Looking Back: 7/6July 5, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
July 5, 1954
Observance of Independence Day, no paper.
A large number of Dubois County parents and other relatives were among the throng that saw Jane Sermersheim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse C. Sermersheim of Jasper, installed at Bloomington Sunday afternoon as governor of Girls State. As part of the ceremonies, the twenty girls who had been selected as the outstanding citizens of the twenty mythical cities of Girls State were introduced. They included Nancy Witte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Witte of Jasper, who was named the outstanding citizen of Haymond. Nancy was also state fire marshall, a county chairman and a precinct committeeman. She will be a senior in J.H.S. next fall.
The Dubois County board of commissioners held their July meeting Tuesday in the court house in Jasper. Kasper Bellner presided. All members of the board were present, along with John Richardson, county road supervisor; Victor Eckert, representing the county auditor’s office; and Clemence A. Nordhoff, the county attorney. Officials reported the following fees collected for June: Auditor $15.20, clerk $232.50, sheriff $12.40. Two residents of the Petry addition appeared and requested that the street in the addition be oiled. The commissioners said they didn’t know whether funds would be available but would oil the streets if this was financially possible.
The condition of Francis Schneider, who was seriously burned in the gas explosion Friday evening at Schnellville that took the life of Bob Fry, is showing great improvement and he is considered to be out of danger unless unforeseen complications develop. Mr. Schneider, because of his serious condition, was not told until yesterday that Bob Fry had died as the result of his burns. The news was broken to him by Dr. G. A. Held, one of the doctors who treated both men when they were brought into the hospital. On Tuesday afternoon a deputy from the state fire marshall’s office investigated the explosion. The deputy fire marshall absolved the Buechler Furnace & Gas Company of Ferdinand of all blame in connection with the explosion.
Rev. Robert Greene, M.M., is back in his home town of Jasper after an absence of a year. For the past year he has served as spiritual director of Maryknoll Seminary at Maryknoll, N. Y., and as chaplain at Sing Sing prison at Ossining, N. Y. It was almost exactly two years ago — on July 16, 1952 — that he returned to Jasper after having been a prisoner of the Chinese communists for 18 months. Since his return to the U. S., he has given hundreds of talks in schools, churches and before civic and fraternal groups. Father Greene really doesn’t know how many talks he has made. He kept track of them for a time, then no longer counted them.
The Dubois County board of commissioners has received a report from Warren L. Edwards, supervisor of inspection for the Indiana Department of Public Welfare, concerning the county home and county farm near Ireland. The report was made following an inspection of the building and the grounds last month by Arthur W. Mann, institutional inspector for the state welfare department. Raymond Schuetter is the superintendent and his wife, Lucille, is the matron at the county home. They have held these positions since March 1, 1953. Mr. Mann wrote, “From observation and conversation with some of the residents, the inspector found that they were very well pleased and happy.” The population of the Home on the date of inspection was twenty-two — 16 men and six women. Five of the residents are from Martin County and two from Pike. Seventeen are 65 years of age or older.
• 50 Years Ago
July 7, 1969
Pictured in this issue are Glen Sturm and Dan Rumbach, both of Jasper, who tied for Outstanding Camper honors last week at the annual Tri-State Safety Patrol camp held at Camp Carson near Princeton. Eighty-nine boys from six communities participated in the four-day training session. Twenty-eight boys who will comprise the safety patrols next school term for the Fifth and Tenth Street Schools in Jasper attended the annual training camp conducted by the Evansville Police Department, June 29 through July 2. When ratings for the session were tallied it was found that the two Jasper youths had tied for the traditional award. Both boys will be eighth grade students next fall. Glen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Omer Sturm, 751 West 9th St., and Dan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rumbach, 971 MacArthur St. Jasper campers also swept the awards for the recreational activities as well. Tim Alles won the ping pong championship; Roger Seaton was tops in the shuffle board competition and Mike Luegers won the free throw shooting contest.
Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Lottes of Otwell have been informed that their son, specialist 4 Herbert James (Butch) Lottes, 20, was killed in action in Vietnam on June 29. Earlier he had been listed as missing in action. James, as he was more familiarly known in his home town, was born on Sept. 2, 1948, the son of Hilbert and Nina-Lee Dillon Lottes. He attended Otwell High School and later drove a truck for the Buchta Trucking Company of Otwell before entering the Army on May 8, 1968.
Construction of a medical clinic that will accommodate eight physicians is scheduled to start this week just south of the new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg, it was announced today by the Seufert Company of Ferdinand. Wayne E. Seufert & Associates, designing and consulting engineers, will be the general contractor. The building will be erected by the Seufert Constructtion Company, a division of the Seufert Company. The building will be located about 300 feet south of the hospital. It will contain four suites, to be occupied by two doctors in each suite. The following physicians will move into the clinic when it is completed: Dr. A. B. Scales, Dr. Allen Scales, Dr. Herbert Erhart, Dr. Harry Craig, Dr. Victor Borges and Dr. Dale Feister. Two more doctors who are moving to the Huntingburg community will also share the facilities at a later date.
Sister Debora Wilson, O.S.B., president of St. Benedict College in Ferdinand for the past year and a half, has resigned that position effective Saturday July 12, and accepted the post of assistant chairman of the Department of Education at St. Louis University. Sister Debora will assume her new duties on August 15. Sister Generose Kohn, O.S.B., currently serving as academic dean of the college, is expected to assume the duties of president. In announcing her resignation, sister Debora told THE DAILY HERALD that she feels that the ordinary duties of a college president no longer pertain to St. Benedict College which is scheduled to close at the end of the 1970 summer session.
O. J. Burger, a native of Jasper, has been appointed dean of the School of Agriculture at Fresno State College in California. He will assume the position on Sept. 1. Dr. Burger will also hold the title of professor of agronomy. He is presently assistant to the provost for instruction and a professor of agronomy at West Virginia University. Dr. Burger was born in Jasper, the son of the late August and Katie Burger. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1939. Four brothers, Leo, Emil, Raymond and Ambrose, and one sister, Mrs. Paul Hopf, all reside in the Dubois County area. Dr. Burger is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Evans of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The couple has three sons.
Woody Neel, one of the most successful basketball coaches in the history of the game in Dubois County, told a small group of reporters in his living room in Holland that he was leaving the Dutchmen to take charge of the basketball program at Anderson High School. “We hate to leave Holland,” said Neel, “but the opportunity was too great to pass up.”Anderson has an enrollment of 2100 in the top three grades and a gym with a 9000 seat capacity. “I will have complete control of the program at Anderson including the grades, junior high and high school programs. At Anderson I’ll have some kids out for football which will be something different for me. It will be a new experience and I’m going to have to go along with kids participating in other sports.”
• 25 Years Ago
July 11, 1994
The town of Birdseye is filing an application to place the historic Birdseye jail on the Indiana State Register of Historic Places. Located on First Street, between the new town hall and the fire station, the jail was built in January 1909. Curtis Cummins of Birdseye submitted a bid of $230 to build the one-story structure, which was made of hand-hewn stone taken from a stone quarry southeast of town. The building is 19 feet long, 12 feet wide and 8 feet high. The stone blocks are 63 inches long, 13 inches high and 12 inches thick. The jail had a dirt floor, two concrete beds and two windows. George Blunk was the town marshall when the jail was built. Charlene Atkins, Birdseye utilities clerk who has led the drive to have the jail listed, said she is not sure when it was last used.
The Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America, is selling tickets to its 1994 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner to be held on Tuesday, August 16, at the Jasper Holiday Inn. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner starting at 7 p.m. This year’s recipient is Gib Verkamp, president and CEO of Aristokraft Inc. Verkamp is a graduate of Huntingburg High School and received a bachelor of science degree is business administration from Indiana State University in 1961. He was an officer in the Indiana National Guard from 1961 to 1968 and a candidate for State Representative in 1966.
Following last Thursday’s Team Indiana Amateur Athletic Union basketball scrimmage at Jasper High School, Tim Tooley tossed his complimentary black Converse hoop shoes in his bag and walked out satisfied with his modest performance. The 6-foot-5 former Southridge swingman hit a 3-pointer and grabbed three rebounds in eight minutes of action. Tooley viewed the game simply as a chance to compete against some of the nation’s best college basketball players. Team director Tim Knight, however, saw things a little differntly. Knight was impressed with Tooley’s ability to handle the ball and shoot the trey. He was so impressed, in fact, that he asked Tooley, following Saturday’s scrimmage at Evansville, to join Team Indiana on its tour across Northern Indiana and its trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the AAU National Tourney later this month. “I felt it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Tooley said during a telephone interview from his hotel room in Elkhart.
Self-described as enthusiastic and hard-working, Bradley Hanner was named the Southridge Raiders’ head football coach at the Southwest School Board meeting on Wednesday. “I’m going to run a good program — a solid program ,” said Hanner, who was the defensive coordinator at Lawrenceburg. “I want to have good people involved with it.” Southwest School Board President Jim Renner believed that the board selected the right man for the job.”He was the obvious choice,” said Renner. “our first priority was to get someone who would do an outstanding job in the classroom and we also wanted a person with success in the coaching field.” Hanner inherits a Raider program that has had one winning season since 1985.
For the last two weeks of the summer season, swimming at Patoka Lake beach will be restricted to Saturdays and Sundays. Budgetary restraints and student lifeguards forced the lake to cut back to a weekend schedule the first two weeks of the season, after Memorial Day weekend, and the last two weeks of the season prior to Labor Day weekend, said Christy Harder, administrative assistant for Patoka Lake Property. The beach is required to have lifeguards, and nearly all of them will be returning to school near the end of August, Harder said.
Springs Valley Bank & Trust has announced three promotions. Michael Ahern was named senior vice-president, Clifford Thompson was promoted to vice-president, and Marilyn Ramey was promoted to manager of the insurance depatment. All three promotions were announced by Ronald G. Seals, CEO of SVB&T.