Looking Back: 6/30June 29, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
June 29, 1953
Bernard L. Weidenbenner, aviation electrician’s mate, 3rd class, is enjoying a 10-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weidenbenner, Route 5, Jasper, before reporting aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet. The ship is going to be demothballed and recommissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The present Hornet is the 8th ship of that name in the U. S. Navy. It has an outstanding World War II record. Operating in the Pacific, it was sunk during the early stages of the war. The present Hornet was launched in 1943. Bernie previously has had two years and two months of shore duty, one year and 11 months of which were spent at the Naval Air Station, Norfok, Virginia.
A reduction in the working force — perhaps about 20 employees — is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning at the diesel shop of the Southern Railway Co. in Huntingburg , it was learned today by The Daily Herald. Although it could not be stated at the shop this morning whether the reduction is expected to be temporary, during a slackening of business, or permanent, the outlook according to reports current in the city did not appear bright. It was reported that in the future only light repairs will be made in Huntingburg and that all heavy repairs for the railroad will be done at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Jasper’s Legion Juniors walloped the Petersburg youngsters 20-6 last night at Recreation Field, outhitting the visitors 13-6. The Jasper team batted first because the game originally was set to be played at Petersburg. The diamond there wasn’t in shape yet so the game was moved to Jasper. Starting pitcher Lewallin, who worked four innings, fanned 11 batters. Three other hurlers saw action for Jasper. Leading Jasper hitters were Donnie Bates with 5 for 5, including a triple, two doubles and two singles;Vern Matheis had a home run and two triples; Pete Sermershein added two singles and Jim Eckerle and Jim Kabrick had a triple apiece.
Paul Bishop of Hobart, Indiana, has accepted the position as music instructor and band director in the Jasper schools. He attended Hobart High School and is a graduate of Indiana State Teachers College at Terre Haute. He taught instrumental music in the Hobart schools for two years. While at college he was vice president of the College Symphonic Band, drum major of the Marching Sycamores, and was a soloist with the Symphonic Band. He is married and has one child. He will reside at 14171⁄2 Newton Street.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: When Haysville played at Portersville last Sunday, the score was 5-3 for Portersville at the end of six innings. The seventh was begun, and Haysville scored a run, but before the top of the seventh was completed the game had to be called on account of rain. The score was carried in the papers, including The Herald, as of the end of the sixth (5-3) on the presumption that the incompleted half inning could not be counted. We have a letter from Wallace Thacker of Rt. 3, Jasper, saying that “Baseball Digest” for July has a question-and-answer on a point quite similar to this. The “Digest” says this: When the visiting team scores enough runs to tie (or pass) the home team in an unfinished inning, the home team must get its time at bat in that inning or the whole inning is wiped out. The visiting team is credited with the runs it makes, short of tying the score.” An interpretation of this by one umpire with whom we talked is that the Haysville run should have counted and the score of the game should have been 5-4. He found no rule to the contrary. The “Digest” speaks only of an “unfinished inning”, not an unfinished half of an inning. So far as we’re concerned, and goodness knows that this corner doesn’t pose as any authority on baseball, the situation described in the “Digest” corresponds sufficiently to that which existed at Portersville last Sunday that we’re willing to go along with a score of 5-4 rather than 5-3 ... at least until someone digs up a different answer out of an official baseball rule book — something we’re sorry to say we don’t possess.
Holiday, no paper.
• 50 Years Ago
July 1, 1968
Schuler Avenue in Huntingburg will be the scene of much activity today when people begin to move into new units for the elderly at the Public Housing site. Mrs. Hazel Kruger, executive director, reports that the units are now ready for occupancy. Open house will be held on Sunday, July 28, from 2 until 4 p.m. There are 30 units in the low rent elderly-housing location on Schuler Avenue and 20 units at the low rent housing project on Shelby Street. Ground breaking for the 50 units was held in June of 1967.
Ray Powell of Huntingburg has purchased the Curb-ette Drive-In restaurant located on highway 64, one-half mile east of English. Powell purchased the drive-in from Mr. and Mrs. Cletus Sturgeon, who built the eating place about eight years ago. Powell resigned his job with the American Dairy Co. and assumed charge of the restaurant on July 1. He had been with American Dairy since 1952. Powell and his family will move to English in the near future, where they plan to build a modern home.
A busy Fourth of July holiday will feature a pair of baseball attractions for area baseball fans. At Huntingburg, the Jasper Reds and Huntingburg Merchants will clash in the feature game of the YMI’s annual July 4th celebration. The game will match brothers Joe and Pat Kendall on the mound. Pat, the younger of the two, starred in high school at Huntingburg and is presently one of the top performers for the Kentucky Wesleyan baseball team. Joe, who also starred at HHS, pitched in recent years for Ferdinand in the Lincolnland League and is now pitching for Jasper, where he resides.
At Ferdinand, the Ferdinand Jaycee picnic will again feature the old-timers game between former Jasper Reds and Ferdinand Cardinals. Stepping out of the past to perform on the diamond will be brothers Wilfred, Nestor and Ralph Olinger, Jackson Meyer, Johnny Weyer, Art and Joe Ruhe, Skinny and Boots Klueh, Ots Mehling, Bobby Boeglin, Robert and Louie Schuler, Eddie Gerber, Chess Becher, Nigg Schreiner, Johnny Schum, Pete Daunhauer and Romus Mehling, all performing for Ferdinand. The Jasper roster includes: 75-year-old Mike Hoffman, the Ruxer brothers, Alvin, Oliver and Jiggs, Brute Hoffman, Tommy Becher, Chick Alles, Maury Gutgsell, Nigg Pfeffer, Charlie Heichelbech, Wif Hochgesang, Art Jarboe, Rags Berger, Brew Schmidt and Eddie Jones.
Holiday, no paper.
The Huntingburg Merchants, powered by John Wellemeyer’s booming home run, defeated the Jasper Reds, 5-3, Thursday in an exhibition game at Huntingburg. The Kendall brothers, Pat and Joe, met head-on on the mound and the younger Pat prevailed as he posted the victory for the Merchants while Joe suffered the loss for Jasper. Pat struck out 15 and allowed six hits in recording the win. Joe gave up 10 hits and hurt his own cause with a pair of errors on attempted pick-offs. Both errors led to runs that proved to be the difference in the game. Greg Schnute had a double and 2 singles for the Merchants. For Jasper, Butch Betz and Don Hoffman each collected a pair of singles.
Two former Dubois Countians are among the three priests involved in assignment changes announced Friday by Bishop Paul F. Liebold. The Rev. Raymond Kuper, superintendent of St. Ferdinand High School since 1964, has been named superintendent of Rex Mundi High School in Evansville. He succeeds the Rev. Charles Meny who, together with the Rev. Earl Rohleder, have been appointed to establish a team ministry at St. John’s Apostolic Center in Evansville. Fathers Kuper and Rohleder are natives of Dubois County.
• 25 Years Ago
While one Jasper all-star was filling the gaps in Kentucky’s defense, another was able to close a chapter in his life. Scott Rolen finished Saturday’s Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game with five assists, six rebounds and six points, and at halftime former Jasper great Paul Hoffman was recognized as a member of the 1943 all-star team that never was. Now that it’s over, the work (in Rolen’s case) and the wait (in Hoffman’s) were worth it the pair said. “It was a lot of hard work during the week,” Rolen said. “But it was worth it.” Players from the 1943 and 1944 seasons never got a chance to play due to the country’s involvement in World War II. In fact, no team was officially named. “It’s been very special because we never thought that we would get the recognition after 50 years,” Hoffman said.
Al Logsdon of Rockport, former principal of South Spencer High School, was chosen as the new principal of Heritage Hills Junior- Senior High School at Monday’s meeting of the North Spencer School Board. Logsdon was South Spencer’s principal from 1974 to 1990 and has been principal at Owensboro Middle School for the past three years. Superintendent Ronald Etienne said several candidates were interviewed and Logsdon emerged on top. The board unanimously approved hiring Logsdon as principal and also approved a three-year contract with an annual salary of $59,000.
Sandra Schnellenberger, daughter of Levi and Thelma Schnellenberger of Jasper, was named the state 4-H public speaking champion this week at the annual 4-H roundup at Purdue University. She is 19 and a 10-year member of 4-H. Achievement awards were presented to 39 Hoosier 4-H champions representing 26 counties Tuesday at the 75th annual roundup. A total of 141 youths were selected for the honor groups from which 39 champions were named. All winners automatically receive a trip to the national 4-H Congress in Chicago in the fall. Most of the state winners will be entered in the fall national competition.
The days when people can leave the driving to computers aren’t far off, a former Huntingburg man says. Todd Jochem, 25, is a 1986 Southridge High School graduate. He is now a graduate student at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has used “massively parallel” computers and artificial neural networks to drive a car without human intervention. Micorprocessors are a computer’s “brain.” Most personal computers use only one or two but massively parallel computers have thousands to finish a complicated task quickly. Starting Monday, Jochem will spend his second summer with Martin Marietta in Denver on a fellowship awarded by the U. S. Department of Defense, working on an Unmanned Ground Vehicle Project. Jochem is the son of Pete and Pat Jochem of Huntingburg and is married to the former Barb Songer of Huntingburg. Barb is the daughter of Jim and Mary Songer also of Huntingburg. She is a pre-school teacher in Pittsburgh.
Brian Partenheimer of Forest Park and Justin Crews of Heritage Hills have been selected to participate in the 19th annual Mizuno/Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star series. The pair will be joined by Jasper’s Scott Rolen, who was named to the All-State team Monday. Partenheimer last week signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Indiana University. Rolen had signed to play basketball and baseball with the University of Georgia, and was also taken in the second round of the baseball draft early last month. On Wednesday, Rolen was invited to St. Louis’ Busch Stadium to take batting practice and infield practice with the Philadelphia Phillies before their game with the Cardinals. Crews’ post-high school plans are not known. In all, fifty players were selected by the IHSBCA membership, and will play a 3-game series at McBride Stadium in Richmond.
Stephen L. Hopf has been appointed as a firm associate at Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc., an architectural, engineering and consulting firm. Hopf joined the firm in 1987 as an engineering project captain. He is now a mechanical designer and drafts and designs heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for educational facilities. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hopf of Huntingburg and lives in Celina, Ohio, with his wife, Jana, and three children, Matthew, Mitchell and Mark.
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