Looking Back: 8/18August 17, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
65 Years Ago
August 10, 1953
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Traylor of Otwell, whose place of business along state highway 56 was destroyed by fire a week ago today, have decided not to rebuild — at least not this year. The Wheel-Inn Drive-In, which served soft drinks and sandwiches, caught fire around 2 A.M. last Monday and burned to the ground. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Loss was around $9,000, which was mostly covered by insurance. The establishment was located along highway 56, about ten miles west of Jasper, and a mile and a half west of the junction of 56 with the road leading to Otwell. The place had been in operation since the latter part of May. Mrs. Traylor is the former Dorothy Stallman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Stallman of Jasper.
Cornerstone of the new St. Mary’s physical education building at Huntingburg will be laid in ceremonies immediately following Novena services Wednesday evening. The blessing and address will be given by the Rev. John Vincius, assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper. The building is being erected at the approximate cost of $90,000. The general contractor and lowest bidder is Seufert Construction Company of Ferdinand. Virgil Miller of Evansville is the architect. The parish, St. Mary of the Visitation, now numbers 1,650 souls.
At last night’s regular meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the Jasper city council, a meeting that lasted until 12:30 this morning, the city officials adopted a resolution authorizing the Stanley Engineering Company of Muscatine, Iowa, to proceed with final plans and specifications for three-quarters of a million dollars worth of improvements to the municipal electric plant. When the vote was taken, the councilmen voted four to one in favor of the resolution Voting no was Ernest Lannon, who said he felt the expenditure of three-quarter of a million dollars for two diesel-powered generators to be used for an emergency and peak loads was not justified.
The faculty for the Madison township schools has been announced by trustee Thomas Schitter. Earl F. Buechler, the newly appointed principal of Ireland High, is a graduate of Jasper High School, class of 1945. He received his B. S. degree from Evansville College in 1949 and his M. S. degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1952. Ireland has also hired a new coach — Jerome “Dimp” Stenftenagel, who will also teach social studies and physical education. Dimp was a member of Jasper’s state champion basketball team in 1949.
A report issued by Mrs. Homer Jones of Jasper, the executive secretary of the Dubois County Tuberculosis Association, shows that the recent exams made by the mobile chest x-ray unit in this area revealed that 21 persons who had their chests x-rayed in Dubois County definitely have tuberculosis. The total number of persons who took advantage of the splendid service afforded by the mobile x-ray was 1,531.
Jasper’s Reds belted Tell City 17-6 last night at Recreation Field in the first round of the I-K League playoffs. Right fielder Chick Alles had four hits, including a bases-clearing double to pace the Reds’ offense. Ed Hoffman had three hits (including a home run) and Rocky Renneisen, Rex Wells and Billy Livengood collected two hits apiece. Byron Brenton also homered for Jasper as they chased Bud George, the starter for the Legion Grays, after just 2 2/3 innings. Jasper collected 7 hits off George good for 9 runs.
50 Years Ago
August 12, 1968
Frederick E. Hollinden, who has been a member of the Jasper High School faculty for the past 15 years, has been named high school principal. The appointment was made at a special meeting of the Jasper School Board last Saturday. Hollinden, a native of the Ferdinand community, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hollinden. He is a 1949 graduate of Huntingburg High School. Married to the former Pat Woebkenberg, they have five children: Susan, 12, John, 9, Max, 8, Mark, 4, and Greg, 1. Mrs. Hollinden is a graduate of the Academy of Immaculate Conception.
SING-OUT INDIANA, the only show of its kind in the nation, is coming to Jasper for a single performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Kundek Hall. Pictured on the front page of this issue are: Marty Newman, a representative of SING-OUT Jasper; Randy Fernung, of Kokomo, the advance public relations man for Sing-Out Indiana; and William Balsbaugh, a musical director of Sing-Out Indiana. Also appearing with SING-OUT INDIANA, are Jeff Birk, musical director; and Claudette Fromme, Joe Resenbeck and Tom Schroeder, all of Jasper.
Sister Mary Catherine Barrett has been named Provincial Superior, the highest office of the Province of the little Company of Mary, which includes North and South America. The announcement of the appointment said that Sister Mary Catherine, who served as the first administrator of Memorial Hospital in Jasper, will take office August 15. She succeeds Sister Mary Oliver who has completed her term of office, which is limited to eight years.
H. Donald Noblitt, a teacher and coach at Jasper High School for the past four years, was appointed to a newly-created position of assistant principal at a special meeting of the Jasper School Board held Wednesday night. In accepting the position, Noblitt will relinquish all of his coaching duties except baseball. Noblitt is a graduate of Rockville High School. He attended Indiana University and received his B. S. degree from Indiana State University in 1959. Thereafter, he earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 1966 and currently holds a Secondary Administration and Supervision Certificate. Prior to coming to Jasper, Noblitt had five years of teaching and coaching experience in northern Indiana. He will assume his new duties on August 19.
Jasper’s newest industrial facility, the building housing the Jasper Electronics Manufacturing Company and its Development Division, had its grand opening Thursday afternoon. The new plant, which fronts on east 13th Street in a mushrooming industrial sector of the city, gives the electronic division of the parent company, the Jasper Corporation, approximately three times as much floor space as it had when it shared production facilities with the other Jasper Corporation divisions. The new building has 80,000 square feet of floor space. The plant, as well as the offices, is air-conditioned . Mayor Newton had declared Thursday “Jasper Electronic Manufacturing Company Day” in Jasper.
Jasper Mayor Jack Newton reports that he has been contacted by the State Highway Commission and that the commission is asking for a move by the City Council to make no parking effective on both sides of Newton Street from 15th Street north to the State Police Post. With this being done it would be possible to mark this section with two 10 foot lanes northbound, and the lane next to the curb would be designated as a climbing lane. This would permit traffic to pass slow moving vehicles. Action will be discussed at the regular City Council meeting next Wednesday.
25 Years Ago
August 9, 1993
The Jasper Reds fell to Oklahoma City 13-1 Saturday night in the 59th Annual National Baseball Congress World Series played in Wichita, Kansas. The game was played at Eck Stadium (on the Wichita State campus). The game really wasn’t as ugly as it sounds. Going into the eighth inning the Reds were trailing 4-1. Oklahoma City, however, scored two runs in the eighth and seven in the ninth.”We want to thank the businesses and individuals that helped make this trip possible,” Reds’ manager Bob Alles said. “They came through in typical Jasper fashion — first class. We had a great time and we were able to see a lot of excellent baseball.” While in Wichita, the Reds became a favorite with the fans. Alles said he and other team members were constantly being stopped in their hotel and at the ballpark. “Most people wanted to talk about Thursday night’s game,” he said. “The fans really loved that game.” The Reds beat the Elkhart, Kansas Dusters 8-7 in the first round.
The Southern Hills Counseling Center will formally celebrate 25 years of service at its annual corporate meeting Thursday, August 19. The center was organized and incorporated in 1968 through the work of a steering committee made up of community leaders. In 1968, the center hired its first employee to work in an office in Jasper. In 1972, part-time offices were established in Paoli, Tell City, English and Rockport. In 1975, the center established an eight-bed inpatient treatment unit, a 24-hour emergency service and a day treatment program. Since 1968, the center has provided services to over 23,000 residents of Dubois, Perry, Spencer, Orange and Crawford counties.
Northeast Dubois looked within their school system for the man to run its high school. Dan Balka, a 41-year-old industrial arts teacher who has taught at Northeast Dubois High School for 17 years, was hired as high school administrator Tuesday. He won’t be fully licensed until May, when he completes a one-year internship administrating the high school. Balka replaces James Wahl, who transferred into the newly-created position of curriculum coordinator/adminstrative assistant. Wahl will serve as Balka’s mentor during the latter’s one-year internship. Balka and his wife, Barbara, have three sons: Mike, 14, Eric, 10, and Jeff, 7. Dan Balka is a native of East Chicago, Indiana.
Three Jasper Moose groups donated $500 for the DARE program recently. Pictured in this issue are: Kenny Cooper, governor of the Jasper Moose Lodge,; Cyril Mundy, assistant secretary of the Moose Legion Activities Committee; Sylvia Woodall, senior regent of the Women of the Moose; Officer Danny Collins of the Jasper Police Department; and Rick Gunselman, Jasper police chief.
A foursome of Jasper golfers — Noah Place, Skip Place, Lee Brelage and Andy Brelage — won the 10th annual Girl Scout tournament played at Oak Meadows in Evansville on Monday.
When one of the four buses broke down near Topeka, Kansas Tuesday things looked momentarily bleak for the Denver-bound Hoosier holiness caravan, including 46 people from Dubois County. Mike Woolsey of Jasper, one of the 46, said this morning the pilgrims managed during the three-hour breakdown with crossword puzzles, word searches and window shopping and kept up the good spirits the trip has continually given them. “We’ve been welcomed by everyone we’ve run into. All of the school and K of C’s on the way up have been very hospitable. People brought out food and water for us. It’s been great,” said Woolsey, a trip coordinator for the Jasper Deanery of the diocese.
Add the West Baden Springs Hotel to the list of communities and businesses benefiting from the state’s new gambling law. There hadn’t been much interest in the 91-year-old resort in at least two years, but that has changed. “I have gotten several calls over the last couple or three months in which people have expressed an interest in purchasing the property,” said Los Angeles lawyer Thomas Coleman, the court-appointed receiver charged with finding a buyer for the hotel. Coleman said he has received some offers and made some counteroffers. He speculates that the state’s new law, which would permit a gambling boat on Patoka Lake about 10 miles south of West Baden Springs, might have something to do with the renewed interest. Jeff Lane, a member of the West Baden Historical Society, said finding a buyer for the hotel and its 120 acres would be “wonderful,” no matter what the motive. But Alan Barnett, president of the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce, says it’s doubtful that a Patoka Lake gambling boat would have much impact on making the West Baden hotel viable.
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