Looking Back: 5/9

While teachers at Crestview School in Huntingburg attended a reading workshop 25 years ago, students had an activities day with the help of volunteering parents. Second grader Katie Morgan and the rest of Mr. Novak’s class wrote him thank you notes. Students also had a cartooning workshop and field day events and assembled a book of drawings. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published May 11, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
May 9, 1955

Nigg Pfeffer’s defending I-K League champion Jasper Redlegs took it on the nose to the tune of 12-4 off the bats of the Rockport Kiwanians. Rockport hurler Rudy Stieler, cousin of Jasper starter Bud Stieler, held to Reds to five hits. Chick Alles had two of those — a home run and a double. Bips Reckelhoff had two hits (a double and a single) also. Shortstop Kenny Moenkhaus had the other a Jasper hit a solo home run in the first inning. Huntingburg also lost its I-K League opener as they dropped a 7-5 decision to Richland. Howard Buickel, Bob Rehl and Lionel Brown had 2 hits each for Huntingburg. Marv Blemker started for the Merchants and took the loss. Schwitz started for Richland and was credited with the win.

May 10

Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the adult officials in Jasper’s National Little League organization. The picture was taken just before the bidding began for players to fill out the rosters of the four major league teams. Those pictured include: Ralph Heath, manager; Carl Seng manager; Mauri Gutgsell, manager; Irvin Schuler, assistant manager; Herb Pittman, league president; Fuzzy Bohnert, board member; Benny Sermersheim, board member; Bumps Hoffman, vice-president; and the players’ agents, John Sheffield, Skip Mehringer and Chuck Klein. 

May 11

The most intensive search for four-leaf clovers ever conducted in this community is under way and luck will play only a small part in the venture, for the clovers are of a very special variety. This paper’s newspaperboys are participating in the Good Luck Clover Newspaperboys Contest being sponsored by Lever Brothers Company. With $1,000 college scholarships, bicycles, encyclopedias, and a host of other prizes as their goal, the Herald’s carriers are asking their customers to save for them the green four-leaf clovers from the front panel of packages of Good Luck margarine. During the eight-week period of the contest now in its second week, the carriers will pick up the clovers from their customers when they make collections.   

May 12

Forty-nine seniors were graduated from St. Ferdinand High School at the graduation exercises held last Sunday evening in the high school gym. The invocation was delivered by Rev. David Duesing, O.S.B., superintendent. The commencement address was made by Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, S.T.D., bishop of Evansville, who also presented the diplomas. Marlene Jasper was the valedictorian and Irene Bolte, the salutatorian. Sister M. Frederica Dudine, O.S.B., is the principal of St. Ferdinand High. 

May 13

Washington’s high school golfers defeated the Jasper links team 8 to 7 yesterday afternoon at the Dubois County Country Club. Dick Crosby of the Hatchets was the low shooter for the day with an 81. Jasper’s best was an 86 by Bob Klueh. Following are the 18-hole scores: Ed Kapp, 90, Dick Crosby, 81; Bob Klueh, 86; Sam Moore, 88; Bill Uebelhor, 87; Bob Gilley, 95; Larry Klein, 88; Lester Gilmore, 92; Ralph Lorey, 112; and Bob Lindsay, 91.   

May 14

Jasper Rubber Products, Inc., is presently installing machinery that will enable the firm to make many of the small metal parts that are incorporated into its molded rubber output and to do tool and die designing, engineering and manufacturing for customers who require close-tolerance work. A building separate from the main plant is being devoted to the work. Al Jenson of Milwaukee, who has 15 years experience as a tool and die maker, will be in charge of the shop. For the past seven years, he has specialized in making molds for rubber products. The rubber plant went into operation five years ago this month. On May 15, 1950, the plant made its first rubber part. according to Manager Albert Place, the firm now produces more than 1,000 different items. 

50 Years Ago
May 11, 1970

The Pizza Shack, located adjacent to the Sunset Tavern on State Road 162 South in Jasper, will begin operation at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The new establishment will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles  Knust and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Knust. The Pizza Shack, which will open at 4 p. m. daily except Monday, will feature a complete line of pizzas, Italian spaghetti, submarine sandwiches and chef salads. Free delivery will also be featured. Earl Knust is married to the former Shirley Brenner. The couple resides on R. 2, Jasper. Earl is employed by the Jasper Beverage Company. Charles Knust is married to the former Gladys Schitter. The couple resides on Rt. 5, St. Charles St., Jasper, and has three children. Charles is self-employed.   

May 12

Mayor Dale Helmerich of Huntingburg announced this morning the lease-purchase by the city of the building which was most recently occupied by St. Ann’s Nursing Home at 511 Fourth Street. The building had formerly housed the Ideal Hotel. Present plans call for the main floor to be used as the mayor’s office, zoning administration, city judge offices and judge’s chamber with other offices available for other departments. The east front room will be used as a council and conference room. A lobby will be in the center front with a receptionist office directly in back of the lobby. Two west  front rooms will be used for the city utility offices.

May 13   

A check to cover the cost of a Memory Loop for use in the Cardiac-Intensive Care unit was presented Tuesday to Memorial Hospital by the Jasper Kiwanis Club. The presentation was made by Kiwanis president Gene Buechlein to Sister Mary Kevin, hospital administrator, at a noon luncheon held for Kiwanis Club members at the hospital. Dr. J. P. Salb was on hand to explain the operation of the Memory Loop, which is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. A member of the hospital’s medical staff said that so far as is known, the Jasper hospital is one of only two in the Southwestern Indiana area having this device. The other, he said, was recently acquired by an Evansville hospital. 

May 14

Sixty-eight seniors at Dubois High School will participate in baccalaureate services on Sunday afternoon, May 17, and commencement exerecises the following evening. Valedictorian will be Tom Eisenhut, while Clara Rasche will deliver the salutatory address. The baccalaureate service will be held in the Dubois High School gym at 2:30 Sunday. The sermon will be deliverd by the Rev. Richard Hall of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. A. D. Rehrig of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. Commencement exercises at 8 p.m. Monday will also be held in the high school gym.

May 15

Congressman Roger Zion will be the principal speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday as 53 seniors receive degrees from St. Benedict College in Ferdinand. Graduation activities will get under way with baccalaureate services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Craig Reed as the speaker. Commencement exercises will be held in Crypt Auditorium. Of the 53 persons graduating Sunday, 19 will receive bachelor of science degrees in elementary education. Presiding over commencement exercises will be Sr. M. Generose, O.S.B., academic dean. Also participating will be Sr. Mary Clare, registrar, and Mrs. Frances Hildenbrand, administrative assistant.     

May 16

Jerry W. Miller, a graduate of Holland High School, who now serves as associate director of the National Commission on Accrediting headquartered in Washington, D. C., will return to his alma mater next Wednesday at 8 p.m. as the featured speaker at commencement exerecises. Alan Bosler will the the class valedictorian, while Mary Beth Hohl will give the salutatory address. The invocation will be given by Father Raphael Hirsch. Principal Lowell McGlothlin will present diplomas to the 32 graduating seniors, after which the program will close with benediction by the Rev. H. E. Bruns. Baccalaureate services for the senior class will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Holland Augustana Church.    

25 Years Ago   
May 15, 1995

Jasper wrapped up second place in the Big Eight Conference by pounding Mt. Vernon on Saturday, 5-0, in tennis action. Jasper finishes league play with a 5-1 record. “Considering where we started at the  beginning of the year, that particular finish in the Big Eight was an excellent accomplishment,” said Jasper coach Ed Yarbrough. ‘I was very pleased with the way the girls bounced back after a tough loss on Monday. I think they redeemed themselves and learned the lesson that you need to prepare for the big matches. I think anytime you learn a lesson you’re going to get better and I certainly think that was the case in the Mt. Vernon match because we played exceptionally well.”    

May 16

In his eight years as band director at Owen Valley High School, Eric Berger has built the program up from 65 students to 170 and won several state and national competitions. Now, he’s bringing his skills to Jasper. The Greater Jasper School Board voted Monday night to hire Berger as the new band director. Board members also hired Jerrill Vandeventer, assistant principal at Evansville Harrison High School, to be administrative assistant to incoming superintendent Larry Riggs. When Riggs takes over the school system June 1 from retiring superintendent Don Noblitt, Vandeventer will join him at the helm. Vandeventer should become assistant principal after finishing his educational specialist degree, Riggs said.   

May 17

The 23rd graduating class of Southridge High School will participate in commencement exerecises beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Huntingburg Memorial Gym. Ryan Heath Flamion, Jayme Rae Hancock and Nicole Ann Smith are the valedictorians with 4.0 grade point averages. Jon W. Kieffner, with a 3.98 grade point average, is the salutatorian. All were National Honor Society members and Smith was its president. Principal Gene Keusch will present the class and superintendent J. Robert Yost will accept the class. Tonya Heim, school board president, will present the diplomas. Emily Clark will give the class president’s farewell. 

May 18

Educating women for leadership, Marian Heights Academy’s slogan for its 125th anniversary year, will be the topic of the commencement address Saturday, May 27, when 26 academy seniors culminate their high school years. Barbara Graham, a 1982 academy graduate, will be the guest speaker. Now living in the Chicago area, she is the gift adminstrator for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and is a member of the academy’s board. Graduation day will include a Mass at 10 a.m. conducted by Fr. Cajetan White in the monastery chapel and a senior dinner for the graduates and their guests at 11:30 a.m. Commencement exercises will begin in the monastery chapel at 2 p.m. and will be followed by an informal reception. 

May 19

After serving 17 years as St. Meinrad Archabbey’s spiritual leader, Archabbot Timothy Sweeney, 60, hopes that in two weeks he’ll just be a “regular monk.” On June 2, he plans to resign his office, and St. Meinrad’s 122 chapter monks will elect a new archabbot, the fifth to have served since 1954, when the monastery was given the honorary title of archabbey during its 100th anniversary. St. Meinrad is just one of seven monasteries worldwide to be so honored.   

May 20

Jasper’s baseball team ‘stole’ a win at Bosse Field against Evansville North, 4-3. Jasper’s Matt Mauck stole home to score the eventual winning run in the top of the sixth inning for the 8th-ranked Jasper Wildcats. With the bases loaded, Husky pitcher Chris Chapman threw to first in an attempt to pick off Shawn O’Conner. At the same time, Mauck broke for home for Jasper’s fourth and final run. Phil Kendall picked up the win for the Cats. Kendall gave up three earned runs, eight hits, three walks and fanned seven in the winning effort. The junior also picked three runners off first base. Senior Aaron Rees went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, a run scored and a stolen base. Jasper improves to 19-4 while North falls to 14-10.    

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