Looking Back: 1/18January 17, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Jan. 17, 1955
Schools and civil governments of Dubois County received a total of $797,442 in five types of state aid distributions during the 1953-54 fiscal year, according to a tabulation contained in a new publication of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce. The state distributions amounted to $33.53 per capita in the county, as compared to a statewide average of $32.70, per capita, the chamber said. Of the total funds sent to the county, schools received the largest amount, $435,040. Other distributions were: for highways and streets, $270,877; public welfare, $73,630; excise tax (alcoholic beverage fees) to civil units, $13,024; intangibles tax to civil units, $4,871.
Bob Menke, furniture executive and former state representative, was named last night as the outstanding young man of 1954 in Huntingburg. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to him by Gordon St. Angelo, chairman of the banquet committee, at a dinner meeting of the Huntingburg Jaycees at the Huntingburg Country Club. Approximately 36 Jaycees, bosses and guests were present. The recipient served in the state legislature during the 1953 session. He is the manager of furniture plants in Ferdinand and Marengo and is the president of the Styleline Furniture Co. of Huntingburg, formerly DuCraft. He was the Republican candidate for state senator from Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties last November.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Thelma Jean Bartelt, a member of the senior class at Holland High School. She was crowned as the 1954-55 Basketball Queen recently. Queen Thelma reigns over the Holland Dutchmen, Dubois County’s most successful team at this point in the season, having won 12 of 13 games. Her attendants at the crowning ceremony were Shirley Tobin, freshman; Shirley Hasenour, sophomore; Sharon Simpson and Phyllis Fenneman, juniors; and Phyllis Meyer and Doris Jean Schwinghammer, seniors. Crown bearer was Tonia Rothert. Richard Kamman was the ball carrier.
Ireland High School’s most successful basketball team in years attained an 11-3 record for the season thus far by beating Mt. Olympus 51-45 last night at the Ireland gym. Roy Allen’s cagers were led in scoring by Pete Armstong, who hit seven fielders and eight free throws good for 22 points. Kolb and Steelman each had 16 for the visitors. In the B team game, Mt. Olympus racked up the Ireland youngsters by a score of 41-18.
Robert L. Siebert, manager of The Modern clothing store, last night was named the outstanding young man in Jasper for 1954. He was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the annual Bosses Night dinner of the Jasper Junior Chamber of Commerce. The award is the sixth to be made in Jasper since 1948 and was presented by Clem Nordhoff, chairman of the Jaycee award committee. He told the group of about 50 men who attended the event that the selection was made on the basis of Bob’s community service in a wide range of fields.
Marcus Beckmann, a son of Mrs. Gladys Beckmann, has puchased the stock of Poe’s Drug Store in the Tivoli Building on Jasper’s public square and will operate the store under the name of Beckmann’s. His mother will assist him in the operation of the store. The store had been operated for the past six years by Ralph Poe.
Jasper blew an 18-point lead at Evansville last night and finally had to come from behind in the last 47 seconds on a basket by Don Bates and stall out a 74-73 SIAC win over aroused Evansville Central team. Donnie Bates had 29 for the Wildcats and Dick Persohn had the best night he has seen with 22 points. Arbin Clayton had 29 for Central. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters, who had won six straight, lost a 55-51 overtime decision to the Jeffersonville Red Devils in a game played at Jeffersonville. The Hunter’s Buddy Blemker 18 points topped all individual scorers. Paul Hume led the winners with 15 points. In another game played involving an area team, the Milltown Millers outlasted the Birdseye Yellow Jackets, 73-69 in a game played at the Hardinsburg gym. Birdseye’s Bob Roberson led all scorers with 40 points, but had ample competition from Milltown’s Edwards, who totaled 35.
• 50 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 1970
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Miss Bonnie Sermersheim, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Sermersheim, R. 5, Jasper. She was crowned the 1969-70 Ireland High School Basketball Queen Saturday night prior to the Spuds’ game against Marengo. Ireland won the game by a score of 87-63. Acting team captain Steve Keusch crowned Miss Sermersheim as queen. Senior attendants were Mary Jane Weidenbenner and Cheryl Hulsman, the junior class was represented by Pam Pryor and Debbie Weidenbenner. The sophomore attendants were Bonnie Lechner and Brenda Voegerl and the freshman attendants were Jackie Braunecker and Wanda Hudson. Miss Christine Schitter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Schitter, was the crown carrier. Jeff Klem, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Klem, was the basketball carrier.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Charles “Chuck” Beckman of Jasper and Bob Young of Chandler. They are the first recipients of a new award for adult scouters. Made on a district level, The Buffalo Award will be presented annually to outstanding scout leaders in each district for the Buffalo Trace Council. Presentation of the awards was made by Raphael Blessinger, a member of the Region Seven Board.
Edward “Coon” Yaggi of Jasper was elected last Thursday evening as president of the Dubois County Tavern Owners Association. He succeeds Herb Beck who served as the group’s first president last year. Also elected were Ollie Lueken of Ferdinand, vice president, and Carl “Junie” Giesler of Jasper, secretary-treasurer. Outgoing officers in addition to Beck, are Thurman Oxley of Huntingburg, vice president, and Wes Rohleder of Jasper, secretary-treasurer.
The Jasper “A” and “B” freshman basketball teams nailed down a pair of victories Tuesday night at Boonville. In the “A” game, Stan Giesler and Tom Berger combined for 43 points, Giesler scoring 23. Terry Giesler chipped in with 10. In the “B”game, Charlie Hochgesang led Jasper with 17 and Denny Miller added 11.
The Otwell Millers, blending in a superb relief role effort by Erwin Traylor with the outstanding play of veterans Steve Barrett and Ricky Weisman, defeated the Winslow Eskimos Wednesday night, 83-78, for their fifth straight win and their 11th in 15 outings this season. The impressive win by Andy Anderson’s Millers also snapped a nine-game winning streak for Junior Tooley’s Eskimos. Steve Barrett scored 35 points to pace Otwell. Ricky Weisman added 28. Barry Burnett scored 34 to lead the Eskimo attack.Warren Tooley, the son of Coach Tooley, added 15.
Raymond B. Hochgesang, an insurance agent in Jasper for the past 35 years, has expanded his agency’s operation into Huntingburg with the purchase of the Stanley Foster Agency in that city. Mr. Foster passed away last August. In buying out the Huntingburg agency, Hochgesang became the representative for four more firms. They include Indiana Farmers, Town and Country Mutual, York Insurance and Indiana Union. The Huntingburg office of the late Stanley Foster will be closed and the business will be handled through the Hochgesang offices at 5201⁄2 Main Street in Jasper. However, John Verkamp, who is a licensed solicitor and has worked for Ray Hochgesang for the past 311⁄2 years, will remain in Huntingburg to service accounts in that community.
Orlando “Gunner” Wyman, manipulating his group of young, small and inexperienced Vincennes Alices with the skill of a master, used the limited talent of his team to their fullest to fashion out a stunning 70-68 upset victory over the Jasper Wildcats Friday night, a crippling blow for the visitors to the ancient Adams Coliseum because of its effect on the SIAC race and the state rankings. It was only Jasper’s second loss of the season, but it was their first in conference play. Wyman got the most of a team that included three seniors, one junior, three sophomores, and a pair of freshman. Adding additonal pain to the Jasper wound was the fact that four of the nine players employed by Wyman had seen action in the preliminary game with the Vincennes reserve squad.
• 25 Years Ago
Jan. 23, 1995
The Huntingburg Jaycees presented Gene Thieman their 1995 Distinguished Service Award on Saturday for his many years of community service, capped by a three-year term as president of the Dubois County 4-H Council. In addition to his 4-H service, Thieman was a member of the Jasper Jaycees for 14 years, coached Little League, and currently is a member of the chambers of commerce in Huntingburg and Jasper. Meanwhile, the Celestine Jaycees presented Don Sander their third annual Distinguished Service Award on Sunday. Sander was a charter member of Celestine’s volunteer fire department, founded 15 years ago. Years later, he spearheaded a drive to add a team of first responders to the 21-man department Sander also led a committee that planned the four-day celebration of Celestine’s sesquicentennial in 1993.
When Jasper Superintendent Don Noblitt retires on July 1, he plans to put some miles on the RV and-surprise — “follow a lot of baseball.” After five years of asking Jasper school board members to approve retirement requests, the former Wildcat baseball coach asked them to vote on his own Monday night. “It’s with a lot of mixed feelings,” Noblitt said after the meeting. He will be 58 when he retires, with more than half his life spent in education; 36 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent, 31 of them in Jasper. “The thing I’m going to miss in the school business is the people,” Noblitt said. “When I left Jasper High School, I missed the kids.” Noblitt and his wife of 35 years, Alice (Hochgesang) Noblitt, have five children.
A nine-member academic decathlon team from Jasper High School has qualified for state championship competition. The Wildcats’ score in a regional U. S. Academic Decathlon meet at Evansville Saturday ranked their team second in the state among top “small” schools. Indiana’s championship will be held Feb. 10 and 11 at Southport High School in Indianapolis. Member’s of Jasper’s team are Emily Weikert, Josh Habig, Tracy Mundy, Pamela Ard, Emily Wahl, Nick Werne, John Schnellenberger, Brian Gilmore and Aaron Ferley. Their coach is Cathy Stradtner.
The 1995 NCAA Division I and II Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track Championships will be held in the RCA Dome on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11. This event, the largest U. S. collegiate and international indoor track and field competition of the year, offers spectators the opportunity to witness the largest number of NCAA athletes gathered at one site for national title competition. Former Southridge High School standout and current Indiana University pole vaulter Mark Buse will be competing.
Two years ago, annual state permits for waste water treatment plants only cost $50 each. Not any more. Jasper’s permit now costs $8,500, a 170-fold increase, said treatment plant manager Tom Lents. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management warned utilities about the coming increase but that didn’t make it any more palatable. “Something like this, I think, is a bit of overkill,” Lents said. The state stopped completely funding IDEM, which then passed its regulatory costs on to the utilities, he said. The burden will eventually fall on the consumers. Jasper has 4,600 residential, business and industrial customers, according to Lents. It also has one of the strictest permits the state issues.
The Forest Park Rangers crushed Vincennes Rivet in a Blue Chip Conference game played at Ferdinand. Forest Park’s Brad Fleck pumped in a game-high 27 points as the Rangers took their 10th win of the season with a 77-56 blowout win over Rivet. In other area games, Northeast Dubois also won a Blue Chip Conference game as they downed the visiting South Knox Spartans 59-47, Jasper improved to 11-3 with a 76-64 victory over the homestanding Tell City Marksmen. In a game played at Petersburg, the Pike Central Chargers edged the South Spencer Rebels, 45-44. The Southridge Raiders lost their home game to the Springs Valley Blackhawks by a 65-56 count. Both teams are now 3-10 on the season.
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