Looking Back: 1/11January 10, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Jan. 10, 1955
Pictured on the front page of this issue are six young men from Dubois County who left this morning for Ft. Knox, Ky., to begin their basic training. Richard Phillip Meyer of Jasper, Clinton Leroy Stork, Huntingburg, leader, and Joseph Edward Thyen, Rt. 1, Ferdinand. Also pictured are Jerome Anthony Moeller and Robert Ray Reckelhoff of Jasper and James Albert Seger of Dubois. Seger, Reckelhoff, Meyer and Moeller were volunteers.
Claude A. Gramelspacher of Jasper was given a Certificate of Distinction award at the annual meeting of the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association last Thursday. Mr. Gramelspacher was one of three to receive the award for past service, beyond the call of duty, in the field of agriculture.
The administration of a city’s affairs is rather important. But there are some things even more important. Such as a basketball game between the Hunters and the Wildcats. Mayor Edward J. Lorey of Jasper announced this morning that the regular meeting of the mayor and the city council will not be held this evening, thus giving city officials a chance to see the game between the arch rivals in the J.H.S. gym. There wasn’t anything of great importance on tonight’s meeting agenda anyway, the mayor said.
Huntingburg’s Hunters last night made it two-for-two over the Jasper Wildcats for the season, leaving a capacity crowd at the JHS gym limp with excitement of their last-gasp 48-47 triumph. Hunter center Glen Fierst rebounded Buddy Blemker’s misfired lefthander and sent it into the twine with three seconds to go to turn defeat into victory for his team. Little Joe Henderson’s 15 points were high for the game. Close behind him for the victors was Buddy Blemker’s 13 markers. Jasper was paced by Eddie Kapp with 14, but Charley Kreilein notched 12 and Dick Persohn had eleven.
The election of Claude U. Gramelspacher of Jasper to the Board of Lay Trustees of St. Joseph’s College has been announced by college officials. Mr. Gramelspacher, 57, is the manager of the Jasper Wood Products Company. A fourth-generation member of an early pioneer family, he is married to the former Miss Marie Jerger of Jasper. They have three children, two daughters and one son, all married. His election to the Board of Lay Trustees brings to a total of 14 the members of this advisory group. St. Joseph’s, a rapidly-growing, four-year liberal arts college for men, is located at Rennselaer, Indiana.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Paul Hoffman is now with the Philadelphia Warriors, and I wish this transfer had taken place prior to Dec. 23 so we could have seen one of Jasper’s all-time great basketball players perform in the Warrior-Ft. Wayne Zollner pro game that night at the Huntingburg gym. The 6-foot-2 husky has been acquired by Philadelphia from the New York Knickerbockers, to whom he went when the Baltimore Bullets club was disbanded. He started with the Bullets in 1947-48 and helped push them to the league title that season. An item yesterday reporting his switch to Philadelphia said Hoffman would supply “the type of drive and hustle needed in the back court” by the Warriors.
After compiling an unenviable string of 36 straight defeats over a period beginning with their ouster in the 1953 Huntingburg sectional tourney, Spurgeon high’s cagers know again what it is to be on the long end of the score. Kenneth V. Hunley’s Cardinals, who’ve played several good ones this season despite their losses, entered the victory column last night on their home floor at the expense of a Dubois County quintet, the St. Ferdinand Crusaders, 47-42. Spurgeon led at each quarter stop. Donald Butler led the winners’ scoring with 20 points and teammate Jerry Claridge added 12. Gene LaGrange was high for Ferdinand with 12.
• 50 Years Ago
Jan. 12, 1970
The Dubois County Young Democrats will sponsor their annual membership dance on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the K of C Home in Jasper. The affair will begin with a mooseburger dinner at 7:30, followed at 8:30 by dancing to the music of the Drift-Cats. Admission to the dance will be a 1970 Young Democrats’ membership card, available from Si Stenftenagel in Maltersville, Barbara Durcholz in Ferdinand, Gil Miller in Huntingburg, Gene Durcholz at Rt. 4, Jasper, Rhonda Garland in Jasper, or Cyril Mundy at Rt. 1, Jasper. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the dance.
Police Chief Cletus Eckert of Jasper announced today that a new patrolman has been added to the force by the Board of Public Works and Safety. Gene Hochgesang, 29, of Rt. 4, Jasper, officially began his duties as a policeman last Sunday, after being sworn into office by city Clerk-Treasurer Kent Kunz. Hochgesang is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hochgesang of Rt. 4, Jasper. He is married to the former Marlene Haas of St. Anthony. The couple has four sons and a daughter. The new patrolman replaces Steve Wagner, who recently resigned from the force.
John Bohnert, 1519 Dewey Street, was elected president of the Jasper Park and Recreation Board at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. Bohnert succeeds Jerome “Chick” Alles as president. Also elected were Wif Hochgesang, vice president, and Ed Jones, secretary. Phil Buecher is the other board member. John Bohnert has been a member of the Park and Recreation Board since January, 1966. He had been appointed to a new four-year term by Mayor Jack E. Newton earlier this month. A partner in the Jasper Locker Service, Bohnert and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of two boys and a girl.
A pre-dawn fire Wednesday in a Madison Township boiler house snuffed out the lives of approximately 4,800 pullets and destroyed the broiler room that supplied steam heat for the poultry operation. Members of the Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department were called at 4:40 a.m. to the Albert Renner farm about 31⁄2 miles southwest of Ireland after the fire was discovered. The assistant fire chief, Felix Mundy, said the boiler room was completely ablaze and that rafters in a 35x140 foot broiler house were scorched for a distance of 66 feet from the broiler room. This building was the one that housed the broilers. It extends northward from the broiler room. The fireman saved the broiler houses but were unable to save the six-weeks-old pullets, which died of suffocation.
At Thursday night’s meeting of the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety Mayor Dale Helmerich gave his opinion as to why the Public Service Commission has turned down the city’s request for authority to reduce electric rates. The mayor said that as a result of conversations the city’s analysts have held with PSC representatives, and based on talks the mayor and other Huntingburg officials had yesterday with PSC officials at Indianapolis, he has gotten the impression that the refusal of the request is politically-motivated and that the PSC does not understand what his administration is trying to do for the people of Huntingburg on the basis of past promises. “For some reason, they will not allow the City to reduce rates as operating data shows it to be possible,” said Mayor Helmerich.
Jim Wenzel, Jasper’s 5-10 dynamo guard who makes harrassing Jasper opponents on both offense and defense a regular weekend habit, sparked the Wildcats to an 85-63 victory over the Washington Hatchets Friday night at the Jasper gym. Wenzel teamed with Gary Corbin to force the Hatchets into 20 floor errors with their pressure defense. He also teamed with Wayne Bailey and Terry Fleck to lead the Jasper scoring charge, many of his points coming on fast break layups during which he literally flew past the defending Hatchets trying to stop the fiery junior speedster. The victory, Jasper’s 11th in 12 games and their eighth-in-a-row in the SIAC, was a fitting present for the 1969-70 JHS Basketball Queen, Miss Elaine Marks, who was crowned during halftime ceremonies.
• 25 Years Ago
Jan. 16, 1995
The wet, unseasonably warm weather that washed over the area for a couple of weeks is costing the Greater Jasper School Corporation almost $60,000. A harsh freeze, followed by a quick thaw and lots of rain caused the Jasper High School roof to leak in several places, damaging ceiling tiles, classrooms and computer equipment, Assistant Superintendent Larry Riggs said Friday at an emergency meeting of the school board. The leaks started on Friday, Jan. 6. Five classrooms and the wood shop area were flooded, and 40 to 50 ceiling tiles were destroyed, Riggs said.
Guided by a strong voter mandate, the Southwest school board halted plans to put all the district’s elementary students in schools at the Southridge site. November’s election became a referendum on the project, which voters rejected by re-electing Jerome Buening and electing two new board members who opposed it. Shortly after Buening, Don Stephens and Greg Englert took the oath of office Monday night, the board decided to break a lease on the property where the $13.6 million joined-school would have been built. The decision came after corporation attorney Phil Schneider advised that the lease would have permitted the board to make only minor changes to the single-school plan. He said the school district must now go back to square one to develop a new project and hold preliminary hearings.
Some of the aftershocks to Monday’s devastating earthquake were felt locally by at least two Dubois County industries. Kimball International and the Jasper Cabinet Company both have showrooms in Osaka, just 20 miles from the the epicenter (Kobe) of the earthquake. Vic Geiger, director of International Sales at Kimball, said the showroom itself was not damaged but transportation and communication systems were completely knocked out by the quake. It is estimated that it will be three months to get ready for business again. David Williams, vice president of sales and marketing at Jasper Cabinet Co., said the company has sales of about $100,000 per year in Japan and doesn’t know what effect the earthquake will have on its business. “Communications are at a standstill,” Williams said.
The Huntingburg Jaycees have announced that Gene Thieman won this year’s Distinguished Service Award for his work as president of the 4-H Council. The Outstanding Community Service Award will go to HOLA, the Huntingburg Organization for Latino Americans, and Farbest Foods has been named the Business of the Year for giving back to the community with contributions to area food baskets, scholarship programs, and its support of HOLA.
The Jasper Jaycees named German American Bank president Mark Schroeder as the winner of its Destinguished Service Award for 1995. Many of the numerous organizations that have benefited from Schroeder’s service are geared toward helping young people get a good start in life. As treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, he helped raise $8,500 to buy a pediatric heart monitor for Memorial Hospital. This special project was in addition to the organization’s constant efforts to help the kids at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Schroeder, 40, has also helped introduce teenagers to the business world through Jasper Junior Achievement. As past fund drive chairman, he helped raise nearly $25,000 to create a partnership between private businesses and local schools to give children hands-on lessons in economics. Others receiving awards included Kathy Bachman who won the Outstanding Educator Award. The Outstanding Law Enforcement Award was shared by Forrest Kieser and his canine partner, “Hadji”, and Kenny Hochgesang won the first-ever Outstanding Volunteer Fireman Award for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Jasper Fire Dept.
Steven B. Theising, CLU, ChFC, has been named a partner in Insurance & Business Planning, Incorporated, the Tri-State General agent for Minnesota Mutual. He will serve as the corporation’s secretary/treasurer. Theising will continue to focus primarily on sales and service to his clients. He will also undertake the additional responsibilities of assisting with the recruiting and training of new agents.
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