Looking Back: 6/6June 5, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
June 6, 1955
Five Indiana cities are among a record 137 entries from 39 states in the annual All-America Cities Awards competition sponsored by the National Municipal League and Look Magazine, it was announced. This is the greatest number of entries since the contest was inaugerated in 1949, and it exceeds the 1954 total by 21. The five Indiana communities are Brownstown, Hammond, Jasper, Seymour and Wabash. If one or more of these cities wins an All-America Award, it will be the first time an Indiana community has been so honored. The contest is conducted to honor cities, towns or villages which have done an outstanding job in solving local problems through intelligent, concerted citizen action.
St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of Holland is celebrating the 115th anniversary of the congregation on Sunday, June 12, with services starting at 10 A. M. and 2:30 P. M. The morning speaker is Rev. Henry W Bredeweg of Clay City, Ind., president of the south Indiana Synod. Rev. Herman C. Ahrens of Salem E and R. Church of Darmstadt, Ind., will serve as the afternoon speaker.
The Holland Library, which is part of the summer recreational plans for the children of Holland, will open Wednesday, June 15, from 1 to 4 o’clock. The Library will again be located in the Holland public school building. The schedule for the summer is on Wednesday from one to four and Saturday from four to nine. Miss Thelma Overbeck will be the librarian.
Rev. August B. Fichter, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood next Sunday with a Solemn High Mass in Thanksgiving to be celebrated at 10:30 A. M. Deacon of the mass will be Rev. Ralph Doyle of Loogootee. The Most Rev. Henry J. Grimmelsman, bishop of the Evansville diocese, will deliver the sermon. A total of 32 Sisters of Providence and 4 candidates of the Providence order, eight Benedictine sisters and one Holy Cross sister are expected to be among those who return to Jasper for the day. A number of visiting priests from this vicinity and also former Jasper boys who have become priests will be present. Following the Mass, a dinner will be served in Kundek Hall for the bishop, priests and sisters.Sunday evening at 7:30 a reception is planned in Kundek Hall to which all parishioners and friends of Father Fichter are invited.
Pictured in this issue is a 1941 Oldsmobile, the first vehicle, donated by Luegers and Sternberg of Jasper, to the Jasper Lions Club auction. A variety of merchandise goes under the gavel for the auction to be held on Saturday, June 25. Lenny Newman applied the paint brush to the vehicle and now the Olds helps advertise the auction. Proceeds form the auction will be used for the benefit of the new swimming pool in Jasper.
Howard McLaughlin, former Huntingburg High School athletic star, has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. McLaughlin, who batted .317 for the University of Detroit Titans this season, will report June 17 to Montreal, Canada, and play with Three Rivers in the Royal Provincial League. He’s a catcher. Big Mac, who caught in some exhibition games the past two seasons for the Jasper Reds, graduated this month from Detroit. He was a co-capitan on the Titan baseball team this spring. At present he is on his honeymoon in Florida, having been married last Sunday to Miss Marilyn Pflug. Mac is the son of Mrs. Rosalia McLaughlin of Huntingburg.
En route to Bloomington to deliver the baccalauerate address at Indiana University and to receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the school, U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles will visit Otwell and nearby Delectable Hill farm in respect to the memory of his great-grandparents, George and Jane Watson Foster, whose burial place has been beautified by the Otwell Junior Historical Society. The Secretary will be accompanied to Otwell by Sen. Homer E. Capehart, who will meet him at the Evansville airport after his flight from Washington, D. C. The party, including relatives in Indiana of Mr. Dulles, will motor to Pike County.
• 50 Years Ago
June 8, 1970
The City of Jasper will be a part of a General Electric ad appearing in several major magazines in the U. S. , it was learned Saturday. Osmond Gigli, who operates studios in New York, was contracted by BBDO advertising agency to take aerial photos of the city for the ad, which will be a two-page colorspread. Jasper is being featured as a city which is solving its garbage polution problem.
Gary Corbin pitched a two-hit shutout and Terry Fleck’s solo home run in the second inning was the decisive blow as the Jasper Wildcats edged the Bloomfield Cardinals, 1-0, Saturday night in the championship game of the Jasper Regional in the IHSAA baseball tournament played at Recreation Field. It was Jasper’s fourth straight regional championship — all four years the IHSAA has sponsored the tourney. Don Noblitt has coached the Cats each of those years.
The board of school trustees of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation has “regretfully” accepted the resignation of Gene Cato, principal of Huntingburg High School, and his wife, Mrs. Lillian Cato, fourth grade teacher at Huntingburg Elementary School. The announcement was made in a news release distributed Monday. Cato resigned in order to accept the position as superintendent of the North Central Community School Corporation in Harrison County.
For their third national show and dance, disc jockeys of WITZ will present from Chicago, The Buckinghams, Thursday night at the National Guard Armory in Jasper. The show and dance will get under way at 9 p. m. and last until midnight, with doors opening at 8 o’clock. The Buckinghams will perform two shows with The News of Jasper providing live dance music before and between shows. With the Buckinghams consistently breaking attendance records throughout the U. S., the WITZ D.J.’s expressed hope that the record crowd of their holiday show and dance will be surpassed. All high school and college students are invited, with admission set at $2.50 per person. Tickets will be available at the door.
Big John Wellemeyer blasted two home runs — one of them a towering deep drive over the centerfield fence — as the Huntingburg Merchants blanked the Jasper Reds, 7-0, Wednesday night at Recreation Field. The game was a Lincolnland League makeup which was rained out on May 31. Righthanders Pat Kendall and Mike Uebelhor combined to pitch the shutout. Kendall worked the first five innings, giving up four hits and striking out six. Uebelhor toiled the final four innings allowing three hits and fanning seven. Jasper righthander, Gabe Mehringer, scheduled to pitch for the Reds, missed the game due to a throat infection. Butch Betz and Phil Rohleder shared the pitching duties for the Reds. Wellemeyer’s two homers led the Huntingburg hitting. Pat Kendall added a home run and a triple. John Lasher added two doubles. Dan Loftus led the Jasper offense with a double and a single. Al Boehm chipped in with two singles.
Pictured on the sports page in this issue is Sam Ball, offensive lineman of the Baltimore Colts. He is shown talking with Mauri Gutgsell, president of the J-Men Lettermen Club of Jasper, and Maurice “Bumps’ Hoffman, manager of the Dubois County Beverage Company. The beverage company is sponsoring Ball’s visit tonight to the annual summer stag of the J-Men. During the off-season Ball is employed by Sterling Brewery as a special sales representative. The stag gets underway tonight at 5:30 at the VFW Shelterhouse. Ball will be available for a question/answer session with the J-Men.
The 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive, which will travel from Louisville, across southern Indiana and southern Illinois to St. Louis on Sunday and Monday, is scheduled to stop in Huntingburg from 12:40 to 12:50 Sunday afternoon, according to officials of the Southern Railway in Louisville. The train is scheduled to leave Louisville at 9 a. m. Sunday and stop at English at 11:20 before arriving in Huntingburg. Pulling six passenger cars along the route, the steam locomotive will continue on to Princeton where it is scheduled to arrive at 2:15 p. m. (CDT). It will tie up in Princeton until 8 a. m. Monday when it will resume its journey to St. Louis, arriving at 2:30 p. m. (CST). The train will begin its return trip on Monday, June 22.
• 25 Years Ago
June 12, 1995
The last time Washington’s Derek Graber faced Jasper the Hatchets’ ace made ‘Mildcats’ out of the Wildcats with a sublime no-hitter. In Saturday’s regional championship game at Ruxer Field, Scott Hagan and his Jasper teammates returned the favor — with interest. Led by hot-hitting Hagan, the 10th-ranked Cats hammered out ten hits en route to an 11-7 win over Washington for their second straight regional title. Hagan, the standout senior shortstop, clobbered two home runs, his sixth in only four games, while going 3-for-4 from the plate. Hagan scored three runs and accounted for five RBI’s in the winning effort. The win gave Jasper its 13th regional championship.
The Hoosier Lottery’s new instant winner game Euchre! has received mixed reactions from people across the state. Charlotte Fox of Loogootee isn’t one of them. Euchre! has made her a winner on more than one occasion. After collecting $75 on a ticket last week, she bought another ticket this weekend and won $12,000. “I had won before on the game so I thought I would try my luck again,” said Fox, 53, who works at Jasper Laminates. “And it worked; I won again.” A regular lottery player, Fox makes a regular trip to the store to purchase her instant tickets. She bought her winning ticket at the Loogootee Phillips 66 Truck Stop in Loogootee. The ticket is one of two $12,000 winners that has been claimed. There are six $12,000 winners still remaining.
Starting next year, non-residents will likely pay a little more to participate in sports leagues run by the Jasper Park and Recreation Department. Park board members are considering an increase in the non-resident user fee, which has stood at $5 since 1983. The fee is tacked onto the price of baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and other leagues. “We raise swimmimg pool fees and golf fees, and it all goes back on our taxpayers,” board president Bob Alles said at Tuesday’s meeting. “The non-resident fee has been $5 for more than 10 years. I’m not saying we should raise it to $25, but I think it is about time that we raise it a little bit.”
Jasper’s Ben Krapf cracked an even-par 36 on the front nine and carded a 40 on the back nine, leading the upstart Jasper Wildcats to a 3-way tie for first at the Indiana High School Athletic Association boys golf championship after the first round. Krapf finished the day with a team-best 76 as Jasper, Anderson and Greenfield Central were jammed atop the leaderboard with 316s at the club of Prestwick. Jasper freshman Noah Place fired a 79 while Andy Brelage carded an 80. Teammate Josh Habig was good for an 81 and Andy Seger rolled into the clubhouse with a 91.
The Huntingburg police department has received numerous complaints recently about dogs running loose and relieving themselves on public and private property. Police chief George LeWallen has issued a reminder to pet owners to abide by city laws that require dogs to be on a leash when they aren’t on the owner’s property. LeWallen said excessive barking has also been a problem, and that fines could be assessed to residents who fail to control their dogs.
Barrie Ann Link has been appointed administrator of GentleCare, an 82-bed long-term care facility located in Huntingburg. Barrie was previously administrator of GentleCare, Inc.’s Evansville facility. She replaces Mary Pankey, RN, who has been named vice president of nursing.
Alberta “Bert” Niehaus and Lisa A.. Mathena, both of Jasper, have joined the Longaberger Company as independent consultants. The Longaberger Company is the largest producer of handwoven baskets in the western hemisphere.