Looking Back: 9/14September 13, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Sept. 13, 1954
From The Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Congratulations to the Jasper Reds — a respected name in southern Indiana’s semipro baseball for more than a half a century. This year’s club kept the faith. Its forerunners by no means have all been champions, but most of them have been hard to beat. That’s the tradition of the Reds. Yesterday afternoon at Cannelton, the Reds went to work in the second inning. They got six runs in that one and it was plenty as it turned out. Bud Stieler went all the way and bore down enough in the clutch, with uniformly excellent fielding support, to get out of what trouble he encountered. Like his team, he was the best in the league. Of the game’s four homers, Jasper got three. Jim Hartz hit Tell City’s. For the Reds there were Chick Alles, Bud Stieler and Jack Engleman. Alles and Engleman were the only boys to play in every one of Manager Nigg Pfeffer’s repeat league-champion Reds 33 games this season. The Reds finished with a 24-8-1 record.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: During the Jasper-Tell City I-K League playoff game last Sunday at Cannelton, a fight, which did not involve anybody from Jasper, broke out about midway of the festivities and one of the principals came rolling down the grassy embankment almost to the Redleg bench ... Half the crowd climbed the stands to watch the fight, the other half remaining to see baseball ... The ump ignored repeated requests to call time so that both spectacles might be witnessed without missing one or the other.
About 30 members of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce appeared at Tuesday night’s meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the city council to press for action on the Chamber’s recent recommendations concerning the local electric power situation. Mayor Lorey explained that since one of the councilmen, Ambrose Eckert, was absent, nothing definite could be done at this meeting. He promised the C. of C. members that he will call a special meeting some time this week will all the councilmen to take definite action on the power project, and will let the members of the civic organization know when the meeting is to be held so they can be present.
The Jolly Jingle Kindergarten and Mrs. Willard Utt’s kindergarten of Huntingburg have merged. The new kindergarten will go under the name of the Jolly Jingle Kindergarten. It will be located in the basement of Mrs. Utt’s home. Mrs. Gordon St. Angelo and Mrs. George Kuhnert will be the instructors and Mrs. Utt will handle the transportation. The kindergarten will open on Monday, Sept. 27 at nine o’clock. Those still wishing to enroll may contact Mrs. George Kuhnert at 202W, or Mrs. Gordon St. Angelo at 534X.
Ed Kallay, sportscaster for Louisville’s station WAVE-TV, will speak in Jasper next Monday night at the K of C home in a program to be opened to the public starting at 8:30. Mr. Kallay, who is a part-time speech instructor at Bellarmine College in Louisville, does sportscasting, a program called “Funny Flickers”, record shows and general news reporting for the television station. He has been with WAVE-TV for the past six and a half years.
Jasper High School’s football boys last night won for the first time since reviving football a year ago. With Kenny Kunkel throwing a couple of touchdown passes to Fred Brames, they defeated the Bedford Stonecutters 13 to 6 in their SIAC home opener. Meanwhile, Huntingburg ground out a methodical 26-6 SIAC victory over the invading Tell City Marksmen last night at Municipal Park. Buddy Blemker and Jerry Lamkin each scored two of the Hunter touchdowns.
• 50 Years Ago
Sept. 15, 1969
The Holland Dutchmen defeated the Huntingburg Merchants, 5 to 2, Sunday at Ferdinand to win the 1969 Lincolnland League baseball playoff. The win was Holland’s second in a row after losing the first game in the best-of-three series. The game, a home game for Huntingburg, was played at Ferdinand since the Huntingburg field is now set up for football. Henry Ayres and Joe Todrank combined for a five-hitter in pitching Holland to victory. Pat Kendall and Mike Uebelhor shared the pitching for Huntingburg.
Roman J. Fuhs, 78, of 328 West Ninth St., Jasper, a former chief of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, died at 12:50 a. m. today in Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since last Thursday. On April 6, 1923, he joined the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department and served on it for 36 years before retiring from the department in December of 1959. During the last 24 years of his service as a fireman, he was chief of the fire department. He served during the administrations of five mayors — John Lorey, Charles Bartley, Roman Kunkel, Herbert Thyen and Edward J. Lorey.
Four Dubois County high school students have been named semifinalists in the 1969-70 National Merit Scholarship Program. They include Leslie Krueger and Germaine Gogel of Huntingburg High School. The other two students receiving this recognition are Mike Eckerle of Jasper High School and Carol Miller, who attends the Academy of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.
The Jasper High School cross country team of Coach Don Hayes remained undefeated for the 1969 season with an impressive victory Tuesday in a triangular meet at Castle. The Wildcats, now 3-0 for the season, totaled 15 points as they took the first five places in the meet. Castle was second with 40 followed by Evansville Latin School with 73.
Pictured on the sports page in this issue is Jim Schmidt, a junior running back for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. Schmidt is expected to see considerable action Saturday in Western’s season opener against Indiana State at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Last season as a sophomore Schmidt carried the ball 38 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes. Jim’s brother, Ken, is a sophomore this season at Indiana State, but his status for Saturday’s game is doubtful because of a knee injury.
One of the most modern new churches in southern Indiana will be complete when the permanent altar is consecrated next Tuesday evening, Sept. 23. St. Celestine Church at Celestine was dedicated on May 19, 1968, but installation of the new altar was not completed until this week. Archbishop-elect Paul F. Liebold will consecrate the altar and then concelebrate Mass with the pastor, the Rev. John Finis, and twenty-three visiting priests. The $250,000 church, built in the form of a cross, seats 600 persons, with no one seated farther than 13 pews from the sanctuary. The top slab of the new altar alone weighs two and one half tons. In all, more than seven and one half tons of black granite imported from Finland was used in its construction. Father Finis said the general public will be welcome to attend the altar consecration service, which will begin at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.
The Rex Mundi Monarchs upheld the football prestige of the SIAC “A” Division Friday night with a 14-0 victory over the Jasper Wildcats of the “B” Division in a high school grid battle at Alumni Stadium in Jasper. It was Jasper’s fourth straight loss to Rex Mundi. For the second straight year the Wildcats played the Monarchs on even terms for the first half as they went to the dressing room with a scoreless tie, but again the Monarchs pulled the game out in the second half. Meanwhile the Paoli Rams’ aerial attack bombed out the Huntingburg Hunters, 34-7, in high school football action Friday night at Paoli. Ram quarterback Ed Uyesugi threw three touchdown passes and a total of 163 yards through the air. Mark Hildebrand scored Huntingburg’s touchdown on a 5-yard run.
• 25 Years Ago
Sept. 19, 1994
Gerald “Jerry” W. Sanders has announced his retirement after a 25-year career with the National Park Service, all at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Sanders is well-known for his skill in interpreting Abraham Lincoln’s life for park visitors. He began as a park ranger (historian) in 1969 and became supervisory park ranger in 1974. He has received numerous awards, including “quality increase” awards in 1983 and 1985; a special achievement award in 1991; and a “time off” award in 1994. Sanders was honored at a retirement dinner Friday, September 2, at the Best Western Dutchmen Inn in Huntingburg.
Jasper is looking ahead to the day when Ireland hooks on to its sewer system, while at the same time planning for development closer to Jasper’s borders. A new waste water lift station west of town is in its preliminary planning stages. The station and a gravity line running along the Bainbridge-Madison Township line would serve all development on that side of the city, and some existing homes could also hook onto it, said waste water manager Tom Lents. The new station is needed because too much waste water is moving through the six-inch line now in place, said city engineeer Kent Humbarger. He likened the water pressure in the line to that of a fire hose-- about twice what it should be. The Ireland station is 30 years old, and the pump is 20 years old,” Humbarger said. “It has served very well. It’s not worth upgrading.”
Thousands of amateur athletes are coming to Jasper next summer and in 1996 to take part in regional competitions of the Hoosier State Games. The games will be held June 23-25, says Nancy Eckerle, executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Bringing the regional games to Jasper is a tremendous boost to the city’s prestige and should greatly benefit the local economy, Eckerle said. Evansville hosted the southwest regional this year and between 3,000 and 4,000 athletes took part. Dave Lesko, recreation director of the Jasper parks and recreation department, said the competitions will be played at city and school facilities. The games include at least 14 different sports ranging from recreational walks to bicycling to wrestling and more, Lesko said.
Pictured in this issue is Beth Willis, who was crowned football homecoming queen at Pike Central High School in ceremonies held on Friday, Sept. 16. The crowning took place at the Pike Central-Tecumseh game. Miss Willis is the daughter of Vicki and Rick Willis of Petersburg.
No. 2 seeded Stu Townsend, of Huntingburg, won the Men’s Senior Singles Tournament at the Southern Indiana Open held last weekend. Townsend, who won the Kenny Kent Lexus Championships two weeks ago at the Tri-State Athletic club, downed Art Denenous of Illinois, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2, in the semifinals. He then whipped San Egler of Evansville, 7-5, 6-4, in the final match to take the title.
The largest wooden roller coaster in Indiana or Kentucky will open at Holiday World on May 6. It will have an underground tunnel, two 85-foot drops and a sharp turn over Lake Rudolph. It will be in a thickly-wooded area of the Halloween section of the park. The 100-foot-tall ride will cover 2,600 feet of track, lasts approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds and reaches speeds of up to 50 mph. There will be a 24-passenger train with six cars each seating four people. The $2 million ride, the largest project in the park’s history, will be built by Custom Coasters of West Chester, Ohio.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying: “If you stop Kevin Cartwright, you stop Jasper.” That isn’t necessarily true. The Class 3A third-ranked Wildcats found that out Friday night in their huge 18-7 Big Eight Conference win over ninth-ranked Princeton. The Cats, now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Eight, put themselves in the driver’s seat for the league title. Princeton falls to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Cartwright, the state’s leading scorer and No. 5 rusher entering Friday’s contest, was limited to a total of 39 yards on 13 attempts.
Southridge put some swagger back into its football program, topping North Posey in a stirring 6-0 overtime thriller. Southridge senior Ryan Flamion scored the game’s only touchdown — a 2 yard run. Heritage Hills fell behind early in a battle of highly ranked unbeatens Friday night but manhandled PAC foe Tecumseh, 37-7.
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