Looking Back: 11/17

The Spectrum Percussion Trio of Indianapolis took its blend of geography, history and music to all schools in the Jasper system 25 years ago, leading up to a night of percussion at the civic auditorium. "They do a wonderful job," said Donna Schepers of the Jasper Community Arts Commission, which sponsors the events annually. "They are able to inform and perform at the same time." Students at 10th Street School welcomed the trio and listened to percussion music from around the world. Megan Smith, 9, found the music a bit loud but said she enjoyed it anyway. Herald file photo published Nov. 4, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
November 16, 1953

Pictured on the front page of this issue is William Deering, Jr., of Jasper, who is shown in the costume he wears to play the part of Hastings in the play, Richard III, which began a four-performance run at the St. Meinrad Seminary yesterday. A packed house witnessed the opening performance, including many folks from Jasper. Another play for the general public will be given next Sunday, while the play will be staged on Tuesday and Thursday of this week for high school students. All performances begin at 2 p.m. 

November 17

Matthew J. Rumbach, 74, a retired employee of the International Harvester Company of Chicago, died in Memorial Hospital of Dubois County at 1 p.m. Monday. Death was caused by a pulmonary condition resulting from a fall at the French Lick Springs Hotel on Sunday, October 25, while attending a convention. Mr. Rumbach suffered from a fracture of the thigh. Matt, as he was known to his many friends, retired about ten years ago from his job as a departmental foreman at the International Harvester Company plant in Chicago. Since his retirement he had made is home with a brother, Fred, and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Schlegel, on West Seventh Street in Jasper. 

November 18

Huntingburg fought back from behind, where the Red and Black had been for most of three quarters last night, and looked to have a ball game well on the way to being won. Then the Hunters lost a six-point lead in the final three minutes and with it a 48-47 season opener to Washington’s visiting Hatchetmen. Starting forwards Kenneth Gray and Charley Murray, paced the Hatchets scoring with 15 points a piece. Although he couldn’t get a point in the first eight minutes of play, Buddy Blemker, the only Hunter regular left from last season, led all scorers with 26 points. No one else scored in double figures for Huntingburg. 

November 19

An article published in the Brownstown, Ind., Banner, up in Jackson County, about the bounties that have been paid on foxes since a new state bounty law went into effect last April 1 prompted the Herald to call County Auditor Elmer J. Eckert for some comparative figures from Dubois County. The Brownstown paper reported that since the new law went into effect last April, Jackson County hunters have collected $1,416 in return for killing 472 foxes.  Now let’s take a look at Dubois County. Auditor Eckert said this morning that since the state uniform bounty law went into effect, the county has paid bounties on 137 foxes at an authorized rate of $3 a head for a total of $411.   

November 20

A spokesman for the Holland Custard & Ice Cream Inc., has announced that the Holland firm has purchased the bottled milk division of the Producers Co-Operative Marketing Association whose headquarters are at Orleans, Ind.  The Holland company announced that the present sales personnel and distributors of the co-operative will be retained. The purchase includes the co-op’s distribution and storage facilities in a large number of Indiana communities, including Orleans, Bloominton, Bedford, Seymour, North Vernon, Madison and Vevay. The co-operative had been selling milk under the Valley Lee label. Producers Co-operative, while no longer in the milk distribution business, will continue and expand the manufacture of other dairy products. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. 

November 21

Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg Hunters took a while to get around to it last night, but when they did they konked Bloomington University High 55-39 and thereby hung up their first victory of the season. Buddy Blemker was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. Bob Maxey added 14 for the Hunters. In other area games, Coach Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps defeated the Dale Aces 50-43 at Dale. The Jeeps are now 3-0. Coach “Dimp” Stenftenagel’s Ireland Spuds won for the third time in five games by defeating the Troy Trojans, 43-35, at Ireland. A basket by Bob Roberson with seven seconds to go gave the Birdseye Yellowjackets a thrilling 44-43 win over Leavenworth in a game played at Leavenworth. Montgomery also won on a last-second shot as R. McCormick hit a 38-footer as the Vikings defeated the Holland Dutchmen 60-59 at Holland.

50 Years Ago
November 18, 1968

The Milltown Millers handed the Ireland Spuds their first loss of the season Saturday night, 89-61, at Ireland. The win was the third straight for the powerful Millers. Ireland is now 3-1 on the year. Jerry Conrad, a 6-5, 210 lb. junior, led Milltown to victory with a sparkling 16 of 18 shooting performance from the field . He finished with a total of 36 points. Steve Keusch led Ireland with 19. Meanwhile Allen Wilmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wilmes, and Ray “Robby” Burger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Burger, both of Jasper, contributed 23 points to help the Magister Noster Latin School Spartans win their opening game against New Harmony. Wilmes and Burger, both junior forwards, scored 16 and 7 points respectively, in the Spartans 60-55 win.   

November 19

Joe Nuxhall, the youngest player ever to perform in the major leagues, will be in Jasper tonight to talk baseball with area baseball fans on behalf of the Cincinnati Reds and the George Wiedemann Brewing Company. Nuxhall, one of the most popular players ever to wear a Cincinnati uniform, is presently a sales representative for Wiedemann’s and also serves as a broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds’ baseball network. Joe, who pitched two-thirds of an inning for Cincinnati on June 10, 1944, two months before his sixteenth birthday, will meet local fans tonight at the Rustic, north of Jasper on Highway 231. The Dubois County Beverage Company, local distributors of Wiedemann, is serving as the host to Nuxhall’s visit. Tonight’s gathering, which will feature food and refreshmentss for all those present to hear Nuxhall, will get underway at 7 p.m.

November 20

“Snap!” That was the sound as the Otwell Millers cut the Holland Dutchmen win streak at 30 straight games. The Millers of Coach Andy Anderson edged the Dutch by a score of 63-62 at the Petersburg gym in a real barn-burner. Steve Meadors was the Otwell hero, scoring a crip shot with 16 seconds to go. Meadors and Rick Weisman paced the Otwell attack with 19 points each. Phil Meyer turned in an excellent performance for the Dutch as he topped all scorers with 24 points. Junior Larry Kahle tallied 13 points for Holland. Last night was the 41st meeting between the two teams since 1933 and the Dutchmen have won 30 times.   

November 21

Cable Channel 9, a local television station providing local television coverage to cable TV subscribers in Jasper and Huntingburg, has added a number of new local programs to its schedule that are presently making their debut on the local channel. Two of the programs JHS Presents and HHS Presents, will be featuring high school students from Jasper and Huntingburg  who will produce the programs. Another new program, The Dick Martin Show, will make its first local appearance today at 5:15 and 7:15. Martin, who is manager and pro at Jasper Country Club, will be featured. He will give weekly “golf tips” to the Channel 9 viewers. Local sports enthusiast Tom “Rags” Berger, will initiate a new program--Rags Berger Predicts, which will feature predictions on high school, college, and pro games. Berger will have a guest, who will also predict on the games.

November 22

Bill Kluemper, a state highway employee, and his wife, Leona, who formerly owned and operated the Palm Gardens at Bretzville, will hold the grand opening of their new business venture, Bill’s Truck Stop, next Sunday, November 24. Thr truck stop, formerly owned by Art Artmeier and known as Art’s Truck Stop, is located along Ind. 64, a half a mile west of Birdseye. The Kluempers, who sold the Palm Gardens three and a half years ago, have remodeled the interior of their new place of business and it will be open 24 hours a day serving meals and short orders. 

November 23

Now under construction on Highway 231 South of Jasper is the newest in a series of restaurant enterprises of the Duffy’s system. A local team of investors, including Bernie and Dorothy Weidenbenner and Bill Kluemper, who will be the general manager, met with the officials of the New Albany-based franchise system earlier this year and decided that Jasper would be an ideal site. Duffy’s was “created” over a decade ago and the first drive-in was opened on Highway 150 (State Street) in New Albany.   

25 Years Ago
November 15, 1993

The heart was there, but the tools had skipped town. A sluggish Jasper Wildcat volleyball team saw its hopes of a state championship  spiked, 2-0, at the hands of Lafayette Jeff in Saturday’s semifinals of the IHSAA Final Four at Market Square Arena. The Wildcats, who ended the season at 32-7, fell victim to the power and precision of a fined-tuned Lafayette Jeff squad (15-2, 15-2). The lopsided loss is Jasper’s worst this season. Lafayette Jeff was making its first-ever trip to the Final Four while the Cats were returning after appearances in 1982 and 1991. Muncie Burris won its fourth volleyball championship in five years with a victory over Lafayette Jeff by scores of 7-15, 15-8, 15-4.   

November 16

One of the 1993 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing was presented to Marian Heights Academy student, Laura Ort. She was one of 713 winners from across the nation, the District of Columbia, Canada and American schools abroad. Ms. Ort, the daughter of David and Cynthia Ort of French Lick, is one of only 12 students in Indiana who secured the award. She is the only representative of Dubois County who won the award. 

November 17

A winning ticket worth $50,000 was sold in Jasper Tuesday but no one had come forward with it as of this morning, the Hoosier Lottery said. The $5 quick-pick ticket was sold at the Family Mart on U.S. 231 north in the Tuesday drawing for Lucky 5, a new game, and matched all five numbers: 8-21-22-23-26. There have been 13 winners of the $50,000 top prize in four Lucky Five drawings since the game started up on November 3.

November 18

For local officials, moving into the new city hall on the Square has been like stepping into a bright, airy new world, even though the building is just a few doors away from the old offices. The two-story brick edifice is Jasper’s first city hall, housing the mayor, the clerk-treasurer and her staff, the utility and planning departments and the city council chambers. The 30,000-square-foot building cost just over $2.5 million, which was paid by the Economic Development Income Tax and the Cumulative Capital Building Fund.

Jasper Reds catcher Chad Overton has signed a scholarship offer to play baseball at the University of Evansville. The Boonville High School product hit .384 with 29 RBI’s and seven home runs last spring during his second season at John A. Logan Junior college.   

November 19 

Good things just don’t stop happening to Jennifer Seger. The Jasper High School junior has followed up her runner-up finish in the IHSAA girls golf state finals by being named to the 1993 Smith Corona Scholastic Junior All-american team. Six boys and six girls were named to the squad, which was based on their combined efforts in three areas: academics, golfing ability, and writing skills. Members of the team will be honored at a banquet on Nov. 24 in Tucson, Arizona.   

November 20

According to Ken Schultheis, the Jasper Wildcats have a little work to do before they hit the floor Tuesday night in their first official basketball game of the season against Pike Central. The Wildcats, playing in their own jamboree Friday night, downed Washington, 19-18, in the first quarter and Tell City 26-6, in the third quarter. “Obviously, we played much better in the third quarter,” Schultheis, Jasper’s head coach, said. “We definitely shot better. We still need to work, really, on everything.” The things Schultheis specifically pointed out were help-side defense and boxing out on the boards. Sophomore guard Michael Lewis scored 10 points in the first quarter on two 3’s and two field goals. Junior Nick Blessinger led the Cats with nine points in the third quarter. 

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