Looking Back: 10/3

With flags flying behind her and the color guard dancing around her 25 years ago, Jasper flutist Gina Eckerle concentrated on the drum major at the district marching band contest at Alumni Stadium. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published October 2, 1995.


65 Years Ago

Oct. 3, 1955

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Competing against the TV attraction of a World Series game, the Deer Trail League’s all-star meeting yesterday at Ireland still drew a fair crowd and furnished the folks with a lot of base hits. Winslow’s Legionnaires, league pennant and playoff winners, downed the League All-Stars 10-5. Junior Tooley blanked the All-Stars until relieved by Davis in the sixth. Charley Heichelbech of Ireland started for the All-Stars and was relieved by Don Pride of Washington in the fourth. The game had one home run — Jiggs Ruxer of Portersville slammed it for the All-Stars in the seventh with nobody on.

Oct. 4

Pictured in this issue is Huntingburg’s ancient City Hall, shown before the ravages of time has caused a deterioration of the tower, which was removed from its lofty perch about three years ago in the interest of public safety. The “dummy” clocks, one on each side of the tower, adorned the steeple, although they were unable to mark the passing of the year. Built in 1885-86, about 70 years ago, this building is probably Huntingburg’s oldest standing landmark.

Oct. 5

Louis Lampert, proprietor of the O. K. Grocery, last night was elected president of the Jasper Retail Merchants Association for the coming year. He will succeed Alfred Wagner on Jan. 1, 1955. Other officers named last night include Harold Bettag, vice president; Tony Wehr, secretary; and Marvin Corbin, treasurer. Making up the 1956 board of directors will be Rudy Kuebler, Don Tewell, Vernon Reising, Earl Schiller and Alfred Wagner.

Oct. 6

A Dubois County circuit court jury yesterday returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of Joe Leinenbach of Ferdinand who was being tried on a second-offense charge of possessing alcoholic beverages with knowledge of unpaid taxes. The jury recommended a fine of $500 and costs and a 30-day sentence in the Dubois County jail or the state penal farm. The state, by Prosecuting Attorney Robert Fall, asked the court to render judgment but the defendant, through his attorneys, Robert E. Mellen of Bedford, and Eldo W. Wood of Huntingburg, objected and asked the court to withhold judgment on the verdict of the jury until Monday, October 17, at 1:15 p.m. Special Judge Lester Nixon of Pike County overruled the motion of the state for immediate judgment, and the case was continued until Oct. 17 at 1:15.

Oct. 7

The Administration of Memorial Hospital of Jasper yesterday received a letter from the director of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, informing them that this hospital had been awarded full accreditation from the Joint Commission. The Commission consists of the following member organizations: American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and Canadian Medical Association. The accreditation is the result of evaluation of the hospital survey conducted on Aug. 10, 1955 by the field representative of the Joint Commission.

Oct. 8

Huntingburg’s Hunters, held 6-0 for a half, rolled in the last two quarters for four more touchdowns and a 31-0 romp over the Jasper gridders last night at Municipal Park. It was the second victory in four games this season for Howard Sharp’s squad and the second over the Wildcats since the Dubois County high schools commenced their football rivalry last fall. Huntingburg won the first one 21-0. Jerry Schurz, 165-pound junior, packed the ball for three of five Huntingburg markers and teammates Kenny Morgan and Jerry Lamkin accounted for the other two. All extra point efforts fizzled until Bobby Craig, the sophomore quarterback, took charge after the final TD and ran it over.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 5, 1970

Jasper City Attorney Roger W. Brown this morning filed in the Dubois Circuit Court civil suits against 25 persons for collection of unpaid parking tickets. All but two of the 25 are residents of Dubois County. The city attorney said he plans to file about 75 more such suits later this week. A considerable amount of discussion was given to the problem of unpaid parking tickets at the September meeting of the Jasper City Council after Clerk-Treasurer Kent Kunz reported that parking tickets totaling around $20,000 have not been paid for. He presented a list of 245 names of persons who owe for 10 or more tickets. The total owed by the 245 was given at $6,786, or almost $28 each. The city attorney was directed to write letters to the holders of unpaid parking meter tickets and urge them to pay up or face court action.

Oct. 6

The board of school trustees of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation has given the Dubois County Historical Society permission to remove any and all materials that they feel have an historical value from the Eli Thompson home near Huntingburg as soon as possible. The action was taken at Monday night’s regular meeting of the board of trustees. History records that Eli Thompson came to Dubois County in 1818, bringing with him a Black man, woman and boy. He made his first land entry in what is now Patoka Township on June 8, 1818. The 40x30 house in question was built during the 1820s. The house is located south of Huntingburg on the property acquired by the Southwest Dubois School Corporation from Walter Heim for the proposed site of the new Southwest High School.

Oct. 7

Video tape pictures taken this morning at the site of one of the large drifts which is blocking the Patoka River downstream from Jasper will be shown this evening on Cable TV-9. The pictures will be shown during the Jasper Chamber of Commerce Report with Michael Martin, Chamber executive director, at 5:15 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m. The drifts in the Patoka River and the potential problems they could cause in the future will be discussed on the program.

Oct. 8

Livingroom dialogues were credited today by a leader in Huntingburg’s interfaith program with contributing to a second consecutive national award for this Dubois County city of approximately 5,000 population. The annual Religion in American Life award (RIAL) was presented to two Huntingburg RIAL leaders in New York Wednesday. In New York to accept the award were Max Olinger, Huntingburg RIAL chairman, and Alan Nass, RIAL program chairman. The Rev. Robert Maisch of the Salem United Church of Christ, said four livingroom groups, consisting of about 12 to 15 persons each, have been discussing beliefs. “Through these cooperative groups, people try to do things together instead of in separate ways,” Maisch said.

Oct. 9

A. H. Lowenstein, an employee of the Holland National Bank since 1920, has been elected president of the bank, while Lloyd E. Prusz has been appointed a director. Both men are completing the unexpired term of Arnold C. Miller (deceased), who was president and a director of the institution. A. H. Lowenstein joined the bank as assistant cashier on Jan. 1, 1920. In January of 1931 he assumed the duties of cashier and since March of 1964 has served as executive vice-president. Lowenstein was first elected to the board of directors in 1929. In 1969 he completed 50 years of continuous service to the institution and is now a member of the Indiana Bankers Association 50-Year Club.

Oct. 10

In area football action Friday night, the Jasper Wildcats downed the Boonville Pioneers, 20-0 in a game played at Boonville. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters defeated the Owensville Kickapoos, 28-0, in a PAC game played at Owensville last night. Pictured on the sports page in this issue is Miss Mary Ann Kaiser, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kaiser of Dale. She was crowned the 1970 Dale High School Football Queen during Homecoming festivities last night at Dale prior to the game between Dale and Tecumseh. The Dale Aces won the game by a score of 14-12. Queen Mary Ann’s attendants included seniors Brenda Cassidy (maid of honor), Vicki Ellis and Patty Niehaus, juniors Jackie Oskins and Mary Kay Muth, sophomores Lynn Ranger and Ruthie Hagedorn and freshmen Becky Gasaway and Ruthie Mehling.

25 Years Ago

Oct. 9, 1995

When the Jasper Wildcats finally walked off the tennis courts Saturday, they held their chins up knowing that they had left everything they had on the courts. A remarkable season, in which a young team matured and won sectional and regional titles, abruptly ended with a 3-2 loss at the Jasper Semistate. And it took a tremendous effort by No. 4-ranked Center Grove to fend off the ambitious Wildcats, who concluded their season with a record of 14-6. “I have never been any more proud of a team than I am right now of this team in my 27 years of coaching,” said Jasper coach Ed Yarbrough.

Oct. 10

Superintendent Ron Etienne has received an award from the University of Southern Indiana Center for Economic Education for his efforts to incorporate economics into the curriculum at the North Spencer schools. Dr. Greg Valentine of USI gave Etienne a plaque at Monday’s school board meeting. Etienne was honored at a state banquet in Indianapolis and Valentine presented him with the Lawrence Senesh award Monday evening. Senesh was an economics professor at Purdue University who believed economics should be taught at an early age, Valentine said.

Oct. 11

The city of Huntingburg will begin collecting all trash on Mondays and Tuesdays, consolidating a four-day refuse schedule into two days. The switch to picking up trash on the entire south side of the city on Monday and the whole north end on Tuesday is set to go into effect Jan. 2. Shopkeepers on both sides of Fourth Street, the city’s north-south dividing line for trash collection, will have their trash collected on Mondays. Street superintendent Lee Lehmkuhler suggested the change to the board of public works and safety last month. Board members studied the matter before approving it Tuesday. Since waste baskets fill up during the weekends, Lehmkuhler said the change will benefit most households.

Oct. 12

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center recently joined an elite handful of hospitals across the country when it was recognized for excellence by a national health care accrediting commission. Memorial was the first acute care hospital in Indiana to be awarded the Accreditation with Commendation by the joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s largest and oldest accrediting body. Only 4 percent of the more than 5,200 U.S. hospitals and 6,000 other health care organizations accredited by the commission receive the Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level awarded by the organization. Sister M. Adrian Davis, president and CEO of Memorial Hospital, said the commendation meant that the hospital demonstrated exemplary performance in several areas. The staff and administration at Memorial should be quite proud of the award, Sr. Adrian said.

Oct. 13

Both Forest Park and Jasper fell two goals behind early in their sectional semifinal games; ran into solid defenses; and were eliminated from the tourney picture Thursday. Fourth-ranked Washington and Bedford North Lawrence survived and will now meet in the finals of the Forest Park soccer sectional, slated for a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday. The Stars edged the Rangers 2-1, while the Hatchets shut out the Wildcats, 2-0.

Oct. 14

The queen-crowning last longer than Mt. Vernon as second-ranked Jasper gutted the other Wildcats 55-0 in a homecoming hoe-down between the Big Eight’s best and worst on Friday at Alumni Stadium. Meanwhile, the Southridge Raiders put their third notch in the win column by beating visiting Gibson Southern 14-6. In other area games, Heritage Hills, Class 3A’s No. 5 team, won its fourth straight PAC championship and completed a third straight undefeated season as they dominated South Spencer, 35-14, in a game played at Reo. At Oakland City, the Wood Memorial Trojans ended Pike Central’s hope for its first win of the regular season as they downed the Chargers 27-0.

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