Looking Back: 6/22

Caty Haskins, 6, Huntingburg, investigated turtles during a carnival at the Huntingburg City Park 25 years ago. The carnival was one of the daily activities planned for the summer-long Huntingburg Park and Recreation summer playground program. Staff photo by Tracy L. Albano. Published June 24, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
June 21, 1954

The Jasper Reds had two big innings in downing the Ferdinand Cardinals at Recreation Field last night. The contest was actually a stiffer battle than the final score indicates. For five and one-half innings the goose eggs piled up on the big black and yellow scoreboard in centerfield as Jasper’s Jerry Clark and Cardinal southpaw Frank Crews dueled from the hill. Jasper got its first three runs in the sixth when Clark was safe on an error and went to second on Renneisen’s sacrifice. Rex Wells punched out a single to score Clark, stole second and came in when Jack Engleman doubled. Chick Alles singled home Engleman. Four insurance runs came in the eighth as the result of a grand slam home run by Chick Alles. It was the first bases-loaded home run at Recreation Field in two years.

June 22

Dr. John Bretz of Huntingburg, the Dubois County health officer, this morning announced that he has not been able to find any basis for a rumor to the effect that visitors to Lincoln Park have been contracting typhoid at the popular vacation spot. Dr. Bretz said he has called all the doctors in Huntingburg, and also Dr. L. A. Salb, the Jasper city health officer, and none has heard of anybody contracting typhoid at Lincoln State Park. Dr. Medcalf, the health officer of Spencer County, in which Lincoln State Park and lake are located, also told Dr. Bretz that he has not heard of  any cases of typhoid developing as a result of swimming or picnicking at Lincoln State Park. 

June 23

This morning’s Evansville Courier carried a human interest feature story about an Evansville couple, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Patrick, and their 14-year-old son, Ronnie. The Courier reported that Mr. Patrick and his boy were alive because of the heroic rescue work of eye-witnesses when the father and son were caught in the treacherous rapids of Hindostan Falls near Shoals last Sunday afternoon. The Patricks said one of the resucers was 27-year-old Tom Sherfick, Jr., who lost his own life by drowning about a half hour after the rescue. According to Mr. Patrick, their other rescuer, who like the late Tom Sherfick, rates as a hero in their book, is Tom Bell of Loogootee.   

June 24   

Although their fielding bogged down, Jasper’s Reds had more than enough plate power last night to pull through a 14-12 triumph over the Decker Aces at Recreation Field  in an exhibition contest. The Pfeffermen displayed plate strength from the outset of the game but suddenly saw a wide margin dwindle to exactly nothing as bobbles (6 of them) afield and Chick Alles’ tiring arm enabled the Aces to pull abreast. The issue was apparently settled in the fourth — so Jasper fans thought — when Chick Alles grand slammed for the second consecutive game to make it 12-3. The sacks-loaded round tripper earned the big Redleg his second award of $10 in merchandise from Vic’s Home & Auto Supply, a standing offer by Vic’s through the years. Chick hammered a single, double and homer in three trips while Rocky Renneisen got four safe blows in six trips, including the game-winning home run in the eighth. 

June 25

The second-annual all-pony and equitation show of the Indiana Shetland Pony Breeders Association, Inc., will be held next Sunday at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. It has been announced by the program committee that more than $1,400 in prizes and trophies will be awarded. The event is being sponsored by the Huntingburg post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which will receive all receipts above expenses. This will be one of the best events of its kind in the tri-state area this year. Some of the top ponies from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio will be present.   

June 26

The members of the Loogootee city council have awarded contracts for improvements to the Loogootee water system totalling $218,790. The largest single contract was awarded to Kieffer Bros. of Mt. Carmel, whose bid for the transmission mains and distribution system was $136,100. A contract for the drilling and equipment of a well was given some time ago to the Layne-Northern Company, of Indianapolis, whose bid price was $22,500. Outstanding bonds on the present water plant are $33,000. Thus, new contracts will bring the total indebtedness to $241,790. 

50 Years Ago
June 23, 1969

The worst fire in the Celestine community since the school building burned down about 30 years ago occurred Sunday morning when Plant No. 1 of the United Cabinet Corporation was destroyed by fire after a bolt of lightning struck in the region of the spray booths. It marked the second time that the plant was struck by lightning. About ten years ago lightning struck the chimney and Mrs. Gene Smith was fatally injured by falling bricks. Yesterday’s fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. during some of the violent weather that marked the weekend. 

June 24

As soon as weather conditions permit the operators of a carnival that was to open on Jasper’s south side will be moving out. At the suggestion of Prosecuting Attorney Roger Brown, the American Legion yesterday agreed not to sponsor the carnival’s appearance following the arrest of three carnival workers on local robbery charges. The three, William Napier, 28, of Cincinnati, John F. Szymanski, 25, of New York City, and Linda Sue Carillo, 22, of California, were put under $25,000 bond each Monday afternoon by Judge Howard A. King. 

June 25 

Sixty boys on bicycles, accompanied by their adult leaders, will pedal their way through Jasper and Ferdinand next month while on a week-long tour known as “History on Wheels.” On the afternoon of Sunday, July 6, they will ride into Vincennes preparatory to starting the tour. The members of the group are enrolled in the Little Hoosier Historian division of the Indiana Junior Historical Society. They hail from Washington, Muncie, Indianapolis, Centerville, Rushville, Batesville and Winslow. The Dubois County Historical Society will be host to the group when it visits Jasper on Wednesday, July 9, and will take the boys on a tour of furniture plants and St. Joseph’s Church. On the following day the group will make a stop at Ferdinand for a visit to the Academy of Immaculate Conception. Further information on the tour will be given in a later story.   

June 26

Two priests who are natives of Jasper have received new assignments, it has been announced by Msgr. Thomas J. Clark at the Chancery Office of the Evansville Diocese. Father Donald Ackerman, son of Dr. and Mrs.  C. W. Ackerman, will assume the pastorate of St. Raphael’s Church at Dubois. He is presently serving as superintendent of Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville. The present St. Raphael’s pastor, the Rev. Paul Stone, will be transferred to Resurection Church in Evansville. Father Roman Vollmer, son of Mrs. Theresa Vollmer of Jasper, has been assigned to St. John’s Church at Loogootee to succeed Father Gene Heerdink. The latter is being transferred to St. Matthew’s Church at Mt. Vernon. Father Vollmer is presently at Resurrection Church in Evansville.  The new assignments will become effective on Friday of this week.

June 27

A 21-year-old Ferdinand soldier who was married at St. Anthony less than a month ago, has been killed in Vietnam, his wife and his parents have been informed. The victim of the combat action was Sgt. David L. Nord, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Nord of Ferdinand. He was given a 21-day leave last month and returned to the states. On Sunday afternoon, June 1, he was married to Louann Hasenour, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hasenour of St. Anthony, in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Father Malachy Fulton, O.S.B., the pastor, officiated at the ceremony. On June 14, two weeks after his marriage, Sgt. Nord left again for Vietnam.   

June 28

Time was turned back Saturday evening, when the Ritual of the Jewel and Exempler Chapters of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the sorority in Jasper. The Jasper Country Club was the setting for a party to commemorate the occasion. Pictured in this issue are the six original officers of the sorority. They include: Betty Sturm, Norma Miley, Polly Brendle, Alma Eckert, Jinx Hardwick and Louise Sonderman. 

25 Years Ago
June 27, 1994

A local businessman, one of three state finalists in the retail/wholesale category, was named the winner of the category in Indiana’s 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year competition Friday. Charles A. Stenftenagel, owner of Sten’s Corporation, will go on to the national competition where winners from all categories across the country will compete for one national spot. The winner will be featured on the December cover of Inc. Magazine. The national conference will be held Nov. 10-13 in Palm Springs, California. 

June 28

Fifth graders at Tenth Street Elementary School won’t be moving into the main building with their younger classmates when school begins. Instead, they’ll be in the school’s older section, the 67-year-old building purchased from St. Joseph’s Parish in the 1980’s. The students could remain in the old building as late as Thanksgiving, assistant superintendent Larry Riggs said at Monday’s school board meeting. “I truly believe we will beat that deadline, but with the numerous setbacks on this project, I don’t want to make any promises,” he said. Third-and fourth-grade students will move into the new part of Tenth Street School on time, Riggs added.   

June 29

Terri Tempel, of Gentryville, is the president of the state chapter of FFA but that doesn’t mean she is going to be a farmer. Miss Tempel, a 1994 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, is spending one year at the FFA center in Trafalgar. During her term she will plan summer camps, organize group activities, help publish a monthly newsletter, oversee district kickoffs and make appearances on behalf of FFA. After her term, Tempel plans to study sales marketing at Purdue University. Eventually she wants to work in public relations. Tempel says FFA puts emphasis on farming, horticulture, science and technology. They recently changed their name from Future Farmers of America to FFA because the group didn’t want people to think farming was its only focus. 

June 30

A family reunion at Patoka Lake was interrupted Wednesday when 12 people, including three pregnant women, went to local hospitals to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. Seven were treated at Memorial Hospital in Jasper and released in the afternoon. One other was kept at the hospital for observation but was released later that night. Four others were transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber to remove the carbon monoxide from their systems, said Ron Miller, conservation officer. They were later released. The four women, six children and two men affected were part of a group of about 25 family members from California, Wisconsin, Colorado and northern Indiana. 

July 1

Renovating Heritage Hills High School — including the creation of a middle school — could cost the North Spencer School Corporation between $4 million and $7.5 million, the school board heard at its Monday night meeting. Groundbreaaking won’t take place anytime soon, however, the board decided. The project, when eventually undertaken, will be done in phases over several years to reduce the burden to taxpayers. Superintendent Ronald Etienne said the corporation was not anxious to begin another multi-million dollar building project so soon after completing its elementary school construction, but the renovation is needed.

July 2

Carolyn Hilsmeyer has been elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the board of directors of Jasper Junior Achievement. She succeeded Ken Sendleweck, who completed his term Thursday. Hilsmeyer has been a member of the board since 1987 and was previously vice-chairwoman. She is a project manager at Kimball International where she has worked for eight years. She and her husband, Tom, have one daughter, Brooke.   

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