Looking Back: 7/14July 13, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 13, 1953
The parking lot and fields adjoining the V.F.W. Home on Jasper’s north side were a scene of bustling activity yesterday as the equipment was unloaded and assembled for the carnival being sponsored this week by Post 673, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Johnny’s United Shows will play a one-week stand at Jasper, featuring nine rides and five different shows. There are 30 concessions.
Earl F. Buechler is the newly appointed principal at Ireland High School, it was announced today by Trustee Thomas Schitter. He succeeds John Lasher, who served there 11 years. Mr. Buechler is a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School and received his B.S. degree from Evansville College in 1949 and his M.S. degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1952. For the past four years, Mr. Buechler has taught biology, English and social studies at Ireland. He will continue teaching social studies and biology. Mr. Buechler was the recipient of the Phi Zeta Memorial Award given to the senior having contributed the most outstanding work his last year in college.
Jerome “Dimp” Stenftenagel, captain and leading scorer of Jasper High’s 1949 state championship team and captain last winter of the University of Mississippi quintet, will be the new basketball coach at Ireland High School, it was announced today by principal Earl Buechler. He succeeds Jerry Kemp, who mentored the Spuds for the last two seasons. Kemp accepted a similar post at Dale.
Thirty-two Indiana cities, including Jasper, are slated to receive plaques from the National Safety Council for going through 1952 without a fatal traffic accident. Two other cities served by the Jasper and Evansville posts of the Indiana State Police are also scheduled to receive the plaques. They are Mt. Vernon and Tell City. Frank A. Jessup, superintendent of the Indiana State Police, announced that the list of cities which are to be honored in connection with the national traffic safety contest conducted annually. Ned A. Dearborn of Chicago, the president of the National Safety Council, requested that the State Police officers present the plaques to the mayors of the 32 cities.
With big Chick Alles right-handing a four hitter, the Jasper Reds belted Orkin’s Exterminators from Evansville 10 to 1 in their exhibition game last night at Recreation Field. Lefty Jim Wallace, ex-big leaguer hurling for the E’town club, stayed with Chick in a mound duel until a little past the half-way point in the evening’s hostilities. Then the Reds began hitting his slants and pulling rapidly away from the Exterminators. They got eleven hits altogether off Wallace. Two of these were home runs. Rex Wells blasted one with a mate aboard in the sixth. Billy Livengood hit a 2-run homer in the eighth. Chick struck out three and walked three.
A number of local relatives went to St. Mary of the Woods, Ind., yesterday to help Sister Mary Angela, a native of Jasper, celebrate her golden jubilee as a religious. Sister Mary Angela, a daughter of the late Joseph and Agatha Klein Jahn, was one of 17 sisters who celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. She received more than 500 congratulatory messages and scores of gifts. The day’s celebration began with a solemn high mass yesterday morning and this was followed by a reception yesterday afternoon for relatives and friends. In the evening a pageant as presented, into which the name of the 17 celebrants was cleverly woven.
Another well drilled for oil in the Jasper vicinity has turned out to be a “duster.” Drilling on the well on the old Kreilein farm owned by Louis and Clem Eckstein about five miles east of Jasper, was discontinued Thursday after the driller, Dewey Stinson of Evansville decided that there was no use going down any further. A well drilled several weeks ago on the Elizabeth Miller farm about a mile east of the Eckstein operation also proved to be a dry hole.
• 50 Years Ago
July 15, 1968
After more than two years of delay, the Indiana Highway Department has begun construction of a highway rest park about a mile south of Haysville on Highway 45-231. The property on which the park is being built was granted to the state of Indiana in 1966 by the heirs of Robert J. Buchta of Haysville. Members of the family are Mrs. Ardella Buchta, Carol Jean Buchta, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kalb, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fry, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weisman, and David, Ann and Marilyn Cochran, children of Mrs. Bill Webber. The promotion of the park began in 1964 and was accomplished through the cooperation of the Haysville Ruritan Club and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, supported by the efforts of the Buchta family.
Approximately 450 persons were at the Public Square in Jasper Saturday night to hear the preview of “Summer Sing-Out” presented by the Sing-Out Jasper group. The 250 chairs which had been set up were filled and approximately 200 more people stood during the performance. Seventy members participated in the half-hour program. Following the performance, several youths from Dubois and Huntingburg expressed an interest in joining the movement. It was announced Saturday that a longer, more complete performance will be scheduled for late this summer. In addition, the group will perform at the 4-H County Fair in early August.
Righthander Gabe Mehringer hurled a four-hitter and struck out 18 Vincennes batters as he pitched Jasper to a 3-1 Legion baseball victory Tuesday at Recreation Field. Mehringer, matched against giant Jerry Memering instead of southpaw Mike Bono as had been expected, overcame periods of wildness (he walked nine) as he gave Jasper its tenth win of the season against four losses. Jasper managed but six hits off Memering. Rick Weisman had a triple and Don Eckstein doubled. Steve Barrett, Gary Corbin, Steve Pfister and Mehringer got the other hits, all singles. Mike Eckstein made an outstanding catch in the fifth inning off the bat of Purnell to deep right center.
Walter W. Stutz, principal of Jasper High School since 1962, has been named superintendent of the Jasper public schools, it was announced this morning. The appointment was made by the Jasper school board at a special meeting Tuesday. Stutz will succeed Bernard Gallagher who will retire July 31 after serving 22 years as the Jasper superintendent. The new superintendent is 40 years old. He is married to the former Lois Price of Poseyville. The couple has three children, Mark, 13, Jane, 10, and Ann, 2. Walter Stutz is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
The Huntingburg Church of the Nazarene has called the Rev. Robert L. Bush of Nashville, Tenn., to be its pastor. The Rev. Mr. Bush will be an August graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College and will be assuming his duties at Huntingburg on September 1. For the past two years Rev. Bush has served as the associate pastor of the Faith Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Bush was born in Gainesville, Fla. He will succeed the Rev. Ronald Young who will resume his studies at the Nazarene Theological Seminary at Kansas City, Mo.
A 10-year-old Jasper boy escaped with minor injuries when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a truck at 3:40 yesterday afternoon. Terry Tunks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tunks of 1011 Main Street, was treated at Memorial Hospital for abrasions on his right knee, right elbow, and right leg, and released. According to the Jasper city police, Frank Schepers, 49, of Rt. 1, Celestine, was driving south on Newton in a Krempp Lumber Co. pick-up truck when the boy, who was riding north on Newton, made a left turn in front of the truck at the intersection of Sixth and Newton. Schepers was held blameless for the accident.
• 25 Years Ago
July 12, 1993
The Jasper Reds pounded out 22 hits in two games on Sunday to earn a sweep of the Huntingburg Merchants at Huntingburg. In the first game, Scott Kunkel led the Reds’ 14-hit attack with two doubles and they posted an 8-3 win. Darren Lynam and Chad Overton each had two singles. Huntingburg’s Andy McKeough had 3 singles. Jerry Alles had a double and a single to help the Reds claim a 9-4 win in game two. Jason Kavanaugh had two singles for the Reds and Jarit Meade doubled. The Reds are now 20-7 overall and 11-2, and in first place, in the Southern Indiana Semipro League.
Groups of teenagers gathered in business parking lots along Newton Street is a common night sight, especially during the summer months. The trash that a few of them leave behind is also a common sight, especially for the business owners who must clean it up the next morning. Jasper police routinely receive calls asking them to clear the parking lots; in the month of June alone, they issued 75 warnings for loitering. Police chief Rick Gunselman told the Board of Public Works and Safety this morning that his department and some youth organizations planned to talk to one businessman about the possibility of allowing teenagers to meet and park there. Noise and trash left in the lot are our biggest concerns, Gunselman said. “It will take a commitment from the (youth) groups not to do that,” he said. If they get approval from the businessman, “we’ll try it and see if it works.” At this point, the discussions are “very preliminary,” he said.
Northeast Dubois High School has lost its principal of the last 24 years, but the district will hang on to the long-time administrator by adding a new position to the school corporation. Jim Wahl knew the district had been urged to create the position of currriculum coordinator/administrative assistant. When it became evident the corporation would add the job, he asked to have it. Wahl and superintendent Richard Kearby had jointly asked corporation teacher Richard Mathena to take the position, but he decided to take the principalship at Marian Heights Academy instead. Wahl then asked for and received the opportunity.
Jasper businessman and former mayor, H. E. ‘Herb” Thyen will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America, at a dinner on August 20 at the Jasper Holiday Inn. The award dinner will benefit the Buffalo Trace Council, which serves approximately 10,000 youth in scouting in a 15-county area. Proceeds will be used for year-round operating expenses at the Old Ben Scout Reservation in Pike County. In addition to being mayor, Mr. Thyen served on the city council and utility board. He is the assistant to Kimball’s chief financial and administrative officer after holding a number of other positions with the company, including executive vice president and secretary and a member of the Board of Directors.
Buehler Foods is adding three more stores to its 23-store chain of supermarkets in the Tri-State area. The Jasper-based company is buying the assets of four Great Scot supermarkets in Evansville, according to company president Dave Buehler. Three of the stores will be extensively remodeled and expanded before being re-opened as Buehler’s Buy-Lows. There are now three Buy-Lows operating in Evansville. The fourth Great Scot store, located on Green River road about a block from the Buy-Low near the Lloyd Expressway, will be closed, he said.
Additions to Versteel’s UNO product line were honored with a Silver Award in “The Best of NeoCon Products Competition.” This product design competition is sponsored annually by Facilities Design and Management magazine of New York and the International Facility Management Association. NeoCon is a national furniture market held June 14-17 in Chicago. On winning, Versteel president Scott Schwinghammer said, “The special aspect of this award is that it’s determined by a jury of corporate executives who make furniture-buying decisions. Their approval is not won easily. We’re very pleased that UNO has been selected by them to receive an award.” The award was presented to Schwinghammer during an awards ceremony on June 15 in Chicago. The winning product line was designed by David R. Gutgsell, Versteel’s engineer-designer. Versteel offers a complete range of tables for the contract environment, and manufactures these tables at production facilities in Jasper.
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