Looking Back: 7/31July 30, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
July 30, 1956
About 300 persons took part Saturday afternoon in a mass evacuation demonstration of Memorial Hospital in Jasper. The operation was termed “a complete success” by Lt. Thomas McGrath, a hospital inspector for the Chicago Fire Rescue Bureau, who had spent last week in Jasper coaching doctors, nurses, nurses aides, firemen, National Guardsmen, Boy Scouts and representatives of industry and civic groups in the part they were to play should a major disaster ever strike the city. About 75 high school students and Boy Scouts served as the “patients” to be evacuated.
Judging of the girls’ 4-H Club exhibits got underway this morning at the Dubois County Fair at Huntingburg and will continue through Wednesday. Also being judged today are electrical exhibits, garden, truck and farm produce, small grains and poultry. Today is Kids Day at the County Fair, and rides and shows will be half-price to the children until 5 this afternoon. This evening, beginning at 8 o’clock, there will be a program in front of the grandstand by troupes from the Grand Ole Opry Show, direct from radio station WSM at Nashville, Tennessee. The troupe will include Lanza and Oscar, who have been with the show the past eight years. They started their careers as a comedy team in 1944 with Eddy Arnold. Admission to the grandstand this evening will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.
Richard A. Krodel will be installed as commander of American Legion Post 147 tonight, succeeding Claude Miller. Installation services will be commanded by District Commander Tom Wellburn of Mt. Vernon during the regular meeting of Post 147 at the Legion Home beginning at 8:15 this evening. Other officers to be installed include Charles Nolan, 1st vice-commander; William Kuper, Chaplain; James Alles, treasurer; Ray Hornet, adjutant; Harold Reker, Service officer; A. T. Rumbach, historian, and George Meyer, sergeant at arms.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is attendant Jim Whelan, 1307 Jackson St., as he takes the basket of Wilfred “Butch” Bohnert, 1507 Vine St., and Dennis Ray Schutz, 222 E. 15th St., the first two paying customers at the new Jasper swimming pool. Butch was the first swimmer to plunk down cash to get into the new pool at six o’clock Tuesday evening. He paid two admissions, one for himself and one for Dennis. Word got around fast and there were 123 swimmers Tuesday night Pool Manager Vic Nixon said. Wednesday, 419 swam. Formal dedication ceremonies are set for next Wednesday night.
Announcement is made today that all candidates for the JHS football team are to report to the high school gym at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, for their physical exams. The football candidates will meet their new coach, Tom Stokes, at this time along with Wes Settle, who was named assistant football coach this summer. Thomas Stokes is from Quincy, Illinois, and is a former Drake University star. He is married and the father of two children. He and his family will take up residency in Jasper within the next week.
First Sergeant Detective Wendolin Opel of the Jasper post of the Indiana Stare Police has been extended an invitation to attend the 58th session of the FBI National Academy, it has been announced by Leonard C. Blaylock, special agent in charge of the FBI office at Indianapolis. The academy is the national headquarters of the Department of Justice in Washington, D. C. The invitation was tendered directly by J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, and was accepted on behalf of Detective Opel by Frank J. Jessup, superintendent of the State Police. Detective Wendy Opel has been with the ISP since 1941.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 2, 1971
John F. Struckman, 65, of Huntingburg, one of Dubois County’s most prominent businessmen and civic leaders, died of a heart attack at 1:05 a.m. Sunday in St. Joseph ‘s Hospital in Huntingburg.
Chester Nass, 81, who had been a funeral director at Stendal for about 60 years died at 8:25 p.m. Sunday in St Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg.
Howard “Bear” Webber fired steady rounds of 38-38 to win the “A” Flight competition Sunday in he Jasper Municipal Golf Course Tourney. He defeated runner-up John Uebelhor by two strokes. In the “B” Flight, Fred Johnson shot a 77 to earn a four-stroke victory over Larry Schmidt.
Sharon Woods, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice C. Woods of Holland, was selected as the 1971 Dubois County 4-H Queen Monday evening at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Seventeen ladies were entered. First runner-up was Elaine Ebert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Elbert of Rt. 1, Ferdinand. Second runner-up was Millie Wening, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Wening of Rt. 2, Jasper.
Mrs. William Lakin of the Newcomer Extension Homemakers Club was named “Homemaker of the Year” Tuesday evening at the Dubois County 4-H Fair. Runner-up was Mrs. Jack Hauser of the Schnellville Homemakers Club.
It was announced today by Anthony Hasenour of St. Anthony, chief of the Dubois County Civil Defense Police, that the unit will be sponsoring a school to train civil defense police. The instructors will be furnished by the Indiana State Police, the county Civil Defense Police, the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff department, and the police departments of Dubois County communities.
Pictured in this issue is the 1971 Jasper Pony League All-Star team. They will play host to the Pony League Region Tourney this weekend at Pony League Field. Bay County Michigan plays South Gibson and Jasper tangles with Lafayette. Team members include: Steve Kilian, Doug Smith, Tim Alles, Steve Beckman, Greg Kuper, Gus Rohleder, Bryant Eckert, Bruce Schilling, Tom Alles, Jeff Schultze, Mark Moeller, Terry Tucker, Art Wilmer, Ron Giesler, and Greg Smith. Max Smith is the manager, Earl Eckert is the coach and Paul Harder, the business manager.
Paul John, 327 Wagner St., Jasper, has announced the opening of P. J.’s Collision & Custom shop in the former Hoffman Brothers building at Third and Mill streets in Jasper. The shop will specialize in complete wreck rebuilding and custom painting. Paul John is a graduate of Jasper High School and Allied Tech in Chicago. He was previously employed by the Hasenour Motor Company and Keusch Brothers Body and Glass Shop.
Tom Berger tossed a six-hit shutout and Bob Alles pounded out three singles to lead the Jasper Legion to their second straight 6-0 triumph in the double elimination Legion baseball sectional at Recreation Field on Friday night. The victory by Nigg Pfeffer’s Legion crew kept them in the winners’ bracket of the tourney and sends them against highly-touted Princeton this afternoon. Berger was in control all the way. He scattered nine hits and struck out nine. Alles’ three singles led Jasper’s 11-hit attack.
25 Years Ago
July 29, 1996
With bad blood brewing between the Jasper Reds and St. Wendel on Sunday evening a boxing match might have been a more appropriate arena to settle the Southern Indiana Semipro League tourney championship. Instead, the two bitter foes picked Ruxer Field and Jasper promptly battered St. Wendel 11-5 to claim the title. The Reds finished with a 24-5 record. Brian Partenheimer (4-1) picked up the win on the mound for the Reds. Bobby Hodges led the Reds at the plate, going 3-4. Darren Lynam, Steve Julian and Aaron Rees each had two hits for Jasper. The Reds, managed by Bob Alles, also won the league title.
The local Ben Franklin store won’t be affected by the corporation’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, store owner Les Lorey said this morning. “It should be business as usual here and at more than 900 locally owned Ben Franklin stores nationwide,” Lorey said. Some of the company-owned stores, however, could be closed. Ben Franklin Stores Inc., based in Carol Stream, Illinois, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday according to the Associated Press. Lorey said his store’s contract with the corporate Ben Franklin is through owning the franchise name and buying merchandise through the company warehouse in Seymour.
A two-year labor dispute has claimed the Tell City Chair Company, a mainstay in the Perry County economy for the past 130 years. Company officials met with union representatives Tuesday to inform them that the Fenn family, which owns the company, will not reopen its plants in Tell City and Leitchfield, Kentucky, company lawyer Steve Angel said. The company has lost millions of dollars since the union walked out in 1994. Tell City Chair filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 10. The Tell City plant employed 250 people, while 50 people worked in Leitchfield, 40 miles south of Tell City.
Amid local proclamation, half-predictions and full-blown rumors, the advent of Scott Rolen’s big league career with the Philadelphia Phillies — like the arrival of any supposed savior — has come like the literal thief in the night. Late Wednesday, the Jasper native, whom the Phillies openly tout as their future star at third base, received word of his promotion. Rolen will be in uniform tonight at Philadelphia’s Veteran’s Stadium when his new club faces the St. Louis Cardinals in a twinbill.
Stacey Letterman, daughter of Mike and Linda Letterman, was named Miss Strassenfest Wednesday evening in the 1996 Queen Contest. Andrea Becher, daughter of John and Laurie Becher, was named first runner-up and most photogenic. Kristine Giesler, daughter of Mike and Alice Giesler, was named second runner-up and Miss Congeniality. Wednesday, Little Miss Strassenfest Audrey Wessel, daughter of Bob and Lana Wessel, was the winner. First runner-up was Megan Schultz, daughter of Dan and Julie Schultz. Second runner-up was Ashlyn Ackerman, daughter of Mike and Ann Ackerman.
The Forest Park All-Stars took first place in the 14 and under Midwest Regional slowpitch softball tourney this past weekend at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Team members include: Andrea Oeding, Allison Oeding, Brooke Betz, Lisa Englert, Amber Kunkler, Heather Kress, Cathy Luebbehusen, Lydia Gehlhausen, Tara Schnell, Vicki Kluemper, Loretta Steinmetz, Sara Van Winkle and Jill Oser. The team is coached by Deb Kluemper, Mark Kluemper and Sandy Rickelman. The team has been invited to participate in the Nationals at Statesboro, Georgia, August 8-11.
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