Looking Back: 7/19

East Fourth Street in Jasper was photographed from Mill Street during the 1913 flood. The property on the right side of the picture was acquired by the incorporators of the Hoosier Desk Company on Jan. 24, 1922, from the Jasper Manufacturing Company. The nearest house on the corner to the right was owned by Edward Haller. (Photograph from “Pictures from the Past... Jasper, Indiana,” by Arthur C. Nordhoff.)

65 Years Ago
July 18, 1949
The “Kyotes,” a gang of juveniles domiciled in the vicinity of Fifteenth & Mill streets in Jasper who put one over on the community last summer by staging a two-day Memorial Hospital benefit, have decided to do it again. Acting upon numerous inquiries and requests to give their benefit carnival and bazaar an encore, they are busy making preparation for a repeat performance Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19 and 20. Last year’s event was more or less impromptu. And that is why it happened that some merchants were overlooked in the solicitation of gifts for the bazaar counters.
Hoping to avoid similar disappointments this year, the Kyotes  are announcing in advance that gifts of novelties, notions and anything of resale value, will be gladly received and may be delivered to the bazaar grounds or will be called for upon notice. The bazaar will be held in the spacious back yard of Dr. and Mrs. G. A. Held, 15th & Mill. Ice Cream, sandwiches, refreshments and candies, games of all kinds usually associated with such events and contests will be the principal attractions. Everybody is cordially invited to attend– adults as well as children.

July 19
Baseball makes its first Thursday night appearance of the year at Recreation Field when the Jasper Rustic Tavern team and the Huntingburg Merchants tangle in a benefit game. All proceeds from this encounter, after expenses are paid, will go towards helping liquidate the balance still due on the lighting system erected last season. An added attraction that night will be an “Old Timers” game in which stars of yesteryear will don spikes and gloves for a brief choose-up game of three or four innings. Rex Critchlow, Lefty Eckert, Alvin Ruxer, Claude Kunkel, Spec Giesler and Oats Hochgesang are just a few of the “Old Timers” who plan to play.

July 20
A large group of members of the Dubois County Rural Youth Club held their regular meeting Monday evening on the lawn in front of the school building in Dubois. The meeting was called to order by President, Bill Feldmeyer, by lantern light since a burned-out transformer deprived the town of electricity. Devotions were read by Dorothy Rothert. An election of officers was held with the following results: Bill Feldmeyer, president; Amos Freyberger, vice-president; Martina Lechner, secretary; Martha Lee Durcholz, treasurer; Doris Hunefeld and Kenny Drexler, recreation leaders; Janice Castrup, song leader; and Dorothy Rothert, news reporter.

July 21
More than 100 persons attended the Ladies Night program given at the Country Club Tuesday evening by the Jasper Kiwanis Club in observance of the club’s thirteenth anniversary. The program started with a dinner at 7 o’clock. O. A. Kremp served as master of ceremonies. President William F. Schmitt introduced the charter members and paid special recognition to Claude Line. Mr. Line has a perfect attendance record at Kiwanis meetings since he became a charter member of the Jasper club. G. R. Rinehart, known professionally as “the Amazing Mr. Rinehart,” lived up to his title and kept the guests enthralled by his feats of magic.

July 22
A large crowd was treated to plenty of action  and the Night Lights committee was richer by approximately $150 as the Jasper Rustic Tavern team blanked the Huntingburg Merchants  in a benefit game at Recreation Field last night, 4-0, behind Tom “Rags” Berger’s four- hit pitching. Chick Alles had a triple for the tavern team.

July 23
Rev. Justin Snyder, O.S.B., who has been pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dale for the past six years, will report at St. Meinrad Abbey on August 13 to succeed Father William Walker, O.S.B., as prior of the Abbey. This appointment will make Father Justin prior of one of the largest Benedictine Abbeys in the world. Prior William Walker will leave for Rome the latter part of August where he will become an official at the International Benedictine College.

Jasper Recreation Notes: An exciting extra-inning game was halted by rain Wednesday after the Cardinals and the Flatbrushers had played to a 13-13 tie in nine innings. Buddy Witte and Frank Kunz were the opposing pitchers. In Midget Softball, the Indians, captained by Jerry Birge, took the league lead after defeating the Phillies, 20-10.

50 Years Ago
July 20, 1964
Following a two-hour parade Saturday afternoon that was a highlight of the annual convention of the Indiana Department of the American Legion at Evansville, the Jasper High School Band rated the top honor for marching precision. The band was directed by Ray Cox. A total of 16 high school bands took part.

A public hearing will be held in the St. Ferdinand High School cafeteria in Ferdinand at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, regarding the planned location of the East-West Interstate Route 64 as proposed by the Indiana State Highway Commission in Spencer, Dubois, and Perry counties. The hearing will be conducted by Oral S. Craig, chief hearing officer from the Planning Division of the Indiana State Highway Commission.

July 21
The proposed budget for 1965 was the principal business matter discussed at the Huntingburg City Council’s regular meeting last night. All councilman were present with Mayor Dale Helmerich
presiding. All department heads and several board members were on hand to discuss items in their specific budgets. The proposed budget will be taken under consideration before the next council meeting.

July 22
Robert Luker of Stendal has been employed as guidance director at Huntingburg High School for next year. Mr. Luker graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oakland City College in 1959 with majors in social studies and physical education. He is completing his work for his Master’s Degree in Guidance from Indiana State College this summer. He and his wife are the parents of three children.

July 23
Play got underway in the Little league Area Tournament at Princeton Wednesday with pitchers dominating much of the action. Fort Branch shut out Huntingburg 6-0. Ferdinand, however, got a tremendous pitching performance from Stan Ruhe in the second game as Ferdinand nipped Owensville, 1-0. Ruhe allowed only three hits while striking out 14 batters.

Jasper’s Minor League All-Stars trounced Washington’s All-Stars 9-1 in a game played at Jasper’s Little League field last night. Kim Sermersheim pitched a nifty one-hitter for the winners as he struck out 12 and did not walk a man. For Jasper, George Etienne had a home run and a single.

July 24
Ray “Pete” Gill, who guided the Ireland Spuds to their first sectional and regional championships in the history of the school two years ago, will be coaching basketball at Carroll Consolidated School at Flora, Indiana, this fall. Coach Gill resigned his post at Ireland in March of this year after two years at the helm of the Spuds.

The eleventh annual meeting of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday night in the American Legion Club with a large number of members and wives attending. Following a 7 o’clock dinner the members heard the achievement and financial reports, talks by local officials and the featured speaker, Dr. Arthur M. Weimer, and the results of an election held to name eight new directors. Named to the board of directors were: At-large, Richard L. Krodel and Ray Schmitt; manufacturing and processing, John Gramelspacher and Bill Webber; professional and service, Bernard Kress and Paul Nonte; retail, John Bohnert and Art Jarboe.

Last Saturday, July 18, Tommy Becher posted an eagle on the par 4, 420-foot No. 4 hole at the Jasper Country Club. Veteran golfers report that this is the first time that this feat has ever been accomplished on the course. Using a six iron, Becher drove the ball some 165 feet on his second shot and the ball hit the green and kept rolling until it dropped in the cup. Becher finished with a one over par 35 for the nine holes. He was golfing with Wayne Place, Jerry Seger and “Shimmy” Sermersheim when he scored the eagle on No. 4.

July 25
At a special meeting Friday of the Jasper Utility Service Board it was voted unanimously to accept the bid of James B. Clow & Sons of Chicago as the lowest and best bid on the necessary materials for the construction of a water line extension along the Celestine road east from Jasper.

25 Years Ago
July 17, 1989
The Jasper Reds won the Southern Indiana Semipro League championship by sweeping a doubleheader from the Ferdinand Cardinals. The Reds beat the Cardinals 16-5 in the opener and 8-1 in the second game. Jasper, 20-8, will host Vincennes in their final regular season game. The Reds will then play Perry County in the league tournament. On July 29th, the Reds will be the Southern Indiana Semipro League’s representative in the state semipro tourney to be held at Marian College in Indianapolis.

July 18
Guest speaker at the July 13 meeting of the Luncheon Optimist Club of Jasper was Bob Verkamp, chairman of the Strassenfest Committee. Verkamp reviewed many of the events scheduled at the Strassenfest this year. The 1949 state basketball champions will be recognized at the fest. Most of the members of the team will be present at the Strassenfest. They will serve as the grand marshall at the parade on August 6th. Alvin Ruxer will be recognized also.

July 19
Tickets for the North-South All-Star football game are available from Jasper High School football coach Jerry Brewer, or at the principal’s office at the school. The game, which will feature local players Jason Ahlbrand of Jasper and Ken Dilger of Heritage Hills, will be played July 29 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. The tickets are $8 in advance. At halftime of the game, Jasper’s Bob Simmers will receive the Indiana Football Coaches Association Media Award.

July 20
Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative has reduced rates to its members and customers by 7.11 percent. Rates will decrease by $5.37 for members who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The reduction, which became effective July 1, will be reflected in this month’s billing. Last year the cooperative’s rates decreased 3.63 percent in the third quarter. The reductions are primarily the result of a decrease in wholesale power costs. Dubois REC receives its power from Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, which is a generation and transmission cooperative supplying electricity to 19 rural cooperatives in central and southern Indiana.

July 21
The county is gearing up for the fun at the annual 4-H Fair, but many may not know the county’s 4-H club is one of the largest in the southern part of the state. The 4-H organization of Dubois County currently has about 800 members, making it one of the largest in southwestern Indiana. The 4-H is strong because the county still has a rural emphasis and the support of many residents and businesses in the county, county youth extension agent Linda Baird says.

Eleven-year-old Matthew Reinhart qualified to participate in the National Junior Olympics in the discus. The Olympics will be held Aug. 8-12 in San Antonio, Texas. He won the bronze medal in the Region VI qualifier last weekend at Evans Stadium in Springfield, Ohio. He finished fourth in the shot put at Springfield. Region VI has seven midwestern states. On July 1, Reinhart won the gold medal in the discus and the silver in the shot at a state meet in Evansville.

The Huntingburg Kiwanis Club announced the recipient of the Ray Goldman Kiwanis Scholarship for 1989. The recipient is Amy Uebelhoer, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Uebelhoer of
Huntingburg. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding senior student  in honor of an outstanding Kiwanian from the Huntingburg club, Ray Goldman. Ms. Uebelhoer will attend Purdue University in the fall to major in speech language pathology.

July 22
Brian Boxell has been appointed to the position of supervisor-customer services (records) for Contel of Indiana, Inc., in Jasper. Mr. Boxell began his telephone career in 1985 as an engineering clerk with Contel in St. Louis. In 1987 he was assigned as a draftsman with Contel of Missouri, until this appointment with Contel of Indiana. He holds an associate of technology degree in design drafting  and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business.

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