Looking Back: 8/21August 20, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Aug. 20, 1956
Wednesday evening, Aug. 29 is the date of the fourth annual football clinic co-sponsored by Jasper High School and The Dubois County Herald. It is free to the public and will be held at Recreation Field beginning at 7 p.m. For a majority of football followers, it will give them their first opportunity to see and meet Jasper’s new head football coach, Tom Stokes, at the clinic. The main attraction of the evening will be the uniformed Wildcat gridders themselves. They will, by that time, have had close to two weeks of drill in preparation for their 1956 season, which opens on the road Friday night, Sept. 7, with the Mitchell Bluejackets as the opponents.
At a short meeting of Mayor P. C. Giltner and the Huntingburg city council last night, Ordinance No. 674, calling for the establishment of new salaries and wage rates for certain employees of the city, was read and approved. The new salaries and wages will become effective Jan. 1, 1957, as follows: City attorney, $1,200 per year; city street commissioner, $260-300 per month; street laborers, $1.00-$1.25 per hour; city dump custodian, $100 per month; chief of police, $260-300 per month; assistant police chief, $240-275 per month; extra police assistants, $1.00 to 1.25 per hour.
Forty-three elected and appointed officials attended the August meeting of the Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission yesterday in the American Legion Home in Jasper. The group included Anton Hulman, Jr., of Terre Haute, the chairman of the commission, 7th District Congressman William G. Bray, 8th District Congressman Winfield K. Denton and several members of the Army Corps of Engineers from Louisville and Cincinnati. Following the meeting, Congressman Bray asserted that every effort will be made to obtain congressional authorization of the Monroe multi-purpose 11,508 acre reservoir at the next session of Congress.
The Jasper Redlegs defeated the Haysville Cubs of the Deer Trail League, 4-2, last night in an exhibition game played at Recreation Field. Jasper’s Gary Phillips and Haysville’s Seaborn Hillis hooked up in a brilliant pitching duel which saw each moundsman give up only four hits. Hillis in going the distance struck out 15 men, fanning every man in the Jasper lineup except Joe Todrank. Bob Reinhart’s home run was the only extra base hit for Jasper. Gary Phillips struck out 11 Cubs. L. Hoffman doubled for Haysville’s only extra base hit.
Around 3,000 bass and bluegill minnows were placed in Dubois County ponds and lakes Thursday after a shipment arrived from the federal fish hatchery at Rochester, Indiana. Some 50 owners of ponds and small lakes in the county received their allotments from a tank truck parked in front of the post office building. Louis Welsh of the Soil Conservation Service said the applicants received an average of around 30 bass and bluegills, depending on the size of their lake or pond. No charge is made for the fish, and the applicant is under no obligation to let anybody fish his private body of water. Mr. Welsh said the bass will grow to a size of about 8 inches during the first year. The fish are obtained by applying to the Soil Conservation Service.
Dubois County Assessor Harold J. Fleck, 34, was killed early today when the car he was driving left Highway 164 on a curve about five miles east of Jasper, went down an embankment and crashed into a tree. Dr. G. A. Held, the county coroner, said death was caused by a broken neck. Mr. Fleck, who was serving his second term as county assessor and was president of the Dubois County Young Democrats Club, had attended the meeting of the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association at French Lick last night in company with a brother-in-law, Dennis Heeke of the Dubois community. Mr. Heeke told investigating police officers that Mr. Fleck dropped him off at his home around 3 o’clock this morning and then continued on toward his own home along Highway 164 about two miles east of Jasper.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 23, 1971
The Holland Dutchmen, trailing Huntingburg one game to none in their best-of-three playoff series in the Lincolnland League, survived a pitching masterpiece by Huntingburg’s John Stofft Sunday afternoon at Huntingburg to post a 1-0, 10-inning victory, forcing a third game next Sunday at Holland. The high-flying Jasper Reds breezed to a 17-4 victory over Gentryville Sunday afternoon at Dale to complete their sweep of the Pirates and gain a berth in the final round of the Lincolnland League playoffs. The win marked 13 straight for the Reds, their 16th in 17 games and their 24th of the season against six losses.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the five umpires in the A.S.A. State Women’s Softball Tournament this weekend at Jasper’s City League Field. The umpiring crew includes Jack Becker, Tom Fehribach, Rich Huther, John Stamm and Marty Vogler. The same crew has umpired all of the City League, Industrial League and tournament games played this season at the Jasper field.
Jerome “Brute” Hoffman, former catcher and manager of the Jasper Reds for many years, has been named manager for the “Oldtimers” team which will play the 1971 Jasper Reds Wednesday at Recreation Field. Expected to play are Kenny Hoffman, Tommy Becher, Jim Menner, Chick Alles, “Rags” Berger, Marv Corbin, Bob Peach, Joe Todrank, Willie Haas, Bob Waddell, Chuck Berger, Larry Stamm, Willie Weinzapfel, Jerry Schneider, and “Bumps” Hoffman. Others who may play include Lee Kavanaugh, Dave Ackerman, Jerry Giesler, Ron Kunkel, Butch Seitz, Allen Henke, “Jiggs” Ruxer, Oliver Ruxer, Chick Flick, Art Jarboe and Ralph Heath.
A group of 141 parents of school children in the Birdseye area filed suit in U. S. District Court in Evansville on Wednesday seeking to prevent the closing of Birdseye High School and to halt the busing of their children to Forest Park High School in Ferdinand. The suit asks that an injunction be issued against the Southeast Dubois Co. School Corporation. Supt. Earl F. Buechler said today that 480 students had pre-registered for Forest Park High last spring, and that 470 of them had reported for an enrollment session this morning.
Shoplifting: Many Area Stores Have It by John Rumbach. Shoplifting is everywhere including Dubois County. Over the summer the DAILY HERALD conducted a countywide survey of 30 stores of the type which are susceptible to shoplifting. Although there were a few of the merchants who reported very few instances of shoplifting, many have a very serious problem with it. Of these stores, only one reported no shoplifting. The estimated annual loss report by the merchants interviewed is $27,180, or $937 apiece. However, there were quite a few who said that it was impossible to estimate the amount that they lost through shoplifting. Of the 29 stores reporting, 22 had caught someone in the act.
Robert W. Maxey of Ferdinand has been appointed as a consultant for driver’s education and physical education for the Southern Regional Center of Indiana Department of Public Instruction. The announcement was made Friday by the Supt. of Public Instruction John J. Laughlin. The Southwest Regional Center serves 19 counties with offices in the City Office building in Huntingburg. Maxey is married to the former Linda Greenwell of Ferdinand. The couple has four daughters.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 19, 1996
The Jasper Optimist Club held its annual Tri-Star Baseball and Softball contest on Aug. 6 and 63 boys and girls competed. The contest tested hitting, running and throwing skills. First place winners include: Natalie Alles and Sam Linette (8-year-olds), Tara Huther and Luke Blaize (9-year-olds), Marissa Matthews and Jeremy Schaefer (10-year-olds), Jenny Nicholson and Jesse Wehr (11-year-olds), Dara Scraper and John Gramelspacher (12-year-olds) and Rachel Merkley and Michael Alles (13-year-olds). Jasper High School baseball coach Terry Gobert presented the awards.
Maintaining the city’s water utility and keeping it up to date could require more than $425,000 in capital improvements over the next few years, the Jasper utility service board heard at its Monday night meeting. Water Department Manager Mike Oeding said needed improvements include replacing worn-out equipment and vehicles, renovating buildings, replacing old water lines and installing new ones, and regular maintenance. Board member Greg Krodel said Commonwealth Engineers proposed a comprehensive study of the utility’s short-term and long-term needs. It could be completed in conjunction with a cost of service study now under way by rate consultant H. J. Umbaugh and Associates.
In an effort to reward their fans for their loyal support this season, the Dubois County Dragons gave away everything from gift certificates to a diamond on Fan Appreciation Night at League Stadium. But the gift most appreciated by the 2,460 fans was the Dragons’ 4-3 11-inning victory over the Will County Cheetahs in the Dragons’ final regular season home game. Gerry Naughton’s one-out, bases loaded sacrifice fly scored J. J. Ibarra for the winning run to end the three-hour, 46-minute marathon. Craig Shoobridge (4-2), the Dragons’ fourth pitcher of the game, picked up the win with four scoreless innings of relief.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Walter and Zelma Seitz, of Haysville, who celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with a rib meal from Mike’s Pub and Grub, flowers from several groups in the area, and a letter from President Bill Clinton. Their only child and neighbor, Ruth Fuhrman, brought them dinner. “After all these years, it’s really just another day for them,” Ruth says. To be exact, it was their 27,394th day together!
Huntingburg has been chosen to host the Indiana National Farmers Organization’s 37th Annual State Convention. The event is slated for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, at the Dutchman Inn. Amos Freyberger, NFO’s 8th District President, of Dubois, and Gilbert Kleeman, NFO’s National Director, of Tell City, are the convention’s co-chairman. Several hundred NFO members and their families from throughout the state are expected to attend the two-day convention.
Chad Overton, a first baseman for the Jasper Reds Semipro baseball team, has been invited to the Kansas City Royals training camp this upcoming spring. Overton led the Reds in home runs (6), and slugging percentage (.881). He also batted .357 in 17 games with the Reds.
The Southern Indiana Propane Men’s softball team finished fourth in a field of 49 teams this past weekend in the ASA state tourney in Kokomo. The team now advances to the regionals in Indianapolis this weekend.
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