Looking Back: 7/11

Amie Miller and her 4-month-old golden retriever, Shallow, played in the water at the Patoka Lake beach 25 years ago. Miller’s mother, Debbie, traveled to the lake from Newburgh to sailboard. The beach did officially open the summer of 1995 because of high water caused by heavy rains. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published July 7, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
July 11, 1955

From the Little League Baseball column written by Jerry Birge: Bob “Chesty” Luegers became the local Little League home run king Thursday night as the big lefthander poled his fifth (to tie the record), sixth, and seventh home runs while pitching the Hochgesang Construction Cubs to a 10-0 victory with Bullet Bob giving up but one hit to the G. A. Bank Phils. Chesty’s home runs broke Joe Rohleder’s previous record of 5 set in 1953. The 3-in-one night feat was also a “first.” Rasche’s single to right in the fifth ruined Luegers no-hit bid. Big Bob fanned 12 to raise his record strike out total to 78. His 3-for-4 at the plate raised his batting average to .783 and his victory was his sixth straight without a defeat.   

July 12

Two Jasper Boy Scouts are in Memorial Hospital as the result of head injuries they suffered in a swimming accident at Jasper Lake yesterday morning. Earl Metzger, son of Dr. and Mrs. G. E. Metzger, and Eddie Wuchner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis “Nip” Wuchner, both 12 years old, suffered identical cuts on their scalps when they bumped heads while swimming with a group of other Scouts who are spending the week at Camp Carnes. The accident happened when Earl dived into the lake and failed to see Eddie in the murky water. The water is very muddy as the result of the recent heavy rains. The cut on each boy’s head required about 15 stitches to close. Both Scouts suffered concussions but their condition is good.   

July 13

Jasper’s clocks will go back to standard time at midnight on Sunday, September 4, it was voted last night by the city’s common council. The motion, made by Councilman Ernest Lannon and seconded by Urban Voegerl to recommend the return to standard time on Sept. 4, was passed unanimously following a request by Mayor Ed Lorey that the council take it under consideration. Mayor Lorey told the council he had contacted mayors of communities in this area concerning the earlier date. Normally the clocks remain on daylight time until the last week in September, but the earlier changeover was deemed advisable because of school children who will be going back to the classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 6.   

July 14

Dubois County is rapidly becoming an important spot on the map. Considering the size of the U.S.A., it is quite a coincidence that the “Big Inch” and “Little Inch” pipelines which are owned by the Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., and which run from Texas to New York, and now the new American-Louisiana Pipe Line, a 30-inch line which will be the largest yet, and will be laid from the Gulf of Mexico to Detroit, both run through Dubois County. They will cross each other in Columbia township, on lands in Section 13, township 1 north, range 3 west. The new pipe line of 1,290 miles, will span over 25 miles of land in Dubois County. 

July 15

A dog she acquired as a pup last February won for Darla Huls, 12-year-old daughter of Mrs. Lenore Huls, the grand prize in the Kyote Kiddie Karnival pet show sponsored by the Jasper Kiwanis Club, which was held at Recreation Field. The dog, which is part shepherd and part collie, also won first prize for the best-trained pet. 

July 16

Ray (Buddy) Blemker hurled one of the finest games of a short but outstanding baseball career last night as he gave Rockport but two hits and struck out 20 of the Kiwanians, scoring the winning run in Huntingburg’s 3-2 I-K League victory in the first outing under the new Municipal Park floodlights. Ralph Gunselman got two hits for the Merchants and Marv Blemker their only extra-base blow, a double. The Merchants will formally dedicate their new lights at 8 P.M. Friday with the Princeton Lions bringing the opposition.   

50 Years Ago
July 13, 1970

Rising costs are a concern for all. In the following article, HERALD writer Sandy Fuhrman discusses rising hospital costs with the administrators of the two hospitals in Dubois County. “I think people are complaining about rising hospital rates because they’re frightened. However, they never refuse to pay them when the life of a loved one is at stake,” Sister Mary Kevin administrator of Memorial Hospital said in an interview about hospital costs and problems. “Our patients expect us to have the best possible, and usually don’t complain about the cost as long as they get well,” she explained. “Our rates have not risen for two years,” Norman Wright, administrator of St. Joseph Hospital, said. Sister Kevin said average costs for a patient each day at Memorial is $52, and Wright said St. Joseph’s average charge is $69.50. The national average is $80.     

July 14

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the new double tennis court that is being constucted in the Church Avenue Park in Jasper, which is located at the corner of Church Avenue and Brames Road in the Holy Family area. The construction of the courts is expected within the month, and the courts will be lighted for night play. The courts are being built by the Jasper Park and Recreation  Department. With the completion of these two new courts, the city of Jasper will now have seven tennis courts which are all lighted for night play.   

July 15

In a statement released this morning to the DAILY HERALD, State Rep. Dennis Heeke of Dubois said he felt that the State of Indiana is bound by the General Assembly’s Patoka Reservoir authorization bill of 1967 to contract with the federal government as agreed. Heeke sponsored the authorization measure. Attorney General Theodore Sendak has stated that the contract in its present form, which is modeled after similar contracts for earlier reservoirs, is, in his opinion, unconstitutional. “The proposed contract,” Heeke said, “provides that either the state or the federal government can halt the project if a shortage of money occurs.” “If this contract is unconstitutional,” Heeke added, “then the same might well apply to many state contracts committing expenditures, including highway construction contracts.”     

July 16

The possibility of securing a new Youth Center for the City of Jasper which would include facilities for various cultural events, such as local talent theatrical productions, came in for considerable discussion at the regular meeting of Mayor Jack E. Newton and the Jasper Council Wednesday night. William Balsbaugh of the Jasper High School faculty suggested that the city consider the purchase of the Tivoli Theatre building. Rich Slayton, representing the Jaycees, said this organization is backing the project. Councilwoman Martha Pittman said she had talked with Jerry Gutzweiler about the possible sale of the Tivoli building to the city. Mrs. Pittman said the city has an opportunity to enhance its cultural achievements through a Youth Center.

July 17

Howard “Andy” Anderson, head basketball, baseball, track and cross-country coach at Otwell High School since 1963, has been named principal of that school, succeeding Howard Briscoe who has accepted a similar position at Winslow. At Winslow, Briscoe succeeds Warren Loughmiller who has been appointed director of federal programs in the Pike County school system. Anderson is married to the former Joanna Loveless of Oakland City, a first grade teacher in the Petersburg Elementary School. The couple has two daughters, Kimberly and Angela. 

July 18

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mike Dittmer, president of the Huntingburg Park Board. He is shown with Charles Broeker, line foreman for the city of Huntingburg, as they prepare to turn on the athletic field lights at Huntingburg’s Municipal Park. The field was dedicated formally Friday night preceding an exhibition game between the Huntingburg Merchants and the Jasper Reds. The Merchnats capped off the evening with a 5-1 victory. Max Olinger served as master of ceremonies for the dedicatory program and the Rev. Marcellus Fisher, of St. Mary’s Church offered the invocation. Jerry Birge, sports editor of the DAILY HERALD, gave a short talk, congratulating the community, and Bob Rehl, former Huntingburg baseball star, spoke for the players of the past. Mayor Dale Helmerich was introduced and spoke briefly, followed by Fred Austin of Evansville, a representative of the General Electric Co., which installed the lighting. 

25 Years Ago
July 17, 1995

Draft day was bad enough for rookie tight end Ken Dilger. Then he had to endure the time it took for his agent to negotiate a contract with the Indianapolis Colts before he ever could report to training camp. The three-year starter at Illinois agreed to terms Friday night and arrived at Anderson University on Saturday before hitting the practice field for the first time as a Colt on Sunday. Contract terms were not disclosed, but published reports indicate Dilger signed a five-year deal. A former high school quarterback at Heritage Hills High School, the 6-foot-5, 249-pound Dilger caught 81 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns for the Illini in 39 games.    

July 18   

Because sewer lines were already in place through most of the city, nearly all property within Jasper’s borders will be exempt from one of two new new development fees being considered by the utility board. Members of the waste water finance committee Monday presented the first draft of a fees ordinance to the board. The ordinance sets guidelines for new charges that would help finance future expansion of the sewer system and treatment plant. “Depending on how long you’ve lived in the city, you’ve paid for projects in 1949, 1964, 1983, 1988 and 1990,” said committee chairman Jerald Roberts. “We feel it’s probably unfair to have the same people continually spend money to capitalize these projects when they’ve done it many, many times.”

July 19

Dubois County’s improved E-911 system installed last October has been functioning as smoothly as predicted but dispatchers have been hampered by a persistent problem: Too many callers hanging up before telling why they called. Most of the hang-ups were probably from callers accidentally hitting their programmed auto-dialers, said county communications director Mike Sibrel at Tuesday night’s 911 Advisory Board meeting. When the dispatcher answers and asks “What is your emergency?” the callers often hang up the phone right away instead of staying on the line, Sibrel said.

July 20

Beginning Aug. 1, it will be impossible for Medicaid recipients to obtain certain dental services. Indiana’s Medicaid program, a federal-state health insurance program for the poor, will stop paying for dentures, orthodontics and periodontal surgery next month. Many dentists have already stopped seeing Medicaid patients because reimbursement rates are less than the cost of providing some care. Dr. Greg Berger has stuck by his difficult decision to continue to accept Medicaid recipients, who are underprivileged, the single parents and the elderly. Now he can’t understand why Medicaid wants him to limit care for the needy to extractions, fillings and routine restoration work. Particularly disturbing to him is Medicaid’s decision to cut dentures from the program. 

July 21

Pictured in this issue is Aaron Roach of Huntingburg, who is the fifth generation in the family of Hazel Hale, of Owensville, who is shown holding Aaron. Also pictured are Aaron’s great-grandmother, Maxine Powell of Lawrenceville, Illinois; his grandmother, Sue Klein of Vincennes; and his mother, Carrie Roach of Huntingburg.    

July 22

The board of directors of German American Bancorp has declared a 20 cents per share quarterly dividend payable on or by July 31 to shareholders of record July 22. Earnings for the second quarter of 1995 were $905,000 or 52 cents per share, up $73,000 or 8.8 percent over the second quarter of 1994 earnings of $832,000 or 48 cents per share. Year-to-date 1995 net income of $1,863,000 or $1.07 per share represents an increase of $268,000 or 16.8 percent over the $1,595,000 or 92 cents per share earned during the same period during in 1994.    

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