Looking Back: 6/21

The Patoka River flooded at Jasper the last week of March in 1913, turning the city’s clay streets pure mud. The April 4, 1913, issue of the Jasper Herald reported that property owners suffered losses amounting to $15,000 in what is referred to as “The Great Flood.” Since that time, Jasper has experienced floods that have been more devastating and cost far more in the damages. (Photograph taken from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff)

65 Years Ago
June 20, 1949
Six students from Dubois County were awarded degrees at the twin commencement exercises of Purdue University held Sunday in the Hall of Music. At the exercises at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, baccalaureate degrees were conferred upon graduates of the engineering schools  and at exercises at 2:30 upon graduates of other schools  and curricula. Dubois County recipients of degrees were: Richard G. Kunkel, Jasper, bachelor of science; Norbert C. Alles, Jasper, bachelor of science in pharmacy; John Edward Eckerle, Jasper, bachelor of science in agriculture; Carl F. Stuehrk, Jasper, bachelor of science in electrical engineering; Waldo B. Feldmeyer, Huntingburg, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering; and Louis C. Young, Huntingburg, bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering.

Most of the action in the I-K baseball league was red hot yesterday afternoon and Dubois County’s loop entries were in the thick of it. The Ferdinand Cardinals, for instance, tangled with Tell City  in a fourteen-inning struggle which was settled in the Grays’ favor, 5-4. At Cannelton, meanwhile, the Huntingburg Merchants suffered a similar fate, losing by the same score, 5-4, in 12 frames. Jasper’s Reds emerged from an argument-filled game with the Rockport Kiwanis with a 5-4 victory in a game which was played under protest after the seventh inning.

June 21
O. A. Kremp was elected Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Jasper Council 1584, at the assembly’s meeting last night. He succeeds A. W. Flick, who has headed the Assembly  since it was organized two years ago.  Other officers elected were V. J. Bohnert, captain; Theo J. Welp, admiral; E. B. Knies, pilot; Karl Mehringer, inner sentinel; Paul Wuchner, outer sentinel, and Harry Beckman, faithful comptroller.

More than 800 friends will honor Gil Hodges, former Petersburg boy now playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, when they play the Cardinals at St. Louis, Sunday, July 31. The Petersburg residents will take a special train over the B and O Railroad from Washington, Indiana to St. Louis and return. The St. Louis club owners have arranged for 800 lower stand seats to accommodate the fans who will root against their team.

June 22
State Adjutant General Robinson Hitchcock today recommended rejection of bids on construction of six new National Guard motor storage armories, including one in Jasper. The adjutant general said the bids received exceeded the architect’s estimate.

Members of the 1949 state champion Jasper Wildcat basketball team were guests of the Jasper Jaycees at a chicken fry at Wib Siebert’s camp on the White River. More than forty players, coaches, and Jaycees attended the affair.

June 23
Construction of Memorial Hospital of Dubois County according to plans and specifications for a 79-bed institution, was assured today in view of favorable bids received by the hospital association this morning. The total of the low bids for general construction, plumbing, heating and ventilating, and electrical, was $806,475 or $83,025 under the architect’s estimate of $889,500. The amount raised by popular subscription, by contribution of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, and the federal grant is $1,050,000. This leaves the sum of $243,525 for the purchase of beds and other furniture and equipment for the surgery, etc., the grading of the grounds and completion of the parking area, drives, etc. It is estimated that the amount will be sufficient to provide the best in the way of equipment, instruments, etc.

June 24
The ordination service for Calvin H. Schumacher, son of Rev. and Mrs. Theo. F. Schumacher of Huntingburg, will take place next Sunday evening in the Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church in Huntingburg. The ordination service will begin at 8 o’clock. Calvin H. Schumacher  has accepted the position of pastor of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church at Henderson, Ky. He expects to begin his work about July 15.

June 25
At a joint meeting of the Memorial Hospital Association, board of directors and advisory council held yesterday afternoon, it was mutually agreed to place the construction work of the hospital in the hands of a building committee consisting of competent  and experienced construction and supply men. The committee consists of the following: Andrew Berger, Marcus Kuper, Henry Miller, William Fritch, Louis J. Eckstein, Claude Gramelspacher, Edwin Krempp, Arnold Habig, Claude Beiter, Arlo Breidenbaugh, Lawrence Hochgesang and Donald Marks.

50 Years Ago
June 22
Jim Cawood, former Dubois coach, has been signed to coach basketball at Dale High School, it has been announced by Trustee Benno Schum.  Cawood will be replacing Del Harris who resigned the post recently to accept a similar position at Spencer. The 31-year-old cage mentor is single  and is the son of Mrs. Hazel Cawood of Petersburg.

Lloyd Schriever, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schriever of Holland, received the Boy Scout God and Country Award at the Sunday morning worship service at St. Paul’s Church. The presentation was made by Melvin Schroeder, assistant Scoutmaster.

June 23
Eleven students from Dubois County are attending the summer quarter which began June 15 at Lockyear’s Business College, reports Don Rebel, registrar. They are James Jahn, Randall Schuetter, Larry Streicher, Clinton Larry Ruckriegel, and Martin Wm. Schroering, all of Jasper; Susan Gosman, Martha Rae Birk and James Louis Weisman of Huntingburg, Sylvia Matheis of Dubois, Ronald Heim of Ireland and Donna Mehringer of Ferdinand.

A couple of surprises turned up in Jasper City Softball League play Monday night at Recreation Field. Jasper Rubber Products won a 7-0 forfeit victory over previously once-beaten Heichelbech’s in the first game when the latter failed to field ten players at the 7 p.m. game time. The Moose Club knocked off previously unbeaten K. of C. by an 8 to 6 count in the nightcap.

June 24
The Jasper City Police  have begun a crackdown on the reckless driving that has been prevalent in the vicinity of the Jasper Youth Center on the nights activities are scheduled there. By using both regular patrol cars and unmarked cars, city police have picked up several youthful drivers who were not observing speed limits, and were driving in a reckless manner. Those who were picked up were warned, and if there is a second offense, their licenses will be revoked.

June 25
A group of youngsters from the northeast section of Jasper would like to see a more demonstrative observance of Independence Day in their community on July Fourth. And they have told the mayor so. Twenty children of varying ages trooped into Mayor Jack Newton’s office Wednesday morning, replete with appropriate signs, to seek the mayor’s assistance in their effort. Their spokesman was Billy Alles, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome “Chick” Alles, who read a petition to Mayor Newton asking him to have Jasper join a national movement of ringing bells on the Fourth of July commemorating the birth of our nation.  Following the presentation of the petition, Mayor Newton assured the group that he would prepare a suitable proclamation and would contact various churches in the community to seek their cooperation with the ringing of their church bells on the Fourth.

June 26
Charles Hoffman, an eighth grader at Tenth Street School, was named the Outstanding Safety Patrol Boy for the Jasper area, Wednesday while attending the Tri-State Safety Patrol Summer Training School at the YMCA Camp Carson, Princeton. The three-day school was sponsored by the Evansville Police Department and under the direction of Lt. Leroy Robinson, instructor of child safety. Hoffman received a Bruce Lomax Safety Patrol honor pin and an Evansville Press safety patrol medal. The school was attended by 54 safety patrol boys from six different communities representing 11 schools.
The Jasper Lions Club held their annual Installation banquet last night at the American Legion Club in Jasper, and Robert Obermeier was installed as president of the Jasper Chapter of Lions International by District Governor Rex Malone of Odon. Other officers installed last night included: 1st vice-president, Gene Gramelspacher; 2nd vice-president, Joe Steurer; 3rd vice-president, Matt Slaats; secretary, Rev. Donald Schoo; treasurer, Robert Klueh; directors, Dr. Tom Eversman, Tom Hynes, John Nicholson and Walter Stutz; tail-twister, Guy Hurst; and lion-tamer, Wes Settle.

June 27
Statistics on the first half of the Deer Trail League season, released today by Roger Davis, secretary-treasurer of the loop, reveal that Ron Tow of Shoals and Charlie Brauser of Oakland City have the best pitching records with identical 4-1 records. Leading home run hitters include Jerry Treadway, Shoals, with six; Max Olinger of Stendal with four and Charles Dant of Shoals, Larry Emge and Bob Peach of Stendal, have three apiece.

25 Years Ago
June 19
Roger Curry won the 20th annual Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament, sponsored by The Herald. Curry held off late charges by Skip Place and Tully Sakel to win his first title by one stroke Sunday at the Jasper Country Club.

Jasper enforced its lead in the Southern Indiana Semipro League Sunday by blanking Tell City in both games of a twinbill at Recreation Field. One of those wins  featured the no-hit pitching of Red’s righthander Todd Krapf.  Ferdinand, meanwhile, slipped to third place in the league after absorbing a pair of losses handed down by St. Wendel.

June 20
Jenna Marie Henriott, 3, recently won first place for her age division in the annual Robert McCarty Photography Most Photogenic Child contest. Her winning photograph, along with other contestants, is on display this week in the main lobby of the German American Bank. As a result of her winning first place, Jenna is entitled to a 16x20 portrait of her choice. Jenna is the daughter of Jay and Rosie (Marks) Henriott of 1225 West 13th St., Jasper.

June 21
Barbara Brosmer and Diane Kay Wagner have recently received their baccalaureate of science degrees in nursing at Indiana State University School of Nursing, Terre Haute. Pinning and commencement exercises were held at the Heritage Ballroom, Tirey Memorial Union Building, on May 6. Ms. Brosmer, daughter of Robert and Ramona Brosmer, is employed by Travcorp and is assigned to Symms Hospital in Boston, Mass. Ms. Wagner, daughter of Joe B. and Claretta Wagner, is employed by St. Vincent’s Hospital and Health Care Center in Indianapolis on the sixth floor east medical wing.

June 22
Jasper batters collected 15 hits off Ferdinand pitcher Jeff Biggs and the Reds tallied a 10-2 win Wednesday in Southern Indiana Semipro League action played in Ferdinand. P. J. Wessel and Tom Alles paced the Reds’ attack with three singles each. Jerry Alles and J. D. Scott hit home runs for Jasper. Tim Fehribach picked up the win on the mound for the Reds, his third of the season.

June 23
Residents gathered Thursday night in Dubois to recognize the contributions to the community by a former secretary of the Dubois Chamber of Commerce, a former president of the town board, and a former high school teacher and coach. They also honored an accountant for Dubois Elevator, a 28-year director of the German American Bank, the president of the Dubois Water Utilities, and a person instrumental in forming the community club, the fire department and the Northeast Little League organization. All of those contributions, and more, have come from one man–68-year-old Ralph Seger. Seger was honored as the Dubois Leading Citizen last night. He thinks it is the duty of every citizen “to use his God-given talents to the betterment of mankind.”

June 24
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the SCORE counseling service is progressing quite well and is available to all residents of Dubois and surrounding counties. Jasper is a satellite branch of the Evansville SCORE Chapter 268.  SCORE  is the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a non-profit association providing free business counseling. Our local counselors are Vernon Reising, Carl Seng and Edward Schaaf. 

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