Looking Back: 11/24November 21, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
November 23, 1953
There was a time when the conservation officer — or game warden, as he was commonly called — was not too popular. Many hunters and fisherman regarded him as a snooper whose sole aim in life was to deprive them of a good part of their sport. But the picture has changed. Next Sunday the members of the various conservation clubs in Dubois County, together with the Game Protection Association and the Izaak Walton League, will hold a shooting match at the Izaak Walton League’s recreation area between Jasper and Haysville for the purpose of raising money with which to make the conservation officer’s work more effective. The proceeds of next Sunday’s shoot will go toward the purchase of a two-way radio for the conservation officer’s car.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Lavonne Dillon, a senior, who reigned as Ireland High School’s basketball queen at festivities accompanying the Ireland-Troy game last Friday night. Her maid of honor was Shirley Brescher and attendant from the senior class was Marlene Vonderheide. Miss Dillon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dillon.
Despite his name, Lazy Jim Day makes audiences sit up and take notice when he goes into his comedy routine. His sleepy drawl is authentic, however, and off-stage, instead of a handshake and “Howdy”, Jim tells a joke. Grand Ole Opry star Lazy Jim Day will appear in Jasper on Nov. 25, one day only, at the Tiviloi Theatre. His unique singing style, “Story” telling, natural wit and old-fashioned clog and shuffle dancing have placed Lazy Jim Day among the cleverest comedians in the country today.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the seven Dubois County young men who were inducted into military service yesterday. They are slated to go to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. The following men are pictured: Albert G. Hoffman, Patrick G. Himsel, Raymond M. Schwoeppe, James Heath, (Leader), Alexander H. Pieper, William J. Rohleder and Alfred R. Schwinghammer.
At the regular meeting Monday evening in the high school auditorium, the Jasper Mothers Club voted unanimously to extend its present membership to include the fathers and the teachers of Jasper pupils. One hundred and thirty-one members were present. Pending a revision of the name from “Mother’s Club” to “Parent-Teachers Club” and re-vamping of the clubs present by-laws, the fathers and teachers will be welcomed guests to all future meetings.
Thanksgiving Day, no paper.
Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen made it two for three for the season thus far when they downed the Crusaders 50-36 at Ferdinand Wednesday night. Glen Fenneman, 6-foot-4 center of the defending sectional champs, bucketed 10 fielders and as many charities for a total of 30 points to lead all scorers. His Ferdinand counterpart, Kenneth Peters, 6-21⁄2, was high point man for the
Crusaders with six field goals and four free throws for 16 points.
Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats surprised the home folks, the small group of fans accompanying them to Bedford and probably themselves too last night by beating Ralph Holmes’ Stonecutters, 58-50, in Jasper’s first SIAC game of the season. Donnie Bates led all scorers with 26 points, hitting 10 of 30 from the floor and six of seven from the free throw line. Gerry Sermersheim and Ed Kapp added 8 markers apiece for Jasper. Meanwhile, Huntingburg’s Hunters lost to Evansville Reitz, 49-44, last night in a game played in the Central gym in Evansville. Buddy Blemker was the only Hunter to score in double figures. He had 17 points. Ken Knight, 6-foot-5 Panther center, also had 17.
The Rev. Anthony Michel, O. S. B., who served as pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland for 34 years, died around 8:50 Thursday evening at St. Meinrad Abbey where he had been living sincehis retirement from the priesthood in 1937. He was 88.
• 50 Years Ago
November 25, 1968
“Rags Berger Predicts” made its debut Friday on Cable channel 9. A lot of eyebrows were raised when Berger came upon the Harvard-Yale game. He gave his comments on the battle between the two unbeaten teams playing for the Ivy League championship and then predicted the game would end in a tie. On Saturday, Harvard scored an amazing 16 points in the final 42 seconds to gain a 29-29 tie with Yale, to make it appear that Berger had conferred with David Hoy or some other “mind” before making his pick. For the weekend, Berger hit 15 of 21 games and he has a few more remaining to be decided this week before his overall total is announced Friday. “Rags Berger Predicts” is televised on Channel 9 each Friday at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m.
Membership of the five-member school board for the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation has been completed, it was learned today. The Northeast district is made up of Harbison, Columbia, Hall and Marion Townships, each of which has a representative on the board. The fifth member-at-large was named by the Dubois County Commissioners. The board members and their terms of office are: Lewis Eichmiller, Harbison Township, 2 1⁄2 years; Duane McCune, Columbia, 3 1⁄2 years; Clarence Buechler, Hall, 2 1⁄2 years; Aloysius Beyke, Marion, 3 1⁄2 years; and Oscar Kalb, at-large, 1 1⁄2 years.
The Jasper Jr. High basketball teams won a pair of games from Otwell Tuesday night at the Otwell gym. The 7th graders opened the action with a 41-25 victory and the 8th graders followed with a 50-24 triumph. A total of 21 Jasper boys saw action in the 8th grade game. Doug Bawel had a total of 10 rebounds and Luke Habig stood out on defense. Terry Giesler, Mark Beck and Tom Berger each had 11 points for the winners. Popp led Otwell with 10. In the 7th grade game, Mike Luegers tossed in 12 points, Chris Snyder eight and Glen Sturm six. Dan Rumbach stood out on defense. Teague and Soegive each had six for Otwell.
Thanskgiving Day, no paper.
The organization of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation is well underway, according to announcements made today. Earl F. Buechler, presently serving as County Superintendent of Schools, has been named Superintendent of the new Southeast District, which is comprised of Jackson, Jefferson and Ferdinand Townships. At the same time, it was learned that the new board has elected officers in order that it can begin the task of reorganization, even though the district and all appointments do not legally become effective until Jan. 1, 1969. Elected as president of the board was Emil F. Olinger of Ferdinand. Al Betz of St. Anthony was named vice-president and John Schnell of Schnellville, was chosen as secretary. Mrs. Thomas Gerber of Ferdinand was appointed treasurer and also will serve as full-time secretary to Supt. Buechler. Arthur Nordhoff, Jr., was selected as attorney for the school unit.
The five-member school board to administer the Northwest Dubois County School Corporation, comprised of Boone, Madison and Bainbridge Townships, has been completed. At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Jasper City Council selected as its two appointees on the board Paul E. Nonte and Phillip E. Buecher. Bainbridge Township Trustee Jerome Alles announced Thursday that he has named Urban “Nigg” Pfeffer to the board, while Trustee Urban Fuhrman of Boone Township has appointed Glenn E. Voelkel. Today, Madison Township Trustee Herbert Schwenk announced the appointment of Thomas Kellams.
Plans for a new three-story addition that will increase patient capacity and extend facilities at Memorial Hospital in Jasper were announced Friday afternoon by Sister Mary Barbara, the hospital administrator. The expansion will provide an additional 33,000 square feet in a wing to be annexed to the west side of the existing hospital building on West Ninth Street. Construction on the project is slated to begin early in 1969. In a related matter, a Medical Arts Corporation has been organized by a group of Jasper physicians for the purpose of building a Jasper Medical Arts Clinic in the vicinity of Jasper Memorial Hospital. The announcement was made Friday afternoon by Dr. E. J. Ploetner at the aforementioned news conference.
• 25 Years Ago
November 22, 1993
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce, which will mark its 40th year in 1994, is offering for sale, wooden replicas of three local historic sites. The replicas of the courthouse, St. Joseph’s Church, and the Eckert/Enlow Mill are the first in a series, with new sites to be chosen each year. The project, called “Our Heritage Collection,” pays tribute to sites and buildings that have contributed to the county. The plaques are numbered as a set but can be bought individually. Only 500 of each building will be made. Those who buy the 1993 editions will have first choice of future editions. The cost is $30 for the set or $12.50 each. Call the Chamber at 482-6866 or fax an order to 482-1883, giving name, address and phone number.
Boys varsity assistant basketball coach Denny Lewis has been selected by the Greater Jasper School Board to succeed Ed Schultheis as the corporation’s athletic director. The board made the announcement at its regular meeting Monday night. Schultheis, now in his 17th year as Jasper’s AD, informed the board in June that he would officially retire at the end of the 1993-94 school year. The announcement didn’t come as a shock because he told the board and superintendent Don Noblitt of his long-range plans two years ago. Lewis, who has been in the Jasper school system for eight years, is a social studies teacher at the high school. He has held the assistant basketball coaching position for all eight years at Jasper and has been coaching for a total of 20 years. This, however, will be his last season as assistant basketball coach. “It’s kind of a life-long dream come true,” Lewis said this morning during a telephone interview. “I certainly hope it all works out.”
Next year Dubois County will get a new E-911 system that is more advanced than the current system and will cost less. The 911 Advisory Board voted at its Tuesday night meeting to recommend to the county commissioners that the county accept the proposal from GTE to install the new system. Four companies, GTE, United Telephone, Indiana Bell and Cable Engineering Inc., submitted proposals last month. The one from GTE seems to best meet the county’s needs, said communications director Mike Sibrel. GTE proposed an 84-month lease that will cost $10,643 monthly, Sibrel said. The county is paying $12,576 per month now. The money to pay the monthly charge comes from the 911 surcharge on county residents’ telephone bills. The new system will do everything the present system does and more, he said. The commissioners will make a decision at the December 6th commissioners’ meeting.
Thanksgiving Day, no paper.
Pictured in this issue are Vera Nelson, program manager of the Shop and Dine Club book; Terry Seitz, sales manager of WBDC; Tom Jelneck, vice-president of CACD; Robert Bronke, chairman of the CACD Special Olympics Committee; Greg Bach, president of CACD; and Brent Wible, sales manager of WBG-TV 27. A check for $1,578 was recently presented to the St. Meinrad CACD to support its efforts to provide the Special Olympics each year at St. Meinrad. The money was raised through the Shop and Dine Club coupon book sponsored by WBDC radio and WBG-TV.
The Northeast Dubois Jeeps of Coach Alan Matheis escaped the first game of the Southridge Holiday basketball tournament with a 45-44 win over the hosts. Derick Stenftenagel, a 6-foot-6 senior center, paced the Jeeps with 17 points. Jason Knies added 12. Tim Tooley was high point man for the Raiders with 12, while Nathan Begle and Eric King added eleven each. In game 2, the Jasper Wildcats defeated the Heritage Hills Patriots by a score of 65-57. The Wildcats, of coach Ken Schultheis, will be seeking their fourth consecutive tourney championship. Michael Lewis was the game’s leading scorer with 22, while senior team-captain Mike Fischer added 17 for the Cats. Junior guard Nathan Schorr was the main gun for the Patriots’ arsenal. He ended the night with 17 points.
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