Looking Back: 6/26June 25, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
June 25, 1956
At the 19th annual national reunion of the Navy Clubs of the United States of America held in Danville, Illinois, last weekend, Harold Bettag of Jasper was elected Junior Executive Officer to the national staff. During the past year, Mr. Bettag has served as the national paymaster of the N.C.U.S.A. Other delegates to Danville from the Dubois County Navy Club and its auxiliary included Mr. and Mrs. John Sheffield, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Giesler and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Beck.
Calling all cigar smokers ... the Little League of Jasper could use your help. When the Little League youngsters make their house-to-house canvass in Jasper next Sunday noon to raise money with which to develop a new playing field, they will need cigar boxes (empty ones) in which to put the money they will collect. There are 150 boys and they’ll be traveling in pairs — that means about 75 cigar boxes will be needed. Anybody having an empty cigar box or two that they won’t be needing will be doing the Little League a favor if they drop it off at Fuzzy’s service station, Sixth and Newton Streets in Jasper, in the next few days.
Jerry Schneider, southpaw hurler from Jasper, who had been with the Dubuque, Iowa, Packers since April, has been assigned to the Holdrege, Nebraska, farm club of the Chicago White Sox. The team is in the new Nebraska State Rookie League which was formed this year. All players in the new are in their first year of professional baseball and all teams are owned by major league clubs. Jerry’s new address is: Holdrege Baseball Club, Holdrege, Nebraska.
June Bohro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bohro of Jasper, was elected last night as lieutenant governor of Girls State as the Nationalist Party swept five of its candidates into the top offices. Other Nationalist candidates elected yesterday included Maria Miller of Crawfordsville as Governor, Miriam Scharf, Indianapolis, Secretary of State, Martha McQuire, Gary, treasurer, and Helen Cooper, Indianapolis, Supt. Of public instruction. Jane Bohro is a member of the National Honor Society and ranked second in her class scholastically last year.
Leonard Newman was installed as president of the Jasper Jaycees at the inaugural banquet and dance last night at the American Legion Home as seven Jaycees were honored for their activities. Rich Eckerle was awarded the “Key Man” award, presented to the Jaycee (exclusive of officers) who is deemed most active during the Club year. In addition, six “Sparkpkug” citations were given to members whose extent of activity qualified them for this national award. These six men were: Clarence Brown, Art Jarboe, Bill Johnson, Bud Salb, Al Schuler and Leonard Newman.
Relief pitcher Ed Raber singled with two out in the ninth and Jack Schaefer on the base paths to give the Princeton Lions a 4-3 victory over the Huntingburg Merchants Friday night for the Gibson County nine’s 15th straight victory without a loss for the 1956 season. The loss brings the Huntingburg record to 10 wins and a like number of defeats. Donnie Elshoff and Bob Wagoner each had a pair of blows in four tries for the Merchants.
50 Years Ago
June 28, 1971
Don C. Noblitt, assistant principal at Jasper High School for the past three years, Monday morning was named Athletic Director for the Greater Jasper School Corporation, replacing Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, who resigned this spring. O’Neill, who served as AD since 1952, will remain in the high school as a teacher. The announcement was made this morning in the office of Superintendent Walter Stutz. According to the announcement, Noblitt will continue to serve as assistant principal in addition to his new duties as AD, but will be relieved of his attendance duties. He will also be given additional clerical help to assist him in his new position. One of his first duties will be to recommend a successor to himself as head baseball coach. Noblitt was selected over eight other applicants, three from within the Jasper school system.
Richard Becher, owner and operator of the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. He will begin a four-year term on Thursday, July 1. Becher is the first new appointee to any of the four school boards in the county this year. The Ferdinand Town Board, meeting in special session, chose Becher to replace Emil Olinger, who has served on the board since its formation on Jan. 1, 1969. Olinger was reappointed by the town board, but last week declined a second term. Dick Becher is married to the former Kathleen Hassfurther of Ferdinand and is the father of two boys and a girl. The family resides at Rt. 1, Ferdinand.
Burns suffered in the five-vehicle crash on State Road 64 west of Huntingburg Tuesday morning proved fatal this morning for Linus Heilers, 49, of Ferdinand, a World War II veteran. He died around 8:30 a.m. in Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis. Mr. Heilers, who had been employed as a plumber for more than 11 years by Bettag Plumbing and Heating Supply of Ferdinand, was on his way to make a service call at a rural home west of Huntingburg and was less than a mile from his destination when he was involved in the accident. After being taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg he was flown to the hospital at Indianapolis in the state police helicopter piloted by Trooper Bill Simon. A Huntingburg physician, Dr. Allen Scales, accompanied the two men.
Jasper Mayor Jack E. Newton said today that while he was pleased to learn that a section of State Road 45 on Jasper’s north side was included in the 1971-1973 Statutory Construction Program by the State Highway Commission. He still feels, however, that four lanes would better serve the needs of the community than the three lanes that are in the state’s plan. Newton pointed out that he had told the State Highway Commission that the City of Jasper would secure the required extra right-of-way for widening the highway on the north side to four lanes and, to date, the city has secured about half of the needed right-of-way.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Miss Jeri Kemper, who stays with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Denny Mehringer, along Schuetter Road, west of the State Police Post, noticed there was a big copperhead snake behind the porch. Miss Kemper, who is employed at Ireland, started to hit the snake with a garden hoe. Her friend, Farrel Weisheit of 212 W. 13th Street, Jasper, took over the extermination of the copperhead, which measured 41 inches in length.
The nationally known Detroit Nescafé’s posted a 9-2 decision over the Huntingburg Merchants Friday night before an estimated crowd of 600 fans at Municipal Park. The Nescafé’s, the 1970 Industrial Champions, used a balanced hitting attack to post the win. Mike Wood had a triple for Huntingburg. Three pitchers (Wood, Stofft, and Powell) worked for Huntingburg while two pitchers toiled for Detroit. The Merchants return to action Sunday at Dale vs. the Gentryville Pirates. Meanwhile, the Jasper Reds are playing a non-league game this afternoon against the Federal Prison team behind prison walls at Terre Haute. The Reds play at Ireland on Sunday.
25 Years Ago
July 1, 1996
The Jasper Reds completed a three-victory weekend Sunday by sweeping a Southern Indiana Semipro League doubleheader from host Rockport, 5-0 and 4-2. The twinbill win came on the heels of their 15-7 victory over the St. Louis Pros at Jasper on Saturday. Strong pitching against Rockport helped the Reds to improve to 11-2 in the SISL and 17-4 overall. In the opener, Scott Kunkel (3-1) recorded his second shutout in five days by going the distance and allowing just three hits. Jared Brosmer (3-1) also recorded a complete-game victory, allowing just two runs and five hits. Against St. Louis, Jasper broke open the game with an eight-run second inning. Chad Overton hit a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with five RBI’s. Lester Cantrell, who started for Jasper, hit a solo homer. Overton (1-0) picked up the win by allowing one run in 4 1/3 innings. He set a club record by becoming the 10th different pitcher to earn a win in a season.
Huntingburg Mayor Gail Kemp announced the hiring of two 43-year-old men, one from Ohio, the other from California, to head the city’s electric and water departments, respectively. Incoming electric superintendent David Mulholland, of Napoleon, Ohio, and new water superintendent, Ron “Mac” McDonald, of Costa Mesa, California, will take control of the utilities when long-time department head Loma Hartke steps down at the end of this month. Adapting to the increased complexity of managing water and electric utilities has led the city to hire separate department heads for each department. Hartke joined the city utilities in 1956, and has managed both for more than a decade.
In an effort to solve the problem of overcrowding, St. Anthony will split its first grade into two classes, the Southeast Dubois School Corporation decided at its Tuesday night meeting. At the June 4 meeting, Janet Lubbers, on behalf of concerned first-grade parents, told the board that first-graders at St. Anthony cannot get the attention they deserve with 33 students in one class. Tuesday night, with the recommendation of principal Steve Scott, the board agreed to hire Becky Verkamp as a part-time teacher at St. Anthony. Her employment allows school officials to split the first grade into two classes, but the details have not been worked out.
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The Jasper planning commission Wednesday night unanimously approved changing covenants to allow a church to be built on a 14-acre sure at Sky View Drive and County Road 400W. It will probably be three to four years before the church can be built said the Rev. Chuck Fausel, pastor of the Faith in Christ Lutheran Mission in Jasper. The Shiloh subdivision existing covenants only allow single-family dwellings, which is why a change was requested, surveyor Ken Brosmer said. “If for any reason the church is not built, then it would revert to the existing covenants,” he said.
Jasper High School assistant principal Jeff Jessee is leaving to become principal of Washington High School in neighboring Daviess County. Jessee will assume the position Aug. 1 when outgoing Washington principal Bruce Hatton takes an elementary school principal position in the school district. The Washington Community School Board offered him the job after interviewing several other candidates, Jesse said Friday. “I’ve been talking to them over the last month or so,” he said. “I feel that I’ve filled my potential as assistant principal here and it all kind of fell into place.” Jessee and his wife, Leah, will remain part of the community for a while. Leah Jessee is the principal of Crestview Elementary School in Huntingburg.
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