Looking Back: 12/1

Marsha Baize grabbed a six-pack of soda from the salvaged refrigerator of her niece's trailer in Dale after it was destroyed 25 years ago by high winds. "They might want something to drink when they get back," Baize said of her niece, Rhonda Curtis, and Curtis' boyfriend, Benny Garcia, who were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with injuries. Both were tossed around inside their trailer as it was hurled into a second traile by tornado-like winds. Both trailers came to rest on a third trailer about 50 feet away. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published Nov. 15, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
November 30, 1953

Ferdinand’s Phillips 66, the Huntingburg Chiefs and the Jasper K of C won openers yesterday afternoon in the new independent basketball league organized to play every Sunday at the Ferdinand high school gym. The Phillips 66 boys downed the Jasper Chevies 63-49, the Chiefs won over the Jasper Rubber Co., 27-24, and the KC’s rolled over the Huntingburg YMI, 62-28. High point scorers in yesterday’s action included Heidorn with 11 for the Rubber Co., and Sparrow 10 for the Chiefs; Krampe 18 and Prior and Becher 12 each for Phillips 66 and Collins 11 for the Chevies, and Stenftenagel 25, Fritch 15 and Korff 12 for the KC’s and Schwartz 12 for the YMI. 

December 1

Five young men pictured on the front page of this issue comprise the last Dubois County draft call for 1953. The group left this morning for Indianapolis to be inducted into military service. At the same time, six others left to take their physical exams. Pictured are: Joseph Adam Betz, Schnellville, Oscar Anthony Miller, Jasper, Dennis Michael Theising, Rt. 1, Dubois, Leon Ralph Heitz, R. 3, Huntingburg, and Roy Frederick Voelkel, Star Route, Huntingburg, the leader of the group. 

December 2

Pope Pius XII has bestowed the rank and title of arch-abbey on the Benedictine Abbey at St. Meinrad. With this promotion, St. Meinrad becomes the seventh Benedictine arch-abbey in the world. The only other one in the U. S. is at Latrobe, Pa. There are two in Germany and one each in Italy, Austria and Hungary. The title, an honorary one bestowed only by the pope, was given to the St. Meinrad Abbey as the latter prepares to observe its centennial in 1954. Abbott IgnatiusEsser, O. S. B., has governed the St. Meinrad Abbey, a community of Benedictine monks, for almost 24 years. The fourthabbot at St. Meinrad, he entered the St. Meinrad Seminary, which is operated in conjunction with the abbey, as a student from Poseyville in 1908.   

December 3

Two Dubois County net teams copped close ones last night, the Ireland Spuds nipping Mackey 37-35 on the Mackey floor and Birdseye’s Yellow Jackets edging Oil Township 47-45 in an overtime tilt at the Huntingburg old gym. Charley Mehringer led the Spuds with 14 points. For Mackey, L. Maikrang and Bussing each collected 12 markers. Bob Roberson was again the leading scorer for the Yellow Jackets in their victory. He hit 11 baskets and 10 free throws for 32 points. Lagrange of the Oilers got 23 points on 10 field goals and three charities.

December 4

Attorney Arthur C Nordhoff of Jasper appeared in the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington yesterday and, in an old and traditional ceremony of the court, was presented and sworn in as a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Nordhoff, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Nordhoff, has been practicing law in Jasper since his graduation from the University of Louisville School of Law 22 years ago. He entered the university after graduating from Jasper College. He has served as county attorney and as attorney for the City of Jasper, and served a term in the state legislature as joint representative from Dubois and Martin counties. 

December 5

For some time rumor has had it that Dubois County, because of its largely Catholic population, would be the testing ground for a lawsuit aimed at preventing Catholic influence in the Indiana public schools. The rumor was clarified yesterday in a story by Ed Klingler of the Evansville Press. Mr. Klingler, writing from St. Louis, said a suit being prepared is aimed at preventing Catholic influence in Indiana public schools, and when it is ready, it will be filed in Dubois Circuit Court. According to the Evansville Press writer, the plaintiff in the local action will be Emil Menke, a Cass Township farmer, who for years has opposed the employment of Catholic nuns as teachers in the Dubois County schools and the use of Catholic text books. Mr. Menke ran one time for the office of Cass Township trustee, but was defeated. The suit to be filed in Dubois County was discussed at St. Louis yesterday at an area meeting of the National Organization for the Separation of Church and State.

50 Years Ago
December 3, 1968 

Special Judge Lester Nixon ruled Monday in Dubois Circuit Court that the Dubois County Board of Commissioners does not have to rebuild the Kessner Bridge which was destroyed by fire late in 1965. The ruling was handed down by Judge Nixon in a suit filed last February by seven Dubois County residents against the commissioners for failure to provide a bridge across the Patoka River to replace the Kessner Bridge in Madison Township. In conclusions of law, Judge Nixon stated that “Mandamus will not lie to compel a Board of County Commissioners to rebuild a bridge that has been destroyed, which is not essential to the use of the highway of which it forms a part, not of public utility, and to build it would delay any building of bridges at other places requiring them.” 

December 4   

Leroy Keyes, Purdue’s All-American halfback who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting this year, has informed the Jasper Jaycees that he will be present for their annual football banquet Thursday night at the K of C Home. Keyes, the all-time most versatile gridder to ever perform at Purdue University, and one of the most versatile to ever perform in the nation, earned All-American honors with the Boilermakers the past two seasons. C. W. “Wimp” Hewgley, an assistant at Purdue, will be the main speaker, filling in for the ailing Jack Mollenkopf, head coach of the Boilermakers.

December 5

The Jasper Wildcats, coached by Joe Rohleder, made their debut in a new sport Wednesday night as wrestling was officially introduced at JHS. The Wildcat wrestlers went on the road for their opening match and defeated Boonville, 41-13, at Boonville. The Wildcats won nine of the 12 weight classes, five on pins, two on decisions and two by forfeit. The forfeits resulted when all of the weight classes were not filled by contestants. The Jasper reserves also won their match. They defeated the Pioneer reserves 40-3. The Wildcat wrestlers will make their home debut next Thursday night, starting at 6:30 p.m., against Castle at the JHS gym.   

December 6

Pictured in this issue are the JHS band officers. The officers are: Sarah Steinkamp, president; Martha Schroeder, vice-president; Arletta Breidenbaugh, treasurer; and Paul Binkley, secretary. The Jasper Band Parents Organization will conduct its annual candy drive this Saturday, December 7. The drive will begin with a city canvass starting at 9 a.m. by members of the high school and junior high bands. They will be selling the candy for 50 cents per bar.   

December 7

Christmas came early for Coach Bill Frohliger and his Bloomington Panthers. In one of the poorest performances ever turned in by a Bloomington basketball team Friday night, the Panthers hit only 26 of 70 attempts from the field (37 per cent), connected on only 16 of 30 free throws (53 per cent), were outrebounded 37-33 and committed a total of 19 errors. Efforts like this very seldom win ball games, but the Panthers came out on top with a 68-66 victory over a hapless Jasper team that lost out in the “comedy of errors” between the two teams played in the new Bloomington gym. Bloomington, despite their poor performance, was helped to victory by 25 Jasper errors, a problem that is developing into serious proportions for Jasper. John Frank again led the Jasper scoring with 18 points, including eight of nine free throws. Dave Luegers tossed in 13, Gary Corbin followed with 11 and Bob Parker had 10. Bloomington’s center, Kurt Westie, led all scorers with eight field goals and 9 of 17 free throws for 25 points.

25 Years Ago
November 29, 1993   

Does the label “Cardiac Cats” fit yet? Maybe not yet. But, if the Jasper Wildcats continue to play a few more games like their first three, the term will definitely stick. Jasper came back from a 14-point third quarter deficit Saturday night to squeak out a 55-53 win over Northeast Dubois in the championship of the Southridge Holiday Tournament. The win gave the Cats their fourth-straight Holiday Tourney title and pushed their season record to 3-0. Northeast Dubois is now 2-2. Jasper’s Nick Blessinger led all scorers with 16 points. Michael Lewis added 14 for the Cats. Jason Knies paced the Jeeps with 13 while Mark Schroering and Kyle Werner each had 10 apiece.

November 30

With 8.58 inches of rain in November, 1993 is already the fourth wettest year on record, with all of December still to come. A little less than 8 inches in December would set a new annual record. The monthly total made for the third wettest November on record, with more than twice the average November rainfall. It was the fourth consecutive above-normal rainfall month. Eight of this year’s 11 months have now had above-normal rain. Rainfall this year has been 39 percent above normal, following two years of below-normal rain. 

December 1

Martin and Olivia Durcholz are pictured on the front page of this issue. They have been married for 71 years.  “We started out in Duff, then went to Ferdinand, St. Henry, back to Ferdinand, then to a farm by the Huntingburg airport, then to Huntingburg, and from there we moved to here (Loogootee).”  The Durcholzes live in a trailer next to the home of their daughter, Martha Neukam, and still cook for and take care of themselves. In addition to Neukam, the Durcholzes have a son, Raymond, in Portersville and daughters Mary Songer in Huntingburg and Geneva Englert in Indianapolis. Another son died earlier. They have 26 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Most live in Indiana, although some are spread further out, to Florida and Pennsylvania. The couple were married November 15, 1922, in St. Ferdinand Church.

December 2

The Dubois County Step Ahead Council now has a coordinator, and is finally getting information on a regular basis from the state council. Council chairman Don Hayes introduced Debi Quade, a health educator from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, at Wednesday’s quarterly meeting of the council. Quade has been working about 15 hours a week for the council for the past 2 1/2 months, meeting and talking with state officials, other county coordinators and members of the local council.   

December 3

When the Jasper Lady Wildcats get into their offensive rhythm, they are tough to beat. The Southridge Raiders were the third team to find that out this season as the Cats took their archrivals down to the tune of 57-48 Tuesday night in Memorial Gym. The Cats are now 3-0 while the Raiders fall to 2-1. Diane Seng, a 6-foot-2 sophomore center, and Kristi Mehringer, a 6-0 senior forward, had the high-post to low-post connection running smooth as silk. Seng led the Cats with 17 points while Mehringer added 12. Heather Schnell had 17 to lead the Raiders offense. Beth Fischer added 14. 

December 4

Ray Roesner, with beads of sweat about his face and forehead, leaned back against the lockerroom wall and took a deep breath. It was the only rest the Southridge head coach had gotten Friday night. Roesner and his Raiders had just been pushed to the limit in a 50-47 PAC boys’ basketball win over Wood Memorial. “Wood Memorial is 0-3, but they probably deserve better,” said Roesner, whose Raiders move to 2-1. “Tonight, this thing could have gone either way. We feel fortunate to get out of here with a win.” Tim Tooley finished with a game-high 16 points to pace the Raiders. Eric King added 12 points and Eric Lauderdale had 10. Meanwhile, the Jasper Wildcats remained unbeaten at 4-0 as they defeated the Terre Haute South Braves 60-48  at the JHS gym. Jared Brosmer led the Cats with 17 points while Brad Schnarr and Michael Lewis had 11 and 10 respectively. Jasper played without the services of starting forward Nick Blessinger, who is nursing a pulled groin muscle. The Braves salvaged a win in the JV contest with a steady 52-40 performance. Matt Mauck led Jasper with 13 points.   

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