Looking Back: 8/22August 21, 2020
65 Years Ago
August 22, 1955
Next Sunday, for the first time in quite a few years, motorboat races will be held at the Calumet Lake. Sunday’s card of nine races will be sponsored by the Jasper Jaycees. Admission prices will be 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. The proceeds will go into a fund with which the Jaycees finance their civic projects. Eddie Rees is donating the facilities of the lake for the day. The gates will open at 11 for anyone desiring to bring a basket dinner and making a picnic of the occasion. The Jaycees will sell soft drinks and popcorn. Don Habig is the chairman of the committee, which also includes Rich Eckerle, Ronnie Heim, Jack Brandt, John Fehribach and Eddie Rees.
The names of five new teachers for Jasper High School and one in the west side grade school have been announced by Bernard J. Gallagher, Superintendent of Schools. Verna Lee Moeller, a native of Huntingburg, will teach commerce. Walter Stutz, who hails from Terre Haute, will teach mathmatics and commerce. Ruth Utz of Huntingburg will teach vocal music. Hilda Aishe Ash of Odon will teach English and library science. George Lythgoe, who has taught five years at Loogootee High School, will teach health and safety. Barbara Bishop, wife of Band Director Tom Bishop, will teach grades 1 and 2 in the west side public school. She taught one year at Hobart.
In a centuries-old colorful rite Coadjutor Archabbot Bonaventure Knaebel, O.S.B., on August 31 will be solemnly blessed in the Archabbey Church of St. Meinrad before a large throng of prelates, clergy and laity. Twelve archbishops and bishops plan to attend; also nineteen abbots and over 300 priests. At the beginning of the ceremonies Coadjutor Archabbot Knaebel will be formally presented to Archbishop Paul C. Schulte of Indianapolis. Monsignor A. J. Sprigler of Evansville will read the Papal Decree authorizing the Solemn Blessing. Among the distinguished visitors will be the Most Rev. Bernard Kaelin, O.S.B., Primate of the Benedictine Order from Rome; and Rt. Rev. Leo Rudloff, O.S.B., Abbot of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are five volunteers and one inductee (into military service) from Dubois County. The group left this morning for Louisville. If accepted, they will go to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Those pictured include: Denis F. Sander, Dubois; Raymond L. Schepers, Rt. 4, Jasper (leader); Gary W. Miller, Huntingburg; James B. Leinenbach, Ferdinand; Donald J. Bellner, Rt. 5, Jasper; and Dennis G. Thimling, Huntingburg. All but the latter volunteered.
Pictured in this issue is the new St. Boniface grade school at Fulda. The congregation will hold its annual picnic next Sunday, August 28. Ground for the school was broken on March 29, 1954. Two of the three classrooms were put to use last February 8, and the third will be in use when the 1955-56 school term begins next month. There are 106 pupils. The building measures 107X52. Seufert Bros., Ferdinand, was the general contractor. Sub-contractors were Herman Wilmes, Ferdinand, electrical work; Nick Seger Co., Jasper, plumbing and heating; and Spindler Sheet Metal Co., Jasper, roof.
Father Charles Dudine, O.S.B., is the pastor.
A 10 1/2-year-old Jasper boy who had been afflicted for almost two years with a malignant brain tumor died last night. He was Eddie Knies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Knies of 416 Wagner Street. Mr. Knies is the local distributor for the Mid-Continent Petroleum Co. The boy underwent a brain operation in St. Joseph Hospital in Louisville on October 19, 1953. The following January he was able to return to his studies in St. Joseph School and completed the rest of the school year. He started in school again last September and was able to complete the entire school year which ended last May. However, during the last week in May his condition became worse, and since around the middle of last June he had been confined to a wheel chair. Last Tuesday he went into a coma and was removed to Memorial Hospital, where he passed away at 12:10 A.M. today.
50 Years Ago
August 24, 1970
Several weeks ago a camera crew was sent to Jasper by the General Electric Company to take some still pictures and some movie footage for use on television. The pictures and film will tell the world some more about Jasper’s elimination of the garbage disposal problem by city-wide use of food waste disposers in the kitchen sink. Mayor Jack Newton has received a letter from G. E. advising him of the dates on which the ads will run in nationally-curculated magazines, and when it will be shown on TV. The magazines will use the ads in the following issues: Time, Sept. 14; Newsweek, Sept. 21; U.S. News and World Report, Oct. 5; Forbes, Sept. 1; Fortune, September; New Yorker, Sept. 26; Saturday Review, Sept. 25.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are two former Jasper High School athletes who will continue their athletic careers and their education at Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, Colorado. Pictured are Terry Fleck who will attend Southern Colorado on a basketball scholarship and Dave Dove, who will be there on a football grant. Fleck also plans to participate in baseball at the Colorado school while Dove will be out for wrestling this winter. Dove left Jasper Monday for Colorado. He will report for football workouts on Wednesday. Fleck will leave Jasper on September 9. August 26
John O’Brien of Huntingburg, who until recently was employed by the North American Rockwell Manufacturing Co. in California as a designer in the United States space program, will be the guest speaker for the annual father-son banquet of the Salem Church in Huntingburg on Sept. 3. The dinner is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Entertainment will be furnished by Glenn Menke. Prizes will be awarded. John O’Brien, who worked on the Apollo 8 spaceship, is a 1962 graduate of Purdue University, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a Huntingburg High School graduate. Master of cermonies for the program will be Paul Schulthise. John Warnsman and his son, Steve, will give the father-son toasts.
Pictured in this issue are ten members of the Jasper High School class of 1916. The photo was taken during their sophomore year (1914). Those pictured include: Aurelia Troxler, Ross Lindsey, Evelyn Cox, Pearl Gerber, Mary Anderson, Ivan Friedman, Albert Steinkamp, Clarence U. Gramelspacher, Edwin Kuebler and Edwin Krempp. Two girls from the Dubois community were also graduated with the JHS class of 1916. They were Olive Vogel and Carolyn Harder. Dubois at that time had a two-year high school, and the girls finished up at JHS.
Wayne Place, who is the president of Southgate Industries, Inc., the firm that is developing a large tract of land south of the Jasper Rubber Products Inc., plant, announced Thursday afternoon that one of the buildings in the complex will be expanded to form the largest grocery supermarket in Dubois County and one of the largest in southern Indiana, and that bids will be received shortly on the construction of some new buildings on the tract. The building is owned by four individuals--Albert and Wayne Place, William Giesler and Oscar Lampert. --who acquired it from the K-J-K Realty Company comprised of Rudy Kuebler, Fred Johnson and and Edwin Kress. Ron Myers of Washington, will operate the new supermarket, which will be called the Shurway Food Center.
Doris Jean Freson of 828 West Ninth St., Jasper, the state March of Dimes Teen Chairman, has just returned from a national Young Adults Leadership conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Miss Freson will discuss the conference and her experiences there with Barry Norris during the “Dialing For Dollars” program Monday afternoon on Channel 14 in Evansville. More than 350 young adults from all 50 states attended the conference which was entitled “Tomorrow’s Child--Operation Equal Start.”
25 Years Ago
August 28, 1995
Robbery was the motive and massive head and chest injuries the cause of the weekend death of Jasper cab driver Dennis “Red” Coble, local authorities said today. It was apparently the first murder ever within Jasper’s city limits. Coble, 62, who had blunt force injuries and puncture wounds, bled to death because of massive head and chest trauma, said Dubois County coroner Ken Merrimon. An autopsy was performed Saturday night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg. Ray Allen Ogle, 18, of 116 E. Fifth, Jasper, and formerly of Henderson County Ky., who has been held in the Dubois County Security Center since Saturday morning, will be formally charged with murder.
George A. King III of the Sporting News had this to say about Jasper’s Scott Rolen in the Aug. 28, 1995 edition: “After 20-year-old third baseman Scott Rolen, the team’s brightest prospect, broke his hand earlier this year, director of player development Del Unser believed Rolen would spend the entire summer at Class A Clearwater. However, Rolen hit so well in the first two weeks of August that Unser promoted Rolen to AA-Reading. Because incumbent third baseman Charlie Hayes probably doesn’t figure in the team’s plans, it’s only a matter of time until Rolen’s name is linked with the major league club.”
Southeast Dubois Superintendent Bill Rohl doesn’t support the hiring of an additional teacher to relieve crowded fifth-grade classrooms at Pine Ridge Elementary, he told parents at Tuesday’s corporation meeting. “Going out and hiring a teacher isn’t always the solution,” Rohl told an audience of more than 30 parents from Pine Ridge, Ferdinand and St. Anthony schools. The parents met with Rohl and the school board at a special meeting to discuss alternative measures for dealing with classroom ratios of 34 and 35 students per teacher in the two fifth-grade sections at Pine Ridge. Rohl said he opposed hiring another teacher because of budget concerns and fairness to other schools in the corporation.
A low-budget movie set to shoot in Dubois and Spencer counties next month won’t bring Madonna back to the area as “A League of Their Own” did four years ago, but it will feature local people and places. And it might give its star, Dale resident Steve Amm, 50, another 15 minutes of fame. Amm, whose real name is Steve Ammerman, will play the lead in “Miller’s Cave, the Legend.” The film
loosely follows the plot of Hank Snow’s 1958 hit, “Miller’s Cave,” in which a Georgia man tucks bodies away in a cave after killing his cheating wife and best friend. The female lead will be played by a friend, Barbara Kelly of Syracuse, Indiana. Area scenes will be shot at Don Scherle’s Christmas tree farm/buffalo ranch, a Crystal barn, an unidentified Spencer County restaurant, a private Crawford County cave, and other southern Indiana sites.
The Southwest school board approved a 1996 budget that could cost property taxpayers up to 38 cents more per $100 of assessed valuation than the 1995 budget, a 9.4 percent increase. Superintendent J. Robert Yost said the advertised tax rate of $4.7729 for the $9.4 million 1996 budget would probably be lowered to around $4.42 by the State Board of Tax Commissioners. For 1995, the final tax rate was $4.04 per $100 of assessed valuation. Yost said this figure was artificially low because there was a surplus from 1994 that cut about 5 cents from the 1995 rate. Yost said most of the increase will come in the capital projects fund, which carries a tax rate that is 35 cents higher than last year.
Jasper’s Mr. Football hopefull, Kevin Cartwright, finished with 183 yards on 21 carries as the Wildcats downed the Boonville Pioneers, 42-7, at Boonville. “We were pretty successful with our trap play tonight,” said Cartwright. “Jonathon Hulsman, who is probably our best offensive lineman, was just killing guys tonight with the trap block.” The Cats are 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the conference, while Boonville stayed winless. Meanwhile, Southridge’s Brandon Boeglin showed his power and speed as he racked up 184 yards on 25 carries to lead the Raiders past Pike Central, 27-14, in a game played at Huntingburg. Coach Brad Hanner’s Raiders moved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Chargers are 0-2.
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