Looking Back: 10/31October 30, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Oct. 31, 1955
Dubois County’s high schoolers will pry the lid off the 1955-56 basketball season tomorrow evening ... they and many other Hoosier boys. Two of the county’s seven squads will be in action the first official date of the long campaign. Birdseye’s Yellow Jackets, who are under new coach Bill Austin, succeeding Jim Cawood, will visit the Red Raiders at English, and Mark LaGrange’s St. Ferdinand Crusaders, who’ll be at home to the Oilers from Oil Township High. Another county quintet will get its schedule under way in a Friday game. Coach Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps entertain Newburgh that night.
Pictured in this issue are last night’s winners in the five categories of the Jasper Halloween contest, which was held at the JHS gym. Leah Sturm and Carol Thyen won first prize as the best pair. They were dressed as a Knight and his lady. Linda Schmitt, whose costume was adjudged the prettiest, was a Hawaiian dancer. Also pictured is James Schmitt whose straw man outfit was declared the funniest. Janet McNelis' ostrich outfit was selected as the oddest getup, while Nancy Schmitt’s butterfly outfit won first prize for the most original idea in the way of costumes. The JHS band played the Dragnet theme song in the parade. All were swathed in white sheets. The band’s music and costumes helped much to impart that spooky atmosphere.
A blocked punt led to the game’s only touchdown at Bedford last night as Huntingburg defeated the Stonecutters 7-0 in their SIAC clash that closed the 1955 football season for both squads. This was rescheduled from a rained-out Sept. 23 date and nearly all the first half was played in an intermittent rain. The victory gave the Hunters a 4-3-1 record and their fourth consecutive winning football campaign. The Cutters, also enjoying a good year, ended 5-3-1. However, Huntingburg went around Bedford in the conference standing, 4-2 to 3-1.
John Thyen, senior tackle on the JHS football team, last night was presented with the Jaycee award given annually to the most improved player. The presentation was the highlight of the third annual banquet sponsored by the civic group in honor of Wildcat gridders and held at the American Legion club. Jack Newton served as toastmaster and Art Jarboe made the trophy presentation.
Harold Reker of Jasper, the Dubois County veterans’ service officer, reminds Korean vets to be sure to bring their separation papers along when they see him about applying for their bonus. The bonus will be paid on the basis of $15 for each month of service in the Korean theatre. Mr. Reker points out that a bonus shall be paid to each member of the armed forces of the United States, or to any member of the armed forces who has been separated or discharged from the armed forces under honorable conditions, who was on active duty with such armed forces in the Korean theatre for any period between June 27, 1950, and July 27, 1953, both dates inclusive, and who has received or is entitled to receive a Korean campaign service bar; provided, that such member had at the time of his or her enlistment, induction or call to active duty, been a resident of the state of Indiana for at least one year immediately prior thereto.
Dave Leland, senior center, was presented last night with the Jaycee award to the most valuable player as the Huntingburg Hunters were honored at the sixth annual football banquet sponsored by the young men’s civic organization held at the Country Club. Limping from a knee injury sustained in Huntingburg’s victory at Bedford earlier this week, Leland received the trophy from Bob Rehl, who also presented engraved belt buckles to the 11 seniors on the squad. Big Dave not only was an effective blocker but also an outstanding linebacker for the team.
The new milk distribution program in Jasper’s elementary schools which started early this fall has met with tremendous success. This is borne out by the fact that in an 18-day period, over 14,000 half-pint bottles of milk were purchased by the pupils. The new program, which was inaugurated last year by the PTA and is being carried out by Superintendent Bernard J. Gallagher and his staff, provides milk for the children at recess periods at the low cost of 4 cents per half-pint serving. The low cost is made possible by federal aid grants under the school lunch program.
50 Years Ago
Nov. 2, 1970
Specialist Four Allen R. Sternberg, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Sternberg and wife, Marilyn, live on R. 5, Jasper, recently received the Army Commendation Medal while serving with the U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command Signal Support Agency near Phu Lam. Specialist Sternberg earned the award for meritorius service as an operations clerk with the agency. He entered the Army in August, 1969, completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and was last stationed at Ft. Gordon, Ga. The 24-year-old soldier is a 1969 graduate of Indiana State University, where he received a B.S. degree. He is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: “I feel that my future is in golf. The job of club manager was taking way too much from my game. You simply can’t play good golf playing just once or twice a week.” With that statement, Dick Martin, golf pro at the Jasper Country Club since December of 1967 and manager of the club since February of 1968, told of the reason for his resignation from both positions a couple of weeks ago. It was his decision to give up club management and concentrate on the sport. He faced a similar position five years ago when he had to choose between a promising baseball career with the New York Mets organization and pro golf. He chose golf. And now, five years later, he has had to make the same decision again. Martin was the first full-time club professional at Jasper. Dick will also be remembered for his outstanding job with the Jasper Reds semi-pro baseball team. He was one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Jasper Reds uniform Nov. 4
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Padgett of Loogootee have purchased the bakery equipment from Mr. and Mrs. Odillo Mundy and will open Padgett’s Bakery in Huntingburg in about 10 days. The Padgetts formerly operated a bakery in Loogootee. Don Padgett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Padgett of Linton who operate a bakery. The Padgetts have one son, John Keith, who is in the second grade. They moved into an apartment above the bakery last Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Odillo Mundy retired in 1969 after operating Mundy’s Bakery for 22 years. The building was previously owned by Frank Schlegel who operated a harness shop at that location before it was purchased by the Mundys.
State troopers assigned to the Jasper Post were responsible for an eight-county area in carrying out Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb’s order to seal all ballot boxes in the state as a result of the closeness of the senatorial election. A spokesman said no problems were encountered. Trooper Larry Eck was given the assignment of sealing all ballot boxes and voting machines in Dubois County. Members of the Jasper Post were also responsible for Pike, Perry, Martin, Spencer, Crawford, Orange and Knox counties.
Dave Buehler, president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, announced this morning the establishment of a “SCORE 70’s,” a new focus being taken by the chamber to provide a “grass roots” community forum for all facets of the community to express their voice in shaping Jasper’s future. Buehler today expressed the purpose and vital meaning of a community forum and SCORE 70’s:
“We will gain the opinions of a cross section of the people of our area and utilize their comments and assistance in seeing that the chamber of commerce is directly involved in eradicating these problems and working toward the continued future betterment of Jasper.”
“It was a fitting climax to our season.” that was the way a drenched Jerry Brewer, coach of the three-time SIAC “B” division football champion Wildcats, summed up things following his team’s 43-14 shelling of Bedford for the title last night at Bedford. A happy bunch of Wildcats carried Brewer into the showers with his clothes on for a dunking after the contest. Before calm was restored all of the Wildcats’ assistants and student managers got a good soaking. Meanwhile, Jim Bardwell’s Happy Hunters defeated the Dale Golden Aces Friday night, 14-0, to finish 9-1 for the season, and 8-1 in the PAC. This gives the Hunters a share of the title with South Spencer, who also finished 8-1. This is the first conference title in football ever won by Huntingburg.
25 Years Ago
Nov. 6, 1995
This time there was no comeback victory for the “Cardiac Cats.” After three consecutive weeks of successful rallies, Jasper finally ran into an opponent strong enough to withstand its patented comebacks. Fifth-ranked Martinsville withstood a seven-point second-game rally to down the Wildcats 15-10, 15-10 and advance to the semi-state title match where it whipped the No. 14 Seymour Owls 15-5, 15-7. Seymour advanced to the title match with a 15-10, 15-13 win over No. 4 Castle. “I was real pleased with the way we played today,” said Jasper coach Pat Zehr. “I mean Martinsville, how many times have they been beat this year? Not many. And I thought we played right with them down to the end of both games and my kids did a really good job.”
The Dubois County Commissioners approved the purchase of software that will improve 911 communication for the hearing impaired and keep the entire 911 system on the cutting edge of technology. County communications director Mike Sibrel asked for the commissioners’ permission Monday to order the installation of upgraded software, which will allow calls coming through a tele-communications device for the deaf to be handled by the same computer keyboard at the 911 console as other calls. Currently, when a TDD call comes in, the dispatcher must push a button to activate a separate unit. With the upgrade, TDD calls will appear on the same screen as that receiving other 911 calls and posting the name and location of the caller. Upgrading the two computer terminals at the communications center and the one at the Jasper Police Department will cost $1,365, Sibrel said. The money will be deducted from the $28,000 in credit the county has with GTE.
The Southeast Dubois County school board has approved a request to ask the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit to conduct random searches at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School. School officials said they hope the move will put a stop to rumors that drug and alcohol use and possession at school activities have increased, and act as a deterrent for students considering having the items on campus. “It’s a tool to help with the rumors,” superintendent Bill Rohl said. Principal James Hagedorn said the searches would be an excellent way to discourage students from bringing drugs and alcohol to school. “Drug use is definitely on the increase with young people at this point in time,” he said.
A month-old winning lottery ticket worth $50,000 may be buried under papers on a kitchen table or lying amid the trash in someone’s pickup cab. The Lucky 5 lottery ticket worth $50,000 was sold Oct. 6 at The Pantry, 512 Third Avenue. It is odd that no one has come forward to claim it, said Eric Forche, Hoosier Lottery sales representative for Dubois County. The winning ticket has the numbers 7-8-11-33-34. Whoever possesses the ticket has 180 days from the drawing date to claim their winnings. The Pantry does not stand to gain a commission off the Lucky 5 winner. That only happens with Hoosier Lotto and Powerball jackpots.
After meeting with leading county Democrats Thursday night, Holland town council candidate Terry Neukam decided to contest Tuesday’s election results, which swept all three Republican incumbents back into office. Neukam said he and possibly a couple of voters would file a petition with the county clerk Monday morning asserting that the election was unfair because the voting machine was improperly programmed at first.
The Saturday feature this week was on Bobby Easterday. He and the band, Heritage, bring Elvis to life in southern Indiana dance halls. Easterday coached the Ireland Spuds and other southern Indiana basketball teams in the late 60’s and early 70’s. His fiery coaching style led to a winning career record and a state-leading 18 technical fouls one season.
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