Looking Back: 6/20


As Scott Bradt hammered a sign into the ground and his wife, Alison, right, looked on, his mother Joyce Brandt, center left, and friend Susie Uebelhor discussed the placement of signs 25 years ago. The four distributed nearly 40 signs along U.S. 231 to show support of the Jasper baseball team before the state finals in Indianapolis. Herald file photo by Philip Holman. Published June 24, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
June 20, 1955

Pictured on the front page of this issue are 9 more Dubois County youths who left this morning for the induction center in Louisville where they will enter armed service. They will receive training at Fort Knox. Those pictured include Donald J. Kunz and Dennis A. Wagner of Jasper; Franklin H. Becher and Thomas F. Altman of Ferdinand; Oscar L. Schepers of St. Anthony; Norbert E. Matheis of Rt. 4, Jasper; Thomas H. Kreilein, Russell A. Elliott and Charles Roy Walls (group leader), all of Jasper.    

June 21

Junior-Senior life saving classes will begin at Pleasure Pool, according to an announcement by Janet Krodel, instructor. The junior class will start at 10 A. M. and will be open to boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15, inclusive. The senior class will begin at 7 P. M. and will be for boys and girls 16 years old and older.

Members of the Jasper CYO who are planning to go along on the trip to Vincennes Friday and who have not signed up, are urged to contact either Mary Carolyn Kiefer at 455-W or Marilyn Kreilein at 140-K as soon as possible. The busses will leave from the Club Room between 5:00 and 5:30 Friday evening. 

June 22

Huntingburg’s Jaycees are planning to sponsor an air show the latter part of July or early in August at the Huntingburg Municipal Airport. The air show is to include flight demonstrations and ground displays. The Jaycees plan to have a soft drink stand at the Stork Memorial Hospital benefit this Thursday. At their latest meeting, held last week at Municipal Park, the Jaycees had a work session, repainting the picnic tables and trash barrels and started construction of new ovens in the Jaycees’ addition to the park. Afterward, in their business meeting, the Jaycees completed arrangements for their Fourth of July picnic and turtle derby to be held at the park.

June 23

Mother M. Clarissa Riehl was re-elected as Mother Superior of the Ferdinand community of Benedictine sisters at an election held yesterday. Mother Clarissa has served as superior for one term of six years. The Most Rev. Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsmann, ordinary of the diocese, presided at the election. The Ferdinand community now numbers 350 capitulars, or voters, which includes all the sisters who have pronounced their perpetual vows. Mother Clarissa was reared at Troy. She has a sister, Sister Mary John, also of the Ferdinand community, who last year taught at Corydon. About 250 sisters now at the convent are registered for summer school at St. Benedict’s College in Ferdinand.   

June 24

The strike at Cook’s Brewery in Evansville has been settled and the bottling of 18,000 barrels of beer halted by the tie-up was being resumed today, according to word received this morning by Wilbur Siebert, local distributor. According to Mr. Siebert’s information, the company signed a two-year contract with its employees. Cook’s will maintain its same price per case as previously, he added.

John (Willie) Sakel and his brother, Don, former Happy Hunter netmen, are both in the coaching game. John will be an assistant coach at Winslow, where Kern McGlothlin once more has taken over the Eskimo reins, in 1955-56, and Don has signed as head mentor at Millersburg.   

June 25

The regular meeting of the Dubois County Rural Youth club was held Tuesday night at the Huntingburg park shelter house. President Bill Striegel called the meeting to order, and Dorothy Rothert led group singing. Linda Vogler gave the devotions. The roll call was answered by 23 members and 16 guests and two advisers were present. A special musical entertainment was given by Jim Durcholz and Linda Schitter. Pete Jochum, Jr., took the group on a tour of the Huntingburg Wood Products plant for the educational feature of the evening.   


50 Years Ago
June 22, 1970

Gentryville maintained sole possession of first place in the Lincolnland League standings Sunday with a 10-inning, 6-2 win over the Jasper Reds. In other action, Ireland and Holland remained one game out of the lead as Ireland defeated Holland, 7-4, and Mariah Hill topped Huntingburg, 8-4. Fred Crews and Halbig both had a double and a single to lead a 13-hit attack for Gentryville. Gabe Mehringer had a double and a single for Jasper, Dick Martin had 2 singles and Larry Stamm doubled.

Pictured in this issue is Wilfred Bohnert who is shown receiving an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the American Legion Post 147 of Jasper. The lifetime membership must be earned. For many years Bohnert served as the chairman of the Post Rifle Squad and as membership chairman. He is the third member of the post to be honored in this manner.   

June 23

The first Miss Santa Claus ever to be entered in the Miss Indiana Beauty Pageant is Sonya Anderson, 20, a senior physical education major and music minor at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro. She is being sponsored by the Santa Claus Chamber of Commerce. A resident of Rockport, Sonya will represent the Santa Claus area in the Miss Indiana pageant July 16-18.

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Gary Corbin. He is shown receiving the J-Men Lettermen Club Baseball Award this morning. J-Men member Gary Egler made the presentation . Corbin, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marv Corbin, was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats in baseball. A year ago Gary won the J-Men award in basketball.   

June 24

Dolly Madison Industries Inc., with Furniture Division headquarters in Huntingburg and manufacturing plants at both Huntingburg and Ferdinand, Tuesday filed a petition in the U. S. District Court in Philadelphia, asking the court to reorganize the company under Chapter 10 of the Bankruptcy Act. Richard T. Moore, president of the Furniture Division, was scheduled to fly to Philadelphia today to work “on all possibilities that may help the local situation,” according to a news release from the company. Bernard T. Perry, president of the Philadelphia-based food and furniture manufacturer, said the action was brought about by the company’s repeated inability to negotiate working capital financing with banks and other sources sufficient to permit effective operations. 

June 25

A field of 48 Dubois County amateur golfers will tee off Friday afternoon in the 1st Annual Dubois County Amateur Golf Open sponsored by the DAILY HERALD. The first 18 holes of the tournament Friday will be played over the new Jasper Municipal Golf Course. On Saturday the action will shift to the Jasper Country Club and on Sunday it will be concluded at the Huntingbug Country Club. A  blind draw was used to determine the starting times and foursomes for the first two days. The first foursome of the tourney will tee off at 12:30. In that group are Jack Davis, Howard Webber, Dale Hein and Dave Luegers. 

June 26

Father Robert Kress, 37-year-old Jasper native, and for the past two years an instructor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at the University of Evansville, has been named a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N. J. The appointment was announced this week by Dr. James McCord, president of the seminary. Father Kress, who holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome, will assume his new duties this fall. He resigned from the University of Evansville last March where he also served as Newman chaplain for Catholic students. He has been living at St. Wendel Parish in Posey County.   

June 27

Pictured in this issue are Mr. and Mrs. Chris Aufderhar of South Walnut St., Huntingburg, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 30. Mrs. Aufderhar, the former Hilda Bische, is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bische, and her husband is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Aufderhar, all of Huntingburg. The couple had  two sons, Arthur and Melvin, both deceased. They have four granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. Aufderhar was a school teacher for 11 years, and is a retired farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Aufderhar will celebrate the day quietly at their home with their grandchildren. 

25 Years Ago
June 26, 1995

It was a heart-wrenching way to lose a ballgame. In the top of the seventh, the game tied at 4-4, Jasper junior hurler Phil Kendall was called for a balk. As a result, Fort Wayne Concordia’s Ben Witzenman trotted home for what would become the winning run in the first semifinal game at Bush Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday. “He was just trying to change his grip on the ball,”said Wildcat coach Terry Gobert. “It was just a tough spot to be in.” “Without Phil Kendall we wouldn’t have even been in the state finals.”  The Cats, ranked number one in the preseason polls, finished the season with an outstanding 29-5 mark.   

June 27

The Greater Jasper school board spent big money at Monday night’s meeting to ensure students have access to computers and the Internet. Board members approved a $704,415 lease-purchase agreement with Jostens Incorporated, payable over three years. The agreement includes new computers at Fifth Street and Ireland elementaries as well as licensing and up-to-the-minute software for computers at other schools in the district. “At the elementary buildings, this will bring us to three student computers in each classroom and a teaching console that can also be used by students,” said superintendent Don Noblitt. “As you can imagine, this is not a cheap thing and could not be done in any one budget year.” School officials will spend $350,000 next year on the agreement and pay the rest off by December 31, 1997.      

June 28

Chad Overton blasted two homers and drove in four runs as the Jasper Reds downed the Rockport Bandits 10-7 on Tuesday night at Ruxer Field. Overton was 4-for-5 with two singles and two solo homers in the winning effort. Brett Wininger had two hits, including a solo homer, while Ryan Seidl, Chris Himsel and Mike Swartentruber each had two hits for the Reds. Nick Blessinger added a double. Kevin Werner picked up the victory on the mound for Jasper.

June 29

A semi-tanker overturned on U. S. 231 this morning spilling a ton of ammonium nitrate granules on the highway and into a nearby stream about three miles north of Haysville, according to state police.  At about 8:15 a. m., three deer jumped in front of the semi driven by Melvin Hornsby of Bremen, Ky., who served to avoid them, causing the tractor and its load to tip over. The truck, owned by Owensboro-based James and McCarty Trucking Co., was carrying the ammonium nitrate north to an explosives manufacturer in Bloomington. Ammonium nitrate is the chemical federal officials believe was used in the Oklahoma City bombing.   

June 30

There will be no TIF in Ferdinand this year: The town’s redevelopment commission voted not to declare hundreds of acres of undeveloped land around the town a “tax increment financing allocation area” at its meeting Thursday night. The 4-1 vote killed the plan for 1995. However, commission members said that after more study, they may take it up again next year. Commission president Tom Weyer said he wanted more information on the effects a TIF area would have on the school corporation and taxpayers. 

July 1

The Saturday feature in this issue is about the town of English. Tony Pappano, whose firm Insight Development, was hired to coordinate the $6 million relocation of English. At a distance of 1 1/4 miles further east and and an elevation of 250 feet higher than the turnoff to the old community hub, the new town of English boasts ammenities that the old town never had: planning, zoning, a sanitary sewer system and modern utilities under asphalt streets framed with rolled curbing. Pappano says the relocation of English is the largest relocation of a town in U. S. history, based on the 80 homes, 30 businesses and various county-seat offices moving. The new English is a 160-acre work in progress dominated by an impressive collection of relocated businesses in new brick buildings.

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