Looking Back: 7/3

When the 1996 baseball season ended, the Wildcats were left holding the state championship trophy. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published June 28, 1996.

By BOB ALLES
news@dcherald.com


65 Years Ago

July 2, 1956

Jasper was swarming with youngsters in baseball uniforms around noon Sunday and when the near 150 boys reported back to headquarters, a total of $1,327.01 was added up to go into the Little League’s fund for a new field. Thirty cars furnished the transportation for the campaign which opened at high noon amid the blowing of the fire whistle and the sounding of sirens on the police car and fire truck. It took most of the crews about an hour to report back to the Jasper Ice and Fuel Company plant where they turned in their money and then partook in a treat of ice cream, candy and soft drinks supplied by local firms. It was reported this morning that many people were not home when the youngsters called. To these people, and to those who may have inadvertently missed, an invitation was extended today to mail a donation to: Little League c/o Daily Herald, Jasper, Indiana.

July 3

Charles McPherron has assumed the duties of sports and wire editor for the Daily Herald, succeeding Jim Leas, who left several months ago to accept dual positions in Crawfordsville as night editor for the Journal-Review and sports publicity director for Wabash College. Mr. McPherron, 26, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Washington, Indiana, when he was 8 years old. He is a graduate of Washington Catholic High School, class of 1947. He is a nephew of Bob Downey, former coach at Washington Catholic and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hochgesang of Jasper. He and his wife, Janet, and 7-month-old daughter Mary Jeanie, have taken up residence at 843 E. 15th St., in Jasper.

July 4. - Holiday - No Paper

July 5

When Howard, 22, and John, 18, sons of Howard Bond, Sr. and the former Bertie Kuebler of Jasper, came to Jasper last week for a one-day stop-over while encountering to the New England states, their local relatives crowded as much enjoyment as possible into their brief stay. During the day they were taken around town and shown the many improvements made here since the Bond’s moved to California. In the evening, they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Kuebler and Mr. and Mrs Omer Kuebler at a dinner at he Fiesta. This was followed by a session of reminiscing at the Omer Kuebler home. Other guests present were Miss Katie Kuebler, Mrs. Carolyn Wilson, Mrs. Minnie Kuebler, Mrs. Margaret Gutzweiler, Mrs. Evelyn, Charles Kuebler and Messers and Mesdames Rudy Kuebler and Johnny Eckstein.

July 6

The following boys were nominated to the Jasper Babe Ruth All-Star team: Catchers Bob Detroy (Pirates), Jim Mehringer (Giants); Infielders John Sheffield (Giants), Bob Luegers (Giants), Phil Hubbuch (Pirates), Ed Giesler (Reds), Dan Friedman (Braves), Rich Merder (Reds), and Tom Wuchner (Giants); Pitchers Edgar Schepers (Giants), and Lanny Reynolds (Pirates); Outfielders Joe Rohleder (Reds), Tom Wagner (Braves), Ron Schwinghammer (Braves), Denny Otto (Pirates), Allen Friedman (Braves), Tom Thomas (Braves), Allen Gutgsell (Pirates), Nelson Treadway (Pirates), and Gene Schmidt (Reds). Only 15 of these players are eligible to make the squad.

July 7

Marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of Memorial Hospital of Dubois County, which will be observed tomorrow, Sunday, July 8, the administrative office reviewed statistics and major improvements made by the institution during the five years of service to this and surrounding communities. Most significant is the figure on the number of patients treated at the hospital during that period. The number of bed patients, as of today, stands at 10,343. Out-patients treated in the emergency department runs well over 11,000 for a grand total of over 21,000 individuals treated. Add to that the figures of the maternity department — in which 2,455 babies were born, for a grand total of 23,500. One of the biggest improvements of the past year was the installation of diesel equipment as stand-by emergency for the generation if electricity under any circumstance. This equipment was installed for $15,000 out of the 30,000 contributed recently by the Ford Foundation.

50 Years Ago

July 5, 1971 Holiday Observed. - No Paper

July 6

Right hander Rick Weisman pitches the Jasper Reds to an 8-3 Lincolnland League victory over the Ireland Merchants Sunday afternoon at Ireland. Weisman struck out 10 and scattered five hits in going the distance. Steve Barrett led a 12-hit attack for the winners with two doubles and two singles. Weisman chipped in with a double and two singles and Lee Boehm followed with two singles. Don Eckstein homered over the scoreboard in right field. Tim Leinenbach’s two singles topped Ireland’s hitting.

July 7

We are in receipt of a picture from the Orlando Sentinel of Saturday, July 3, sent by Oscar Hief, formerly of Jasper. The picture shows a man feeding milk through a soda straw to one of three kittens. The caption is headed. “Straw” Mother. The caption reads: “Variety may be the spice of office furnishings most days but Ron Shader of Shader Brothers Office Furniture, Orlando, could figure no way to merchandise these kittens which emerged howling for food from a sealed box mailed eight days earlier from a Jasper, Indiana, furniture factory. Shader used a straw milk feeder to restore the 10-day fasting kittens' shaken faith. When last seen, they were snoozing away after a bedtime bath at the Orlando Humane Shelter. Presumably, workers at a Jasper plant, unaware that the kittens had been born in one of the boxes containing furniture ready to be shipped out, sealed the box and sent it on its way to the southern state.

July 8

More than 100 Dubois County 18-year-olds have already assured themselves of their newly acquired right to vote in national elections by registering according to Al Fleck, Dubois County Clerk. The question stills remains whether theses 18-year-olds will be allowed to vote in the municipal elections next Nov. 2. That decision will be made by the State Election Board and Fleck said certification has not yet been received locally. Fleck said that anyone who will be 18 by Nov. 2, the date of the municipal elections may register, although it is uncertain if they will be permitted to vote this year. The deadline for registering is Oct. 3.

July 9

The 85th annual Dubois County Fair will be held at Huntingburg’s City Park for six days beginning next Sunday, July 11. The fair will come to a close on Friday of next week, the 16th. Members of the fair board have called attention to the fact that some advertising posters publicizing the fair have the wrong dates on them. The posters incorrectly give the dates of July 12-17. This year’s fair is again being sponsored by the Huntingburg American Legion Post 221. Kermit Ruttkar is again serving as the general chairman.

July 10

A joint agreement was announced today by the Medco Corporation of Evansville and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg to reopen the St. Ann’s Nursing Home in Huntingburg. According to Medco directors John M. Dunn and Richard D. Cannon, the agreement with St. Joseph’s Hospital is a total commitment of the Medco group to the Huntingburg community. The name of St. Ann’s will be changed to the Medco Center of Huntingburg. The center is projected to open by Aug. 1.

25 Years Ago

July 8, 1996

The Jasper Reds improved to to 19-4 overall and 13-2 in the Southern Indiana Semipro League by sweeping a doubleheader from league rival Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Sunday, Jasper dumped Mt. Carmel 9-2 in the opener, and stymied it’s foe 6-1 in the second game, a rain-shortened, five-inning affair. Reds pitchers Chad Overton and Steve Hautsch kept Mt. Carmel’s bats quiet, surrendering just five hits. Overton (2-0) picked up the win. Steve Julian had a home run and a single to lead Jasper’s offense. In the second game, Mt. Carmel out-hit Jasper 5-3, but 3 Mt. Carmel errors proved costly. The big blow came in the fourth inning when Julian smacked his second homer of the day, this time a pinch hit three run shot. Tim Fehribach went the distance. He allowed five hits and struck out six to run his record to 2-1.

July 9

Dubois Co. Courthouse employees will soon be drinking coffee in a room that some say was once filled with dirt and sawdust to keep burglars from drilling into the vault on the floor above. There are many theories floating around on why the room was left unused when the courthouse was renovated during the 1920’s. “From the tales I’ve always heard, it was a concern that robbers would try and break in from underneath,” said Fred Hollinden, who is overseeing the renovation project. “The feared that someone would drill a hole right through the floor and steal all the money.” The room is located in the basement of the courthouse, beneath what used to be the auditor’s office, and the exact location of where the old treasurer’s vault was secured to the floor.

July 10

To help offset waste water department losses that totaled $20,000 last year, the Ferdinand Town council proposed raising sewer connection fees at least $600 Tuesday night. The fees have remained remained at $250 for years while the cost of digging up and repairing streets to make connections has risen steadily, according to waste water superintendent Roger Schaefer. Schaefer has said the average connection costs the town $690, with some costing as much as $2,000. Because the town makes about a dozen connections a year, annual losses can exceed $5,000. “We’ve been on a long losing streak when it comes to sewer tap-in fees,” he said.

July 11

Wednesday, the Wild Boyz were on hand at League Stadium to energize the crowd, but it was the superb pitching of Dubois County’s Johnny Oestreich which really electrified the 899 fans in attendance. Oestreich combined with two relievers on a one-hitter and struck out 10 Lafayette Leopards in his first start in a month, and the Dragons scored at least one run in six innings to claim a 7-1 victory. The win improved the Dragons’ record to 11-14 and dropped the Leopards to 12-13. For Oestreich (3-0), the outing was better than he anticipated after coming back from an injury. He last started June 12 when he won the Dragon’s home opener but bone chips caused swelling in his right elbow and sidelined him for a month.

July 12

The Ferdinand town council approved plans Thursday for a $500,000-plus project to renovate and expand the senior center and upgrade the kitchen to provide frozen meals to the elderly in a six-county region. Blueprints call for a new heating, venting and air conditioning system and a sound-proof folding partition in the main room to allow two activities to take place at the same time. A 30-by-60-foot addition to the 15-year-old building’s west end will include an office as well as a walk-in freezer and cooler that will enable the center to expand its meal delivery program for local seniors.

July 13

The Jasper Pony League has announced its Black All-Star team. Members include: Michael Alles, Joe Buck, Jay Fleck, Greg Fuhs, Brandon Jahn, Andy Klem, Mark Krodel, Dustin Mehringer, Josh Peter, Ross Schitter, Jeremy Schmitt, Mark Seger, Eric Wigand and Jason Wolf. Bill Alles is the manager and Terry Wigand is the coach while Mike Eckstein is the business manager. The Black All-Stars will play their first game Monday at St. Anthony beginning at 6 p.m.




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