Looking Back: 7/17

Dragons mascot “Sparky” scoped out the crowd before a game attired in camouflage hunting garb and a high-powered squirt gun. Several players stole his gun and turned it back on him during the pre-game antics. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published July 11, 1996.


65 Years Ago

July 16, 1956

Members of the 1931 JHS graduating class with their wives and husbands held a 25th anniversary reunion at the American Legion Home recently. Class members attending include Mrs. Fred Kreilein, Mrs. Walter Wendholt, Mrs. Edward Kendall, Miss Louise Sunderman, teacher and class sponsor, Mrs. Myron Whitelock, Mrs. Gervase, Mrs. Edward Fritch, Mrs. Franklin (O'Brien), Lowell Schott, Marie Berger, Paul Hoffman, Mrs. Edwin Schnarr, Dr. Robert Gosman, Mark Harker, Hugh Cathcart, teacher, Kenneth Merder, Lewis Fierst, Walter Prechtel, Claude Miller, teacher, Albert Pfaffenberger and Clemence Nordhoff.

July 17

Plans to go ahead with the sewage disposal plant in Huntingburg got under way last night when L. I. Couch and Charles Haller of Indianapolis, consulting engineers, and Carl Heim, former city engineer, were present at the regular meeting of the Huntingburg city council and Mayor P. C. Giltner. The engineers explained the contract which was drawn up in 1947 and pointed out that this contract of plans and specifications has become obsolete and will have to be revised and brought up to date. A survey will be made to determine present needs. The council and mayor expressed the opinion that plans should provide for the elimination of open ditches and cesspools by which sewer connections can be available to the new developer as well as those in the city proper. The plan also includes the industrial plants.

July 18

State police today were seeking a hit-and-run driver who apparently caused the death of Oliver Opel, 43, of Haysville, whose body was found at the side of the road on Highway 45 just south of the White River bridge about 7:30 this morning. According to the investigating state police officer, the body was discovered about 500 feet south of the bridge on the west side of the highway, with the head facing south. It was estimated that he had been dead five or six hours before being found this morning by Vernon "Bennett" Hemmerlein. The body was partially blocked from view of the highway thus accounting for the fact that it was not discovered earlier. No blood or flesh was found at the scene but police theorized this morning that there may have been some left on the vehicle. There were no skid marks in the vicinity.

July 19

The Huntingburg Merchants had five-hit shutout pitching from their little southpaw ace, Buddy Blemker, who blanked the Jasper Reds 9-0 last night at Recreation Field before a nice crowd. Last night's contest, an Indiana Night League affair, gave Huntingburg their first victory of the season in the newly formed league. Jasper's loss at the same time dropped them from second to third place in the standings. George Richardson, right handed pitcher from Owensboro, stepped up last night to give the Chicago White Sox scouts a peek again, lasted only six and a half innings and was charged with the loss. Neal Skeeters came here to work out for the benefit of a Cleveland Indians scout last night. Because no player lists are required in the league this year, Skeeters was inserted into the Jasper lineup and later shortstop. He went hitless in three trips and was charged with one fielding miscue.

July 20

"Tiny" Hill, a favorite for many years among dance band fans in the area, will make another personal appearance in Jasper next Wednesday night when he plays for a dance at the Calumet Lake. "Tiny" made his first appearance in Jasper before World War II and has been back several times since then, professing to have a warm spot in his heart for the community. Next Wednesday's dance will get under way at 9 p.m. and dancing will continue until 1 a.m. "Tiny's" first musical job was playing in night clubs for tips. His first major step into the entertainment field came when he organized a five-piece band called "Harry Hill and His 5 Jacks."

July 21

Huntingburg won its second straight INL game when they defeated the Evansville Sunbeam Bakers 10-5 at Municipal Park Friday night. Vernon Matheis went all he way on the mound for the winners, striking out nine while passing six and held the visitors scoreless until the ninth when they got all their markers on four hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two errors. Bob Wagoner wielded a big stick in the game for the Merchants with three hits in five tries, while Howard Bracken added two for three.

50 Years Ago

July 19, 1971

Jasper's Jr. American Legion team dropped a twin bill to West Lafayette, 6-5 and 5-4 on Saturday. Bob Alles slammed two hits to spark Jasper's attack. Mike Erne added a double. In the afterpiece, West Lafayette scored three times in the seventh to shatter Tom Berger's bid for a victory. Berger pitched a one-hitter until the roof fell in on him in the seventh when the hosts unleashed a four-hit attack. Mark Hildebrand had a four-for-four afternoon for Jasper including a home run in the second inning. He drove in three runs.

July 20

The annual Turtle Derby sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees will be held on Saturday, July 31. The general chairman for the event will be Bob McCarty. There will be four divisions, including the President's Race; the Governor's Race; the Mayor's Race and the Citizen's Race. There will be trophies presented to the winning business places sponsoring the first three divisions and a $25 savings bond will be awarded to the winner of the Citizen's Race. Anyone who desires to enter a turtle in the Citizen's Race should contact the general chairman. A $1 entry fee will be charged for each turtle in the Citizen's Race.

July 21

An employee of the Jasper Street Department suffered non-serious injuries in a cave-in around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday in an excavation in the 400 block of Mill Street. Romie Herzog, 37, of Rt. 4, Jasper, was taken to Memorial Hospital in an ambulance. His right shoulder was dislocated and he suffered facial bruises when the handle of the shovel he was using was knocked against his face by the falling clay. An excavation had been made to a depth of more than 9 feet and Herzog was at the bottom of the hole in the street when the cave-in occurred and buried him up to his neck. Herzog was rescued by two other street department workers, Conda Temple, Jr., and Charles "Chick" Howe.

July 22

The Indiana General Education Commission met Wednesday and rejected several requests for school transfers involving Dubois County schools. The commission denied requests for eight students to transfer from the Northeast Dubois County schools to Jasper, and for another seven to transfer from Northeast Dubois to Southeast Dubois. Jasper attorney, Howard Lytton, Jr., who represented both groups, told the Daily Herald this morning that he argued that the students wishing to attend the Jasper schools reside about two miles from the Jasper city limits and 12 miles from the Dubois limits. He said that they attended Holy Family school and are more aligned with the Jasper community.

July 23

Over $500 in merchandise will be presented the next two Wednesday nights as the Jasper Reds Semipro baseball team conducts two consecutive "Merchants Nights." Participating merchants from throughout Jasper have contributed numerous gifts which will be awarded between each half-inning of the Jasper-Princeton game Wednesday, July 28, and the Jasper-St. Phillip's game, Wednesday, Aug. 4. An estimated $200 to $300 in gifts will be awarded at each game. Al Boehm, a member of the Reds and chairman of the merchant night promotion, said that "if anyone was not contacted and wishes to contribute a gift they can call me at any time at 482-1667."

July 24

The championship team matches in the men's and women's singles will be played Sunday afternoon. The tourney, sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club, got underway with the first-round matches Thursday evening. Cable TV-9 is making arrangements to carry the finals tomorrow afternoon. The Daily Herald's photographer (Bob Rumbach) captured some of the first round action. Don Harvey and Allen Seng are shown in their match which Harvey won 6-1 and 7-5. Dee Cassidy is pictured during her match which she dropped to Doris Schneider 6-2 and 6-2. The other photo shows Cindy Betz giving it the good old college try as she bowed to Betty Sturm, 6-2 and 6-3.

25 Years Ago

July 15, 1996

The Jasper Reds moved into first place in the Southern Indiana Semipro League with a 9-3 victory over host Albion, Illinois, on Sunday. The two clubs were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game, which Jasper led 3-1, was rained out. With the win, Jasper improved to 14-2 in the SISL and 20-4 on the season, the 12th time in the last 13 years the Reds have won 20 or more games. Brian Partenheimer, Chad Overton and Steve Julian powered Jasper to victory as each cracked two-run homers off Albion hurler Chris Miller, the loser. In addition to demonstrating his power at the plate, Partenheimer displayed his pitching prowess, Partenheimer (3-1) went the distance and struck out 13, walked one and gave up seven hits.

July 16

A year and a half after scrapping plans to consolidate the corporation's elementary students in a single school, the Southwest Dubois school board plans to formally propose a project to build two new schools at a 1028 hearing Aug. 7. At that hearing the board must inform the public of the project's details as well as its maximum cost and the anticipated effect on property tax rates. The board's plan calls for a 220-student addition to replace portable classrooms in Holland and a new 752-student school near the Southwest complex in Huntingburg. Preliminary estimates set the total cost for the project at $14 million, with a $1 million contingency fund to cover unexpected costs.

July 17

A few years ago, Nancy Hotz of Jasper decided it was time for a change. So she shed 125 pounds, in plenty of time for her 20th high school graduation reunion this weekend. The 1976 Washington High School graduate's efforts to change also won her a spot on the Louisville Tonight television program on WHAS-TV as part of that show's "Class Reunion Makeover" contest. Louisville Tonight reporter Jayne McCleur interviewed Hotz at her home daycare business and then Hotz went to Images Studio for a total makeover which was taped for the show. She also got gift certificates for the Fashion Shop for a new dress and accessories.

July 18

An assessment of the Patoka River's water — intended to guide management of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge — discovered some contaminants, but overall news was not as bad as some feared. Particularly poor findings came from tributaries west of Winslow plagued by acid mine runoff. Bill McCoy, Patoka Refuge project manager, headquartered in Oakland City, said the purpose of the study was to determine what types of problems exist and where, so attention could be focused on them. Overall, McCoy said he "felt pretty positive about the study results in that it wasn't worse. I didn't know what to expect."

July 19

The Greater Jasper School Corporation moved a step closer Thursday to closing out its $1.5 million debt to the Dubois-Perry-Spencer Exceptional Children's Co-op. The building corporations for the high school and 10th Street School projects met jointly and approved refunding both outstanding bond issues and issuing new zero-coupon bonds. Almost $7 million in new bonds would be issued and $5.5 million would be used to retire the old bonds. About $1.32 million would be applied to the Co-op debt. The rest of the debt, about $180,000, would have to come from taxes.

July 20

The Saturday feature in this issue is entitled "A Bus Named Desire." This story is about real baseball, pure and simple. It's about chasing a dream and coming to grips with reality. The inaugural edition of the Dubois County Dragons, a minor league outfit in the four-team Heartland League. R. C. Lichtenstein is the Dragon skipper. The Heartland League maximum is $500 per month. A handful of area boys are members of the team. Kurt Meyer (Holland), Craig Shoobridge (Winslow) Arlen Pixley (Oakland City), Bill Hammonds (Vincennes) and Sam Marx (Evansville).

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