Looking Back: 9/7September 6, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Sept. 6, 1954
Labor Day, no paper.
A 27-year-old motorcycle racer from Evansville was injured in an accident at Municipal Park in Huntingburg yesterday. He is Paul Garrison, of 4808 Sherbroke Drive in Evansville. Garrison was warming up his motorcycle for a race, when he lost control of the machine and it crashed through a fence. He suffered a fractured arm and numerous lacerations. He was removed to the Stork Memorial Hospital, where his condition is listed as good. The race, which was a feature of the Labor Day picnic held under the sponsorship of the Huntingburg VFW Post, was won by Tex McIntosh, also of Evansville.
Jasper’s Red and White Food Store just off the public square will observe its formal opening under the new name on Friday and Saturday of this week. The store, formerly operated by Bernie Gutzweiler, has been operated for the past year by three youthful partners under the name of the Mehringer Food Store. The partners are Dennis A. Mehringer, general manager; his brother-in-law, Harold W. Meyer, who is head of the meat department; and Dennis Mehringer’s brother, Cyril G. Mehringer. The latter, while he has been a member of the partnership for six years, has been actively engaged in the business for the past two months. The other two partners operated the Mehringer Food Store on west Ninth Street for five years before leasing the Bernie Gutzweiler store.
In a business deal completed yesterday evening, Eddie Rees, a 22-year-old Jasper band leader, bought Calumet Lake and the Calumet Dance Pavilion from Mayor Edward J. Lorey of Jasper, who has been developing the entertainment establishment for the past 13 years. Mr. Rees, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Rees, who operate the Rees Tavern on Jasper’s public square, acquired the 18-acre lake, the dance pavilion and a two-unit apartment building which at one time served as a bath house after Mr. Lorey opened a swimming pool on the grounds. The tiled pool proved financially unprofitable after its opening nine years ago, and was operated for only two years. Later the bathhouse building was converted into a two-unit apartment.
Huntingburg High School’s enrollment stood today at 246, seven under a year ago, with 76 freshman, 56 sophomores, 65 juniors and 49 seniors. Supt. Ray Goldman announced that the total enrollment for grades 1 through 6 was 380, eight less than last year, and that for grades 7 through 12 was 346, or 12 fewer than a year ago. There were 253 in high school last September and 746 in the entire system. This year there are 726 in the entire system.
Bob Fell’s Jasper Wildcats opened their 1954 football season with a 6-6 tie at Mitchell last night. The Cats had the better of it in the first half and Jack Davidson’s Blue Jackets took the honors in the last half. It was Jasper’s fifth game since the sport was brought to life here a year ago and the outcome was encouraging--for the first time the Wildcat gridders did not lose. Mitchell, for instance, was an 18-0 winner over them last season.
A hard hitting team of Boonville Pioneers took command of the 1954 grid opener with Huntingburg last night and licked the Hunters 26-6 at the Warrick County seat. The Hunters were outdowned 11-7, outgained rushing 188 yards to 72 and outpassed 112 yards to 87. Boonville completed 6 of 11 aerials and Huntingburg was 8 of 17. Boonville’s victory margin was practically the same as the Pioneers obtained a year ago on Huntingburg. Then the score was 19-0. And the Hunters came back to take five of their next seven games.
• 50 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1969
The Holland Dutchmen pushed across one run in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Huntingburg Merchants in the Lincolnland League playoffs Sunday at Holland. Both teams had battled to a 2-2 standoff for nine innings. Henry Ayres was hooked up with Merchant ace Pat Kendall for six innings before Kendall gave way to Mike Uebelhor in the seventh. In the tenth inning, Don Buse walked to open the inning and following a strikeout, Ayres won his own game with an RBI double down the left field line just out of the reach of Huntingburg left fielder John Wellemeyer.The victory for Holland forces the best-of-three playoff series into its final game Sunday. It will be a home game for Huntingburg, but since Municipal Park is now setup for football, the game will be played at Ferdinand. Game time is 2 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday was a highlight in the history of St. Peter Lutheran Church at Stendal, when the dedication took place of the new Fellowship Hall. The addition was begun on June 16, 1968, and was completely built by members of the church. Pictured in this issue are the Rev. David Bey and St. Peter’s pastor, the Rev. Harold Heiddegger. The Rev. Mr. Bey is the chaplain at the Evansville State Hospital. He delivered the dedication sermon at the morning worship. About 150 people remained for the basket dinner at noon.
At a meeting Tuesday night of the board of directors, the Association of Indiana Counties Inc. named Richard Eckerle of Jasper as president for the calendar year, 1970. The Association, a state-wide organization of elected county officeholders, is holding its eleventh annual conference today and Thursday at the French Lick Sheraton Hotel. Rich Eckerle is married to the former Medo Pfaff of Huntingburg. The couple has two sons, Mark, a junior at Butler University, and Greg, a senior at Jasper High School. Eckerle is employed as Property Manager for the Jasper Corporation.
Three new faculty members have been assigned to Ireland High School this year. Miss Judy Reising, a 1969 graduate of St. Benedict College, teaches English to the senior high students and will assist with the publication of the school paper. Donald Bohnenkemper, a graduate of Oakland City College, is the new band and music instructor. The third new member of the teaching staff is Lloyd Martin, a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Lloyd teaches social studies at both the high school and grade school. Another new teacher, David Michel, spends one period each day at the high school before traveling to the grade school. Michel teaches biology at the high school and science to the intermediate grades at the elementary school. Michel is a graduate of Indiana St. University.
The Rev. Ronald Shoo, who has served as pastor of Jasper’s Redeemer Lutheran Church since March of 1963, is resigning to accept a call to serve as pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at Paducah, Ky., effective Oct. 1. He submitted his resignation to the Church Council and will hold his last service in the local church on Sunday, Sept. 21. After that a supply pastor will serve the Redeemer congregation until a permanent pastor is named. The minister’s wife, LaDonna, and their six daughters are already living at Paducah, where all the daughters are in school.
Francis Irvin Schuler has accepted a position as vice president-furniture division operations with the Jasper Corporation, it was announced today by Thomas L. Habig, corporation president. Schuler will assume his new full-time position in approximately four weeks. Irvin Schuler, 50, resigned his position as production manager of the Jasper Cabinet Company after 33 years with that firm to accept his new position with the Jasper Corporation. His assignment will place him in charge of the newly-acquired Pelham, Shell and Leckie, Inc., furniture operation located in Montgomery, Ala. He and his family will ultimately relocate in Montgomery.
• 25 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1994
Dubois County no longer has a United States Army Reserve Unit to call its own. The 324th Military Police Detachment, stationed in Jasper for more than 30 years, was officially moved to its new location during the weekend. The 60 part-time soldiers will begin their weekend drills at Terre Haute starting in October. Capt. Joe Burton, the unit’s commanding officer, told his troops at their final formation Sunday that moving for some may be difficult, but their mission would remain just as important. For some, the drive to Terre Haute, will be in excess of 100 miles. “Many of you have spent your entire Army career in that building,” Burton said of the one-story brick structure at 1918 Newton St. “But it is only four walls. The building we are going to is only four walls. And when we go up there your will take your skills ... your expertise. You will still be in the 324th,” Burton said.
Greg Hopf, 26, Duff, died Monday afternoon from injuries he suffered when he fell into a silage cutting machine on a farm west of Ireland. He apparently was trying to clear blockage in the machine when the accident happened between 4:15 and 4:30 p. m. on the Jerome Weidenbenner farm, said Dubois County Coroner Mike Keller. Hopf was working alone in a field and it was about 10 minutes after the accident before he was found by others working on the farm, Keller said. He was a friend of the Weidenbenner family and was helping out at the farm, Monday, along with one or more of his brothers, Keller said. Hopf was employed at the Cyclone Shop, near Huntingburg, which builds farm buildings.
Waste disposal problems shared by Dubois County’s cities, towns and rural areas are severe enough that an all-inclusive meeting is needed so the public and its elected representatives can start working together to produce solutions, says Huntingburg mayor Connie Nass. County sanitarian Donna Oeding, who spoke with Nass and the Board of Public Works and Safety members Tuesday in Huntingburg, indicated she would try to organize such a collective effort. At the same public works meeting, Huntingburg’s waste water superintendent said costs for Huntingburg’s sewer plant upgrade have shot up by over $600,000.
Brian DeMoss has been named administrator of the Huntingburg Convalescent Center by its board of directors. DeMoss has served as the assistant administrator of the Huntingburg Convalescent Center for the past two years. He has also served as as the administrator of the Clinton Nursing Home in Clinton. The Huntingburg Convalescent center is a 152-bed facility located in Huntingburg. It is dedicated to providing both skilled and intermediate levels of care, as well as a full-time, in-house comprehensive therapy program. A graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, DeMoss resides in Huntingburg.. He plays tennis, golf, martial arts and lifts weights. He is the son of Jake and Sheila DeMoss of Princeton.
Sister Rose Mary Rexing, OSB, vocations director for the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, made a presentation during the National Religious Vocation Conference Convocation held in Albuquerque, N. M., Sept. 8-12. Sister Mary Rose was one of nine workshop presenters on Sept. 10. Her workshop for the convocation was titled “Paradigm Pioneers: Vocation and Development Directors As Partners.” Sister Rose Mary is the daughter of Clarence and Mildred Rexing of Vanderburgh County. She joined the Sisters of St. Benedict in 1968 and has served as the community’s vocation director since 1988.
With a defense like Jasper’s, all you need is one point. Usually, though, what you need and what you want are two totally different things. That’s why Kevin Cartwright punched into the end zone a record-tying five times Friday nght to lead the Jasper Wildcats to a 32-0 hammering of Vincennes Lincoln in a Big Eight Conference affair. The Wildcats, now 4-0 overall, and 3-0 in the league, have now played 16 quarters without being scored on. “We’re pleased with where we are at, but we can’t stick our chest out and say we’ve reached the top,” Jasper coach Jerry Brewer said.
Carl Joe Genglebach is now in his 25th year of coaching football at North Posey High School; the veritable silver anniversary. But Friday night the veteran coach didn’t see much in the way of precious metal. Heritage Hills boarded and battered his ball club 44-13.
Meanwhile, the South Spencer Rebels defeated the Southridge Raiders in a Pocket Athletic Conference game at Reo by the score of 22-3.
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