Looking Back: 7/20July 19, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 19, 1954
Walter Lottes’ Portersville Reds clinched the 1954 Deer Trail League pennant yesterday afternoon at Ireland by belting the Merchants 17-8 for their 12th straight victory. They’re undefeated in the league. The Reds got 19 hits to twelve, and the Irish committed 10 errors during the afternoon. Neal Lingenfelter hit a two-run home in the fifth and Chad Songer got another, with one aboard, for Portersville in the ninth. For the Merchants, Ollie Ruxer hit a four-bagger with a mate aboard in the sixth and Jack Stradtner a solo blast in the seventh.
Fifty-five Dubois County boys left from Jasper this morning for hybrid corn fields around Tipton, Ind., where for the next ten days to two weeks they will help detassel the corn. Their supervisor during their stay in the detassling camp will be Alves Kreitzer, principal of Dubois High School.
At last night’s meeting of Mayor Orval Kemp and the Huntingburg city council, the Olinger Construction Company was authorized to pump the water from the old city lake, at a contract prime of $3 per hour. The reason for doing this is to decrease the surface area of the water and thus cut down on evaporation, which is a big factor when the temperature hovers around the 100 degree mark for days on end. The fish in the old lake will be moved by the conservation department.
It was announced at the regular meeting of the Jasper Lions Club, held Tuesday noon in the American Legion Home, that the next project of the Lions will be to bring Birch the Magician to Jasper on October 21. This magician with a wide reputation will be presented to the public in Kundek Hall. The Lions Club has just completed the construction of two outdoor ovens and fireplaces as a contribution to Armory Park. A speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the Lions was Larry Gardner, Cincinnati teacher and probation officer, who has been speaking in the vicinity on juvenile deliquency problems.
Vernon Mathies, young righthander from the Dubois Grays of the Deer Trail League, tossed a three-hitter for Jasper last night and the Reds, sparked by home runs from Bips Reckelhoff and Chick Alles, thumped the Washington Grays 8 to 4. Rocky Renneisen won the celebrated 60-yard dash involving a quartet of the faster Redlegs. He finished a half-stride ahead of Rex Wells, with Jack Engleman and Reckelhoff coming along in that order. The time was 7.9 seconds. Thirty-three of those who attempted to guess the correct order of finish got it exactly right. One guesser, Mrs. Hobart McDonald of 512 West Sixth St., picked the order of finish and the time too and won the $10 merchandise prize offered by the Lorey Bros. Furniture store. Reckelhoff got a homer and double to lead the Reds offense. Alf Kleiser had a double and a single and Chick Alles had a homer and a single. Matheis, who had difficulty with control (he walked 8), struck out five. Paul Tretter, who graduated from Jasper High School this spring, caught Mathies.
Few communities in Indiana would afford a more homelike atmosphere in which four residents of Germany could absorb some knowledge of our farming techniques. While German “as she is spoke” in Dubois County isn’t exactly the same as it is spoken in das Vaterland, it will enable all concerned to get by. On June 11, four men from Germany, one from Portugal and four from Yugoslavia, arrived in the U.S. under the sponsorship of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Land Grant Colleges, in cooperation with the Foreign Operations Administration for the purpose of studying the latest methods used in testing and application of fertilizers and lime in the U.S. The four Germans were assigned for one week to Dubois County, where they will live in private homes and on different days study the agricultural methods on different farms.
Supt. Bernard Gallagher announced today the hiring by the Jasper school board of Wesley Settle to teach industrial arts and coach baseball and assist in football coaching at Jasper High School. Mr. Settle has served as basketball and baseball coach at Plainville High School in Daviess County the last three years. Mr. Gallagher said that Mr. Settle comes well recommended to Jasper High.
• 50 Years Ago
July 21, 1969
Strong, steady pitching by Greg Smith and timely hitting by Jeff “Gus” Rohleder led a solid Jasper Little League attack Saturday that saw them defeat Ft. Branch, 4-0, to win the Western Area of the District 5 Tournament. The victory advances the Jasper All Star team to New Albany this Tuesday where they will play the New Albany Little League for the District 5 Championship. Smith pitched a one-hitter and Rohleder hit his fourth home run in as many games at Petersburg as Jasper won its fourth straight game.
More than 150 taxpayers of Harbison, Marion, Columbia and Hall townships this morning attended a public hearing for residents of the Northeast Dubois School Corporation in the Dubois High School gym. The hearing was granted by the State Board of Tax Commissioners because of a petition signed by more than 25 taxpayers of the four townships who objected to the proposed 95 cents per $100 levy for the establishment of a cumulative building fund. Two representatives of the Board of Tax Commissioners explained the need for the cumulative building fund and then held a question and answer session. Don Popp, Supt. of the NE School Corporation, also held a question and answer session in which he explained the necessity of a fund according to the needs of the schools.
The Most Rev. Paul F. Leibold, Bishop of Evansville since 1966, has been named Archbishop of Cincinnati. The announcement came today from Pope Paul at his summer home in Castelgandolfo, Italy, who said he has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Karl Joseph Alter of Cincinnati and has named Bishop Leibold as his successor. The Vatican said Archbishop Alter resigned for reasons of age. He will be 84 next month. Bishop Leibold commented that he does not have the slightest idea as to who his successor in Evansville will be.
Bryant Eckert pitched a brilliant perfect game Wednesday evening to lead the Jasper Little League All Stars to the District 5 championship with a 1-0 win over New Albany at New Albany. The Jasper squad, managed by Dr. Art Wagner and coached by Earl Eckert, will now meet a team from the Terre Haute area for the sectional championship next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Jasper Little League Field. The winner of that game will advance to the state finals. In hurling his perfect game, Bryant Eckert struck out 8. Jim Brosmer got Jasper’s only hit off A. Thompson.
Lieut. Howard B. Lytton, Sr., who has been commander of the Jasper district of the Indiana State Police for the past six years, will retire, effective next Nov. 1. The 32-year veteran of the State Police will become administrator for the Criminal Justice Planning Agency on Sept. 1. This is a state agency which dispenses and administers funds made available under the Safe Streets and Crime Control Act. Lieut. Lytton was named administrator at a meeting of the Criminal Justice Planning Commission of Region Eight held at the Jasper Country Club last July 10. Twelve of the 14 members of the Commission attended the meeting and voted unanimously for the appointment.
The Jasper Pony League All Stars edged Tell City, 5-4 in nine innings, Friday night to win the Area 2 Pony League Championship and advance to the District tourney that gets underway today at Jasper. Today’s District schedule has Jasper playing Murray, Ky., at 2 p.m. followed by Evansville East and South Gibson at 5 p.m. The losers play at 2 p.m. Sunday, the winners at 5 p.m. Sunday. The final round of the tourney is scheduled for Monday unless a seventh game in the double elimination tourney is needed. If the seventh game is needed, it will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m. Gary Moeller and Tom Berger teamed up to pitch Jasper to victory over Tell City, their second win without a loss. Kurt Schwinghammer led a 10 hit attack for Jasper with three singles, Kevin Manley had a double and a single and Terry Giesler a pair of singles. The Jasper team is managed by Barney Moeller. Coach is Bill Schroeder and Max Smith is the business manager.
• 25 Years Ago
A Holland woman took home the crown and title of Miss Dubois County Sunday night after competing against 13 others at the 4-H Fair. Erica E. Satkamp, 18, was crowned in the outdoor arena after an interview session with the judges, sportswear competition and evening gown contest. Satkamp is a 1994 graduate of Southridge High School. First runner up and Most Photogenic went to Tammy Hildenbrand of Ferdinand, second runner up was Tara Brames, of Huntingburg, and Laura Hoppenjans won Miss Cogeniality. Satkamp is the daughter of Steven and Judith Satkamp and was sponsored by the Happy Homemakers Club. She will go on to compete for the title of Miss Indiana State Fair Queen in August.
The Jasper Little League recently announced its 11 & 12 year old All Star team. Team members are: Mark Seger, Brandon Jahn, Adam Schmidt, Ben Young, Jay Fleck, Kyle Habig, Michael Alles, Luke Huther, Justin Mehringer, Neil Giesler, Andy Jones, Jon Hilgeman, Adam Sermersheim, and Nathan Miller. The manager is Larry Seger, the coach is Russ Mehringer and Al Huther is the business manager. The All Stars will play in Ireland, on Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m. They will face Boonville.
A priest who once served at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper was found dead Monday at a mountain campsite in northern Italy. The badly decomposed body of the Rev. Albertus “Bert” Lutterbach, 61, was found beneath a collapsed tent, according to the U.S. consulate in Milan. The campsite was near Bolzano, Italy. Friends said he was an avid bicyclist, hiker and camper. Fr. Lutterbach served at St. Joseph Parish in 1961. Father Lutterbach was a former teacher at Memorial High School in Evansville and had served as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Bramble, Ind., and the nearby chapel at the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Weapons Center since 1987.
Susie Mehringer, who has served as the assistant sports information director at the University of Evansville, has been named assistant SID at Syracuse University. Mehringer joined the UE sports information staff in the fall of 1992. In her new role she will be responsible for the day-to-day sports information duties for 16 sports. Mehringer, a native of Jasper, received her bachelor’s degree in public relations and sports information from Ball State University where she worked for one year in the sports information office.
It was not a happy night for the Dubois County and Jasper Legion baseball teams. Both teams fell at the Tell City sectional Thursday. Rockport slipped by Jasper, 2-1, and Perry County knocked out Dubois County 7-5. Rockport scored two runs in the sixth inning and held on for the win. Jasper’s lone run came in the eighth when Scott Hagan singled, Aaron Rees doubled, and Neil Hopf hit a sacrifice fly. Jared Brosmer and Hagan both went 2-for-3 from the plate for Jasper. Perry County squeezed out of a two-out, bases loaded jam in the ninth inning to down Dubois County. Dubois County was led by Jeremy Briggs’ three hits and two RBI’s. Briggs took the loss, pitching eight innings, striking out 14, and walking 11.
Allen Brooner, LPT, has joined the staff of Advanced Rehbilitation, Inc. Brooner, a native of Dale and formerly the director of physical rehabilitation at Marion (Ind.) General Hospital, will assist owner Deborah Fehribach Reed in the management of the Jasper clinic. Reed will focus on the management of the Tell City clinic. Among other duties, Brooner will supervise patient care, overseeing the activities of one physical therapist and six physical therapy assistants. Brooner resides in Jasper with his wife Kathi and their two daughters.
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