Looking Back: 1/19January 18, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
January 18, 1954
Miss Carole Bruce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Bruce of Bretzville, a junior in Huntingburg High School, was notified that her essay entitled, ‘The Library Is The School’s Cogwheel” won first prize in a recent contest sponsored jointly by Modern Binding Corp. of Portland, Indiana, and the state organization of the Hoosier Student Librarians’ Association. The first prize is a fifty dollar war bond, and the date of presentation will be sent to Miss Bruce. Carole is a member of the Library Club of Huntingburg High School, and assists Mrs. Edwin Katterhenry, the high school librarian.
Jasper’s Jaycees announced today that they will sponsor the appearance at the JHS gym on the night of Wednesday, February 3, of the Cleveland Browns basketball team. The net team is made up of basketball men from the roster of the professional Cleveland Browns football team. Among the cage stars on the Browns squad are Lou (The Toe) Groza, Danny Lavellii, Darrel (Pete) Brewster, Marion Motley, Horace Gilliam and Dub Jones. The Browns will be matched with the Jasper Knights of Columbus quintet that has been playing regularly in the independent league at Ferdinand.
Huntingburg net fans had one to talk about today that was all pleasant to mull over. Howard Sharp’s hitherto luckless youngsters beat a tough Memorial team, 49-43, for their first SIAC win of the campaign. Buddy Blemker with 23 points was the biggest gun in the Hunter offense. For the Tigers, Guard Sid Harris was high with 15 markers. Meanwhile, Holland felt better about everything today, too. Lady Luck a lot more often than not had been turning her back on the Dutchmen. Of five close ones this season, they’d won but one — and the other four were lost by five points. Little Joe Todrank handled the ball surpassingly well. This sprout in the tall timber picked up enough points to lead everybody on the floor. Todrank got 17 altogether, Glen Fenneman had 14 and David Lowenstein 11.
The report of the activities of the Jasper volunteer fire department for 1953 shows that the fire deparment answered 15 calls in the Jasper community last year and 18 out-of-town. The report compiled by Fire Chief Roman Fuhs discloses that fire damage to property in the Jasper community was confined to an estimated $1,600 for 1953, a remarkably low figure. Most of this damage is represented by the fire at the Catherine Wilbers home last December 14, where damage was estimated at $1,150. Fireman put in a total of 243 man hours fighting blazes in the community. The fireman put in 2,336 man hours of duty at the fire station, and 214 man hours in hose and ladder practice. A total of 202 man hours was spent in attending meetings.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Glenn Gramelspacher, 28-year-old commander of American Legion Post 147 and past president of the Jasper Lions Club. He was named the Outstanding Young Man in Jasper for 1953 last night at the Birthday Banquet of the Jasper Jaycees. Pictured with Gramelspacher are: Herb Roberts of Evansville, the principal speaker of the evening, Clem Nordhoff, who made the presentation, and Dave Newton, the president of the Jaycees.
Nip Wuchner’s courageous Jasper Wildcats played their best basketball of the season last night to lick Evansville Central, 57-52, and knock the Bears off their perch atop the SIAC standings. In losing for the second time in 13 games--and their first in conference competition — before a thunderously cheering throng at the JHS gym, Walter Riggs’ Bruins became 6-1 in the SIAC and were passed up by brother Clarence Riggs’ 7-1 Reitz Panthers. Jerry Clayton, 6-foot-6 center of the Golden Bears, bucketed 25 points but didn’t get a basket in eight tries in the fourth period. Donnie Bates, the 130-pound six-footer who’s top scorer for the Cats, finished with 19 points.
• 50 Years Ago
January 20, 1969
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are three seniors, who were crowned basketball queens at several Dubois County high schools. Jeanie Gehlhausen, was crowned 1968-69 basketball queen Saturday night at half time of the Jasper-Bosse game. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gehlhausen, of R. 3, Jasper. She was crowned by Jeff Birk, president of the senior class. Miss Barbara Dekemper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dekemper, R. 5, Jasper, was crowned by Spud captain, Bill Rasche, in pre-game ceremonies Friday before the Ireland-Ferdinand game. Miss Susie Kalb was crowned basketball queen at Dubois High School during halftime of the Dubois-Milltown game Saturday night. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Kalb of Dubois. She was crowned by co-captians Dennis Neukam and Keith Seger.
The 83rd annual stockholders’ meeting of the Dubois County Bank was held Monday afternoon with the following directors elected by shareholders for the ensuing year: Norb Alles, L. G. Bohnert, William Braun, Glenn Gramelspacher, Albert Heidet, Amos Leinenbach, Hugo Melchior, Wm. F. Rudolph, Earl M. Salb, James Sonderman and E. F. Uebelhor.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has officially recognized the 11 pound, 11 ounce largemouth bass caught last summer by Curt Reynolds of Ferdinand as a record for Indiana fish. Reynolds’ bass topped the previous record by one pound, five ounces.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Lt. Col. Clifford G. Ryan, assistant chief of staff, G-2, 300th MP PW Command, Livonia, Michigan, as he presents the Secretary of Army Superior Unit to the 324th U. S.PW/CIIC U. S. Army Rreserve unit located in Jasper. The award was accepted by Leo Schmitt. Schmitt accepted the certificate on behalf of Lt. Col. Robert L. Campbell, commanding officer of the unit. Looking on are Sgts. Schneider, Frye, Buechler and Weisman.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Jasper Mayor Jack Newton. He is shown in City Hall with the members of the new Mayor’s Youth Council. Members include: Dianne Burger, Shelley Newman, Charles Stenftenagel, Charles Hoffman, Anne Senninger, Sue Miller, Cindy Hoffman, Karen Krodel, Ann Schneider, Bob Rumbach, Dean Vonderheide and Mike Eckerle. One of the purposes of the council is to provide better communication between the young people of the community and their local government. Membership of the council is made up of four representatives from each class of the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades of Jasper High School.
At a meeting held Thursday night in Jasper, James Thyen of Jasper was elected chairman of the Dubois County Advisory Committee to the Indiana Vocational Technical College. Thyen is the personnel officer for Jasper Stylemasters. Also elected at the meeting were Glen Sakel, cashier of the First National Bank of Huntingburg, as vice-chairman, and Wes Settle, head of the Jasper High School industrial arts department, as secretary. Other members present at the meeting were Paul Uebelhor and Cletus Brosmer of Jasper, Ralph Seger of Dubois and Floyd Bennington of Huntingburg. George Utley, director of the Lincolnland Region of IVTC, which embraces 11 counties is southwestern Indiana, was present at the meeting and outlined to the committee its duties.
Indiana State Police at Jasper yesterday revealed that they had recovered a total of six tractors, valued at more than $50,000, which are a part of a stolen tractor scheme believed headed by an Indianapolis man, that has resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars to Indiana farmers. Lt. Howard Lytton, commander of the Jasper State Police Post, announced at a news conference Friday afternoon that the tractors have been recovered from Southern Indiana farmers and that a warrant has been issued for an Indianapolis man believed to be the head of the organization that reaped tremendous profits in the sale of new tractors at a “better than 50 percent” reduction. The man was not identified.
• 25 Years Ago
January 17, 1994
The question today wasn’t so much what was closed but what was open after five inches of snow covered the area overnight. The answer: not much. Schools, factories, businesses and doctors’ offices shut down after the season’s biggest snow and ice storm. Road crews were out in full force, trying to push off the snow and melt the ice underneath. The weather wasn’t helping. “With the colder temperatures coming, the salt won’t melt the ice,” said Bob Main, Jasper street commissioner. “People are going to just have to be careful.”
Charles Egbert, manager of the Huntingburg food bank, is the Huntingburg Jaycees’ 1993 Distinguished Service Award winner. In his fifth year as manager, Egbert spends an average of 100 volunteer hours each month stocking and cleaning the food bank, located in the rear of the former Frick’s Hardware building on Fourth Street. Egbert and his wife, Peg, have one daughter. Other Jaycee awards announced include: the late Larry Dugle, Outstanding Educator, Alan Nass, Boss of the Year, and Scott Patberg, Outstanding Firefighter.
Dubois County is home to two of the 10 “Outstanding Young Hoosiers” to be recognized by the Indiana Jaycees next month. Jenny Stuckey Fowler, probation officer for the Dubois Superior Court, and Glen Kissling, Huntingburg fire chief, will be feted during a statewide Jaycees meeting at Indianapolis. The state Jaycees judge candidates on their impact in their communities, their influences on their families and their overall service to humanity. Fowler and Kissling were nominated by the Huntingburg Jaycees.
Students at Jasper High School will participate in one of the most demanding academic contests when they compete Saturday in the U. S. Academic Decathlon’s Indiana regionals. The Wildcats placed third in last year’s state finals. Jasper High School is the sole area participant in the U. S. Academic Decathlon. Coach Cathy Stradtner thinks the decathlon requires such a great outlay of time and money that most schools choose to concentrate on other academic contests. Local sponsors Kimball International and JARCO help Stradtner’s team pay for study materials, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses. Members of the Jasper team are: Mark Rubino, Shawn Nigg, Tracy Mundy, Keely Jackson, Tera Blessinger, Emily Weikert, Devin Rottet, Pam Ard and Tim Johanning.
About 15 years ago, Jeff Jessee, then a student teacher at Castle High School in Newburgh, drove through Jasper for the first time to attend a district marching band competition. He knew it was where he belonged. Today, as assistant principal of JHS, Jessee is doing a job he enjoys in a place he loves. And he has been honored for a job well done: Jessee received this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Jasper Jaycees at a Thursday banquet. Jessee and his wife, Leah, have three children: Kristin, Kayla, and Kara. Also honored at the banquet were: Jill Scherry, kindergarten teacher at Precious Blood School, as Outstanding Educator and Steve Chambers, an Indiana State Policeman, as Outstanding Law Enforcement officer.
Northeast Dubois head coach Alan Matheis has been experimenting with various starting combinations in recent weeks to find the one with chemistry. Friday night, Matheis found a combination that left little doubt which option it was taking as the Jeeps sent theVincennes Rivet Patriots packing in a Blue Chip Conference clash, 73-40. This win pushes Northeast Dubois (7-6) above .500 for the first time since December 10th while Rivet falls to 4-9. “We’ve started different lineups mainly because we haven’t been playing consistently.” Matheis said. “When your’re not playing well, you’ve got to change something.” “That’s the best I’ve seen Northeast Dubois play all year,” Patriot coach Andy Igel said. Center Derrick Stenftenagel paced the Jeep scoring attack with 22 points. Rodney Wolf contributed 20. Bryant Allen added 10. Mike Mills had 18 for Rivet. The Patriots played without their 6-4 forward Charles Kitchell.
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