Looking Back: 1/16January 15, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Jan. 16, 1956
At the annual election of officers by members of the Dubois County Ship No. 90, Navy Clubs of the U.S.A., John Sheffield was chosen commander to succeed Charles “Chuck” Seitz of Haysville. The other new officers are: Leroy Atkins, senior executive officer; Bob Fell, junior executive officer; E. H. Schmutzler, Jr., chaplin; Godfrey M. Lampert, paymaster; Arthur Krapf, historian. Al Schuler was appointed ship’s writer. Other appointments will be made at the next meeting. The Dubois County Navy Club now includes 106 members.
George J. Kuhnert, popular Huntingburg High School band instructor, was awarded the Huntingburg Jaycee “man of the year” award. The presentation was made at the annual guest night banquet held at the Huntingburg Country Club. This is the second year for the presentation of this award. Last year’s winner was Bob Menke, Huntingburg business man, who later was also given the award as “Indiana’s “man of the year.” Mr. Kuhnert moved to Huntingburg in 1952. He is at present the head of the Huntingburg High School music department and director of the junior and senior bands. He serves, without pay, as choir director of Salem Church.
Huntingburg couldn’t hit over Memorial’s zone, the Tigers took the rebounds and fast-broke with them in 2-on-1 and 3-on-1 situations, and after a tight first quarter that was the end gate for Howard Sharp’s boys as their hosts won 76-42 last night in their SIAC game at Evansville’s Agoga gym. After showing consistent improvement since the latter part of December, the Hunters suffered their worst defeat of the season. By contrast, Memorial was at or mighty near to its sharpest. Kenny Morgan, junior guard, was the only Hunter to get a double figure total. He hit 6 of 17 afield and 2 of 3 charities for 14 points. The victory was Memorial’s second in five conference games. The Bengals stand 7-5 overall. For Huntingburg this was the 12th setback in 14 starts.
The heaviest snowfall of the year in southern Indiana this morning snarled traffic, kept many schools closed and rewarded residents with aching muscles for their work in clearing the sidewalks. The snow began falling yesterday evening and continued throughout the night. By this morning a total of almost six inches of snow blanketed Dubois County and a wide area in the southern part of the state. State highway employees were busy during the night with their heavy equipment making the roads passable and putting melting compounds on the hills. City crews were also on the ball as they were following last week’s snowfall, and scattered calcium chloride and salt at the approaches to intersections for speedier melting of the snow at these points.
Thomas “Rags” Berger, 29-year-old president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, last night was named Jasper’s “Outstanding Young Man of 1955” and he was presented with the Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award. The presentation was made at the annual Bosses and Guest Night of the Jaycees held at the Legion Home by Cornelius Krapf, chairman of the DSA committee. In presenting the award, Mr. Krapf cited the winner particularly for his support of all youth activities of the community. “Rags” helped organize Little League baseball in Jasper and served as its president and vice-president. Last fall he was instrumental in the organization of the Babe Ruth League baseball program. He is the first president of that movement.
Huntingburg’s Hunters got up off the canvas from that 76-42 haymaker applied by Memorial earlier this week and last night licked the Jeffersonville cagers 62-47. Jeff had not long ago won a 49-48 home floor decision over the same Memorial club. Miss Phyllis Nass was crowned Huntingburg High School basketball queen. Seniors Roger Fierst and Paul Tanner represented the varsity squad in the ceremony. Meanwhile, Harvey Harris, 6-3 1/2 senior forward hit two free throws to keep Central alive in the first overtime last night, then calmly laid in a couple more with 1:46 left of the second overtime to bring hostilities abruptly to an end with a 65-64 Bear victory over the Jasper Wildcats at the JHS gym.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 18, 1971
A moonshining operation that officers said was possibly the largest ever uncovered in Indiana was raided Sunday morning in Crawford County. A dozen men, including U.S. Treasury agents and officers from the state police post at Jasper, took part in the 11 a.m. raid. Arrested at the site on charges of violating Internal Revenue laws were Sidney Langley Jr., 56, and Marvin Call, 36, both of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. They were taken to the Floyd County jail at New Albany and were scheduled to appear before U.S. Commissioner John Cody in New Albany at 11 a.m. today. Among the items seized in the raid were 67 180-gallon wooden barrels, 240 one-gallon plastic jugs containing moonshine whiskey, a 500-gallon still pot and nine automobile radiators. The radiators were apparently used as condensors. The radiators contain lead salt deposits and are a chief cause of poisoning for those who drink moonshine.
Dubois County has moved into 37th place among Indiana’s 92 counties as a result of the 1970 U.S. Census, the results of which were made public only recently. This is a jump of six positions from 1960 when Dubois County was ranked 43rd. The county has an official population of 30,937 according to the latest statistics. Only three other area counties in the immediate area improved their positions as a result of the 1970 count. Warrick County jumped from 52nd place to 45th, while Perry County went from 70th spot to 69th, and Spencer County rose from 76th position to 73rd.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Darryl Huls and Bob Boyles, both of Jasper. They are shown in the Harrison Room of the Beckes Student Union building on the campus of Vincennes University after they were presented with associate degrees in science. Dean Craig Reed of the Vincennes University-Jasper Center, of which Huls and Boyles are the first graduates, looks over the diplomas which the men received from Dr. Isaac Beckes, university president, and Dr. J. Edward Klinker, dean of faculty. Huls, who will continue his studies during the second semester at Indiana University, is the first graduate from Vincennes U. in the two-year Land Title Technology (abstracting) program. He and Bob Boyles, who is a time salesman for Radio Station WITZ, had studied at the Vincennes campus and lacked only a minimum of hours to complete the work for associate degrees at the V.U.-Jasper Center.
Residents of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation have been invited to submit suggestions for a new name to be given Ferdinand High School after its consolidation with Birdseye High School scheduled for next fall. All suggestions must be received in writing at the superintendent’s office in Ferdinand before Monday evening, Jan. 25. Suggestions may also include names for the athletic teams. The student bodies of both schools have come up with the following suggestions: Kundek High and the Cougars, Jackson Memorial and the Pioneers, Robert Kennedy High and the Senators, Lincoln Hills High and the Railsplitters and Forest Park High and the Rangers.
The 85th annual shareholders’ meeting of the Dubois County Bank was held on Monday afternoon with the following directors elected by shareholders for the ensuing year: Norbert Alles, L. G. Bohnert, William Braun, Glenn Gramelspacher, Albert Heidet, Amos Leinenbach, Hugo Melchior, William F. Rudolph, Earl M. Salb, James Sonderman and E. F. Uebelhor. In the progress report to shareholders, E. F. Uebelhor, executive vice president, noted that at the end of 1970, the bank’s assets had increased 94% in the past five years, while capital accounts increased 107% in the same period. He also showed distribution charts of income and expense accounts for the year and growth comparison charts of assets, which now total 41.4 million — an increase of 5.3 million during 1970. Senior vice president Hugo Melchior reported on the progress of the new branch bank being constructed in Ferdinand. He said construction is on schedule.
A record-shattering 46 point performance by Wayne Bailey powered the Jasper Wildcats to a hard-earned 81-70 SIAC victory over the Vincennes Alices Friday night before a screaming, packed house at the JHS gym. Bailey, a 6-6 1/2 senior playing his third year as a regular for Ed Schultheis’ Cats, was superb. He actually started slowly by hitting only two of nine shots in the first quarter and finished the opening stanza with only five points. Bailey dismantled the old JHS single game record of 38 points set on Dec. 28, 1965, by Charles “Butch” Betz. Betz scored his 38 against Evansville Rex Mundi in a Jasper Holiday tournament.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 22, 1996
For nearly 50 years, Othmar Betz has worked to improve his hometown, whether it was helping to extend water lines to town, building a church or researching Celestine’s history for its 125th anniversary. On Sunday, the Celestine Jaycees thanked Betz for a lifetime of public service by giving him their fourth annual Distinguished Service Award. “He just keeps going and giving back to the community,” said John Brosmer, chairman of the Jaycees award committee. Betz, a 74-year-old farmer, traces his roots in the Celestine area back to the 1830s when his great-great grandfather was among the first settlers. Betz and his late wife, Alberta, had 12 children, many of whom still live in the area. Two of his sons, Edwin and Melvin, were also nominated for the award.
School board members approved a tentative agreement on a new master contract with the Northeast Dubois teachers Monday. It took both sides 22 meetings over the last 18 months to come to terms. The three-year agreement provides salary increases of 2 percent for 1994-95, 2.5% for the current 1995-96 school year, and 2.5% for 1996-97. It also includes an extension of an early retirement plan that, according to the superintendent, will be beneficial to the teaching staff and yet save the school corporation money. Teachers officially vote to ratify the contract today, the same day an Indiana Education Employment Relations Board fact-finder was to have given his assessment of stalled contract negotiations during a public meeting at the high school.
Bob “Rosie” Rosenblatt, the man behind the “Fat and Sassy” coffee shop, is the Huntingburg Jaycees’ 1995 Distinguished Service Award winner. The DSA is the Jaycees’ equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Along with the DSA honoree, the chapter also announced the winner of its version of a person-of-the-year award. Indiana State Trooper Gil Sanchez, who risked his life by plunging into a flooded drain pipe in a failed attempt to rescue a 10-year-old boy, is the 1995 Community Service Award winner.
Congressman Lee Hamilton has named 18 Indiana high school students as his nominees for entry in 1996 to the United States service academies. Jason Melchior, son of Robert J. and Jane E. Melchior of Jasper, was nominated for the U. S. Air Force Academy. He is a student at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va. Each academy will make its final selection of students in the spring. The nominees were chosen by a bipartisan panel that advised Hamilton.
Long-time community booster and activist Frank Ebenkamp was recognized for his accomplishments by the Jasper Jaycees with the 1996 Distinguished Service Award at the Jaycees’ annual banquet Thursday night. The Jaycees also recognized Florence Kluesner, a kindergarten teacher at Fifth Street School, as the Outstanding Teacher; Jasper police officer Doug Tarvin as the Outstanding Police Officer; and firefighter Tom Kiefer as the Outstanding Firefighter. Ebenkamp has donated thousands of hours to various civic, church, political and youth organizations over the years, said Mark Schroeder, last year’s DSA recipient.
Sixteenth-ranked Jasper (10-4) flexed a little offensive muscle during the waning moments of the first half and watched Tell City (8-7) bury its head in the sand as the Wildcats picked up their fifth straight victory, 77-65, in Friday’s Big Eight Conference wing-ding. Meanwhile, Springs Valley entered Friday’s game having won three of its last four games. Southridge entered the game having lost its last four. Behind 57-31 with eight minutes left, Southridge mounted a furious comeback to score 31 points in the final quarter but came up short in the end 74-62.
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