Looking Back: 8/17

Starting Jasper quarterback Gavin Hile prepares to pass under pressure from Vincennes Lincoln’s Jeff Laundrey during the first quarter of the season-opening jamboree 25 years ago at Alumni Stadium. Hile was 1 for 3 passing for 13 yards. The Wildcats won both quarters of the contest, downing Vincennes Lincoln, 7-6 and Tell City, 7-6. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published August 20, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
August 16, 1954

Pictured on the front page of this issue are nine young Dubois County men who left this morning for Indianapolis to be inducted into the Army. They will receive their basic training at Ft. Knox. Those pictured include: Alva George Baer, Dubois; Harold W. Wineinger, Cuzco; William E. Studer, Grant E. Ferguson, and Edgar E. Parks, Huntingburg; John J. Seifert (leader) of Rt. 1, Jasper; Ralph E. Oeding, Ferdinand; Ralphael T. Hubert, Holland; and Raymond L. Rees, Jasper. Four of the nine are volunteers. They are Oeding, Hubert, Parks and Studer.    

August 17

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Twenty-four Jasper High School football candidates began 1954 workouts yesterday with a brief session of calisthenics. Today’s temperatures were a relief, rain and all, from the sticky heat of the opening day of practice. For the first few days the boys will work out once a day. Then for a while they’ll go at it twice daily. The schedule opener at Mitchell is less than four weeks away. If all the boys return to the sport who were out last season, the roster will be increased eventually to about 40. Only three seniors were lost last spring from the first football squad JHS has had in some 42 years. At yesterday’s workout, only four freshmen showed up. Coach Fell will be joined by the new assistant mentor Wes Settle this year. 

August 18

The city council of Huntingburg met in regular session Monday night and transacted the following business: Dennis Uebelhor and William Stetter, two young ex-servicemen, were sworn in as members of the volunteer fire department, giving the department a total of 11 firemen. Howard Blemker, representing the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club, asked for and received permission to use the race track at Municipal Park on Sept. 11 for a tractor pulling contest. These are becoming very popular all over the state. The insurance policy for the protection of the city employees was renewed with the Huntingburg Agency and the $30 per week benefit was increased to $50. 

August 19

Jerry Schneider, the lanky 16-year-old southpaw scorekeeper for the Jasper Reds, got a night off from his regular duties and pitched a winner against the Haysville Cubs yesterday evening at Recreation Field. He went the first five frames, gave up four base knocks, and worked his way out of what trouble he got into. When he left, the Redlegs were ahead 3-0. Jerry Clark threw the next two innings and allowed one hit, and Chick Alles, hurling the last two, gave none. Meanwhile, Jasper was accumulating six more runs making the final score 9-0.   

August 20

A class of 42 candidates will be initiated into the Jasper Council 1584 over the coming weekend. On Saturday evening the first degree will be conferred on the class in the council chambers of the K of C Home by the Jasper degree team. At 12:30 a picture of the group will be taken at the K of C Home. Conferring of the second degree will take place in Kundek Hall beginning at 1 P. M., with the degree team from the Evansville council conducting the initiation work. Conferring of the third degree is scheduled to begin at 2:15 by the degree team from the Vincennes council. A luncheon will be served in the K of C Home at 4:30. Edwin B. Knies is the general chairman of the initiation.   

August 21 

The state convention of the Indiana Kiwanis clubs will be held in the French Lick Springs Hotel beginning Sunday evening. The Jasper club will be the host club. Claude Line of Jasper is the general chairman of the state convention. O. A. Kremp, Wm. F Schmitt and Willis Haag of the Jasper club are on the program and reception committees. The speaker tomorrow evening will be the Reverend John V. Miller of the First Baptist Church of Boston. Throughout the convention there will be activities of interest to the wives of members attending the convention. Mrs. Claude Line of Jasper will be in charge of this part of the convention program.

50 Years Ago
August 18, 1969

Indiana Vocational College, cooperating with local schools and civic leaders, today announced plans to conduct classes for the first time in Dubois County beginning next month. The initial offering includes twelve courses in a variety of fields. Selection of the courses was based on a survey conducted last spring by the Ivy Tech Advisory Committee for Dubois County. A large group of employers attended the meetings held in Jasper and Huntingburg to hear an outline of the Ivy Tech concept and to report their needs to Ivy Tech representatives. 

August 19

Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Schitter reached the top in scouting as two others neared the summit Sunday night during an impressive District Court of Honor ceremony held in Holy Family School in Jasper. Terry and Rick Schitter were awarded their Eagle Scout badges while Jeff Schitter was receiving his Life Badge, second highest rank. Meanwhile, another brother, Tim Schitter, was presented with four Merit Badges which complete his requirements for the Eagle award.  Terry, 17, will be a senior in Jasper High School, and Rick, who is 16, will be a junior. Both are members of Explorer Post 185. The Eagle ceremony was conducted by Francis Seibert, district advancement chairman. Mrs. Schitter pinned the badges on her sons and in turn received a corsage from them.

August 20

Practice sessions for the 1969 high school football season have just gotten underway and Jasper High School is suddenly without a freshman coach. Jim Beck, who came to Jasper in in the fall of 1967, resigned unexpectedly this weekend. He revealed no definite plans as he submitted his resignation. Beck, 24, played high school football at Evansville Harrison and then went on the the University of Evansville where he played under his father, Paul Beck, as a regular linebacker. He joined the staff as an assistant to Jerry Brewer. Last season he was named head freshman coach. No successor has been named at the present time.   

August 21

WFIE-TV’s half-hour color documentary program on Dubois County will show detailed pictures of industry in many parts of the county. Films showed detailed factory operation at Jasper Electronics, the Jasper Corporation, United Cabinet Corporation, JOFCO, Jasper Cabinet Company, Jasper Rubber Products and Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, all in Jasper; as well as the Timely Plant of Dolly Madison Industries in Huntingburg; and Holland Dairy in Holland. The program is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 7:00-7:30 p. m. with a repeat Sunday afternoon at 3:30. Interviews on the telecast will feature Jasper Mayor Jack E. Newton, Dale Helmerich, mayor of Huntingburg and Paul Uebelhor, president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. 

August 22

The Dubies Ladies softball team will represent this area in the Amateur Softball Association  tourney at Bedford this weekend. Members of the team pictured in this issue include: Pat Webber, Bobbie Dekemper, Bunnie Seng, Captain Diane Petry, Jane Seng. Leola Heeke, Rosie Knies, Rosie Pieper, Rita Mathies, Francis Bauer, Penny Denu, Cheryl Baer, Marilyn Merkel, Jeanne Collignon, Marilyn Seng, Garnett Baer, and Sarah Jane Bruner. Kim Petry, daughter of Dianne Petry, is shown in front of the team members protecting  the trophy.   

August 23

Pictured on the front page of this issue are some of the members of the Jasper High School Concert Choir as they step off the bus that brought them home from the Indiana State Fair at about 1:30 a. m. today. The choir members brought with them a 5’ 2” trophy they received for their second place finish in the state fair contest. The JHS Choir, under the direction of William Balsbaugh, placed second in a field of sixteen high school choirs. Winning first place was Ben Davis of Indianapolis. Forty choir members travelled to Indianapolis to compete in the contest. 

25 Years Ago
August 22, 1994

The Jasper Reds turned in another fine season in 1994, their first under new manager, P. J. Wessel. The Reds finished with a 22-10 record. It was the ninth time in the last ten seasons that the Reds recorded 20 or more victories in a season. Jasper finished second in the SISL with a 10-6 mark, but won the SISL tournament by defeating Rockport. The team made its second straight appearance in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Jasper lost to Beatrice, Nebraska and the Colorado Lakewood Red Sox. Tom Alles retired, ending a twenty-year career with the Reds. He established all-time Reds records for games played (438), plate appearances (1,501), at bats (1,274), base hits (439), doubles (95), and RBI’s (302). Over the twenty seasons, he compiled a .345 batting average, a .543 slugging pct., and a .431 on base percentage.   

August 23

Dale councilmen were surprised Monday night to learn their town does not exist. A computer glitch at the Indiana Department of Revenue dropped the town’s name from the gross income tax rolls, and they haven’t been receiving the proper forms to file for at least the past four years. Clerk-treasurer Melissa Phillips said there is no Dale, Ind., according to the department’s master file. “At the end of the year, you’re supposed to file a form called an IT20G. I’ve been here since 1990 and I’ve never heard of the form,” Phillips said. The problem was caught by a state auditor, and Phillips has since filed IT20G’s for the years she’s been clerk-treasurer. 

August 24

The 1995 budget and capital projects plan and budget were adopted at a special Southeast Dubois School Board meeting Tuesday night. No corporation patrons spoke against or had questions about the budgets. The corporation advertised a tax rate of $5.15 per $100 of assessed valuation for 1995 to raise a tax levy of $2.87 million. The total budget will be $7.68 million. The eventual tax rate will probably be lowered at a hearing with the state board of tax commissioners this fall.

Jasper’s soccer team came back from being down 2-0 to beat New Albany via a strong two-goal performance by Todd Ofer. The Wildcats gave rookie head coach Chris Platanos his first career win with the victory over the Bulldogs.   

August 25    

Fire destroyed the main building of the Schnellville Mill Wednesday night, but the owners of the business, feeling fortunate about all that was saved, said they expected to keep operating. This morning, offers of grain, grinders, scales and whatever else might be needed were pouring in to the family-owned corporation, that runs the mill, the oldest business in Schnellville. The structure, built after a fire destroyed its predecessor in 1915, was a complete loss. The business has been in operation since 1876. 

August 26

Sara Steckler, 17, St. Henry, was honored August 13 at the Youth Leadership conference during the Indiana State Fair. She will return as an alternate delegate coordinator for the 1995 Youth Leadership Conference. Ms. Steckler, a Dubois County 4-H member, has participated in 4-H for nine years. She is the daughter of Allen and Margaret Steckler.

Lisa Renae Schwenk, 18, daughter of Louis C. and Joan A. Schwenk of Jasper, was named the Optimist Youth of the Month for August. Ms. Schwenk is a member of Precious Blood Church. She will attend Indiana University in Bloomington.   

August 27

David Schwartz has been elected president of Jasper Cabinet Company. The election was made at a recent board of directors meeting. After serving in the Navy, Schwartz joined Jasper Cabinet in 1969 as an industrial engineer. Before this promotion, he was a vice president and general manager of operations. He was born in Huntingburg and now lives in Bretzville with his wife Peggy and their youngest daughter, Leeann. He and his wife have two married daughters, Andrea Egloff and Michelle Weyer.

Tim P. Baer, with Kemper CPA Group LLC, has recently transferred here from Vincennes. A graduate of Indiana State University, Baer has been with Kemper for more than 12 years. He and his wife, Judy, and their three daughters now reside in Jasper. Kemper’s offices are located at 264 Brucke Strasse (Days Inn Convention Center).   

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