Looking Back: 9/5September 4, 2020
65 Years Ago
Sept. 5, 1955 - Labor Day - No Paper
School bells this morning announced the end of summer vacation in most of the schools in Dubois County and the youngsters trudged back to classrooms with armloads of books. The elementary schools at Cuzco and St. Anthony will not open for another week or two, because of incomplete school buildings. The one being built at Cuzco to replace one destroyed by fire is expected to be ready for occupancy in another two weeks. At St. Anthony, the school building is being repaired and remodeled, and classes are scheduled to begin there next Monday.
Thirty-nine Jasper Pony Leaguers stepped off the bus around 10 o’clock last Wednesday evening, plenty tired but well aware of the vastness of the Windy City, Chicago. These boys left on an Alvin Ruxer trip at 5:30 Tuesday morning and at 10 o’clock were having dinner on the courthouse lawn at Kentland. The bus arrived at Chicago around 2:30 and after the boys checked in at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago, they were on their own for a couple of hours in order that they might visit the large department stores or look at the tall buildings. They reported back to their rooms at 5:30 in time to get to Comiskey Park in order to see the Red Sox and the White Sox take batting practice. On Wednesday, the went to the Museum of Science and Industry. Adults accompanying the boys were Alvin Ruxer, Carl Witte, Ralph Heath, Wes Settle and Herb Pittman.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are seven county youths who volunteered for military service. They left this morning for induction at Louisville. They are to receive their basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Shown are, Harold Berger, Gaylord Raphael Schuch, William Edward Lehmkuhler,William Isodore Schuetter, Donald Leopold Gutzweiler (leader), and Urban Otto Blessinger, all of Jasper. Also pictured is Gene Ray Ingle of Birdseye. Urban Blessinger, a son of Mrs. Verona Blessinger and the late Edward O. Blessinger, is the 8th of nine sons of the couple to be inducted. Three served in World War II while five have been inducted since the Korean emergency developed.
The Dubois County council, meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in the court house, cut the county general fund tax levy 5 cents. The commissioners, in preparing the budget, had set the general fund rate at 48 cents. The council reduced the rate to 43 cents by eliminating an item of $10,000 requested in the budget for new bridges, and by cutting out a $3,800 appropriation asked for the salary of a
county health nurse. The appropriation for a health nurse was eliminated because no applications for the position were received. Applicants for the positon had to be registered nurses and also have a teacher’s license--pretty rugged requirements.
Next Monday, Sept. 12, is the day set for the opening of the school year at St. Ferdinand High at Ferdinand, now beginning its fifth year of operation. Whereas during the first year in 1951-52, 86 pupils were registered, this year’s enrollment is 210. There are 36 seniors, 48 juniors, 63 sophomores and 73 freshmen. There are 109 boys and 101 girls. The teaching staff remains the same as last year with two exceptions. Father Ambrose was recalled to St. Meinrad to work in the seminary there, and Sister Josepha has been transferred to hospital work after receiving her M. A. degree in Home Economics at St. Louis University in August of this year. To replace these two teachers, Father Bede and Sister M. Thomas are joining the S.F.H.S. staff.
A year ago it was Mitchell that came from behind in the second half to gain a 6-6 tie with Jasper. Last night, in the 1955 opener at the Recreation Field gridiron, Bob Fell’s Wildcats had to come from behind in the second half to tie the Blue Jackets, 13-13. Meanwhile, a veteran, power-laden Boonville team that might go all they way this season broke loose in the second half at Municipal Park last night and walloped Huntingburg 40-0 in the 1955 grid opener for the two SIAC schools.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 7 - Labor Day - No Paper
A crowd estimated at more than 15,000 peersons attended the annual Lincolnland Air Show staged on Labor Day at the Huntingburg Municipal Airport by the Huntingburg Jaycees. In addition to those who were able to get into the airport area, many more were turned away or were caught up in heavy traffic on U.S. 231 approaching the airport from both directions. As anticipated, the Navy’s Blue Angels precision jet flyers were the sensation of the show, especially the manuevers of the solo pilots. Other acts in the annual event also were warmly received by the crowd which didn’t seem to be bothered by the hot, muggy Labor Day afternoon. The Army’s Golden Knights parachute jumping team provided a bonus performance. In addition to their regular show, in which they jumped from a height of 9,000 feet, the Knights climaxed the show with an impressive mass exit jump of eight men. The Dixie Air Show Aerobatic team drew lively responses from the large crowd for their performances.
Glen A. Fierst, 33, a career civil servant, has been promoted to the position of Cincinnati Area Director of the U. S. Labor Department’s Wage-Hour Division. This announcement was made today by Gerald J. Mitchell, the division’s regional director in Chicago. A native of Huntingburg, where he was educated in the public schools, Fierst attended Georgia Tech University and has a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Oakland City College. Married to the former Margaret Klink, of Pana, Illinois, Fierst is the father of two children, ages eight and nine.
Randy Rademacher hurled a no-hitter as he pitched the Holland Dutchmen to a 6-0 baseball win over the Otwell Millers at Holland. Rademacher, a junior, fanned six and walked four. He allowed only five base runners. The Dutchmen now are 2-0 for the fall baseball season.
Charles J. McPherron has been named to the newly-created position of Business Manager of the Dubois County DAILY HERALD, it was announced today by Jack Rumbach, president and general manager of the firm. McPherron, who had been associated previously with the Herald for 11 years as news wire editor and sports editor, has been the editor and publisher of the Cadott, Wisconsin, Sentinel for the past three years. McPherron and his wife, Janet, are the parents of five children: Mary Jeanne, 14; Mike, 13; Caroline, 13; Nancy, 10, and Stephen, 7. They are residing in Holland.
Twinkle Inn, winners of the Jasper City League playoffs, defeated United Cabinet, winners of the Jasper Industrial League playoffs, 13-4, Thursday night to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three playoff series for the overall 1970 softball championship in Jasper. Don Kleiser had a double and two singles and Rich Pfaff, Chesty Luegers and Ken Kreilein all had three singles to lead a 20-hit attack for Twinkle Inn. Skip Mehringer had a triple and a single and Steve Kiefer added two singles for United Cabinet.
Greg Berger, a 5-11, 174-pound junior who earned All-SIAC honors a year ago as a sophomore placekicker, proved he was worthy of that honor Friday night as he booted a 26-yard field goal with 3:34 remaining in the game to provide the margin of victory as the Jasper Wildcats shocked highly-touted Tell City, 10-7, in a big SIAC showdown at Tell City. It was one of the biggest football wins in history for Jasper, who went into the game as a 32-point underdog. A week ago Jasper’s offense and defense both had their problems as they dropped a 15-14 season-opening decision to rival Huntingburg. A week later the Wildcats put it all together and it paid off in a victory that resulted in a mad, noisy, post-game celebration in the Jasper dressing room. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters racked up their first PAC victory of the year Friday night by giving the Tecumseh Braves the axe, 24-0, in a one-sided game played at Boonville.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 11, 1995
Jasper’s girls golf team won the four-team Big Eight tournament Saturday, totaling 31 fewer strokes than its nearest opponent. At Evansville, Jasper dominated the conference tournament played at the Hamilton Golf Course and Wildcat Nicole Beyke posted the second-best overall score. The Wildcats totaled 381 strokes. Princeton finished second (412), Tell City third (413) and Boonville last (479).
Beyke posted a round of 92, one stroke behind medalist Stephanie Abbott of Princeton.
Jasper should take action to correct a potential safety hazard on Birk Drive, said building commissioner Dave Seger at this morning’s board of public works and safety meeting. There is a foundation and open basement on the west side of Birk Drive several houses south of 26th Street, according to Seger. It does not meet the city’s minimum building standards as it is. The home at the site was damaged in a fire some time ago and then moved from the foundation. “Neighbors have been complaining about it,” Seger said. The property owner lives in Tell City and was notified of the problem by certified mail but didn’t respond. The board told Seger to meet with the police and fire chiefs, inspect the property and report back at the next meeting in two weeks when the board will decide if it should begin condemnation proceedings.
After 39 years of reaching for a sidearm and a badge, George LeWallen looks forward to the day he’ll be able to wake up and not have to go to work. Effective at midnight Dec. 31, LeWallen will retire as chief of police of the Huntingburg Police Department. His planned departure was made official Tuesday when he handed a memo to members of the board of public works and safety. “After serving the public as a career police officer since Sept. 1, 1956, the time has come to pursue other interests,” LeWallen wrote. Those other interests include relaxation, as well as local politics. LeWallen is running on the Republican ticket against Democrat Haskell Mason for Huntingburg’s 3rd Ward Council seat, now held by Democrat Charlie Fuhs.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Willie Kluemper of Jasper who used his Dick Weber Legacy model bowling ball to bowl his first 300 game Sept. 5 at Eastown Lanes during Tuesday night’s Men’s League competition. Kluemper, 36, became only the fifth bowler in Jasper in the last 30 years--and the first since 1991--to bowl a 300 game.
Six local students are among 15,000 high school seniors chosen as semifinalists for the 41st National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Garren Heeke, Northeast Dubois; Benjamin Johanneman, Forest Park; Ian Gerdon, Southridge; Valerie Martin, Greater Jasper; Joseph Boyd, Heritage Hills; and Josh Arvin, Loogootee High School. They have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 6,900 Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $26 million, to be offered next spring.
Gen. Robert Mitchell of Jasper took over command of the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division last month and received his second star Tuesday during a special ceremony in the Governor’s office. Mitchell, 58, has served 42 years in the military and was deputy commander of the State Area Command before his promotion to major general this week. Mitchell enlisted in the Army Reserve in September 1953 and served on active duty from 1955 to 1959. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in July of 1964. He has commanded units in Jasper, Tell City, and Kokomo during his military career.
The Jasper Wildcats netted an impressive 21-7 win over Vincennes Friday. The Alices’ Tony Lindauer, who had run wild for over 600 yards in three previous games,was limited to a mere 51 yards on 17 carries. The victory put Jasper (4-0 overall) in the Big Eight driver’s seat, jumping ahead of previously unbeaten Vincennes in the standings with a spotless 3-0 record in league play. Meanwhile, led by Aaron Goffinet South Spencer rushed for 304 yards as a team and crushed Southridge 42-20 in a Pocket Athletic Conference game. The win raised the Rebels to 3-1 overall and the same in the PAC while the Raiders are 1-3 and 1-2.
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