Looking Back: 9/4September 3, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Sept. 3, 1956 - Labor Day. - No Paper
Twelve Jasper girls, members of the Peppy Pals 4-H Club, are taking part in the Junior Singer dressmaking contest in Washington, part of a nation-wide project held each year. Their trip to Washington is being financed by Louis Eckstein, who contributed a check for $100 to cover expenses. Mrs. Ruth Bratton is their instructor. Adult leader of the Jasper group is Mrs. Rose Eckstein. The dozen girls taking part include: Marilyn Buchta; Carol Sermersheim; Shirley and Mary Ann Uebelhor; Ruth, Irma, Jeannie and Joan Eckstein; Virginia Sermersheim; Mary Lou Brang; Linda Rohleder; and Nancy Dittmer. Cash awards, portable sewing machines and a trip to New York are included in the prizes. Last year, 60,000 girls in the United States and Canada took part in the contest.
Jacob F. Ruxer, 82, a former St. Meinrad postmaster, garage owner and Spencer County treasurer, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where he had been a patient for the past six weeks as the result of a heart ailment. Mr. Ruxer, who had been active in Spencer County politics since early manhood, retired from business some years ago and since then had spent a good deal of his time with his sons and daughters in Jasper. He was a dealer for Maxwell and Ford line of cars. Surviving are four sons, Hubert of Evansville, Alvin, Jacob and Oliver of Jasper; two daughters, Mrs. Hubert Tretter of Jasper and Mrs. Victor Hubers of St. Meinrad.
Huntingburg won the Shaughnessy Indiana Night League title when they eked out a 5-4 victory over the Sunbeam Bakers of Evansville at Municipal Park Wednesday night. Marvin Blemker in pitching the Merchants to the title was touched for 11 hits and struck out nine batters. He also defeated Princeton in the other INL playoff game, 12-2, last week. Jim Gunselman had a roundtripper and a single for Huntingburg while Jim Ely had two triples and a single for Sunbeam.
The enrollment in Ireland High School is 111 and the combined elementary enrollment is 262. This is an increase of seven students over last year. There are five beginners in the Southside School and 33 in the North Side School. Three new courses are being offered in high school — remedial reading, chemistry 11 and 12, and general business. The members of the typing class are using 24 new 1957 Remington’s. This is the first time the typing department has had all brand new typewriters in one year.
Tom Stokes made his debut as Jasper High School’s new football coach a rousing success last night when he unveiled his 1956 Wildcat 11 at Mitchell. There were no ties last night as the Cats displayed a well oiled offensive machine which saw them pile up a 27-6 score on the Bluejackets. The previous two encounters ended in 6-6 and 13-13 ties.
Held to one first down in the first half, the Boonville Pioneers erupted for three touchdowns in the last two periods to down the Huntingburg Happy Hunters, 20-6 last night at Hemenway Field in Boonville.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 6, 1971 - Labor Day - No Paper
Steve Barrett, the Little dynamo from Otwell and Murray State, was the winning pitcher on both ends of a crucial doubleheader Sunday as the Jasper Reds outlasted the Huntingburg Merchants to win the 1971 Lincolnland League post-season playoffs. Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the team members. They include: Gary Corbin, Al Boehm, Don Eckstein, Gabe Mehringer, Phil Rohleder, Steve Meadors, Rick Weisman, Terry Fleck, Steve Barrett, Ted Young, John Haley and Dan Loftus. Also in the photo are Manager Howard “Andy” Anderson and batboys Mike Birge and Don Boehm.
Huntingburg Mayor Dale Helmerich stated at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that he is very displeased with the estimated $25,000 budget for poor relief that is proposed for Patoka Township. Mayor Helmerich asked the members of the city council to cooperate with him and appear before a meeting of the County Board of Tax Commissioners in an effort to cut the relief rolls in the township. Mayor Helmerich stated that this amount of welfare is costing a 23 cents tax rate in addition to the rest of the tax levy. There are many on the welfare rolls, Helmerich believes, who don’t belong there. They are able to work and earn a living he asserted. The mayor said that there are those who deserve welfare aid, but that it is being abused by people who could work and get off the welfare rolls.
The annual homecoming of Emmanuel (Hill) Lutheran Church will be held Sunday, Sept. 12. This year, especially, all the friends of the Hill Church are invited back to help celebrate the long history of service the congregation has rendered to its members and past members. Beginning Sept. 19, Emanuel Lutheran Church will cease to function as a congregation, but will continue as a cemetery association. In the long history of Emanuel from 1858 until now, there were 938 baptisms, 646 confirmations, 236 marriages and 362 burials.
A final report on a study of the solid waste disposal problem in Jasper was presented Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn. Vic Wagner and Don Mink of the firm of Steeg and Associates of Indianapolis made the report to city officials, news media representatives and several other persons involved in the project. Mink began the report by pointing out that the survey was launched as a result of pressure from the state on the city to take action to curtail the problem of pollution.
Quarterback Ronnie Rogier and halfback Pat Malone combined to lead Tell City to a 33-7 High School football victory over Jasper Friday night at Alumni Stadium in Jasper, the worst defeat a Wildcat team has suffered to Tell City since 1953, the first year the two teams met on the gridiron. Tell City won that first meeting 18 Years Ago, 39-0, but it was only the second football game Jasper had ever played. The Wildcats introduced the sport that year.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1996 - Labor Day - No Paper
Ruth Buecher, 96, of Jasper, died Monday morning, Sept. 2, at her home. She was a member of the Eastern Star, where she held both local and state offices. She founded the Alpha Grandmothers Club and was its first president. Her community service included 16 years on the Jasper Library Board. She was honored as the grand marshal of the 1991 Jasper Strassenfest. Her private museum has received national attention.
Advancing a project that has been underway for years, the Schnellville Volunteer Fire Department held groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, Aug. 29, for its planned 50-foot by 80-foot firehouse, which is expected to take four months to build. Last fall, the fire department received a community block grant through the Indiana Department of Commerce for $174,300. The estimated cost of the project is $194,300, including $174,340 for construction. The new firehouse will have four bays and a meeting room. It will have a brick exterior, a table roof and a concrete drive. Seufert Construction Company of Ferdinand is the general contractor for the project. Wayne Seufert and Associates is the engineering firm. Indiana Regional 15 Planning Commission is the grant administrator.
A federally subsidized meals program for senior citizens in eastern Dubois County that was canceled in July was reborn this week. Senior citizens from the Birdseye area have been gathering at Deb’s Truck Stop on State Road 64 for socializing and a meal for 11 years. But the money to help pay for part of the meal’s cost ran out in July. Debbie Ernst, who owns the truck stop with her husband, Tom, said she continued serving the meals but had to charge the full price of $3.20. Before, the government paid 80 cents of each meal and the customers only paid $1.50. A $1,000 grant from the Older Hoosier Program will allow the truck stop to reduce the cost to $1.50, the way it was before, Ernst said.
Concerned that planned extensions to Ferdinand’s Industrial Park Road will interfere with farming and raise taxes while bringing few benefits to average citizens, about 45 residents gathered at the Ferdinand American Legion to oppose the $3.3 million project Thursday night. The meeting was sponsored by the newly formed Committee To Preserve Ferdinand’s Rural Heritage, which says the bypass extensions will consume too much farmland. The group is especially concerned about the historic Woebkenberg family farm, which would be bisected by the southern extension.
The Southridge Raiders weren’t victors Friday night, they were survivors. Lightning filled the sky and foreshadowed Pike Central shocking the Raiders, but Southridge thumbed its nose at Mother Nature and jolted the hosts with 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure a 24-13 Pocket Athletic Conference victory after a 90-minute lightning delay. “I’m happy with the victory but I have mixed emotions. We made just too many mistakes. If we make mistakes like these next weekend we’ll get hammered,” said a weary Southridge head coach Brad Hanner.
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