Looking Back: 7/13July 8, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 12, 1954
Francis Schneider, 41-year-old Jasper plumber who was burned in the gas explosion at Schnellville a week ago Friday night, lost his fight for his life yesterday morning. His employer, 48-year-old Bob Fry, who was working with Mr. Schneider at the time of the explosion, died on the morning after the blast. Mr. Schneider, who was given a good chance for survival earlier last week, died in Memorial Hospital at 5:25 Sunday morning. Two days before his death, his condition grew steadily worse. Death was ascribed to the inability of his system to throw off the poisons that always build up in the body when a large area of skin has been destroyed.
Members of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce last night were introduced to the new executive director of the organization at a meeting held at the Legion Club. President Alvin Ruxer presented Ernest Jorn, who has been hired by the Chamber of Commerce to serve as its full-time executive director. Mr. Jorn, 24 years old, is a native of Richmond, California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkley with a B. A. degree in public administration.
Police chief Bob Parker of Jasper said today that due to complaints of speeding within the city limits it has been decided henceforth to issue no more warnings. Any driver going fast enough to be stopped by police will be arrested for speeding.
Station WITZ, operated by Jasper On The Air, Inc., has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a permit to operate also on FM. Dennis Keller, station manager, said the move was made to enable the station to offer more complete sports coverage, especially basketball games. Use of FM would enable the station to give live broadcasts of local basketball games instead of tape-recording the games and broadcasting them the following day. If approved, the station’s FM broadcasts will blanket a radius of 41 miles. Plans call for programming to begin about November 1. Mr. Keller said the station expects to spend about $22,000 for new equipment.
There was no game between the Louisville Police and the Jasper Reds last night. The Kentuckians didn’t show up. Nor was there any foot race among the Redlegs. It was decided to stage this sprint next Wednesday night if a game is arranged. The Reds played a six-inning practice game in which, before it ended, a number of the spectators participated. Jim Alles of Jasper Civic Sports, Inc., said that at 1:30 in the afternoon a telephone conversation with a representative of the Louisville team assured him the boys would be at Recreation Field for the game. He received no further word from them. But shortly after 5 o”clock they got in touch with WITZ and authorized a radio announcement that it was too hot to play and the Policemen wouldn’t be here.
Sister Virginia O.S.B., who has served as the organist and music teacher at St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg for five years, will celebrate her golden jubilee of religious profession this year. The day will be observed at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception witha Solemn Mass and banquet on Sunday, July 25. The residents of Huntingburg are making a collection of cash contributions with which to purchase a gift that sister will appreciate.
The Jasper High School Band will play for the St. Meinrad Church picnic tomorrow afternoon and evening, and Tom Bishop, the band director, has announced that all members are to meet in the band room at the high school building at 2:15 Sunday afterrnoon. Any of last year’s seniors who would like to play with the band are invited to do so. Serving of chicken dinners at the St. Meinrad picnic will begin at 11 A.M. The dining room space has been doubled, and a large new deep-fry outfit has been put into service since last year’s annual picnic.
• 50 Years Ago
July 14, 1969
The Jasper Cubs, after losing a heartbreaker in the opening game, stormed back to post an 11-5 victory over the Jasper Tigers in the second game of a Teen League doubleheader Sunday night at Recreation Field in Jasper. The Tigers won the first game 5-4. Allen Wilmes, Slick Webber and Greg Berger all doubled for the Tigers. Jeff Hochgesang added a couple of singles. Jim Wenzel had a double and two singles in three trips for the Cubs. Steve Seger added a double and single. The Cubs struck early in the second game. Helped by a number of walks (16 total), the Cubs scored 11 runs in the first three innings. Bob Alles led the hitting attack for the Cubs with a double and a single, driving in four runs. Larry Lechner had a double for the Tigers.
A group of schools in ten counties in South Central Indiana, including the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation, received a grant last week of $33,880 from the office of Richard D. Wells, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The purpose of this grant is to attract qualified people into critical need areas of the teaching profession and to qualify them for teaching certification. The grant was made under terms of the Education Professions Development Act.
The North Spencer County school board voted last Monday night to hire Theodore Woolsey as principal of Dale High School. The appointment was made without the recommendation of superintendent Thomas Brumett. Woolsey replaces William Tislow in the principal’s post. The new principal has had about 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. He holds a Master’s Degree and is licensed in math and science. Woolsey served as principal at Dale after World War II and was later named county superintendent of schools to fill an unexpired term of the elected superintendent. He taught at Otwell last year.
The Jasper and Ferdinand Little League All Stars posted victories Wednesday night in the opening round of the District 5 Little League baseball tourney being played at Petersburg. Jasper defeated Petersburg 4-1 in the tourney opener. Ferdinand followed with a 9-0 win over Washington. Bryant Eckert pitched a four-hitter and Gus Rohleder and Greg Smith both hit home runs to pace the Jasper win. Curt Lamkin pitched and batted Ferdinand to its opening round victory. Lamkin went the distance on the mound for the winners, giving up just three hits in pitching the shutout. He led the hitters with a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Jerry Alstadt, athletic director and head coach of St. Benedict College in Ferdinand for the past two years, has resigned that position to become the director of sports and an assistant professor in the physical education department at the Evansville campus of Indiana State University. Alstadt, who will assume his new duties on September 1, submitted his resignation to St. Benedict College last week. “It was very difficult to move from this area,” Alstadt said in announcing his decision, “We have enjoyed our association with the people at St. Benedict and in Dubois County. But the opportunity at Indiana State has a tremendous future and offers a diversified choice in the future.”
Three Huntingburg men were injured and the roof structure of the new VFW Home in that city was wrecked Friday afternoon as workmen were placing the last truss in the roof. The concrete and brick walls remain standing. Most severely injured was Russ Underhill, 64, who resides on First St. in Huntingburg. He suffered multiple fractures, including a leg fracture and rib fractures. He is in satisfactory condition in Welborn Hospital in Evansville. In satisfactory condition in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg are Jim Evrard, 25, First Avenue, who suffered rib fractures and possible back injuries; and Henry Dearing, who suffered a slight skull fracture and abrasions. Dearing is a partner in the Dearing & Thompson Construction Company, which was putting up the building.
• 25 Years Ago
July 18, 1994
In area semipro baseball action, Ferdinand swiped two games from Huntingburg in a Sunday doubleheader, while Jasper dropped two games to Rockport. At Ferdinand, the Cardinals pounded out 14 hits en route to its 8-6 win over the Merchants. Chris Clements picked up the win for the Cardinals. Scott Wallace paced the Ferdinand attack going 4-for-4 from the plate, including a two run homer. In the second game, Wallace smashed another homer for Ferdinand. Rock Emmert was 3-for-4 for the Cardinals. At Rockport, Jasper lost both games of a twinbill on Sunday, dropping the Reds to 19-7 on the season and 9-5 in SISL play. Chris Himsel had two doubles to pace Jasper’s attack. Travis Hayes went 2-4 with 2 singles for the Reds in Game 2.
The Huntingburg 10-year old All Stars won the District 13 title over Haubstadt 2-1 and will advance to the section tourney at Clarksville today. Team members are: Justin Bayer, Cam Buechler, Mitch Fenneman, Kyle Frick, Brad Grass, Doug Hall, Ryan Kays, Brad Ohanion, Justin Prior, Reid Sakel, Jay Schaber, and Matt Terwiski. The coaches are: Dan Merkel, Dave Buechler and Mark Kays (bookkeeper).
Andy Noblitt, a 1992 graduate of Jasper High School, is playing baseball this summer for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League. Noblitt, a junior hurler for the Evansville Purple Aces, has seen action in four games this season. In nine innings, he has given up only two hits, walked four, fanned 10 batters, and has an ERA of 0.00. The Gatemen have a record of 13-10.
Diane Seng, who will be a junior at Jasper High School this upcoming school year, has been invited to participate in the AAU girls 15 and under Basketball National Tournament. She will join 9 other girls from New Palastine, Lafayette, Indianapolis and Noblesville as members of the New Palastine Force Team that will compete in Shreveport, La., July 22-30.
Beginning Aug. 1, Dubois Superior Court will have traffic court at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays for people charged with misdemeanor and/or felony offenses. The court will continue to be open from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays for people to file small claim complaints. The traffic violations clerk’s office will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays so infraction traffic tickets can be paid. On all other weekdays, the traffic violations office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the court will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic court will no longer be conducted on 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
At Ferdinand Wednesday night, the Jasper Reds pounded the Ferdinand Cardinals behind a spectacular 4-for-5 performance from the Reds’ Brett Wininger that included a three run homer. Wininger’s first inning blast gave Jasper a 3-0 lead. The Reds tacked on four runs in the sixth and added three more in the eighth en route to their 20th win of the season. Kevin Werner, who pitched 8 innings, got the win for Jasper. Travis Hayes went 2-for-4 with a double and a single, as did teammate Dustin Bradley.
The Huntingburg 9-year-old All Star team captured first place in the Petersburg All-Star tourney on Friday. The Huntingburg team defeated Winslow twice to win the double elimination tourney. They won the championship game by a score of 15-12, after trailing early in the game by a score of 10-3. Members of the winning team are: Andy Scherle, Nathan Hopf, Colt Lechner, Jake Kamman, Ty Kahle, Ross Fuhs, Brett Bueltel, Tyler Bolling, Rachelle Durcholz, Jacob Guy, Justin Lichlyter, and Brad Buening. Alternate players are: Dusty and Drew Ayer. The team is coached by Allen Hopf, Kevin Buechler and Lynn Kahle.
On Wednesday, they thought they had a coach. On Thursday, no coach. On Friday, Pike Central hedged its bets by hiring two head coaches to guide the football program. Two? Yes, two. Friday afternoon Pike Central Athletic Director Gary Lemond closed the book on a somewhat bizarre situation by announcing the Chargers would be coached by Stan Shoultz and Steve Carter. The decision was made in a Friday morning meeting attended by Pike County Superintendent Mark Ransford, Lemond, Shoultz and Carter. They filled the position vacated by Kevin Blemker.
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