Looking Back: 6/1May 31, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
May 31, 1954
Memorial Day, no paper.
Prospects are that by the time basketball is resumed next fall, radio statio WITZ will be in a position to broadcast the night games over FM as they are played. In the past, the games were tape recorded and broadcast the following day. Manager Dennis Keller revealed that the consulting engineers and attorneys at Washington who are employed on a full-time basis by the local station were instructed nearly a year ago to find a suitable FM frequency with a proper amount of power to deliver a good FM signal to the station’s listeners in southern Indiana. The management of WITZ has been informed that the consulting engineers would submit their application for an FM permit to the Federal Communications Commission next week, and the engineers expect to receive quick approval. The station plans to broadcast baseball games this summer on FM while at the same time broadcasting its regular AM programs.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Daily Herald team, the 1953-54 champions of the Booster Bowling League at Gerbo Lanes. Those pictured include: Don Kunz, Levinus Schitter, Harry Schitter, Bob Byrd, and Marv Mehringer. Also pictured is Jack Rumbach, who is representing the sponsor. Their victory brought the first title won by the Heralds in Jasper bowling circles since this newspaper began sponsoring a team back in 1937. The team members were honored guests recently at a fried chicken dinner given by the Herald at the American Legion club in Jasper. Runnerup in the Booster League this past season was the B.M.A. team.
An added attraction at the Jasper Home Show, scheduled for next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Calumet Lake, will be the many attendance prizes being offered by individual exhibitors, it was disclosed today. The displays of merchandise, which will include most every type of product for the home or home construction, will take the spotlight at the show, supplemented by various attendance awards and momentoes planned by many of the exhibitors. The prizes being offered include such items as a hot water heater, 20-inch window fan, $50 merchandise certificate, a table radio, and a jar of coins among others. Spectators must register at the respective booths to become eligible for these awards. The show will be open from six until ten o’clock on each of the three nights.
At an election of officers for American Legion Post 147 of Jasper, Harold Reker, a War II veteran, was chosen commander. He succeeds Glenn Gramelspacher, who had served as commander for two years. Other new officers elected are Ray Horney, 1st vice-commander; Claude Miller, 2nd vice-commander; James Alles, finance officer; and Glenn Gramelspacher, member of the executive committee. The following were re-elected: William Kuper, chaplain; Al Rumbach, historian; and Newby Lumpkin, sergeant-at-arms.
Police Chief Bob Parker said today that pedestrians as well as motorists must observe the stop-and-go signal lights recently installed at the intersection of Sixth and Newton streets in Jasper. He warned pedestrians not to cross the intersection against a red light.
Jasper’s third season of Little League baseball will open late Monday afternoon, June 7, at Recreation Field. The Cardinals will play the Phillies at 5:30 followed by the Dodgers and the Cubs. Two managerial jobs have changed. Maury Gutgsell and F. I. Schuler have succeeded Andy Knies as pilot of the Phillies and Vic Bohnert has taken over Herb Pittman’s defending champion Cubs. Carl Seng continues to handle the Dodgers and Ralph Heath the Cardinals. The league schedule is split into halves, the second half to start on July 5 and close on August 2.
• 50 Years Ago
June 2, 1969
Junior Gary Corbin, who returned to the Jasper High School baseball lineup late in the season after a bout with mononucleosis, completed his road to recovery Saturday night as he pitched the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory over rival Huntingburg to give Jasper its third straight IHSAA Sectional baseball championship. Corbin, a righthander who had homered in the Saturday afternoon game against Holland, scattered eight Huntingburg singles, struck out eight and walked only two in his first complete game of the season. Terry Fleck led the Jasper hitting with three hits in three trips to the plate. Jim Wenzel added a pair of singles and Steve Seger doubled. Doug Prior had three singles for the Hunters. Jasper improves to 8-9 for the season. The Wildcats will play Springs Valley next Saturday in the Jasper regional. Also in the field are the Vincennes Alices and the Bedford Stonecutters.
A business deal was completed Monday under the terms of which Harold Jerger and Erwin Schlegel, owners and operators of the Rumbach Market at 14th and Newton streets, arranged the sale of business to Buehler IGA Foodliners, Inc. The transfer of ownership will become effective on June 15. Schelegel and Jerger, who jointly own several other real estate holdings, will retain ownership of the building in which the supermarket on north Newton is located and will lease the building to the Buehlers, who have stated that all of the present employees of the Rumbach store, numbering about 25, will be retained. Erwin Schelegel and Harold Jerger were taken into the Rumbach firm as partners in 1936.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office reported today that vandals apparently destroyed and stole some property belonging to the Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand late Sunday night or early Monday. The Indiana State Police and the Ferdinand police are assisting in the investigation. According to the sheriff’s office, several statues at the summer convent cabin had been broken and some furniture was thrown into a lake near the cabin. An undisclosed number of items were reported stolen. No estimate of the damage and losses was available.
Congressman Roger H. Zion, R-Evansville, in a telegram to The Daily Herald this morning, said he has been informed that the Ferderal Home Administration has approved a grant in the amount of $13,000 for the comprehensive planning of water and waste dissposal services in rural areas of Dubois County. Zion said planning will be carried out by the county planning commission.
The Jasper Implement, Inc., store along highway 162 south in Jasper, which was established just over two years ago, was broken into last night for the third time since the store went into business. As was the case in the two previous burglaries, chain saws comprised the loot. Danny Vonderheide, president of the company, said the loot included four new chain saws, two used ones, and one that a customer had brought in for repairs. According to Police Chief Cletus Eckert, two city policemen, Sgt. Allen Gutgsell and Officer Jim Matheis, while on regular patrol, noticed at 5:10 this morning that the window in the main entrance of the building had been broken. Upon investigating, they discovered that the store had been burglarized. They had passed the store an hour and a half earlier, at which time they saw nothing amiss.
St. Meinrad Seminary has received a grant of $50,000 from the Frank J. Lewis Foundation of Chicago. The grant was made in support of the St. Meinrad Consortium Program announced last year. The first expression of this program is the complete rebuilding of Benet Hall in which college level seminarians will live in eight-man units. Benet Hall is scheduled for completion at the end of June. The Lewis Foundation was established in 1927 by Frank J. Lewis who was successful in the tar and roofing business in Chicago. The Foundation concerns itself with grants to educational institutions, churches and hospitals. The Benet Hall project will cost nearly $2,000,000.
• 25 Years Ago
June 6, 1994
Aristokraft will spend more than $4 million and hire 150 new workers in the next two years to speed production time and improve efficiency. The money will be spent on facilities, machinery and a training program to educate the new employees and 850 current workers. A $200,000 state grant will help the company offset the cost of the training. Lt. Gov. Frank O’Bannon came to Jasper Friday to present the grant in person as the company’s overall plans were announced. Pete Miller, vice-president of human resources at Aristokraft, said this morning the company is investing the money in hopes of improving delivery time. A customer ordering cabinets now has to wait 12 to 15 days before the cabinets are ready. Aristokraft hopes to cut the waiting time to five days.
An experienced Bloomington planner with strong credentials has been hired as Huntingburg’s new planning director. Craig Berndt, 41, replaces Nick Goffinet, who resigned to explore employment options closer to his home in the Tell City area. Berndt left a job as a redevelopment specialist for Bloomington to head the Huntingburg department. Berndt holds a master of public affairs degree from Indiana University. He has more than 10 years experience in program management, more than seven years of public/private sector experience in human resources management and more than three years experience in community development and planning.
Many parents may only see the child-support they are owed once a year — at tax refund time. The Tax Refund Intercept Program allows a custodial parent to collect delinquent child support payments by having them taken out of the absent parent’s tax refund. In Dubois County, about $55,300 was collected this way in 1993. About half of the parents certified to the IRS as owing delinquent child support have had their federal refunds intercepted, Sherri Spinner, a paralegal at the prosecuting attorney’s office, says. The delinquent parent must owe $500 and be entitled to a federal or state income tax return, for custodial parents to be eligible for the program.
Big Ten champions pole vaulter Mark Buse and diver Kristen Kane have been named Indiana University’s male and female Athlete’s-of-the-Year for 1993-94. Buse, a junior from Holland and a graduate of Southridge High School, put together perhaps his finest year this season for coach Sam Bell’s track and field team. Buse won a Big Ten title, a Penn Relays title, two All-American honors, and established a new Big Ten indoor pole vault record in 1994. Buse, the 1993 NCAA Outdoor champion in the pole vault, placed third at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Sister of Providence Hermandine Besner will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 19 at the congregation’s motherhouse, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Hermandine taught seventh grade at St. Joseph’s School, Jasper, from 1955 to 1957. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Sister Hermandine entered the Sisters of Providence on July 4, 1911. She was 17 years old. She spent the next 60 years teaching in Indiana and Illinois. After retiring in the early 1970’s, she started a new ministry at St. Mary-of-the Woods, typing in the pharmacy and writing letters for Sisters who were ill.
The Jasper boys golf team will get its long awaited and persistently pursued dinner at Grindstone Charlie’s in Indianapolis. The Cats shot a 313 and finished two strokes behind Evansville Memorial at Friday’s regional at Christmas Lake Golf Club. The top three teams advance to Wednesday’s first round of the state finals at the Golf Club of Prestwick at Plainfield. The day was bittersweet for the Cats and coach John Glezen. They were happy to qualify for the state finals but their main goal at the regional was, obviously, to win. “It’s nice to be going, but coming in second is like kissing your sister,” said Glezen. The Wildcats were led by Ben Krapf’s two-over-par 74. Other scores for Jasper included a 75 for Josh Habig, an 81 for Adam Dawkins, an 83 for Jeff Hagan and an 85 for Andy Seger. The other local team in the regional, Heritage Hills, didn’t fare as well as the Cats. The Patriots finished in 10th place with a 354.
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