Looking Back: 8/3August 2, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
August 2, 1954
Jasper’s Reds and the Decker Aces played 15 innings last night — and into the first few minutes of this morning — and had to call it off at a 5-5 deadlock. The bulk of what had been a good crowd of spectators gave up and slowly dispersed to home and bed as the marathon wore on at Recreation Field and neither side, after the visitors had tied the score in the eighth, was able to get the clinching run across. Both threatened now and then, and each time steady pitching by Decker’s Augie Carie and Jasper’s Al Ruxer and crackerjack fielding by the Redlegs and Aces shut off a score.
Boys from Dubois County who worked at a recent hybrid corn detassling camp near Tipton, Ind., won the softball tourney championship. Team members included: Butch Rees, Bob Terwiske, Gerald Terwiske, Larry Klein, Don Kress, Tom Kress, Paul Schott, Teddy Schott, Tom Reck, Floyd Thimling, Don Patcheak, Bill Seng, Clifford Werne, and Romey Denu. They were coached by Ernie Vieck.
From the Sports Scene Column by Jim Leas: Congratulations to Jasper’s Little League baseball boys who will represent this area in the section tourney at Jeffersonville. It is the first time since the formation of the Little League championship elimination system for a Dubois County team to advance this far in the competition. Princeton was the winner of the tourney a year ago.
Jasper’s superintendent of schools, Bernard J. Gallagher, has announced that the fall term in the city schools will begin on September 1. The following Monday, which is Labor Day, will be observed as a school holiday. Christmas break will begin after school on Thursday, December 23 and the second semester will begin on Monday, January 3. The second semester will end on Tuesday, May 24.
At a special meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the Jasper city council yesterday evening, the tax rate of the civil city of Jasper was cut 5 cents, lowering the rate from 99 cents to 94 cents.
Jim Barth was in charge of this week’s noon luncheon meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club in the K. of C. Home. He presented Allen F. Joseph, manager of the Jasper Desk Company, who brought with him a color film shot in the local wood-working plant. The film showed the construction of a desk from the time the wood was still standing in the forest in the form of a tree, up to the time the desk leaves the factory. The film was made several years ago, and Mr. Joseph explained that it has been in the hands of the company’s salesmen since then. It has given the salesmen an opportunity to see just how well the product they are selling is made. The film was produced by Jack Collins and Tom Salb.
A giant parade on the downtown streets of Huntignburg Saturday night will herald the opening of the 68th annual Dubois County Fair during the week of August 8 to 13. Sponsored by the Huntingburg American Legion Post 221, the fair will be held in Huntingburg’s Municipal Park. President of the fair organization is Orval Lindeman, and Kermit Ruttkar is serving as secretary. Members of the board of directors are: Enoch Feldmeyer, Clarence Koehler, Phillip Bretz, Oliver Hemmerlein, Claude Lindauer, Andrew Wellemeyer and H. C. Pickhardt.
Jasper’s Little Leaguers beat Lawrenceburg 1 to 0 in a game that had to be finished this morning and will play Evansville at 4 o’clock this afternoon in the final of the sectional baseball tourney at Jeffersonville. Rain halted yesterday afternoon’s first round tilt between Jasper and Lawrenceburg in the top of the sixth with Jasper ahead 1-0 and at bat, two out, one on base and a 3-2 pitch coming to the batter. Under tourney rules, the full six innings must be played. Bob Luegers, who went the route, southpawed a three-hitter for Jasper and struck out a dozen batsmen. Ronnie Schwinghammer was Jasper’s leading hitter with 2 for 2, Allen Friedman and Freddie Heath were 2 for 3. All hits on both sides were singles.
• 50 Years Ago
August 4, 1969
Huntingburg defeated the Jasper Tigers twice on Saturday to win the 1969 Area Teen League Championship. The double victory in the double elimination tourney was sweet revenge for Ed Hoffman’s Huntingburg team as they had lost to the Tigers earlier in the season, 5-2. Bill Lovvron and Mark Hildebrand turned in steady performances on the mound for the winners. Lovvron won the first game, 8-3, while Hildebrand won the deciding game, 4-3. Lovvron helped his own cause with a single and a double during a big eight-run fourth inning for Huntingburg in the opener. Allen Wilmes had a triple for Jasper. In the second game, Mark Hildebrand went the distance and struck out 13. Doug Prior’s RBI single in the sixth drove in what proved to be the winning run. Prior led the Hunter hitting with 2 singles. Jeff Hochgesang, the losing pitcher for Jasper, led the Tigers with a double.
Elaine Schroeder of Celestine was the winner of last night’s 4-H beauty contest. Sandra Loehr, of Holland, was the first runner-up. Mary Kieffner, of Haysville, was the second runner-up. Mrs. Martin Vogler, of Rt. 5 Jasper, was the winner of the Homemaker of the Year contest. Mrs. Robert Breitweiser, of Rt. 2 Jasper, was the runner-up. Miss Schroeder, who will reign as queen of the Fair which is being held all this week at the 4-H Fairgrounds, is the daughter of Anna K. Schroeder and the late Robert Schroeder.
Lester E. Yeager, President of James C. Ellis Park, has announced plans for the popular track’s annual “Jasper, Indiana Day” that will be held this year on Thursday, August 14. The card includes Jim’s Twin Front Bar and Restaurant Purse, the Martin X. Rohleder Jr., Real Estate Broker Purse, The Tewell’s Shoe Store Purse, Kuebler’s Jewelry Purse, and the Mayor Jack Newton Purse.
At the Monday night meeting of the Huntingburg City Council the bid of General Electric Co. was accepted to install new lights at the football and baseball field, replacing the 15-year-old lights. The G. E. bid for $21,995 doesn’t include installation. Use for the old lights has not been decided on.
The Jon M. Templin family will be the new owner-host of the Calumet Lake Motel in Jasper, effective Friday, August 15. The Calumet Lake Motel is a unique resort-type motel which has been built and developed over thirty years by Mrs. Dorothy Lorey and her late husband, former Mayor Edward J. Lorey. Their imagination and efforts created thirty-four motel units with a swimming pool, laundry and home nestled among trees, shrubs and flowers between Lake Calumet, a small woods, a pasture and the new Jasper Municipal Golf Course. The Templins will move to Jasper from Bloomington, where Jon Templin has been working on a masters degree in business administration. Previously he served as state executive director of AMOS, Inc. (The Associated Migrant Opportunity Services).
From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score Column: This is another reminder to local baseball fans to send in their choices for an “All-Time All-Star” team for their local semi-pro squad. Some of the nominations we have received so far have been quite interesting, but they have all come from Jasper. We would like to have some from Huntingburg, Ferdinand, Holland, Dubois, Ireland, Haysville, St. Henry and any communities that presently field or in the past fielded a baseball team. By the way, so far the leading vote getter for the Jasper Reds is Romie Pfeffer.
The Peppermint Rainbow, whose recent release “Will You Be Staying After Sunday” climbed to the top of the charts, will be the featured band at the Calumet Lake Pavilion in Jasper this evening. They will be sharing entertaining chores with the Boston Tea Party when the dance begins at 9:30 p.m.
Another successful 4-H Livestock Auction was held Friday night at the 4-H Fairgrounds with beef, cattle, hogs and lambs bringing a total of $27,044 from successful bidders.
• 25 Years Ago
August 8, 1994
The Santa Claus Area Chamber of Commerce officially opened its first office and visitors center this morning when the town’s namesake cut a Christmas garland. The office space, located in the Santa Claus Post Office, was donated by Koch Development Corporation, the parent company of Holiday World. Bill Koch was one of the chamber’s founding directors in 1949. The office will be staffed six days a week by volunteers and serve primarily as a visitor’s center, with information about area attractions. The phone number is 937-2848.
Six children — four from a family that recently moved from Jasper and two who were their former nextdoor neighbors there — perished today in an early morning house fire at Velpen. Theresa Latimer, the mother of the four children, made it to safety after apparently jumping from a second-story window. According to the Pike County coroner, the dead include her children: Chris Hill, 6; Desiree Latimer, 5; Joseph Latimer, 3; and Jasmin Latimer, 1. The visiting youths, Tracy Voegerl, 11, and Jerrod Voegerl, 5, of the Sunrise Village Mobile Home Park in Jasper, where the other victims formerly lived, also died in the fire. Parents of the children are Vonetta Voegerl, Jasper, and John and Nancy Voegerl, Birdseye.
Ferdinand’s net assessed valuation jumped more than $2 million this year, which translated into a lower tax rate for next year, said clerk-treasurer Beverly Schulthise at Tuesday night’s town council meeting. A rate of $1.516 per $100 of assessed valuation will be advertised to raise $349,183 in taxes toward the 1995 budget, Schulthise said. Last year’s rate was $1.5813. The total 1995 budget to be advertised was $950,081, up from this year’s budget of $845,000, she said. Council president Charles Schuler said industrial plant expansion in the town and more home building were the reasons behind the increase in assessed valuation from $21 million to just over $23 million.
Child abuse educator Doris East or another member of the Dubois County Committee Against Child Abuse will speak to almost every student in Dubois County five times before they graduate. Whenever East steps into a classroom, she hears stories of the suffering many kids go through while growing up. Child abuse is not rampant in the county, but it definitely exists: In 1991, the Division of Family and Children services substantiated 43 cases of physical abuse, 23 cases of sexual abuse and 128 cases of neglect. Figures for 1993 show 38 proven abuse cases and 107 neglect cases. Locally and statewide, about half the reported cases are later proven.
The Crane division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, will lose 103 employees at Crane and 168 at Louisville to the Navy’s reduction in force. The affected employees were notified Thursday. Also, the Crane site will transfer 163 employees to lower grades and reassign 105 to different positions at the same grade. At Louisville, 167 will experience such adjustments. The reductions will become effective on December 10th.
The Jasper Country Club Ladies 18-Hole Golf Association held its club championship tourney Aug. 2 through 9. The winner in the Championship Flight was Diane Schneider and the runner-up was Jean Poore. Brenda Krempp won the First Flight and Jane Gramelspacher was the runner-up.
Jeremy Hoffman of Birdseye tested and passed his Black Belt test on July 31. The breaking technique was a three board break with a step side kick. Hoffman, a 15-year-old sophomore at Forest Park High School, is working toward his second degree Black Belt. Hoffman, the son of Mike and Kathy Hoffman, studies Martial Arts at the Birdseye Kickboxing School and is the second student to test for his Black Belt since the school opened. He has been studying karate kickboxing for two years and is an assistant instructor at the Birdseye school. The school instructor is Ray McCollum. The Birdseye school is a member of the Midwest Martial Arts Association.
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