Looking Back: 11/21November 20, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Nov. 21, 1955
Fire Chief Roman J. Fuhs of Jasper has called a meeting of the volunteer firemen at the fire station at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at which last-minute details will be ironed out for the annual Firemen’s Ball to be held the following evening at the Calumet Lake. The Thanksgiving Eve dance will be staged to raise money with which to buy incidental equipment for the fire department. Willie Bartley and his orchestra will furnish the music.
Most recent addition to Jasper’s beauty shops has been made in the Skyline area where Mrs. Ray Singer has opened a shop under the name, Naomi’s Beauty Shop. Mrs. Singer’s shop, which has been in operation for about two months, is located a mile north of Jasper on State Road 45. She has installed complete beauty treatment facilities and has engaged Miss Mary Lou Bettag to assist her.
Democratic Mayor Orval Kemp of Huntingburg, who was a candidate for reelection to the office on Nov. 8 as an Independent, this morning filed with County Clerk Adam Blessinger a petition for a recount of the votes. At the general election earlier this month, the official count gave Mr. Kemp 906 votes compared with an even 1,000 for his opponent, P. C. “Pop” Giltner, who was the Democratic candidate in the general election. Mr. Kemp, in a statement to The Herald this morning, said: “I want to make it clear that in asking for a recount of the votes, I do not suspect or suggest that there has been any fraud on the part of any election board or any precinct in Huntingburg. There is, however, a large discrepancy between the total votes cast and the votes counted for the office of mayor. “I am interested in finding the reason for this discrepancy. I feel that mistakes have been made in counting the votes and that I owe it to those who voted for me to see that their vote is properly recorded."
Winslow hit nearly half of its field goal tries and almost all its free shots last night in drubbing the Huntingburg Hunters 64-36 at Huntingburg. Lawrence Meyer, tall and rangy center — a 6-3 plus junior playing his third year of varsity basketball — racked up 20 points in the first half and didn’t play the last quarter. Teammate Larry Gillespie, veteran guard, scored 16 for the Pike County Cagers. The only Hunter to get into double figures was Scott Struckman, who fired five baskets. Meanwhile Dale’s Golden Aces defeated another Pocket Athletic Conference foe and recorded their third consecutive victory last night when they fought off the visiting Cannelton Bulldogs, 51-47, in a game in which Roger Kaiser, veteran forward, kept up his hot scoring pace with 31 markers. Ralph Seger’s Dubois Netters lost a 49-48 scramble at Loogootee St. John’s last night, the fourth straight setback for the Jeeps. Billy Skaggs paced all individual scorers with 24 points for the Jeeps. Center Frank Senninger added 10 for Dubois. Perry hit 23 for St. Johns.
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day - No Paper
Lowell McGlothlin’s Hollanders broke away in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to lick the Crusaders in a meeting of two early season unbeatens at the St. Ferdinand high school gym. A packed house watched the proceedings. Little Joe Todrank with 23 points was high for the winners, Dave Lowenstein getting 14 and Delbert Niehaus 12. Dennis Durcholz, 6-2 1/2 Ferdinand junior, finished with 14 points to lead his team and senior Pete Gerber got 10. At Montgomery, Steve Craney’s Vikings clobbered the Otwell Millers 74-38. McAtee at center who collected 22 markers, hit 10 fielders without a miss. Simpson, a guard, was next high with 16 points and for Otwell the best scorer was David Kemp with 13.
After a couple of defeats the Huntingburg Hunters descended upon Evansville Reitz last night and thumped the Panthers 54-38. Dave Leland with 17 points had his best evening afield, and Bobby Craig finished with 16. Meanwhile, Jasper lost a five-point lead in the fourth quarter last night and with it a 58-55 SIAC ball game to Bill Luse’s husky, hard-working Stonecutters at Bedford. Butch Rees and Jody Giesler led the Jasper scoring with 18 apiece and Dick Persohn had 11. In another area game, James (Ty) Dunbar’s West Baden Sprudels had to come from behind in the second quarter and kept going last night for a 75-50 triumph over the Spuds at Ireland. Mike Schmitt with 17 was high for the Irish.
50 Years Ago
Nov. 23, 1970
Pictured in this issue is Jasper High School football coach Jerry Brewer. He is shown with two of his proteges Saturday afternoon prior to the start of the Indiana-Purdue football game at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Shown with Brewer are Alan J. Dick, a starting offensive tackle for the Boilermarkers and Alan D. Dick, defensive halfback and punter for the Hoosiers.The two Alan Dicks are the first Jasper products to play Big 10 football. It was the first time they ever faced each other on the gridiron. A year ago A. J. missed the Purdue-IU game due to an injury. He played in the game two years ago but A. D. was only a freshman that year at Indiana.
Pictured in this issue is Jim Schwenk of Jasper. A former Indiana High School basketball official, Schwenk, has turned in his whistle for a gun and has been doing quite well in the fields. Jim, who retired from officiating after working the 1967 and 1968 state tournaments, is shown with an eight-point buck he shot this past weekend in Martin County near Hickory Grove. The buck, which weighed 230 pounds, is the first such prize for Schwenk. He was hunting with Paul Kreilein, R. 3, Jasper, when he got the deer.
Pictured in this issue is Alfred Bartelt of R. 2, Huntingburg, the president of the Dubois County Farm Bureau Inc. He is shown holding two plaques he accepted at the first annual Award of Excellence Program of the Indiana Farm Bureau. One was presented to him in recognition of his meritorius service as an advisor to the Dubois County Rural Youth Club for the past 20 years. The other one was awarded to the Dubois County Farm Bureau Inc., for its youth-support program. The awards were presented during the evening session of the 52nd annual Indiana Farm Bureau convention meeting at the Murat Temple in Indianapolis. The convention was held Nov. 22-24.
Jeff Cook scored 31 points to lead Birdseye to a 77-46 win over English and Holland remained undefeated with a 62-59 thriller over Winslow Tuesday night. Cook, a 6-3 veteran starting his fourth season with the Birdseye varsity, tossed in 31 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and blocked eight shots as he led the Jackets to their second win in four outings. Coach Ray Roesner’s Holland Dutchmen picked up their fourth straight win last night by edging out the Winslow Eskimos 62-59 at Winslow. Dave Bueltel again led all scorers with 23 points for the Dutch. Jack Werremeyer rang up 14 and Jack Maxey 11 to round out the HHS scoring. Joe Julian had 17 for Winslow.
Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day - No Paper
“Hoopla,” a new monthly sports magazine devoted to southern Indiana high school basketball, will make its debut on Tuesday, Dec. 15, it was announced today. Published in Jasper by Hoopla Inc., the magazine will feature information about high school basketball teams in the southern Indiana area which feeds into the Evansville Semi-State tournament. According to Howard Webber of Jasper, general manager of the new publication, the 32-page magazine with a full-color cover will be circulated through school clubs and organizations which are looking for fundraising projects. An initial printing of 3,000 copies is planned for the first issue, he said. Staff members for the magazine include Larry Stephenson, sports writer for the Evansville Courier-Press; Jerry Birge, sports editor for the Dubois County Daily Herald; Ron Arvin of the Washington Times-Herald; Jack Brandt of Cable-TV - 9, Jasper and Huntingburg; and Charles McPheron and Jack Rumbach, former sports editors for the Dubois County Daily Herald. Six issues of Hoopla are planned for this season, including a special tourney edition just before the sectionals next February.
“The full court press which we put into effect during the last seven minutes of the game broke their (Owensville’s) offensive drive and saved us from that last minute rally,” Huntingburg coach Dale Glenn said right after his Huntingburg Happy Hunters defeated the Owensville Kickapoos Friday night in a low scoring but hard fought contest, 47-44, at Owensvile. The Hunters are now 2-0 in the PAC in as many outings. Mark Souders was high point man for the Hunters with 16. It took Jasper’s Wildcats only five-and-one-half minutes to decide the outcome of the Jasper-Harrison game Friday night at the JHS gym. In a blazing start, Ed Schultheis’ Felines scalped the Warriors to the tune of 18-1 before the visitors from Vanderburgh County managed their first field goal.
25 Years Ago
Nov. 27, 1995
For 13 straight weeks Jasper (13-1) dominated foes with a muscular rushing attack which forced opponent after opponent into submission. Saturday, the shoe was on the other foot and it belonged to South Bend St. Joseph’s, who stamped a 28-0 imprint on the Wildcats backside in the IHSAA Class 3A state final at Indianapolis’ RCA Dome. The Indians (14-0) utilized their lightning-quick triple option to near perfection, totaling 295 yards on the ground and four rushing TD’s en route to their first-ever state title.
Holland town council candidate Terry Neukam’s petition to contest the Nov. 7 election results was denied this morning by Circuit Court Judge Hugo Songer who said the wording of the petition didn’t square with the evidence. The petition, filed Nov. 14, stated that the “voting machine malfunctioned” and asked that the election results “be declared null and void and that a special election be held.” However, Songer ruled that the machine was actually improperly programmed and that it was too late for Neukam to amend his petition, so it was denied. “This is really a technicality,” Neukam said afterward. “I’m disappointed because I think the judge was leaning in my favor otherwise.”
Former Dale High School basketball star Roger Kaiser half-joked during a telephone interview that he should write a book about his experiences. It wouldn’t be a bad idea. About four days ago the 57-year-old 1957 Dale High School graduate learned he would be included in the newest class of inductees into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame come March 20 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. That seems to be routine for Kaiser who was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and is a member of the basketball hall of fame at Georgia Tech, his alma mater.
A nationwide survey suggesting teachers’ job satisfaction jumped in the last decade would have found the same attitude in Dubois county, according to some local educators. Overall, the survey found teachers like their jobs more today than a decade ago and are more likely to recommend the profession to others. Don Hayes, curriculum director for the Greater Jasper district, said local teachers agree with the findings because they “are consulted and involved in decision-making more now than at any time in the past.” For this area, especially for women, teachers’ salaries are “terrific,” said Lindsey Osborn, an English teacher whose 25 years in education have included 23 with the Southwest Dubois district.
Great football programs deserve a great honor. This week, two fantastic southern Indiana high school football teams got just that. Jasper’s Kevin Cartwright and Jonathon Hulsman and Heritage Hills’ Don Matherly were bestowed the honor of Class 3A All-State. All three are seniors and all three led their teams to outstanding seasons. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2, advanced all the way to the state finals while Heritage Hills was ranked No. 5 and fell to Jasper in the sectional final.
Ken Schultheis knew he had all the pieces to the puzzle. The Jasper coach just didn’t know the big picture would come into focus this early in the season. Those puzzle pieces seemed to fit together with relative ease on Friday. The fifth-ranked Cats (1-0) and Mr. Basketball frontrunner Michael Lewis lived up to the preseason hype in their opener, defeating previously unbeaten Terre Haute South (2-1) by 15 points (82-67). Lewis, a senior, provided the glue with a game-high 36 points (10-of-18 from the field) in a contest which saw the impressive Cats shoot a blistering 64% from the floor.
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