Looking Back: 7/13

Dale Payne, a Huntingburg maintenance foreman, mowed the grass 25 years ago at the Huntingburg stadium in preparation for the Fronteir League game between the Evansville Otters and the Portsmouth (Ohio) Explorers. The exhibition game was the first match-up of professional teams at the stadium. Herald file photo by Philip Holman. Published June 13, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
June 13, 1955

Otwell and her neighbors opened the door with a Hoosier welcome yesterday afternoon for the man whose job it is to represent this nation in the councils of the world. Addressing briefly a gathering of southern Indiana men, women and children in the Otwell High School gym, U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles said that in visiting the nearby graves of his great-great grandparents his thoughts dwelled on the heritage from our pioneers. “As I go about on missions for the president,” he said, “striving to recapture the spirit of peace for all men in all nations, the spirit of these great people who anchored their roots in southern Indiana animates me to strive to do great things for our country.”

June 14

At a meeting last night of the Jasper Park Board, plans were pushed forward for the community’s new swimming pool. The board met with its architect, Lester Routt of Vincennes, and city attorney, Louis Savage, to go over the plans and specifications preparatory to advertising for bids for construction of the new pool. Bids will be received and opened on July 19 at 7:30 P. M. If a satisfactory bid is submitted, there is a possibility that a contract might be awarded that same night. A preliminary estimate of the cost of the construction made by the architect several months ago set the price at about $190,000. At that time the project was presented to the city council which agreed to go along with the board in floating the bond issues necessary to finance the pool.

June 15

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Don Bates, ex-Jasper Wildcat, has been honored by being named captain of the all-star team of Hoosier high school grads who will play the Kentucky boys next Saturday and Monday in their annual series for charity. Donnie has been firing at a hot clip in practice sessions at Indianapolis this week. He was No. 4 in the balloting for positions on the squad.

Robert (Bud) George of Evansville College, former Tell City High School star, has received further honors from the Indiana Collegiate Conference by being chosen the conference’s “baseball player of the year.” The righthander, now flinging for the Richland Stars in the I-K League, pitched four victories in seven tries for the Purple Aces this spring.   

June 16 

From the It Happened In And Around Jasper column: Rocky Renneisen and John Fierst left Wednesday for I. U. to begin the summer term. Roman Pfeffer, who lives in Vernal, Utah, is here for a months’ vacation with his mother, Mrs. Alois Pfeffer, and other relatives. With him is his wife, the former Pauline Irigoin, his son, Roman, Jr., and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jean Irigoin. “Romie” has  spent the past six months in the Veterans’ Hospital in Salt Lake City, recuperating from a leg operation. He is a graduate of Montana University, studying forestry there, and has been employed for several years as a forest ranger in Vernal.  His wife is a native of Montana. Her parents came to this country from France about 35 years ago. Pauline is a registered nurse.

June 17

J. Thomas Schutz, a member of the 1955 graduating class of Purdue University, received his degree at the commencement exercises in the Music Hall June 5. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force, and will report to duty at Lackland Air Base, Texas, on Feb. 10, 1956. Until then he will be employed by the Towsley Construction Co. of Indianapolis. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Schutz, of Jasper. He graduated form JHS in 1950, and was a member of the 1949 state chamionship Wildcat basketball team. He has been a member of the I-K League champion Jasper Reds the past two years. He is married to the former Miss Mary Alice Gramelspacher. He has one daughter, Sandy.

June 18

Jasper’s parking meters now belong entirely to the city of Jasper. Mayor Ed J. Lorey announced today after receiving a report from City Clerk Julius Giesler that collections over a three-year period have totaled $38,090.96 from the use of meters plus from fines paid for overparking or other violations of the meter ordinance. The grand total thus received as of this month is $40,172.32, the mayor said. The city has been paying for the meters by turning over half of the monthly revenue from them to the Duncan Parking Meter Corp. of Chicago. The other half was used for street improvements.

50 Years Ago
June 15, 1970

Superintendent Walter Stutz announced today that Raymond Cox and Donald Dudine have submitted letters of resignation in order to accept teaching positions at Ben Davis High School. Cox has been the director of the JHS band for the past thirteen years. Dudine was the assistant director last year. During the past thirteen years, the JHS band has increased in size from 65 to 175 members. At Ben Davis, Cox and Dudine will be assisting Hal Meurer, a former Jasper band director, in training the 300 member Ben Davis Band. Both Cox and Dudine will continue the summer band program in Jasper, until their replacements are available.

June 16

Don Hammond, a senior righthander, came on for New Albany in the top of the third inning to pitch shutout ball the rest of the way, allowing only one hit as the New Albany Bulldogs eliminated the Jasper Wildcats 6-1 in the IHSAA Semi-State Monday afternoon at Recreation Field. Jasper managed only three hits, including a solo home run in the first inning by Gary Corbin.  The Bulldogs lost in the championship game to the Memorial Tigers 2-1, as the New Albany leftfielder misjudged a routine fly ball in the bottom of the seventh inning and then threw wildly to allow the winning run to score. Sportwriters and sportscasters covering the semi-state selected an all-tourney team following Monday’s action. Gary Corbin and Bob Alles were the two players from Jasper to make the team.

June 17

Bernie Vogler, manager and co-owner of the Gambles-Alden Stores in Jasper and Huntingburg, has announced that the Jasper store at the corner of Seventh and Newton Streets is nearly completed for operation. Vogler moved to the former location of the Uebelhor and Son Motor Company after the original Gambles-Alden store was destroyed by fire on the morning of Feb. 2 of this year. The new Gambles-Alden store features 5,600 square feet of shopping area with an additional 10,000 square feet of storage. Bernie Vogler is a co-partner with Kenny Roos, who manages the Huntingburg store.

June 18

The worst fire in the history of Ferdinand this morning completely destroyed the plant of the Ferdinand Furniture Co. at Ninth and Missouri Streets. The blaze started about 8:40 a. m. in drying oven located on the first floor in the west end of the production building. An employee, Irvin Verkamp, attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher but the flames spread quickly. According to Art Ruhe, plant manager, the damage may reach $1 million. An addition costing approximately $250,000 had been added last year. Bob Menke, president of Ferdinand Furniture Co., was out of town and not available for comment. However, his wife told the Herald that she spoke to him on the phone and he said they will rebuild the plant.   

June 19

Brendle’s in Jasper, for many years known as Mehringer’s Hardware Store, is quitting business after 89 years. Jim Brendle and his wife, Paulyne (Mehringer) Brendle, stated that a sale is being conducted and everything will be sold at a savings to the public. Brendle’s, located at Sixth and Mill Streets, was built and operated as a hardware store by George Mehringer in 1881. At that time, the family living quarters were incorporated in the building. Jim Brendle said that future plans are indefinite regarding the building. 

June 20

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Alvin C. Ruxer of Jasper, who is shown is the driver’s seat with “Frosty Donna,” a grey American Saddlebred filly, owned by the Alvin C. Ruxer Farms. She was the winner of the 2-year-old fine Harness Stake last week at the Rock Creek Horse Show in Louisville, Kentucky. “Frosty Donna” will challenge some of the best at the Tennessee Horse Show in Nashville, on Saturday, June 27.   


25 Years Ago   
June 19, 1995

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Jasper Wildcat baseball team as their hold their nameplate for the crowd following their victory in the Evansville Semi-State Saturday night. Jasper easily proved to be the best team at the tournament played at Bosse Field in Evansville, defeating Martinsville 11-3 and New Albany 8-0. The Wildcats will meet Ft. Wayne Concordia in the first game of the state finals Saturday in Indianapolis. The game begins at 11 a. m. and will be played at Bush Stadium. The second game features Lafayette Harrison and Richmond.

June 20

Huntingburg city councilmen added 80 acres to the city Monday and pushed ahead with adding a third area whose residents recently rejected a bargain-basement annexation offer from the city. The two new parts of the city are 75.15 acres along Old Road 64 (the Old Holland Road) southwest of town and 3.96 acres at the end of East Third Street near the St. Mary’s Church cemetery. Those annexations become effective in two months. The third area being pursued is on West Third Street, near the Huntingburg Country Club. 

June 21

Seven people were transported to hospitals, including one who is seriously injured, after a SIRS bus and three trucks were involved in an accident at 7:05 a. m. today one-half mile east of Huntingburg on State Road 64. Claretta Wagner, 64, Jasper, driver of the SIRS bus, was trapped in the bus for an hour before Huntingburg firefighters could extricate her. She was transported by helicopter to Welborn Hospital in Evansville, where a spokeswoman said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. She was listed in serious condition and was still being treated as of press time. The others injured — five bus passengers and a truck driver — were all released this morning after treatment at local hospitals.

June 22

Gerhard E. “Junior” Hackman of Huntingburg, a maintenance worker at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, received the National Park Service Safety Achievement Award in May. Hackman received the award after being selected at the local and regional levels. The award recognizes leadership in advising park visitors and employees of the potential safety hazards. In September, Hackman received the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Safety Award, which enabled him to compete with employees from 37 National Park Service sites in the Midwest. Hackman was selected from among 10 other regional nominees nationwide. He was then awarded the 1994 Director’s Achievement Award. William W. Schenk, regional director, and Roger Kennedy, National Park Service director, presented Hackman a plaque at the national banquet.   

June 23

Jennifer Sue Schmitt of Velpen is one of the first female recipients of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honors scholarship, awarded to incoming students with high GPA’s and SAT scores. The daughter of Mark and Sharon Schmitt graduated from Pike Central High School with a 3.91 GPA. Women were first admitted to Rose Hulman four years ago but haven’t been able to live on campus until this coming year. Schmitt is among the record 90-woman freshman class entering this fall. Jennifer’s grandparents are Ada and the late Raphael Schmitt of Jasper, and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Stenftenagel.   

June 24

Jared Brosmer, Aaron Rees and Scott Hagen of state finalist Jasper have been named to the All-Big Eight baseball team. Also included on the team is Dan Bass and Shaun Burns of Boonville; Zach Davis and Kyle Despain of Tell City; Quinn Decker and Jeff Goldbach of Princeton; Chad Thomas and Shane Schroeder of Mt. Vernon; and Brian Smith of Vincennes.

Slow business and environmental legislation has forced the Old Ben Coal Co. to close its Old Ben mine and lay off 136 workers, company officials said Friday. The layoffs are effective Saturday, but  employees had been told in April that the jobs would likely be cut. Old Ben, a subsidiary of Zeigler Coal Holding Co. in Fairview Heights, Ill., was established in 1921.   

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