Looking Back: 7/10

No one really knows what autism is or what causes it. It manifests itself in a bewildering array of ways, but some describe autistic people as living in a parallel universe. Casey Thayer and her parents live outside of Schnellville in the county where she sometimes wanders a small field behind their home in search of flowers. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published July 6, 1996.


65 Years Ago

July 9, 1956

The Jasper Retail Merchants Association’s traditional “Black Cat Days” have a new slant this time, according to Louis Lambert, association president. The city-wide promotion, in which 42 Jasper business firms are participating, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, and will highlight as in the past — bargain values in the stores. This year, however, special attractions for the children have been added so that the kiddies can be entertained while mom and dad shop for bargains. Beginning today, many participating are offering free movie tickets to children 13 years of age and under for the picture, “Gypsy Colt” which will be shown in special matinee performances at 2 o’clock Friday and Saturday afternoons at the Tivoli theatre. Besides the technicolor feature, there will be “Kiddie Carnival Cartoons” and a Sportsreel. A kiddie merry-go-round will be operating on the Court House sidewalk Friday and Saturday evenings, Mr. Lambert added.

July 10

Dennis Jackie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Jackie, R. 2, Jasper, has received word from Chevrolet-Flint Manufacturing Division of General Motors Corporation that they are sponsoring him as a General Motors Institute cooperative engineering student, starting the fall term of 1956. He was one of 17 boys selected out of 300 applicants to enter General Motors Institute through the sponsorship of this division. The boys are chosen from the standpoint of their educational records in high school, class standing, personality, character and health, applicants' desire to work with the plant and their capacity to acquire the necessary academic and practical background for a future position of responsibility. Mr. and Mrs. Jackie accompanied Dennis to Flint, Michigan, last week for a battery of psychological tests and interviews, after which his appointment was made official.

July 11

Aug. 26 is the date set by the Huntingburg Jaycees for the second Air Show to be held in Huntingburg, at the local airport. It is to be named “Frosty Jones Day” this year in honor of Forrest Jones of Coral Gables, Florida, a former Huntingburg boy, who was actually the founder of the Huntingburg airport. Jones is now a Captain on a Super-Constellation for the Eastern Airlines, flying from Miami, Florida, to New York. His company has promised to take some part in the day’s activities, but what, is not yet known. Mr. Jones will also be on hand to have a part in the honors.

July 12

The Jasper Reds first slacker, Kenny Kunkel, hit a towering home run over the left field fence in the first inning with two mates aboard in last night’s Indiana Night League game at Recreation Field. It proved to be enough for George Richardson and the Reds to down the Sunbeam Bakers of Evansville, 3-1. George Richardson, young right hander from Owensboro, Kentucky, started on the mound for the Reds last night and although not up to his usual par proved to be capable enough to handle the Bakers. Richardson worked with an injured middle finger on his pitching hand and as a result was not as effective as he has shown in previous appearances here. His finger was swollen and had black and blue marks to show where a piece of steel had dropped on it earlier in the week. In going the route, he was touched for eight hits. He struck out five and walked a like number.

July 13

The Jasper Junior American Legion baseball team beat the Oakland City Legion team 12-9 in a seven inning exhibition game yesterday. Patch ear started for Jasper and worked the first five innings striking out four and walking the same number. Schnarr came in and pitched the sixth and seventh, fanning two and walking one. Larry Stamm had a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a triple and three singles for Jasper. Willie Haas and Jim Eckerle had a triple each and Junie Schnarr belted a home run in the sixth with two men on base.

July 14

From the Happy Girls 4-H Club column: The Happy Girls 4-H Club met Tuesday in the community room of the German American Bank. Demonstrations were given by the junior leaders, one on the exhibition of preserved foods by Lou Ella Burger and one on food preparation by Eileen Lechner, Margie Hohler and Janice Bockelman. A demonstration was also given by Rosemary Ruxer on how to pin up hair. Her models were Carol Thyen and Dorothy Burger. The raffle prize was donated by Nancy Schmitt and won by Karen Harker. At a special meeting held week, Mrs. Alfred Wagner was awarded the electric ice freezer. The treasurer reported that a profit of $111.05 was made on this project. Of this amount $63.30 was prorated to members attending 4-H camp next week at Lincoln City.

50 Years Ago

July 12, 1971

The league-leading Holland Dutchmen downed the Ireland Merchants, 5-2, Sunday at Holland to hold on their one-game lead in the Lincolnland League standings. Right handers Bob Ransome and Tom Meyer combined to pitch the Dutch to victory. Meanwhile, shabby defensive play by Jasper allowed Huntingburg 4 unearned runs Sunday night as the Merchants defeated the Reds 4-2, at Recreation Field in Jasper. The Reds threatened when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Southpaw Stan Ruhe replaced starter John Stofft for Huntingburg and retired the side with two strikeouts and a pop fly. Gabe Mehringer and Rick Weisman didn’t allow an earned run. Paul Clemens had a home run and a single to lead Huntingburg. Steve Barrett and Rick Weisman had a home run and a single to lead the Jasper hitting.

July 13

The Shopping Mart of Jasper won the Amateur Softball Association Slow Pitch Women’s County Tourney Monday night at City League Field in Jasper—a 71-3 victory over the Holland Dutchgirls. Members of the winning team are: Linda Schnell, Susie Mehringer, Nancy Fehribach, Lois Hurm, Susie Hochgesang, Marilyn Schmitt, Gloria O’Brien, Judy Schmidt, Sylvia Schmidt, Martha Giesler, Sandy Beck, Debbie Betz, Wanda Schmitt, Terri Schenetzki, Barb Nelson, and Irene Giesler. Leon Schmidt and Syl Giesler are the coaches and John Schenetzki is the manager.

July 14

Alvin C. Ruxer, general chairman of the first Jasper Charity Horse Show, which was held on Memorial Day at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon, presented checks to the two local organizations for whom the benefit show was held. Presentation of the checks was made in the paneled, carpeted and air-conditioned office which occupies a corner of the huge stable on the Ruxer Farm east of Jasper where the prize show of horses of Alvin Ruxer and his wife, Hilda, are housed. The two checks, in the amount of $1,581.90 each, went to the Memorial Hospital Development Fund and to the Dubois County 4-H Council. Accepting the check for the hospital fund was Sister Nancy, the new administrator, superior and president of the board of the hospital. Accepting the check for the 4-H Council was Herbert Thyen, president of the council.

July 15

A 32-year-old Huntingburg man who was injured Tuesday afternoon when the pickup he was driving skidded into a sign post along a Jasper street, died at 1:40 a.m. today in Memorial Hospital in Jasper. The victim Donald R. Stilwell of Fifth and Walnut streets In Huntingburg, suffered rib fractures, a lung puncture and abdominal contusions in the accident. An autopsy is being held to determine the exact cause of death. According to the Jasper city police, Mr. Stilwell, who was employed as a carpenter by Jim Ellis of Jasper, was driving on a rain-slicked West Sixth Street at 5:40 p.m., Tuesday, and the pickup truck skidded and struck the sign post about 35 feet west of the Bartley Street intersection.

July 16

For quite some time now Mayor Dale Helmerich of Huntingburg has blamed the big gas companies for the alleged shortage of natural gas. At last night’s meeting of the Huntingburg Utility Board, Mayor Helmerich, whose position was recently backed up by a nationally syndicated columnist, accused the chairman of the Federal Power Commission of trying to deceive the American people. Helmerich, who is president of the American Public Gas Association, last quoted from a nationally syndicated column that was reprinted in the July 1 issue of the American Public Gas Association newsletter. Helmerich said that John Nasifeas, chairman of the FPC, violated the Federal Power Commission’s rules by planning an illegal meeting with a supervisor of the American Gas Association.

July 17

The Huntingburg Merchants of the Lincolnland League defeated St. Wendel of the Double Eye League, 4-1, Friday night at Tell City. The game was played at Tell City to give the Tell City fans a chance to see a number of Tell City players who are playing this summer with Huntingburg. One of the Tell City players, big John Stofft, a hard-throwing southpaw, pitched the first five innings, holding St. Wendel without a run and also led the Huntingburg hitting with a bases-loaded double, driving in three runs. Another southpaw, Stan Ruhe, teamed up with Stofft to pitch a four-hitter. Mike Uebelhor and Jerry Powell each had two singles for Huntingburg.

25 Years Ago

July 15, 1996

The Greater Jasper School Board approved a refinancing plan Friday that would raise enough money to satisfy the school’s debt to the Dubois-Perry-Spencer Exceptional Children’s Co-Op with a minimal impact on taxes. The debt is now about $1.5 million, including current and past obligations, Superintendent Larry Riggs said. Refinancing the 10th Street School and Jasper High School building bond issues is the best option, Riggs said. Other options were raising taxes — about 64 cents per $100 to cover the debt or cutting programs and staff.

July 16

Before the Evansville Otters season in the Frontier League began, Andy Noblitt anticipated using July 17 as a day of rest. As it turns out, he may have to work after all. He isn’t complaining, though. The former JHS standout is one of six Otters representing the Western Division in the Frontier League All-Star Game, which begins at 7 p.m. in Richmond. “Three outs would be enough for me,” Noblitt said during a phone interview. “I think it is a good chance for me to go against former professional players from Class A and AA, and a chance for me to prove my worth.” So far this season, Noblitt has pitched in 10 games and is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26 and 2/3 innings.

July 17

While politicians pledged support Tuesday evening, they couldn’t promise the dollars. About 75 residents of the St. Anthony, St. Marks and Bretzville area, along with state and federal government representatives heard about options for an area sewer system Tuesday. While about three-fourths of the residents voted to support a $13.325 million project that would connect St. Anthony, St. Marks, Bretzville, Schnellville and Celestine to the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District, any option would rely heavily on grant money. Grant funding might depend on who has control of the General Assembly next, said State Rep. Dennis Henke, a Democrat from Dubois. “You don’t know who the governor is going to be, you don’t know what their interests will be,” he said. Henke said he would make project funding one of his priorities, but could not say how much money an area could expect from the state.

July 18

It could be time for Jasper to extend its boundaries and annex the rest of Bainbridge Township, Mayor Bill Schmitt said at Wednesday night’s common council meeting. Annex requests are considered on a case-by-case basis but that usually means one or two lots at a time, Schmitt said. The city should look at taking in larger parcels of land. Most annexation requests are by individuals or businesses wanting access to the city’s sewer system, he said. The council has been adamant that people wanting sewers also request annexation, even when their property is not next to city boundaries. “We’re setting up work sessions with the council, utility service board, planning commission and all city department heads to look at this issue,” Schmitt said.

July 19

The Pike County school board approved 2.5% raises for teachers for the 1996-97 school year Thursday night, ending 18 months of negotiations with the teachers union. The agreement also gives teachers a 2.5% raise retroactive to the 1995-96 school year. “I think it is a good, fair settlement for both parties,” Superintendent Mark Ransford said.

July 20

The Kimball/DCB women’s softball team won the Holland Open Tourney the past weekend. The team finished the tourney undefeated. They defeated the Evansville Penguins 3-2 for the championship. Team members are: Tara Seifert, Dee Leinenbach, Mindy Lutz, Tammy Wertman, Sherry Buschkoetter, Jayme Schultz, Kim Mehringer, Kim Armstrong, Elaine Main, Beth Winkler, Martha Wehr, Carrie Winter, Joanna Courtney and Jane Pinkstaff. The team is coached by Duane Seifert and Beth Seidl.

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