Looking Back: 8/15

Dana Hochgesang of Jasper gets a lesson in presentation from former Olympic gymnast Brandy Johnson. Johnson, who represented the U.S. in the 1988 Olympics, was in Jasper Monday for a summer gymnastics camp at Hodgini's, attended by young athletes from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published August 3, 1995.

65 Years Ago

August 15, 1955

Jasper’s Reds copped a wild one from Boonville, 25-15, at Recreation Field last night. Since both clubs failed to make the annual post-season playoffs, this was billed as an exhibition--and that it was, in nearly every screwball sense of the word. There were 17 errors. The winners committed 10 of these. Five pitchers showed their wares, three of them Redlegs. The starter, big Chick Alles, was credited with the win. Hitting hero of the evening for Jasper was first sacker Ken Kunkel. He poled two homers over the left field barrier. Kunkel got 8 RBI’s all told. The Reds were never behind, but Boonville closed it to 8-7 in the top half of the sixth. The Reds outhit the Warrick County lads 14-9. Rocky Renneisen was 4-for-5 for the winners. Bob Brosmer and Ferdy Kleiser were 3-for-6 each.

August 16

Dubois County’s property assessment has increased by $1,264,245. The new assessment total, made public today by the county auditor, is $32,341,450. Last year’s assessment was $31,077,205. The assessment in all taxing units increased with the exception of the following five: Boone, Hall, Harbison and Madison townships and the city of Huntingburg. The decreases were mainly caused by the decreased value of utilities assessed by the State Tax Board. In spite of the increased valuations, however, the proposed county-unit tax rate for next year is seven cents above the current levy. The county’s budget calls for a levy of .48 on the $100 property valuation. It was pointed out by county officials that the Dubois County tax rate is one of the lowest in the State of Indiana.

August 17

Wednesday evening, August 24, is the date of the third annual football clinic co-sponsored by Jasper High School and The Daily Herald. It is free to the public and will be held at Recreation Field beginning at 7:30. A program is being arranged for the clinic that this year will feature two well-known Hoosier college coaches and two leading Indiana high school game officials. Main attraction of the evening will be the uniformed Wildcat gridders themselves. They will, by that time, have had a little more than a week of drills in preparation for their 1955 schedule which opens at home Friday night, Sept. 9, against the Mitchell Blue Jackets as the opponents.

August 18

Clark Weigel kept in the family the senior singles championship of the annual Jasper Jaycee tennis tournament as he defeated George Loepker 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, in the three-best-of-five final match at the Recreation courts yesterday afternoon. Loepker and John Lorey will meet Dennis Bell and Dave Sermersheim in the doubles final, set for 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. Young Weigel, a Jasper High School senior this year, had to oust his dad, Ab Weigel, the 1954 singles champ, from competition on his way up to the final. Loepker had been a finalist a year ago after defeating Clark. But this time the wiry youngster didn’t let any of his elders put the hammer on him.

August 19

Lamar “Chick” Flick,43, of 110 W. 10th St., Jasper, is in Memorial Hospital with severe burns suffered on an outing yesterday at Spring Mill state park. Mr. Flick had driven the St. Joseph’s Church choir boys to the state park in his school bus. When he lit a campfire, his nylon shirt was set ablaze and he suffered first and second degree burns about the head, neck, chest and right arm. The choir boys’ instructor, Frank J. Loepker, drove Mr. Flick to a hospital in Mitchell, where he received first aid, and later stopped at a hospital in Bedford before bringing Mr. Flick back to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Later Mr. Loepker took Mr. Flick’s partner in the operation of the Standard Oil service station at 9th and Main, Mr. Lewis B. Fierst, who also operates a school bus, back to Spring Mill to bring back the choir boys in Mr. Flick’s bus.

August 20

Five Jasper girls will be graduated tomorrow from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville. Graduation exercises will be held in St. Anthony’s Church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The five girls who will be graduated tomorrow are: Misses Nancy Apple, Julianne Heichelbech, Joan Vollmer and Bernice Uebelhor, all of whom will remain at St. Mary’s, and Miss Joan Kuper, who will return to Jasper.

50 Years Ago

August 17, 1970

Derris Ruttkar, who has owned and operated variety stores in the area for the past 20 years and presently operates stores in Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Winslow, has purchased the St. Angelo Clothing Store in Huntingburg. The deal was completed last Thursday. The business, one of Huntingburg’s oldest, was founded prior to the Civil War by Mrs. St. Angelo’s grandfather, Dominicus Salat, and has been in the family continuously since that time. George St. Angelo has been associated with the firm for the past 51 years. The store will be operated under the name of St. Angelo’s during the next several weeks until a new name can be established, signs installed, etc. Ruttkar announced that the store will continue with the same personnel, namely Bob Tanner, Mrs. Ardonna Oser and Mrs. Violet Rausch.

August 18

Alvin C. Ruxer’s horses have earned more honors at the Illinois State Fair. The Ruxer horses won six blue ribbons for a clean sweep of all the weanling and yearling competition at the Illinois State Fair. It was a first for the fair and a first for the Ruxers and Jasper. Needless to say there were some happy and smiling faces in Alvin and Hilda Ruxer, Trainers Bill Caldwell and Cecil Wheeler, and their assistants Bob Ruxer, Pat Wessel and Bill Lueken. Perhaps the one with the biggest smile was back on the Ruxer Farm standing proudly in his stallion quarters, like a “proud papa.” His name is “Supreme Sultan,” the sire of the blue ribbon winners.

August 19

Al Boehm and Butch Betz, playing in the Men’s Doubles finals of the Jasper City Tennis Tournament for the sixth straight year and shooting for their fifth consecutive title, were upset Tuesday night by Clark Weigel and John Fuhs. Playing as a doubles team for the first time, Weigel and Fuhs turned in a solid performance as they won, 6-1, 7-5. The men’s doubles competition completes the 1970 Jasper City Tennis Tourney which is co-sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club and the Jasper Park and Recreation Department.

August 20

Wednesday marked the official opening of the Southern Indiana Regional Service Center in Huntingburg, jointly operated by the North Spencer County School Corporation and the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. State Superintendent Richard D. Wells, was in Huntingburg Wednesday morning at which time he outlined the procedure of operation for the Regional Center to the news media representatives and educators present. The service center occupies the third and fourth floors of the new Huntingburg city building located at 511 Fourth Street. After the press conference a short tour was made of the facilities.

August 21

Principal Keith Gettlefinger has announced that seventh and eighth grade students in Madison and Boone Townships should report to the Ireland Junior High building at 8:10 Friday, Aug. 28, for enrollment. Buses will run on the same schedule as they did when school closed in the spring. Pre-enrollment figures call for 133 students at the newly established junior high school. The 66 seventh graders and the 67 eighth graders will be divided into three sections for each grade with class size ranging from 19-27 students.

August 22

Pictured in this issue are the four of the new teachers who will be teaching in the Southeast Dubois County School district. They include: James Peacock, who has been employed as the head baseball and freshman basketball coach at Ferdinand High School. He also will teach English and physical education; Miss Barbara Jean Stader, who has been employed as the vocal music instructor at Ferdinand High and Elementary; Miss Roberta Hulsman, who will teach seventh grade at Ferdinand Elementary; and Sister Brenda Engleman, the new fifth grade teacher at St. Anthony Elementary.

25 Years Ago

August 21, 1995

Only one more preseason game before former Heritage Hills standout Ken Dilger opens the NFL season with the Indianapolis Colts. Saturday, Dilger caught his first professional pass from Craig Erickson in the Colts’ overtime win at Green Bay. When he did, there were no doubt a lot of people in northern Spencer County cheering. When he catches his second, third and hundredth passes, all of northern Spencer County, no doubt, will be next to the television sets as witnesses. “Its been exciting for the community,” Heritage Hills coach Bob Clayton said of Dilger’s rise with the Colts. “It’s good for our community and good for our football program. It’s lots of fun.”

August 22

They said goodbye to a unique one Monday when Jim Wahl attended his last official meeting. Wahl served 25 consecutive years as high school principal at Northeast Dubois. It is estimated that only one-tenth of one percent of Indiana’s 1,500 principals have served 25 years at the same school. Wahl, who never had an assistant principal to share his workload, turned the job over to Dan Balka a year ago and assumed the duties of curriculum coordinator-administrative assistant. Wahl and his wife of 41 years, the former Doretha Klueh, have six children. ‘Our 15 grandchildren are going to keep me young,” Wahl joked.

August 23

After reviewing an engineering study of Ferdinand’s 50-year-old water treatment plant, the town council is leaning toward closing the plant and relying exclusively on water from Patoka Lake. Currently, the town receives about 60 percent of its water from Patoka and treats the rest at its plant, which is “in poor, but repairable, condition,” according to the study conducted by Donan Engineering. Donan estimated it would cost $208,800 to renovate the plant and and $526,600 to build a new one next to it with the same capacity. Given these figures, the study concluded the final cost of 1,000 gallons of water would be $2.16 for a renovation and $2.58 for a new plant. But it would only cost $1.54 per 1,000 gallons, if the town bought all of its water from Patoka.

August 24

Playing away from home has not bothered the Southridge boys tennis team so far in 1995. The Raiders beat South Spencer 4-1 to win their second Pocket Athletic Conference match and move to 2-0 both in the conference and overall on the season. All of Southridge’s tennis matches will be played on the road this season due to construction on the courts at the high school. Mike Richardson, Alex Graman and Trey Townsend notched easy wins in the singles department for the Raiders. Jon Nord and Brad Wibbeler also posted an easy win in their No. 1 doubles slot. The No. 2 doubles team, however, lost their match.

August 25

Kenneth Merrimon seemed a natural to take over the office of Dubois County coroner. The 40-year-old said he’s been deputy coroner so long, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to run the office. He will step in as coroner Wednesday, officially replacing Mike Keller, who announced his resignation Aug. 3. Keller was appointed to the job in 1990 and then elected in 1992. He cited difficulties managing work and family responsibilities as the reason for his departure. He is also director of the Daviess County Hospital emergency department. In addition to working as an emergency technician at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 18 years, Merrimon has been a deputy coroner for 12 years. He and his family live in Huntingburg.

August 26

The Saturday feature in this issue is about the Vincennes University Jasper Center, which is now 25 years old. It started in 1970 with 81 students. In 1994 there were over 1,200 students enrolled. Jerry Alstadt is the current dean of VUJC. The initial idea of a community college began in 1958 with an eight-person group called COHERE (Committee on Higher Education and Related Efforts). Comprised of community-conscious Jasper businessmen, COHERE began the “ambitious undertaking” of establishing a community college. COHERE was hoping for a Christian or Jesuit four-year college. Eventually COHERE strayed from the original idea of a college headed by a religious order and became a branch of Vincennes University’s main campus. Pictured in the feature is Alvin C. Ruxer, who contributed $1.6 million to the college. The money was used to build a student center which houses classrooms, a cafeteria, athletic facilities and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.

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