For the Record: 1/13January 12, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 1953
The telephone switchboard at Radio Station WITZ was flooded with calls yesterday afternoon following a major breakdown which prevented the station from being on the air after 11:35 Sunday morning. Manager Jake Higgins this morning said that the breakdown was due to a dead short in the 3,000-volt power supply equipment. This required the tearing out of about one-third of the transmitter, re-wiring and then replacing the parts removed. The repairs were completed at 5:30 on the Sunday afternoon. The station went on the air as scheduled this morning.
The first patient to be admitted to Memorial Hospital at Jasper when it opened in the summer of 1951 was a confinement case. So was patient No. 1,000 and a few days ago, patient No. 2,000. The first patient to be accepted by the hospital was Mrs. Richard Witte of Dale, who gave birth to a daughter on July 23, 1951. The 1,000th patient was Mrs. Eugene Leinenbach of Rt. 5, Jasper, to whom a son was born in the hospital on May 2, 1952. Patient No. 2,000 is Mrs. Lloyd Howe of Eckerty, who gave birth to a son on Wednesday of last week. This is the 12th child for Mr. and Mrs. Howe, who now have six boys and six girls.
Coach Howard Sharp’s Huntingbrug Hunters scored their 14th consecutive victory without a defeat this season, burying the Jasper Wildcats, 66-40, last night before a packed house at the J.H.S. gym. The victory was their 17th in the 38th renewal of the Little Brown Jug battle between the two schools. The 26-point margin is not the largest margin of victory in this rivalry. The largest margin of victory was a 54-point spread (per Jack Rumbach’s Seeing Sports column). On Nov. 19, 1926, the Hunters of Coach Apostle walloped the Wildcats of Coach Richter by a 72-18 score. Four Hunters scored double-digit totals led by Bruce Warren’s 18 points. Pinky Powell was next with 15 while Bob Heidorn and Buddy Blemker each got ten. Heading Jasper’s attack was Gary Phillips with 16 points.
Evidence that Indiana’s new governor, George Craig, meant what he said when he stated that the gambling lid will remain on was given shortly before six o’clock yesterday evening when the State Police raided a Jasper veterans’ club and confiscated two slot machines. Lt. Walter Weyland, commanding officer of the Jasper post of the State Police, together with two other men assigned to the local post, Detective Sgt. Charles Williams and First Sgt. Willard Walls, confiscated the two machines at the VFW Club which is located just south of the police post on highways 45-56. They said the machines were in the dining room, just off the barroom. The police were tipped off by members of the excise police, who made a check of taverns and clubs during the recent holidays.
Dubois County residents really poured on the coal last month when it came to buying Defense Bonds. According to a report made to Adam Blessinger, chairman of the Dubois County Defense Bond Committee, the sales of the bonds in the county during December totalled $151,887 compared with the sales of $58,296 in December of the previous year. While sales for the state as a whole were up 30 percent over December of 1951, the state-wide increase couldn’t hold a candle to the record for Dubois County where the citizens bought almost three times as many bonds as in December of 1951.
Shattered records went flying in all directions in the Dubois gym last night as the hometown Jeeps blasted out an 85-71 victory over the Mater Dei Wildcats in a free-scoring contest. The Jeeps broke the school scoring record which they had set against Shoals in early December and two players topped the individual mark of 27 points set last year. Ed Gehlhausen, who held the scoring record with 27 points against Odon last season, rammed in 30 points last night for the new mark. Bobby Thacker also topped the old record yesterday, piling up a toal of 28 markers.
• 50 Years Ago
Jan. 15, 1968
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Jack Brandt, General Manager of Radio Station WITZ, who is shown presenting the Galvanized Bucket to members of the DAILY HERALD Hornets basketball team. Pictured are: Denny Hasenour, Randy Heeke, Jerry Birge, Jack Morton, Ernie Begle, John Hopf, Mike Oser and Jim Wuchner. The HERALD defeated WITZ, 40-26, Sunday to win the bucket. It was the first game in what is hoped to be a long series of games between the two teams playing for charity. Randy Heeke of the HERALD, the youngest player on the floor, used his youth to the fullest advantage as he tossed in 20 points to lead the HERALD to an impressive victory. Bob Thacker, former Dubois star, led the WITZ team with 12 points.
About $44 million in federal funds for public works in Indiana, including the Patoka Reservoir, were released Monday, according to the office of Senator Birch Bayh. The Indiana funds were part of the $100 million in public works construction that were held up last year to ease inflationary pressures on the economy. The amount released for the Patoka project was $442,000 earmarked for land acquisiton for the reservoir. The spending embargo had been ordered last October 5 by President Johnson and affected funds for flood control, dams, beach erosion, and water reclamation projects.
The 1967-68 Good Citizen of Dubois County is Miss Jane Heichelbech, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heichelbech, Rt. 5, Jasper. Jane was selected as Good Citizen of Ireland High School. She participated with seven other county high school Good Citizens in a contest sponsored by the Dubois County Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jane is the vice-president of the senior class at Ireland High School; she is a member of the Beta Club, the annual and school paper staffs, the Pep club and is the student director of the senior class play. Her plans after high school are to become an accountant.
Bob Ambs of Rt. 5, Jasper, has been named manager of the Jasper office of the Bruce-Terminix Company, it was announced at the recent national convention of the firm at Houston, Texas. Ambs has been employed with Bruce-Terminix since 1961, when he started as a pest control service-man and later advanced to the position of office manager at the Jasper office. A graduate of Holland High School, Bob Ambs has been a Jasper resident since 1954, when he was married to Lucille Blessinger. The couple have two children, Cindy 10 and Cristy 4. Ambs in active in several service and civic organizations and his hobby in coaching basketball at Holy Family Grade School.
Purchase of a 117-acre tract on State Road 162, a mile north of the Bretzville Junction will make it possible to hold the 1968 Dubois County 4-H Fair at this location, it was learned today. The tract, known as the old Colonel Abel farm was bought from Mr. and Mrs. Allen Hasenour for $40,000. Of this amount, $13,000 was paid by the county which has an option to purchase the remaining two-thirds over the next two years from the 4-H Council. August 5-10 has been set as the dates for the ‘68 4-H Fair on the new site. According to Steven Hudkins, county youth extension agent, rides have been contacted. There will be four major and four minor rides. For the most part, the remainder of the concessions will be operated by local organizations and groups.
Six-foot-two senior Don Buse rammed in 48 points in leading the Holland Dutchmen to an astounding 127-38 victory over the Francisco Owls at Holland. In other less dramatic contests, the Ferdinand Crusaders pulled away late to defeat the Ireland Spuds, 71-58, at Ferdinand; Vincennes put the clamps on Jasper, 91-76; Dubois was drubbed by Loogootee, 87-58, and Boonville edged Huntingburg, 58-52. Records fell by the wayside as the 1967 edition of the Dutchmen almost completely rewrote the books, and gained victory No. 15. Don Buse, who can do everything with a basketball, proved again that he is a top college prospect be setting a new individual scoring record with 48 points. The previous high was 41 set by Ray Roesner, now head coach at Princeton. Don also broke the floor record, which was 38, also set by Roesner in 1953. Larry Kahle, an unsung sophomore of 6’ 2”, had a tremendous night as he racked up 30 points. The 127 points also set a new school standard. The previous high of 102 was set against Francisco on Jan. 21, 1966.
• 25 Years Ago
Jan. 11, 1993
Coach Ken Schultheis called it a step forward. Jasper beat Vincennes 82-73. “It was an outstanding regular season win,” Schultheis said. “And it’s something we haven’t been able to do in the last six years. Anytime you can beat Vincennes, at Vincennes, you’ve accomplished something to build on.” Scott Rolen scored 25 points to lead a quartet of Jasper players in double figures, and overshadow a 42-point performance by the Alices’ Sean Daugherty. Nick Blessinger scored 17, while Michael Lewis hit for 16. Mike Fischer came off the bench to add a dozen.
The Southwest Dubois County Schools have a New Year’s resolution for 1993 — to remain free and clear of debt. Monday night, school board members heard the news that the corporation’s debt has been paid off and that it is no longer under state control. That news came in the form of a memo from Superintendent Larry Dugle, who is recovering from surgery and couldn’t attend. In November 1990, the corporation’s debts totalled $677,945. The year 1992 ended with a $159,582 general fund balance. Because the Southwest schools are now debt-free, Dugle wrote, the Indiana Department of Education’s division of school finance has informed the district it is no longer under state control.
Jasper’s municipal pool will undergo renovation either this year or next, the Jasper Board of Parks and Recreation decided Tuesday. Permission was granted to seek expert advice on the pool’s base, which may require a new lining because of cracks. The board is also looking at new diving equipment, guard chairs and ladders. The board also heard a report on annual funding for the Older Americans’ Center. Federal grants for 1993 total $19,002. The county will pay $15,000. The city will contribute the rest. The city sets aside $112,000 annually for the center, but not all of that is used because donations and activity fees cover a portion of the costs.
Allied military action in Iraq is grabbing top headlines today, but the world’s foremost crisis spot for at least one Huntingburg family remains Somalia, where their son is taking part in Operation Restore Hope. Clint Nalley, 20, serves with the 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, N.Y. He is the son of Glenn and Jean Nalley of Huntingburg. Nalley’s unit is part of the country’s rapid deployment force. He toiled in Florida this summer to aid hurricane victims. In early December, he was processed for a possible deployment to Somalia. A waiting game began for the Army mechanic who serves in an air defense artillery unit. Christmas leaves were cancelled but the Southridge High School graduate made it home over the holidays on a four-day pass. Nalley left the country in a commercial 747 bound for Egypt on Friday Jan. 8. There he transferred to a C-130 military transport for his journey’s final leg into Somalia last Saturday.
The Dubois County Community Corrections program is functioning as it should, said program director Jon Whitecotten at this morning’s advisory board meeting. There are 46 offenders in the community service program working off their sentences at 34 different work sites in the county, Whitecotten said. Four offenders completed their sentences in December and January and only two failed to complete the program in time. Five offenders are serving work release sentences now and another will be added soon, he said. Thirteen offenders are on home detention.
The Forest Park Rangers defeated the South Spencer Rebels by a score of 58-50 Friday night in a game played at Ferdinand. Brian Partenheimer and Curt Begle combined for 47 of the Rangers’ total points. Partenheimer, whose previous high for the season was 23, scored 28 points for the Rangers with 11 field goals in 12 attempts and five free throws. Begle scored 19 and reined in 11 rebounds.
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