Looking Back: 8/31

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
August 30, 1954

Nigg Pfeffer's Jasper Reds swept their two-best-of-three series with Sunbeam, shellacking the Bakers 20 to 0 at Recreation Field last night for their second straight triumph over the Evansville club. Four Sunbeam hurlers failed to stem the torrent of Jasper base hits. There were 21 altogether, including home runs by Bips Reckelhoff, Eddie Hoffman and Rex Wells. Bud Stieler went the route for the winners, giving up seven bingles. Meanwhile at Rockport, Do Dickman's Tell City Grays defeated the Rockport Kiwanians 3 to 0 . Bud George poled a two-run homer in the seventh that iced the contest for Tell City. Also, the Huntingburg Merchants nosed out the Ireland Merchants 5 to 4 yesterday afternoon at Municipal Park, with Buddy Blemker southpawing a neat three-hit job for the victors and Charley Heichelbech and Jerry Schneider firing well too for Ireland. Blemker struck out 11 and also led the winners with a triple and a single.

August 31

Five Dubois County girls were included in a class of 27 girls who graduated from St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing at Evansville last Sunday. The graduation ceremonies took place at 2:30 p.m. in St. Anthony' s Church. Included in this group are: Mary Jo Backer (Dr. and Mrs. H. G. Backer) and Doris Durcholz (Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Durcholz) of Ferdinand and from Jasper, Mary Ann Dudine (Mr. and Mrs Theo. H. Dudine), Sue Jane Hopf (Mr. and Mrs. Basil Hopf), and Edna Mae Knust (Mr. and Mrs. Albert Knust).

Sept. 1

A truck carrying 1,300 gallons of crude oil was destroyed by fire on a county road about a mile west of Jasper yesterday afternoon. The column of black smoke was seen as far away as Holland. The truck, which was owned by Ted Uland of Jasper, operater of Oil Electronics and a partner in an oil-drilling development, was being driven by "Cabbage" Atkinson toward a well on the Schuetter farm, where the oil was to be used in an effort to start a flow in a new well. Members of the Jasper fire department had the fire almost under control, when they exhausted the 360 gallon supply of water on the tanker truck. A call to Maurice Pfau, who has been hauling water during the drought, brought a tank with another 1,000 gallons of water to the scene, but it was too late to save the truck.

Sept. 2

The 102nd Indiana State Fair opened today at Indianapolis. The most colorful event of the day was the parade of 73 high school bands throughout downtown Indianapolis to signal the opening of the fair and a contest at the fairgrounds this morning. Jasper High School won the title for the best dressed, highest stepping, finest playing prep band in Indiana. Tom Bishop is the JHS band director. Defending champion Muncie Central was tied with Noblesville for third, and Franklin was second. Supt. Bernard Gallagher of the city schools announced this afternoon that a program will be held in the gym at 11 A.M. Friday in celebration, and that students of all the Jasper city schools will get a half holiday Friday afternoon.

Sept. 3

Dubois County's first polio case of the year was reported yesterday. The victim is 16-year-old Lemuel Lawrence McCue, son of Mrs. Anna McCue of 611 Van Buren St., Huntingburg. The boy became ill while visiting in Louisville. He has been taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, where he is reported to have suffered paralysis from the hips down. This county's only new case reported last year was at Ferdinand. Confirmation of the present case was received by The Herald today from Adam Blessinger, Dubois County clerk and treasurer of the county's chapter of the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis. There are 20 cases of the crippling disease already in Dubois County.

Sept. 4

Mark Buechlein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Buechlein, was awarded his Eagle rank last night as the climax to an impressive Boy Scout Court of Honor held in Holy Family School. The new Eagle, a student at St. Meinrad Seminary, is the second member of his family to win the highest rank in Scouting. His brother, Charles, received his Eagle badge a year ago. Mark's father, Carl, is the chairman of the Troop committee of Troop 185. The Bronze Palm, awarded for earning five Merit Badges over and above those required for Eagle rank, was presented to Eagle Scout David Beckman.

50 Years Ago
Sept. 1, 1969

Labor Day, no paper.

Sept. 2

One of the worst fires in Jasper's history destroyed the two-story building of Reising's Store in the southeast sector of the Jasper Public Square Monday evening and at times threatened the adjoining three-story Sturm Hardware building on the east and one-story newer sector of Reising's and the two-story building that houses the Sherwin Williams Paint Company to the west. Firemen from Jasper, with valued assistance from the Huntingburg and Haysville volunteer fire departments, fought the stubborn blaze for two hours before bringing it under control. Thousands of spectators watched the fire at various times from the south and east sectors of the Public Square. The fire broke out during a severe electrical storm.

Officials of St. Benedict College in Ferdinand and St. Francis College in Fort Wayne have jointly announced plans to offer graduate work on the Ferdinand campus during the first and second semesters of the current school year. According to Sr. M. Generose, O.S.B., academic dean of St. Benedict College, this will be the first time that graduate courses have been offered in Ferdinand.

Sept. 3

Jerry Seger announced today his resignation as Dubois County Republican Chairman, effective Sept. 15, 1969. In a statement released this morning, Seger said he is resigning at this time, rather than waiting until after the 1970 political primary, so that his successor would have ample time to prepare for the 1970 election. He also commented that he wishes to thank the Republican Central Committee, all precinct committeemen and vice-committeemen, elected officials and candidates, and all the voters of Dubois County "for wonderful cooperation received during his four years of being Republican county chairman. He further stated that he believed "we truly have a two-party system presently at work in Dubois County and I hope that it will benefit the whole county by forcing all officeholders to do a good job regardless of party affiliation."

Sept. 4

The street department of Huntingburg discontinued the sweeping of the state highways running through the city on August 30, it was announced at the Monday night meeting of the City Council. Mayor Dale Helmerich informed the Council that Robert Eskew of the Vincennes office of the State Highway Department has been authorized to add 42 hours of sweeping time to the contract with the City of Huntingburg, for a total of $1,384.50. The Council members feel that the city cannot sweep the curbs along the highways for less than a $3,000 allowance from the state, and Mayor Helmerich was authorized to inform the state highway department that the city will not accept a new contract.

Sept. 5

Pictured on the front page of this issue are four charter members of the Easter Seal Society of Dubois County, who were awarded plaques at the group's annual dinner meeting Thursday evening at the Huntingburg Country Club. Pictured are the guest speaker, M. O. Jeglum, executive director of the Indiana Easter Seal Society, and Golda Stroud and Lillian Doane, Dubois County Easter Seal Society president Mary Jane Schneider and Raphael Blessinger. Ray Pflug and Mrs. Clara Eckstein also received charter member plaques, but were unable to attend. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Florence Fierst, a charter member who passed away recently.

Sept. 6

For the second straight year, Joe Talley's Tell City Marksmen spoiled the season opener for the Jasper Wildcats Friday night with a 19-13 triumph at Alumni Stadium. The Marksmen blended in a solid running attack and an effective passing game to hand Jerry Brewer's Cats a severe blow in their bid for the SIAC-B Division championship.

Fumbles plagued the Huntingburg Hunters in their second game of the 1969 season as the Boonville Pioneers downed the Hunters, 12-6, at Boonville Friday night. The Hunters fumbled the ball seven times and lost it each time.

25 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1994

Labor Day, no paper.

Sept. 6

A Washington woman who works at the Jasper Nursing Center was in the hospital and her estranged husband in jail today after she was shot in the parking lot of Jerry's Restaurant in Jasper Monday evening. Patricia J. Matthew, 44, was wounded twice in the left shoulder, allegedly when Keith Allen Matthew, 41, Loogootee, fired 6 shots from a .44 Magnum pistol as she sat in a car parked near the restaurant entrance. She was leaving the restaurant with her former husband, James Yarbrough, 46, Washington, about 9:25 p.m. and getting into his car when Keith Matthew allegedly drove up behind them, got out and started shooting. Yarbrough ran back into Jerry's where he yelled to three state police officers there on break. The officers found Matthew standing in the parking lot with a gun in his hand. He did not resist arrest and was taken to the Dubois County Security Center.

Sept. 7

Dubois County's 1994 tax rate ranked as fifth lowest in the state and that ranking may drop even further if the State Board of Accounts approves the budget the County Council adopted at its Tuesday meeting. The proposed 1995 budget of $4.31 million is less than this year's $4.86 million budget and should translate into a lower tax rate, said county auditor Mark Brescher.

Brian Schuetter of Jasper was randomly picked from the crowd of 47,000 Sunday at the RCA Dome to catch punts at halftime of the Colts-Houston Oilers game. Schuetter, donning a Colts helmet and jersey, caught two-of-six punts and won 500 lottery tickets. He has been invited back to the Colts' last game of the season when he will get a chance to win the grand prize.

Sept. 8

A Huntingburg man is among a group of Air National Guard members taking part in medical relief operations for Cuban and Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Capt Steven Haag, 33, an emergency room nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, is part of a five-man, two-woman group from the 181st Fighting Group based in Terre Haute spending the next three months at the U. S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Haag and three other Guard members planned to fly from Indiana to Norfolk, Va., today and join other U. S. National Guard volunteers in flying to Guantanamo Bay. The other three plan to leave in three weeks. Haag's wife, Mona, a printing clerk at St. Joseph's Hospital, said her biggest concerns involve those exotic diseases her husband will be exposed to. She said her husband also took part in Desert Storm.

Sept. 9

Residents in this Bainbridge Township community along State Road 162 just south of Jasper say they are frustrated. Their addresses say Huntingburg but they feel closer to Jasper. People have tried for more than two decades to get the Post Office to change the address but to no avail, said Elmer Brames, a Maltersville resident since 1978. "We identify more with Jasper," Brames said. "our children go to school there, many of us attend Jasper churches and that's where we do most of our shopping. "We have Jasper telephone numbers too."

Sept. 10

After rushing for 193 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns in Jasper's 38-0 belting of Tell City Friday, Kevin Cartwright could've talked about himself. But, he didn't. The Jasper tailback was more interested in talking about the guys that line up in front of him. "My line just does an excellent job. When I run, the holes are always there," the 6-0, 182-pound junior said. "It's once I get through the line that I have to pick the seams."

Heritage Hills overwhelmed conference foe Southridge 43-6 Friday, posting its third straight lopsided win. The Patriots have thus far outscored their opposition 120-19 during the 1994 season. Eight Patriot ball carriers contributed to a 334-net rushing performance that paced a 417-yard night overall on offense.

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