Looking Back: 8/4

Students from the Precious Blood School children’s choir performed a “Polka for God” 25 years ago during Strassenfest opening ceremonies on the Square in Jasper. A steady drizzle didn’t dampen spirits for the start of the fifteenth annual German-heritage street festival. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Aug. 6, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
August 3, 1953

A special program of entertainment has been secured for the first night of the Dubois County Fair that opened today in Huntingburg’s Municipal Park. Featured will be Tex Justus in a show of thrills, drama, romance, comedy and music, slated to begin at 8:15 P. M., in front of the grandstand. Noble’s Northwestern attractions will feature Kit Noble, radio circus and movie performer, in person with Brownie, the wonder dog, and his pal, Isadore Finkelhoofer, a clown dog, who recently appeared on the Super Circus, WTTV-TV. Also on the program will be Carson’s Canines, a mixed group of circus-performing dogs, Chief Lone Eagle, in full regalia, and five Siberian huskie sled dogs which are said to be the last five huskies alive from World War II service in the Aleutian Islands. 

August 4

The Dubois County State Bank, which has just completed 68 years of banking service to this community, began a program of expansion and modernization last week. The first part of this program is the addition of a 20 x 45 foot addition to the first floor area between the present bank building and City Hall. This addition is especially designed to accommodate all the machines including the Bookkeeping Department. The second part of the program will be a complete set of twelve new specially designed teller units surrounding a center lobby. The entire banking quarters will be redecorated in modern design to harmonize with the fixtures and present day trend.   

August 5

A fine attendance marked the Monday session of the Columbian Noon Luncheon Club. Paul Wuchner, who had charge of the program, presented Ralph Heath, manager of the Cardinals Little League teamwho also supervised the appearance of the Jasper All-Stars in the recent tourney in Princeton. Mr. Heath gave a detailed report of the games played in the tourney, and said one of the Jasper boys, Allen Friedman, was recognized as the outstanding player of the meet. Mr. Heath praised the efforts of his co-manager, Herb Pittman, and the other adult leaders of the little league teams during the regular season. About 60 local boys between the ages of nine and 12 took part in the program this summer.

August 6

In an ad appearing elsewhere in today’s issue of the Daily Herald, the Jasper Retail Merchants Association announces the establishment of regular shopping hours on Wednesday nights. The Wednesday night hours — until nine o’clock — will become effective next Wednesday, August 12. It was pointed out that it was felt that the new hours would be highly beneficial to the shopping public, providing extra night shopping for those who are unable to do their buying during the day.

August 7

Four St. Anthony buddies spent a recent weekend together in Korea. A picture on the front page of this issue shows Cpl. Clarence A. Voegerl, Pfc. Edward Otto and Pfc. Clarence Kunkler. Another man, Oscar Stemle, was not present at the time the snapshot was taken. The four spent the weekend in Chun Chon, where Otto, Voegerl, and Stemle are stationed.

Also pictured in this issue are Donald Marks and Carl Gehlhausen who are shown with the self-service ice vendor they recently put into operation on the Gutzweiler lot on West Sixth Street, across from the A & P Store, in Jasper. The unit was bought from the S. & S. Ice Vending Machine Co. of San Jose, California. 

August 8

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: A week from today the Jasper High School football squad will be formed for the first time in some 41 years and Coach Bob Fell will start workouts in preparation for the modest four-game schedule with which the Wildcats will start the new sport on their athletic curriculum. Tell City’s Marksmen are getting ready for their first 11-man football campaign. Jim Roos, who moved up to head coach from the assistantship he held last year, has called on all boys planning to come out for football to report to Legion Field on August 13. 

50 Years Ago
August 5, 1968

James A. Hasenour, 28, of 13151⁄2 Mill Street, who is employed as a welding foreman at Acme Metal Products, was critically burned around 6 p.m. Saturday when a metal drum he was cutting in half with an acetylene torch in back of his home exploded. The barrel is said to have contained aluminum paint and the fumes exploded . The explosion was followed by a flash fire that enveloped Hasenour in flames. Two neighbors, George J. Kreilein of 1319 Mill Street, who was in his front yard at the time, and Lawrence Recker of 1316 Mill Street, who was sitting on his back porch when he heard the explosion, came to his rescue and put out the flames. Hasenour was burned over about sixty per cent of his body, including a large area of third-degree burns. 

August 6

A 16-year-old Holland High School student last night was crowned as the first Dubois County 4-H Fair Queen. She is Janet Prusz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Prusz of Holland. Miss Prusz, who will be a senior next fall, was sponsored in the contest by Farm Bureau. The first runner-up, Elizabeth Gutgsell, is the 20-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gutgsell of R. 3, Huntingburg. She was sponsored by the Dubois County Rural Youth Club. The second runner-up, Ramona Howard, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Howard of Jasper. She was sponsored by the Jasper Civitan Club. Willie Bartley, who operates the Bartley Feeder Service, Inc., at Huntingburg, served as M. C. for the queen contest and Herb Thyen, president of the 4-H Council, presented the trophies. 

August 7

Robert Easterday, who has compiled a record of 50 victories and eight defeats in three years of varsity basketball coaching, has signed a contract to become coach of all sports at Ireland High School. The announcement was made by school officials of Madison Township. Coach Easterday played varsity basketball at Paoli High School. He then attended Indiana State University where he played two years of basketball and three years of baseball. Mr. Easterday previously coached at Medora and Leavenworth High School. He replaces Dave Lueking, who recently rresigned to accept a position with the University of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

August 8

Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the Dubois County Bank Astros 1968 Pony League Champs. Their overall record of 15-1 placed them seven full games ahead of the nearest competitor. Members of the winning Astros include: Bill Alles, Dan Fleck, Charlie Hochgesang, Steve Mehringer, Mike Englert, Phil Gramelspacher, Glenn Haller, Bob Alles, Greg Gramelspacher, Rick Buechlein, Randy Habig and Steve Uebelhor. Assistant Mgr. Frank Kunz and Mgr. Jack Becker. 

August 9

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Clara Eckstein, president of the Jasper Library Board, as she wields the shovel in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new addition to the Jasper Public Library Thursday. Also pictured are Arthur Harrell, construction consultant for the Indiana Library Board, Ray Kirchoff, architect from M & W Inc. of Indianapolis; John W. Gramelspacher of Jasper, building chairman; and Jack Newton, mayor of Jasper. The expansion will more than double the interior space of the present library, from 4600 square feet to an approximate 12,000 square feet. The cost of the new addition will be $206,220, of which 45 percent will be paid from federal funds and the balance from local funds. The present library was built in 1951.

August 10

John Struckman, owner of the Struckman Chevrolet Co. in Huntingburg, told the DAILY HERALD today that 44 checks, imprinted with the name and address of his firm, were stolen from a printing firm in Louisville on Thursday night. Struckman said the checks, numbers 29,429 to 29,473, were blank at the time they were stolen. He warned, however, of the possibility that the thief or thieves might fill them in and try to cash them in the Huntingburg area. 

25 Years Ago 
August 2, 1993

Financial problems will force the closing of Camp Koch in Perry County. The 39-acre site along the Ohio River is up for sale and campers who would attend Koch Outdoor Center next summer will be sent to a camp in northern Indiana near Plymouth, said Dick Janishewski, president of the Indiana Easter Seals Society. Easter Seals will assume the operation of the Plymouth camp, which also is for the disabled and is currently run by Kiwanis clubs in the Chicago area, Janishewski said. 

August 3

Eighty-four years of tradition ended Monday as the Dubois County Commissioners met for the last time in the commissioners’ room in the county courthouse. The commissioners next meeting on Aug. 16 will be held in the annex across the street from the courthouse, barring some unforeseen problem with the renovation. One other tradition, which probably dates from the first county commissioners’ meeting and will likely continue into the future, was also present Monday — residents complaining about the condition of the roads and wanting improvements. 

August 4

Holy Family School has named Joan Kavanaugh principal. She is the mother of two grown children and the daughter of Paul and Mary Hopkins of Loogootee. She has been a teacher at Barr-Reeve for the last 25 years. She received her B.S. and M. S. degrees in elementary and early childhood education from Indiana State University. She received her principal’s certification from Indiana University last September and is pursuing an educational specialist degree in school administration and curriculum from Indiana University. She is a member of the IU Educational Administration and Leadership Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Honorary Society, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Loogootee.

August 5

Scott Rolen’s professional baseball career is seven games old. And he is doing well so far. The All-American athlete, a second round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies, signed a contract in late July. He joined the Martinsville Phillies the next day in the Rookie Appalachian League. After a week of practice the 1993 JHS graduate last Thursday got his first start, his first hit, and his first error. He is the team’s starting third baseman. The 18-year-old has put up some good numbers on the board in his brief tenure. He is hitting .318 in 22 at bats with seven hits, a double, three RBI’s, two walks, a .364 slugging percentage, and a .429 on-percentage. He made his debut Thursday, July 29.

August 6

The Jasper Reds defeated the Elkhart, Kansas Dusters 8-7 in their opening game of the National Baseball Congress World Series being played in Wichita, Kansas. The win was the 29th of the season for Jasper, which set a new team record for the most wins in a season. “This is the biggest win ever for the Reds,” Jasper manager Bob Alles said. Five players on the Dusters’ roster have been drafted into Major League baseball at one time or another. The team, which finished 17th a year ago in the World Series, also featured several college players from Wichita State, Creighton and Mississippi State. At the plate, the Reds were led by Chad Overton’s homer and two singles. Kevin Werner homered and doubled, while Darren Lynam tripled and singled. Barry Strauser and Jerry Alles had two singles apiece. Craig Shoobridge went the distance and earned the win for the Reds. He is now 7-1 on the season. The Reds will now play Fresno, California, which drew a bye in the first round.

August 7

Jasper got battered Friday afternoon, and despite a middle innings comeback, suffered its first loss in the 1993 semipro baseball World Series. A ball club from Fresno, Calif., defeated the Reds 12-7. Mike Swartzentruber started for Jasper and suffered the loss. “They hit everybody we threw,” said Reds’ manager Bob Alles. “They are a good team” Alles said, “but in my opinion we beat a better team Thursday in Elkhart, Kansas.” Jasper got a sixth inning home run from Scott Kunkel, the first of his career, and collected 11 hits overall. “We are so glad we came out here ... it’s unbelievable,” said Alles. “It’s like minor league baseball ... that’s what it amounts to. It’s like dying and going to heaven.” Alles said a ball game that started at 12:35 a.m. today featuring a team from Alaska was heavily scouted. Reds players counted nine radar guns pointed at the Alaskan pitcher. About 50 scouts can be found at the Series.   

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