Looking Back: 8/10August 9, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
August 9, 1954
Jasper’s Little League All-stars were assured of ample funds with which to make their invasion of Kokomo this week in quest of further glory in the annual nationwide baseball eliminations. Local Little League Commissioner Rags Berger reported this morning that $422 was donated Sunday afternoon to the Little Leaguers in a house-to-house canvass of Jasper. The youngsters themselves made the rounds of the town in autos, escorted by the fire truck. Berger said money left over after the baseball journeying is done will go into a fund to be started in the interests of eventually acquiring a regulation Little League park in Jasper. The boys play at Recreation Field, where the diamond is “cut down” and a special fence unrolled about the outfield for Little League games.
The Dubois County Fair at Huntingburg’s Municipal Park continued to pack ‘em in yesterday, and fair officials said that the attendance Sunday and Monday was the biggest ever attracted to the county fair on the first two days. This afternoon and evening the big attraction will be Jinks Hoagland’s Hippodrome Headliners. Last year this show was scheduled to appear on Friday night, but was rained out, so fair officials made arrangements to have it brought back this year.
At the regular meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club Tuesday noon it was announced by the board of directors that the sum of $400 has been set aside for use in the construction of a proposed new swimming pool for Jasper. The $400 represents part of the receipts of the recent Kiddie Carnaval sponsored by the Kiwanians. This money, and any future funds made available for the purpose by the Kiwanians or other local clubs or individuals, will be turned over to the Park Board whenever it needs funds to further the progress of the swimming pool project.
Options have been secured on all land necessary for Jasper’s new 205 acre lake east of town with the exception of the exact spillway area, and the city will be ready to advertise for bids on construction of the dam as soon as the consulting engineers finish their plans and specifications. The option on the entire spillway area has not been secured because the city officials will not know exactly where the spillway goes until it gets the plans. The plans and specifications are being prepared by Vogt, Ivers and Seaman, a firm of Cincinnati consulting engineers. They are working from a topographical map and site survey prepared by Jerome Schneider, a civil engineer employed by the City of Jasper.
Jasper’s Little League All-Stars beat Huntington 12-7 yesterday afternoon in the consolation game of the tournament at Kokomo, and the Hamtramck, Michigan youngsters who’d eliminated Jasper 3-1 the previous day came on to trounce Gary 9-2 and earn the right to play in the Midwest regional at Joliet, Ill. Results of the Kokomo meet left Jasper with at least a share with the Tolleston club of Gary in the mythical Indiana state Little League championship. Both teams lost to Hamtramck, but Gary had it a lot rougher against the Michigan lads. And Jasper drubbed Huntington, the other Hoosier representative in the Indiana-Michigan tourney. Gary had beaten Huntington 2-0. Jasper’s Dave Ackerman went the route against Huntington in yesterday’s consolation tilt.
The Most Reverend Henry J. Grimmelsman, Bishop of Evansville, has announced the founding of two new parishes in the Evansville diocese. Father Ralph Endress, a former assistant pastor of St. Joseph church in Jasper, has been named as pastor of a new parish to be started in Jasper. This will be known as the parish of Precious Blood. Father Roman Vollmer, a native of Jasper, has been named pastor of the Church of the Resurrection at Evansville. Both priests will assume their duties next Friday, Aug. 20. The new Jasper parish will be located west of Jasper. Father Endress will reside at the St. Joseph rectory until the Church of Precious Blood is established.
• 50 Years Ago
August 11, 1969
The Jasper City Bakery of 408 Jackson Street, which has been operated for more than 58 years by members of the Joseph Haller family, was damaged extensively last night by a fire that was discovered at 10:45 last night. The fire was discovered by William Sauter, who with his wife operates the Indiana Rest Home at Fifth and Jackson. He smelled smoke when he turned on a ventilating fan, and investigated the source of the smoke. Jasper firemen, assisted by Huntingburg firemen, managed to confine the fire to the front half of the bakery, which was gutted. The manager, Bill Haller, and his wife were on a motor trip to Mexico during the past week in company with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Reising. The Hallers were contacted early today at their hotel in Mexico City. Bill Haller, when informed that the ovens, mixers and slicers and other equipment in the rear part of the bakery were not damaged by fire, announced that the bakery will be in operation again by Wednesday of this week. It has not yet been decided where the bakery’s products will be sold, but this will be announced by Wednesday. Bill Haller will fly back to Jasper some time tonight.
Thomas L Habig, president of the Jasper Corporation, has announced the acquisition of the Pellham, Shell and Leckie, Inc., furniture manufacturing company of Montgomery, Ala. Manufacturers of high quality hand carved upholstered and case good period furniture, the new subsidiary of the Jasper Corporation will significantly broaden the consumer product base of the parent company. At present, Pellham, Shell and Leckie reports sales of approximately 2.5 million dollars and employs in excess of 200 people. The physical plant is a modern single floor 60,000 square foot building with additional leased warehousing. Ample property is available for future expansion.
It was announced today by Max Olinger, chairman of the R.I.A.L. (Religion in American Life) Committee in Huntingburg that this year Huntingburg has been awarded first-place honors in the nation for its 1968-69 program. Alliance, Ohio, a much larger city, had won this honor for the past two years and has now been placed in the RIAL Hall of Fame and placed in the “retired” category. The honor of being first in the nation with its RIAL program was won by Huntingburg in competition with about 2,000 other communities in the U. S. During the first year that the organization was active in Huntingburg it won third-place honors, and in the past two years it was in second place. Official presentation of the award will be made this fall by a RIAL delegation from New York.
Beck’s Restaurant rolled over 14K’s +1, the Twinkle Inn walloped Acme Metal and Heichelbech’s romped to victory over the Sunset Tavern in Jasper softball action. Tom Flick led a 21-hit attack for Beck’s with a triple and two doubles. Dan Beck had a pair of triples. Bob Uebelhor had a double and single for 14K. Larry Stamm blasted two home runs and a single for the Twinkles. Ed Giesler had a homer, triple and single. Rich Pfaff chimed in with a triple and two singles and Don Kleiser had three singles and Bob Waddell a home run. Rog Quainta had a triple for Acme. Ron Bellner pounded out two triples and a single to lead Heichelbech’s. Hugh Ballenger and Chuck Berger each had two doubles and a single. Gabe Mehringer lead Sunset with a pair of singles.
The Rev. John Kane, a native of St. Louis, will succeed Father Walter Rinderle as pastor of Jasper’s Holy Family parish it has been announced by the Chancery of the Diocese of Evansville. Father Rinderle was recently named chaplain of the Vincennes University Newman Center. Father Kane is a brother of Father Joseph Kane, the assistant pastor at Ferdinand. He was born at St. Louis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Kane. Later the family lived for ten years at Evansville, where they were members of St. Benedict Church.
The Yellow Submarines won the Ireland ladies softball league with a record of ten and two. Team members include: Bert Weyer, Annie Sendleweck, captain Connie Himsel, Ruth Schwenk, Ruth Small, Ruth Sermersheim, Sandra Lents, Esther Armstrong, Martha Tucker, Jackie Eckert, Judie Jefferies, Euline Ludwig, Marge Gadlage and Ann Klem. The Green Hornets and the Bluejays tied for second place while the Redbirds finished in last place.
• 25 Years Ago
August 15, 1994
Despite a cancellation by the show’s headliner, Saturday’s country music concert was deemed a success by its promoter. Karen Raufeisen said she hopes to bring more top acts to Huntingburg’s League Stadium. Billy Dean, 1992’s Top New Male Vocalist, came down with laryngitis and could not perform Saturday. “They said he couldn’t even speak,” Raufeisen said. She received a doctor’s note verifying Dean’s condition. Raufeisen, who learned of Dean’s cancellation at noon Friday, was able to add Victoria Shaw to the concert’s line-up. Shaw, whose biggest hit to date is “Cry Wolf,” performed along with Neil McCoy and Toby Keith for 3,500 music fans.
The owner of a lawn service, doing some landscaping work at the home of his daughter, was killed Monday afternoon when the skidloader he was driving fell over and landed on top of him. Thomas E. Kluemper, 53, of 4106 State Road 162, Huntingburg, was killed when his skidloader hit a landscaping railroad tie on a hill and rolled over. He died of a skull fracture and multiple internal injuries, said Dubois County Coroner Mike Keller. The accident happened about 1 p.m. at the St. Anthony home of his daughter, Lisa Voges. Kluemper was the owner of Timberlake Lawn Service.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Roman Kiefer, 68, of St. Meinrad. He recently recalled his experiences during World War II on an aircraft carrier that was bombed, and of his recent trip to Guam for the 50th anniversary of the island’s liberation during the war. Last month, he was one of about 1,000 U. S. veterans of WW II who returned for a Golden Salute. Arriving July 17th after an eight-hour flight from Hawaii, Roman and his wife, Cecilia, were greeted warmly at the airport and treated like heroes for the rest of their visit.
The Most Reverend Francis R. Shea, retired Catholic Bishop of Evansville, died this morning of a heart attack at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Bishop Shea, 80, had been rushed by ambulance to the hospital from his home in Evansville. The retired bishop had been recovering at home from reconstructive surgery after he broke a hip on May 9. His nurse looked in on him this morning and found him lying across his bed. Bishop Shea was admitted to St. Mary’s at 8:57 a.m. and died in the emergency room at 10 a.m. Bishop Shea, the Third Bishop of Evansville, was the spiritual leader of Catholics in Southwestern Indiana from from 1970 to 1989.
The 1994 Herbsfest will continue the festival’s trend of having more booths and events than ever before. It might also be the last Herbsfest held. “We are having a problem getting anyone--anyone--to help with the Herbsfest this year, financially and physically,” Sara Songer, 1994 chairwoman, says. Two years ago, Mayor Connie Nass could not find people to chair the annual celebration. She issued an ultimatum: Either volunteers come forward or the Herbsfest won’t be held. Residents listened. “People came out of the woodwork and we had a whole new group of people,” Nass says.
Junior tailback Kevin Cartwright showed Jerry Brewer that the 1994 Jasper Wildcats can still pack some punch to score from anywhere on the field.Vincennes Lincoln running back Tony Lindauer, however, showed the Jasper head coach that the Wildcats still have some wrinkles to iron out before their first regular-season game against Southridge next Friday night. All in all Friday’s Big Eight Jamboree at Alumni Stadium did what it is supposed to do: Highlight strengths and expose weaknesses. Jasper defeated Vincennes 7-6 in the first quarter and then downed Tell City 7-0 in the third quarter. “We have to get better,” Brewer, the state’s all-time winningest coach, said.
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