Looking Back: 11/2November 1, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Nov. 1, 1954
Pictured on the front page of this issue are seven more Dubois County young men who left this morning for Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for their basic training. They include: James Walter Weigel, R. 5, Jasper, leader; Melvin Leroy Sermersheim and Davis Andrew Schitter of Ireland; Leon Joseph Recker of Jasper; Raymond Basil Lechner of R. 5, Jasper; Donald Leo Eckerle of R. 2, Jasper, and Victor Herman Pfaff of Ireland. All but Weigel were volunteers.
At last night’s meeting of Mayor Orval Kemp and the Huntingburg city council, plans were discussed for a two-way police radio system in Huntingburg. At the invitation of Mayor Kemp, a representative of the Motorola company came from Washington, Ind., to tell the council about the operation of such a system and its cost. Mayor Kemp said that he had received some complaints from citizens who said they had difficulty contacting the police when they needed them. Mayor Kemp pointed out that when the whistle at the power house is blown to summon an officer, as has been done in the past, the whistle tips off the lawbreaker to the fact that the police are being summoned. It was explained by the Motorola rep that the cost of each mobile dash-mounted unit would be $456.33, while the cost of the unit at the base station would be $688.77. The base station would be able to communicate witht the State Police post at Jasper.
Dubois County voters proved yesterday that it takes more than a few snow flurries and a bone-chilling temperature to keep them away from the polls. According to County Clerk Adam Blessinger, more than 69 percent of the county’s 14,686 registered voters went to the polls. The largest number of votes cast in any contest were recorded in the sheriff’s race, where a total of 10,177 votes were cast for the two candidates. In that race, Mrs. Clara Kreilein nosed out Emil G. Stamm by a margin of 193 votes. The vote for Mrs. Kreilein was 5,185, while Mr. Stamm received 4,992.
Leo and Sylvester Prechtel, who have operated the Prechtel Cafe at 217 Mill Street in Jasper for the past eight years have sold the business to three partners who have leased the building from Frank J. Seng. The new partners are Linus Dick and Paul Wigand of Jasper and Steve Walsh, who has moved here from Indianapolis. All three of the new partners married daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Henke. Mr. Walsh was a salesman for a tool firm before becoming a partner in the operation of the cafe.
Harlem’s real Globetrotters, replete with the great Goose Tatum and Indiana’s former All-American, Bill Garrett, in the lineup, will play in Huntingburg High School’s gym on Thursday evening, Dec. 23, it was announced by the Huntingburg gym board of control. The Globetrotters will play the Washington Generals, who feature Bill Spivey among other net stars, in the double-barrel program being arranged for the night in Huntingburg. In the other game will be the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons and the Philadelphia Warriors. It will be a regular National Basketball Association game.
Roy Allen’s hard-driving Spuds broke loose from Oil Township in the first and last quarters to rack up a 67-54 victory over the Oilers in Ireland’s basketball opener last night on the Spuds’ home floor. The Crusaders of Ferdinand High, who like to run too and who beat the Oilers earlier this week, notched a 20-point win last night over the Chrisney Wildcats on the Ferdinand court. Birdseye’s Yellow Jackets, eight-point losers in their opener at English this week, dropped another game, this time by a 57-50 score, last night at Marengo. Again the Jackets were paced by veteran Bob Roberson, who hit for 30 in an effort to land them in the victory column.
• 50 Years Ago
Nov. 3, 1969
Pictured on the front page of this issue are some members of Local 331H of the Upholsterers International Union of North America AFL, who went on strike against the Timely and Stylemaker plants of Dolly Madison Industries in Huntingburg and Ferdinand respectively at midnight. According to reports received this morning, seven meetings between the union and representatives of DMI were held between Sept. 10 and Oct. 29. Ed Richards of Evansville reportedly represented the Federal Mediation Board at some of these meetings. No further meetings between the union and management are currently scheduled. The Daily Herald attempted to get a statement from Dolly Madison Industries officials, but none was available. A spokesman said conferences were being held among company officials and a statement was expected later in the day.
The fifth featured speaker in the current series of teacher formation classes sponsored by the Jasper area Religious Education Board will be the Rev. Kenneth Betz, teacher of religion at Washington Catholic High School. Father Betz, a Jasper native, will present a lecture on “Faith and Religious Development,” followed by a question and answer period. The lecture will begin at 7:30 on Thursday in the Tenth Street School cafeteria in Jasper. Sister Mary Sharon, the coordinator of all religious education in Dubois and Pike Counties, said the public is invited to this and all remaining sessions.
A public hearing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p. m., in the basement of the American Legion Home at Jasper, regarding plans for improving three different sections of SR 45 in Dubois County as proposed by the Indiana State Highway Commission. State and Federal Relocation Assistance Programs and currently contemplated time schedules will also be reviewed on this occasion. State highway representatives will be available from 2 to 5:30 p. m. on the date of the hearing in the American Legion Home for the purpose of individual explanations and relevant discussions with any interested citizen regarding plans as presently developed.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Kempf of Ireland were notified Wednesday that their son, Marine Private First Class Dennis J. Kempf, 21, drowned Monday while swimming in the South China Sea near Da Nang, Vietnam. The news was relayed to the parents by two Marine officers from Evansviile. The parents had recently received a letter from their son in which he reported that he had been pulled out of the combat area and he was in a comparatively safe place. Dennis was born on March 19, 1948, to Henry C. and Verena Vaal Kempf.
Bricklaying for the new phone building at Jasper began on May 3, 1966. Four days later, at one minute past midnight on May 8, the Huntingburg exchange was switched over to the dial system. This left Jasper as the only exchange in the county still using operators to handle all calls. Around that time Indiana Telephone announced the availabilty of mobile phones for cars and other vehicles. The calls for the area go through a short wave tower at Jasper if the caller is within 25 to 30 miles of Jasper. If he is outside that area, the calls go through other towers.
Senior Lee Boehm was held to just 30 yards rushing but still passed the 1,000 yard mark for the season, senior George Kuper led a Jasper rushing attack with 103 yards, Boehm and Mark Detroy combined for 120 yards in the air, Detroy tossed two TD passes, six different players scored touchdowns and Greg “Doc” Berger kicked six perfect conversions as the Jasper Wildcats closed out their 1969 football season with an impressive 42-12 victory over the Bedford Stonecutters at Bedford. The victory give coach Jerry Brewer’s Felines a 7-2-1 record for the season. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters suffered a smashing defeat at the hands of the undefeated Tell City Marksmen, 49-0, last night at Tell City. The Hunters closed the season with four wins and six losses.
• 25 Years Ago
Nov. 7, 1994
Northeast Dubois ended a spectacular season laden with numerous accomplishments with a 16th place finish in the state finals Saturday. “I think our girls’ real goal was just to get there” said Northeast Dubois coach Vic Betz. “Obviously they attained that goal and after a big high like that there’s always a letdown.” “The level of competition at the state is amazing,” said Betz. “The difference between that and the semistate is unbelievable. I don’t think our girls realized that heading into this.”Northeast Dubois’ Audrey Betz was the Jeeps’ top runner with a 79th place finish. Other Jeep finishers were: Krystal Keabry (84th), Rachel Fuhrman (88th), Elise Denu (90th), Camille Matheis (94th), Erica Quinn (106th), and Marie Weyer (109th).
Jasper’s Noah Place won his age group in ESPN’s Golf Week Junior tour at the Marriot Desert Springs Resort on Oct. 29 and 30. The 15-year-old JHS freshman won his age division in the East Division Red Group by seven shots over Cameron Yancey of Blackstone, Va. On the first day, Place raced out to a commanding four-shot lead on the strength of a one-over-par 73. Place played consistently all day with two birdies countering three bogies. The second day saw Place blitz the field with another 73. Place had a string of four birdies within five holes to run away from his contenders, claiming a seven-shot victory.
Dennis Heeke survived a nationwide Republican tidal wave Tuesday to retain his 73rd District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. The Dubois Democrat, a 30-year House veteran and chairman of the House Democratic caucus, held off a strong challenge by Jasper Republican Grayson Goodness to win a 16th term by 1,403 votes — a margin of 54 to 46 percent. Despite returns from more than half the district’s 69 precincts showing he trailed by fewer than 100 votes, Goodness shook hands with Heeke at the Split Rail Restaurant shortly after 10 p. m., conceding defeat in his bid to unseat the longtime incumbent.
Jeffrey Dale Wooldrum has confessed to taking part in the armed robberies at two local Buehler’s Buy Low stores in 1992. The 23-year-old Bullitt County, Ky., man plead guilty to the two charges Wednesday in Dubois Superior Court as part of a plea agreement in which the third armed robbery charge will be dismissed. Sentencing was set for Nov. 30. His trial had been set for next summer. A second man charged in the three robberies, Michael Scott Parker, 26, Shepherdsville, Ky., is to go to trial on Dec. 19. The third defendant, Thomas Christopher Williamson, 30, of Bullitt County, Ky., has not been brought to Dubois County for arraignment.
The talk first started on the street corners and in the drugstore. Within a few months, the men gathered for more serious discussions in an upper room of the post office. In October, they decided to organize formally as a local post of the newly founded American Legion. An editorial in the Nov. 7 issue of the Jasper Herald described the official founding meeting, attended a few days earlier by 18 charter members, as “an epoch-making chapter in the history of Dubois County’s Veterans of the World War.” That was in 1919, not quite a year after the Central Powers accepted terms of the armistice ending the Great War in Europe. American Legion Post 147 of Jasper is now 75 years old, and continuing its mission of service to military veterans and the community at large. Last week, 348 of the post’s 741 members attended the annual Turkey Feed, which has served as the focal point for the orgnization’s membership drive since 1921.
Same formula, same result. The Class 3A second-ranked Jasper Wildcats once again used a methodical running attack and stalwart defense to whip Salem 26-0, taking the regional title Friday night at Paul A. Graves Athletic Field. The Wildcats will now host Indianapolis Roncalli, a 23-21 winner over Danville, in the semistate next Friday at Alumni Stadium. The winner will get a trip to the RCA Dome and a shot at the state title on Thanksgiving weekend. Jasper coach Jerry Brewer was content to pound away at the Lions’ stunting defense with junior tailback Kevin Cartwright, who rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
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