Looking Back: 1/20

Woody Erny keeps people on the right side of the street. That is, at least until the traffic light changes. Here, the Jasper crossing guard keeps three Tenth Street School students from crossing busy U.S. 231 until the way is safe and clear. Herald photo by Alan Petersime published on Jan. 12, 1983.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 1953
The largest field of entries ever to vie for the Southern Indiana Athletic conference’s freshman basketball title will open the 1953 tournament in the spacious Huntingburg gym early Tuesday morning. Fourteen teams have signified their intentions to compete for the 1953 crown and a ten-game card which will sweep through the first and second rounds will get under way tomorrow morning at 8:30. Only Bloomington and Sullivan have not entered. Usually, however, one or two entries are forfeited when the squads can’t make the trip. Tell City and Washington start things off early tomorrow with the host Huntingburg crew grappling with Bicknell in the 9:30 fray. The defending champions from Jasper are scheduled for opening round action with Memorial at 11:30, after Boonville plays Princeton. The other teams in the field are: Bosse, Reitz, Central, New Albany, Bedford and Vincennes. The championship game is scheduled for 1:30 Saturday afternoon.  

Jan. 20
An organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7 P. M. in the community room of the Dubois County State Bank for the purpose of registering all youths who are interested in forming a social activities group to be sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary to Post 673, Jasper. Boys and girls between the ages of nine through high school are invited to attend.

Jan. 21
Ways and means of acquiring a new public grade school in Huntingburg were discussed at the regular meeting of the Huntingburg P.T.A. Panel members who presented the angles of procedure for the undertaking were Grade School Principal Ray Pflug, Mrs. Albert Aufderhar, Mrs. Robert Menke, Supt. Ray Goldman and Attorney John Ax. Mr. Pflug, who opened the discussion, pointed out that we all like new homes, cars, clothes and a good standard of living.  This applies also to schools where children spend so many hours, he said. He gave a brief description of the ideal facilities he desired in a school, such as storage space, wash basins, push out windows, first aid and cafeteria space, and larger classrooms. According to Supt. Goldman a building fund was started several years ago with the idea of adding to the present building. This fund grew to a nice amount and then was discontinued. The fund has accrued interest for several years which would be a start. He suggested that if a suitable location could be found for a new building, the high school could expand to make use of the old grade school building.   

Jan. 22
Edwin M. Krempp of Jasper, a director of the Citizens National Life Insurance Company, has announced that Ambrose Burger of Jasper led the entire sales force of the company in personal production during 1952. Mr. Burger joined the agency organization of Citizens National the latter part of last February as district manager in Dubois County and vicinity. As a result of his selling record, Mr. Burger has been designated his company’s “Man of the Year” for 1952 and he and Mrs. Burger are to be honored at a special dinner in Indianapolis soon.  

Jan. 23
Syl J. Schmitt, 338 E. 9th St., Jasper, was the winner of tenth prize in the “Big Game” football contest sponsored by Packard Sports Library, it was announced today. Mr. Schmitt outguessed several thousand other competitors in the nationwide contest by correctly picking the outcome of eight traditional November college tilts across the country. He was presented with his $5.00 prize check by Hoffman Motors, Inc., Packard dealer for the area.
Jan. 24
Coach Nip Wuchner’s scrappy Jasper Wildcats, “clobbered” twice last week, apparently tired quickly of their role as a doormat and rose magnificently from the canvas last night to battle a highly-regarded Central of Evansville team into an overtime period before dropping a 69-64 decision. Gary Phillips posted his largest point total of the season, getting 11 fielders and five free ones for 27 markers. Don Bates added 13 and Charley Buechlein, playing his best game of the season, chipped in with 12.

50 Years Ago
Jan. 22, 1968
The Jasper Wildcats turned in one of their finest efforts of the season Saturday in their 79-68 win over North Knox at the Jasper gym. Gabe Mehringer, better known for his ability on the pitching mound in baseball, moved into the Jasper starting lineup and appeared to supply the “necessary ingredient” that has been missing from the Jasper lineup all season.  Mehringer added fire to the Wildcats attack and looked like a veteran performer as he banged in 7 of 9 field goal attempts and scored 15 points. Jasper’s whole lineup had a “new look” about it. Mike Eckstein, who was forced into action early when John Nicholson got into foul trouble, played most of the game and, like Mehringer, helped fire up the Cats. Eckstein had one of his finest games, scoring four points and playing a sparkling floor game.    

Jan. 23
The recent election of Father Ralph Endress and Father Robert Kress completed the composition of the 1968 Senate of Priests for the Diocese of Evansville. The two new priest-senators will take office at the next Priests’ Senate meeting scheduled to be held next Friday at the Magister Noster Seminary in Evansville at 7 p.m. Election of the new officers for the senate is on the agenda for the meeting. Father Ralph Endress, the pastor of Jasper’s youngest Catholic parish (Precious Blood), was elected to represent the Jasper Deanery. He succeeds Father Carl Shetler, pastor of St. Mary’s Church at Ireland. Father Robert Kress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kress of Jasper, will represent the Evansville Deanery. He is chaplain at the University of Evansville Newman Apostolate and a professor at the University. He succeeds Father Patrick Kilfoil, pastor of St. Joseph’s parish in Evansville. 
Jan. 24
It appears the far-flung Southern Indiana Athletic Conference will be losing one of its members in 1970 and a second member may follow. Robert L. Hendrix, principal at North Knox at Edwardsport, told THE DAILY HERALD Tuesday that the Knox County school is giving serious consideration to withdrawing from the conference in the fall of 1970. The consideration is so serious, in fact, that the school has requested Tell City, Mt. Vernon and Jasper to return football contracts for the 1970 and 1971 seasons. While North Knox talks of withdrawing from the conference, school officials at Huntingburg are also thinking of a move away from the league. Principal Richard Beck of Huntingburg said Tuesday, “we are presently just in the talking stage of making a move from the SIAC to the PAC (Pocket Athletic Conference). ‘We are trying to get the feeling of the community about such a move”, he went on. “We have been invited to join the PAC and if there are enough fans in favor of it, we would make the move.” Beck then added, “Of course if the public is in favor of staying in the SIAC, we would remain in the conference.”  

Jan. 25
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Edgar D. Whitcomb, Indiana Secretary of State and announced candidate for governor. He is shown with County GOP chairman Jerry Seger, Wayne Place, who will serve as Whitcomb’s campaign manager in his race for the governorship, and Mayor Jack Newton of Jasper. About 300 persons attended a reception Wednesday evening in the German-American Bank Community Room in Jasper given in honor of Whitcomb and his wife Pat.   

Jan. 26
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. R. P. Olinger. She congratulates her son, Max, over the phone after he was named the HUntingburg Jaycee DSA recipient at the Thursday night banquet. Max is a patient in Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after undergoing back surgery. Also pictured are President Ken Morgan, presenting the award, and Ray Bartlet holding the phone. A loud speaker by the phone picked up the conversation, which was heard by the large crowd present.   

Jan. 27
Jasper’s steadily improving Wildcats held the Tell City Marksmen scoreless for the final 5 minutes and 53 seconds of the game Friday night as they rolled to a convincing 62-37 victory over their big rival from Perry County. Alan Dick added eight free throws to his eight of nine performance from the field for a game-high total of 24 points. Ken Beyke was the only other Wildcat scoring in double figures as he added 11 points. Meanwhile, “Woody” Neel’s Holland Dutchmen clinched their second straight PVC conference championship. They also maintained their unblemished record to gain No. 16 by jumping Coach Rex May’s Dubois Jeeps 86-45 at the Jeep den. The 16 straight victories (to open a season) sets a new record for the school. The old record was 15 set in 1938-39.     

25 Years Ago
Jan. 18, 1968
John T. ‘Jack” Rumbach, publisher and general manager of The Herald and president of the Jasper Herald Co., has retired after 48 years with the newspaper. Rumbach joined the weekly Jasper Herald in 1944 as general manager. He was named president of the Jasper Herald Company, the newspaper’s parent company, in 1958. At the same time, he was named publisher  and editor-in-chief of the newspaper. In a recent reorganizational meeting of the company’s board of directors, J. T. Rumbach and Edwin J. Rumbach were elected co-chairmen of the board. E. J. Rumbach is also the advertising manager of The Herald.  John A. Rumbach and Dan E. Rumbach were named co-presidents/publishers and will jointly manage the company and newspaper. J. A. Rumbach will serve as editor and oversee news, production and circulation departments. D. E. Rumbach will serve as chief financial officer and oversee sales/ customer service, business and financial concerns.
Jan. 19
The deerly departed are being reported in downtown Jasper these days, often in tales of strange behavior. Over the last two days, several witnesses have seen deer in several parts of downtown Jasper.  A large deer smacked into the thick-glass door at Hoosier Business Machines on Main Street Monday evening, causing a loud boom but no damage, said owner and president Lee Horney. City gas and water manager Mike Oeding said four deer ran across Newton near 17th and nearly trampled him in his yard. A friend of his saw a deer leap over a Corvette. “He said the driver of that Corvette was just sitting there shaking.” Five deer were seen “dancing” around the Newton Street water tank, waiting for a chance to get across the street. The traffic eventually spooked them and they ran off.

Jan. 20  
GTE customers requesting service in the Jasper exchange may receive telephone numbers with a 481 exchange prefix beginning Feb. 1. GTE spokesperson Brenda Kluemper says several local industries requiring hundreds of numbers for internal extensions prompted the new exchange. “Essentially we’re running out of 482 and 634 numbers,” she said. The 481 numbers will be assigned when new service is installed, or when a new number is requested. Existing 482 and 634 numbers will not be affected.   

Jan. 21
Dubois County collected almost $60,000 last year through a 3 percent innkeepers tax imposed on hotel and motel room rental by county ordinance. The money allowed the creation of the Dubois County Tourism Commission to oversee spending to promote tourism. The DCTC distributed $12,727 in grants to local organizations to help them produce brochures, folders and booklets to encourage visitors to come to the county or to lengthen their stays. An office for the DCTC was opened in the Jasper Holiday Inn in August.   

Jan. 22
Jenny Stuckey-Fowler says she was overwhelmed to have been named the 1993 recipient of the Jasper Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award. Stuckey-Fowler, 31, was honored Thursday night before a crowd of local citizens at the K of C Home in Jasper.  She currently serves as a probation officer for Dubois Superior Court--a job she has held from 1987 to present. Jenny is married to Det. Sgt. Mike Fowler of the Jasper Police Department and they have two step-daughters. She graduated from Southridge High School in 1979 and Indiana State University in 1983.
Jan. 23
The Dubois-Pike Federal Credit Union has been awarded a four-star rating by Bauer Financial Reports, Inc., a Coral Gables, Fla. research firm. The award identifies the Dubois-Pike Federal Credit Union as one of the strongest in the United States. Paul A. Bauer, president of the research firm, said, “our four-star rating is awarded to conservatively run credit unions, like the DPFCU.” 

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