Looking Back: 7/21

Cassie Cole and her dog Rusty had a quiet moment after clinching the Coolest Pet Award 25 years ago at the Pet Parade in Haysville. The parade started the Summerfest activities. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published July 19, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
July 20, 1953

The Jasper Reds won their first I-K League pennant last night, defeating the Cannelton Kiwanis 4-2 at Recreation Field. A home run with two aboard by Rocky Renneisen in the fifth provided the margin. The Reds managed only five hits off Joe Hafele, who went the distance for the Kiwanis. Rex Wells had two of those five, while Chick Alles contributed a double. Reds’ starter Bud Stieler also pitched a complete game — striking out nine while allowing six hits.

July 21

Dubois County receives $215,815.65 and Jasper $67,257.98 in distribution of state tuition funds to Indiana school units for the first semester of 1953-54, according to an announcement today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilbur Young in an INS dispatch from Indianapolis. The total amount of the July distribution is $32,855,850. Most of this is to pay teachers’ salaries. Transportation of pupils, school janitors and other items complete the total.

July 22

Believed to be Dubois County’s first cafeteria plan of dispensing a lot of food during rush hours is the set-up in the Walmar Cafe located at Third and Main in Jasper. Three workers pictured in this  edition include Mrs. Harold Harder, Dorothy Blessinger and her husband, Edwin, who operate the Walmar. The cafeteria part of the popular restaurant is in operation daily, except Sunday, from 11 A. M. to around 2 P. M. Diners have their choice of several different kinds of meats, vegetables, salads, desserts and drinks.   

July 23

For three months — April, May and June — the Ford Motor Company, Louisville division, conducted a “Havana Holiday Contest” among its 159 associated dealers. The contest was based on the sales volume and parts and labor business of the individual dealers as compared with the number of units (Ford cars and trucks) operating in their areas. The Alvin C. Ruxer Co. of Jasper topped the list when the results of the contest were announced. As a result, three members of the Ruxer organization will get a three-day all-expense-paid trip to Havana, Cuba. Ruxer men who won the trip are Oliver Ruxer, a partner and manager of the firm; Ray Mehling, service manager; and Richard “Dick” Sternberg, parts manager. In addition to the trips, the Louisville division of Ford is also awarding $2,100 in cash prizes to winning parts and service managers.    

July 24

Dr. Daniel A. Berger, who was graduated last June from the St. Louis School of Dentistry, has announced that he will open his office in the Central Building in Jasper next Monday. Dr. Berger and his wife, the former Jackie Stewart of St. Louis, and their 17-months-old daughter, Christie, moved to Jasper about a month ago. They reside at 1519 Mill Street. Dr. Berger was born at St. Meinrad, the son of Verena Berger, a present resident of Jasper, and the late Jos. Berger. He graduated from Dale High School and attended Indiana University for two years before attending St. Louis University for five years. During World War II he served two years in the Army Air Force. 

July 25

Thirty-two Jasper Pony League players were named today for the excursion next weekend (Aug. 1-2) to St. Louis as guests of Alvin C. Ruxer, local Ford dealer and long a baseball enthusiast and friend of youngsters who play the game. The gang will leave by chartered bus from in front of the Ruxer used car lot at 7:30 A. M. sharp. on Saturday, August 1. The boys will take in a Cardinal-Dodger big league game, stay at the Statler hotel overnight, attend church the next morning, visit the zoo and return in the evening.     

50 Years Ago
July 22, 1968

Third baseman Larry Stamm singled, tripled, stole two bases and drove in four runs Sunday as the Jasper Reds defeated the Ireland Merchants, 7-2, in an important Deer Trail League baseball battle at Recreation Field. Stamm’s hitting produced all the runs southpaw Dean Voegerl needed as he pitched the Reds to victory, striking out 16 Ireland hitters. Voegerl allowed but three singles in the first eight innings, but was touched for four infield singles in the ninth, although Ireland could not score as one runner was picked off base. Ireland’s ace Chuck McClain struck out seven, walked wight and hit one batter as he pitched a five-hitter.     

July 23

Caroline Stenftenagel, R. 2, Otwell, has been awarded a Personal Sales Award Plaque by the Amway Corporation, Ada, Mich., presented to Amway distributors who attain a high personal sales goal. The plaque can be earned annually by those of the more than 80,000 Amway distributors in the 50 states and Canada who reach the qualifications in a given three-month period. In presenting the award, Amway Corporation chairman of the board, Jay Van Andel, and President Richard De Vos personally congratulated Caroline on the performance of her distributorship, giving special recognition to her outstanding sales achievement record. 

July 24

W. E. Schnute , superintendent of Huntingburg City Schools, today announced the appointment of Carl (Gene) Cato as principal of Huntingburg High School and Larry Kieffner as teacher of English at the school. The appointments were made by the board of school trustees of the city. Cato, a graduate of Oakland City High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Oakland City College in 1952. In 1960 he received his Master’s degree from Indiana State University. He did further graduate work at Butler University qualifying for a superintendent’s license. Larry Kieffner is a graduate of Indiana State University and taught for four months at Chrisney High School. He is currently employed as an announcer for WITZ radio. Kieffner is married to the former Carol Songer. 

July 25

Jerry W. Miller, a former resident of Huntingburg, and Owensboro, Ky., has been appointed associate director of the National Commission on Accrediting, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Dr. Frank G. Dickey, former president of the University of Kentucky and now director of the national education organization, announced the appointment and said Miller would assume his duties on September 2. For the past four years, Miller has been the administrative assistant to the director of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional (11-state) accrediting organization with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. He is married to the former June Miles of Huntingburg, the Millers have two children--a daughter, 13, and a son, 10. Miller’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Miller, formerly of Huntingburg, now reside in Owensboro. Mrs. Miller’s mother, Mrs. Irma MIles, is a resident of Huntingburg. 

July 26

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ruxer are at Harrodsburg, Ky., this week where their show horses are competing in the Mercer County Horse Show. Last night Supreme Duggar competed in the three-year-old fine harness class but we have not been able to learn with what results. Earlier in the week the Ruxers’ Sultan Supreme won first place in the fine harness stakes for two-year-olds. Tonight Ernestine Supreme will compete in the junior three-gaited stakes and on Friday night Lilly O’Lee Jr. will compete in the junior five-gaited class. Alvin and Hilda Ruxer were accompanied to the show in Harrodsburg by a nephew, Bob Ruxer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Ruxer. 

July 27

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Sharon Schnell, who will be a senior at Dubois High School next fall. Last night she was chosen the Queen of the Celestine Quasquicentennial Celebration. 36 contestants competed for the crown. Miss Schnell was crowned by Paul Knies, president of the Quasqui committee. Sharon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Schnell of Celestine. The runners-up were Carol Schlachter, Ramona Schroering, Susan Hasenour, Patty Heldman and Mary Ann Burke. Jim Steffe was the chairman of the Queen contest and Linus Tretter served as co-chairman.   

25 Years Ago
July 19, 1993

Directors of GAB Bancorp have authorized a three for two split of the multi-bank holding company’s stock. The split, which is to be effected by a 50 percent stock dividend, is issuable to stockholders of record Aug. 25 and delivered by Sept. 10. GAB directors also declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share on outstanding $10 par value common stock. GAB reported earnings for the second quarter were $713,000 as compared to $792,000 for the same period last year. GAB Bancorp, with assets of $300 million, operates three subsidiary banks and 11 banking offices in Dubois, Martin and Pike counties. Its stock is traded on NASDAQ’s National Market System.   

July 20

Jasper’s Little League All-Star team won the District 13 tournament with a 9-3 victory against North Posey. Brad Hurst got Jasper started early with a first inning grand slam, and Alex Bohnert added  solo shot in the fifth. Jasper had nine hits. Phil Ruhe, who scattered six hits, went the distance for the victory. Jasper, unbeaten in tourney play so far, will now play in the Section tourney at Huntingburg on July 26. Jasper will play the winner of the South Indianapolis District.   

July 21

Precious Blood Catholic School has selected Ron Pittman as principal for the 1993-94 school year. He replaces Sister Joanna Brown, who will return to teaching the fourth grade at the school. Pittman most recently was employed by the Vincennes Catholic Schools as an elementary and middle school teacher. He has also worked for the Greater Jasper School System and the Archdiocese of Louisville. He holds a B.S. degree in elementary education with honors from Indiana University and a M.S. in education from the same institution.   

July 22

Howard Klueh, who served on the Ferdinand Town council during that community’s period of largest growth, died Wednesday afternoon following a brief illness. He was 51. Mr. Klueh served two terms on the council, then called the town board, from 1976 to 1984. During that time, the town doubled in size with the annexation of a large area on the north side. Mr. Klueh was the AP wire, business and entertainment editor for The Herald for 27 years. Town attorney Bill Shaneyfelt, who began representing the town during Mr. Klueh’s tenure, also worked with him more recently in Mr. Klueh’s capacity as a member of the board of directors of Ferdinand Housing. “The thing I always appreciated about Howard, he always seemed to approach matters in a calm, reasoned fashion,” Shaneyfelt said this morning. “Even when matters became tense, he tried to reason things through calmly and rationally.”

July 23 

Scott Rolen will get his shot at the big leagues beginning today. The 1993 Jasper High School graduate left for Martinsville, Va., this morning to become a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization in the rookie Appalachian League. His decision to sign with the Phillies, for terms he declined to discuss, means he will forego a basketball scholarship at the University of Georgia.  But playing baseball, he said, was his priority. “I wanted a shot at Major League baseball. That was my shot. That’s what I wanted,” he said Thursday afternoon. Rolen signed with the Phillies at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The signing ended months of speculation on which direction the gifted athlete would turn. In April he signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Georgia, a Division I school, with the understanding he would also be able to play college baseball. And, NCAA rules allow athletes to compete professionally in one sport, while playing on the collegiate level in another. But Rolen won’t be playing college basketball. After finishing up the season in Martinsville--the final game is Aug. 28--he will return to Jasper and prepare for his first semester of courses at the University of Kentucky, where he will major in engineering. The Phillies will help foot the bill for his education. Next spring, he will pack up and head for the Phillies’ spring training camp in Clearwater, Fla.

July 24

Excellent relief pitching and timely hitting helped Jasper open the 1993 semi-professional baseball tourney Friday night win a pair of wins at Ruxer Field. The Reds thrashed Bethalto, Ill., 11-2 in the opening game of the tourney, then stopped Duqoin, Ill., 16-4 in eight innings. The games were part of the Ohio River Regional tourney, part of the National Baseball Congress. The winner of the tourney qualifies for the NBC World Series to be held in Wichita, Kansas in August. The Reds continue tourney play tonight at Boonville against the Kokomo Saints. Both teams are undefeated so far.

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