Looking Back: 1/12

Morgan Marie Schwenk was born Jan. 2 at 7:25 a.m. 25 years ago to parents Ralph and Kelly of Jasper. Morgan Marie tipped the scales at a healthy 9 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 21 inches. She was the first baby born at Memorial Hospital in 1994. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published Jan. 4, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
January 11, 1954

Marengo High School’s invitational basketball tourney Saturday was highlighted by two tense struggles in the night session, topped off with the host team’s 53-51 victory over the Milltown Millers for the championship. The defeat was the first this season to be sustained by Milltown. In the consolation tilt the Leavenworth Wyandottes squared up for an earlier one-point setback by Birdseye by nippping the Yellow Jackets 77-75 in overtime. Marengo had won its way to the tourney final by burying the Birdseye cagers, 92-51, in the afternoon round after Milltown had eliminated Leavenworth, 52-37. Bob Roberson racked up 44 points in a losing scrap for Birdseye in the consolation game. Roberson got 28 points in the afternoon tilt.   

January 12

Southern Indiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, held its annual Wampum dinner at the American Legion Club in Jasper last night. One hundred and twenty-nine men attended, representing 30 communities which will have Kick-Off Meetings of the Boy Scout Campaign for funds during February. The area goal to be raised in $24,775. Claude Gramelspacher of Jasper, council finance chairman, was the host and introduced James W. Armstrong, Henderson, Ky., former dean of men at Northwestern University, who emphasized the importance of the campaign in furthering Scouting in the area. Meanwhile, it was announced today that Herb Thyen has accepted the chairmanship of the finance campaign in the City of Jasper. Jasper’s share of the area goal is $2,410.

January 13

Shooting well out in front after a close first quarter, Jasper won another ball game from Huntingburg, 62-45, last night at the Hunter gym. The victory was the fifth in six league games for Nip Wuchner’s team. It also allowed the Wildcats to latch onto undisputed possession of second place in the SIAC. Donnie Bates was again high point man for Jasper as he scored 27 points. Buddy Blemker paced the Hunter scoring with 19 points. JHS retained possession of the Little Brown Jug it had won with an earlier 72-48 win.   

January 15

Mayor Edward Lorey and the members of the Jasper City Council, at a special meeting last night that lasted until midnight, accepted bids on construction work for the city’s electrical system totalling $328,729.57. The bids were accepted subject to the approval of the expanded electrical system by the Public Service Commission of Indiana, the passage of an ordinance providing for the issuance of revenue bonds, and the sale of the bonds. The electrical improvement will be financed by revenue from the electric utility. The bonds are payable slowly from out of revenue, and will not be paid for with general taxes. 

Corporal Anthony A. Wigand, son of Mrs. Clara Wigand of Ireland, is currently serving with the 208th Military Police Company at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Corporal Wigand holds the highly responsible job of chief clerk for the company. In the words of his first sargeant, “Corporal Wigand is doing a superior job as the chief clerk of the organization. We need more men of his calibre in the Army today.”

January 16

Employees of the Huntingburg mount works plant of the General Electric Company recently raised the sum of $2,500 for the Stork Memorial Hospital building fund. A check for this amount has been presented to the hospital by Tony Oberhausen, the company’s community relations director. The presentation took place during a brief ceremony in the hospital’s administration office. The check was accepted for the hospital by Sister Mary James, the hospital administrator. 

50 Years Ago
January 13, 1969

The Department of Transportation today shifted the time zone boundary westward and put all except 12 of Indiana’s 92 counties in the Eastern zone. The ruling left six northwestern and six southwestern counties in the Central zone, effective April 27, the date for the start of daylight saving time in the nation. Under the latest ruling, Dubois County would be one of the 80 Indiana counties in the Eastern Time Zone. The southwestern counties staying on Central time were Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick, Spencer, Pike and Gibson, a cluster with Evansville as the largest city and the industrial hub. 

January 14

Theodore C. Sorenson, special counsel to the late President John F. Kennedy, defended the former Chief Executive’s action during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis in a Monday night appearance at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand. Answering charges by former Secretaty of State Dean Acheson that Kennedy was “phenomenally lucky” during the crisis, Sorenson said Kennedy was lucky he didn’t take Acheson’s advice. The remarks came during a question and answer session which followed Sorenson’s address as the guest speaker in a series of Lincoln lectures at the college. College officials estimated 2,000 persons were on hand in the Ferdinand High School gym.   

January 15

Governor Edgar Whitcomb on Tuesday announced the appointments of district engineers and sub-district superintendents for the Indiana State Highway Commission.  The engineer of  the Vincennes district will be Robert Eskew of Loogootee. J. E. “Jiggs” Ruxer of Jasper is the new superintendent of the Petersburg sub-district, which includes Dubois, Gibson and Pike counties. Ruxer is married to the former Rosemarye Fuhs. The couple has three sons, Jay, Jeff and Jimmy, and a daughter, Jill. Ruxer succeeds Ed Pieper of Dubois who had held the post for the past eight years. 

January 16

The Jasper Jr. High basketball teams won a pair of games from Evansville Sacred Heart Wednesday night at the Tenth Street School gym. The eighth graders posted a 43-22 victory while the seventh graders won, 30-20. Tom Berger tossed in 12 field goals for 24 points to lead the eighth graders to victory, their fifth in nine games. Terry Giesler followed with 12. The Jasper seventh graders failed to score in the first period, but came back with a 14-point effort in the second quarter enroute to their 10-point victory. Mike Luegers led Jasper with eight points, Glenn Sturm followed with six and Joe Huebner tallied five.   

January 17

At the reorganization meeting of the Jasper Park and Recreation Board  Thursday night, Jerome “Chick” Alles, who had been serving as vice-president, was elected to the office of president. Alles succeeds Ed Jones, who was recently re-appointed to the board by Mayor Jack Newton. John Bohnert was elected vice-president and Wilfred Hochgesang was named as the new secretary, the office which had been held by Bohnert. The new president is the trustee of Bainbridge Township and the manager of the Patoka Valley Beverage Company. He and Mrs. Alles, the former Anna Mae Hoffman, are the parents of seven children. 

January 18

The Reverend Daniel Buechlein, O.S.B., has been appointed spiritual director of St. Meinrad College Seminary, effective with the beginning of the second semester. Father Daniel succeeds the Reverend Damasus Langan, O.S.B. in his duties of administering the college spiritual formation program and coordinating the work of class counselors. Father Daniel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Buechlein of Jasper attended the St. Meinrad Seminary and the Pontificium Athenaeum Anselmianum in Rome where he received an S.T.L. degree. He made his solemn profession as a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in 1962, and was ordained in 1964. He is currently the head of the Department of Religion in the college. Succeeding Father Daniel as assistant dean of Students is Father Kilian Kerwin, O.S.B.    

25 Years Ago
January 10, 1994

For eight minutes and 46 seconds Saturday night, the Jasper Wildcats played their best basketball this season. It wasn’t enough. The No. 7-ranked Vincennes Alices displayed their weapons, experience and composure in a 79-66 Big Eight Conference win over the Cats. Jasper is now 9-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Alices pushed their record to 8-2 and 3-0. Michael Lewis led the Wildcats’ scoring with 22 points. Mike Fischer added 15. The Alices came into the game led by University of Wisconsin-bound Sean Daugherty. The 6-10 center, who scored 42 points a year ago in a loss to the Cats, drew a lot of attenton in the post. Daugherty claimed 19 points and 15 rebounds. Chad Tolliver scored a game-high 24 for the Alices. Greg Duke added 23.   

January 11

Members of the Huntingburg Common Council went one better than Birdseye and Holland when the future of the local income tax came up for discussion Monday. Councils in both towns recently took no action on a proposal by the Dubois County Common Council to rescind the county’s Economic Development Income Tax. By not voting, the towns in effect voted against it, and thereby for retaining the tax. Huntingburg decided to spell out its support in stronger terms. On a motion by Marvin Boeglin, the council voted unanimously to retain the tax. If Ferdinand, which may vote tonight, and Jasper, which may vote Jan. 19, take no action or vote to retain the tax, the .4 percent income tax will remain in place. The county won’t have the majority vote required to eliminate EDIT unless either Jasper or Ferdinand votes in favor of the county’s proposal.    

January 12

When town attorney Bill Shaneyfelt asked for a vote Tuesday night to see how council members felt about the Economic Development Income Tax, President Charles Schuler sat up with anticipation. He’d been waiting for this. “Just ask me,” he said, a half-smile on his face. A few minutes later, the council adopted a resolution spelling out its unanimous stance: Yes to EDIT, no to the Dubois County Council’s proposal to rescind it. That means Jasper’s stance will decide EDIT’s fate. City officials have said they favor the tax. The decision will probably come at next Wednesday’s monthly meeting.   

January 13

The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association has announced that Ed Yarbrough will be inducted into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 11. Yarbrough, Jasper High School’s boys and girls head coach, will be one of five inductees in 1994. The Hall of Fame has now been in existence for three years and it currently has an elite membership of 15. “This is definitely one of the highlights of my coaching career,” Yarbrough said. “I am very proud to be selected. It’s a great feeling to be put in a category with the other Hall of Famers before me.” Yarbrough’s first three seasons ended with losing records. A team of his has not posted a losing record since then and he now holds a 426-98 career mark. The won-loss record includes 25 seasons with the boys team and seven with the girls.   

January 14

Plastics recycling is the wave of the future and a Spencer County company is carving out a niche for itself in the industry. It will be recycling more than a million pounds of plastic a month before the end of the year. Plastic Resource Technologies Inc. takes used plastic soft drink bottles and turns them into the raw material used to make everything from carpet to clothing, including more bottles. Partners Larry King, Gene Rhodes and Linden Elliott, who began planning the venture in October 1992, started operations last month. The company’s 300-by-60-foot building is located on a 15-acre site just north of I-64 and east of U.S. 231. It has 10 employees now and expects to hire 15 more.   

January 15

Old man winter had everything on ice Friday night, except the South Spencer Rebels. While bitter cold temperatures might have kept most at home, a standing-room only crowd snuggled together at South Spencer and watched the red-hot Rebels dismantle the Forest Park Rangers, 72-41. In a battle of ranked teams, No. 12 South Spencer ran its record to 11-0 while dropping No. 14 Forest Park to 10-1. The Rangers had won 23 straight regular-season games. In other area games, the Jasper Wildcats defeated the Washington Hatchets, 73-68, in overtime, in a game played at the JHS gym.  And in a game played at Petersburg, the Pike Central Chargers downed the Heritage Hills Patriots by a score of 55-47.   

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