Looking Back: 6/5

During his first game of the season, Jasper Pee Wee League short-stop Landon Rees waits in the dugout for his turn at bat. Four of the league’s five teams played opening games at the Ralph Heath Little League Field. Herald file photo by Tanya Bylinsky. Published May 31, 1996.


65 Years Ago

June 4, 1956

John Thomas Stokes of Quincy, Illinois, former Drake University star, has been named head football and track coach at Jasper High School, it was announced today by Bernard Gallagher, superintendent of city schools. He succeeds Bob Fell who had served as head grid mentor since 1953 when the sport was revived at JHS. At the same time, Mr. Gallagher announced that Wesley Settle has been made assistant basketball coach, succeeding Joe Rowekamp who resigned from the athletic staff in April. Settle, who is also the assistant football coach, was the eighth grade cage coach last season. George Lythgoe, grade school physical education teacher, will replace Settle as eighth grade coach. It is probable that Stokes will be in charge of freshman basketball next season.

June 5

Miss Sadie Dufendach of Huntingburg has completed a half century of work as a newspaper woman. “Miss Sadie” as she is called by her many friends, edited the Huntingburg Independent for 34 years and also helped out in the plant. Since 1954, she has assisted Mrs. Walter Mason in the Huntingburg office of the Daily Herald, in the gathering of personal items. She is also a correspondent for metropolitan dailies — the Evansville Courier, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Indianapolis News and Star.

June 6

The hiring of a night policeman and park improvements were the main topics of discussion at Monday night’s meeting of Mayor P. C. Giltner and the Huntingburg city council. There were also two ordinances adopted on first reading, Ordinance No. 670 was presented and adopted. It provides free electricity for Stork Hospital for the year July 1, 1956 to July 1, 1957. Ordinance No. 667, which deals with the grading, regulation, sale and transportation of milk for the city of Huntingburg, was also adopted. Ronnie Seibert was hired to replace Harold Stillwell, who resigned as night policeman recently. Stillwell will have until June 9 to serve and Seibert will go on duty June 10. Seibert, who is 24, is single and an ex-service man. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hayward Seibert of 612 Eighth St., Huntingburg. Mr. Seibert's qualifications include service in the military.

June 7

The Jasper Reds handed the Holland Dutchmen, leaders in the Deer Trail League, their initial loss of the season last night, 8-3, behind the effective pitching of George Richardson. Richardson, a resident of Owensboro and a college teammate of Redleg catcher Junie Steinkamp, worked seven innings, striking out 12 while allowing four hits and one run. Jerry Clark started on the mound for Jasper in an effort to get loosened up for the Friday night Indiana Night League curtain-raiser at Huntingburg. Jerry’s two inning stint was his first pitching effort since the Big Ten schedule finale for IU. The youthful Reds, (oldest player in the lineup last night was 23-year-old Bobby Brosmer), were led at the plate by Ken Kunkel who had three safeties in four trips to the plate.

June 8

The Dubois County commissioners at their June meeting accepted the bids of Raymond Knies for the construction of two more bridges in the county highway system. His bid on the Wibbels bottom bridge was for $11,335, and on a bridge on the Harbison-Boone township line, the bid was in the amount of $10,340.95. The latter bridge will be built over a creek about a mile and a half south of the White River. At the May meeting, the commissioners accepted the bid of Knies for a bridge near the Bauer Hill road near Dubois. At that time, only enough money was available to construct for one of the three bridges sought, but since then, more money has been appropriated.

June 9

Wilfred Bohnert of Jasper was elected state commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart at the convention held at Elwood last Sunday. He is a 40-year-old machine room employee at the Jasper Cabinet Company. During 3 1/2 years of of Army service in World War II, he served in England and France. He was wounded in France when a machine gun bullet entered his right arm, barely missing his spine and lodged in his left shoulder. Married to the former Bernice Lawalin of Tell City, he is the father of a daughter and two sons.

50 Years Ago

June 7, 1971

Sophomore righthander Lee Lehmkuler tossed a four-hitter Saturday night as the Huntingburg Happy Hunters defeated the Bedford Stonecutters, 8 to 3, to win the IHSAA Regional baseball tournament at Recreation Field in Jasper. It was the first regional title for the Hunters, who a week earlier won their first baseball sectional. Huntingburg moves to the semistate at Jasper Saturday where they will meet Mt. Vernon, winner of the South Spencer regional. The Hunters, playing without head coach Jim Bardwell, who was injured by a line drive prior to the start of the tourney Saturday morning, settled the issue early as they tallied five times in the bottom of the first to give Lehmkuhler a comfortable cushion to work on. Lehmkuhler went all the way on the mound allowing four hits, striking out six and walking two. Bill LovVron led a 10-hit attack for the Hunters with three singles.

June 8

Dixie Lee Traylor, 17, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Traylor of Rt. 1 Otwell, was crowned Saturday night as queen of the 1971 Indiana Rose Festival and Pageant. About 10,000 persons attended the festival at the Hillsdale Rose Gardens during the weekend. Miss Traylor is a model at Vincennes Beauty College and was the 1970 Pike County Fair Queen.

Reporters covering the IHSAA regional at Jasper selected an All-Regional team. Included on the team from Huntingburg are: pitchers Mark Hildebrand and Lee Lehmkuhler, catcher Danny Dunn, first baseman Bill LovVron, shortstop Doug Prior and outfielders Dave Krieg and Steve Cook.

June 9

This summer, Charles Betz of Jasper, who has completed his freshman year at the Indiana University Medical School, will be one of 10 medical students participating in the SAMA-MECO (STUDENT AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION-MEDICAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY ORIENTATION) Project in Indiana. He will be participating in the Community Pre-Clinical Fellowship Program at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Betz is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Betz of 403 W. 14th St. He is a 1966 graduate of Jasper High School and received his bachelor's degree from Wabash College.

June 10

Woody Neel, head coach of the Holland Dutchmen sectional champions in 1967 and 1968, is returning to Southern Indiana. Neel, who moved from Holland to Anderson two years ago, has accepted the position of head coach of the Winslow Eskimos. At Winslow, he replaced Junior Tooley, who last week was named head coach at Barr-Reeve High School in Montgomery. Neel, 32, is a native of Fordsville, Kentucky. A graduate of Owensboro Senior High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College, Neel started his coaching career at Caneyville, Kentucky. He moved on to Hopkinsville before coming to Holland where his Dutchmen teams were among the finest in Southern Indiana. The new Winslow mentor has a career record of 176 wins and 60 losses. His teams have won six sectionals, one regional and one of his Kentucky teams advanced to the KHSAA semifinals. Neel and his family will move to Winslow as soon as housing is available.

June 11

Thirty-six softball teams, representing 30 different Indiana cities and one from Kentucky, make up the field for the annual Jasper Invitational Softball Tournament which begins at 12 noon Saturday at City League Field. The field for the tournament includes all of the top local teams, plus George’s Bar, J’s Tavern and Jimtown of Evansville, the Columbus Merchants and the Columbus Mets and numerous other top slow-pitch teams.

June 12

The Jasper Jaycees have all plans finalized for the best Frohlickheit Fest ever held in Jasper. The fifth annual fest will be relocated to Maltersville, on a site donated by the J. H. Rudolph Company. Dates are Friday, July 2, and Saturday, July 3. The new site is planned in order to provide more room for the expanding event. Friday evening’s festivities will begin at 6, with music beginning at 7:30. On Saturday, the fest will continue at 4. Bands scheduled are the Moonlighters, Dorothy and the Musical Notes, the Night Riders and the Mustangs.

25 Years Ago

June 10, 1996

Brad Bolling won his toe-to-toe golf match with John Parker down the wire in the Dubois County Men’s Amateur golf tourney. Bolling, the winner of the County Am in 1987, won his second trophy Sunday by a nose with a final-round 76, 4-over-par 75 to edge runner-up Parker, who shot a final-round 76. Bolling’s two-round total wound up being 5-over-par 148 while Parker checked in at 150. Bob Waddel, has only been playing in the senior division for two years and already he has won an award for finishing first. For the second straight year Noah Place won the Steve Seger youth award.

June 11

The state tax board finally issued tax rates last month after solving its computer problems and now the county needs the money. Property tax payments are due by June 28. Dubois County Treasurer Marge Gadlage said the county property tax statements were mailed recently and all residents should have received them by the end of the week. Anyone who hasn’t received a statement should call the treasurer at 481-7080 or stop by the office in the temporary courthouse in the old St. Joseph School building on Kundek Street, Gadlage said. This spring’s installment is about six weeks late because of the state’s delay in issuing tax rates, according to Gadlage. The fall installment is still due by Nov. 12, two days later than normal because Nov. 10 is a Sunday and the following day is a Veterans Day.

June 12

It took Jasper (27-5) precisely one-half inning to win its third straight regional, according to Tell City skipper Mike Fortune, who pinpointed his club’s 9-2 loss to a pair of damning sixth-inning gaffes. “When you make mental mistakes against Jasper,” said Fortune, “they are going to make you pay for it.” The 11th-ranked Wildcats, who sent nine men to the plate in the sixth, took advantage of key Marksmen miscues and tallied six runs that ripped the veneer off their own nervous 3-2 lead. Jasper, who collected the school’s 14th regional title, will face the winner of the Evansville Memorial-Vincennes Lincoln bout in Saturday’s Jasper Semistate. Martinsville and Floyd Central will knock heads in game two.

June 13

Scott Rolen is now officially a mere heartbeat away from the Major Leagues. Late Wednesday it was announced that the Philadelphia Phillies promising third baseman, a Jasper native, will be promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Barons of the Triple-A International League. Rolen, who was unavailable for comment, will be in uniform tonight and is expected to start at the hot corner for the Barons. “Scott has really progressed enough and I really don’t know what else he needs to prove at the Double A level,” said Del Unser, director of player development for the Phillies. In 60 games with the Reading Phillies, Rolen batted a torrid .361, with nine homers, 42 RBI’s, 44 runs scored, and 22 doubles. Rolen was batting 58 points higher than his nearest teammate.

June 14

Dubois County’s largest Catholic parish will have one less priest on staff next month. Fr. Bernard Etienne, who is currently diocesan director of vocations and associate pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, recently received a new assignment for the Evansville Diocese. Effective July 10, Etienne will be the new pastor of St. Joseph Church, Princeton, where he spent his pastoral internship. Etienne, now 38, came to St. Joe three years ago for his first assignment as a priest. Princeton’s St. Joseph parish has about 500 families and a school with about 100 students.

June 15

Connie Nass has been campaigning for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor for months. Secretary of State Sue Ann Gilroy says she gave it no serious thought until this week. Now, Nass is out of the race for delegate votes at next week’s GOP state convention and Gilroy, with Nass’ backing, is in. “I urge all Republicans to unite behind Secretary of State Sue Ann Gillroy,” Nass, a former Huntingburg mayor, said Friday. Saturday is the deadline for statewide nominees in the Republican Party and delegates will choose the winner at their convention on Tuesday.

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