Looking Back: 10/13October 12, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
October 12, 1953
Jasper residents are requested to rake their leaves into the gutters in front of their homes, where they will again be picked up by city employees using the overgrown vacuum sweeper which went into service last Fall. Street Commissioner Edwin Schutz asks that drivers refrain from parking their cars on the piles of leaves. In addition to making it impossible for the workers to get the leaves when they’re under a car, the presence of the leaves constitutes a fire hazard. A carelessly discarded cigarette but can set fire to the leaves and the car. The leaves are hauled to a piece of ground which the city owns on the south end of town. After they are all collected, they are plowed under to help enrich the ground, which the city rents out on a sharecropper basis.
Mrs. John W. Nicholson entertained with a birthday party at the Legion Club in honor of her daughter, Janie’s sixth birthday on Wednesday. The children who helped Janie celebrate were Janice Sturm, Phyllis Ploetner, Betty Casper, Jay Ruxer, Dick Kuntz, Jane and Ann Casper, John Sturm, June Ann Klingel, Mary Louise Lauderdale, Mike Jones, Nancy Nolan, Jean Jordan, Helen Schnaus, John and Jane Hoffman, Marla Otto, Mary Ann Fritz, Beverly Keller and Johnny Nicholson. Color books, balloons and suckers were given as favors. Hot dogs, potato chips, ice cream, Halloween cupcakes and soft drinks were served for supper. Mrs. Nicholson was assisted by Mr. A. J. Sermersheim and Monica Sermersheim.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Mary Lou Bettag, JHS senior, who was crowned Football Queen in a between-halves ceremony at the last home game of the season played last night at Recreation Field between the Wildcats and the Mitchell Bluejackets. She was elected among three senior girl candidates. In her retinue for the ceremony were Joyce Winkler and Tanya Poe, also seniors; Jane Sermersheim and Nancy Witte, juniors; Darlene Englert and Ann Poe, sophomores; and Phyllis Schneider, freshman. The Wildcats lost the game by a score of 18-0.
The new license plates that Dubois County cars, trucks and other motor vehicles will display next year are stored in neatly-stacked cardboard boxes in the license branch office on South Newton Street in Jasper. According to Jim Hoffman, assistant manager of the branch office, the boxes contain six tons of plates. The color motif for 1954 is white lettering on a dark maroon background. There are enough sets of new plates for 7,500 cars and 2,100 trucks. An additional 925 sets of plates are on hand for tractor-trailors, motorcycles, school buses, etc.
As one phase of General Electric’s observance of its 75th anniversary, the huge firm announced some time ago that it would give five shares of G. E. stock--worth about $375--to each baby born to employees or their wives on the company’s birthday, Thursday, Oct. 15. The stork didn’t cooperate, so far as the approximately 500 employees of the Huntingburg plant are concerned, although one of the fortunate little fellers did make his debut into the world in the Stork Memorial Hospital in Huntingburg much to the delight of Mr. and Mr. Othmar Ringelman of St. Meinrad. Mr. Ringeman is a production engineer at the Tell City plant. Mrs. James McCoy of Cloverport, Ky., who is employed in the parts section of the Tell City plant, gave birth to a son in a hospital in Hardinsburg, Ky.
Dubois County’s share of a $13,010,202.92 gasoline tax melon divided by the state today amounted to $38,466.62. It is distributed quarterly. The City of Jasper receives $4,009.02 and Huntingburg $3,118.05. The money is spent on street improvements and maintenance. Receipts by neighboring communities included $8,446.24 for Washington, $3,514.72 for Bicknell, $98,888.74 for Evansville and $14,476.30 for Vincennes.
• 50 Years Ago
October 14, 1968
Miss Rita Niehaus was chosen Sunday afternoon as Miss Flame of the 18th Indiana District of the Indiana Volunteer Firemen’s Association and will repreent the district at the state convention of volunteer firemen at Warsaw. Miss Debbie Partenheimer, of Holland, was first runner-up and Miss Susie Kalb of Dubois was second runner-up. A total of ten girls representing that many fire departments which took part in the parade that climaxed a week’s observance of Fire Prevention Week, participated in the contest and rode in open convertibles along the parade route. The queen was presented with a bouquet of long-stemmed roses by Ray Gunselman of the host Jasper Fire Department, who was chairman of the parade committee. The new queen was crowned by Miss Debbie Lueken of Ferdinand, last year’s winner of the district Miss Flame contest.
Sophomore Jeff Hochgesang scored four touchddowns Monday to lead the Jasper freshman-sophomore football team to a 46-6 victory over Springs Valley at Alumni Stadium. Jasper scored only once in the first period on a 15-yard run by quarterback Mike Braun. Hochgesang scored two TD’s in the second quarter on runs of five and 10 yards, he scored two more in the third quarter on runs of 15 and 80 yards. Steve Uebelhor and Wayne Bailey wrapped up the scoring in the final stanza. Uebelhor, a freshman fullback, scored on a seven yard plunge while Bailey, a 6-5 sophomore scored on a 20-yard pass play form Bill Sturm. Greg Berger kicked four conversions. Valley scored in the second quarter when they returned a Jasper kickoff all the way for a TD.
Charles Havill was elected president of the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club for 1969 at the regular meeting monday noon at the Hunters Bowl. Glen Sakel was elected president-elect, and D. C. Ruttkar was elected vice president. Other officers elected were John Warnsman, treasurer, and Ray Goldman, Robert Maisch, Dick Smith and Leon Wellemeyer to the board of directors. Harry Cooper, Bill Feldmeyer, Bill Pickle and Leo Reller also will serve on the board of directors for another year.
A hearing was held in the Dubois County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon in the case of the State of Indiana vs. Robert C. Kersterke, 19, of Ft. Wayne, a student at St. Benedict College at Ferdinand, who pleaded guilty recently to a charge of possession of marijuana. Following the hearing, which lasted an hour, Judge Howard A. King sentenced the youth to serve two to ten years in the state reformatory and fined him $500 and costs. He then suspended the fine and sentence but ordered Kersterke to pay the court costs. Kersterke was arrested at the college last September 16 by state police detectives after officials of the school had delivered to the police a quart glass jar containing the marijuana, which was found in a dormitory at the school.
An optimistic picture of steady growth was presented by the Jasper Corporation at the annual meeting of Stockholders in the East 15th Street general offices. After a year highlighted by physical improvements in production facilities, including construction of an 80,000 square foot electronics plant, President Thomas L. Habig reported that sales and profits for the first quarter of the current fiscal year are running well ahead of budget. “Unfilled orders are being maintained at exceptionally high levels.” Habig said, “All manufacturing divisions are operating at capacity, and total company employment is currently at an all time high. We expect this pace to continue well into foreseeable 1969.” Net sales for the year ended June 30, 1968, were $34 million.
Jasper’s “new look” offense clicked for a second week in a row Friday night as the Wildcats downed Castle, 13-0, in a hard-fought well-played SIAC battle at Boonville. The two teams played on even terms (0-0) through the first three quarters of play before junior fullback George Kuper scored twice early in the last quarter. The two TD’s came within a minute and six seconds of each other as they changed the Jasper prospects of a tie to victory. Meanwhile, the undefeated North Knox Warriors, led by the passing of quarterback Steve Page, rolled over the unHappy Hunters of Huntingburg, 44-0, Friday at Edwardsport.
• 25 Years Ago
October 11, 1993
A Dubois Circuit Court judge Friday approved the creation of an Ireland-Madison Township conservancy district, bringing the town’s waste water woes closer to resolution. The district’s sole purpose is to install a waste water collection system in the town and some of its residential developments. Earlier this year, the County Health Department recommended the town create a sewer system to replace failing septic systems in the area. Over the past few months, the district map has been in dispute, with some rural landowners protesting their inclusion in the conservancy district, which is also a taxing district. But now, rural properties originally included as a possible future expansion area, have been removed from the final map as suggested by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Commission, said Art Nordhoff, Jr., who is the attorney for the conservancy district.
Rebidding the city’s police station project paid off today when Huntingburg board of public works and safety members approved a contract that will save the city $20,000 over last month’s construction estimates. Craftman Construction, Huntingburg, will build Huntingburg’s new brick police station at 415 E. First St., next to the First Street Fire Station. Two bids were received and opened Friday: Craftsman, $201,688; and Braden Construction Co., of Rockport, $289,900. But those were base bids. Huntingburg made two adjustments. First, board members moved to save $3,100 by installing wooden interior door frames instead of steel frames. Second, they decided to install $720 in wiring that will allow for future installation of an emergency generator. Final cost: $199,308.
At its Tuesday meeting, the Jasper Parks and Recreation board discussed setting membership fees for the new Ruxer Municipal Golf course and possibly raising fees at the city’s municipal golf course. Municipal fees have not risen for six years. Mike Oeding, assistant city director for golf, suggested the fee schedule be decided at the November meeting, in time for Christmas. He gave board members some ideas to consider before the next meeting and suggested they talk with local golfers.
Holiday World’s 48th season recently ended with a new attendance record. Attendance was 376,224, a 17 percent increase from 1992. The park, augmented by a water park this year, had forecast an increase of 30,000 guests but attendance actually increased by 55,317 guests. It was the fourth consecutive annual attendance record. A $1 million expansion project will be announced later this month.
The Indiana State Department of Health is investigating a continued infestation of Aedes albopictus, better known as the “Asian tiger mosquito.” A site in the north central part of Jasper, near the Municipal Golf course, was treated with an insecticide earlier this week, said Donna Oeding, environmental health specialist at the Dubois County Health Department. Health officials found the mosquitoes at the same site a year ago during routine annual inspections, and the site was sprayed with an insecticide at that time, Oeding said. That was the first time this particular species had been found in the area, she said.
If the Mt. Vernon Wildcats were looking for Fantasy Land Friday night, they didn’t find it at Alumni Stadium. The Jasper Wildcats greeted them with a 62-0 Big Eight Conference blasting. “We were able to play a lot of people, reward some people. We even got five freshman on the field for the last couple of plays,” Jasper coach Jerry Brewer said. Meanwhile, the Heritage Hills Patriots defeated the South Spencer Rebels, 25-21, at Reo. South Spencer surged ahead of Heritage Hills in each half Friday, but the Patriots clawed back twice to grab the win that brought with it a Pocket Athletic Conference crown, a county championship, an undefeated season and a fan frenzy. Patriot faithful, forming half of one of the biggest crowds ever to attend a Spencer County gridiron rivalry, stormed the field, embraced their team and bear-hugged coach Bob Clayton, who had been treated to an ice bucket drenching.
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