Looking Back: 5/4

Photo courtesy of Ron Flick.
This panoramic photo of Jasper circa 1907 was taken from the bluff overlooking the Patoka River looking northwest toward downtown. In the foreground is the short-lived Mossman-Bayless Lumber Co. sawmill, which was constructed in early 1900 and burned to the ground during the summer of 1908. Immediately behind the mill is the newly constructed railroad track, extending to the neighboring Jasper Veneer Mill and beyond to French Lick. The nearest houses in the photo stand along East Fourth and Anderson streets. Beyond these houses, many of the downtown commercial buildings can be seen, as well as the towers of the Dubois County Courthouse, the high school, Jasper College, Trinity Church and St. Joseph Church.

65 Years Ago
May 3, 1948

Anna Bohro, 43, wife of Louis Bohro, Route 5, Jasper, was seriously injured in a head-on collision of two automobiles at state roads 45 and 56, a short distance south of Haysville, around 8 o’clock Sunday night. Several other passengers in the two cars, which were carrying a total of 13 people, were less severely hurt.

A drowning occurred in Jasper Lake, about two miles east of Jasper, over the weekend. The victim was Francis Hennessy, 26, of Cincinnati.

When the voters of Dubois County go to the polls to vote in the primary election Tuesday they will be required to make few decisions. The Democrats have only three contests on the slate — for the offices of congressman, joint representative and judge of the 57th Judicial Circuit. Republicans will have to make a selection for the nomination for congressman, and there are contests in two precincts for precinct committeemen and one contest among the delegates to the state convention.
Special attraction at the Rustic Tavern on Tuesday night will be radio and screen stars The Lonesome Valley Cowboys.

May 4
The second drowning to occur in the Jasper vicinity in less than two days took place shortly after 5 o’clock Monday afternoon when Adam “Jackie” Blessinger Jr., 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Blessinger of Little Kentucky, fell into an abandoned basement excavation across the highway from his home.

Jasper bowling gained national recognition today with the announcement that the Sterling Brewers team of the Big Four League had, in the single game classification, rolled the third-highest score by a four-man team for the calendar year of 1947. The team was awarded the ABC Bronze Award for the 844 single-game total bowled on Nov. 13, 1947. This score was rolled during the regular schedule of the sanctioned Big Four League at Gerbo Bowling Alley.

Statisticians’ erasers were getting a workout today following Jasper High School’s 61-48 track and field victory over the Princeton Tigers Monday afternoon at Recreation Field. No fewer than seven records were smashed by the participating athletes as the Wildcats hung up three of the new marks and their opponents established four “bests.” Johnny Berg, Jasper’s ace distance man, set a new track and school record for the half-mile run, negotiating the distance in two minutes, nine and nine-tenths seconds. This was one-tenth second better than the school mark, and cracked wide open the track record of 2:10.4 set in 1946. The Wildcat half-mile relay team made up of Junie Renneisen, Charley Sermersheim, Monk Kunkel and Speed Himsel was clocked at 1:38.6, knocking off the track record of 1:39.5 set in 1946 by a Vincennes quartet. It also bettered the school mark set earlier by a Jasper team. Bill Litchfield became sole possessor of the school’s pole vault mark when he exceeded the 10-foot record he shared with Bill Kluemper and Ed Alles. Bill sailed 10 feet, 3 1⁄2 inches for a new mark. Bill Byrd, who placed second, also broke the old mark, clearing 10 feet, 2 inches.

May 5
Dale S. Phares has been named manager of radio station WITZ, being constructed midway between Jasper and Huntingburg by Jasper-On-The-Air Inc. The operators of the station expect to be on the air by next month.

Frank J. Seng was re-elected as the Democratic nominee for the office of joint representative from Dubois and Martin counties and Judge Eldo Wood was re-elected as the party’s nominee for the office of judge of the 57th Judicial Circuit, composed of Dubois and Martin counties, as the result of Tuesday’s primary election.

May 6
Clarence Berg announced that he recently purchased Bische’s Garage in St. Marks; the establishment will now be known as Berg’s Garage.

Marilyn Hoffman, a junior at Jasper High School, has been named Spring Sports Queen; she was crowned by George Hoffman and Junie Renneisen, captains of the Wildcat baseball and track teams, respectively. Miss Hoffman reigned over Wednesday afternoon’s J-Day athletic activities at Recreation Field.

May 7
The Madison Township School Building Co. of Ireland is requesting sealed bids on the furnishing and installation of a heating and ventilation system, plumbing equipment and electrical work in the new Ireland High School gym.

May 8
The public is invited to a practical arts exhibit at Jasper High School on Wednesday evening. The Jasper chapter of Future Homemakers of America will entertain in the auditorium with a style show featuring 117 girls. The girls will model blouses, skirts, dresses, suits, coats, formals and play clothes that they have made in homemaking classes. The boys in the industrial arts classes will exhibit their projects in the gymnasium.

Huntingburg Brick Co. has built a novel outdoor sample display of its products along the front of its plant on State Road 45 in Huntingburg. Sample panels of various brick faces have been laid in different-colored mortars in order to give prospective builders an accurate conception of just how their brickwork would look laid in a wall.

50 Years Ago
May 6, 1963

Leon Fleck, president of the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce, was named outstanding local president of the Second Division in Indiana at the Jaycees’ state convention this past weekend in Indianapolis.

May 7
Seventeen members of the Jasper High School band and 30 members of the JHS choir, along with their directors and some of the parents, will depart Thursday morning for a three-day tour that will include various stops in Kentucky. Their first destination will be Bowling Green, where the students will present a concert at the high school that afternoon. The band and choir members will spend the night in the homes of Bowling Green band students. On Friday morning the group will tour Mammoth Cave. The afternoon will be spent at the Lincoln Memorial at Hodgensville and at the Stephen Foster Memorial and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral at Bardstown. Saturday will be spent in Lexington, where they will tour race horse farms and Keeneland Racetrack before returning home.
Sharon Lautner, president of the student council at St. Benedict College at Ferdinand, presented the Campus Personality award to Stella Fischer of St. Meinrad during the spring fair that marked the opening of the north campus area at St. Benedict’s on Sunday afternoon.

May 8
Edward J. Lorey and Dale W. Helmerich won the Democratic nominations for mayor in Jasper and Huntingburg, respectively, as a large number of voters went to the polls Tuesday in both communities. Both will face Republican candidates in the November election who were unopposed in the primary. Lorey’s opponent will be Jack E. Newton while Helmerich will run next fall against Joe K. Mundy. A total of 3,122 voters went to the polls in Jasper, representing 74.8 percent of the registered vote. In Huntingburg, 1,530 votes were cast, which is 62.2 percent.

Dave Small, a 5-8 senior guard on Ireland’s Patoka Valley Conference, sectional and regional championship team this past season, has accepted a four-year athletic scholarship to attend Austin Peay College at Clarksville, Tenn.

May 9
Bob Hedinger of the Jasper Civitan Club was elected a lieutenant governor at the annual Midwest District convention of Civitan held for three days at Milwaukee.
Janice Zehr and Ed Keusch will be valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, when the Dubois High School commencement is held May 16.

May 10
Among the 19 young men who completed the last step before ordination, receiving the diaconate, at St. Meinrad on May 5 were Rev. Lawrence L. Loveall of St. Joseph Parish in Jasper; Rev. James Blessinger and Rev. Daniel Buechlein of Jasper’s Holy Family Parish; and Rev. John Schipp of Ferdinand.

At the May 6 dinner meeting of the Jasper Business & Professional Women’s Club, Lenore Huls Stemply, owner of Dubois County Abstract & Title Co., was installed as president for the ensuing year.

May 11
Lightning hit three Dubois County homes Friday evening, inflicting heavy damage to one of the structures. The greatest damage was suffered by the Art Brockman family at Ferdinand. Mr. Brockman estimated the damage would total several thousand dollars. Lightning entered the house in the office area of Mr. Brockman’s insurance business. At Jasper, electric stoves were damaged in the Alois Lindauer home at 110 W. Fourth St. and at the Ernest Mathies home at 417 E. Fifth St.

25 Years Ago
May 2, 1988

Luke Beyke, a second-grader at Tenth Street School in Jasper, finished seventh in the freestyle wrestling state meet Saturday. Beyke was competing in the 65-pound class of the Bantam Division. He is the son of Ken and Nancy Beyke of Jasper.

May 3
Six students represented Southridge High School in the national leadership conference of the Office Education Association from April 27 through May 1 in Louisville, including three who competed in the event’s finals. Martin Diekhoff, 18, received a first place in the promotional display competition. He also received an award for high scores in business math competition. Marty Welp, 18, received a second place in entrepreneurship competition and was awarded a 50 percent scholarship to ITT Technical Institute. He also received awards for high scores in business knowledge and economic awareness categories. Christina Dotterweich, 17, placed in the finals in extemporaneous speech.
The Jasper Reds will open their 1988 semipro baseball season Saturday against the Job Corps Center at Morganfield, Ky.

May 4
Dubois County voters in Tuesday’s primary followed state voting trends for governor and president. County Democrats backed Michael Dukakis for president and Republicans chose Vice President George Bush. County Democrats overwhelmingly chose Secretary of State Evan Bayh for governor; county Republicans chose Lt. Gov. John Mutz, who was unopposed, for governor.
There were 19,650 registered voters in Dubois County this year. Of that number, 8,383, or 43 percent, voted Tuesday.

May 5
Southridge High School industrial technology teacher Leroy Berry traveled to the International Technology Education Association’s convention in Norfolk, Va., to accept the school’s award for having the best industrial technology curriculum in Indiana. Berry has three other teachers working in the department with him — John Blemker, Charlie Frase and Gary Meyer. They present the award-winning curriculum to students in grades six through 12.

May 6
Dubois County’s jobless rate fell in March to 4.5 percent, down from February’s 5.2 percent. The March figures are the latest compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor and state unemployment officials.

Sister Kathleen Finis, OSB, a music teacher at Marian Heights Academy, celebrates her golden jubilee June 12, recognizing her dedication to the vows she made in 1938. The Diocese of Evansville recognized her 50 years of dedication to her students Thursday by naming her 1988 Teacher of the Year.

Patrons of the Wickliffe Plaza Restaurant were eating their meals Thursday afternoon when a passing trucker stopped and told them the building was on fire. That blaze eventually destroyed the pole building but no one was hurt, Celestine Fire Chief Ron Sander said. Sander estimated the building was totaled.

Forming a brand-new Birdseye utility board may be the best way to administer the water utility in an era of local autonomy, town board members said Thursday. The board’s decision came on the heels of Tuesday’s primary, in which Birdseye voters decisively passed a referendum giving the town board the same control over water rates it already exercises over sewer rates.

May 7
Eight records were set at the Northeast Dubois Girls Relays on Friday, the second year for the affair. Forest Park won the meet with 97 points. Other teams participating were Perry Central, Paoli, Springs Valley and Orleans.

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