65 YEARS AGO

Aug. 12, 1957

The Richland Stars knocked the Huntingburg Merchants out of an opportunity to get into the I-K League playoffs yesterday afternoon when they downed them, 9-1. Bill Roland tossed a six-hitter for Richland’s 14th win as compared with seven losses. Huntingburg’s loss gives them an even record of 10 wins and 10 defeats. The Merchants close out their regular I-K League season Wednesday night against second place Owensboro.

Aug. 13

Edward J. Alles, 29, of R. 4, Jasper, became Dubois County’s third traffic victim of the year when his car crashed into a concrete culvert abutment near Crystal around 1 o’clock this morning. The investigating State Police trooper, Wayne Stalcup of French Lick, said that Alles, who was driving west toward Jasper, apparently was going too fast to make the curve as he approached the east town limits of Crystal. The officer said that skid marks on the highway showed he had applied the brakes in an effort to slow his speed. His car, a 1953 Chrysler, crashed into the abutment with such force that it required an hour for a wrecker operator and several assistants to get the body out of the car.

Aug. 14

Ray Goldman, the superintendent of the Huntingburg city schools, has announced the faculty for Huntingburg High School. E. H. Loehr, Principal and Social Studies, Floyd Bennington, Industrial Arts, Howard Buickel, English, Football Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach, Russell Clements, Music, Band, Alice Dufendach, English, Verla Flick, Commerce, Margaret Katterhenry, Library, Physical Education, Janice Odle, Home Economics, Eldon Reynolds, History, Kenneth Richardson, Mathematics, Baseball Coach and Freshman basketball coach, Robert Schroeder, Commerce, Howard Sharp, Physical Education, Basketball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Mary Spengler, English, Latin, Gordon Stuart, Mathematics, John Walker, Science and Mildred Walker, Vocal Music.

Aug. 15

The Jasper City Council last night reappointed Casper Elliott to the school board for another three-year term. Mr. Elliott completed his first full term on the board last month after having served out the unexpired term of his brother, Orville. The way was also cleared last night for the acquisition of water by the new Precious Blood school in the Ireland area west of the city. The council unanimously voted to allow the extension of water mains to any church or any school outside the city limits.

Aug. 16

Quite a crowd turned out yesterday at the Huntingburg Airport to see one of its native sons set down in an Army helicopter. Pilot of the craft was Warrant Officer Chas. Astrike of Ft. Riley, Kansas, who with co-pilot James White, arrived here at 2 P.M. The landing was about an hour ahead of the expected time, due to a tail wind enabling the fliers to gain time. Leaving Ft. Riley at 6 A.M. the fliers stopped in Kansas City and St. Louis to refuel and in Evansville to let the crew chief disembark for a visit.

Aug. 17

From Little League Baseball Games by Bernard Vogler. Since the Minor League season has drawn to a close, I would like to announce the winners. The Wheel Stop Warriors compiled a 12-2 record in winning the championship. Even though the other teams didn’t win, they played good ball, and helped make the Minor League games more interesting to watch. A complete standing of the Minor League will be announced at a later date. In last night’s LL action the Spindler Dodgers whipped Jack McCune and the German American Bank Phillies, 7-2.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 14, 1972

Gary Corbin, Don Eckstein and John Haley all blasted home runs Sunday as the Jasper Reds defeated the Holland Dutchmen, 15-4, getting revenge for one of their two league setbacks this season. Jasper pounded out 17 hits in the game, including two doubles and a single by Steve Barrett and a double and two singles by Dan Loftus. Corbin had a homer and a single, Barry Burnett, Rick Weisman and Lee Boehm each had two singles. Mike Fortune had a home run for Holland, while Randy Rademacher had a double and a single and Terry Rademacher added two singles.

Aug. 15

Don Buse, “Mr. Everything” at Holland High School for two years and for three years at the University of Evansville, will continue his outstanding basketball career in the professional ranks with the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association. Buse, who led the Holland Dutchmen to an undefeated regular season his senior year (1967-68) and then led the Evansville Aces to the NCAA Championship his junior year (1970-71), signed a professional contract this morning with the Pacers at a special news conference held at the McCurdy Hotel in Evansville.

Aug. 16

Karl Moeck, 28, the forester for the Jasper Corporation, was killed in a tractor accident Tuesday afternoon on one of the Corporation’s tree plantations. Mr. Moeck was mowing grass and weeds about eight miles north of West Baden in Orange County when he apparently fell off of the tractor and it ran over him. The accident occurred on what was formerly the Bob Scherle farm. According to an official of the Jasper Corporation, Mr. Moeck sometimes worked late into the night. Early this morning, Mrs. Moeck called the Corporation and reported that her husband had not come home, whereupon Rich Eckerle, manager of the Property Management Division of the Corporation, and another employee, Dennis Fritz, went to the farm to investigate and found the body.

Aug. 17

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Carla Tevault, 17, of Petersburg, who was crowned Wednesday night as the Miss American Teenager. She is shown being crowned by Janine Forsyth, last year’s winner. Miss Tevault beat out 44 other contestants in the 13th annual event in New York. The 5-foot 8 123-pound Miss Tevault is an honor graduate of Petersburg High School and will enter Indiana University on a scholarship, next week. As the winner of the pageant, she receives a new car, a year’s scholarship to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and will appear on two television shows.

Aug. 18

Dubois County recorded its 10th traffic fatality of the year when an 18-year-old Huntingburg Huntingburg woman who was scheduled to be married August 26 was killed in an accident on State Road 64 Thursday night. Miss Deborah Elaine Miller of 12th Street in Huntingburg was pronounced dead on arrival at St Joseph’s Hospital as a result of the injury she suffered in the accident, which occurred two miles east of St. Marks at 8:15 p.m. Two passengers in the car driven by Miss Miller were also taken to the hospital.

Aug. 19

A “controlled explosion” shattered safety glass viewports in a bunker at Crane Naval Ammunition Depot Friday, killing two women and slightly injuring two other women. The accident occurred during an orientation demonstration for about 60 new employees at the demolition range, a remote area in the southwest portion of the depot grounds. A military spokesman at the depot said late Friday night that an investigation was under way and probably would be finished next week. What happened and how it happened will be determined, if possible, the spokesman said, but he said he did not know whether the report would be made public.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 11, 1997

St. Ferdinand’s parish decided by a vote of 784 to 364 to allow a local preservation committee the chance to find another use for the church’s former school building. Church officials announced Sunday the results of a parish-wide vote, which took place Aug. 2 and 3. “The vote was yes to give them a chance,” council president Mike Becher said. The Ferdinand Historical Society preservation committee is working to save the old school building, which was built in 1908, from demolition. Since May, committee members have been talking to the church, the town and the Dubois Contractual Library Board in order to come up with a viable use for the building.

Aug. 12

As technology advances in the woodworking industry, so does the need for a more highly skilled, trained workforce. This, coupled with Dubois County’s low unemployment rate and the coming of the new Toyota and AK Steel plants, creates a need for more education and training beyond a high school degree. “Skilled maintenance people are at a premium,” says Chuck Divine, spokesperson for Kimball International. Don Hayes, curriculum director for the Greater Jasper School Corporation, says area furniture manufacturers seem to have the greatest need for persons with specialized training in electrical maintenance. That’s why the Greater Jasper Learning Center is teaming up with Ivy Tech College in Evansville to provide electrical maintenance training here in Jasper, Hayes said.

Aug. 13

John Bohnert Park is taking shape and proving popular even though it’s not 100% complete yet, the city parks and recreation board heard at its Tuesday meeting. Asphalt is down on the tennis and basketball courts and the electrical connections are almost ready, parks director Ken Buck said. Fences around the courts and basketball goals should be installed soon. Most light standards are up and the lights around the courts and walking path should be installed within a couple of weeks, Buck said.

Aug. 14

While he accepts the UPS strike and even the two pickets who showed up at the Huntingburg UPS distribution center Wednesday, Dave Schuch would rather be working. The Huntingburg resident who drives for the

Huntingburg center, first noticed the pickets when he arrived for work Wednesday morning. The pair, from Rockport, were not UPS employees,

but members of the National Teamsters Union employed by AK Steel. “They told me that they had talked to their union officials and were there to show support for what the union was trying to accomplish,” he said.

Aug. 15

The town of St. Meinrad is one step closer to building a sanitary sewer system that is estimated to cost $2 million. Residents met Thursday night with representatives from the St. Meinrad Utilities and the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission to vote on a referendum to determine whether they should withdraw their utility from the jurisdiction of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). The withdrawal from the IURC will save the town both money and time. An estimated $25,000 will be saved in survey and consultation fees. The residents will also save an estimated $50 annually on the costs of forms and and accounting procedures, said town and utilities attorney Francis Lueken.

Aug. 16

The Saturday feature in this issue is about Nature’s Wardens— Tom Jahn and Ron Miller, Dubois County’s conservation officers. They spend many hours surveying boaters, hunters and recreation enthusiasts throughout the year. Tom Jahn has kept a watchful eye out for humans and wildlife as a conservation officer for 23 years. “We’re not out here to keep people from having a good time,” Jahn says. “We’re out here to make sure there’s a good time for everyone.” During the summer, Miller and Jahn spend the majority of their working hours on Patoka Lake, with thousands of boaters, skiers and anglers. They were recently trained by the IDNR on how to use a jet ski to patrol the lake. But Jahn, 46, and Miller, 35, admit they aren’t thrilled by the idea of patrolling from a jet ski. Some day they may add it to a list of ways —boat, bike, horseback, car and off-road vehicle— they police their jurisdiction.