Looking Back: 7/27


Riding with a broken left hand, Matt Frank steadies himself 25 years ago as he heads for the finish line in Tuesday night's Senior pole race during Game Class competition at the Horse and Pony Show. Herald file photo by Mark T. Oster. Published July 27, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
July 26, 1954

Jasper’s I-K League baseball game with the Kiwanians at Rockport yesterday afternoon was marred by tragedy that befell the host club in the death of its business manager, W. Gresham Ayer, 50, prominent dairyman and baseball enthusiast. Mr. Ayer collapsed and died of a heart attack during the seventh inning of the ball game while he was seated at the scorer’s bench. Play was stopped for some time. Dr. J. C. Glackman pronounced him dead and the body was taken to the Boultinghouse Mortuary in Rockport. The widow, Mrs. Dorothy Ayer, said it would have been her husband’s wish that the boys continue playing. Accordingly, the game was resumed. Jasper was leading Rockport 2 to 1 at the time of Mr. Ayer’s attack. The home team tied the score when play was resumed,  but the Reds eventually won 7 to 5. 

July 27 

The Western Construction Company of Evansville this morning began blacktopping some of the Jasper streets. This morning the work was being done on Jackson between Ninth and Seventh and south on Jackson below Sixth Street. Around 4 this afternoon the workmen expect to be working on Mill between Third and Sixth, and no cars should be parked on Mill between Third and Sixth at that time. Tomorrow Ninth Street will be blacktopped between Mill in the east end of town and Soliga in the west end, and Street Commissioner Edwin Schutz requests that Ninth Street be kept free of parked cars between Mill and Soliga.   

July 28

Kiwanis International President Don E. Engdahl of Spokane, Washington, will be the principal speaker at the Annual Ladies Night banquet of the Kiwanis Club of Huntingburg, to be held at the Salem Parish Hall Tuesday, August 3, at 6:30 P. M. This meeting will also be the 32nd anniversary of the Huntingburg Club. A prominent manufacturer, Don E. Engdahl was elected president of Kiwanis International at the 39th annual convention in Miami in 1954 after having served as the treasurer of the community service organization. Preceeding this latter office, he served two consecutive two-year terms as international trustee. 

July 29

Jasper’s patched up Redlegs absorbed a 9-4 beating from the Owensboro Millers at Recreation Field last night, but the fans had a look at an Arizona high school pitching sensation who’ll be the starting hurler next Sunday when Nigg Pfeffer’s boys take on the Decker Aces at 8:15 P.M. on the same diamond. The boys is 16-year-old Gary (Mitch) Leinenbach, whose folks lived in Jasper three years ago. He has been throwing for Salpointe (Tucson, Ariz.) Catholic High and won the state’s most outstanding player award last spring. Young Leinenbach got into last night’s spectacle for the final two innings and got rid of the visiting batters in seven pitches in the eighth, let ‘em have one single in the ninth and no runs. He’s a chunky righthander and a pretty rapid server.

July 30

Forty-five Brownies of Troops Two and Three, sponsored by St. Joseph’s parish, together with staff members spent Wednesday at Camp Carnes. The day’s activities included games, swimming, arts and crafts, singing and dancing. Prizes for the day were awarded to Jane Birge and Nancy Streicher for the best drawing in arts and crafts. Transportation to and from the camp was furnished by the Jasper Cabinet Co. and Eckerle’s Dairy.

Robert Menke, who served as joint representative from Dubois and Martin counties in the last session of the state legislature, has announced his candidacy for state senator for Dubois, Spencer and Perry counties on the Republican ticket in the coming November election. Mr. Menke declared that his decision to enter the race was the result of his friends’ urging him to run for the state senate.

July 31

Marvin Blemker, Huntingburg High School and University of Alabama athlete, will be the new basketball and baseball coach at Otwell High School, it was announced today by Clarence Whitehead, Jefferson Township trustee. He succeeds Royce Adams, who has accepted a coaching position in northern Indiana. Blemker, a star cager and baseball pitcher for the Hunters, was graduated in 1947 and attended Alabama, where he lettered in both sports too and received his B. S. degree in physical education in 1951. Blemker is married and at present he and his wife are residing in Huntingburg. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Blemker.   

50 Years Ago
July 28, 1969

The board of school trustees of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation have appointed Ray Roesner to the head basketball position at Holland High School. Roesner will replace Woody Neel who has accepted a position at Anderson High School. Ray is 34 years old, married to the former Janice Meyer of Holland. They have three children: Jennifer, 12, Donna, 10, and Stan, 4. Ray is a 1953 graduate of Holland High School where he was a player on Holland’s first sectional winner in 1953. Ray was the leading scorer in the state with 617 points that same year. He received his bachelor’s degree from Oakland City College in 1957, and his master’s degree from Indiana University in 1966. 

July 29

At its organizational meeting, the school board of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools elected the following officers for the 1969-70 school year: Phillip E. Buecher, president; R. Thomas Kellams, vice-president; and Paul E. Nonte, secretary. Elmer Hunefeld and Louis Wuchner were appointed as treasurer and deputy treasurer, respectively. Bonds were set at $50,000 each. The regular school board meeting was held in the office of the superintendent on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Routine business was taken care of early in the meeting. The board renewed the contract of Walter Stutz as superintendent. Schools in the Greater Jasper Consolidated corporation will begin their first classes at 8:30 a.m. next school year.

July 30

Terre Haute Wabash, a tall, beefy squad that is blessed with good pitching and solid hitting, coasted to a 6-0 victory over Jasper Tuesday night at Jasper to win the Little League section tourney that sends them on to the state tourney at Jeffersonville this weekend. Charles Blackwell, a big righthander, who can change speeds with the poise of a veteran, had the Jasper hitters guessing all night as he set them down on three hits. Jasper’s three hits were singles by Jim Brosmer, Jim Fuhs and Art Wilmes. Greg Smith and Bryant Eckert shared the pitching for Jasper, each pitching three innings. They allowed only five hits, two of those by Blackwell.

July 31

WFIE-TV, Evansville, which is producing a series of county studies as part of its Saturday evening Project 14 series, plans to devote a half hour of its program time to Dubois County on Saturday evening, August 23, it has been announced by the station’s program manager, Chester T. Behrman. Behrman was in Jasper earlier this week to discuss the program with a group of local men to determine what industries and aspects of community life should highlight the program. Meeting with Behrman were Mayor Jack Newton; R. E. Sturm, president of the Jasper Manufacturers Association; Dale Miller, Extension Agent, agriculture; Jack Rumbach, managing editor of the DAILY HERALD: Paul Uebelhor, president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce; and Michael Martin, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 1

When Jasper utility users begin receiving their current bills from the city around the 12th of August for payment in September, the latest innovation in accounting efficiency will have been incorporated through the use of computer-processed bills for electric, water, sewer and gas services. In making the announcement, Omer Sturm, chairman of the Utility Service Board, said the Utility Board upon unanimous vote at Wednesday’s night meeting entered into a contract with the Dubois County Bank Computer Center after careful study of the feasibility of the plan. “The availability of the NCR 315 Computer in Jasper and the close proximity to the city office makes this an ideal arrangment,” he said.

August 2 

The Dodgers defeated the Tigers Thursday night to win the 1969 Ireland Little League pennant. Members of the Dodgers are: Dennis Weidenbenner, Duane Mehringer, Mike Sermersheim, Wayne Schmitt, Greg Schmitt, Dean Schmitt, Tim Herbig, Pat Leinenbach, Danny Leinenbach, Jeff Hulsman, and Jerry Schitter. The Manager is Carl “Pete” Bleemel, Assistant Manager Larry Freyberger.

25 Years Ago
August 1, 1994

The Jasper Reds semipro baseball team is currently playing in the 60th annual National Baseball Congress World Series. The NBC is a 40-team double elimination tourney played at three sites. Jasper plays today at Lawrence-Dumont stadium in Wichita, Kansas, against the Beatrice (Nebraska) Bruins. The Bruins are 32-6 and were winners of the Tri-States League. The Reds have a record of 22-8 and placed 25th in the NBC Tourney a year ago.

August 2

Landfills will not accept any trash containing yard waste after Oct. 1 and that could be a problem for Dubois County residents following any wind storm. Highway clerk Charles Vonderheide suggested at Monday’s county commissioners meeting that an extra dumpster for yard wastes be placed at each of the eight county dumpster sites. Each site already has a dumpster for grass clippings, leaves and shrubbery trimmings, Vonderheide said. The extra dumpster would be for limbs and branches blown down during storms. “This would help the residents,” he said. “But it’s not for commercial tree trimmers.” The branches should be limited to about three feet in length. They would be taken to one of the Phoenix Natural Resources’ mine reclamation sites. The mining company recently got state approval to accept yard waste for composting at its strip mines.   

August 3

Best For Less won the Mens semi-state slow pitch class”D” tourney at Kokomo, July 19-21. Team members are: Mike Soellner, Brian Dale, Terry Wigand, Keith Brosmer, Brad Peter, Matt Hoppenjans, Bernie Rasche, Mike Stewart, Terry Berger, Allen Brosmer, Marty Kaiser, Don Brosmer (player/manager), Mike Kelly, Rich Brosmer and Earl Childress. Special thanks to Doug Schmitt, sponsor.

Cotton Stemle, of Jasper, made a hole-in-one at the Hidden Creek Golf Club in Sellersburg, Indiana, on Tuesday. Stemle was using a 7-wood on hole No. 3, which was playing 160 yards from the pin. The shot was witnessed by R. J. “Perp” Schnarr, Rich Wehr and Roman Hochgesang. 

August 4

Gretchen Himsel won the Jasper Strassenfest Queen’s contest held last night at the Jasper Civic Auditorium. Amy Bredhold was chosen as the runner-up. Jillian Letterman, 8 years old, was crowned the winner of the Little Miss Strassenfest.

Fourteen years after she graduated from eighth grade at Holy Family School, Pam Bell is back. This time, however, she is running the place. Bell was recently chosen to replace principal Joan Kavanaugh, who left earlier in the summer to finish her doctorate at Indiana University. Bell comes to the school after a year as guidance counselor at Heritage Hills High School.

August 5 

Brian James Woebkenberg of Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, has been awarded a President’s Scholarship from Wabash College, Crawfordsville. The President’s Scholarship is awarded by Wabash College on the basis of superior high school achievements measured by class rank and SAT and ACT scores and is renewable for four years. Woebkenberg’s award is valued at $5,000. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Woebkenberg of R. 1, Ferdinand. 

August 6

Anyone with interest in joining the Washington County eight-man football league should contact John Haven at 812-883-6463 (work) or 812-883-3051 (home). The league, based in Salem, is now in its second year and is interested in hearing from potential players in the Jasper-area. This is a full-contact, full-pad league, with players ranging in ages from 18-29. 

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