Looking Back: 8/1

Presenting the American colors at a German festival, James Wuchner stood at attention throughout the official opening ceremonies 25 years ago for Jasper's Strassenfest Thursday evening. Wuchner and three other Youth Police Explorers paraded around the square, then presented the colors to start the ceremonies. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published August 4, 1995.

65 Years Ago

August 1, 1955

On Thursday at 1 P.M. the 1955 Minor League Champs, being determined by this afternoon’s playoff game between the first-half champs the Red Sox, and the Yanks, the second-half champs, will play the Minor League League All-Stars. The all-stars selected by the respective managers are: Tom Egg, Carl Steffen, Tony Persohn, Ray Parker, Steve Stewart, Danny Beck, Mike Bohnert, Dave Harder, Don Klein, Ed Yarbrough, Rich Gadlage, Dave Gerdon, Glen Berger, Fred Johnson, Ed Ewing, George Reker, Jerry Mehringer, Don Kleiser, Ed Krapf, and Jim Hochgesang. All parents and little league managers are especially urged to attend this game.

August 2

The schools of Jasper will open for the 1955-56 school year on Tuesday, September 6, it was announced today by Superintendent of Schools, Bernard J. Gallagher. Christmas vacation begins on Thursday, December 22. School resumes after Christmas break on January 2. The first semester will end on Friday, January 20. Thursday and Friday, March 29-30, will be the Easter break. The second semester ends on Friday, May 25. Commencement is on Wednesday, May 23.

August 3

Richland’s All-Stars staged an eight-run uprising in the last of the eighth inning on their home field last night to beat Jasper’s Reds 14-8 and win a spot in the annual I-K League playoffs. The Reds entered a formal protest against what they contended was a ball not sanctioned by league rules. The protest meeting of I-K League representatives, who constitute a protest board, will be held at Boonville tonight. If the protest is disallowed, Richland will visit Municipal Park Sunday to begin a playoff series with the Huntingburg Merchants. If the protest is allowed, the game between Jasper and Richland will have to be replayed before Sunday. In the game played last night Kenny Moenkhaus led Jasper at bat, going 4-for-5. Chick Alles was 3-for-5. Norm Heard was 3-for-4 for Richland.

August 4

Dubois County’s third traffic fatality of the year occurred around 8:30 yesterday when 21-year-old Anthony U. Terwiske of Ireland lost his life in the collision of an automobile and a truck on highway45-56 at the Portersville intersection, a mile north of Jasper. Young Terwiske was riding in a car driven by Charles J. Heichelbech, 30, of Rt. 5, Jasper, when the car crashed into the left rear end of a one-ton truck driven by Samuel J. Mehne, a 67-year old Boone township farmer, who lives on Rt. 2, Jasper.

Jasper won its protest before I-K League representatives meeting at Boonville last night and will play at Richland tomorrow evening. The game will be entirely replayed, the winner to enter the league playoffs on Sunday.

August 5

Jasper’s Pony Leaguers are again taking a trip. This time it’s to Chicago. Alvin C. Ruxer, one of Jasper’s leading sportsmen, again expressed his desire to give the young ballplayers a reward for good sportsmanship and attendance while taking part in the recreation program sponsored by the city during the summer months. Mr. Ruxer, who has sponsored trips in past years to St. Louis and Cincinnati, chose Chicago this year because the American League race is so close and the boys would have an opportunity to see two leading contenders for the pennant, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.

August 6

At a special session of the Jasper Postoffice employees held Friday evening in the American Legion club, Postmaster Albert Rumbach presented five carriers with safe-driving awards. The five carriers had completed more than 82 years of carrying rural mails without an accident. The custom of presenting safe driving awards was begun 25 years ago. The men receiving the awards were: Elmer J. Himsel, Rt. 1, Joseph A. Eckert, Rt. 4, Benno F. Blessinger, R. 2, Gilbert Schwenk, Rt. 5 and Claude A. Eckert. At last night’s meeting the postal workers filed Form 823 for their classification under the new postoffice pay law.

50 Years Ago

August 3, 1970

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Jasper American Legion baseball team, which defeated Princeton Sunday night, 14-10, at Recreation Field to win the Legion Sectional Championship. Prior to their game with Princeton the team took time out to pose for the picture and send their get-well greetings to Johnny Eckstein, a patient in Memorial Hospital. Johnny is considered the Legion’s “Number One Fan”. Members of the sectional champs include Tom Alles (batboy), Marv Corbin, (coach), Ron Snyder, Terry Fleck, Lee Boehm, Jeff Hochgesang, Nigg Pfeffer (manager), Bob Alles, Mark Hildebrand, Steve Barrett, Steve Seger, Ricky Weisman, Chick Alles (coach), Steve Meadors, Gary Stratman, Gary Corbin and Linus “Spitz” Knebel, (head groundskeeper).

August 4

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Sue Buse, of Holland, who was crowned Monday night as 1970 Dubois County 4-H Queen in activities at the fair. First runner-up was Miss Theresa Fleck of Huntingburg and second runner-up was Miss Linda Sendelweck of Jasper. Miss Buse, a 1970 graduate of Holland High School, is the daughter of Mrs. Opal Buse. She was sponsored by the Holland Jaycees and the Holland Kiwanis. Miss Elaine Schroeder of Jasper, who was the 1969 4-H Queen, did the crowning honors and Willie Bartley served as chairman of the queen committee and master of ceremonies. Sixteen girls were entered in the contest, which was held in the outdoor arena.

August 5

Father Jean Vogler of Jasper will celebrate his first Mass in his home parish, Holy Family Church, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Father Vogler, son of Jacob Vogler, Giesler Road, was ordained February 28 in Innsbruck, Austria. He recently completed four years of study at the University of Innsbruck and on July 15 received a Master’s degree in Theology. Other priests who will participate in the concelebrated Mass in Holy Family Church include Bishop Francis Shea of Evansville; Fr. Othmar Schroeder, pastor; Fr. Kenneth Vogler of Boonville, a cousin; Frs. Scott Walker of Fort Branch and Ken Jackson of Duluth, Minn., classmates at Innsbruck, as well as other priests from the diocese.

August 6

When Ferd Veeck, a Petersburg attorney and journalist who died last month, was corresponding for metropolitan newspapers he achieved a wide reputation with accounts of strange things that reportedly happened in Pike County. Like the large red hand that appeared one night in the sky, and the track of a huge snake that resembled the impression in the ground made by an automobile tire. Veeck has passed from the earthly scene but judging from a report coming out of Pike County last night, the strange goings-on are still being recorded. The State Police Post at Jasper received a report around 12:30 last night that a monster was on the loose southeast of Winslow. Trooper Phil Wietholter of Petersburg was directed to go to the scene.

August 7

John M. Eckstein, 49, who operated Kuebler’s Jewelry & Music store and was a former member of the Jasper City Council, died at 4:30 Thursday afternoon in Memorial Hospital. He had been a patient in the hospital since he suffered a heart attack on July 29. Johnny Eckstein was born in Jasper on June 4, 1921, the son of the late Alex and Olivia Gerber Eckstein. Survivors inclued the wife, the former Frances Ann Lorey, to whom he married on Jan. 6, 1944; two daughters, Mrs. Rick Loftus of Chicago and Miss Mary Eckstein, at home; two sons, Michael and Donald, both at home, and two brothers, Richard and Charles, both of Jasper. For some years he was a member of The Eyeglass Four, a vocal quartette that included Ray Birk, Victor Bohnert and Maury Gutgsell.

August 8

Bob Easterday, head basketball coach at Ireland High School the past two years, has been named athletic director and head basketball coach at L& M (Lyons-Marco) High School in Greene County. He will also teach physical education and driver education and may be working with the track team in the spring. L & M plays in the Switz City sectional. Easterday’s overall coaching record for the past five years is 72 victories and 34 losses. The enrollment at L & M during the 1969-70 school year was 323 students.

25 Years Ago

August 7, 1995

Brittney Barkley, 2, daughter of Steven Schriefer of St. Meinrad and Daphne Barkley of Huntingburg, received the title of Tiny Miss USA in the preliminary round in the 2-3 age group held at the Holiday Inn in Jasper. She also received the title for the prettiest eyes. She now qualifies for the state finals, which will be held on Sunday, August 13, at the Ramada Inn Airport in Indianapolis. The winner of the pageant will receive a $500 savings bond scholarship, crown, sash, flowers and paid fee to the nationals.

Brock Werne, son of Kevin “Slim” and Maureen Werne of Jasper has been selected as Jasper Little League’s 1995 Rex Critchlow Sportsmanship Award winner. Brock played for the Phillies this past season. The award is presented annually to a Major League player who exhibits excellence in sportsmanship, athletic ability, attitude and citizenship.

August 8

As engineers examine Holland Elementary to determine the 43-year-old building’s future, new principal Joyce Hamilton says she is quickly learning that the school has a solid foundation of community support. “It’s not the building that makes the school, it’s the people,” she said. “From the teachers to parents to staff, everyone in Holland is dedicated to providing their children with the best education possible.” In recent months, the school board has also increased support for the school, which just months ago was facing the prospect of closing as a plan to put all Southwest elementary students at the Southridge site came close to fruition. But at the last moment, that plan was rejected by voters in November.

August 9

In spite of objections from numerous Ferdinand merchants, the town council voted 2-1 Tuesday night to pass an ordinance limiting the size and placement of business signs. The vote came after a two-hour hearing at which the council was presented with a petition from 74 local businesses, saying the ordinance was too restrictive. The merchants proposed a committee be formed to make changes. Councilmen Keith Muller and Bernard Krampe voted for the ordinance, saying it had already been delayed for months. Muller said he would be willing to consider amendments in the future. On July 25, the ordinance was approved by the plan commission and would have become law in 90 days, even without action from the town council.

August 10

Along with Buy-Low’s freshness guarantee, Lockhart Township residents working to restore their community center now have a funding guarantee from Dave Buehler, the man in charge of Buehler’s Foods supermarkets. Stendal-area residents are seeking a $300,000 state grant to turn the town’s old school gym into a more modern, functional community center. If they get a grant, they’ll need $34,000 in matching funds. Buehler has committed $10,000 toward that goal: $2,000 each year over five years. He’s already forwarded the first check, said Pallie Coleman, Lockhart Township trustee. “He said he wanted to get involved,” Coleman said.

August 11

A thief stole more than church property Aug. 3 when he took four metal chalices from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda. He took part of the church’s history. Two of the chalices were from Fulda, Germany, after which the southern Indiana town is named, said Father Jeremy King. They were made over a hundred years ago and bear inscriptions in German saying where they were made and who the artisan was. One is worth about $5,000 because of its age. The other three are valued at $100 to $3,000 each.

August 12

The Saturday feature in this issue is about Mollie Fowler. After the death of her husband, she knew she had to work to support her two children. She was interested in education, so she began selling encyclopedias door-to-door. At the age of 83, she is still selling. In 1962, her husband, Thomas suffered a seizure and underwent surgery. He died not long afterwards. “My son was a freshman at Purdue, and my daughter was a freshman at Ireland High School,” Mollie says. She honed her skills for the next few years and soon began winning awards for the number of sales she had made.

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