Looking Back: 11/16November 15, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
November 15, 1954
Contrary to a published report, the Harlem Globe Trotters will play in Huntingburg high’s gymnasium on the night of December 23 as announced in The Herald November 5 and will have their principal team there. George St. Angelo of Huntingburg was assured in Chicago by Abe Saperstein, manager of the Globe Trotters, that the Trotters’ first stringers — including such stars as Goose Tatum, Bill Garrett and Wally Dukes — will be in Huntingburg Dec. 23 for the basketball exhibition, The Herald was informed this morning.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are two barrels lying atop a manure pile on the Herbert Gehl farm. Investigating officers said both barrels were almost full of moonshine whiskey before they were unearthed from the “aging room” by the officers and had their tops bashed in. While manufacture of moonshine whiskey, or “Dubois Dew,” has dropped considerably in Dubois County since the prohibition days, excise men clain that the manufacture of the illegal and untaxed booze is showing an upturn. The most recent arrest to be made in Dubois County on a charge of making moonshine is Herbert Gehl, 55, of R. 3, Huntingburg. He was taken into custody last Saturday when five state excise men, one man from the federal alcoholic tax unit and a State Police officer raided his farm. They said his still was housed in a two-room log building near his home.
Irvan Hollen’s Hatchetmen, behind 33-16 in the second quarter, plodded on in undaunted effort last night and led by veteran Ken Gray finally overtook and defeated the Hunters 61-55 in the hardwood opener for both teams played last night at Washington. Free throws played an important part in keeping the Hatchets within shouting distance and later enabling them to overhaul Huntingburg. Outgoaled 22-17 for the evening’s work, Washington made good of 27 of 37 charity shots, while Howard Sharp;s seniors were bucketing 11 of 22.
Around 11 o’clock next Sunday, weather permitting, a plane will take off from the Huntingburg airport and circle over Jasper and Huntingburg. Occupants of the plane will toss out 2,000 handbills, including 100 complimentary passes for “Rehearsal of Death”, the Little Theatre’s current production to be presented at 8:15 next Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, and Thursday,Thanksgiving night, in Jasper, at Kundek Hall. The plane will be piloted by Mrs. Lenore Huls, a licensed pilot since 1941, with several hundred hours to her credit. Mrs. Huls is cast in the play as the arrogant professional actress, Stella Carlisle, who is “up in the air” about one thing or another during most of the time as the plot unfolds.
News from Ireland High School: A pep rally was held on the evening of November 3. The parade thru town was led by the High School Band, followed by each class. The seniors were in charge of the float that carried the cheerleaders. The program consisted of skits by each class and ended with Mr. Allen, our coach, introducing the first team. The crowning of the basketball queen will be held on Dec. 1, during the Mackey vs. Ireland game. The following attendants have been chosen: Juniors, Jackie Sermersheim and Delores Pfaff, Sophomores, Joan Gehlhausen and Evelyn Mehringer; freshman, Shirley Sermersheim and Gloria Jean Schmitt. The queen and her senior attendants will not be announced until the evening of the coronation.
Jasper’s Wildcats fired doggedly away through a .176 evening afield and played enough basketball to overtake and defeat the hardfighting Cardinals of Washington Catholic, 56-50, at the JHS gym last night. The win was the second in as many games for Nip Wuchner’s team and brought the Cardinal record to 2-2 for the season. It also made up in a way for the surprising 48-42 setback at WCHS a year ago. Denny Horn’s red-uniformed boys got the first 12 points and ran the score to 17-4 at one time. Meanwhile, in other area games, Dale beat Dubois 49-34 on the Dubois court, St. Ferdinand’s Crusaders edged the Lynnville Lindies 48-47, Ireland outlasted the Troy Trojans 70-68 in overtime and Holland defeated the Montgomery Vikings 57-49 at Montgomery.
• 50 Years Ago
Nov. 17, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue are about 100 people who attended the dedication services in the remodeled and enlarged Jasper Public Library Sunday afternoon. The dedication service began at 2 p.m. and throughout the afternoon about 450 persons visited the improved library facilities. Arthur C. Nordhoff Sr., vice president of the library board, served as master of ceremonies. He expressed regrets that the president of the board, Mrs. Clara Eckstein, was unable to be present for the occasion. She has been hospitalized for some time. A large bouquet from Mrs. Eckstein stood in the center of the table in the board room, and she had sent a note thanking those who have taken over her duties. Nordhoff said she “has been a very dedicated servant for the library movement in Jasper.”
The first supermarket to operate on Jasper’s south side will open its doors to the shopping public on Thursday of this week. The new firm is Dippel’s Food Center on the east side of 162 in the Little Kentucky addition. Construction on the new building was started early in July but as was the case with other construction projects in the area, progress was slowed by the unseasonal rains of the past summer. The operators of the new store Vic Dippel and his son, Jack, will be assisted by their wives Irene and Mary Jo Kunz Dippel, in the operation of the business. The store will employ 20 to 25 persons, according to the owners. Vic and Jack Dippel have a total of almost 40 years of experience in the food-merchandising business.
Mary Jane Weidenbenner of Ireland, is the winner of the Good Citizen contest sponsored by the Dubois County Daughters of Isabella of the American Revolution. Mary Jane is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Weidenbenner of Rt. 5, Jasper. Miss Weidenbenner is Beta Club president, student council president, year book editor, a member of the Pep Club, received the Latin and Mathematics Awards, was a member of the queen’s court and is an honor student. At Tuesday night’s DAR meeting the Good Citizens and their mothers were entertained at a dinner in the First National Bank social room.
Several aspects of a contemplated building program were discussed at a special meeting of the Southeast Dubois County School Board on Friday, Nov. 14. Plans are being made to select an architectural firm and begin preliminary planning after the results of the proposed school survey are known. The board hopes to involve a number of people in the planning phase including principals, teachers, students and interested patrons as well as the board, superintendent and architect. Cyrus Gunn of the Schoolhouse Planning Division of the Indiana Dept. of Public Instruction has informed Supt. Earl F. Buechler that the proposed survey will be started earlier than had been anticipated. Gunn and his staff will begin the survey on Dec. 8.
For the 17th consecutive year the Jasper Jaycees paid tribute to the Jasper High School football team with their annual banquet at the American Legion Club Thursday night. A large crowd, including most of the players’ parents, was on hand for the program. Pictured on the front page of this issue are four members of the 1969 football Wildcats, who were presented with trophies for their efforts this past season on the gridiron. They include Dave Dove, (Most Tackles), Tom Wilz (Most Valuable Lineman), Bruce Seger (Most Improved Player) and Lee Boehm (Most Valuable Back). Coach Jerry Brewer said, “This team was one that we were proud to be a part of and to work with.” The main speaker of the evening was Mike Rabold of Bloomington who played college football for IU and pro football in the NFL for a number of teams, including the Chicago Bears.
Jasper, Huntingburg, Dale, Holland, Ireland, Otwell and Birdseye posted victories Friday on a busy night of high school basketball action. The only area teams to fall by the wayside were Dubois and Ferdinand. The Wildcats downed Washington, 65-54, the Hunters rolled over Petersburg, 82-42, the Aces coasted by Castle, 93-70. Meanwhile Holland edged Ferdinand, 57-56, in a PVC thriller; Ireland won its fifth straight with a 59-53 win over Shawswick; Otwell stomped Marengo, 75-57 and Birdseye defeated Dubois 54-51, for their first regular season win over a county team in more than 20 years!
• 25 Years Ago
Nov. 21, 1994
When the Jasper Wildcats entered their locker room following Saturday night’s Class 3A Semistate clash with Indianapolis Roncalli, the celebration didn’t follow them. The high-fiving, back-slapping, yelling and screaming stayed on the field with the Rebels--owners of a 10-9 victory and an invitation to Friday’s state championship at the RCA Dome in their hometown. Jasper’s bid for a semistate title ended with just 37 seconds left in the game when the Wildcats came up empty on their two-point conversion attempt following a dramatic touchdown pass from Matt Mauck to Matt Rees. “I made the comment that I’m really disappointed for the kids. This has been one of the greatest teams I’ve ever worked with,” said Jasper coach Jerry Brewer.
People optimistically eyeing Patoka Lake’s gaming boat potential know it could be 1996 or 1997 before a license is awarded, but they say the state Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the riverboat gaming law at least gets things moving forward again. The court on Monday reversed a ruling by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, who had maintained that the riverboat law violated the Indiana Constitution. Bradford’s earlier ruling prevented the Indiana Gaming Commission from issuing any licenses. The Supreme Court’s 4-1 vote will allow the Indiana Gaming Commission to issue licenses after completing hearings and reviewing prospective operators’ applications.
Tenth Street School’s perfect score earned it the Class I state championship in the 1994 Hoosier Spell Bowl’s elementary division. Ferdinand Elementary in Class 3 and Ireland Elementary in Class 4 finished as state runners-up. Team members, alternates and coaches for Tenth St. School included Wade Baker, Erin Englehart, Heather Hirsch, Luke Kluesner, Lindsay Lynch, Eric Maitlen, Reid Norris, Camille Ruckreigel, Beth Schulte, Melissa Schutz, Katie Streicher, Matthew Streicher, Ashley Taber, Nathan Tedrow and Eliabeth Tunks. Coaches were Irma Kavanaugh and Lisa Guthrie.
Thanksgiving Day, no paper.
Bill Schroeder believed that, with the right attitude, anyone could accomplish anything. The gamble he took ten years ago today was taken with that kind of attitude. “I’ve taken chances all my life,” he once said. Though a very big one, it was just that. Another chance. And at the time, the only one he had. On Nov. 25, 1984, a team of surgeons led by Dr. William C. DeVries removed Schroeder’s diseased heart and implanted a Jarvik-7 artificial heart in a 61⁄2 hour procdedure at Humana Hospital Audubon in Louisville. Despite numerous complications and setbacks, including recurring fevers and four strokes, the last of which led to Schroeder’s death Aug. 6, 1986, he became the longest surviving recipient of an artificial heart.
Michael Lewis has picked up where he left off. In Jasper’s last game of the 1994 season, Lewis scored 25 points but the Wildcats lost to Forest Park, 61-51, in the sectional semifinals. On Friday, the 6-foot-2 junior poured in 27. This time, though, the Wildcats didn’t lose — they pounded Northeast Dubois 74-57 in the first game of the Southridge Holiday Tournament. In the second game of the tourney, Heritage Hills defeated Southridge. The game marked the first time since 1989 that the Patriots had won their season opener. Heritage Hills (1-0) will now meet Jasper (1-0) in the championship game at 8:30. Southridge (0-1) will play Northeast Dubois (0-3) in the consolation game at 7 p.m.
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