Looking Back: 8/11

Eric Lauderdale and Kyle Schmutzler cooled off with an iced-down towel at Southridge High School’s football practice 25 years ago. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Aug. 18, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
August 17, 1953

At Portersville, Holland led the Reds 3-1 going into the last of the fifth. A three-run rally at this juncture put the host team ahead to stay. Portersville got four more in the seventh and two in the eighth. Six errors hurt the Holland cause, the Dutch boys outhitting the winners 8-5. They committed six miscues, the Reds none. Alvin Ruxer went the route for Portersville, Kahle relieving Russ Langebrake for Holland in the eighth and allowed one hit. Jiggs Ruxer got a double and a single for the Reds. B. Meyer got two doubles for Holland.

August 18

Coach Bob Fell of Jasper high school’s football squad will have an assistant working with him next Monday. School officials announced today the appointment of Warren T. Warken an industrial arts instructor and assistant football coach. Mr. Warken is a graduate of Brazil High School and Indiana State Teachers college. He comes to Jasper from Roseville, Michigan, where he taught last year. He was graduated from high school in 1941, was in military service in 1942-46 and graduated from State with a B. S. degree in June, 1952. Mr. Warken is moving to Jasper late this week and is expected to begin his football assignment next Monday. 

August 19

Pvt. Delbert L. Angerer, U. S. 55360469, a member of Co. K, 87th Inf. Regiment, Ft. Riley, Kansas, has finished his 16 weeks basic training course and is now taking an eight weeks course in leadership training. He recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Angerer, Rt. 1, Dubois, on a ten-day furlough from Ft. Riley.

Supt. Bernard Gallagher of the Jasper public schools announces that book lists for the elementary grades will be available at 9 A.M. Thursday at both grade school buildings. The Jasper schools will open on September 1. 

August 20

A Jasper hunter decided this morning to try to smoke out a squirrel that had escaped into a hollow tree, and it took the fire department to put out the resulting blaze. Hilbert “Hip” Klee, a Jasper barber, and his son were hunting on the Tony Schroeder farm about two miles east of Jasper when the squirrel eluded them by scampering into the tree. Mr. Klee built a small fire at the base of the tree, and before he knew it, the interior of the huge beech tree was aflame. It was a natural chimney, and the draft was much too good from the hunters’ point of view. Mr. Klee sent his son to a neighboring farm house to put in a call for the fire department.The two hunters then stayed around to put out any other fires that might be started by the burning tree.   

August 21

A new grocery and meat market, to be known as Jahn’s Family Market has been opened at the borderline of Little Kentucky and the new Sunset Terrace addition south of Jasper. The store is owned and operated by Harold Jahn of Jasper, a man with 16 years experience in the retail meat and grocery business. Mr. Jahn served in past years as a meat cutter by the Kroger and A. & P. stores in Jasper. Then he was employed for ten years in Bernie Gutzweiler’s store on north Main before he and Jim Bartley took over this store a year and a half ago. Mr. Jahn recently sold out his interest in the business to his partner, Mr. Bartley. Jahn’s Family Market is located in a new concrete block building that is 32 feet wide and 90 feet deep. Mr. Jahn and his family, including five children, have their living quarters in the rear of the building. 

August 22

From the HARK THE HEARLD column: Reminiscent of the pioneer days when southern Indiana was covered with a virgin growth of gigantic hardwood trees, a huge tulip poplar, measuring 56 inches in diameter at the face of the butt log, was brought recently to the Jasper Veneer Mills, in six fine, clean logs. This giant of a forest was harvested on the Louis Witherspoon farm near Glezen, in Pike county, about 20 miles west of Jasper. The six logs contain a volume of over 5,000 board feet. According to the annual ring count of approximately 150, the big poplar sprouted in the Pike County forest shortly after the Declaration of Independence.   

50 Years Ago
August 19, 1968

The Jasper Reds, playing without the services of three regular outfielders, defeated Valley-Paoli, 6-3 Sunday at Paoli, to clinch the 1968 Deer Trail League pennant. Southpaw Dean Voegerl struck out 18 and allowed but five hits. The Reds started Willie Weinzapfel, Larry Riney and Jerry Giesler in the outfield in place of Willie Haas, Bob Waddell and Joe Kendall. Regular second baseman Lee Kavanaugh had to leave after the fifth inning and Giesler was moved to second base. He was replaced in right field by Red Hedinger who was making his first apparance of the season. Chuck Berger led the hitting attack with three base hits, including a double. Don Hoffman had three hits in four trips to the plate, Larry Stamm slammed a triple and a double and Voegerl helped his own cause with a double and a single.

August 20

Jay Lanoux, an Evansville advertising and sales executive, has joined the Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, according to Alvin C. Ruxer, president. A former advertising and sales promotion manager at Hahn, Inc., for six years, Lanoux will coordinate all advertising and public relations for the Jasper automotive company. The New Orleans native is a 1950 Southeastern Louisiana College graduate. He joined WTPS, a New Orleans radio station, as an account executive and was a public information specialist while in the Army at Fort Knox, Ky.

August 21

Mrs. Maurice “Bumps” Hoffman of Rt. 2 Jasper, was installed Tuesday evening as president of the Dubois County Democratic Women’s club. Others taking office at the regular monthly meeting of the club were Mrs. Cyril Mundy of Ireland, first vice president; Mrs. Kenneth Meyer of Holland, second vice president; Mrs. James Fehribach of Jasper, secretary; and Mrs. Leroy Jerger of Huntingburg, treasurer. Mrs. Hoffman, who served as coordinator of women’s activities during the 1967 Democratic campaign for the city of Jasper, is a part-time employee of the U. S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman are the parents of three children.   

August 22

Huntingburg High School has assembled a top-notch football coaching staff for the 1968 season. Coach Jim Bardwell is high in praise of his assistants, Jack Davis and Leroy Berry. “They’re two of the finest coaches in the area,” he exclaimed. “We’re lucky to have them helping with the football program here at Huntingburg.” Davis handles the backfield and Berry is in charge of the linemen. Bardwell is beginning his first season at the helm of the Happy Hunters. Last year he was the head coach at Dale, the same team with which Huntingburg opens the season, on August 30. Bardwell’s first coaching job was at Petersburg, where he served as an assistant from 1963-66. The new Huntingburg coach is married to the former Dora Fawcett of Shoals, and they have a son, Brett, 7.

August 23

Approximately 200 persons — an unusually large crowd for a hot August afternoon — attended the public hearing conducted Thursday at Jasper High School by the State Commission on Reorganization of School Corporations. Originally scheduled to be held in the JHS gym, the hearing was moved to the adjacent air conditioned new addition to the school because of the hot and humid weather. Fourteen people presented testimony during the hour-long session. Ten of the speakers spoke in favor of the plan and four voiced their opposition. 

August 24

American Legion Post 147 of Jasper will observe the 50th anniversary of the Legion on Saturday, Sept. 21, it has been announced by Commander Lowell Glendening. A parade will be held that afternoon starting at 2 o’clock. Bill Krodel will serve as parade chairman. All organizations and individuals planning to have units in the parade are asked to contact him. His address is 948 MacArthur Street, and his phone number is 482-5135. The parade will be followed by a band concert by the Post’s brass band under the direction of “Pitch” Eckerle and open house at the Legion Home.

25 Years Ago 
August 16, 1993

Executive Furniture won the Class E Softball Semistate Saturday and will now advance to the state tourney on Sept. 3 in Elkhart. Executive Furniture team members include: Jason McKinney, Greg Werner, Kendall Simmons, Tim Hobartson, Eddie Hall, Terry Thewes, Mark Deputy, Bob Oser, John Wayne, Ron Harbor, Chad Julian, Mike Rowe, Chris McKinney, Joe Rollins, Eric Heaton and player-coach Mike Eckstein.

August 17

Jasper Utility Service Board members voted Monday to recommend a 4-percent, cross-the-board gas utility rate hike. They said the rate increase, which could become effective Oct. 1 if the common council embraces and advances it, should be accompanied by an overhaul of the utility’s rate tracker mechanism. And, they said, by this time next year, the utility’s financial condition should be reviewed again to determine if another 4-percent increase is warranted. Residents last experienced a hike in the base gas rate in 1982. A comprehensive gas utility financial study commissioned in May and presented Monday by H. J. Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, suggested revenues and cash balances have been slipping.

August 18

Leasing a new E-911 dispatching system makes more sense than purchasing the equipment outright, the 911 Advisory Board decided at its Tuesday night meeting. The board will make that recommendation to the Dubois County Commissioners at the next commisioners’ meeting. The advisory board has no authority to sign contracts and can only make recommendations to the board of commissioners, which has the final say. The county is changing over to a new system because GTE will stop supporting the current IBM-based system in 1996, two years after its contract with the county expires. The county’s original E-911 system was designed with Contel, which merged with GTE in December, 1991. Three companies, GTE, United Telephone of Indiana and Indiana Bell are vying to sell or lease their systems to the county. 

August 19

The City of Jasper will be out of the landfill business as of Oct. 9, the Jasper Common Council decided Wednesday at its regular monthly meeting. New federal rules that regulate solid waste disposal and the monitoring of closed landfills and which take effect on that date will make it more expensive to own and operate landfills. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules under the Resource and Conservation Recovery Act were established to regulate solid and hazardous waste on a national level. A portion of the law known as “Subtitle D” imposes new requirements on landfills that continue taking trash after Oct. 8. It could cost Jasper around $1 million over the next several years if the city were to continue to operate the landfill, said Richard Farmer of Donan Engineering.

August 20

Superintendent Larry Dugle, commenting during a public hearing Thursday on the 1994 budget, said the General Assembly did a “lousy” job revising the state’s school funding formula this year. “It did not help Southwest Dubois at all,” the superintendent said of the restructuring brought on by House Bill 1001, which was envisioned to provide greater equity in the funding of schools. The legislation is helping some corporations and hurting others with its provision to equalize funding over a six-year period. The revised formula focuses primarily on revenue in each district’s general fund. Schools that managed to keep tax rates low and per-pupil expenditures high, such as Southwest, were penalized under House Bill 1001, Dugle indicated. Schools with high tax rates and low per-pupil expenditures will receive more state money.  The Southwest will receive 1.9 percent new money in 1994. That comes to $103.582. Of that, $82,208 will come from local taxes. 

August 21

Sonny Lents of Ireland is being honored by the American Family Insurance Group for being among a select group of agents who distinguished themselves throughout the year with outstanding sales production. Lents’ performance earned him an invitation to American Family’s All-American Convention in New Orleans from April 18-21. 

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