Looking Back: 9/22September 21, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
* 65 Years Ago
September 21, 1953
Some residents of Jasper apparently still do not realize the seriousness of the impending water shortage, so this morning Supt. Adam Bishop “laid it on the line”. Here’s the situation according to the superintendent of Jasper’s utilities: The water intake back at the Patoka is beginning to draw in air along with the water, since the surface of the river this morning was only six inches above the concrete intake. City workmen went to Dubois last Saturday and opened the dam, and while this will have some effect on the stand of the river at Jasper, no noticeable difference is expected for several days because of the sluggishness of the stream due to many obstruction points in the river between here and Dubois. Mr. Bishop said that city employees tried to dredge the river in some places to permit a more rapid flow, but some landowners upstream refused to allow them to do this work.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Five of Jasper’s 1946-47 basketball team who have been doing a stint of duty for Uncle Samuel may be getting together in a reunion party one of these days. . .They are Pee Wee Bohnert, home last Saturday from Korea; Jim Fritch, home next Saturday from the same place; Ants Hoffman, who beat them home by a couple of months and has been working in Indianapolis; Mickey Sermersheim, who will be home in October, and Squirt Lukemeyer, home some day. They sure weren’t the tallest ball club JHS ever had but they were battlers. Our informant: Whoppo Fritch, local handicapper.
Pictured in this issue are the 18 volunteers who currently comprise the city’s fire fighting personnel. They are shown standing in front of the new fire station. They include: Asst. Fire Chief Butch Hochgesang, Chris Seng, Stanley Dosch, Sylvester Miller, Ray Gunselman, Basil Englert, Victor Kuper, Leo Pfeffer, Cyril Mehringer, C. P. Berger, Edward Schmitt, Pike Pfau, Ed Schroeder, Leo Hopf, Morris Briedenbaugh, Albert Mehringer, Herman Kiefer, and Fire Chief Roman Fuhs.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are 11 Dubois County young men who left this morning for induction into military service. They include: Charles E. Hupp and Allen F. Fleck of Jasper, Norbert J. Schroering of Celestine, and Robert L. Sermesheim of Ireland. Also — Paul T. Rumbach of Jasper (leader), Robert T. Tempel of R. 2, Ferdinand, Herschel D. Kamman of Holland, Tommy D. Smith of Huntingburg, Joseph A. Hurst of Ireland, Manford L. Houchin of Holland and Donald L. Stenftenagel of Jasper.
Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the engineers and other men who have been trying to solve the problem of Jasper’s water shortage decided yesterday that there was no use trying to squeeze any more water out of the Patoka without first putting more in. Accordingly, some aluminum pipe was ordered and Alvin Ruxer will allow the city to use the almost one mile of aluminum pipe that he owns. For the past several days a crew of workmen, under the supervision of “Jiggs” Ruxer, have been using some of Alvin’s aluminum pipe and his pumper to get as much water as they could out of the Patoka as they could.
Huntingburg notched its first victory of the 1953 football campaign at Bedford last night, downing the Stonecutters 14-8 with two second quarter touchdowns. Huntingburg out downed Bedford 12-8 and outgained the Cutters in passing, completing 4 of 11 for 104 yards to Bedford’s 4 of 8 for 32. Each team had one toss intercepted. In rushing, the host team led with a net 181 to 127. Total gross yardage was 229 for Bedford, 259 for the winners.
• 50 Years Ago
September 23, 1968
Prof. Frank J. Loepker, 66, who had served as organist and choir director at St. Joseph’s Church for more than forty-eight years, died suddenly at 6:15 this morning in Memorial Hospital. Mr. Loepker entered the hospital last Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack. Shortly before he was to receive communion this morning he suddenly expired. “Prof” Loepker was about to start playing the organ for six o’clock Mass last Thursday morning when he suffered a heart attack. He made his way down the choir loft and walked to his home on the southeast corner of 13th and Newton streets. A doctor attended him after which he was taken by Mrs. Loepker and their son, George, to Memorial Hospital. It was Mr. Loepker’s ambition to play the organ and direct the Men’s and Boys’ Choir at Midnight Mass in 1970, thus rounding out a half of century of service to the congregation in this impressive service.
Pictured in this issue is the board of directors and officers of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Jerry Beckman, treasurer, Tom Beckman, second vice-president, Paul Uebelhor, president, Gene Buechlein, first vice-president, Gene Hostetter, secretary, Jim Deaton, the outgoing president, Directors, Ollie Haas, Cletus Brosmer, Arch Schwinghammer, Joe Steurer, Herb Beck, Edward Seng, Al Fleck, the outgoing first vice-president, and Bob Ruckriegel, the outgoing secretary.
From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score Column: Jasper Cross Country coach Rex May was all smiles (I could tell this by his voice on the phone) as he told of the Wildcats defeating Boonville (19-32 1/2) Tuesday in a dual meet at the Jasper Country Club. It was the first victory of the season for the Jasper harriers and, according to the memory of some JHS coaches, the first cross country victory at JHS in “about 10 years”. Since cross country records haven’t been kept too accurate through the years at Jasper, it will be most difficult to come up with the cross country records through the years, but we will make an attempt to check on the matter. Some of the coaches who have been at Jasper for ten years say they can’t remember Jasper winning a meet except for one forfeit a few years back.
For the first time the little town of Birdseye is sporting a shiny red fire truck as a result of the initial project of the “36” Club. The truck, purchased from the town of Swayzee, Ind., was made possible by dues from the “36” Club and cash donations toward the cost of the truck. The town now has much needed fire protection for the first time in its existence. Previously the town’s only safeguard against the ravages of fire was strictly a bucket brigade with water from wells. According to a life-long resident, Noel Andry, “of all the fires I have helped fight, no house was ever saved.”
The funeral service for Miss Margaret A. Wilson who died Thursday at the age of 96 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Becher and Son Mortuary with two Jasper ministers, the Rev. Craig A. Reed and the Rev. Ferd Elfreich, officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. Miss Wilson, who served for 11 years as superintendent of the Jasper schools, including the 1920’s, and served 13 years as the first librarian of the Jasper Public Library after it opened in 1934, died at 11:25 thursday morning at the Jasper Nursing Center where she had lived since last April 1st. Prior to that time she had been a patient in Memorial Hospital from November of 1963.
Jeannie C. Riley of ‘Harper Valley PTA’ fame will appear tonight, September 28, at the Calumet Lake Pavilion in Jasper. “Harper Valley” is anywhere USA and the way Jeannie C. Riley sings it on Plantation Records makes ‘Harper Valley PTA’ everywhere USA. A 21-year old from Anson, Texas, Jeannie’s desire to break big into the entertainment business has begun to pay off. Following her arrival in Music City two years ago, Jeannie began working a few club dates and demo sessions while awaiting her big chance. It came on July 26, 1968, when Shelby Singleton signed her to his new Plantation label and did a session with her that included the selection “Harper Valley PTA’. It was released the following week and the rest is history as it became a two-million seller in less than a month. Key Talent Inc., was present at the recording session and signed Jeannie to a booking contract on the spot. Her network TV appearances include the Hollywood Palace on ABC.
• 25 Years Ago
September 20, 1993
The Jasper High School marching band started its season with a bang over the weekend, winning first place and sweepstakes honors at two contests. The sweepstakes award goes to the best overall band, and place-finishes are awarded by class. At both Evansville Reitz and Pike Central, Jasper received awards for the best percussion and best color guard in its class, and senior Matthew Altizer took home the prize for best drum major. The Forest Park band won third place and best color guard in its class at Reitz. Heritage Hills was fourth at Reitz and third at Pike Central. At the Mid-States Contest at Indiana State University, Southridge finished third in its class, ahead of 12 schools including Northeast Dubois, which finished sixth and won best auxiliary.
An elementary school building program could cost the Southwest School Corporation between $11 million and $14 million, depending on whether it builds one large school, or two smaller ones, the school board heard at its Monday night meeeting. Larry Phelps, of the architectural firm Odle, McGuire & Shook, said the cost estimates are “very preliminary.” A large school complex at one site combining two sections, one housing K to 2 and the other with grades 3 through 5, would allow certain economies of scale by sharing some facilities, Phelps said. The estimated cost of a single building complex with two schools could be between $11,132,500 and $11,787,500, Phelps said. The total cost of building two K-5 schools--one with a 350 student capacity and the other with a 550 student capacity--could be between $12,998,413 and $13,763,026, he said.
More than two years after beginning restoration work, area residents will celebrate a Dubois County landmark’s inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Residents who organized to restore Lemmon’s Church and secure its listing in the national register in June of 1992 are planning a commemoration ceremony for 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, near the intersection of Portersville Road West and County Road 750W in Boone Township. Local historian John Fierst, the featured speaker, will talk about the history of the church, which dates to 1860, and the effort to list it in the national register. The Jasper Music & Art Coterie will sing.
Dubois County NASCAR fans will get a chance to see the Heilig-Meyers Ford Thunderbird when it visits the Heilig-Meyers store on 719 Wernsing Road today. The car is owned by Junie Dunlavey and it is capable of running in excess of 200 miles per hour. The car will be at the store from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
As long as there isn’t a cold snap before November, the Jasper High School co-generation project will be completed at just the right time. The high school should be co-generating heat and electricity by the end of October, Assistant Superintendent Larry Riggs told the Greater Jasper School Board Thursday night. The new boiler will be installed within two weeks, and a natural gas line is being installed to run the co-generating engines and boiler, he said. The old electric boiler has been removed. “Jasper Engines & Transmissions has two of the three engines done, and the third will be done by the time the boiler and gas line are put in,” he said. “We should have heat in about three weeks.”
If Jasper’s defensive players woke up this morning feeling like Japanese survivors of Iwo Jima, it was because both put up a stubborn defense. But no matter how deeply burrowed a defense, it will eventually be dug out. And that’s what happened Friday when No. 11 Princeton recorded a 23-20 victory against the No. 8-rated Wildcats. Princeton’s offense used 13 first downs, many of them timely and others aided by Jasper penalties, to control the clock for much of the game. The Tigers ran 49 rushing plays to 28 for Jasper. Jasper slipped to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Eight.
The North Posey Vikings held on for a 22-12 Pocket Athletic Conference victory over the Southridge Raiders on a soggy homecoming night at Raider Field. The Raiders are now 1-4 on the season and 1-3 in the PAC. The Vikings improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
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