Looking Back: 9/29

Jay Vaal, percussion instructor with the Southridge Marching Band, directs his students during a warmup before the football game with Pike Central High School 25 years ago. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Sept. 7, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
September 28, 1953

The new pipeline from the White River at Buck Shoals began emptying into the Patoka around 9 A. M. Sunday, and continued to do so until one of the couplings in the pipe gave way last night because of the terrific pressure. There had been some doubt in many minds as to whether the 6” aliminum pipe could take the strain, but the engineer from the Oldfield Portable Irrigation Co. of Cincinnati said the pipe could take it, and promised “no water, no cost.” Workmen today are moving the pipe from the Gus Kieffner farm further down hill, so it can give a bigger assist to the pump stationed at Buck Shoals.   

September 29

Mater Dei, new parochial high school at Evansville, has been accepted into membership in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference effective with the 1954-55 school year. It will thus become a 17-team league. This action of the conference board of directors was announced last night at the annual fall dinner gathering of SIAC principals, coaches, faculty athletic managers and guests at the Huntingburg Country Club. Mater Dei’s application for membership had been given preliminary consideration by a designated committee, which recommended acceptance, and the directors acted favorably upon this recommendation at a business session held yesterday afternoon.    

September 30

Between 2:15 yesterday afternoon and 7 o’clock this morning, the Patoka River received around a half million gallons of water from the White River. The two engines on which Jasper is banking for its water supply until we get rain were shut down again this morning, and will be started up again this afternoon. The bugs have been eliminated from the temporary water system, largely through the efforts of “Jiggs” Ruxer and one of Alvin Ruxer’s farm hands, Sam Jahn. “Jiggs” Ruxer, who has been doing a lot of work on the pipeline project, and Mr. Jahn, by careful throttling down of the engines and manual operation of of a release lever, found a way to permit the water to be gradually released down hill when it was found necessary to stop the engines for oil change or minor repairs.

October 1   

Delmar Bates, a 38-year-old Jasper business man and World War II veteran, was fatally injured around 9:30 yesterday evening in a highway accident while returning from a business trip to Evansville. State Police said that the DeSoto driven by Mr. Bates failed to make a curve after having passed an automobile and a truck. Mr. Bates was very active in civic life in the city. Surviving are his wife, the former Lucille Yaggi; three sons, Larry and Donnie, who are members of the JHS basketball team, and William; a daughter, Julia, and his mother, Mrs. Julia Buechler, of Detroit. 

October 2

Ken Knabel of Troy High School, who attended grade school in Jasper, was the individual winner in yesterday afternoon’s three-team cross-country meet held at the Dubois County Country Club course, but Cabby O’Neill’s Jasper hosts took team honors. Jasper finished with 37, nosing out French Lick’s runners, who totaled 38, and Troy placed third with 49 despite Knabel’s effort. He covered the two miles in 10:04, seven seconds ahead of the second place boy, Billy Weisheit of Jasper. Ed Kapp of the Wildcat team placed third in the meet. 

October 3

Seaman Harold Bauer, 21-year-old son of Mrs. Amelia Bauer of 409 W. 14th St. in Jasper, was fatally injured in a highway accident shortly after midnight on Thursday, according to a telegram received by his mother yesterday afternoon. The telegram gave no details, except that the accident occurred at 12:30 A. M. Friday near San Jose, California. Harold was stationed at Moffett Field, not far from San Jose. However, an Associated Press dispatch reported that the car in which he was riding skidded into a utility pole. It has not been learned who was driving. Harold had no car of his own on the West Coast, but members of his family said one of his buddies owned one. 

50 Years Ago
September 30, 1968 

Cable Channel 9, a local television station serving Jasper and Huntingburg, will sign on Tuesday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. The station will be operated as a joint venture between Dubois Cablevision, Inc. (a subsidiary of Telesis, Inc. of Evansville) and The Jasper Herald company, publishers of THE DAILY HERALD. Pictured on the front page of ths issue are Bob Ossenberg, vice-president in charge of local origination for Telesis; Jack Rumbach, president of the Herald Co.; Richard Shively, president of Telesis; and Jerry Birge, manager of the local TV station.   

October 1

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Mary Jane Schneider, who was elected president of the Dubois County Society for Crippled Children and Adults. The election occurred at the twenty-first annual dinner meeting of the board of directors. This organization of volunteers serves the handicapped children and adults in the county. Mrs. Schneider succeeds the Rev. Raymond Kuper, formerly of St. Ferdinand parish in Ferdinand. Mrs. Schneider, who holds a B. S. degree from St. Louis University, is a former speech correction teacher in the Jasper city school system and has been a board member of the Crippled Children’s Society for the past eight years. Her husband, Ronald, is a partner in Schneider’s Department Store, and they are the parents of two children. Earl Buechler was elected vice-president and re-elected were Margaret Hochgesang, secretary, and Bill Hauser, treasurer. 

October 2

The Federal Power commission has suspended for five months a wholesale rate increase proposed for Jasper by the Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Company of Evansville, and at the same time ordered hearings held on the proposed increase. SIGECO proposed to increase its rates to Jasper by about $132,000 annually, based on deliveries for the 12-month period ending last June 30. The FPC said the increased rates may be “unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or unlawful.” The FPC said that examination of the rate schedule indicates, among other things, that the proposed rate fails to reflect the service required by Jasper. This is particularly true, the federal commission said, in view of the recent addition of 14,500 kilowatts to Jasper’s electric supply from the new local generating plant on east Fifteenth Street. 

October 3

Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the champions of the Lincolnland League — the Holland Dutchmen, who defeated Huntingburg, 8-6, Sunday in the decisive third game of the playoffs on Sunday. Members of the winning Dutchmen are: Lester Amos, Manager, Steve Hunter, Don Eilert, Bob Peach, Grover Miller, Henry Ayres, Jack Kamman, Ken Smith, batboy, Jerry Smith., league president, Eugene Rademacher, Alan Nass, Don Buse, Ron Kamman, Charlie Siebe and Joe Todrank. Eugene Kahle was not present when the picture was taken.

October 4

Members of the Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department based at Ireland are puzzled by the speed with which a large poultry house on the Graham Farms about 2 1/2 miles southwest of Ireland was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Chief Joe Wehr and Assistant Chief Felix Mundy, the fire apparently engulfed the interior of the building in a remarkedly short time. They said that usually in a fire of this kind the birds housed inside are found crowded together as they try to get away from the flames. In the case of yesterday’s fire, they said, some of the pullets apparently were still eating when they died very suddenly.  The building destroyed was the latest one erected by Graham Farms. It was about four years old. The fire started around 2:15.

October 5

Fire of undetermined origin this morning destroyed a grade school building in Loogootee in which about 460 pupils had been attending since the fall term began. Destroyed was Loogootee Elementary School No. 2, formerly known at St. John’s Grade School. The fire was discovered at 4:30 this morning by two nuns, Sister David Mary and Sister Eugene Therese. Loogootee firemen were aided by fire departments from Haysville, Crane, Montgomery, Odon and Washington in fighting the blaze. Nearby buildings, including Loogootee St. John’s Catholic High School and the convent building, were saved. Defective wiring is suspected as the cause of the early morning blaze, but the cause of the fire has not been definitely established. 

25 Years Ago
September 27, 1993

Sylvester J. Schmitt, 78, 461 Second Ave., Jasper, died at 1:30 p. m. Saturday, September 25, 1993, at his home. Mr. Schmitt retired from the Jasper Herald Company after 40 years. He formerly worked in the advertising department and was a sports writer with his own column, “Smitty’s Smithereens.” He was also a sales rep for the Schum Monument Company for 31 years. He was formerly active with the Jasper Reds Baseball Club and worked as its business manager. He was in the church choir for 68 years, first at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and then at Holy Family Catholic Church.

September 28

The annual Herbsfest kicks off Thursday in Huntingburg and lasts through Sunday, with security dogs, cavalrymen and chili cooks slated to appear. In the past, about 6,000 people per year have attended Herbsfest. Several new events have been scheduled this year,which should attract more people if the weather is nice, said Sara Songer, secretary of the festival committee. This year’s fest will feature for the first time a group of Civil War re-enactors based in Huntingburg. Members will recreate an encampmentof the 119th regiment of the 7th Indiana Cavalry, using period costumes, tents and firearms.The unit was begun in 1863, when President Lincoln asked volunteers from 10 area counties to join forces in Indianapolis. Members of the re-enactment group will be led by Col. William H. Mounts of Huntingburg. 

September 29

Area communities hoping to get Community Focus Fund grants through the State Department of Commerce to help fund Patoka Lake’s proposed Phase 5 pipeline may know by Thanksgiving how effective their applications proved to be. Huntingburg was the lone applicant to receive Round 1 funding this summer for Phase 5. Its award was $500,000. Now Haysville, Holland, Otwell, Pike-Gibson, Lynnville, Tennyson and Oakland City will go after Round 2 funding. 

September 30

September 1993 is going to into the books as the wettest ever in the 39 years local records have been kept at the Jasper Waste Water Treatment plant. Beginning with the 5.56 inches that fell as the month was beginning and that led to flooding in Jasper, the month has gone on to rack up 10.76 inches. The previous September record was 6.85 inches, set in 1984. September was also the sixth month out of nine this year with above-normal rainfall. This wet period came after nearly two years of drought in which 18 of the previous 21 months had below-normal rain. So far this year, rainfall is about 25 percent above normal. In 1991 and 1992, rainfall was 20 percent below normal.

October 1

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Jasper Holiday Inn. The keynote speaker will be Jim Crews, head basketball coach at the University of Evansville. Coach Crews’ topic will be “Coaching Your Team.” To mark the 40th anniversary of the local chamber, the first three plaques of “Our Heritage Collection,” being sold through the Chamber as a tribute to the area’s past, will be displayed and orders taken.   

October 2

Jasper perked up in the final quarter Friday night for a come-from-behind 21-14 win against determined South Spencer, rated No. 4 in this week’s Class 2A poll. It marked the first-ever meeting between Jasper and the Rebels in varsity football. Jasper improved to 4-2, while the Rebels slipped for the first time in six starts. Meanwhile, the Southridge Raiders pounded the Wood Memorial Trojans 42-0 Friday night. The Raiders are now 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the Pocket Athletic Conference. The Trojans are remain winless in both categories with an 0-5 mark. The Raider offense racked up 299 yards total offense — 276 on the ground and 23 in the air. Junior tailback Ryan Flamion ended with 112 yards on 15 carries, but it was senior utility man Eric Meyerholtz who led the ground attack  with 116 yards on 11 carries and two rushing touchdowns. 

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