Looking Back: 6/12June 11, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
June 11, 1956
Rev. Jerome Neufelder, who had been serving as assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church at Washington since last July, has assumed his duties as an assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper. Father Neufelder was ordained to the priesthood at Evansville on June 4, 1955, and was assigned to the Washington church the following month. He is a native of Haubstadt.
Dubois County citizens now own $6,714,000 worth of U. S. Savings Bonds, according to a report made to Adam Blessinger, chairman of the County Savings Bonds Committee as a part of the recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Savings Bonds program.
Dubois County’s two American Legion Junior baseball teams opened their 1956 season last night at Municipal Park in Huntingburg, where the Jasper Juniors scored a 14-4 triumph over the host club. Jim Eckerle hurled two-hit ball for the visitors, those blows being singles in the last two innings of play. The Jasper chucker walked seven, and those free passes, coupled with untimely errors, gave Huntingburg its four runs, without a hit, one in the first and three in the sixth. Birkle, Hass, Eckerle and Giesler each hit safely twice for the winners. Haas’ hits included a home run in the sixth and Eckerle slammed a triple in the first inning.
The third annual Jasper Lions Club auction sale netted $705 for the organization’s charitable projects, it was reported today by Jim Downey, chairman of the event. A total of $300 of the amount has already been allotted to the new Babe Ruth baseball league, in which the Lions Club has a team. Forty dollars will be given to the Senior Girl Scout Roundup fund and the remainder will go to other Lions Club civic projects. Chairman Downey today thanked the merchants, factories and individuals who contributed items for the auction and also the people who attended Saturday’s sale and bought the merchandise.
While the Indiana Division of Forestry in the past has not placed too much emphasis on the Ferdinand State Forest as a recreation area, it has become so popular with campers and picnickers in the past two years that it now ranks as one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in southern Indiana. So many folks are going to the Ferdinand State Forest to picnic that the Superintendent Henry F. Huff has received authority to create more facilities. At the present time he is having 50 additional tables built for the use of the picnickers.
At a meeting held Thursday evening in the American Legion Home in Jasper, members of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association and public health officials heard Dr. David Stone of Indianapolis, a member of the State Board of Health, advise court action if necessary to force tuberculosis suspects to have further tests made and to require them to be hospitalized if the tests show that they have active tuberculosis. Dr. Stone explained the new law concerning the patients who refuse hospitalization, and pointed out that since the beginning of this year, 15 persons living in Indiana have been forced by the courts to enter sanitoriums.
Ten members of the 341st Military Police Co., army reserve unit based in Jasper, will leave Sunday to begin their six months of active duty at a military camp. After eight or nine weeks of basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, the recruits will go to Fort Gordon, Georgia. The 10 boys are: Pvt. William J. Dupps, Pvt. Jerry L. Hopf, Pvt. Richard Reker, Pvt. Dennis Steffe, Pvt. Edward L. Eckert, Pvt. Thomas B. Burger, Pvt. Charles L. Gadlage, Pvt. Ronald Rees, Pvt. Kenneth L. Striegel and Pvt. Kenneth A. Zehr.
50 Years Ago
June 14, 1971
Clarksville defeated Terre Haute Wiley, 5-2, and Mt. Vernon eliminated Huntingburg, 4-2, in the opening round of the Jasper semi-state baseball tournament Saturday afternoon at Recreation Field. Huntingburg dropped from the tourney in the second game despite a home run, double and a single from Dave Krieg. Rueger, a hard-throwing righthander, went all the way for Mt. Vernon allowing the Hunters six hits. Mt. Vernon collected 10 hits off Hunter southpaw Mark Hildebrand, who went the distance for the Hunters. The defeat ends the season for coach Jim Bardwell’s Huntingburg squad who finished with a record of 18-5.
The Rural Electrification Association has approved a $272,000 loan to the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative, according to word received this morning from the office of Congressman Roger Zion. A spokesman for Zion said the money will be used to finance 11 miles of distribution line to serve 240 new customers and other extensive improvements including three miles of new tie line and converting 18 miles of existing line and facilities, and to finance a new point of wholesale power distribution. Leo Hochgesang, manager of the Dubois REC, said the latter point involved lines to a new substation planned for the area north of Jasper.
The combined efforts of the Dietary Department of Memorial Hospital, the Community Affairs Commission of St. Joseph Church, and the Tri-Cap office of Economic Opportunity, have resulted in the inauguration of a “Meals on Wheels” program for Jasper. The program was launched on Monday, June 14, with the main thrust of this effort diverted toward providing a hot dinner to senior citizens who might not otherwise have a hot meal at any time during the day. The meals are prepared by the dietary department of the hospital and delivered by volunteers of the St. Joseph Parish Community Affairs Commission.
25 Years Ago
June 17, 1996
Phil Kendall said he just felt flat useless at first base, so he did something about it — in a big way. The Wildcats’ workhorse senior rocketed 11-ranked Jasper back to its second straight finals appearance with a Herculean effort. A Mars-bound three-run homer and 2 2/3 innings of goosebumps on the mound for a 3-2 storybook win over Floyd Central. Kendall and his scoreboard-clearing homer accounted for all of Jasper’s runs while his brief, yet all-important, stint on the hill booked the Wildcats reservations for the state finals at Indianapolis’ Bush Stadium. “This isn’t easy to do,” said Jasper coach Terry Gobert of his team’s return trip to the state finals. “It hasn’t been done here in almost 30 years.”
Ralph Humbert has been repairing shoes in the basement of his Jackson Street home since 1950. He learned the trade from his father, who began working in the same location in the 1930s. Many of his machines are decades old. Humbert, who is retired from Peabody Coal, now works only mornings in his shop. As a cobbler, Humbert, 65, says he has one job: “You try to make a shoe look new and feel old.”
Spring flooding did more than $200,000 in damage to Dubois County roads and bridges this year and could cause the county to cut back its 1996 road paving projects unless state or federal financial aid arrives. “This was the worst year we’ve had in my 15 years on the county highway department,” said Superintendent Bob Lichlyter. Heavy rains and high waters washed out road shoulders, caused earthen banks to collapse and undermined bridges, Lichlyter said. So much debris was washed out onto some roads that workers had to use road graders to clear the debris away.
Though the one-room Zoar school closed way back in 1933, the teacher who locked its two front doors that day plans to be on hand next year when former students celebrate the building’s centennial. Plans for a reunion and 100th birthday celebration are being made now. Lilly Beumer, 88, Holland, always likes to have a goal to reach for, and reminding her former students of their days there — during the school’s 100th birthday party — is her newest one. Lilly retired in 1971. Her 43 years in the classroom included stints in one- and two-room schools near Dale, Haysville and Portersville before coming to Zoar. The 1897 schoolhouse where she taught grades one through eight sits next to the Zoar United Methodist Church, almost on top of the Dubois-Pike county line.
Flooding and heavy rains this spring have prompted the Upper Patoka Conservatory District to ask for preventive measures. The district has asked the Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers to lower Patoka Lake’s winter pool levels from 533 feet to 530 feet. They also want to delay the target date for this level from April 1 to May 1. “It would increase the storage they have up there for water,” said Alan Small, district board member. “I’m not saying 530 feet would have made a great difference, but it would have made a difference.” The target date delay would allow the corps to release water slower, preventing some flooding in the bottom area, said Small, a farmer from Huntingburg.
The Dubois County Dragons are now faced with a very unfamiliar situation — a losing streak. The Anderson Lawmen came to Huntingburg Friday night and rocked the Dragons 14-5 in front of 900 fans. The Lawmen ripped the Dragon pitching staff for 14 hits, three of which went for extra bases. The Dragons stumbled to 6-4 in the Heartland League while the Lawmen inched closer to .500 at 5-6. Dragon starter Drew Durham, now 0-2, took the loss, while Rob Gamble picked up the win in his first decision of the year.
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