Looking Back: 6/8June 7, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
June 7, 1954
Bill Hamlet, Jasper linksman, won the hole-in-one contest held in conjunction with the five-day blind bogey tournament at the Dubois County Country Club — and he won it emphatically enough, with a hole-in-one. He shot this about 5:45 P. M. Saturday on the next-to-the-last day of the extended tourney. It was the second time in the three-year history of the blind bogey meet that the hole-in-one was won by a hole-in-one shot. In the first year it was held — 1952 — Dick Laube was the man who turned the trick. Second place this year went to Ralph Brescher of Jasper, whose shot got to within exactly a foot of the cup on the 110-yard special driving range. Jane Schneider of Jasper won the women’s low gross trophy and Fran Henderson of Huntingburg placed second.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Billy Livengood, who shone at first base and with the hickory last summer for the Jasper Reds in their pennant drive, won’t be able to play at all this summer. At first it was hoped that he’d be with the Reds for the last half of the schedule. He was to have an operation for a bone spur. Well, Billy has had an operation on both feet and has them tucked away for eight weeks in casts. He’d just finished a whale of a season at Wake Forest, too, batting .471. He was an all-conference selection. But one of the brighter spots in the Jasper I-K League picture this spring is the way Bumps Hoffman is performing at first base. Bumps is doing a faultless job defensively and has a couple of home runs. He is hitting .316.
Pictured in this issue is a group of Holland students who recently returned from a tour of historic spots in and around Washington, D. C. They also toured New York City. Those pictured include: Robert Weitkamp, Clem Lange, Larry Sakel, Richard Schroeder, Bill Siebe, Bob Walden, Paul Bruning, Barb Henke, Shirley Bolling, Dorothy Simpson, Richard Skinner, class sponsor, Lowell McGlothlin, coach, Madonna Hubert and Marilyn Schnellenberger.
Robert Menke, state representative from Dubois and Martin counties, has completed the work for his Master’s degree in government at Indiana University, and will receive it Monday morning at the commencement exercises. Menke has worked for his Master’s for about three and one-half years, and carried on his legislative duties and also his work as the manager of two furniture plants, besides the many other obligations he carries.
Instruction in tennis will be available to boys as a part of the Jasper summer recreation program, it was announced today by the staff. Boys aged 12 to 16 who want this instruction are to report to the courts at Ninth Street near Recreation Field. Rocky Renneisen is the instructor. The hours are from 9 o’clock until about noon Tuesday and Thursday of each week.
At a meeting of the newly-organized Jasper Chamber of Commerce yesterday evening in the American Legion Home, Membership Chairman O. A. Kremp reported that up to yesterday 117 members had joined the organization. Treasurer Joe Hasenour reported that almost $11,000 had been put into the fund. Memberships are $25 each, and entitle the holder to one vote in administrative matters of the C. of C. The most votes that any individual or business can control is five, even though the individual or firm chips in more than $125. Victor J. Bohnert, vice-president of the new organization, presided at the meeting. It was reported that applications for the job of executive secretary of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce have been received from as far distant as Kansas and California. Eight applications have been received.
• 50 Years Ago
June 9, 1969
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Even the biggest JHS baseball fans had little hope that the Cats of coach Don Noblitt could handle strong Vincennes in the IHSAA regional that was completed this weekend at Recreation Field. Jasper had won the last two regionals, but the Alices came to town with a 15-0 record and an ace pitcher named Mike Bono. Bono, a seasoned southpaw, had compiled a 12-0 mark this year. The Alices, coached by Roger Benson, hit the ball like major leaguers too. They showed their power with a 17-1 rout over Bedford. Four of their players homered.
Jasper improved to 9-9 with a win over Springs Valley in the other regional game. Although, the Alices and Bono recorded two shutout victories over the Cats during the season, “Nobby’s Felines” tossed logic out the window as Jasper won 7-1!
Nearly 1,300 high school and elementary students are enrolled in summer school classes in Dubois County. Of these, about 500 are taking driver’s education. In a check with the superintendents of the four school corporations, besides driver education, remedial reading and remedial math are being offered on the elementary level while English, literature, physical education, science and typing are available to high school students. In the Northeast Dubois School Corporation 55 students are enrolled for the summer, in the Southeast District over 200 are taking summer classes; about 270 students are enrolled in the summer session in the Southwest School Corporation and about 740 elementary and high school students are enrolled with the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools.
The “Up With People” public performance will be held at the Huntingburg Elementary School gym on Tuesday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Kent Reyling, the drummer, will have a solo in the song “A New Tomorrow;” “The Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man From La Mancha” will be sung by Mike Schitter; a new soloist, Fay Loveall, will be featured in the number, “In New York City;” Beth Jones has a vocal in “Gee, I’m Looking Forward to the Future.”
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Hermie Kiefer, a 60-year employee of the Jasper Desk Company. Kiefer is shown receiving a check in appreciation of his many years with the company. Raphael Blessinger, president and general manager of Jasper Desk, made the presentation to Mr. Kiefer. Also pictured are Mrs. Kiefer, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kiefer; and their daughter and son-in-law, Anna Mae and Ed Schaaf. Guests included another man who worked for the firm 60 years before retiring — Edward “Penny” Rottet — thirty-two of the thirty-four men who have been employed by the company for 25 years or more, and company officials and the wives of honored employees and officers.
The Board of School Trustees of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation passed a resolution at their regular June meeting that no schools in the Southeast District are to start classes before 9 a.m. while the Eastern Daylight time is the official time in the district. School buses will be routed accordingly. Students attending school in other districts may need to make some adjustments on their own if classes start before buses from the Southeast District get there.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the 1969 Jasper Wildcat Baseball Team. The Cats are sectional and regional champs and play Brazil at 2:30 this afternoon. Coach Noblitt’s Wildcats have won both of the previous semi-state tournaments and are the state’s only team to play in two state finals. Team members include: Mark Schneider, Gary Corbin, Tom Wilz, Ron Snyder, Greg Salb, Dave Luegers, Jeff Hochgesang, Lee Boehm, Steve Seger, Jim Wenzel, Terry Fleck, Gary Stratman, Slick Webber, Greg Berger, Bob Alles,Wayne Bailey, Steve Uebelhor, Tom Fischer, Head Coach Don Noblitt, Assistant Coach Rex May and student manager, Glenn Seger.
• 25 Years Ago
June 13, 1994
If it’s true that all unquestionably great athletes thrive under pressure, the Jasper Wildcats may be witnessing the emergence of one heck of a pitcher. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, North Harrison had the winning run on second and the tying run on third. The Cougars were in a prime position to nab their first Jasper regional. However, Wildcat junior Jared Brosmer was up for the test. Brosmer stepped to the mound and promptly fanned the final batter of the game, giving Jasper its 12th regional crown. “I really enjoy the pressure,” said a relieved Brosmer. “That’s where I like to buckle down and battle.” “Everytime that we needed a pitch or a big play, he got it for us,” said Jasper coach Terry Gobert.
At St. Wendel, the Jasper Reds received their first two losses of the season as they dropped both games of a doubleheader to St. Wendel on Sunday in a SISL match-up. However, Brett Wininger provided plenty of highlights for his Reds teammates by hitting five home runs in the two games. In the first game, St. Wendel outhit the Reds 19-16 in a slugfest that saw eight home runs. Wininger had a fantastic day at the plate, going 4-5, including three home runs, a double, and six RBI’s in game one. In the second game, once again the St. Wendel offense exploded, getting 15 runs on 14 hits. Wininger, though, continued his torrid hitting by going 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI’s.
A black column of smoke hung over Ireland this morning as fire destroyed the massive brick farm building on the old county work farm south of town. Firefighters from Ireland and Jasper battled the morning’s 90-degree heat as well as the blaze as they tried to keep the flames from spreading to other nearby farm buildings. Ireland fire chief Tom Mundy said the lack of water slowed their efforts. Tankers from Ireland, Jasper and Otwell brought water but the fire spread too fast, Mundy said. The fire apparently started in bales of hay stored under a shed roof at the front of the two-story brick building, he said. The flames spread to the building and soon were leaping from the roof. Brothers Alan and Bill Small own the property and used the building for storage. About 300 bales of hay were stored there. Bill Small said he and his brother have owned the old county farm since 1977 when they bought it from the county.
When the Sons of Divine Providence Order bought the Jasper College to turn it into a home for elderly men, they had no use for the handball court in back. So Father Phillip Ottavi decided to build something beautiful and spiritual there instead. The two Providence Home grottos were born. On Sunday, June 26, the St. Joseph Grotto will be the setting for a mass given by Bishop Gettlefinger. About 2,000 parishioners from across the state will come with lawn chairs and rosaries for the Marian Family Day, which will begin at 4 p.m. It will be hosted by the Evansville Diocese. Father Thaddeus Sztuczko said the grottos are often used for devotionals because of their beauty and inspiration.
If you must drink while driving, get in the habit for reaching for a soda. Cracking open a beer while you’re behind the wheel will be illegal after July 1, when Indiana’s open container law goes into effect. It will take several months to see how well the bill is working, officials say. Some think legislation weakened the bill too much to make any real difference, by making compromises that got it through the General Assembly. Jasper Police Chief Rick Gunselman doesn’t doubt his officers will be writing tickets for open container violations. But the law was watered down too much from its original wording, he said. “I happened to be up there for the final debate because my son was serving as a page that day, and in 15 minutes of discussion it got watered down even more,” he said. “I wouldn’t say the law is worthless. But I don’t think it’s going to keep people from drinking and driving.”
May Miller has been named vice president, customer relations, of Signature Flight Support. Signature provides ground support services to businesses, commercial and general aviation customers. Miller is a 1976 graduate of Indiana University, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Fierst of Jasper.
Beth Flamion has been named the marketing-admissions director of Professional Care Rehabilitation. Flamion has served as a nurse in other long-term care facilities in the area. She is a 1993 graduate of Ivy Tech’s practical nursing program. She lives in Perry County with her husband and three daughters.
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