Looking Back: 10/10October 9, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Oct. 10, 1955
On the front page of this issue is the float of Paul Nahler, depicting the good old covered wagon days, in the Bargains Days Parade, held at Huntingburg on Saturday. The crowd was estimated at 10,000 to 12,000. Among the highlights in the procession were the Klondike Buster with Al Reutepohler and his burro, the two school bands — the senior musicians wearing their new uniforms, and the old time autos brought up by the Old Time Auto Club of Evansville.
The number of children who came to Memorial Hospital yesterday to be interviewed for admission to the speech therapy clinic exceeded all expectations, and only part of them could be taken care of. There were 81 from Jasper and the northern half of the county, of whom 39 were examined. Today, more than 30 are to be interviewed at Huntingburg. The therapist, Miss Mabel White of Evansville, will return at a later date to interview those who could not be taken care of yesterday.
Abe Saperstein’s Harlem Globetrotters, minus Goose Tatum — who left them last season — but with their No. 1 team on hand, will visit the Huntingburg gym again. The date is Thursday night, Oct. 27, and the opponent for the Trotters will be the Toledo Jeeps. In a preliminary tilt the Boston Whirlwinds will meet the Philadelphia Sphas. The entertainment is being sponsored by the gym board.
The common council of Jasper, meeting last night with Mayor Ed Lorey, voted to cancel its contract with Duff and Phelps, management consultants who were hired two years ago when the natural gas utility was established. The city’s contract with the firm expires at the end of the year but 60 days notice of cancellation must be given. City Attorney Louis Savage was instructed to send the proper notification. In discussing the city’s association with the firm, it was felt that the gas utility has progressed enough that a consultant was no longer needed. Superintendent Don Grewe was lauded for his management of the utility. He reported that 100 new customers have been added since the end of April, bringing the total to 440.
Crane, Ind. A mammoth search for a missing three-year-old boy was called off today and an investigation of kidnapping was set in motion. More than 1,000 volunteers had made a foot-by-foot search of the rugged terrain around Crane village, from which Ronnie Franklin Weitkamp disappeared about noon Tuesday. Ronnie is the second youngest of four children of Lawrence and Ethel Steineker Weitkamp, both natives of the Holland vicinity. Mr. Weitkamp is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Weitkamp of Zoar. He is a graduate of Holland High School. The mother, also a graduate of Holland High School, is the daughter of Mrs. Frank Steineker who lives on a farm near Huntingburg.
The employees of the United Wood Products Co. at Ferdinand went on strike this morning. The voters voted 44 to 14 in favor of the strike following negotiations yesterday afternoon between management and union officials. Among those who met yesterday afternoon were John L. Schnaus, president of the firm; Don Marks, business representative of Local 331. UIU-AFL; and Vernon Hooe of Evansville, a negotiator for the Indiana Department of Labor. The union asked for a wage increase of 15 cents an hour, but the company would not go higher than 10 cents an hour. Following the meeting, Don Marks met with the employees and the strike vote was taken.
Mitchell high’s Blue Jackets are now even up with Dubois County gridders for the 1955 season. In both games with teams from this county Jack Davidson’s boys got away to a lead and couldn’t make it stick all the way. They opened last month at Jasper, led 13-0 at the half, then were tied 13-13. Last night on their home field the Jackets got a second quarter touchdown on Huntingburg, led 7-0 until the last minte of play then had to settle for a 7-7 draw. (That Huntingburg drubbed Jasper 31-0 last week apparently had no bearing on the way that the Jackets felt about meeting the Hunters.)
50 Years Ago
Oct. 12, 1970
Glen Hochgesang, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Hochgesang, R. 4, Jasper, won first place honors Saturday in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest at Owensboro, Ky. Glen competed in the 13-year-old age group. As a result of his victory at Owensboro, he will go on to further competition at Louisville on Oct. 24. Kenny Betz, of Jasper, who competed in the 12-year-old group, finished runner-up in Saturday’s competition. The six Punt, Pass and Kick winners at Jasper all competed at Owensboro. In addition to Hochgesang and Betz other local winners were Joe Birge, Bill Nonte, Gary Hanselman and Gerald Miller. There were 15 contestants in each age group Saturday at Owensboro.
Pictured in this issue are the members of the Jasper Kittens reserve football team. They host Springs Valley at 6:30 tonight at Alumni Stadium. The Kittens are shooting for an unbeaten season as they enter the contest with a 4-0 record. Team members include: Steve Schmitt, Greg Erny, Terry Giesler, Dave Seger, Dennis Lechner, Terry Gress, Bill Burger, Don Vonderheide, Mike Brames, Dave Terwiske, Raymie Eckerle, Greg Wehr, Jeff Steffen, Keith Rohleder, John Rickelman, Bill Kunkel, Mark Braunecker and Coach Ed Yarbrough. If they finish undefeated with a victory tonight it will complete the ninth straight unbeaten season for the Kittens. Ed Schultheis started the streak as coach of the B-team nine years ago. He guided the young Cats to six straight unbeaten campaigns. Jim Beck coached the seventh straight perfect season and for the last two years Ed Yarbrough has been the Kitten mentor.
The First Southern Baptist Church of Huntingburg, during their homecoming service Oct. 4, burned copies of bonds signifying the church being debt free. Bond No. 1 was burned by Buford Woodward who was treasurer at the time the bonds were sold. The first bond was bought by Tom Woods of Evansville. Bond No. 72 was the last bond sold and it was burned by Virgil Heneisen, present treasurer of the church, and by R. R. “Pat” Beasley, a trustee of the church. The last bond was sold to Emil Menke. The 72 bonds were sold for a sum of $22,000 to pay for the first unit of a three-unit plan. The church will be making plans and setting dates for the second unit to be built.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the PAC Cross Country Champs from Huntingburg High School. The Happy Hunters won the championship Monday afternoon at the Boonville Country Club. Members of the winning team include: Danny O’Brien, Mike Kramer, Tom Schulthise, Steve Sakel, Raven Broeker, David Cissel and Coach Lowell Beasley.
Ferdinand High School will be enlarged and the name changed, Birdseye High School will be closed and a new middle school will be constructed for Jackson and Jefferson Townships. These are among the major decisions announced today by the board of trustees of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation. These and other decisions were reached last Wednesday evening as the board of trustees met and outlined future building plans, established future tentative attendance areas, consolidated schools and passed other resolutions affecting the total educational program in the district. School officials hope to achieve an improved learning environment for all the children of the district.
Byron J. Caldemeyer, 50, president of Holland Dairies Inc., of Holland, died at 10:30 Thursday night in Beach Hospital at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he had been a patient since last Saturday morning. Mr. Caldemeyer and his wife, Beverly, and their sons, Terry and John, had gone to the Florida city on Oct. 2 to make arrangements for the Holland firm’s annual vacation award visits for winners of a dealer advisory contest sponsored by the company. He suffered a heart attack last night which caused his death.
Only the benignity of Jasper coach Jerry Brewer kept the score from being even more lopsided. Brewer called off the horses early and sent everyone from second stringers down to fourth stringers into the game as Jasper coasted to a 47-0 high school football victory over Washington Friday night at Alumni Stadium. It could have been worse. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters presented their 1970 football queen, Miss Beth Lamkin, with a 21-8 victory over the Petersburg Indians Friday night at Huntingburg. Dave Krieg, who was sidelined the first part of the season due to a knee injury, scored two of the Big Red’s touchdowns, one on a five-yard pass from Doug Prior, the other on a one-yard plunge. Prior scored the other Hunter TD on a 55 yard run, and the Hunters scored a safety with only 15 seconds left in the game to provide their winning margin, 21-8.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 16, 1995
One of the most important scenes of “Baseball in Black and White” was to be filmed at League Stadium in Huntingburg today and Tuesday: Jackie Robinson playing his first Negro League game. Crew people, extras, trailers and caterers working on the Home Box Office movie about the Negro baseball leagues currently fill Huntingburg City Park. They began three straight days of filming at 4 a.m. today. Shooting on the film began Oct. 11 in St. Louis. Crews go to Birmingham, Ala., after they wrap up in Huntingburg.
Someone’s walking around with a lottery ticket worth $50,000 and apparently doesn’t know it. At least they haven’t claimed it yet. Anita El-Jamal, manager of The Pantry, 512 Third Avenue, said the store sold a Lucky 5 lottery ticket that won $50,000 on Oct. 6. “No one has claimed it as of today,” El-Jamal said Monday. “I’m hoping that they didn’t throw it out or something.” On Friday, Oct. 6, sometime after 7 p.m., someone bought a ticket with the winning numbers--7-8-11-33-34, she said. “I talked to the Hoosier Lottery office in Indianapolis and verified the numbers and that the winning ticket was sold at our store,” she said. “All they have to do to claim it, is bring the ticket in here or take it to the lottery office.” The Pantry does not get a commission on Lucky 5 winners, El-Jamal said. Only Hoosier Lotto and and Powerball pay commissions to the businesses that sell winning tickets.
By the end of the week, the Holland town council will begin taking applications for a proposed program that would give low-to-moderate-income homeowners up tp $25,000 to repair their homes. About 15 residents attended an informational meeting on the program, which would be funded by a state grant of up to $300,000 with a 10 percent local match. The council decided there was enough interest to continue pursuing the project and will distribute applications at the post office beginning Friday.
Forest Park and Jasper gained berths in the volleyball championship of the Jasper sectional last night. An inspired Southridge squad pushed Jasper to the limit but the Wildcats rallied from a one-game deficit to eliminate the Raiders 13-15, 15-2 and 15-11 to advance. Meanwhile, Forest Park downed Dubois 15-6 and 15-9 .
Pictured in this issue are Karen Rudolph and Phil Kendall. They were crowned football homecoming queen and king at Jasper High School Friday at the Jasper-Mt. Vernon game. Miss Rudolph is the daughter of Rich and Jan Rudolph of Jasper. Mr. Kendall is the son of Joe and Helen Kendall of Ireland.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Jasper sisters Deborah and Diane Seng. They are shown celebrating after the Jasper Wildcats won the volleyball sectional tourney Thursday night in Jasper by beating Forest Park 15-12, 15-7. The Cats were down to an explosive Ranger team 10-1 in the first game, but managed to pull out the win, carrying the momentum into the second game. The Wildcats now advance to the regional tournament Oct. 28 in Washington.
BR Associates, Incorporated has opened its sixth Grandy’s restaurant at 3891 Newton Street in the Germantown Shopping Center. Grandy’s specializes in home-style meals with dine-in, drive-thru and catering service. In addition to southern-fried chicken, Grandy’s offers roast chicken and country steak dinners as well as a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grandy’s is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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