Looking Back: 9/5

Amanda Blessinger and Katie Blackgrove waited near the Herbstfest stage 25 years ago before their Saturday afternoon Puttin’ On The Hits performance of “Yakity Yak.” Other members of the Huntingburg group were Nacaya Reller, Cassie Nolan and Brittany Farmer. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published October 4, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Oct. 4, 1954

Pictured on the front page of this issue are four Dubois County young men who left this morning for Louisville to be inducted into military service. They will receive their basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. All four in today’s group are volunteers. They are: John Basil Habig, Jasper, leader; Edgar P. Zehr, Jasper; Ronald Lloyd Klueh, Ferdinand; and Glenn William Foxx, Jasper.

A man who for sixty years had been saving others from death, died this morning in Huntingburg. He was Dr. Louis C. Lukemeyer, 86, who passed away at 10:39 this morning following an illness of about two months. He started the practice of medicine in 1894 at Haysville, and in 1903 he moved to Huntingburg where he had been located since. 

Oct. 5

Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Marks triplets, who are celebrating their second birthday today. The attractive youngsters, the children of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Marks of R. 2, Jasper, were born in Memorial Hospital on Oct. 5, 1952. Pictured are Joe, Elaine and Leonard. They have enjoyed almost perfect health since their birth. According to the parents, they go to bed around 8 P. M. and you don’t hear a peep out of them until it’s time to get up in the morning. 

Oct. 6

At a special meeting of Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the city council Tuesday evening, bids were opened on the construction of the dam and spillway for the Beaver Creek Reservior east of Jasper that will solve the city’s future water supply problems. To say that the city officials were surprised and pleased with the bids would be the understatement of the year. They discovered that the bid of the R. P. Olinger of Huntingburg, the low bidder, was almost $69,000 under the engineers’ estimate.  The engineering firm of Vogt, Ivers and Seaman of Cincinnati had estimated the cost of the damn and spillway at $196.584. The bid of the Olinger firm was $127,243.    

Oct. 7

Starting next Sunday and continuing through the following Thursday, the St. Meinrad Archabbey, now one of the outstanding Catholic religious centers in the Midwest, will celebrate completion of 100 years of service and its entry into the second century of devotion to god and man.  It was on March 21, 1854, that a Spencer County log cabin was the focal point for a great throng of settlers from throughout southern Indiana who had come to see the structure dedicated as the St. Meinrad Abbey. 

Oct. 8

Construction of the first prestressed concrete bridge contracted for by the Indiana State Highway Department under the federal aid program is nearing completion at Hall Creek in the Wehr bottom between Jasper and Schnellville. In past years the road west of the small bridge that spanned Hall Creek was frequently under water necessitating detouring by motorists. The 96-foot two-inch bridge, plus the re-location of almost 2,000 feet of roadway, is being provided by the R. P. Olinger Construction Co. of Huntingburg, at a cost of $46,000. Half of this amount will be paid for by the county, and the other half through federal aid. The bridge was engineered by Jerome Schneider, the Dubois County Surveyor.   

Oct. 9

Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg gridders drubbed the Jasper Wildcats 21 to 0 before approximately 1,500 fans at the JHS  Field last night in the opener of a football rivalry between the two Dubois County SIAC schools. The Hunters struck for two touchdowns in the first quarter and added another score in the second. While they didn’t score in the last half their rugged defense kept Bob Fell’s boys from penetrating any deeper than the HHS 39-yard line during the whole evening. 

50 Years Ago
Oct. 6, 1969

For the fourth year in a row the Holland Dutchmen rule the Lincolnland League in semi-pro baseball. The Dutchmen edged Gentryville, 2-1, Sunday at Holland to wrap up their best-of-three series with a 2-1 edge of games. Henry Ayres took care of the pitching Sunday and Joe Todrank provided the winning run in Holland’s victory. Ayres went the distance on the mound, allowing only four hits. He struck out six and walked one. The winning run for Holland came in the seventh inning when Jack Kamman singled, went to second on a sacrifice by John Briggeman and then scored on a single by the veteran Todrank. An argument followed the play at the plate and Todrank alertly advanced to third base, but was stranded. Dick Walker went the distance for Gentryville allowing six hits. 

Oct. 7

About 45 of the 70 Dubois County Republican precinct committeemen and committeewomen who attended a meeting in the German American Bank basement Monday night for an election to name a successor to county chairman Jerry Seger, unanimously voted for Mayor Jack E. Newton of Jasper to serve Seger’s unexpired term. Mrs. Geneva Himsel, the county vice-chairman, presided at the meeting. Newton expressed his gratitude to the outgoing chairman, Jerry Seger, and pointed out that during his chairmanship more Dubois County offices were filled by Republicans than ever before in the county’s history. This statement was followed by loud applause. Seth Denbo, 8th District GOP chairman, said after last night’s meeting that the Republican Party has come a long way in Dubois County.  Mrs. Judy Olinger recently announced that she wished to resign as secretary of the Dubois County Republican Central Committee. 

Oct. 8

The board of school trustees of the southwest Dubois County School Corporation, at its regular meeting Monday evening, voted to begin the process of school consolidation next fall. The first moves will include the transfer of Holland High School students to Huntingburg to make room for St. Henry grade school pupils. The St. Henry school will be closed. Both of these moves have been recommended in the Indiana State University study, “so that a logical sequence of construction of new buildings and remodeling can get underway, and at the same time allow for better educational opportunities to the students who are being moved,” according to Supt. W. E. Schnute.   

Oct. 9

From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score column: A number of weeks ago I asked for readers to send in ballots for the “All-Time Baseball Team” in their areas. We had hoped to list an “all-time” team from every community that ever had a semipro baseball team, but we heard only from Jasper. Our congratulations to all of the members of the “All Time Jasper Reds” baseball team. The list includes: C-Bill Bohnert, IB- Bumps Hoffman, 2B-Chick Flick, 3B-Rocky Renneisen, SS-Butch Betz, OF-Bob Waddell, Nigg Pfeffer and Chick Alles, LHP-Jerry Schneider and RHP- Romie Pfeffer, MGR.-Riff Pfeffer. HONORABLE MENTION: Alvin Ruxer, Murph Pfau, Max Smith, Dick Sparks, Jim Vaughn, Joe Kendall, Jiggs Ruxer, Ed Hoffman, Chuck Berger, Brute Hoffman, Don Hoffman, Bips Reckelhoff, Lee Kavanaugh, Dick Flick, Al Graehler, Tom Gosman, Penny Rottet, Bob Reinhart, Willie Haas, Bernie Sermersheim, Chub Ackerman, Tommy Becher, Rags Berger and Mike Hoffman. There was one other vote sent in for “Best Ball Shagger”  As anticipated, that honor went to Don “Butch” Hedinger, who shagged balls in the early and mid 50’s. 

Oct. 10 

Edward “Penny” Rottet, 82, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Hospital. Mr. Rottet retired on June 30, 1965, as an employee of the Jasper Desk Company after having probably set a local record for the duration of employment at one place. He retired from the supervisory personnel of the plant after having worked there for sixty years. In his earlier years he was one of the mainstays of the Jasper Reds and The Herald’s Baseball teams.    

Oct. 11

Earlier this season JHS football coach Jerry Brewer was quoted as not being in favor of the new rule allowing high school teams to go for a two-point conversion on a run or pass. During his coaching career Brewer has always been blessed with capable place kickers and he felt the new rule could easily take away this edge in a close game. Brewer’s concern proved true Friday night at the Princeton High School football field when Princeton quarterback Robbie Slayton connected with halfback Joe Rebone with only 50 seconds remaining in the game for a two-point conversion that gained the Tigers a 26-26 tie.

25 Years Ago
Oct. 10, 1994 

After a regional contest full of joy and heartache, the season is over for four local bands. Jasper and Forest Park, however, will march on to state. “We got the draw at state already for two weeks from now,” said Jasper director Glen Weil this morning. “It looks like some stiff competition again.” Saturday at Evansville Central High School, the Marching Wildcats finished third out of 15 Class B bands. They will be joined Oct. 22 at the RCA Dome by Anderson Highland, Bloomington North, Concord, Dekalb, Floyd Central, Goshen, Greenwood, New Castle Chrysler and Northview. In Class D competition at Evansville, Forest Park finished a close second. Director David Michael’s band will compete against Blue River Valley of Mt. Summit, Clay City, Eastern of Greentown, Fairfield of Goshen, Gibson Southern, Monrovia, Sheridan, Springs Valley and Woodlan of Woodburn.   

Oct. 11

Sales were higher in fiscal 1995’s irst quarter that ended Sept. 30, but earnings were down slightly compared to the first quarter a year ago, Kimball International shareholders heard at the company’s annual meeting this morning. Sales were expected to be almost $210 million, about 5 per cent higher than the year-ago total of $197.9 million, said Kimball president and CEO Douglas Habig. The company expects to earn about 40 cents per share, compared to 43 cents per share last year, Habig said. The earnings and sales estimates were based on preliminary figures and the final results will be announced later this week. 

Oct. 12

Pictured in this issue is Nicole Smith, the daughter of David and Darlene Smith of Holland, was crowned the football homecoming queen at Southridge High School. The crowning took place Friday at the Southridge-Tecumseh game.

Holiday World set a new attendance record for the fifth consecutive year this year. Attendance was boosted by a new attraction, The Wave. The park’s next season, its 50th, will open May 6 and will feature another new attraction, a $2 million roller coaster that will be the largest wooden roller coaster in Indiana.   

Oct. 13

The Dubois County Humane Society Inc. Board of Directors met Oct. 5. Laverne Brosmer reported that she will visit Southridge Middle School on Thursday, Oct.13. She told the board that she will take some pets with her and will spend some time talking with the children about the care of pets. Annette Harder, chairperson of the pet therapy program, reported she and Darla Knight, with her dog Kody and her pet hamster, visited the residents of the Jasper Nursing Center and the Huntingburg Convalescent Center on Sept. 14. She also reported that on Sept. 24, she and Kathy Dewitt, with her dog biscuit, and Ms. Harder’s bird, Tweety, visited the residents at the Good Samaritan Center.    

Oct. 14

Chalk up win No. 500 for Pat Zehr. The Jasper head volleyball coach was treated to the monumental mark Thursday night when her Wildcats pounded out a 15-6, 15-10 victory over Princeton. The Cats didn’t necessarily sparkle in the win, but they were obviously playing with some weight on their shoulders. “We didn’t really talk about this at all, but I think there was some pressure frrom mom and dad for the last couple of weeks,” Zehr said. “I don’t think we played particularly well tonight, but its been a long week and it’s been a difficult week. “After you lose to Boonville, this game doesn’t mean a whole lot any more. I think had we beaten Boonville you would’ve seen a much different game here tonight.”   

Oct. 15

Southridge’s no-frills ground game took a back seat to its fledgling passing attack in the Raiders’ PAC win over Gibson Southern on Friday. No, that wasn’t a misprint--Southridge actually passed, and passed often with deadly accuracy in the 27-14 come-from-behind victory. Meanwhile, the Class 3A second-ranked Jasper Wildcats put the finishing touches on a perfect 8-0 regular season Friday night, ripping Mt. Vernon, 42-0. The shutout was the Cats’ seventh of the season and it gave them the Big Eight Conference title with a 6-0 record.   

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