Looking Back: 10/20October 19, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
October 19, 1953
The drunkometer at the Jasper post of the Indiana State Police underwent a severe strain over the weekend when a 49-year-old resident of Washington, Ind., was brought in for a test after having been arrested on West Sixth Street in Jasper by the city police. He was picked up at 1:45 Sunday morning. The technician on duty marked down on the official police report that the man, Ade B. Routt of 109 N. W. Second St., Washington, tested .51, the highest reading ever recorded on the drunkometer at the local post. When arraigned this morning in city court before Mayor Edward J. Lorey, Routt entered a plea of not guilty and was released under $500 bond.
Funeral services were held at 10 A. M. today in Huntingburg for J. W. Finke, who died Saturday evening at the age of 73. Services were held at the Nass and Son Funeral Home, and burial was in Fairmount Cemetery. Mr. Finke had served for almost 45 years as a funeral director in Huntingburg when illness forced his retirement this summer.
Funeral services were held at Louisville on Monday morning for Bill Streckfus, husband of the former Margaret Salb of Jasper. Mr. Streckfus at one time called on Jasper dealers while working as a salesman for a candy company. Later he operated a restaurant of the Square in Jasper, and during that time he met and married Margaret Salb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Salb.
Passing for three markers and running for another, with a safety thrown in for good measure, the Bicknell gridders licked Jasper 28-0 last night before a homecoming crowd at Bicknell’s Hooper Field. It was the last game of the season for Bob Fell’s Wildcats, who wound up the season winless at 0-4. Meanwhile, the Washington Hatchets chalked up their seventh win in nine 1953 starts last night, downing the Huntingburg Hunters 33-14 at Municipal Park.
Robert (Chub) Flick, young Jasper businessman who plays golf now and then and hasn’t been accused of being a veteran at the game, was teeing off on No. 6 hole at the Dubois County Country Club yesterday afternoon under the critical eye of Club Champion Allen Joseph, who’d been doing a little coaching. “Am I all set now?” asked Chub, preparing to let fly with a No. 8 iron. Distance to the cup is approximately 140 yards on this hole. ‘Yep,” Allen replied. “All you’ve got to do now is swing.” Chub swung. The two men and a companion, Jim Townsend, watched and lost track of the ball on the green. They awakened the caddies. Chub, it developed, had made a hole-in-one. “I ought to quit this coaching,” mused Allen, “while I’m doing a perfect job.”
The Music and Art Coterie celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding on Tuesday evening at the American Legion Home. The Coterie was organized in 1928 to cultivate a more intimate acquaintance with music and art in church, home and community. Fifty-two members and guests were seated at the dinner table, which was decorated with autumn motif. Following the dinner, the seven charters members present were presented with corsages. They are: Mrs. Lula B. Dean, first president; Miss Margaret A. Wilson, first secretary; Mrs. Ida Gasser, Mrs. Emma Traylor, Mrs. Myrtle Jones, Mrs. Mary Frances Lukemeyer and Mrs. Verne Line.
3rd Armored Division, Fort Knox — Pvt. Gerald J. Gutzweiler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard C. Gutzweiler, 1317 Jackson St., Jasper, has graduated from Leaders’ Course conducted by the 3rd Armored Division here. During the first five weeks of the eight week course in advanced methods of leadership and instruction, he was required to demonstrate his ability to lead men in combat situations, give lectures and conduct periods of physical training. He assisted in the training of new soldiers in the 3rd Armored Division during the last three weeks--the practical application phase--of the course. He entered the Army last April.
• 50 Years Ago
October 21, 1968
Pictured in this issue is Bob Tanner, who has been named as Jaycee of the month of August by the Huntingburg Jaycees organization. Bob was honored for his work for profitable operation of the Jaycee dunking stand at the county fair. A long-time member of the local Jaycee organization, Bob is married to the former Sandy Marks of Jasper and they are expecting their first child in the near future. Bob is employed as manager of the St. Angelo’s Clothing Store in Huntingburg.
November was officially designated as “Religion In American Life Month” on Monday afternoon in the Huntingburg mayor’s office as Mayor Helmerich signed the official document. Also pictured on the front page looking on as Mayor Helmerich’s official signature was attached are Mrs. Walter Uebelhor, Mrs. Jack Huffman, and Miss Viola Weaver. Max Olinger, George St. Angelo and the Rev. J. Alan Coahran are pictured observing the ceremony too.
The new Jasper Municipal Golf course, now under construction, is taking on the appearance of a full matured course. A passing motorist on North Mill Street sees a course that at first glance looks playable today. Park and Recreation director Jim Brown said today, “It still looks like we will be able to open the course for play on Memorial Day, 1969, barring any unforeseen circumstances.” The Park and Recreation Board is in the process of determining daily greens fees and the price of individual and family season tickets. Tony Wehr of Jasper will serve as greenskeeper for the new course which is being built for $89,900.
The resignation of Paul M. Clark as executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce for health reasons was announced today by Paul Uebelhor, president of the C. of C. board of directors. The resignation is effective immediately. Paul Clark became executive director of the Chamber in February, 1961. His participation in community activities included membership in the Jasper Toastmasters and the Jasper American Legion. He holds memberships in Associate Jasper Jaycees, having served as secretary of the Jasper Jaycees, and was the 1965 recipient of the Jasper Jaycee Distinguished Service Award. He was active in the Jasper Civic Theatre. He holds membership in Southern Indiana, Inc., and the Indiana Commerce Executives Association, has served as building commissioner for the City of Jasper and was a member of Cohere Inc.
One of three occupants of a car that crashed into a tree near Birdseye last Saturday night died Thursday afternoon in Memorial Hospital in Jasper. The victim was Mrs. Bertha Ingle, 61, of R. 2, Birdseye. Mrs. Ingle, who was a passenger in the car, died at 2:30 p.m. Her injuries included rib fractures, and the county coroner, C. W. Ackerman of Jasper, said death was caused by a pulmonary embolism. The accident occurred at 8:15 p. m. Saturday when a car driven by Mrs. Nellie Raufeisen, 43, of Rt. 2, Birdseye, left the Hardscrabble Road three miles north of Birdseye and hit a tree. She suffered a jaw fracture and facial lacerations, and is in Memorial Hospital in Jasper. Also injured was her husband, Homer Raufeisen, 51, who incurred multiple facial lacerations and a fracture of the left arm. He will probably be released from the local hospital over the weekend.
A pack of Wildcats dressed in white uniforms roared Friday night while a pack of Wildcats dressed in black laid down and purred as Mt. Vernon defeated Jasper, 6-0, in an SIAC-B football battle at Mt. Vernon. It was the first time in history that a Mt. Vernon team had beaten Jasper (Jasper had outscored the Posey Countians 228-19 in seven previous matches) and it marked the first time a Jasper team has been shut out three times in a single season since 1953, the year the sport was introduced at JHS. The game was decided in the first quarter when Mt. Vernon scored on a “freak” play. On a third and ten situation from the Jasper 29, Mt. Vernon quarterback Billy Newman passed to his end, Mike Stern. A Jasper defender, after finding himself in good position for an interception, cut in front of Stern for the ball, deflected it into the air and the ball came down in Stern’s hands. He then breezed 15 yards into the Jasper end zone for the only score of the game.
• 25 Years Ago
October 18, 1993
In opening his campaign for the Democratic nomination to seek the 73rd District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, Thomas Birk outlined his vision of what a state legislator ought to be. Number one, Birk said, a state legislator should never forget who he represents. He represents the people of his district--not special interests, not Indianapolis and not necessarily his party’s leadership. Number two, he should be an advocate for his district. He must tell state government what his districts problems are and how it can help.
Dubois County voters may not get a chance to vote on riverboat gambling next May after all because of an interpretation of the state gaming laws by the Indiana Board of Elections. The county council passed a resolution Oct. 4 calling for a referendum so voters can decide whether a floating casino on Patoka Lake, if built, should dock in Dubois County. However, the state election board says a referendum can’t be held unless there has been an application for a gaming license, said Dubois County Attorney Arthur C. Nordhoff. There have been no applicants for such a license so far. The state gaming commission hasn’t decided how it interprets the law yet, Nordhoff said.
Four teams played, two won and two lost, but all the coaches left Tuesday night’s opening round of the volleyball sectional feeling pretty decent about what they saw. Forest Park defeated Northeast Dubois 2-0 in the first match, while Jasper defeated Southridge by an identical score. Dubois finished the season at 5-19. Southridge finished at 12-14.The Rangers (16-10) and Jasper (26-6) meet in Match 2 of the semifinals. Pike Central (15-15) and Marian Heights (0-23) are in the first match, set to begin at 6 o’clock.
The City of Jasper will follow the lead of Dubois County and Huntingburg, implementing a recycling program and a volume-based trash charge. At their Wednesday meeting, Jasper Common Council members asked city attorney Roger Brown to draw up an ordinance for the program and charge, with a tentative start date of Jan.1, 1994. Brown said he can probably have the ordinance ready for debate by the December council meeting. Councilman Ken Schmitt gave the recommendations of the council’s subcommittee on solid waste disposal and recycling. If the recommendations are followed, households will get 52 free stickers at the beginning of 1994, a one-time distribution. Additional stickers will cost 75 cents.
The Jasper Wildcats defated the Pike Central Chargers 15-5, 15-8 Thursday evening. The victory gave the Cats the sectional title, which they have lost only once in the last 17 years. The 18th-ranked Cats of coach Pat Zehr will travel to Washington next Saturday for the regional.
Two former Jasper High School tennis standouts recently wrapped up their seasons at Marian College. Natalie Jones, a 1993 grad, finished the season with a 15-2 record at No. 4 singles. Jones also teamed up with Ali Hinton, of Silver Creek, at No. 2 doubles and finished with a perfect 16-0 slate. Jeff Hayes, a 1991 graduate, put together a 10-6 record at first singles and a 13-1 record at second doubles. Hayes teamed up with Chad Doctor, of Washington Catholic at the No. 2 spot. Both the women’s (11-6) and men’s (12-4) teams finished the season in third place in the Mid-Central Conference.
Precision Cutting Tools of Jasper and Thermwood Corporation of Dale are two of the Indiana companies that will have exhibits at the Midwest-Grand Rapids Workworking and Furniture Supply Fair November 4-5 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The fair will feature more than 450 exhibitors, and is open to any furniture company involved in manufacturing upholstered or wooden furniture, cabinets, casegoods or other industrial wood products.
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