Looking Back: 8/30

This postcard promoted Hoffman Bros. wrecker service. Otto and Herbert Hoffman bought John Buechler Auto Sales in Jasper in 1928 and established Hoffman Bros Inc. In 1940, they moved from the northwest corner of Third and Mill streets to Third and Jackson.

• 65 Years Ago
August 29, 1949
About 400 persons  were at the Calumet Lake Pavilion yesterday evening to hear who won the prize in the Riley Research Centennial Committee contest conducted by radio station WITZ and enjoy a fine program of entertainment staged by the radio station in connection with the announcement. Dale Phares, who served as master of ceremonies, announced that Mrs. Lena Livingood, wife of Hurst Livingood of Dale, was adjudged winner of the prize, consisting of about $1,000 worth of merchandise contributed by local business and professional men and women. Mrs. Livingood is a primary grade teacher at Dale and her husband is athletics coach at Dale High School.

The Holland Dutchman hung up an 8-3 victory over the Evansville Rams yesterday afternoon at Holland. Glen Hildebrand scattered seven Ram hits until the ninth when they bunched three hits for two runs. In addition, Glenn got the only extra-base blow of the game, a triple with one mate on board in the fifth frame.
Aug. 30
The Jasper Jaycees today threw their promotion machinery into high gear  as they pushed  the Flying Circus which they are sponsoring Thursday night at 7:30 at Recreation Field. Proceeds from the new-type air-show, which features miniature motor-powered planes, will go to the Jaycees park project fund.  Highlight of today’s promotion of the affair was an aerial jaunt by Club President Jerome Schneider over Jasper and Huntingburg where he dropped handbills advertising the circus and free tickets.

Music lovers who attended the regular weekly concert of the Jasper City Band yesterday evening on the east portico of the court house had a special treat when the Legion Chorus of Huntingburg appeared on the program as guest entertainers. The chorus sang three numbers under the direction of Mrs. Melvin Castrup: Moonlight Bay, The Whiffenpoof Song, and Your Land and Mine.

Thirty-two Jasper youths, most of whom have never seen a major league baseball game, will have their boyhood dreams fulfilled tonight when they sit in Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to watch the New York Yankees , leaders in the American League match runs with the St. Louis Browns. The boys boarded a chartered bus this morning for the trip which is being sponsored by Alvin Ruxer. All boys were equipped with T-shirts telling the world they were on the first annual Ruxer baseball tour.

Aug. 31
Members of the Women of the Moose, Chapter 955, met Monday night at the Moose Home and held their chapter night with 21 members attending. It was reported that Anna Mae Lampert and Pauline Wiseman are in the hospital. Initiation ceremonies were held  and Ruth Huther and Wilma Giesler were initiated into the chapter. Geneva Jones was not present to claim the attendance prize.

Sept. 1
One weak inning spoiled an otherwise brilliant pitching performance by Redleg Jim Vaughn last night as the Bloomington Bobcats scored five times in the fifth to beat Jasper’s Reds, 5-1, at Recreation Field. Vaughn and young Bobby Dobson hooked up in a fast pitching battle which Dobson won by virtue  of the big frame. Dobson scattered six Redleg hits. Vaughn gave up only five hits, but four of them came in the fatal fifth. With both Jiggs Ruxer and Eddie Hoffman out of the lineup, the Reds had Ollie Ruxer, regular Ireland receiver, behind the plate.

Sept. 2
About 450 persons sat in the bleachers at Recreation Field yesterday evening  and watched the Flying Circus put on by model-plane builders under the sponsorship of the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce. The unseasonable weather marred the event, the first of its kind ever to be staged in Dubois County. The plane owners had great difficulty getting their tiny engines started up in the cold, moisture-laden air. And while the engines eventually did get warmed up, the spectators had no such luck.

Sept. 3
The members of the St. Ann Society of St. Mary’s Church at Ireland have volunteered to assist in promoting the county-wide child immunization program in their community. The officers of the group met and decided to help publicize the program and assist the Dubois county Medical Society and the Auxiliary members with the work involved. The officers of the St. Ann Society are:
Mrs. Joseph Wehr, President; Mrs. Eugene Leinenbach, vice-president; Mrs. Sylvester Bueltel, secretary; and Mrs. Clara Williams, treasurer.

• 50 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1964
Bernard Gallagher, superintendent of schools, has announced the enrollment for the Jasper city schools, as compared to last years enrollment: Fifth Street Elementary School 234, 217; Tenth Street Elementary School, 1050, 1040; Jasper High School, 820, 770; kindergarten, 198, 199.
St. Henry’s Indians and Mariah Hill’s Yankees battled their way into the playoff finals of the Lincolnland League Sunday afternoon. St. Henry defeated Cannelton, 7-3 to sweep their series and Mariah Hill won two straight from Gentryville, slipping past their rivals, 6-5 in ten innings yesterday.

Sept. 1
An Ireland industrial plant burned to the ground Monday night when fireman ran out of water just as they had the blaze almost under control during its early stages. Lost in the fire was the plant where Leonard Braunecker of Ireland was manufacturing custom cabinets. Most of the output was sold through an Evansville wholesale firm, and a shipment of the cabinets was destined to go out this morning. The building, which was located in the southwest part of town a few blocks west of Ireland High School, was owned by Bob Miller of Ireland, a retired builder who had operated the plant as a planing mill. The fire, of unknown origin, began around 10 p.m.

Miss Mary Ellen Betz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Betz of Jasper, has completed training at St. John’s Mercy Hospital School of Radiological technology in St. Louis. Graduation exercises will be held Sept. 6 in the St. Louis cathedral. Miss Betz, a 1962 graduate of Jasper High School, has accepted a position at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, where she will be employed after graduation.

Sept. 2
Charles L. Beckman of R. 5 Jasper, Scoutmaster of Troop 185, chartered to Holy Family Church in Jasper, has just returned from participating in a Farm-City Conference at Philmont Scout Training Center, Cimarron, New Mexico, for which he received a scholarship from the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. The scholarship for himself and Mrs. Beckman was awarded on a basis of outstanding leadership in Scouting, Church, Civic and other community organizations.

Sept. 3
A new double tennis court will be constructed just north of the present courts on West Ninth Street it was announced by the Jasper Board of Parks and Recreation at its regular monthly session held this week. The legal notice seeking bids for the construction of the facilities is being prepared for publication and the board hopes to have the courts completed by the end of October. The new courts will be the same size as the present Ninth Street courts, approximately 121 feet square. Specifications for the new courts call for a six-inch curb around the area, which will be equipped with drains so that the courts can be flooded with water during the winter for ice skating.

Sept. 4
Four Jasper sailors who enlisted together following their graduation this spring from Jasper High School are visiting local relatives following the completion of nine weeks of recruit training at Great Lakes, Illinois. They arrived home on August 21 for a 14-day leave. The four recruits are: Dennis Henke, Edward Krapf, Raymond Parker, and Robert Sergesketter.
Coach Rex May’s Dubois Jeeps won their fall PVC baseball opener by defeating Birdseye, 10-1.

Sept. 5
Mayor Jack Newton has announced that Marvin B. High, who is in charge of air pollution control for the State of Indiana, will be in Jasper on Thursday of next week, September 10, to look over the fly ash situation in the northeast section of Jasper. Residents of the area have been complaining for years about the fly ash that comes out of smokestacks of industrial plants on the east side of the city.
Jasper’s Wildcats had to huff and puff last night before winning their 1964 football opener from the visiting Bedford Stonecutters by a 7-0, score at Alumni Stadium. Jerry Mehringer scored the only touchdown in the game as he cut through the right side of the line for a nine-yard jaunt into the end zone with 8:56 left in the contest.

• 25 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 1989
Beginning Friday, an 87-cents-a-month surcharge for enhanced 911 service will begin appearing on Dubois County telephone bills, even though the service will not begin operating for about a year. Customers are being charged now so that the county can cover the cost of installing the system and starting it up, according to Mary Lou Schnell, president of the county’s 911 board.
From the 87-cent surcharge, Contel of Indiana and the Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative will directly collect 3 per cent. The rest will go to the county to pay the two phone companies for the lease and maintenance of the 911 equipment and networking costs.

Aug. 29
Wayne Place of Jasper Rubber Products, presented a check to Dana Hoffman, president of the Dubois County Committee Against Child Abuse. The money, which will go to the Neglected and Abused Children’s Fund, was given to Jasper Rubber by their suppliers and sales personnel, as well as company employees. Contributions came in the form of entry fees to the Jasper Rubber golf outing for suppliers and sales people. Money in excess of the entry fees was received from many suppliers.

Aug. 30
Sharon Lueken of the Dubois County Republican Women’s Club was recently honored at the ninth annual Tribute to Women, hosted by the Indiana Federation of Republican Women. Fifty-six women from across the state were recognized during the dinner “under the stars” at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. They were each awarded certificates of merit and had pictures taken with special guests, State Treasurer Marge O’Laughlin and State Auditor Ann Devore. The honor is bestowed upon women who represent the caring, helping qualities of Republican women.

The Southeast Dubois County School Board extended three coaches’ contracts Tuesday. Jim Mehling, Don Pruesz and Dennis Doutaz will coach at Forest Park through the 1990-91 school year, although salaries have not been determined yet. Mehling coaches baseball; Pruesz, girls basketball; and Doutaz, boys basketball.

Aug. 31
The 20th-rated Jasper Wildcats rebounded Wednesday  from a loss to Vincennes Lincoln on Tuesday, by stopping the visiting Bloomington South Panthers, 3-2, in the only local tennis match played.

Sept. 1
The Holy Family Catholic Church parish announced plans today to seek $1 million in donations over the next five years. The money would go into a perpetual endowment to help beat the increasing costs to the parish of providing a Catholic education.

Employees of Kimball will donate $11,201.09 to Muscular Dystrophy Association on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon Monday. Gary Beckman and Connie Lueken will make the presentation at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The Southridge tennis team took four out of its five matches against Heritage Hills Thursday at Huntingburg for a Pocket Athletic Conference win. The Raiders lost the No. 1 singles match, but swept the Patriots from there. In other tennis action yesterday: Barr-Reeve stopped Forest Park, 3-2, in a Blue Chip Conference match, and Pike Central defeated Wood Memorial 4-1 in a PAC match.

Sept. 2
United Minerals, Inc., a Huntingburg-based mining company with operations and reserves in six southern Indiana counties, has acquired Marigold Mining, Inc., of Lamar. Marigold, which will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of United MInerals, Inc., has substantial low-sulpher coal reserves with active mines in Spencer and Daviess counties. This acquisition along with  United Mineral’s resources will boost the group’s Indiana coal production to nearly 50,000 tons per month.

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