Looking Back: 8/7

Audrey Wessel, Little Miss Strassenfest contestant number 20, was the last girl to be interviewed before judges and a full house at the Jasper Civic Auditorium. Her waiting paid off, as she brought home the 1996 Little Miss Strassenfest crown. Herald file photo by Tanya Bylinsky. Published Aug. 1, 1996.


65 years ago

Aug. 6, 1956

A 48-year-old factory foreman died this morning at the wheel of his car. The victim was Raymond “Butch” Harker of 517 W. Ninth Street. Mr. Harker, who had been in failing health for several years, was driving south on Bartley Street at 9:15 this morning after having visited his wife at Memorial Hospital, when his car partly jumped the curb on the west side of the street and broke off a utility pole at the base. The car crashed just a few feet south of the home of Herbert A. Lueken, who heard the crash and was the first person on the scene. Mr. Harker was slumped back on the front seat. Dr. G. A. Held, the county coroner, said death was apparently due to a heart attack.

Aug. 7

The new Jasper municipal pool which opened last Tuesday will be formally dedicated tomorrow evening. The actual dedicatory program will get under way at 7:30 Wednesday evening. The new pool will replace the old Pleasure Pool which served the community for 30 years. Pleasure Pool was built and originally operated by a non-profit corporation, the Jasper Athletic Company, with funds raised by public subscription in the community.

Aug. 8

St. Meinrad’s Seminarians defeated Heichelbech’s Tavern for the second straight time in softball last night by the score of 3-2. Ackerman pitched for St. Meinrad and allowed only five hits, walked one and fanned five. Rich Begle went the route for Heichelbech’s issuing seven walks while striking out eight. He was touched for eight hits. Kenny Graehler’s two singles paced the Seminarians attack while “Red” Hedinger led Heichelbech’s at the plate with a double and a single. “Butch” Rees hit a home run in the second inning with the bases empty.

Aug. 9

Bob Rohleder’s two-run homer sparked the Jasper Redlegs to a 3-1 victory over the Princeton Lions while the Huntingburg Merchants were forced to come from behind and score four runs in the ninth to edge Sunbeam, 7-6 in a pair of Indiana Night League games played last night. Joe Todrank went the distance for the Reds turning in a brilliant performance. He limited the hard-hitting Lions to only five hits. Todrank fanned five and walked only three. Gary Phillips tripled for Jasper. Buddy Blemker racked up his ninth victory in a relief role to lead the Merchants to victory. He drove in the winning run with a booming double. Bob Rehl had two hits for Huntingburg, who is now 20-11 overall and 4-4 in the INL.

Aug. 10

A five-year-old boy from the Celestine community was fatally injured this morning when he fell from the back end of a tractor on which he was riding. The victim was Ernest Knies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Knies, who live on a farm between Celestine and Dubois. The accident occurred about a quarter of a mile from their home. The tractor, which was operated by the boy’s 14-year-old brother, overturned and Ernest was thrown to the ground. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where he died a few minutes after his arrival.

Aug. 11

Did a flying saucer travel over Jasper? Mrs. Frank McCullough, who lives in Jasper’s Skyline subdivision, has come up against quite a few raised eyebrows and tolerant looks since she noised it around Thursday morning that she saw a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) and is wondering whether anybody/else saw it and is willing to help her back up her story. Mrs. McCullough said she got up around 3 a.m. Thursday and happened to notice a large object in the eastern sky that resembled a golden ball. She said it was moving westward and disappeared within about five minutes in the western sky. Sometimes, she said, the object seemed to hover motionless, and at other times it appeared to gain altitude and then descend earthward again.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 9, 1971

Pictured in the front page of this issue is the Rev. Ronald L. Deck of St. Paul’s Church in Haysville as he gave the dedication address at the Haysville Park Saturday, following a parade and flag-raising ceremonies. Also pictured is the Haysville Boy Scout Troop as it raises the flag which was a gift to the park from the children of the late William Schaber. The Indiana flag was also flown. Raising the flag are Mark Eisenhut, Greg Sermersheim, Terry Seitz and Michael Grubbs.

Aug. 11

The 177-piece “Marching Wildcat” band, under the direction of Donald V. Gamble and James L. Holler, will leave Jasper at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for the Shelby County Fair High School Band Contest to be held that night at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville. The band will be competing with approximately 16 other bands from throughout the state in a state fair type competition on the half mile oval. The Jasper band will be competing in class A, which is reserved for bands from high schools with an enrollment of over 450 students.

Aug. 13

Jim Wenzel, one of the most exciting athletes ever to perform for he Jasper Wildcats, will continue his football career this fall at Henderson County Junior College in Athens, Texas. Wenzel, who was faced with deciding between football, basketball and baseball at the college level, reached his final decision this week when he signed a football scholarship with the Texas school. The mop-haired speedster was a sparkplug guard for Jasper’s basketball team the past two years and was also a standout in baseball and track. He came within an eyelash of signing a pro baseball contract with the Kansas City Royals this summer, but decided instead to continue his education. Wenzel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ab Wenzel of Rt. 4, Jasper.

Aug. 14

Jasper Center-Vincennes University, after opening a year ago as a junior college, with an enrollment in excess of 100 students, will begin its second year of operation when classes begin on Monday, Sept. 13. With a faculty of 16, seven of which are full-time instructors, more than 30 courses will be offered, including a complete line of business, secretarial and general two-year academic programs. The Jasper-Vincennes University courses are fully accredited by the North Central Association. The cost per year is less than $900 for a student enrolled full time. Part-time students are charged a fee of $19 per semester hour.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 5, 1996

Kimball International Inc. (NASDAQ- National Marked: KBALB), a diversified furniture and electronic manufacturer, recently reported the best quarter and fiscal year sales and earnings figures in its history. The fiscal year 1996, net sales climbed to a record $924 million, a 3 percent rise over fiscal year 1995. Including a $1.9 million third quarter charge to exit the domestic piano product line, fiscal 1996 earnings were $45.1 million, or $2.16 per share, also a company record. Net income grew 13 percent to $47 million, and earnings per share rose from $1.97 to $2.25, excluding this charge.

Aug. 6

Huntingburg’s property taxes would rise about 60% — from $1.75 this year to $2.79 next — under the city’s 1997 tax rate proposal just released. Tax appeals and depreciation have kept the city’s assessed valuation from growing much. Even if the city planned to spend no extra money in 1997, the tax rate proposal would still be up 22 cents due to a 22% decrease in revenues coming in. Then there are appropriations city leaders believe they must make. A $75,000 appropriation to tear down the old city office building is being coupled with proposed spending increases in the police and park budgets. The 1997 proposal is $2.7870 per $100 assessed valuation, based on an estimated assessed valuation of $41,579,840. The city’ tax rate proposal for 1996 was &1.7525, based on an assessed valuation estimate of $42.3 million that was placed at $40.2 million following a state tax hearing. “We’re getting caught, not on an expenditure side, but on the revenue side,” said Mayor Gail Kemp.

Aug. 7

Eleven-year-old Joani Christenson of Santa Claus won the Miss Indiana American Pre-Teen Hostess title at the annual state pageant, held July 28 at the Adam’ s Mark Hotel in Indianapolis. Joani is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Christenson, and a student at Lincoln Trail Elementary School. She competed against 84 other contestants for the state title. She will represent Indiana at the National Miss American Pre-Teen Pageant at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.

Aug. 8

Hoping to end a decade of crowded schools heal deep divisions within the school corporation, the Southwest Dubois school board voted 4-1 in favor of building new elementary schools in Huntingburg and Holland at a special hearing Wednesday night. Of the 200 patrons who attended the 2 1/2 hour 1028 hearing in the high school auditorium, 16 chose to speak. Most of them supported the board’s plans. However, several patrons urged the board to abandon the project and revive a 1993 proposal to consolidate the corporation’s three elementary schools on a site near the Huntingburg complex. After the hearing, some of the project’s opponents said they may challenge the board’s decision.

Aug. 9

Red Top Cab, the only taxicab service remaining in the county, will close Thursday, Aug. 15. Steve Bough, the owner of the cab service the last six years, said an astronomical rise in liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance premiums is the reason, “Our liability premiums raced over 60 percent and the workman’s compensation was nearly as much,” Baugh said. “Obviously, there’s no way we could pass an increase like that on to our customers. This was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.” He attributed the liability insurance increase to a minor accident in May. The workman’s compensation increase was due to the murder of cab driver Dennis “Red” Coble last August, he said. Red Top Cab currently answers 450 to 600 calls per month.

Aug. 10

For the second time in a week, league-leading Will County has come into League Stadium and has shown Dubois County Rodney Dangerfield-type respect. For the second time in a week the Dragons rubbed diaper-rash raw, have sent their rivals home smarting. Irked by Will County’s decision to start a little-used third baseman, David Hilliard on the hill, Dubois County pounded out 12 hits in a bruising 12-5 rout on Friday in Heartland League action. “First they bring 12-15 players and then they throw a position player at us,” said Dragon manager R. C. Lichtenstein. “To us, that’s a slap in the face. They’re not even throwing pitchers at us. I don’t see that as being very professional.” The Dragons (20-28) have won 4 of their last five games, while the Cheetahs (25-20) have lost two of their last three.

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