Looking Back: 11/23November 22, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Nov. 22, 1954
Saturday evening Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties held a Scouting Exposition in the old Huntingburg gym. A lot of work had gone into the exposition, and the many exhibits of Scout handiwork drew much admiration from the visitors. Exhibits included wood-working craft, electrical demonstrations, rope knots, an electric train layout, cookery demonstration, first aid, etc. There were four rows of booths the length of the gym.
The Reutepohler Hardware Co., Inc. of Huntingburg has been sold to Harold Frick and Sons of Huntingburg, the new owners taking possession today of the hardware and furniture business, including building and warehouse, and continuing its operation under the same name, the Reutepohler Hardware, Co., Inc. The company was organized 50 years ago by the late William C. Reutepohler and at the time of its sale was owned by his son and two daughters, Harvey, president of the firm, and Mrs. Clara Lukemeyer and Mrs. Helen Hachmeister. The new owners, Mr. Frick and sons, are also in the coal, lime and fertilizer business which was begun by the elder Frick in 1934 and which will continue in operation. Harvey Reutepohler will remain to help the new owners with the hardware and furniture business.
At last night’s regular meeting of the Jasper common council, ordinance No. 430 was passed on third reading by a vote of 3-2. As a result, a utility service board will as of next January 1 take over the operation of the local electric power plant. As was the case when the ordinance had first aand second readings, the votes in favor of the utility service board were cast by Councilmen Ambrose Eckert, Leo Brelage and Ernest Lannon, while Councilmen Dennis Mehringer and Urban Voegerl voted against the proposal.
Monday was recognition day for Henry W. A. Hemmer as the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club held its regular noon luncheon meeting in the Ideal Hotel. Mr. Hemmer was honored for having served 15 consecutive one-year terms as secretary of the club. He was recently re-elected and will serve his 16th term under the presidency of Ray Stone.
Thanksgiving Day, no paper.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Virginia Knies, who was crowned Basketball queen at Dubois High School at the game against Loogooteee St. John’s earlier this week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Knies of R. 2, Birdseye. Also pictured are her two small attendants — John Krodel, who carried the basketball. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Krodel of R. 3, Jasper. Sheila Seger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Seger of R. 4 Jasper, carried the crown.
Jasper netters cut loose beginning late in the first quarter last night and rolled from there to as much as as 29-point margin over Bedford, led the visiting Stonecutters by 24 after a few minutes of the fourth period and coasted in with all the squad getting into action, 60-47. Donnie Bates was the high scorer for the Wildcats with 20 points. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters turned back Reitz’s defending SIAC champs in a tense 60-56 spectacle at the HHS gym last night, thereby moving up to 1-1 in conference play and 2-1 for the campaign thus far. Clarence Riggs brought up probably the tallest team that Howard Sharpe’s veterans will have to face all season. Starting for the Panthers were 6-4 Dick Carroll and 6-3 Gary Sprinkle at forwards, 6-7 Bob Carnall at center, and 6-0 Harold Halbrook and 5-11 Bill King at the guards. They went all the way, too, and so did Huntingburg’s senior quartet of Buddy Blemker, Wayne Singer, Glen Fierst, Joe Henderson and Donnie Elshoff. Singer’s 20 points topped Huntingburg scoring. Carrol paced Reitz with 14.
• 50 Years Ago
Nov. 24, 1969
A Greyhound bus skidded sideways into a car in a heavy fog near Petersburg today, killing a passenger on the bus and injuring 30 other persons. Three ambulances carrying injured to area hospitals were involved in a second accident a short time later. State police at Jasper said the bus was southbound and rounding a curve on Indiana 57 toward Evansville, traveling through extremely thick fog, when the driver saw a car waiting to pull out onto the highway from a county road. Police said the bus driver, Ralph Baker, 43, Martinsville, told them he believed the car had pulled out onto the highway in front of him. He jammed on the brakes and skidded sideways, striking the car and overturning once or twice. Actually, the car driver had not driven onto the highway, police said. The victim was identified several hours after the accident as 4-month-old Karen M. Overton, 1118 Underwood, Toledo, Ohio.
Jim Brown, Jasper Park and Recreation director, announced today that beginning tonight and continuing each Tuesday evening the Broken Arrow Archery Club, in cooperation with the Jasper Park and Recreation Department, will co-sponsor having the indoor Archery range open to the general public. The range is located at 311 E. Sixth St., and anyone 12 years of age or older is welcome to come down and shoot. For those who are interested in shooting and don’t have any equipment, there will be a limited number of bows and arrows available. Members of the Broken Arrow Archery Club will be on hand to supervise the range as well as assisting anyone who might wish some basic instruction in archery. For further information call the Park and Recreation office at 482-5959.
Mayor Dale W. Helmerich, clerk-treasurer John N. Martin and the Utility Board have announced that Huntingburg City Utility bills due to be mailed the first part of December, will be prepared by computer. Presently any resident of Huntingburg who utilizes all four of the city’s utilities receives two bills each month. The new computerized utility bill will contain the charges for all four utilities, which will reduce the present postage cost of 10 cents per customer, to six cents per customer. The switch of the utility billing system to computer will also eliminate the necessity of spending several thousand dollars for a new posting machine which would have been necessary in the immediate future.
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department will conduct its annual Firemen’s Ball at five locations tonight. Dancing will begin at 9 p.m. at the Rustic, Calumet, V.F.W., the American Legion and the Moose Home. Advance tickets will be available at $1 each from the members of the fire department until 6 p.m. and from 6 to 8 at the fire station. They will also be on sale at the door for $1.50. Tickets may be used for admission to any one or all of the dances.
Thanksgiving Day, no paper.
At the annual stockholders meeting of The Jasper Corporation conducted in the company’s board room on Thursday, Nov. 20, President Thomas L. Habig reported record sales for the company in the last fiscal year approaching a total of 67 million dollars. He further indicated that in spite of nearly 2 million dollars in re-invested capital and approximately a quarter of a million dollars contributed to the Direct Employee Retirement Profit Sharing Trust, the company enjoyed profits substantially over the preceding year.
The 1969-70 Jasper Wildcats, bearing a very definite resemblance to the Jasper teams of the past that helped to build the traditional basketball reputation of Jasper High School, served notice to all southern Indiana basketball fans Friday night, that they are one of the teams to be reckoned with this season. With the blue-chip combination of Gary Corbin and Jim Wenzel operating at their guard positions with the precision of a fine Swiss watch, and with the solid play of 6-6 Wayne Bailey, the Wildcats completely outclassed the Harrison Warriors Friday at the Harrison gym, 90-54, before a small group of Harrison followers. In other action around the area, the visiting Washington Hatchets edged the Huntingburg Hunters, 57-55, and the Ferdinand Crusaders rolled to a 63-50 victory over the Dale Aces in a game played at Ferdinand.
• 25 Years Ago
Nov. 28, 1994
Jasper’s Michael Lewis was like a firecracker with a long fuse in the Wildcats’ 77-48 pasting of Heritage Hills Saturday night in the championship game of the Southridge Holiday Tournament. The 6-foot-2 junior guard got off to a slow start but ended with a bang, exploding for a game-high 36 points. The victory marked Jasper’s fifth-straight Holiday Tourney title. In the consolation game of the tourney, the Southridge Raiders evened their record at 1-1 as they defeated the Dubois Jeeps, 69-50. The Jeeps fell to 0-4 on the season.
Cyril Birge of Jasper was named Monday night to the Indiana Baketball Hall of Fame. Birge, a three-year varsity center for the Jasper Wildcats in the 1930’s, culminated his high school career as the captain and leading scorer of a 29-2 state finalist team — the team with the best record in Jasper’s history. Birge, who also played four years of baseball and was JHS senior class president, earned a basketball scholarship to Purdue, but contracted typhoid fever the summer after graduating, derailing his college plans. Birge was a high school official for 34 years, including three state finals assignments. He officiated the famous Milan-Muncie Central championship game in 1954. Birge also worked as a college official from 1941 through 1970, including nine years in the Big Ten. The retiree and his wife of 56 years, Antoinette, have nine children.
Jeff Jessee says he was raised to be kind and supportive of others, to encourage them to do their best. That’s the way he tries to do his assistant principal job at Jasper High School. Today, Jessee’s peers in the Indiana Association of School Principals rewarded him for his efforts. He was named the Assistant Principal of the Year for the 11th District, which includes Dubois and 10 other counties in the area. The award was voted on by local principals. Mr. Jessee came to Jasper High School in 1991. He is married to Leah Jessee, the principal of Crestview and Holland elementary schools in the Southwest District. They have three children.
The Kentucky man who confessed to taking part in armed robberies at two local Buehler’s Buy Low stores in 1992 was sentenced Wednesday in Dubois Superior Court to 30 years in prison. Jeffrey Dale Woodrum, 23, Bullitt County, was given 10 years in prison with five years added for aggravating circumstances on each charge. The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively with each other and with any previous sentences he was given in Vanderburgh and Knox counties in Indiana and Shelby County, Kentucky.
Ruxer Farms is no stranger to prestigious awards. Its American Saddlebreds have won numerous world championships. But this was something special. “This is the nicest honor I’ve ever had,” said Bob Ruxer of Jasper, who was named Horseman of the Year by the United Professional Horseman’s Association. “I was surprised as can be,” said Ruxer, owner and president of Ruxer Farms Inc. since 1991. “I consider myself very fortunate. It was truly an honor.” Ruxer, 45, is the youngest person ever to receive the award. Bob Ruxer became a professional trainer in 1972.
The Forest Park Rangers improved to 4-0 on the young season with a 77-73 home court victory over the North Posey Vikings. In other games from around the area, the Southridge Raiders defeated the Wood Memorial Trojans, 60-38, and the Pike Central Chargers edged the Barr-Reeve Vikings 50-46. Two other area teams didn’t fare as well though, as the Terre Haute South Braves downed the Jasper Wildcats, 70-64, in a game played at Terre Haute and the home-standing Dubois Jeeps lost a Blue Chip Conference game to the Loogootee Lions 70-40. With the win the Lions improved to 4-0 while the Jeeps lost their fifth consecutive game to start the season.
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