Looking Back: 6/15

Scott Seger agonizes over a missed putt on the second hole during the 24th annual Dubois County Amateur. Seger was a co-leader going into the final round. Seger's caddie John Seng reacts in the background. George Nord won the tournament. Herald file photo by Mark Osler. Published June 21, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
June 14, 1954

Charley White, Dubois County conservation officer, today reminded hunters that gigging frogs is permissible only during the months of March, April and May and that gigs may not be used during the last half of the season, which is now. He said squirrel season dates have been set for August 21 to October 20 and cautioned hunters that squirrels shot prior to the opening of the season can turn out to be pretty expensive. The bass season opens again on June 16, to run to April 30.   

June 15

Lessons for beginning swimmers under the Jasper summer recreation program will begin Thursday, June 24, instead of Thursday of this week as originally announced. Janet Krodel, instructor in swimming, is attending the Red Cross aquatic school for a course in life saving and water safety at Camp Limberlost near Lagrange, Ind. Miss Krodel’s trip is being sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 5.

Jerry Schneider, southpawing for the Jasper Junior Legion, twirled a one-hitter here Friday in an 8-1 victory over the Washington Legion youngsters. He held off the visitors after a leadoff single by Wildridge but lost the shut-out in the fifth when Smith walked, took second on a passed ball, stole third and scored when an attempted pickoff backfired.   

June 16 

Mr. and Mrs. William Fark of Huntingburg have received a letter from their son, Sgt. Richard Fark, who is stationed in Japan, telling them of some of the occupation tribulations. He wrote that it was so muddy over there it was hard to get in and out of their tents, also that his dad (who is a saw filer) ought to come over and file the army saws ­— the only way they’d cut, the sargeant wrote, was when the boys pulled up on them. Another son of the Farks, Lt. Chester Fark, a foreman at the G-E plant in Owensboro, Ky., leaves June 17 for a tour of naval duty at Key West, Fla. He will be accompanied by his wife and two daughters. They’ll be gone four weeks altogether. 

June 17

Pictured on the front page of this issue are six Dubois County young men who left this morning for induction into military service. All are volunteers. They include: Theodore J. Conrad of Haysville,  Charles F. Habig of Jasper (leader), Gene Ray Ingle, Birdseye, Harold W. Huebner, Haysville, Leo A. Giesler, Jr., Ferdinand and Louis R. Kemp of Huntingburg.

Jim Alles, president of Jasper Civic Sports, Inc., which operates the Jasper Reds club, announced that the next two I-K League games — both at home — will be played at night. They are with Ferdinand next Sunday and Rockport’s league leaders the following Sunday. Game time will be 8 o’clock. Alles also announced that an exhibition game with the Owensboro Oilers of the Class D Kitty League is being negotiated for a night late next month.   

June 18

From the Ferdinand News: Introduction of a new line of modern bedroom furniture at the Chicago furniture market later this month will signal entry of the Ferdinand Cabinet Co., now named Stylemaker Furniture Co., into the home furniture field. The firm hereafter will market its products under the Stylemaker trade name. Production of television cabinets, which was the major item produced by the Ferdinand Cabinet Co., will become a side line in the new setup, according to John Stimson, president of both the old and new companies.

June 19

Howard Buickel was hired yesterday as a teacher and assistant coach at Huntingburg High School, according to an announcement by Supt. Ray Goldman. He will succeed Roger Ingle, who will teach next fall at Bloomington High School. Buickel will assist with the Huntingburg football and basketball squads. He is licensed to teach English, physical education and science. Buickel has completed a year of graduate study at I. U. He also has played a year and a half of professional baseball with the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Braves.    

50 Years Ago
June 16, 1969

The South Spencer Rebels defeated the Jeffersonville Red Devils 2 to 1 in the opening game of the Jasper semi-state Saturday. The game ranks as one of the most exciting tournament games ever played in the local tourney and is one of the most exciting ever to be played at Recreation Field. The two talented teams battled on even terms for 14 and one-third innings before it all ended on Tyreece Rowan’s home run in the bottom of the 15th. Neither team scored until the tenth inning when both teams scored a run. Jeffersonville’s run came on a home run by Joe Hill. It was the first run the Rebel pitching staff had allowed thus far in the state tourney! The host Jasper Wildcats and the Brazil Red Devils take up where they left off Saturday — Jasper leading, 3-2, with one out in the top of the fourth inning. The winner will face South Spencer at 8 p. m. tonight in the championship game.

June 17

The combination of steady pitching and timely hitting carried the South Spencer Rebels to a 7-0 victory over the Jasper Wildcats Monday night at Recreation Field in Jasper in the championship game of the semi-state. Jasper had advanced to the finals earlier in the day with a 4-2 win over Brazil. The South Spencer win marked the end to Jasper’s hold on the Southern Semi-State. The Wildcats had won the first two semi-states sponsored by the IHSAA and featured a 20-2 record in tournament play going into Monday’s final game. Jasper, a young team that went into the tourney with a 5-9 record, finishes up with an 11-10 season mark. 

June 18

Miss Deborah Frick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Frick, is confined to a wheel chair and has never been able to use the facilities of the Jasper Public Library. Yesterday was opening day for the expanded library building and Deborah was able to make her first visit, courtesy of the new ramp adjoining the Main Street side stairway of the library. An avid reader of ancient history and science, Deborah has been supplied with  literature at home by her father who made the trip to the library for her. An “A” student at St. Joseph’s grade school, Deborah found time this past year to win a PTO Award. Deborah will be in the eighth grade this fall and is interested in a career in either research or teaching. 

June 19

James Wahl of Ferdinand, who formerly taught and coached at St. Ferdinand and Dale High School, has been appointed principal of Dubois High School in the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation. The announcement was made today by Don Pope, superintendent of the district. Wahl succeeds James Bunnell, who resigned after one year in the position.Wahl is married to the former Doretha Klueh of Ferdinand. The couple has six children.   

June 20

WFIE-TV’s  plans to sponsor an antique auto tour to Jasper in September were announced today by the station’s vice president and general manager, Kelly Atherton. The fourth annual old-time auto tour is set for the weekend of September 20-21. It will leave from Evansville Saturday morning, spend the night in Jasper and return to Evansville Sunday afternoon. Close to 100 antique and classic cars from throughout the tri-state area are expected to participate. The tour itinerary, covering approximately 140 miles, will take cars through Vanderburgh, Gibson, Pike, Dubois and Warrickcounties. The tour has been sponsored by Channel 14 in cooperation with Evansville’s Old Tyme Auto Club.   

June 21

The highway on Jasper’s north side will be widened to four lanes next spring from a point near the State Police post, where it is already four-lanes wide, northward to 36th Street (Portersville Road). State Senator Emil Schmutzler, who conferred in Jasper yesterday with Ruel Steele, chairman of the State Highway Commission, said this morning he has a commitment from Steele that this project will have the No. 1 priority in the Vincennes district for highway construction in the spring of 1970. Steele said that the state will pay for the cost of widening the highway (Ind. 45-56 and U. S. 231) and construct curb and gutter if the City of Jasper will pay for the cost of installing the drainage system. Mayor Jack Newton said this morning that estimates he has been given on the city’s cost range from $20,00 to $50,000, but, said Newton, Jasper will have the money available by that time to pay its share of the cost. 

25 Years Ago
June 20, 1994

Gibson Southern second baseman Greg Kissel came into Saturday’s semi-state semifinal game at Ruxer Field with a .184 batting average, nine hits and only two RBI’s in the entire ‘94 season. Hit No. 10 made Kissel look like Ted Williams. With two out in the top of the sixth and the score tied, Kissel single home Jeff Lear to defeat Jasper 6-5 in the first game of the semistate.The loss ended Jasper’s  bid for a sixth semistate crown, leaving it with a 25-9 record. Gibson Southern (31-3) would eventually go on to capture the semistate title, defeating Clarksville Providence 8-2 in the final. Providence downed Martinsville, 6-3, in the other semifinal game.   

June 21

An educator turned administrator who once taught Southwest special-education students was hired Monday as the new principal at Holland and Crestview. Leah Jessee replaces Don Stephens, who retired after 23 years with the Southwest District. Jessee resigned as assistant principal at Pike Central before taking the Southwest position. She is married to Jeff Jessee, the assistant principal at Jasper High School. Jessee completed her undergraduate work at Vincennes University and Indiana State University. She completed her graduate work at ISU also, majoring in secondary education. She has eight years of teaching experience, including her time teaching emotionally handicapped children in the Southwest as recently as 1993. 

June 22

A brief but powerful storm blew through Wickliffe and nearby areas of Patoka Lake Tuesday afternoon, uprooting trees, overturning trailers and damaging roofs. The wind moved a two-ton dump truck 300 feet, said Doug Boone, manager of the Wild Ridge RV Resort near the Patoka Lake entrance. “It lifted it out of the parking lot, across the road, two ditches and a fence,” Boone said. “It sat down upright in the field.”  “Amazing...there’s not a mark on it,” he said. “It’s even still in gear.”   

June 23

Organizers of the Marian Family Day celebration, which will be held at the Providence Home Grottos Saturday, are expecting close to 2,000 people. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90’s, organizers are taking precautions. Walter Thompson, co-chairman of the Marian Family Day Mass, said 20 ushers have been trained for emergencies. They will wear special armbands and anyone who feels sick should go to them. Nurses at the Providence Home will be nearby and for serious emergencies the hospital is only a block away. The celebration will begin with singing at 3:30 p.m. A speech by Bishop Gettlefinger, a rosary, a family procession and a mass with follow. People from across the state will participate and 29 eucharisitic ministers will be there.

June 24

A group from Pfaffenweiler will soon make the same journey across the ocean  ancestors of many Jasper residents made more than a century ago. The Accordian Club and the Traditional Dance Group will leave Germany and arrive in Jasper on August 1 and will entertain the crowds at the Strassenfest with music, dance and plays, illustrating their ancestors’ voyage to America. Mayor Fritz Gutgsell and Father Hans Scheurmann will join the 82 members of the group for the trip to their sister city.   

June 25

Brad Ahlbrand (Jasper High School 1990) a recent graduate of Depauw University, competed this spring as a member of the Tiger baseball team. Ahlbrand earned his third varsity letter this season and was the team’s third leading hitter at .373. He earned all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference first team honors as well as honorable mention all-Mideast accolades. Ahlbrand hit safely in 25 games this year, including seven of the last eight. Ahlbrand’s 112 career base hits ranks fourth in Depauw history as do his 335 at bats. His 23 doubles rank sixth in school history. The Tigers finished the season with a 24-12 record and an 8-4 mark in conference play which was good enough for a three-way tie for first place.   

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