Looking Back: 6/19June 18, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
June 18, 1956
Ireland’s Merchants blasted out 16 hits as they defeated Portersville, 11-3, in a Deer Trail League game played at Ireland. For Ireland, Junie Schnarr belted a pair of home runs. Jack Stradtner got a double and two singles and Rich Mehringer poked a couple of doubles. Rich Mehringer went the distance for Ireland scattering eight hits. Jiggs Ruxer was the only Redleg able to collect two hits for Portersville. The Reds’ biggest blow was a three-run homer by George Rudolph in the ninth after Eddie Harker and Junie Himsel singled.
Approximately 40 women are expected to tee off Wednesday to launch the fourth annual Dubois County Country Club Blind Bogey golf tournament. The tourney, in which ordinary golfers have just as good a chance to win as do the top clubbies, is expected to draw a record entry this year. A tailor-made suit, valued at $100, will be the first prize in the blind bogey phase of the meet. Meanwhile, the golfer aiming for the low gross awards will be shooting for the Dubois County State Bank trophies this year. Among the favorites in the battle for the trophies this year will be Norb Alles, former Dubois County Country Club champion, who turned in a 4-under par 64 during a practice round last week.
Danny Lueken, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Urban Lueken of Ferdinand, was fatally injured shortly before noon today when a tractor turned over on him while he was operating the tractor on the farm of an uncle, Alfred Weyer, near Ferdinand. Besides the parents, Danny is survived by a sister, Patty. The body is at the Victor Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.
Gathering fourteen hits last night, the Jasper Reds outlasted Rockport, 10-8, in an Indiana Night League game. It was the most hits of the season for the youthful Reds (the oldest player in the starting lineup was 22-year-old Ferdy Kleiser). Monte Denbo, picking up his second win of the season, shut out Rockport for six and two-third innings before tiring from the heat. The hitting stars for Jasper were Bob Reinhart with two homers and a single and Roger Kaiser with a home run, triple and a single. Ferdy Kleiser, besides doubling once in four trips to the plate, played a fine defensive game in the outfield, twice robbing Rockport of extra base blows.
Signs were put up along Mill Street in Jasper between Sixth and Ninth Streets yesterday to designate the three-block stretch on Mill as a one-way street, from Ninth north to 15th Street. The decision to limit three more blocks to one-way traffic was made at the last meeting of Mayor Lorey and the city council. Some more signs have also been put up in the residential area limiting the speed of motor vehicles to 25 miles an hour, and up to 10 miles an hour around the public Square. The speed limit in the Memorial Hospital zone is 20 miles per hour.
The Deer Trail League’s top batters will face the leagues toughest pitchers tomorrow afternoon at Ireland when the North All-Stars face the South All-Stars in a mid-season exhibition game. Making up the Northern team, which will be piloted by Ted Conrad and Luther Eisenhut, will be players from Washington, Dubois, Portersville and Haysville. Rudy Schitter of Ireland and Ken Kaiser of Holland will handle the Southern team, made up of players from Stendal, Holland and Ireland. Proceeds from the game will help to swell the depleted league treasury, according to league president Amos Leinenbach.
50 Years Ago
June 21, 1971
Bill Dittmer, Jr., of Huntingburg, the defending Dubois County Amateur Golf Champion, took up where he left off a year ago and shot an even par 70 Sunday afternoon at the Huntingburg Country Club to grab a 3-stroke lead in the opening round of the 1971 tournament. Bill Rowekamp of Jasper, who had an 18-hole total of 73, is three strokes back in second place. Veteran Corny Krapf is in third place with a 74.
Barry Burnett blasted a grand slam homer in the first inning and Rick Weisman hit a game-winning 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as the Jasper Reds defeated Mariah Hill, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at Recreation Field, knocking the Yankees out of first place. Weisman, who relieved Ted Young in the fourth inning, was the winning pitcher. Randy Flamion was the loser.
Over 200 persons living in the Greater Jasper School Corporation attended a public information meeting in the 5th Street School cafeteria Monday night to learn what has taken place thus far on a proposed new high school. Such items as organization, program, schematic plans, site selection and financing were discussed. Phil Buecher, president of the school board, expressed his thanks for the turnout on a muggy night. Walter Stutz, superintendent of the school corporation, presented to the gathering the results of several studies that had been made earlier indicating that crowded conditions existed at the high school.
More opposition to electric rate increases — proposed by Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Company — surfaced Tuesday when the City of Huntingburg filed a petition to intervene in the case. Huntingburg Mayor Dale Helmerich filed the petition with the Indiana Public Service Commission, which must review the utility’s request. Huntingburg joined the City of Evansville and the AFL-CIO Labor Council of Vanderburgh, Posey and Warrick counties in opposing the proposed hike. Public Counselor Carl Van Doran will also argue against the increases on the public’s behalf.
Two former Holland High School and Oakland City basketball stars have been named principal and head basketball coach at their alma mater. Ray Roesner, 35, who has served as the head basketball coach at Holland the last two years, Wednesday night was named principal by the board of school trustees of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation. At the same time, the board named 33-year-old Joe Todrank as head basketball coach, replacing Roesner. Todrank comes to Holland from Barr-Reece High School in Montgomery, where he served five years as head coach.
Miss Dixie Traylor of Rt. 1, Otwell, was crowned recently as queen of the 1971 Indiana Rose Festival. She was selected from among 35 candidates for the honor and was crowned by Sylvia Hitchcock of Winter Park, Florida, Miss Universe of 1967. Miss Traylor, 17, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Traylor and is a model at the Vincennes Beauty College. Dixie Traylor will be making appearances throughout the country for the Indiana Rose Festival during the coming year.
The Jasper Legion baseball team defeated Brazil, 5-4, Friday night for their third victory in seven outings. Steve Uebelhor, with ninth inning relief help from Dave Bromm, was the winning pitcher for Jasper. Greg Berger led the 10-hit attack with a solo homer in the seventh inning which proved to be the winning run. Berger, who also homered in the Legion’s last game, had an RBI single in the third. Bob Alles had a double and a single while Mark Hildebrand and Tim Blessinger both had two singles for Jasper.
25 Years Ago
June 24, 1996
In name it is merely a state championship, in form of only a trophy of metal and wood. In essence, however, its worth — so personal and varied — is immeasurable. Jasper, which fir generations has in the desert of also-rains, had a 47-year thirst quenched Saturday when the Wildcats won their first-ever IHSAA baseball state championship with a definitive 13-6 win over Merrillville. “I wish I could this into words right now,” stammered Jasper coach Terry Gobert, following his club’s watershed victory. Gobert’s never-say-due Wildcats (31-5) collected Jasper’s first state title since Cabby O’Neill’s upstart crew captured the IHSAA boys basketball crown in 1949.
The Southwest Dubois School Corporation could break ground on its proposed elementary building project about a year from now if everything goes smoothly, according to a timetable presented by the project’s architect Monday night. Once the school board formally proposes a project, it would take a minimum of about 300 days to send out legal notices, complete the demonstration process, get approval from the state, advertise for bids and begin construction. “We’re looking at a minimum of 11 months before we could turn a shovel, and that’s if everything falls into place,” said school corporation attorney Phil Schneider. “It’s a long, arduous journey.”
At a meeting tonight, local Catholics will have a chance to find out about proposed staffing changes in the Evansville Diocese. What the declining number of priests means to the diocese will be the topic of the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Ireland. “We’ve been talking about problems in the future for some time and we all go into denial,” said the Rev. Joseph Ziliak, chairman of the Future Parish Staffing Task Force. When you start throwing figures out like this, it is clear that things are going to change.” Right now, the diocese has 68 active priests and 73 parishes. By 2005, the diocese projects only 45 priests will be active. While every year the diocese gains a priest, it is also loses three through retirements, resignations or death.
A committee will recommend two options for disposing of the old Huntingburg city office, and neither involves a wrecking ball. Option No. 1 is selling the building, which was recently appraised at $80,000. Members of the advisory committee studying the building’s fate said Wednesday that councilmen should explore two avenues for a sale during the next six months. Option No. 2, should the old city hall not sell, would be to declare it a slum and blighted building in order to seek a $500,000 grant for its partial renovation. The old office could then be sold to a developer who could secure special financing to finish it out as a commercial space, as condos or some combination of uses. Councilmen will ponder the committee’s suggestions Monday.
A Jasper man in the Air National Guard is improving the quality of life of Romanian children as part of the first joint military operation between Romanian and American troops in over 50 years. Tech Sgt. Kent A. Judy, with the 181st Civil Engineering Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, is currently working in the port city of Constanta, Romania, as part of a unique annual training mission. Judy said he is proud to be part of the mission. Over 200 members of the National Guard are participating in the goodwill mission that began June 1 and runs through July 19.
Ryan Vaupel, standout at Forest Park High School the past season, will play basketball at Brescia College in Owensboro this fall. Vaupel will attend Brescia on an academic scholarship and be a full-time member of the men’s team. Brescia is an NAIA Division 1 program that competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Under the direction of coach John Riley, Brescia was 14-17 last year but 25-7 in the 1994-95 campaign.
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