Looking Back: 8/29August 28, 2020
65 Years Ago
August 29, 1955
Three girls who live on Rt. 2, Huntingburg, left this morning for Indianapolis to attend the 4-H Boys and Girls School at the State Fair August 29 to September 7. The trip was made possible for the girls by the Dubois County Fair Association as a reward for their fine displays in clothing at the county fair held earlier this month in Huntingburg. Barbara Sue Miller, 17, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Miller, was awarded the grand championship in clothing. Emmalee Ring, 16, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ring, was the reserve grand champion. The other girl attending the state fair is Phyllis Ann Taylor, 17. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylor. Phyllis is the secretary of the Holland 4-H Club.
Edward J. Lorey, who is serving his first term as mayor of Jasper, yesterday afternoon filed with the Dubois County election board a petition to have his name placed on the ballot for the general election in November as the candidate of the Independent Citizens Party. He presented a petition containing enough signatures to qualify him for inclusion on the ticket in November. Last May Lorey lost the Democratic primary by 16 votes to his nearest opponent, James A. Alles.
Huntingburg, like Jasper, will have an independent candidate for the office of mayor on the ticket in the general election in November. The newly-formed Independent Citizens Party of Huntingburg filed the name of its present mayor, Orval Kemp, as its candidate for mayor. Mayor Kemp, who was elected four years ago as a Democrat, lost his bid for renomination last May when he was defeated by P. C. “Pop” Giltner, whom he will again have as his opponent in November. Bert King, who was unopposed for the Republican nomination for the mayor’s office, later withdrew.
League champion Sunbeam of Evansville and Huntingburg placed more than half the men on the 1955 I-K League all-star team announced today by Bill Robertson, president of the 10-year-old semi-pro circuit. Here is the honor group: First base, Clyde Parker of Rockport; second base, Bob Wagoner of Huntingburg; shortstop, Howard Buickel of Huntingburg; third base, Roger Shanner of Sunbeam; outfielders, Norman Heard of Richland, Paul Boyd of Rockport and Chick Alles, of Jasper; catchers, Hargis Hafele, of Cannelton and Jerry Feller of Sunbeam; pitchers, Harley Grossman of Sunbeam and Buddy Blemker of Huntingburg; manager, Donnis Freeman of Sunbeam.
The clocks in Jasper and Huntingburg will be turned back an hour over the weekend to show Central Standard Time--but they won’t be turned back simultaneously. Huntingburg will go back on Central time at 2 A.M. Sunday, while in Jasper, daylight time will be in effect until midnight Sunday. An exception to this rule, however, is St. Joseph Catholic Church, which will go on central standard time at midnight Saturday. Holland will return to central time at midnight Saturday. Masses at both St. Mary’s Church in Huntingburg and St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper will therefore begin on central time next Sunday. The schedule of masses at St. Mary’s is: 6, 8, 9:30 and 11 A.M., CST. At St. Joseph’s they will begin at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 11 CST.
Bill Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hoffman of Boone Township, yesterday won the Indiana State Fair Board’s trip to Washington and New York by his work on the three-member livestock judging team coached by A. M. Schuler, vocational agriculture teacher at Jasper High School. The other two members of the team were Bill’s brother, Jack Hoffman, and Kenny Himsel, all of Boone Township. Bill is to leave next Friday, along with 31 other youths who did outstanding work at the State Fair, on the trip that will take them to the United Nations building and other tourist attractions in the east. County Agent C. A. Nicholson said this morning of Bill’s accomplishment, “That’s the best we’ve done at a State Fair in a good many years.”
50 Years Ago
August 31, 1970
Formal presentation of the Eighth District Outstanding Law Officer Award to Dubois County Sheriff Ambrose Wilz will be made Wednesday night at the American Legion Club in Jasper, it was
announced today. American Legion district commander Allen Titus of Rockport will present the award to Sheriff Wilz at the regular meeting of Post 147 in Jasper at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The selection of an outstanding law officer is made annually by each Legion district in Indiana to compete for the state award. Wilz, who was nominated by Post 147, was chosen over nominees form throughout the Eighth District.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Keen triplets, who were born in Memorial Hospital in Jasper on the morning of August 16. The triplets, all boys, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Keen of Huntingburg. The triplets left the hospital Monday night for their home in Huntingburg. Just before they were released from the hospital they were held by the only other triplets born in Memorial Hospital, the Don Marks triplets of Jasper. The Marks triplets shown in the photo are Joseph Leo, Elaine Mary and Leonard James. They are pictured holding the Keen triplets: Richard James, William Allen and Jonothan Edgar. The Marks triplets were born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Marks of Rt. 2, Jasper, on Oct. 5, 1952.
Jim Brown, who came to Jasper four years ago as the city’s first Park and Recreation Director, has submitted his resignation to Park Board president John J. Bohnert, effective Sept. 17. Brown has accepted the position of Instructor in Physical Education and Director of Intramural Activities at the new Evansville campus of Indiana State University. In his letter of resignation, Brown said, “the decision to leave Jasper was a most difficult one for us to make. After considering my professional future as well as the welfare of my wife and children we have decided to accept this position. We
regret leaving the many friends and acquaintances that we’ve made the past four years during our stay in Jasper.” The most satisfying accomplishment for Brown was the construction and completion of the 9-hole Municipal Golf Course. He devoted a great deal of time to the course which opened this spring.
A young Holland man and his fiancee from Tell City are making plans to literally “jump into marriage” on Friday afternoon. Danny Boyer of Holland and Donna Bernardi of Tell City will be married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Following the wedding ceremony the couple, both members of the Tri-State Sport Parachute Club based at Ellis Speedway near Owensboro, and about seven of their fellow club members, will go to Huntingburg’s Municipal Airport from where they will fly over Holland and jump into the backyard of Boyer’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Boyer at Seventh and Iowa Streets in Holland. The wedding reception will be held at the home. The jump is expected at about 6 p.m.
A small tornadic windstorm that descended on the area on Huntingburg’s west side a few minutes after 4 p.m. Thursday blew over several large trees and some tombstones in Fairmount Cemetery then crossed the highway and partly demolished the Tastee-Freez along the highway. Around this same time an office trailer was blown over in the Bretzville area. The owners of the Tastee-Freez, Elmer Allen and his wife, Clarissa, were not injured but four customers who were in the dining room at the time were treated for minor injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital and released. The injured included three construction workers who were seated at one of the tables, and Tim Gentry, 18, of Huntingburg. The latter took the injured to the hospital in his car.
Steve Klem, a 140-pound bundle of dynamite, ran circles around the Jasper defense Friday night as the Huntingburg Happy Hunters humbled the Jasper Wildcats, 15-14, in the football season-opener for both teams at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 watched Klem sweep around right end on a pitchout play to complete a two-point conversion with 10:30 remaining in the game and provide the Hunters with the margin of victory. Coach Jim Bardwell didn’t hesitate a second when faced with the choice of going for the tie by kicking the conversion or gambling for the win. He called on Klem and the junior scatback did the job. It was the first victory for Huntingburg over a Jasper team since 1964. It was also the first time Huntingburg has scored on a Jasper team since their 7-0 win in 1964.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 4, 1995 Labor Day - No Paper
The Silicon Valley is a long way from the early life of Bernie Vonderschmitt. But the Jasper native, who now heads a multimillion-dollar company, still appreciates his Midwestern roots. He appreciates them so much in fact, he recently donated $5 million to his alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. More than 50 years after leaving the college, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Vonderschmitt still lives the lessons he learned there. “Rose-Hulman was then and is today a very, very friendly environment,” Vonderschmitt said in a
telephone interview from California. “There’s very much a personal relationship with students and professors.” It was an atmosphere he and two colleagues hoped to capture when they launched Xilinx, a company specializing in programming computer chips. “We thought the best way to be successful at a company ...was to treat employees like professionals and share information with them and be candid with them.” Given the company’s profits--it netted $59 million on sales of $355 million last fiscal year--the formula has worked.
Scrap thoughts of calm autumn gold and frost on the pumpkins. Crisp reds, whites and blues are definitely the colors for this week’s Dale Fall Festival. And the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” will do nicely for appropriate theme music. The 28th annual fest, Thursday through Saturday, will feature a patriotic tribute to World War II heroes as well as crafts, all-American sporting events and entertainment. A 1994 Heritage Hills graduate and Purdue University student, Terri Tempel, was crowned Dale Fall Festival Queen during a unique Tuesday pageant at the Lincoln ampitheater. Tempel, 19, daughter of Bill and Angie Tempel of Gentryville, was also named Miss Congeniality.
The new executive director of the Jasper Community Arts commission wants to see the arts become a more vital part of life for the whole community of Dubois County. Several events scheduled this season and next should help create more enthusiasm countywide, said Gale Jackson, whose first official day as executive director was last Saturday. Jackson, 44, of Jasper, took over as interim director in May after serving as the arts commission’s visual arts coordinator and marketing assistant since 1992. The JCAC board hired her for her new position last Friday.
The Santa Claus town council agreed Thursday to pay up to $30,000 to relocate and expand a troublesome sewer lift station at Holiday World. The station frequently backs up and is poorly located, blocking future expansions at the amusement park, according to Will Koch, president of Holiday World. The project is expected to cost $100,000. Holiday World has already received a $35,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Commerce. And last month, Koch asked the town to help cover the remaining $65,000. At a special meeting Thursday--just a week before the grant offer would have expired--councilman Michael Bradfield proposed that the town pay a third of the cost or $30,000, whichever is less. Under Bradfield’s proposal, which passed unanimously, the town will pay $500 per month for up to five years, beginning in January of 1997.
Jasper’s quarterback Matt Mauck left a path of Tell City jock straps in his wake as he orchestrated the option to near perfection, leading the second-ranked Wildcats past Big Eight rival Tell City, 26-6 Friday. Mauck slipped, dipped and tripped his way to 116 yards on just 8 carries. Jasper running back Kevin Cartwright finished with 141 yards on 20 carries. Meanwhile, Heritage Hills overwhelmed conference foe Southridge 51-6 Friday, posting a third straight lopsided win. The Patriots, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, have thus far outscored their opposition 162-19.
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