Looking Back: 10/17October 16, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 1955
A community Halloween party is being planned by the Dubois Community Club and will be staged the evening of Monday, October 31. There will be a parade with the high school band participating, judging of costumes, contests for the kiddies and a street dance to be held between 9 and 11 p.m. Members of the community club committee in charge of arrangements for the party are the Rev. Robert Roggenkamp, Wilmer Kreitzer and Ralph Seger.
Jasper’s two candidates for the office of mayor have accepted invitations from the Jasper Parent-Teachers Association to speak before that group next Monday night, it was announced this morning by President Wayne Place. Mr. Place said that both Mayor Ed Lorey, Independent candidate, and Jim Alles, Democratic candidate, have agreed to give 10 minute talks at the regular meeting of the PTA which will be held, Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The program has been arranged as a public service of the PTA, Place said.
Huntingburg high had a Happy Hunter homecoming last night, crowning a pretty senior, Joyce Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Meyer, as football queen and beating the Washington Hatchets 20-14 in a SIAC game that followed the ceremonies. An especially outstanding performer in this victory, which gave Howard Sharp’s team a 3-2-1 record with two yet to play, was Dave Leland, a 215-pound center and linebacker. Big Dave, not only did a surpassing offensive job with his blocking but tore up the Hatchet attack time and again with splatting tackles.
The first session of a course in retail salesmanship, which is being sponsored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, was held in the high school building yesterday afternoon after school and was attended by 128 students of J.H.S. The C. of C. director, Ernest G. Jorn, who is giving the course, expressed himself as being very well pleased with the large attendance. At yesterday’s opening session, Mr. Jorn discussed the prospects of students who want to work as sales people in the local stores during the pre-Christmas season when extra help is needed. Names of the salesmanship students will be turned over to the local merchants after the second session has been completed.
Princeton high’s uninspired but methodical Tigers, scoring a touchdown in each quarter, beat a stubbornly fighting Jasper team 27-7 last night in the Wildcat gridders’ final home game of 1955. Princeton outdowned Jasper 17-8 getting one by aid of penalty, and outgained the losers 340 yards to 177. Jody Giesler scored Jasper’s touchdown on a one-yard run. Jim Eckerle booted the extra point. Princeton is now 5-2 while Jasper’s record is 0-5-1.
That music you hear in Jasper today is the tuneful output from upwards of a thousand boys and girls in band uniforms who are assembled for the central-southern area contest sponsored by the Indiana School Music Association. Sixteen high school bands from Worthington south to the Ohio and east as far as Salem are competing all afternoon in one of the biggest free concerts the community ever heard. Here are the bands entered in today’s musical festival: Lyons, Ireland, Corydon, Cannelton, Dale, Elmore Township (Elnora), Worthington-Jefferson (Worthington) Sandborn, Crothersville, Carlisle, Jasper, Rockport, Huntingburg, Salem, Tell City and Princeton. Most of the bands have played in competition before. This, however, is the first public contest for the Ireland boys and girls.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 19, 1970
A notable reduction in building costs and construction time that may establish a standard for all Indiana school systems, as well as project even wider effects on school building programs in other states, was demonstrated in Dale Sunday as state and local education officials dedicated the recently-completed David Turnham Education Center. This new elementary school, which will initially accommodate approximately 600 students, went up in 125 days at a total building cost of only $614,088, or $1,137 per pupil. Total design, engineering and construction responsibility was in the hands of a single organization — Marshall Erdman and Associates, Madison, Wisconsin.
Recently a Jasper city policeman, while driving past the home of an elderly woman, observed that some out-of-town exterminators were working at the residence. The police are well aware of the fact that there are a lot of racketeers among the exterminating fraternity, so several days later he talked to the woman about the work done in her home. She volunteered information that the bill, which she had paid, came to more than $900. The policeman thought that this was a terribly high price to pay for such a small home and asked the owner whether she would allow him to have a representative of a local exterminating company come into her house and evaluate the work. She gladly gave her consent. The local man said yes, the strangers had done some work, but he figured they over-charged her by about $600. The policeman then got in touch with the Evansville firm, which has since made a $600 refund to the homeowner.
One of the highlights of the Republican pre-election campaign in Dubois County will be the appearance of Mayor Richard G. Lugar of Indianapolis at a fundraising dinner to be held at the National Guard Armory in Jasper next Tuesday night, Oct. 27. Ed Stenftenagel of Jasper is the chairman of the event. Jack E. Newton, county GOP chairman, said the doors of the armory will be opened to the public at 6:30 and the dinner served at 7:15.
John Etsinger, Commander of the Indiana Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be the guest speaker Saturday, October 24, as the Huntingburg V.F.W. Post celebrates its 25th anniversary. The announcement was made today by Ralph Broeker, commander of Post 2366. Post 2366 received its charter on March 11, 1945.
Mrs. Jeanne Mundy of Ireland was re-elected Wednesday evening as president of the Dubois County Democrat Women’s Club. Also elected were Janice Durcholz of Jasper, first vice president; Rosie Denu of Dubois, second vice president; Doris Schnell of Schnellville, secretary, and Hilda Schmitt of Ireland, treasurer. Outgoing officers include Carolyn Kuntz of Jasper, first vice president; Ardella Luebbehusen of Ferdinand, second vice president; Shirley Terwiske of Dubois, secretary, and Darlene Jerger of Huntingburg, treasurer.
Glenn Hochgesang, 13, fell and broke his leg Thursday afternoon while playing football with some of his classmates. As a result, Glenn, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert C. Hochgesang, R. 4, Jasper, will not be able to compete in the district finals of the Punt, Pass and Kick Contest in Louisville this Saturday. Glenn won first place in the 13-year-old category in the local contest three weeks ago and then went on to win first place in the zone competition at Owensboro, Kentucky, on Oct. 10. He was the only local winner in the contest to also win in the zone competition.
Senior end Mark Souders turned in an outstanding performance Friday night as the Huntingburg Happy Hunters defeated the South Spencer Rebels, 14-10, at the Rebels’ home field in Rockport, South Spencer’s first loss of the year. Souders accounted for both of the Hunters’ touchdowns, one on a 68 yard pass from Doug Prior and one on a 78 yard kickoff return. The Hunters are now 6-1 in the PAC, and 7-1 for the season. Jasper, meanwhile, got a good lesson in SIAC A Division tackling from the Evansville Memorial Tigers Friday night at Alumni Stadium. Jasper had four costly fumbles, two of which led to Memorial touchdowns, providing the margin of victory in a 33-20 Memorial triumph. Following the game, Jasper coach Jerry Brewer stated, “It has to be one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. Our tackling was atrocious, we were flat and evidently didn’t come to play football.” A check of the record books revealed that the 33 points put on the scoreboard were the most scored against a Jasper team in 10 years and tied the high point production against a Brewer-coached team at Jasper. The Cats lost to Princeton, 33-12, in 1960.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 23, 1995
A Wisconsin power equipment company recently acquired the assets of Stens Corporation, which will now be Stens Power Equipment Parts, Inc., a subsidiary of the Ariens Company of Brillion, Wisconsin. The acquisition occurred on Oct. 19. Ariens Company, a 60-year-old privately owned family business, consists of Gravely Grounds Maintenance Equipment, Ariens Consumer Power Equipment Products and the parts and accessories division for both lines. Stens Power Equipment Parts Inc., will continue its operations in Jasper. Officials of Stens and Ariens said the privately owned companies shared many similarities, which made the merger a good match, and both would benefit.
Record sales in 1995 led to the second highest earnings in Kimball International’s history, company president and CEO Douglas Habig said at this morning’s annual shareholders meeting. Kimball’s sales reached $896 million with net earnings of almost $41.5 million, Habig said. All indications are that 1996 will be a strong year, too, although earnings were flat in the first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. “We did have a good year,” he said. “We did many things right. We’re confident that it (the 1996 first quarter) is just a temporary slowdown and expect the second quarter to show positive results.” Sales for fiscal 1996 should approach the $1 billion milestone, exceeding 1995’s record, he said.
Organ music afficionados from far and wide are expected to attend a special service Sunday to celebrate the arrival of St. Joseph Church’s new organ. Church members who offered up the funds in just two months to pay for the organ and renovation of the choir balcony will get a special chance to see the fruit of their giving at 3 p.m. when an organ blessing, dedication and recital featuring virtuoso concert organist Marilyn Keiser will be held. When Keiser, an Indiana University music professor, isn’t teaching courses in sacred music and applied organ in Bloomington, she performs in churches, colleges and chapters of the American Guild of Organists throughout the nation. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger of Evansville will give the blessing of the organ before Keiser’s recital. The $500,000 organ, completed Sept. 1, was purchased through donations from St. Joseph’s 5,000 member delegation.
For the first time in its 50-year history, one of Jasper Moose Lodge No. 1175’s members is about to ascend to the office of state president. Vincent Ackerman will be elevated to the fraternity’s top post during the Indiana Moose Association’s 72nd State Convention Sunday in Indianapolis. He will lead 70,000 Hoosier members in 94 lodges across the state. Ackerman, 61, manager of customer service for the Sitex uniform and linens company on Clay Street (formerly Sani-Clean), is currently Indiana Moose Association executive vice president.
Ed Rumbach of The Herald received the Jasper Chamber of Commerce 1995 President’s Community Excellence Award at the chamber’s annual dinner Thursday night at the Holiday Inn. Richard Farmer, outgoing president of the chamber’s board of directors, told the dinner crowd of more than 200 people that the award is given annually to an individual who has contributed generously of his or her time, talents or resources to the Jasper community. Last year, the award was given to James J. Stenftenagel and previous recipients include Ann Heeke, Bob Siebert and the late Alvin Ruxer.
He is the Bear Bryant, Red Auerbach and Casey Stengel of the Indiana high school football coaching world. Jerry Brewer wins. Period. For the 300th time in his illustrious 37-year career, the Jasper Wildcats’ mentor walked off the field a winner on Friday after his second-ranked squad derailed Mater Dei 27-19 in the semifinal round of the Class 3A Sectional 24. “I’ll be honest,” Brewer said, “I had never really thought about it and all of the sudden it happens. It’s something I never dreamed about. Once I got close, it was something that I wanted to accomplish, though. I’ll cherish this for the rest of my life.” Brewer, who became the winningest coach in the history of Indiana high school football during the 1988 season, has a career record of 300-87-2.
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