Looking Back: 5/31

Ben Ed Doane, left, editor of the Jasper Courier is pictured proofreading type in the newspaper’s composing room in 1912. The typesetting apprentice to the right is Andrew Fritch, son of William and Mary Fritch. The typesetter takes a letter of type from the type case with his right hand and places it into a small oblong tray called a “stick,” which he holds in his left hand. Type is set letter by letter and line by line, until the story is completed. The type is then taken to a stone-topped table and proofread in reverse form from which it will appear in the publication. After proofreading, the editor places the columns of type in their appropriate place as they are to appear on the printed sheet. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
May 30, 1949
No Paper — Memorial Day.

May 31
Hubert Bonifer of St. Anthony was crowned Dubois County strawberry king yesterday evening at Huntingburg’s Municipal Park. Mr. Bonifer was crowned after being declared the grand sweepstakes winner in the strawberry festival sponsored by the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club. About 500 persons attended the event. The Huntingburg High School band furnished music for the occasion.

With Tom “Rags” Berger apparently beginning to hit his stride, Jasper’s Rustic Tavern baseball team notched its first victory of the season at Paoli Sunday, blanking French Lick-West Baden 8-0. Berger faced only 28 men in mastering the Twin Cities, allowing only two hits. “Rags” whiffed 10 and walked no one.

June 1
Hugo Melchior, president of the Dubois County Memorial Hospital Association, announced this morning that ten copies of the blueprints and specifications for the hospital building have been called for by the general contractors. In addition, six firms or individuals have signified their intention of bidding on the electrical wiring, three on the plumbing, heating and ventilating contract, and four on the furnishing of supplies. Blueprints and specifications have been requested from firms in Louisville, Indianapolis, Evansville, Terre Haute, Lafayette, Mishawaka, Bedford and Bloomington. Bids will be received on June 23 in the county commissioners’ room in the court house at Jasper.  

The Jasper Reds and the Ferdinand Cardinals launch the second season of semi-pro night baseball in Jasper tonight at Recreation Field with a game that is slated to begin at eight o’clock.
This game has the “benefit” tag on it and all proceeds will go toward aiding to liquidate the outstanding debt on the new lighting system which was installed a year ago.

June 2
The sports-minded town of Ferdinand has added night softball to its growing list of athletic activities with a gala opening double-header scheduled for tomorrow night. Under the newly erected lights at the Ferdinand Ball Park, Fleig’s Cafe nine will meet the Jasper Knights of Columbus in the first game beginning at 7 o’clock. In the nightcap the Ferdinand Legion squad tangles with Huntingburg’s YMI team.

The Ferdinand Cardinals plated two runs in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and defeat the Jasper Reds 3-1, in the opening semi-pro night baseball game of the season last night at Recreation Field. Veteran Norbert “Nigg” Schreiner and 16-year-old rookie Don “Duck” Menner treated the large crowd at the benefit game with a real pitcher’s duel.

An invitation was extended today to graduates of the Dale Carnegie course and their guests to attend the commencement of the third Carnegie class in Jasper next Tuesday night at 6:30 in Wehrle’s restaurant. The announcement was made by Julius Leinenbach and Colie Bohnert co-directors of the class who added that reservations should be phoned in to the Wehrles prior to noon on Monday. Thirty graduates are listed in the third class to complete the course in Jasper.

June 3
Dr. J. M. Wagoner of Huntingburg has become associated with Dr. C. H. Klamer of Jasper for the practice of general medicine. He will share Dr. Klamer’s office and clinic in the Metzger Building. Dr. Wagoner, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Wagoner of Huntingburg, is a graduate of Huntingburg High School and Indiana University. Dr. Wagoner and his family plan to move to Jasper next week. Mrs. Wagoner is the former Miss Phyllis Heisterkamp of Indianapolis. They have two children, Wendyl Lynn and Michael Louis.

Every county in Indiana has been represented by patients in the total of 76,747 cases received at Riley Hospital  in Indianapolis during the 25 years between November 19, 1924 and January 1, 1949– an average of 3,069 plus children per year received for hospitalization during that period. Dubois County has sent 186 children for treatment of various diseases from polio and rheumatic fever to injuries resulting from accidents and deformities caused by organic disorders. Chairman of Riley Memorial Research Fund activities in Dubois County is Ralph Heath of Jasper.

June 4
Jasper’s Chief of Police Rex Critchlow said this morning that the city police officers are going to have to start handing out tickets unless motorists quit triple parking on the Public Square on Saturday nights.

50 Years Ago
June 1, 1964
Three Dubois County students  are among 64 whose names appear on the Distinguished Honor Roll for the first semester of the 1963-1964 year at Indiana State College. They are Jerald William Blemker, of R. 3, Huntingburg, a sophomore; David John Keusch, R. 3, Jasper, a sophomore, and his twin brother, James Henry Keusch, a junior. To qualify for the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student must have above a 3.75 point-hour ratio.

Stanley Guth, basketball star for Dale the past four years, signed a four-year grant to enroll at Georgia Tech over the weekend. Guth broke Roger Kaiser’s four-year filed goal mark this season when he finished his career with 512 goals. The mark tops Kaiser’s total by 16.

June 2
Leroy Friedman was elected president of the Dubois Community Club last night at the regular meeting of the organization. Ralph Lorey was elected secretary; Urban Giesler, treasurer and Kenny Brosmer and Leroy Zehr were named directors.

Wes Settle’s Jasper Junior American Legion baseball nine dropped their opener at Dale last night by the score of 7-6. The host Dale team erupted for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to wipe out  a 6-3 deficit and win the game.

June 3
A new weekly advertising feature begins today in The Daily Herald. A group of Huntingburg merchants each Wednesday are inviting Herald readers to shop the “Yellow Page”. The feature derives its name from the yellow tint background which makes it easily identifiable. Participating in the new feature are Devine’s, St. Angelo’s, G. C. Murphy, Graphic Arts, Peach Jewelers, Frick Hardware, Kesling Drug Store, Hemmerlein & Eckerle, and Gosman Shoe Store.

Indiana Telephone Corporation detailed plans to the Public Service Commission today for a $10 million construction and improvement program, including dial equipment in new exchange buildings in eight Southern Indiana communities. Two of the communities are Jasper and Huntingburg. The estimated cost for dial service and a new exchange building in Jasper is $730,000.
The estimated cost for dial service and a new exchange building in Huntingburg is $310,000.

June 4
The Daily Herald was informed this morning by Congressman Winfield K. Denton’s office in Washington that the Post Office Department has awarded a contract for the construction of a new post office building at Holland. The contract was awarded to Frank R. and Bonnie Eaton, a Fremont, O., couple. The building will be erected on the southwest corner of Third and Main Streets in Holland.

Miss Luella Jean Bohro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bohro of 1309 Green Street, will graduate on Saturday, June 6, from the St. Joseph Infirmary School of Nursing in Louisville. The graduation ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of St. Joseph Infirmary. Miss Bohro, a 1961 Jasper High School graduate, will be on the Memorial Hospital nursing staff this summer. In August, she will be married to David Eckerle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Linus Eckerle of Jasper. The couple will then live at Rensselaer, where Mr. Eckerle will be a senior next fall at St. Joseph  College and Luella will serve on the nursing staff at the hospital at Rensselaer.

June 5
Ron Fuhrman, Otwell’s classy miler, is the first athlete ever to be awarded a track scholarship to Oakland City College. The announcement of the inaugural track grant, in the school’s 30-year history, was made yesterday by school officials.

June 6
The Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange team defeated the Merchants 8-1 in Jasper City League Softball play Friday night. “Jiggs” Ruxer had a double and two singles for the Engine Exchange. Jim Waddell had a double and a single for the Merchants.

25 Years Ago
May 29, 1989   
No Paper — Memorial Day.

May 30
If you’re a local property owner and taxpayer, you’ll soon be getting something important in the mail. Reassessment notices will be mailed this summer. The assessed valuation figure may grab your attention first. It is expected to show your tax assessment has jumped– possibly by about 15 percent.

Jasper’s semipro baseball team scored 25 runs in three games over the weekend, but ended with a 2-1 record. Jasper thumped Tell City 22-6 Sunday night. The Reds split a doubleheader with Marian College Saturday, losing the opener 12-0 in five innings. Jasper recovered in the second game, taking a 3-1 win behind a two-run homer by Jeff Callahan and the five-hit pitching of Todd Krapf.

The Jasper Wildcats defeated the Dubois Jeeps 11-1 Saturday at Dubois. Jasper had two four-run innings as the Wildcats ended the game with the Jeeps in five innings. The Cats collected 11 hits off three Jeep pitchers, including a fourth-inning two-run homer by Alex Simmers.

May 31
Ownership of St. Joseph’s Hospital was formally transferred during a noon ceremony Tuesday after more than a year of negotiations involving at different times, two would-be buyers. The new owner is Southwest Indiana Regional Health Center Inc., a not-for-profit corporation consisting of residents from Huntingburg, Jasper, Holland, Ferdinand, Santa Claus, Dale and Haysville. Ron Cox, president of the board of directors of the corporation, Tuesday paid the Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, a $275,000 down payment towards a recently renegotiated $995,000 purchase price. The balance will be paid over a ten-year period.

A northern Indiana man was hired as new principal of Southridge High School Tuesday by a unanimous school board vote. Todd Rudnick starts his new job August 1, replacing Steve Stanton, who will remain as a teacher in the corporation. Rudnick, 40, his wife, Janice, and their three children, are already shopping for a home in the area. He leaves a job as principal at Caston High School in Fulton, which he held for one year.

The Jasper Wildcats defeated the Forest Park Rangers 4-3 last night in the sectional opener at Recreation Field. The Rangers finished 15-10. The Wildcats, now 17-10, will play Southridge in the sectional semifinal game Saturday afternoon.

June 1
Informal surveys conducted last week suggest that an average of 58 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers traveling in Dubois County are complying with Indiana’s front-seat restraining law. The surveys were conducted by four county law enforcement agencies in conjunction with Buckle Up America Week, which ended on Memorial Day.

Melanie Austin, a three-year starter at Pike Central and the team’s top defensive player the last two seasons, will continue her volleyball career at Oakland City College. Austin signed with OCC last week, just a few days after her high school assistant coach, Patti Buchta, took the head coaching position at the college.

June 2
The Greater Jasper School Board hired three contractors this morning, bringing the additions and renovations to Ireland and Fifth Street elementary schools another step closer to reality. Krempp Lumber Company of Jasper has been contracted for $5,519,050 for work on both schools; E & K Electric Inc. of Jasper will be paid $1,041,330; and contracts with Harrell Mechanical Inc. of Bloomington totaled $2,198,895.

June 3
Southridge sophomore Mark Buse cleared the pole vault bar Friday night at 15 feet, 9 inches to win his school’s first ever state track title. The meet was held at the Indiana University-Purdue
University track complex in Indianapolis. Buse’s coach is Ron LaGrange.

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