Looking Back: 9/1August 31, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1953
Nine Dubois County young men are pictured on the front page of this issue. They left this morning for induction into military service and comprised the 40th draft call since the Korean emergency developed. They are: Linus Lee Humbert of Celestine, Oliver Melvin Zehr of Haysville, Andrew Meyer, Jr., of Holland, Charles Henry Beckman of Jasper (volunteer) and Douglas Gene St. Angelo of Huntingburg. Also pictured are Jack Warren Lukemeyer of Huntingburg (leader), Joseph Paul Fischer of Schnellville, Edward Andrew Wening of Portersville, and Lee Charles Berg of Ferdinand.
Through the courtesy of Alvin C. Ruxer, Jasper businessman and sports enthusiast, the high school football field has had a “rain”. The water came out of the swimming pool nearby, closed several weeks ago for the season. Approximately 125,000 gallons were pumped from Pleasure Pool through the portable pipe line loaned by Mr. Ruxer and sprinkled all over the playing field through the use of three large, “double-barreled” sprinklers he has used for his pasture land. Sprinkling the parched gridiron was begun late last evening. The water is pumped through six-inch aluminum pipe put together in 20-foot sections with connecting rubber flanges that inflate when pumping starts.
Members of the Dubois County Post 147, American Legion, will hold their regular meeting this evening, beginning at 8:15. At tonight’s meeting, Legionnaires will hear talks by Miss Alice Hochgesang, who attended Girls State at Bloomington, and by Jim Fehribach, who attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in California. The meeting will be followed by a fish fry.
Growth of Jasper’s schools is reflected in the enrollment report today showing a total of 1,584 pupils in the sysyem as compared with 1,511 a year ago. Schools opened in the city yesterday.
Another new business on Jasper’s Public Square is observing its grand opening today and Saturday. It is Reising’s Corner Shoe Store at the southeast corner of Main Street and the square. A. J. Reising and his son, vernon, leased a 25x61 foot space in the Daughtery building this summer after the space was vacated by Godey Lampert’s Nyal store. They had the front remodelled, using Bedford stone and lots of show window glass, and the store front add greatly to the appearance of Jasper’s shopping distric t. Vernon Reising, who has been associated with his father in the parent store nearby, will be the manager of the new shoe store.
Prof. and Mrs. Paul Debruyn of Antwerp, Belgium, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Weber at their home on W. Eighth Street. Prof. Debruyn is an instructor at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and has been engaged in research work in Servo Mechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston during the the past three months. After a week’s visit with the Webers, the professor will visit various schools of electrical engineering, while Mrs. Debruyn will continue her visit with Mrs. Weber, the former Louise Lauwers, who was her neighbor in Antwerp before coming to America after World War II as the bride of Mr. Weber.
• 50 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1968
Labor Day, no paper.
C. W. Havill, Huntingburg attorney, has been selected as one of the panelist of attorneys, judges and experts to appear before the Indiana Judicial Conference to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This is an annual conference of all Circuit Appelate and Supreme Court Judges and Justices held under the auspices of the Indiana Supreme Court as a seminar for all members of the judicial branch of the state. The panelists come from all over the United States to cover such subjects as Civil Disorder, Riot Control and Legal Services to Indigents. Mr. Havill has been making an exhaustive study of latter item for the Indiana State Bar Association for the past two years. Havill is a member of the Legal Aid and Legal Ethics committees of the Indiana State Bar Association, is president of the conference of Local Bar President and Secretaries, president of the Dubois-Martin County Association and has recently been selected for membership in the American Judiciature Society.
Tom Henson hurled a perfect game for Huntingburg Monday afternoon, retiring all 27 batters he faced in a 5-0 semi-pro exhibition victory over St. Henry before a small gathering of Labor Day fans at Municipal Park. Henson, who will be a junior at Florida State University, struck out 11 batters, including seven in a row at one stretch during the first three innings of his masterpiece. The big righthander was in complete control throughout the contest, going to a full count on only one batter and allowing just five balls to be hit out of the infield. Henson is a college roommate of Greg Schnute, another member of the Huntingburg Merchants. Schnute recently moved to Huntingburg, where his father became the new superintendent of schools.
Natural gas service will soon become a reality for the citizens of Haysville. Although rainy weather has delayed the construction schedule, gas service will be available in the next few weeks. Indiana Natural Gas corporation expressed its thanks to the Utility Board of the Haysville Ruritan Club for the assistance given in securing the necessary certificate to serve the area. Members of this group secured signatures for the petitions and collected market data for the company. Members of the club appeared to represent the citizens of Haysville before the Public Service Commission. The gas supply for Haysville will be obtained from Texas Eastern. A common tap to serve Haysville and Dubois is located on the Paul Neukam farm near the Dubois Crossroads.
“Strength of Tomorrow is the Youth of Today” will be the theme of the parade Saturday afternoon as the Dale community pays tribute to Dr. John Barrow, Dale physician, who is retiring after 30 years of “playing stork.” Dr. Barrow will be followed in the parade by many of the nearly 3,000 babies which he helped bring into the world. Riding with the doctor will be Mrs. Bill Cook, the first Dale baby he delivered; Vicki Witte, the 1,111th; and Allison Daviess, his last delivery. Also participating in the parade will be Lt. Gov. Robert Rock, Santa Claus, Miss Evansville, Miss Spencer County and the high school bands from Dale, Huntingburg and Chrisney.
At profession ceremonies to be held next Sunday, September 8, at Saint Mary of the Angels Motherhouse in St. Louis, Sister Mary Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Bell of Jasper, along with nine other sisters will make their final commitments as Sisters of St. Mary of the Third Order of St. Francis. The Act of Profession will take place during the Mass. Father Kenneth Graehler, a cousin of Sister Margaret, will be one of the five concelebrants. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Wm. Drumm, chancellor of the St. Louis Archdiocese and chaplain for the sisters of St. Mary, will be the presiding officiant. Attending the ceremony from Jasper will be Mr. and Mrs. Denny Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bell and sons, Mrs. Lorena Graehler, Misses Leona and Irene Flick, Mrs. Mary Ann Alles and children; also Father Leo Tracy, M. M., from Madison, Wisconsin; Father Wm. O’Connor, M. M., from New York City and Father Kenneth Graehler, from Haubstadt.
Coach Jim Bardwell’s Huntingburg Happy Hunters posted their second victory in as many starts this season with a 14-13 thriller over the Boonville Pioneers last night in the home opener at Municipal Park. It was the first victory for Huntingburg over Boonville on the gridiron and was sweet revenge for a 53-0 humiliation received by the Hunters at the hands of the Pioneeers last season. Meanwhile, the Tell City Marksmen, led by hard-running fullback Dave Mahoney, defeated the Jasper Wildcats, 7-6, Friday in a key SIAC “B” Division football battle at Tell City.
• 25 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1993
Although residents won’t pull notices of reassessment out of their mailboxes until April, 1995, the state-mandated property reassessment process is already shifting into gear in Dubois County. Cole-Layer-Trumble Company of Dayton, Ohio, has been hired by the county as its appraisal firm. CLT will be inventorying, verifying and valuing real estate in Dubois County. Because of the complexities of Indiana’s reassessment formula, many counties are now hiring private firms to conduct computerized reassessments. Mark Folkerts, CLT’s project supervisor, says data collectors who will go out in Dubois County are being hired and trained now. They will hit the streets, first in Huntingburg, Jasper and Jefferson Township (Birdseye), after Labor Day.
Cam Bardwell has been named sports editor of The Herald. He replaces Hak Haskins who was sports editor for 14 months. Bardwell, a 1992 graduate of Indiana University with a BA degree in journalism, is a Huntingburg native and a graduate of Southridge High School. He played football and baseball at Southridge, and later played four years on the IU football team. He came to The Herald in May of 1992. Haskins will move to the news desk where he will edit the national and international wires, the business, farm and entertainment sections, work on special projects and write part-time. He joined The Herald as a news reporter in 1983 and worked as a full-time sports writer for seven years before being named sports editor in 1992.
A series of intense thunderstorms unleashed nearly seven inches of rain on some parts of Jasper in a two-hour period Tuesday afternoon, flooding businesses, factories and residential basements. The rapidly rising flood waters forced a temporary movement of the emergency room at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, and caused the cancellation of kindergarten classes at Fifth Street School today. Bob and Jimmi Mehringer, who live on Eighth Street near Memorial Hospital, said Tuesday’s rains were about the heaviest they’ve ever seen. Their rain gauge collected 6.75 inches between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., Jimmi Mehringer said. “I’m 71 years old and have lived here all my life and I’ve never seen water come down like that,” she said.
A lawsuit stemming from a 1991 Palm Springs, Calif., bus crash that injured a Jasper teen and killed seven others on a chartered Girl Scout trip has been settled out of court. Thirty-one of the bus’s 61 passengers were injured in the July 31, 1991, incident, including Jasper’s Audra Braun. Braun, who was 17 at the time, sustained minor injuries. She is the daughter of Doug and Jane Braun. Parties in the settlement can’t disclose its terms, Evansville Attorney Ted Lockyear said today. Lockyear said attornies for the companies and the mishap’s 38 claimants came to terms recently.
Gas superintendent Tom King says he’s not sure how an upcoming utility rate study will end up affecting reisents’ rates. Industries probing their options under some new gas industry rules have prompted the study. King explained at Thursday’s utility board meeting that city industries have asked what it would cost them to have natural gas, which they could begin purchasing themselves on the open market, shipped to them through the city’s mains. This end-user option is allowed under the provisions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 636, which seeks a complete transition to a deregulated interstate gas market. The utility has never had the need to develop an end-user option, so it doesn’t know what it should charge. Utility board members voted Thursday to pay $10,000-14,000 cost of an accounting/engineering study on the matter.
Post-game interviews with both coaches after Friday’s Big Eight Conference game weren’t necessary. Jasper’s Jerry Brewer and Boonville’s Bob Proctor said the same thing following Jasper’s 10-0 victory on a muddy Pioneer field. “I figured a 0-0 game in the fourth quarter ; one decided in overtime,” said Proctor. “We counted on a struggle,” said Brewer. “The team that made the fewest mistakes probably won’” said Proctor. “That’s probably true’”said Brewer. ‘Jasper is a team that always overcomes. It’s amazing. It’s Brewer’s story. Wait for the other team to make a mistake; he did it again,” said Proctor. Jasper improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the league. Boonville slipped to 0-2.