eddy Bay Resort, near Eddyville, Ky. The following people made the trip: Dick Grewe, Mark Souders, Mark Hildebrand, Dave Brosmer, Doug Prior, Steve Reutepohler, Bill Lovvron, Bruce Reinhart, Howard Renner, Stan Foster, Randy Astrike, Denny Lewis, Hank Menke and coaches John Blemker, Jim Bardwell and Leroy Berry.   

June 4

Robert A. “Andy” Olinger of R. 2, Ferdinand, was installed Wednesday evening as the eleventh president of the Ferdinand Jaycees. Installation was made at the Ferdinand American Legion Home with state Jaycee president Dick Hahn of Columbus as the installing officer. Also installed were Sylvester Voges, internal vice-president; Albert Rothgerber, external vice-president; David Berg, secretary; Patrick Tretter, treasurer; Kenneth Fischer, local director; Donald Neu and Rich Helming, state directors, and Charles Schuler, chairman of the board.

June 5

Several Catholic parishes in Dubois County have made decisions in regard to instituting a program of Saturday evening Masses in order that parishioners might fulfill their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. The following parishes: Holy Family, St. Ferdinand, St. Mary’s, Ireland, Sacred Heart in Schnellville, St. Henry, St. Raphael’s in Dubois, and St. Celestine, will be having Saturday services. Three other churches in the area had previously announced Saturday evening Mass schedules: St. Joseph’s and Precious Blood, in Jasper, and St. Mary’s in Huntingburg. Permission was granted for Catholics in the Evansville Diocese to be permitted, on a parish option basis, to fulfill their Sunday obligation to attend Mass on Saturday evening, by Bishop Francis Shea, effective Saturday, May 23. 

June 6 

Pictured on the front page of this issue is a group of Dubois County delegates who are making the trip this morning to Indiana State University to participate in Hoosier Boys State. Pictured are: Steve Reutepohler and Don Windmiller, Huntingburg, Bryan Kalb and Jim Neukam, Dubois, and David Gudorf, Jasper. Also in the group are Tom Meyer, Holland, Pat Lueken, Ferdinand, Michael Schnaus and Tom Fischer, Jasper, Jeff Cook, Birdseye, Phil Lindauer, Ferdinand, Steven Gress and Gerald Wehr, Ireland, and Allen Wagner, Jasper.    

25 Years Ago
June 5, 1995 

They don’t call it the Jasper sectional for nothing. The 10th-ranked Wildcats, owners of 21 sectional titles, claimed an unprecidented sixth straight crown by absolutely clobbering Pike Central 20-4 in the championship game Saturday at Ruxer Field. “That was one of the goals the kids and the staff had since winning six straight hadn’t been done in this sectional,” said Jasper coach Terrry Gobert who has compiled an astounding 20-1 record in sectional play. “That certainly says a lot about the kids who’ve come through this program. It takes some luck and a lot of preparation. I don’t think people understand how hard these kids have worked and how much they put into baseball.”   

June 6

Renovating the Dubois County courthouse could cost between $2.9 million and $3.6 million, county officials heard Monday after architects from Odle, McGuire & Shook submitted schematic plans to both the county commissioners and the county council. Fortunately, the county has enough money in its various capital  improvements accounts to pay for the project without issuing bonds or imposing extra taxes, according to the auditor’s office .   

June 7 

Although the number of welfare cases in Dubois County is well below the state and national averages, last week’s state welfare changes will still have a strong impact locally, according to John

Pavelka, the director of the local Division of Family and Children. The cornerstone of Indiana’s new rules is a two-year limit on Aid to Families with Dependent Children benefits. In February, Dubois County had 88 families receiving AFDC and 362 on food stamps, Pavelka said. This translates to .6 percent of the population, far less than state and national welfare rates of 3.5 and 5.4 respectively.

June  8

Tri-Kappa Bridge-a-Rama results were announced May 18 at the Knights of Columbus Home in Jasper. A game of social bridge was played, and door prizes and trophies were awarded. The travel prize was won by Jean Mauck. High scorers for the evening were Virginia Messmer and Sally Schmitt. Overall winners were June and Urban Giesler with a total score of 23,150. This the third time the Gieslers have won the event.   

June 9

The Southwest school board approved plans Thursday to build a row of six tennis courts at the Southridge complex just north of the existing courts, which have a poor foundation and are cracking. The project could cost as much as $100,000 and with good weather could be finished by the end of August, according to George Boldrick, of Louisville-based Championship Courts, which drew up the blueprints for the project after determining it would be too expensive to renovate the old courts. A shortage of money will prevent the courts from being lighted initially, but Boldrick said lights could be added later without causing too great of a disturbance.   

June 10

Freshman Noah Place battled stomach cramps and the heat Friday to post the low score at the IHSAA golf regional at Christmas Lake, lifting Jasper to a second place finish and a berth at the state tournament next week. Place bogeyed the first two holes, but played steady the rest of the way for a one-over-par 73. “For a kid who was sick on the course, he shot real well, especially when you consider how hot it was,”said Jasper coach John Glezen. Josh Habig finished with a 77. Andy Brelage added a 78 and Andy Seger shot a 79 for a team score of 307, four strokes behind Terre Haute North. Jasper’s Ben Krapf shot an 82, which didn’t figure into the team score. Vincennes Lincoln grabbed the last state tournament slot with a 311.   

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