Looking Back: 9/19

Bob Gehlhausen sat on the edge of the Dubois County Courthouse dome 25 years ago, preparing to solder some tin roofing in place. In two days of work on the roof, Helming Bros. workers used about 50 pounds of solder. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published September 20, 1995.


65 Years Ago

Sept. 19, 1955

Mr. and Mrs. Jack H. Wissing of the Frankie School of Dancing at Vincennes will come to Jasper Wednesday, September 21, for the first of a series of ballroom dance meetings with young people of the C. Y. O. Mrs. Frankie Wissing, assisted by her husband, will direct the dance “fun sessions” which have been highly popular with the younger set because of the informal manner of presenting the easy-to-learn basic dance steps, Frankie explains.

Sept. 20

John Prost of the Indiana Stream Pollution Control Board, who on Sept. 7 presided at a State Board of Health meeting at Indianapolis regarding sewage facilities at Huntingburg, has recommended that the Stream Pollution Control Board issue an order to the city of Huntingburg to cease further pollution of Hunley Creek and other tributaries of the Patoka River and “construct facilities before May 31, 1957, to treat adequately the sanitary and domestic sewage, including industrial wastes, of said city.” This would mean the construction of a sewage treatment plant. The report was sent to Ernest A. Klausmeier, the city clerk-treasurer, and was read at last night’s meeting of Mayor Orval Kemp and the Huntingburg city council.

Sept. 21

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Athletic Director O’Neill says there is some complaint about Tuesday night games on the JHS grid schedule. With reference to Washington’s visit next week, he points out that this date was the only one on which Jasper could play Washington if the Wildcats and Hatchets were to begin football relations this season. In order to make room for Jasper, Washington is having to play three games in eight days. (Bloomington this Friday, Jasper next Tuesday, Mitchell the following Friday) — but the Hatchets are dropping Mitchell after this season and their game with Jasper will be a Friday nighter beginning in 1956. The other Tuesday night game on the JHS schedule this season (at Bicknell) is in a week in which many high school teams in Indiana customarily play games in mid-week due to the annual Indiana State Teachers Association convention.

Sept. 22

Pictured in this issue are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bawel and son, Douglas (he’s been nicknamed Dugger). They are shown before leaving for Hershey, Pa. Ray Bawel is one of the star players on the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team. Bawel was accompanied to Hershey by his wife, the former Mary Ann Witte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Witte, and son Douglas Alvin (after Alvin C. Ruxer, whom all the Witte children have always called “Uncle” although they’re not related). Ray Bawel — he pronounces his name Bobble and has acquired the nickname of “Bibbles” so that football fans and his intimates call him Bibbles Bobble — was a star on the Evansville College football team and in his senior year won the Kiwanis club award as the team’s outstanding player. He was the first Evansville College athlete to win a letter in three sports, and was voted the outstanding player in the Evansville Refrigerator Bowl.

Sept. 23

Pictured on the front page of this issue are some members of the Huntingburg Business and Professional Men’s Association who attended a meeting this morning at the Ideal Hotel to make plans for the Old Fashioned Bargain Days to be held Oct. 6-8. Those pictured include: Don Peach, “Pop’ Giltner, Gus Hillemeyer, Sam Smith, Lee Henderson, Eldo Rinehart, Louis Martin and George Mateer. Carole Siebe is also in the picture.

Sept. 24

Tell City defeated Jasper 13-7 last night in their SIAC football tussle on the rainsoaked Recreation Field gridiron, chalking up the Marksmen’s third straight over the Wildcats and their first 1955 victory after three consecutive lickings. John Thyen accounted for all of Jasper’s scoring as he scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run. Then, he hit the same hole through his right guard to score the extra point too. Later, Jasper had a first down and goal to go, but there was only time for one more play. Thyen tried again but was stopped 18 inches short of a touchdown.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 21, 1970

The Mariah Hill Yankees edged the Huntingburg Merchants, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at Mariah Hill to win the 1970 Lincolnland League playoff championship. The victory was Mariah Hill’s second in the best-of-three playoffs. Randy Ayer of Huntingburg and Randy Flamion of Mariah Hill, the pitching aces of the two teams, hooked up in a pitching battle. Flamion went all the way, scattering nine hits, Ayer gave up seven as he also went the distance for the Merchants. Huntingburg led 3-1 until the seventh when Mariah Hill scored four times. The Merchants scored a single run in the eighth but failed to score again.

Sept. 22

Pictured on the front page of this issue are the new officers of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. The C. of C. held a reorganizational meeting at Beck’s Restaurant in Jasper this morning. Dave Buehler is the new president. Other officers elected include: Larry Loechte, first vice-president; Richard Schnarr, treasurer; and Edgar Gress, secretary. Also pictured is the outgoing president, Gene Hostetter. The newly-elected president is the general manager of Buehler’s IGA Foodliners.

Sept. 23

Some changes have been made in the traffic pattern at Fifteenth and Newton streets, one of the most hazardous intersections in the city, it was announced this morning by Jasper’s mayor Jack E. Newton. Mayor Newton said the city is trying to alleviate congestion at the intersection and reduce the danger level although this is difficult because of the narrowness of Fifteenth Street. City workmen have established three lanes on Fifteenth where it approaches Newton from the east. The lane on the north side of the street will be for right turns only, the middle lane will be for vehicles making left turns or proceeding across Newton, and the south, or left lane, will be for northbound traffic that is entering Fifteenth Street from Newton.

Sept. 24

Democrats will carry their campaign door-to-door in Dubois County on Monday, Sept. 28. Gordon St. Angelo, Democratic state chairman, will keep a fast pace in his effort to meet and personally talk with the voters throughout the county. He will be joined in his walking tour by local Democratic candidates for public offices. The “In Step With People” campaign was announced statewide by Democrats earlier this month. Estimating that they can meet and talk with 800 to 1,000 Hoosiers a day during their four-day walk (Sept. 28 to Oct. 1), Democrats hope their effort will enable them to offset massive advertising expenditures by Republicans. The Dubois County Democratic Central Committee, chaired by Leon Fleck, will schedule St. Angelo’s activities for the day.

Sept. 25

Pictured in this issue are the Ireland Junior High class officers. Those pictured include: Alan Mehringer, treasurer, grade 8; John DeKemper, president, grade 8; Vicki Schnaus, president, grade 7; Geriann Jerger, treasurer, grade 7. Also in the photo are the following room representatives; Marcia Schnaus, Rick Stenftengel, Chris Goeppner and Scott Weisman, all from grade 8; and Phyllis DeKemper, Kent Meyer and Wayne Schmitt, all from grade 7.

Sept. 26

Fifteen-yard penalties — six of them in all — proved disastrous for Jasper Friday night as the Wildcats lost a hard-hitting high school football battle to Rex Mundi, 21-14, at Bosse Field in Evansville. It was the third straight victory without a loss for Rex Mundi who is ranked 13th in the state by AP and 17th by UPI. The defeat shoved Jasper down to the .500 mark with a 2-2 slate, but the Cats still stand on top of the SIAC-B race with a 2-0 mark. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters suffered their first defeat of the season Friday night at the hands of the Wood Memorial Trojans, 20-12, at the Trojans’ home field in Oakland City.

25 Years Ago

Sept. 25, 1995

A Jan. 25 trial date was set today in Dubois Circuit Court for Ray Allen Ogle, 18, Jasper, who is accused of killing cab driver Dennis “Red” Coble in late August. The trial on charges of murder, murder felony and robbery is expected to last about a week, according to Dubois County Prosecutor Bill Weikert. An Oct. 2 hearing is set for a defense motion to set bond. Ogle, who is formerly of Henderson County, Ky., has been in the county jail with no bond allowed since his arrest on Aug. 26. Weikert said today that he has not decided whether to ask for the death penalty or life in prison without parole instead of the standard murder conviction penalty of 40 to 60 years.

Sept. 26

The Jasper street department would like residents to have uniform containers for curbside recycling to cut collection time, solid waste director Kent Messick reported at meetings Monday. In separate solid waste meetings of the district board and citizens advisory committee, Messick explained he recently met with officials from the Huntingburg and Jasper street departments to hear their concerns about curbside recycling pickup. The Jasper street department is adamant about the need for plastic bins to pick up the items, Messick said. Containers would keep newspapers dry in the wet months and make it easier for workers to lift items into collection vehicles. The department suggested 14-gallon tubs. Messick said he is comparing the cost of the tubs, which average about $4 each if bought in large volumes. Messick suggested the district buy one or two containers for each family.

Sept. 27

Plans to build a municipal pool in Ferdinand won’t float without broad support from residents in Ferdinand Township, according to the Ferdinand Swimming Pool Committee. Tuesday night, Tom Schipp, a member of the pool committee, presented to the council preliminary plans for building a $765,000 pool near the Northside Park or community center. He said the committee has already raised one-third of this sum in profits from the town’s 1990 sesquicentennial and a $100,000 donation from the late Alvin Ruxer. The rest, he said, would have to come from fund raisers, and, most likely, a greater contribution to the town’s park and recreation department from township residents who currently pay one cent per $100 of assessed valuation. The park and recreation tax is 17 cents.

Sept. 28

Jasper’s proposed new ordinance establishing sewer development fees could cost Ewing Properties up to $180,000 for its planned development on Jasper’s north side, company spokesman Chris Ewing said at Wednesday’s common council meeting. About 100 duplex apartments were planned for the $12 million project on land annexed more than a year ago, Ewing said. The project was to be completed in phases and was planned based on the old rate system. Work on about a third of the project is under way, but about 60 buildings would be on new lots not yet platted, he said. The $1,000 availability fee per lot and connection fee of about $2,000 per duplex would be more than $180,000.

Sept. 29

Northeast school board members spent a long evening with architects Thursday going over manuals and blueprints for a $5.2 million renovation project. The page-by-page review of final plans and cost estimates was laborious but informative, superintendent Richard Kearby said. Architects revealed what will be in each building, where it will be and why, cross-referencing as they went. The final package will be up for board approval Monday, the same night the project’s lease agreement with a building corporation is up for approval.

Sept. 30

From the Saturday Feature: Alfred “Snopsie” Schuetter has been running ‘the show’ at Jasper theaters since 1934. He currently works two or three times a week at the Astra. For more than 60 years he’s stepped into small, crowded projector booths in Jasper theatres and transported thousands of moviegoers around the world and beyond. Shortly after his father’s death in 1934, he went to work as a projectionist at the Tivoli theatre, then located just north of where Ann’s Place now borders the Square. Snopsie survived many years working as a meat cutter at the Jasper Locker by day and projectionist at night. He outlasted the Tivoli and now runs the show at the Astra. “Anybody who stays on a job as long as I have has got to have a good employer.” The respect is mutual. “He’s the most faithful employee anybody’s ever had,” says Jerry Gutzweiler, who with his father took over the Astra in 1966 from his grandfather. “He looks at this place as being a part of him.”

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