Looking Back: 10/24October 23, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Oct. 24, 1955
The football field in Jasper rivaled the nearby forests in color Saturday as 15 bands took part in the band contest for the central-southern area of the state which was sponsored by the Indiana School Music Association. Large numbers of people thrilled to the sight and sound of the parading bands as they marched through the downtown section of the city in advance of the contests, and about 2,500 folks were on hand at the football field. It was an ideal day for the contest, but the temperature was uncomfortably high for some of the band members who were wearing heavy band uniforms. At least one girl from a visiting band passed out while her band was going up Clay Street. And while the bands were lining up for inspection on the football field about a dozen more keeled over.
The Jefferson Township (Dubois County) School Building Corporation, through its president, Dewey Grant of Birdseye, has advertised for the sale of $110,000 of first mortgage bonds and $40,000 of four percent debentures for a new high school building to be erected in Birdseye. These bonds will be offered for sale on Nov. 4 at the Citizens’ National Bank at Tell City. As soon as the bonds are sold, work will begin on the construction of the new building. There will be five classrooms in the building, including a gymnasium, modern rest rooms and other necessary equipment. Carl Shaffner of Corydon is the architect. The contract has been awarded to William Elledge of French Lick for $150,000, the total bond issue sought.
Bob Fell’s Jasper Wildcats closed their 1955 football season with their first victory in seven games, a 39-6 romp over the Bulldogs in a SIAC tussle on Hooper Field at Bicknell. The Cats, who finished 1-5-1, now are ahead of somebody in a grid series. They lead Bicknell, 2-1. Meanwhile, at Huntingburg last night, Terre Haute Schulte claimed a 19-0 victory over the Happy Hunters in the home finale for 1955 at Municipal Park. Howard Sharp’s gridders make a road trip next Tuesday evening to Bedford to close their schedule in a SIAC scrap with the Stonecutters. The Hunters now stand 3-3-1.
Embarking on a styling individuality of its own, Studebaker-Packard Corporation’s 1956 line of Clippers pioneer torsion bar suspension to the medium price field and offer V-8 engines which generate the auto industry’s greatest accelerating force and power. The Clipper is on display locally at Hoffman Motors Inc., in the Y in Jasper. Clipper Custom models are powered by a 270-horsepower V-8 engine of 352 cubic-inch displacement with a torque rating of 350 foot pounds at 2,800 RPM.
An organizational meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, Nov. 1, in Kundek Hall in Jasper for the purpose of starting a Cub Scout pack to be sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church. Announcement of the meeting, which will begin at 7:30, was made by Willis Haag, the chairman of the Boy Scout organization committee for the Lincoln Trails District. The meeting will be conducted by Bernie Jerding of Evansville, the district Boy Scout executive. The new Cub Scout pack will be formed in response to the request of many Catholic boys between the ages of 8 and 11 who have expressed a desire to get into Scout work. The two local Protestant churches, First Presbyterian and Trinity Evangelical and Reformed, have successfully sponsored Cub Pack No. 180 for almost two years.
The employees of the Jasper Novelty Furniture Company yesterday afternoon voted by secret ballot to accept the terms of a new contract offered by the local wood-working plant. The vote was 100 in favor and 21 opposed. The new contract includes an 8 cents an hour wage increase, and a clause providing for reopening of negotiations based on the cost-of-living index. Don Marks, business rep of Local 331, UIU-AFL, the bargaining agent for the employees at the plant, said the workers had previously rejected by a vote of 110 to 15 a contract calling for a 5 cents an hour increase.
50 Years Ago
Oct. 26, 1970
Pictured in this issue is Huntingburg mayor Dale Helmerich. He is shown presenting a key to the city to John Etsinger, commander of the Indiana Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the 25th anniversary party of Post 2366 in Huntingburg Saturday evening. Pictured in their WWII uniforms are Leo Reller, Eighth District commander, and Ralph Broeker, commander of the local VFW post. Around 500 persons attended the event, with 125 persons receiving 25-year pins. Another photo in this issue shows Ray Link and Chris Brace dressed in their WWI uniforms. These two men also received a prize for being the oldest WWI vets present.
Anne Gootee of Jasper has been appointed Dubois County TAP chairman for the National Foundation March of Dimes. Her assignment will be to establish a Teen Action Program Committee in Dubois County. She will serve as TAP spokesman, planner and coordinator for the chapter. Miss Gootee’s purpose is to mobilize the interest and active support of youth in the National Foundation March of Dimes fight against birth defects. Anne, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Gootee of 1328 Dorbett St. is a junior at Jasper High School.
The Towne House, which specializes in fabrics, sewing notions and gifts, has been opened at 502 Jackson St., Jasper, in the building formerly occupied by Home Outfitters. The store is owned by Mrs. Ed Schultheis, and has been extensively remodeled. Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., except on Wednesday and Friday when the store will remain open until 8 p.m. The grand opening is planned in about three weeks.
Ronald R. Schneider has been named chairman for the Indiana Region 13 Comprehensive Health Planning Council, Incorporated. He is a partner in the Schneider Department Store in Jasper. Schneider has played an active part in health planning since the formation of the Dubois County Comprehensive Health Planning Commission in 1968. He has served as temporary chairman of the Region 13 group for the past several months, during its formative period.
It was announced Thursday afternoon by Harry Cooper of Huntingburg, area field representative for Congressman Roger Zion, that Governor Edgar Whitcomb on Wednesday signed the revised recreation contract pertaining to the proposed Patoka Lake Reservior. The move was approved by Secretary of State Theodore Sendak. Thursday, the contract was signed at Louisville by Col. Retts of the Army Corps of Engineers, after which Col. Francis Walters of the ACO flew it to Washington for approval of the Corps of Army Engineers. Some minor changes were made in the contract at Indianapolis before the governor signed it. This morning, Col. Walters was to meet with Corps representatives who, in the words of Harry Cooper, “will hopefully sign it and also the flood agreement-contract.” Cooper said that once the contracts have been signed a hearing will be held in the reservoir area to outline the details of the land purchasing agreement.
Jim Wenzel, a young man who only this fall tried out for the JHS football team and made the squad, performed like a three-year veteran last evening in a splendid individual performance to lead the Jasper Wildcats to a 28-0 whitewashing of the Castle Knights at Alumni Stadium. The 6-foot, 176-pound senior trotted across the goal line three times on runs of 1, 2 and 77 yards (the season’s longest run); carried the pigskin 14 times and gained 131 yards for an average of 9.3 yards per carry. In addition, his punting was something else. He got away four punts that average 54 yards per try.
Meanwhile, Doug Prior passed for three touchdowns Friday night, twice to Mark Souders and once to Scott Sibrel to lead the Huntingburg Happy Hunters in a 23-6 romp over highly touted Fort Branch at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. The Hunters are 8-1 for the season and 7-1 in the PAC.
25 Years Ago
Oct. 30, 1995
Jasper played the role of “Cardiac Cats” as they have several times this season, and rallied to bury the Washington Hatchets 16-14, 15-3 for the Washington volleyball regional championship, and avenged last year’s three-game loss to the same opponent. Jasper now heads back home to host the Jasper Semi-State this Saturday. Jasper (32-4) faces Martinsville (34-3) in the first match at 11 a.m., followed by Castle (32-1) versus Seymour (31-4). The winners then square off at 7:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the state finals.
The North Spencer school board has approved Phase I of a construction project to renovate and add classrooms to Heritage Hills High School. The total project will include an additional hallway and classrooms on the school’s north end, complete renovation of the main and industrial arts buildings, renovation and expansion of the kitchen, and new administrative offices to be located either in the current commons area or in an expansion. At a public hearing Monday night, the board approved the first stage of the project, to consist of replacements of the school’s roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Engineer Tom Durkin, of Veazey, Parrott and Shoulders of Evansville, explained that the HVAC system, installed in 1973, has outlived its 15-year lifespan.
Cam Bardwell, executive director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, has been named the new executive director of the Huntingburg Foundation. He replaces Carolyn Wellemeyer, who held the position for three years. The Huntingburg Foundation, which is directed by a 15-member board, is a community foundation that is in place for people who want to contribute to the community’s well-being through cash donations. Bardwell’s new position is part-time, which will allow him to continue as the full-time Chamber director. Wellemeyer, a retired elementary teacher and lifelong resident of Huntingburg, was praised for her work with the foundation. “I cannot possibly express in words what Carolyn has done for the foundation and the entire community of Huntingburg,” said Phillip Schneider, president of the board of directors. “Carolyn’s dedication, leadership and administrative skills will be greatly missed.”
Ferdinand won a $500,000 grant to modernize and expand the senior center’s kitchen so it can provide meals to the elderly in a six-county region. The grant, which requires a $50,000 local match, came from the Indiana Department of Commerce’s “community focus” fund. This year, the fund provided more than $30 million to 76 communities smaller than 50,000 people. Ferdinand received the maximum amount for its project to upgrade the kitchen’s food processing equipment and add a walk-in cooler and freezer. Plans also call for the 15-year-old center’s heating, venting and air conditioning system to be replaced. In conjunction with the Older Hoosier Program at Vincennes University, the center provides 120 hot meals a day to seniors throughout Dubois County.
Dubois County’s jobless rate showed a big improvement, and so did the rates in all its neighboring counties, during the period for which the latest complete state figures are available. The county rate nosedived from 3.8 to 2.6 percent, a one-and-two-tenths drop in September. That brought Dubois County from No. 30 among Indiana counties to No. 15. September rates for Dubois County’s neighbors were: Crawford, 6.2 percent; Daviess, 4.1 percent; Martin, 5.3 percent; Orange, 5.4 percent; Perry, 5.7, percent; Pike, 7.4 percent, and Spencer, 4.5 percent.
Jasper won the state’s most anticipated scoring duel between ranked unbeatens 21-17 Friday, denying Heritage Hills the Class 3A Sectional 24 championship for the second year in a row. “We thought coming into the game we’d be able to wear them out,” said Jasper coach Jerry Brewer. “But tonight we were our own worst enemy.” Heritage Hills turned two Wildcat fumbles during the second quarter into a three-point lead (17-14) at halftime. Jasper stared at a mid-way deficit for the first time in 1995. Tailback Kevin Cartwright (30 carries, 200 yards) and quarterback Matt Mauck (16 carries, 72 yards) were the only Wildcats to tote the ball in the sectional final. The Patriot seniors ended their varsity careers with a 30-3 record.
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