Looking Back: 7/3July 2, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 4, 1955
Independence Day, no paper.
Richard J. Wahoski, who served as vice-president of Old National Bank in Evansville since 1948, is resigning effective August 1, to become assistant to Arnold Habig of Jasper, the president of the Jasper Corporation. A native of St. Louis, Mr. Wahoski came to the Old National Bank as the loan administration officer after working for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
Big Chick Alles drove in six runs with three homers yesterday at Cannelton as Jasper evened up with the Kiwanis team for a 10-8 defeat sustained earlier in the campaign. It was a day for home runs. Bips Reckelhoff got one for Jasper too, and Joe Hafele, Billy Aldridge and Attie Evans poled four-baggers for Cannelton. Chick Alles was 5-for-6 yesterday, making 13 hits in his last 16 trips to the plate. Alles was also the winning pitcher for the Reds as he relieved Bud Stieler in the third inning and allowed only two runs.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are three Scouts who received the God and Country Award, the highest religious honor in Scouting. Three members of Boy Scout Troop 180 of Jasper received the award at ceremonies held last Sunday morning in the First Presbyterian Church. The awards were presented by the pastor, Dr. C. E. Kircher, to the mothers of the three boys, and they in turn made the presentations to their sons. The recipients of the awards are: Richard Kabrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kabrick; John Steffen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Steffen; and William Thornbury, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thornbury.
The management of the Tivoli Theatre has been notified that Sunset Carson will not appear for the scheduled stage show this afternoon and evening. His manager said that due to illness Mr. Carson would not be able to fill his engagement in Jasper, but that he will include Jasper in his schedule at a later date. In accordance no matinee will be held this afternoon, but the regularly scheduled movie will take place at 7:30 tonight.
A 14-year-old girl residing in the Sunset Terrace addition south of Jasper is reported in good condition at Memorial Hospital despite severe injuries incurred yesterday evening when struck by an automobile as she was walking along Highway 162 in Little Kentucky. The victim of the traffic injuries is Sharon Jahn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jahn who operate Jahn’s Family Market on Highway 162. The accident happened around 9:30 P. M. as Sharon and two companions, Angela Dolan of Rt. 4, and Cherie Hoffman of Rt. 5, were walking south, facing traffic in their lane. A car driven by John C. Blessinger, 18, of Rt. 4, was passing another south-bound car when he saw the girls and attempted to apply the brakes but was unable to avoid hitting Sharon Jahn. She suffered a compound fracture of the right leg about midway between the knee and ankle, a skull fracture and contusions about the hands, knees and toes. State Police trooper Louis Gayer, the investigating officer, said the Blessinger youth apparently was not speeding or driving in a reckless manner, and no charges were filed.
From the It Happened In And Around Jasper column: Freddy Schneider, Bobby Waddell and Billy Birge returned home on Wednesday. They spent two weeks at Camp Alpha, Desoto, Mo., and several days sightseeing in St. Louis as guests of Charles Caspar, a St. Louis policeman.
Jim Roos, Tell City High School football and baseball coach the last two years has resigned to accept a position as assistant manager in the Connersville office of the Ohio Valley Gas Corporation. He is a native of Dale, a former Dale High School athletic star and a graduate of Evansville College.
• 50 Years Ago
July 6, 1970
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Edd Roush, who starred for 18 years with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and Chicago White Sox. He was later named to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Roush was the guest of honor at Saturday’s ninth annual old-timers game sponsored by the Ferdinand Jaycees. He is pictured with “Dirtch” Schultheis of Ferdinand, Mike Hoffman of Louisville, Ed Gerber of Ferdinand, Alvin Ruxer of Jasper and Ty Ryan of Evansville. Roush is a life-long resident of Oakland City. About 50 former stars of area semi-pro baseball teams turned out for Saturday’s reunion at Ferdinand.
The Jasper American Legion baseball team, rained out Friday for their game with Ferdinand, took to the field Saturday to hand the Storm Club Post of Cincinnati a 12-1 licking. The victory gives Jasper a 6-7 record for the year.
Jack Brandt has accepted the position of general manager of Cable Channel 9 television station which serves Jasper and Huntingburg. The announcement was made by Francis “Benny” Sermersheim, president of the Channel 9 Co., who said that the present manager, Tim Miller, has been named to a similar position in the cable station at Grand Island, Nebraska. Telesis Corporation of Evansville is the principal owner of both the local and the Nebraska cable systems. Brandt’s appointment became effective Monday of this week as Miller is expected to move to his new position in the near future. The new Cable 9 manager is a native of Indianapolis. He is married to the former Joyce Winkler of Jasper. The couple has two sons and two daughters.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Howard Klueh, the DAILY HERALD wire editor. He is shown looking over the new UPI facsimile newspicture machine which went into service this morning in the HERALD newsroom. Utilizing the world’s fastest newspicture service, United Press International facsimile photographs of the day’s biggest news events will now roll into the DAILY HERALD from sending stations in more than 250 cities throughout the United States, as well as from Europe, Asia and South America. Within minutes of the moment the pictures are filed, in places hundreds of miles away, the DAILY HERALD will have them in the newsroom. It will enable the HERALD to publish many newspictures the same day as the news dispatches reporting the event.
The Jasper Minor League All-Star team for 1970 has been chosen. Don Hopster is the manager of the All-Stars. He will be assisted by Othmar Bauer and Jim Dittmer. Members of the team are as follows: Sidney Fritch and Joe Mehringer (from the Apaches), Stanley Gehlhausen and Kenneth Schroering (from the Blackhawks), David Kavanaugh and Robert Firest (from the Indians), Keith Fisher and Greg Clark (from the Mohawks), Wayne Mehringer and Allen Vogler ( from the Navajos), Jerry Gehlhausen and John Birk (from the Chiefs), Scott Stenftenagel, Brett Stenftenagel, and Phil Beckman (from the Warriors) and Mike Miller, Larry Sickbert, and Steve Kress (from the Wrens). The team will play host to Washington on July 25 at 6 p.m.
All officers of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation board of trustees were re-elected at the regular meeting held by the board on July 1. The re-elected officers are: president, Emil Olinger; vice-president, Albert Betz, and secretary, John Schnell. Other personnel re-appointed during this meeting were Mrs. Phyllis Gerber as treasurer and Arthur Nordhoff, Jr., as attorney. James Leinenbach began his new four-year term of office as a result of the reappointment made by the trustee and advisory board of Ferdinand township.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Gary Corbin. Corbin, a baseball and basketball standout the past four years at Jasper High School, will continue his athletic career and education this fall at Florida State University. Corbin is shown signing his intent to attend Florida State Friday afternoon. Looking on is Elmo Henson, Jr., an Evansville businessman who was instrumental in getting Corbin and Florida State together. Henson, who scouts the area for Florida State, is also a baseball scout for the St. Louis Cardinals.
• 25 Years Ago
July 10, 1995
The Jasper Reds celebrated their road trip in fine fashion on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Paducah, Ky. to improve to 15-4 on the season. In the first game, Jasper’s Ryan Seidl went 1-for-2, including a three-run homer in the sixth to lead the Reds past Paducah, 8-5. Chad Overton, P.J. Wessel and Kevin Werner each added a hit apiece. In game 2, Jasper hammered out 10 hits in their 11-6 win over Paducah. Jason Kavanaugh and Kevin Werner spearheaded the offensive explosion by combining for six hits in the winning effort. Kavanaugh had three runs batted in and two doubles, Wessel added a double and a single, while Werner hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
The Dubois County Council took steps toward paying for the county courthouse renovation by agreeing to make up to a $3.7 million available for the project — pending final approval in two weeks — at Monday’s council meeting. Council president Rich Eckerle said $1.5 million will come out of the county’s general fund and the rest, $2.2 million, will be taken equally from the Economic Development Income Tax and the Cumulative Capital Projects funds. The money from the general fund can be used both for construction of the courthouse and for converting the old St. Joseph School into temporary quarters for county officials, Eckerle said. It can also pay moving expenses. The other two funds can only be used for the construction project itself, he said.
For those who don’t live in Jasper or own property in the city, the price of participation just went up. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Jasper Board of Parks and Recreation voted to increase the non-resident user fee from $5 to $10 as of Jan. 1, 1996. The fee applies to sports leagues run by the city as well as those using city-owned facilities. It has been 12 years since the $5 fee was established, said board president Bob alles. Even at $10, it’s still lower than many other cities. “People who live in the city or own property in the city pay an average of $92 a year for the park department. Those who live outside don’t pay that,” Alles said. We’re just saying that if they’re going to be involved in our programs, they’re going to have to share the cost of maintaining the facilities. It hasn’t been raised in over 10 years, and we think they are still getting a very good deal.”
The Jasper Pony League All-Stars Black team was recently selected. Players on the team are: Matt Cartwright, Josh Fuhs, Jarod Hamlin, Luke Keusch, Matt Kluemper, Scott Kuper, Danny Luegers, Jason Schnaus, Luke Schnaus, Wayne Schulte, Phil Schwenk, Adam Seger, Dusty Smith and Jason Wolf. The team is managed by Bill Alles and coached by Willie Kluemper. The business manager is Ken Wolf. The Jasper Black team begins tournament play tonight at 6 p.m.
Dubois County taxpayers have every right to expect their property tax assessment to be correct and it’s understandable for them to be upset at mistakes, said county assessor, Ray Lueken. However, Lueken said, he doesn’t believe taxpayers blame him personally when their assessments increase or contain inaccurate information. Lueken said he has never considered not running for office because of taxpayers’ complaints. “Taxpayers have every right to expect their assessment to be done the right way according to law,” Lueken said. “I don’t think they blame us for any big tax increases but if a mistake has been made, then they have every right to put the blame on us.” “But we try to get every one right and, if not, then we try to fix it for them.”
Felts Lock Co., Inc. has purchased Elgee Lock Sales of Huntingburg. Ground for a new office and retail building in Jasper was broken July 12. Jason Barber will manage the new shop. The name will be changed to Felts Lock Company of Jasper. In addition to Felts Lock Co., AAA of Southern Indiana will be relocating its Jasper office to the Felts building.
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