Looking Back: 11/30

Hometown Music in Huntingburg holds a grand opening at its new location, 308 Fourth St., 25 years ago. The store sells all types of musical instruments, offers lessons and has a recording studio available. The owners are Beth and Paul Vance. Holiday season hours for the store are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published December 2, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Nov. 29, 1954

The town of Ferdinand is now on the high line, and its shortage of electrical power has apparently been solved. At 11:35 Sunday morning Erwin Schafer, the superintendent of the Ferdinand electric distribution system, threw a switch that started the community on its project of receiving current from the Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Company instead of from a sub-station of the Huntingburg electric plant. Several officials of Southern Indiana Gas & Electric were present for the change-over. The estimated load before the changeover was 500 k.w., but it has been found that the actual load is now around 700 k.w.’s due to the fact that the commercial operators are able to use as much current as they want to. C. K. Graham, commercial manager of the new supplier, said Ferdinand now has the best source of electric power of any community in the vicinity. 

Nov. 30

Thomas Reck, a senior in Dubois High School, last night was chosen to represent Dubois County in the state “Voice of Democracy” contest. The script read by Tom was declared the best, from the standpoint of originality, content and delivery, in a field of five entrants. Other contestants, all winners in eliminations conducted in their respective schools, included Susanna Lechner, Jasper; Kathy Huber, A.I.C., Ferdinand; Bonnie Dillon, Ireland, and Dennis Welp, Ferdinand. First prize in the county contest is a table model radio furnished by Eckerle Electric Company. 

Dec. 1

On a last-instant basket by their 6-foot-2 center, Larry Skelton, the Princeton Tigers nipped Huntingburg 45-44 last night to bring an almost hysterically happy finish to the dedication game in the new Princeton High School gym. After leading all the way, Bob Lochmueller’s team saw victory come within that one instant of eluding it as the Hunters finally caught up and for a few seconds held a 44-43 edge right at the end. Skelton’s 14 points paced the Tiger lineup, with Stoll adding 10. For the Hunters, Wayne Singer was high scorer with 12 points.    

Dec. 2

Ireland High crowned Miss Beverly Leinenbach, a senior, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Leinenbach, as Basketball Queen last night at a special ceremony held between the reserve and varsity games at the IHS gym. Then Roy Allen’s Spuds celebrated with a 49-30 licking of the Mackey cagers. It was Ireland’s fourth victory in five games this season. In another game in the area, Jerry Kemp’s Golden Aces of Dale rolled to a 78-54 win over the Lindies at Lynnville last night, with big guns in the Dale attack being Roger Kaiser with 24 points, Bob Knott with 20 and Bob Schum with 15. Clark, Lynnville guard, finished with 19 markers.   

Dec. 3

Bosse defeated Huntingburg 50-45 at Evansville Central’s gym last night to make it two in a row in Southern Indiana Athletic Conference play for Herman Keller’s Bulldogs. It was an uphill struggle for the Hunters, who were having a cold night of shooting, and although they finally caught Bosse at 45-all with 1:37 to go they couldn’t get over the top. Bryant Danner, 6-foot-4 Bulldog center, was the prime force in the winning assault. He collected 19 points and a flock of rebounds. Huntingburg’s Wayne Singer was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points.

The Jasper Retail Merchant Association’s Treasure Chest award will be made this Saturday at 1:15 instead of the usual 4:00, it was announced this morning. The change in the time of the award, which is broadcast over WITZ, was made necessary because the radio station’s previous committment to air the Notre Dame football game.   

Dec. 4

The common school fund of Pike County is $2,000 richer because a man who was under bond in that amount skipped out and left the bonding company holding the bag. The man who defaulted on the $2,000 bond is William “Diamond Bill” Nelson. He escaped from the Indiana state prison, where he was serving time, and later was arrested at Petersburg on a grand larceny charge. He escaped from the Pike County jail, after which his bond was increased to $2,000. The sum has been declared forfeited by Judge Lester Nixon of the Pike circuit court, and the bonding company has handed over the $2,000 to the Pike County Auditor John Skinner for placement in the common school fund.   

50 Years Ago
Dec. 1, 1969

With all five regulars scoring in double figures and with 6-6 Wayne Bailey, 6-3 Terry Fleck and 6-21⁄2 Jim Van Huysse pounding the boards for a 54-30 edge in rebounding, the Jasper Wildcats defeated a pesky Paoli Ram team, 85-69 Saturday night before a near-capacity crowd at the Jasper gym. The Holland Dutchmen remained undefeated and the Otwell Millers and Dale Golden Aces both posted victories Saturday night in area action. Holland needed a 10-foot jump shot from Terry Rademacher with only four seconds remaining to edge Barr-Reeve, 64-62 at Montgomery. Dale also needed some late heroics as reserve guard Rick Rosbottom drilled a 35-footer with one second left to edge Wood Memorial, 50-49. Otwell’s one-two punch of Steve Barrett and Rick Weisman combined for 66 points between them as Otwell coasted over Bloomington University High at Otwell 85-59.   

Dec. 2

The weekly basketball contest in the Daily Herald got off to a rough beginning last week as upsets derailed many of the prognosticators. Phyllis Schuetter of 927 Mill St., Jasper, won first prize of $25. She was the only contestant to predict the results of 11 of the 12 games. Her only mistake was picking New Albany to defeat St. Xavier of Louisville. Joni Persohn of Rt. 1, St. Anthony, will receive second prize of $5.

Dec. 3

Hugo C. Songer, U. S. Commissioner at Evansville for the Southern District of Indiana, was named president-elect Monday of the Evansville Bar Association. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo E. Songer of Huntingburg. Songer is a graduate of Huntingburg High School and the Indiana University School of Law. He has served as secretary of the bar association the past year and also has served as president of the Legal Aid society and has been a U. S. Commissioner since 1964.

Dec. 4

The German American Bank plans to keep up with the space age by installing a high speed computer to handle all phases of the bank’s accounting records, according to President O. Leo Beckman.  The installation of the N.C.R. Century Series Computer represents a new chapter in electronic data processing. It incorporates the most modern tehnological developments and is designed to provide outstanding services for the bank’s customers. President O. Leo Beckman said, “the new system will provide faster and more accurate service for depositors, as well as reduce the time and cost of handling our ever increasing volume of paperwork. Intensive research preceeded the decision by the bank’s board of directors in placing this order.”  The computer will be located on the second floor of the bank building. Upon completion of the installation the public will be invited to inspect the new equipment.

Dec. 5

The U. S. Senate on Thursday completed Congressional action on a $4.75 billion public works appropriation bill that includes millions of dollars for Indiana water projects. The bill now goes to President Nixon for his approval. Among the Indiana projects in the appropriations bill is the Patoka Reservoir. The bill seeks $400,000 for land acquisition. Among the other Hoosier projects: Burns Waterway Harbor $5,520,300; Cannelton Locks and Dam, $7.1 million. The appropriation for the Newburgh Locks and Dam was cut by conference committee from $4.5 million to $3.2 million. 

Dec. 6

A wild Friday night basketball schedule saw the Otwell Millers edge the Ireland Spuds, 62-61; Dubois surprise the Barr-Reeve Vikings, 52-43; Holland suffer its first loss of the season, 69-63 to Wood

Memorial; Ferdinand roll over Evansville Rex Mundi, 69-56; Evansville Latin (Magister Noster) defeat Birdseye, 57-49 and Dale suffers its second loss, 63-56 , to undefeated South Spencer.

Pictured in this issue are three Dubois High School seniors, who have been selected as Outstanding Teenagers of America for 1970. The students, nominated for this honor by their school, will compete for state and national awards in the Outstanding Teenagers of America program. The three students chosen are: Vic Betz, Clara Rasche and Tim Zehr. 

25 Years Ago
Dec. 5, 1994

A masked thief did not stop to empty the till Saturday night at Pac-N-Dash, 1908 Newton St., but made off with the whole cash register, weighing 40-50 pounds, while the clerk looked on. The machine was found a short time later by Hadji, the police dog, among bushes along a fence row not far from the store. No money was missing, city police said. “All the guy got for his trouble was muddy, wet and, if we catch him, a whole lot of trouble,” said Det. Sgt. Mike Fowler. The store’s security camera did not record the thief because it was not pointed at the area where he stood.

Dec. 6

This past Thursday and Friday, the last elementary students attending classes in the old St. Joseph’s School building moved their papers, books and pencils across a parking lot to the new Tenth Street Elementary School. The renovated and newly built portions of Tenth Street School are finished after months of construction work and are ready to house students in grades 3 through 5. The Greater Jasper School Corporation bought the St. Joseph School from the church in 1987, after partially owning it for 20 years. What will become of the school remains to be seen; what is certain is that it will still be used, either by the corporation or some other group.   

Dec. 7

The money brought in at bingo games in Dubois County is no chump change, according to financial reports released this week by the Indiana Department of Revenue. Nine local not-for-profit organizations holding annual bingo licenses collected more than $1.6 million during the last fiscal year. About 1.4 million of that was paid as prizes or used for expenses, with $233,352.44 listed as  net proceeds. A little less than half the proceeds was given to outside charities. The local clubs turning in annual financial statements included the American Legion posts in Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper; the VFW posts in Jasper and Huntingburg; Jasper’s Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge; and Huntingburg’s Fraternal Order of Eagles and YMI. The 1994 fiscal year ran from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994.   

Dec. 8

Even though the last week in July is a long time away, behind-the-scenes work for the 1995 Dubois County 4-H Fair is already in high gear. The 4-H Council elected new officers in October and held an annual planning meeting last month. A new theme has already been chosen: “Dubois County 4-H — Better Than Ever.” That’s saying a lot because the 1994 fair was the most successful ever. Extra bleachers added to the grandstand were full. An extra 17 acres of parking was filled to capacity each night. Sherry Betz, new 4-H Council president, said more fairground improvements are being made in preparation for the 1995 fair. New displays to make exhibits more attractive and to better use exhibit building space are being built, Betz said.   

Dec. 9

Bob Evans Farms plans to hire about 50 area residents to staff a new restaurant opening in Jasper in the spring. The Columbus, Ohio, company recently decided to expand into Jasper with a business smaller than its traditional restaurants. The 96-seat building will have the atmosphere of an early American home, complete with warm colors, antiques and colonial-style lamps. The 3,200 -square-foot restaurant will be located at 3565 Newton St., near the intersection of U. S. 231 North and Reyling Drive.   

Dec. 10

In area basketball action from last night, Jasper improved to 3-1 with a 66-54 triumph over Evansville Memorial, homestanding Loogootee (5-0) handed the Forest Park Rangers (5-2)  an 80 to 51 defeat and the Northeast Dubois Jeeps won their first game of the season as Steve Betz cashed in on his 14th point of the game with a buzzer beater. At North Posey, Jeremy Schickel’s putback with 3 seconds left on the clock lifted the Vikings to a 55-53 win over Heritage Hills. At Petersburg, Pike Central ran roughshod over South Knox 78-37 and Southridge lost to host Tell City 72-59.   

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