Looking Back: 10/26

Joe Nigg gets a belly laugh 25 years ago, out of seeing his friend Tommy Eckstein's head served on a platter, Nigg, Eckstein and Shelly Kluesner, right, put finishing touches on the Haysville Jaycees Haunted Factory Wednesday night. The Factory, in Haysville, will be open to the public Friday and Saturday fromm 7 to 11 p.m. for a $2 admission. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published October 27, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Oct. 25, 1954

The social held in the St. Joseph School building a week ago Sunday for the benefit of the Service Club of Memorial Hospital netted more than $7,000 it has been announced by Mrs. Otto Fierst, regent of the Daughters of Isabella, the sponsors of the social. The total receipts were $9,505.63, and the net profit totalled $7,282.55. At their annual Halloween party in Kundek Hall this evening the D. of I.  members will also have their annual jelly shower for Memorial Hospital. 

Oct. 26

Jasper High School’s band has been honored with an invitation to represent the state of Indiana in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D. C. next spring, Supt. Bernard Gallagher  announced today. The invitation was received by Tom Bishop, director of the band, from H. B. McCoy, president of the Indiana Society of Washington. Described as the biggest and most colorful event of its kind in the nation’s capital, the Cherry Blossom Fesival is second only to the inauagural, held every four years, in attracting throngs to Washington. Every state in the union will be represented.

Oct. 27

Pete Varda’s Golden Bears of Schulte high downed Huntingburg 20-0 on the rainsoaked, muddy soil of Terre Haute’s Memorial Stadium last night and brought the Hunter season to a close with a 5-3 record for Howard Sharp’s boys.

A five-man delegation from the Jasper Chamber of Commerce went to Indianapolis yesterday and received from the State Highway officials a promise that improvement of state road 162 from Jasper to Ferdinand would be programmed for 1955. The delegation consisted of Alvin C. Ruxer, president of the C. of C., and four other members, Kelly Armstong, Arlo Breidenbaugh, Wilbur Siebert and Bert White.     

Oct. 28 

Relatives of S/Sgt. Paul T. McGovern of Loogootee are still anxiously awaiting further word about the disappearance of an Air Force C-47 transport plane last Sunday on which the Loogootee airman was a passenger. S/Sgt. McGovern,  23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. McGovern, was listed by the Air Force as one of 21 men aboard the plane when it disappeared after leaving Rome early last Sunday morning for its next stop at Lyons, France. Aircraft of three nations joined in the search that has so far failed to discover either the plane or any wreckage. A member of the Air Force said the plane may have hit a mountain. Sgt. McGovern, a nephew of Joe McGovern, Jasper insurance man, was graduated from Loogootee High School and enlisted in the Air Force nearly four years ago.

Oct. 29

Radio Station WITZ will begin operation of its new FM station, WITZ-FM, tonight at six o’clock, it was announced by Dennis Keller, manager. Word was received yesterday from Washington, D. C., that the station had been granted its final operation permit for the FM station from the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Keller said today that the FM station will be on the air from 6 to 9 P. M. tonight, Saturday and Sunday as a test and will begin its regular program schedule on Monday. The first of 97 basketball games to be aired is scheduled for next Tuesday night at French Lick where the Red Devils open their season against Medora. The play-by-play basketball accounts will be handled by Jack Brandt and Carl Holler. Jim Young is the program director. 

Oct. 30

Ground troop today reached the wreckage of the missing U. S. C-47 military transport on which Terry McGovern of Loogootee was a crew member and found no survivors among the 21 occupants of the plane. The plane which crashed last Sunday was located first in the Italian Alps by search planes. It had vanished last Sunday on a flight from Rome to Lyons. The search helicopter which spotted the wreckage came from the U. S. cruiser Des Moines and was piloted by Lt. A. E. Fulmer, Jr., of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. In addition to Terry McGovern, another Indiana boy, Edgar J. Williams of near  Scottsburg, was also aboard the plane.    

50 Years Ago
Oct. 27, 1969

The Dubois County Finnish Festival, first annual “Welcome, World!” program, got under way at noon today when Tuure Salomaa, commercial attache of the Finnish consulate in Chicago, spoke to a Divison 16 Kiwanis Club meeting at the Huntingburg Country Club. Kiwanis Clubs in 12 Southern Indiana communities were invited to attend today’s Inter-Club program at which Mr. Salomaa was the guest speaker. Following the meeting, the Finnish representative was scheduled to join Mayor Dale Helmerich in a tour of Huntingburg, including visits to industrial plants.   

Oct. 28

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Rev. David Gockley of New York City. He is shown presenting the first place R.I.A.L. (Religion in American Life) silver tray to Max Olinger, chairman of the R.I.A.L. committee in Huntingburg. Also pictured are Mrs. Clarence Wade, George St. Angelo, Viola Weaver, the Rev. J. Alan Coahran and Tom Schnellenberger. Dr. Gockley flew in from New York Monday to present the “Community of the Year” award to Huntingburg which placed first in the nation for its R.I.A.L. program, winning out of 2000 other communities that participated.

Oct. 29

The grand opening of Jasper’s newest eating place, Don’s Burger Barn, will be observed tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. The Burger Barn, which will be operated by Don Pfister and family, is located on the corner of east 15th Street and the Kellerville Road adjacent to the city’s new industrial complex. The speciality of the house will be flame-broiled burgers. Assisting Don Pfister in the operation of the new establishment will  be his wife, Hilda; their two sons, Bill and Bob; their daughters, Jeanne Pfister and Mrs. Donna Schroeder; Mrs. Dennis Donerman, the head cook; and Mrs. Ray Gunselman, the latter’s assistant.

Oct. 30

Pictured on the Sports page in this issue is Hallie Bryant, former Indiana University basketball star, who is currently with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was in the area this week promoting the Globetrotter game Saturday night at Huntingburg against the New Jersey Red Heads. While in Jasper Bryant stopped at 10th Street School and talked basketball with a group of students. Watching Bryant in action were Jeff Rohleder, Tim Nordhoff, Joe Dittmer, Steve Kilian, Tony Buechler, Tony Hoffman and John Wendholt. Bryant, who now sees only limited action as a player, works as the advance public relations director for the team.      

Oct. 31

The board of trustees of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, meeting in regular session this week, approved the purchase of home and property of the late Fred Rumbach at 315 West Seventh St., Jasper. The house will be renovated to serve as offices for the school district. Eligibility for medical and hospitalization insurance was clarified as follows: Any person whose regular work schedule calls for a minimum of 25 hours per week during the school year is eligible to participate in the program. A report of the budget review was given. The general fund budget for 1970 now stands at $1,873,630. A final tax rate will be set by the State Tax Board after assessed valuations become final.    

Nov. 1

The Jasper Wildcats, holding Huntingburg to just 13 yards rushing and 10 yards passing and only one first down, took advantage of two Hunter mistakes to set up their winning touchdowns, as they splashed home to a 14-0 victory in a quagmire Friday night at Alumni Stadium. It was Jasper’s fifth straight shutout victory over Hunters since Huntingburg last won, 7-0, in 1964. It was also Jasper’s 12th victory against three losses in the series. Jasper coach Jerry Brewer has directed nine of the wins, while losing once. Jasper is now 6-2-1 for the season. Huntingburg dropped to 4-5. 

25 Years Ago 
Oct. 31, 1994

Teen Hotline volunteers have answered more than 500 calls since February, which shows that many area teenagers appreciate having someone talk with anonymously, says the director of Tri-Cap’s Adolescent Program. “We’re obviously serving a purpose in this area,” says Jane Chappell, who is also the mother of two teenagers in Jasper. “I think everyone in the county worries about children and hopes they have resources to go to for help.” Chappell and Jody Craig, who oversees the hotline for Tri-Cap, say they’re surprised by some of the statistics they’ve gathered over the past ten months. Calls are evenly split between girls and boys, and they usually come in during the week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are most popular. The Teen Hotline is open from 4 p. m. to  midnight every day.

Nov. 1

Ag-Science students from Forest Park High School recently teamed up with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to test water quality in the Patoka River and what they found is surprising. The water was relatively clean and free of pollutants. Teacher Doug Walker said nine students from his soil and plant science class took water samples from the river near the Patoka River Bridge in Jasper on Oct. 20. Testing the samples took a week, Walker said. The students tested for 10 factors, including: acidity, percentage of suspended solids; turbidity or clarity; amount of dissolved oxygen; presence of various contaminants; organic compounds; animal life and bacteria. Other than a lot of dirt and silt stirred up by recent rains, the water was pretty clean, he said. The flow from the dam at Patoka Lake had been increased also.

Nov. 2

Almost $1 million in Community Focus Fund grants were awarded Tuesday by the State Department of Commerce to Holland and Warrick County. Holland was awarded $494,000 to pay for improvements to its sewer system. Warrick County’s grant of $500,000 will be used by TRI-CAP, the Dubois-Pike-Warrick Economic Council based in Jasper, to build an office and two Head Start  classrooms in Warrick Coutny. Community Focus Fund grants award federal money to small Indiana communities for long-term development projects. The program was administered by the State Department of Commerce.   

Nov. 3

Patrolman Gil Eckerle announced Tuesday he will resign from the Jasper Police Department, effective Nov. 13. Eckerle, 39, has served 14 years, 11 months. He will pursue a career in the private sector. The Jasper native chaired the Strassenfest committee the past two years. His wife, Nancy, is the executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Jasper Police Chief Rick Gunselman said the department would make do without Eckerle until a replacement can be found.   

Nov. 4

Birdseye High School closed its doors to students in 1971. The town council thinks it’s time the building be secured or torn down. The old school, privately owned since Birdseye consolidated with Ferdinnd to form Forest Park High School, has become a hazard, council members said at Thursday’s meeting. Several neighborhood children play in and around the building, which is used for storage, and council members fear some of them could get hurt. A few youths recently broke some windows, and their parents said they would pay for the damage. The council agreed to write a letter to the owner, giving him time to secure the building or tear it down.   

Nov. 5

Hungry Wildcats mixed tradition with emotion and served Heritage Hills a 40-7 thumping to win Class 3A’s Sectional 24 championship Friday at Alumni Stadium. The last time Jasper’s cupboard was this full ­— 1987 — the Cats cooked all the way to the state finals. The No. 2 Cats, now 11-0, brought the necessary ingredients to face off against the No. 6 Patriots (10-1) on a rainy field. Kevin Cartwright, Jasper’s junior tailback, became the Cats’ career leader in rushing and TD’s scored as he rushed for 231 yards and scored four touchdowns. Heritage Hills’ defense scored the visitor’s only touchdown when linebacker Brandon Wheeler grabbed Jasper quarterback Matt Mauck’s fumble and rolled 26 yards for a score. Jasper will now travel to Salem to face the Lions in the regional next Friday.    

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