Looking Back: 11/03November 2, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
November 2, 1953
Sale of season tickets for Jasper high school’s home basketball games will start tomorrow at the gym. Those on the preferred list will buy their tickets beginning at 10 A. M. In the evening, from 6:30 to 9:45, tickets will be sold to those having numbers from 1 to 700. These can be handled at the rate of about 50 every 15 minutes. The balance of the tickets will be sold beginning at 6:30 P. M. Wednesday. It is expected the sale to those receiving cards will end about 8:30, after which those who did not have season tickets last season will have an opportunity to buy tickets. Tickets for high school students will be sold Thursday morning and for grade pupils that afternoon.
Catching the spirit of generosity and progress their elders are exhibiting in the current drive for funds for the deep therapy equipment for Memorial Hospital in Jasper, a group of youngsters decided that they could do their part also. They decided that they could do this by entertaining the neighbors, having a good time themselves and, in addition, contributing to the good cause. With these objectives in mind, Ann Wallace and Jane Birge of West Fifth Street rallied the small fry in their neighborhood and trained and drilled them for their parts in a real, live circus. The show, consisting of 24 acts, was held in the Wallace family’s back yard. When the profits were counted, it was found that there was $33.93 available to add to the deep therapy fund.
St. Ferdinand’s Crusaders drubbed Oil Township 58-35 on the Crusaders’ home floor last night while Ireland’s Spuds lost 53-46 at French Lick and Birdseye’s Yellowjackets were smothered at English as the Dubois Countians launched 1953-54 basketball play. Two veteran forwards, Leon Wendholt and Bob Mohr led the scoring for the Crusaders with 19 and 18 respectively. Bob Roberson accounted for 17 of Birdseye’s points in a losing cause at English. Meanwhile, Sylvester Rohleder led all scorers with 23 points but it wasn’t enough as the Ireland Spuds lost to the French Lick Red Devils.
A fire this morning destroyed the Cuzco school building. The fire started in the attic around 7:30. One of the bus drivers, Leroy Nicholson tried to put out the blaze with an extinguisher, but was unsuccessful. A call was put in to the French Lick fire department, but it did not respond when it learned that there was no supply of water available. Some of the members of the Dubois fire department went to the scene with extinguishers, which were of no use since the fire had gained too much headway. The school was built 40 years ago, in 1913. Until 1948 it served also as a high school. About 135 grade school pupils were attending school in the building at the time it burned.
Dr. C. W. Ackerman returned to Jasper Thursday night from a two-weeks hunting trip to Colorado accompanied by his Winter supply of meat. The local chiropractor and hunting enthusiast bagged an elk that weighed more than 600 pounds on foot and dressed out to more than 300 pounds of meat. Dale Lanier of Mitchell, who accompanied Dr. Ackerman, also managed to get himself an elk. Both men will have the heads of the bull elks mounted by a taxidermist. The two men tracked the animals in the snow near Kremling, Colorado, just over the Continental Divide.
Ferdinand’s civic sports board resigned this week in protest of the town board’s action in revoking the park fund, according to an item in the Ferdinand News. The letter of resignation as presented at the town board meeting stated, in part, “We... have unanimously agreed that in the event said town board revokes present park fund raised by public taxation for the specific purpose of park improvements and maintenance, thus making it impossible for us to operate our proposed plans of improvement, deem it necessary for us to tender our resignation.” Signed by: Bernard J. Krampe, Roy Haake, Linus Wendholt, Norbert Weyer, Evelyn Leinenbach, Albert Lueken, Mary Mehling, Viola Hassfurther, Cyrilla Schreiner and Edgar Gerber.
• 50 Years Ago
November 4, 1968
Complete coverage of the local election results will be featured on Tuesday night on a special telecast on Cable Channel 9. It will mark the first time the local returns have been given live television coverage. Because of the five ballots this year the early returns aren’t expected until possibly 10 or 10:30 p.m., so the telecast of the returns will not get underway until 11 p.m. TV-9 is hoping to feature many of the local candidates when they have been elected or when they concede. These candidates will be on the air live from the TV studios.
Leo C. ‘Cabby” O’Neill, athletic director at JHS, announced some changes in the basketball coaching staff. Don Noblitt, who gave up his coaching duties at the start of the current school year when he was named assistant principal, will return to the coaching ranks as freshman basketball coach. He will be assisted by Pat Mullen, who had been serving as seventh grade coach. Mullen had been teaching at 10th St. School and this year his teaching assignment moved him to the high school. At the same time, O’Neill announced that Jack Yaggi, a teacher at 10th St., will assume the duties of the seventh grade coach. Keith Steczyk will again handle the 8th grade squad. Ed Schultheis remains as the head coach at JHS. His new assistant will be Rex May.
A total of 13,740 of Dubois County’s registered voters went to the polls in pleasant weather Tuesday and when the final precincts were tabulated it was apparent that while the Republican party has gained strength in recent years, it’s still a Democratic county. Democratic candidates swept the boards clean, winning every contested race in balloting in the county. As was expected, it took much longer than normal during a general election to complete the tabulation of votes, due to the large number of races and the addition of two referendums on the ballot. It was after 4 a. m. when the final precinct reported. The election workers for this precinct didn’t have to carry the packaged ballots far--just across the hall in the courthouse to the county clerk’s office--but a total of 1,021 votes were cast in this precinct.
Larry Klein’s Ferdinand Crusaders, considered by many to be one of the area basketball powers this season, will make their 1968-69 debut Friday night at home against the Dubois Jeeps. Four of Ferdinand’s top six performers of a year ago return this season to give Klein, who is in his second season as boss of the Crusaders, a strong, veteran ball club. Leading the list is 6-2 Stan Ruhe who averaged 17 points a game last season. The other two returning regulars are 6-3 Paul Niehaus (10.8) and 6-0 Dennis Verkamp (11.8). Junior Ed Gudorf, a six-foot guard, was the top reserve last season for Ferdinand. Gone are Lee Joe Begle (17.0) and and Greg Gehlhausen (10.0). Last year, Ferdinand lost to the Holland Dutchmen in the sectional final 57-53.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Sharon Woods, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Woods of Holland, who was crowned Queen of Veteran’s Day Activities Thursday evening at Huntingburg. She was the candidate of the Dubois County Shrine club. Also pictured are Runners-up Miss Linda Houchin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Houchin of Huntingburg and Miss Carla
Sue Bredemeier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bredemeier, also of Huntingburg. Linda was sponsored by the Optimist Club and Carla was sponsored by the Huntingburg American Legion Post 221.
Six-five, 249 lb. senior Bill Beckman split the upright with a perfect conversion kick with 8:56 remaining in the game to give Jasper a 7-6 victory over Bedford Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The win gives Jasper a 6-4 season record, the 13th straight winning season at JHS. Bedford, who went into the game with a six-game winning streak, also finished up with a 6-4 mark. Meanwhile, the Tell City
Marksmen, needing a victory to tie North Knox for the SIAC-B division football championship, jumped out in front early and then coasted to a 41-0 victory over Huntingburg Friday night at Municipal field Huntingburg. The Hunters finished the season at 3-6-1.
• 25 Years Ago
November 1, 1993
A freak October snow replaced frost on the pumpkin with four inches of flakes Saturday in Dubois County. The freak weather-- a grim harbinger of winter to adults and a serious problem for farm crops still in the fields-- was a dream come true for youngsters who got to build rare Halloween snowmen-- some with jack-o’-lanterns for heads-- before braving the cold air to go trick-or-treating. The white cover largely disappeared by Sunday morning, returning the normal autumn view of colorful trees, many with most of their leaves still intact, including many leaves not yet changed from their green warm-season hue.
Jerry Blemker, head baseball coach at Vincennes University, has announced that Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manager Tommy Lasorda will make two appearances in Vincennes on Saturday, November 27. Lasorda has decided to help the Vincennes University baseball program by speaking at the physical education complex at 2 p.m. ($8 general seating and $12 preferred), and then the highly motivational and entertaining Lasorda will be the after-dinner speaker for a semi-formal dinner ($40 per plate) at the Executive Inn at 8 p.m.
Darren Lynam hit .416, while Chad Overton was a .384 hitter with 29 RBI’s as the Jasper Reds finished their 100th anniversary season with 29 wins, the most in a single season in the history of the team. The Reds participated in the 59th annual National Baseball Congress World Series played in Wichita, Kansas. The Reds qualified for the NBC tourney by winning (without a loss) the double- elimination Ohio River Valley regional. Rookie Craig Shoobridge paced the pitching staff with a 7-1 record, including a win over the Elkhart (Kansas) Dusters in the Reds’ intitial appearance in the national tourney. Another rookie, Kevin Werner compiled a 6-1 record on the mound. Bob Alles ended a 20-year career with the team. He compiled a 353-91 record during his tenure, by far the winningest manager in the team’s long history. No other manager had won as many as 125 games. P. J. Wessel, a nine-year Reds’ veteran, will manage the team next season.
The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) recently denied disaster assistance to Jasper residents and businesses whose properties were damaged by flooding August 31. Seven inches of rain fell in two hours, flooding local businesses, factories and homes. Water came into the Memorial Hospital emergency room, damaged computers in the basement of 10th Street School, cancelled some kindergarten classes at Fifth Street School and flooded certain homes and businesses for the second time in a week. Mary Miller, director of the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency, said local damage claims submitted to the state totalled $591,580, but failed to meet the minimum criteria for relief.
Jaime Brosmer probably won’t be in high school to see it happen, but the senior’s younger schoolmates will: Her picture being hung in the school’s gym. that’s what happens when NE Dubois High School athletes make the all-state team, or run in the state meet. Brosmer will compete in the cross country state finals Saturday. And if school officials so desire, they could put an asterisk by Brosmer’s name designating her the first girl from Dubois County to do so. “It’s a pretty rare oppoortunity for Dubois Countians to make it up there’” said Jeeps coach Vic Betz.
Thieman Realty has formed The Auction Company, an auction service, to its offices in Jasper and Huntingburg. The focal point of the company will be a high-tech sound system and an “easily understood” accounting system, according to a news release. Chip Kugler has been named manager and lead auctioneer.
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