Looking Back: 12/12December 11, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Dec. 12, 1955
For the past 32 years Leo Pfeffer, as a member of the Jasper volunteer fire department, has helped to save local home and business places from destruction by fire. Yesterday morning it was his own home at 325 W 8th St. that was the scene of a destructive blaze. Shortly before 8 o’clock Sunday morning one of three roomers who lived on the second floor discovered the house was on fire. Three of the four upstairs rooms were occupied by roomers, Roman Beckman and Al Rottet of Jasper, and Bob Fleck of Huntingburg. Mr. and Mrs. Pfeffer were still in bed in a room on the first floor. A call was immediately put in to the fire department but the flames gained such rapid headway that the entire second floor was burned out and the flames came through the roof. Damage will probably run to about $3,000. Much of the furniture was salvaged, and the flames did no damage on the first floor except in one room on the west side of the house where the fire originated.
The two hospitals in Dubois County will receive a total of $52,800 from a gigantic half-billion dollar grant announced yesterday by the Ford Foundation. The Memorial Hospital of Dubois County at Jasper will receive $30,900, and the Stork Memorial Hospital of Huntingburg will share in the largesse to the tune of $21,900. The hospitals will get the money outright for any physical improvements they may wish to make, either in the nature of construction or the purchase of new equipment.
Jasper flubbed a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to come from behind to defeat the hard fighting Jeffersonville netters 57-51 at the JHS gym last night. The unimpressive victory over the team that Seymour walloped 80-59 last week brought the Wildcats’ record to 5-2. Jeff is 3-3. Butch Rees with 18 points and John Hoffman and Jody Giesler with 11 apiece led the Jasper scoring.
Meanwhile, Mater Dei’s hot Wildcats took a 57-55 overtime struggle from Howard Sharp’s Hunters last night at the Huntingburg gym. For the Hunters the high man was Scott Struckman with 14. Kenny Morgan finished with 11 and Dennis Stetter had 10.
At a meeting of the board of directors of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce recently, the executive director, Ernest J. Jorn, handed in his resignation. Mr. Jorn has been serving as staff manager of the chamber since its establishment last year. He took over his duties in July of 1954. Mr. Jorn will leave next Saturday for his native California to go into business for himself in the San Francisco Bay region. The board is seeking a man to replace him and so far about nine prospects for the job have been referred to the Jasper C. of C. by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.
Names of the six children who won last week’s “I Like Jasper Because...” essay contest, were announced today by the Jasper Retail Merchants Association. They included: Camilla Ann Schuetter, 10, 927 Mill St., Donna Mehringer, 10, and Connie Hoffman, 10, 939 Bartley St., Darrel Brenner, 7, 505 1/2 Main St., Dwight Ludwig, 315 Wagner St., and James Jahn, 1312 Maute St. A new contest was under way this week and the six winners will receive their awards at the three $6,400 Christmas parties Saturday afternoon. The parties are the last of the Saturday afternoon affairs scheduled by the Retail Merchants Association. They are scheduled for 1, 3 and 6 p.m.
Holland’s undefeated Dutchmen racked up their seventh in a row last night breaking loose after a tight first half to douse the visiting Acorns of Oakland City 73-53. Big Dave Lowenstein, 6 3 1/2, 200-pound-plus center of the Dutch five, was high-pointer with 29. Roy Allen’s Spuds gave Ireland its sixth win in nine starts by licking the Purple Aces 57-40 at Stendal. Rich Gress paced the winners with 17 markers. Meanwhile, Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps shook off persistent Spurgeon for a 76-61 victory over the winless Cardinals at the Pike County school gym. Billy Skaggs with 19, Frank Senniger with 18, Larry Stamm with 16 and Jim Bair with 12 were the high gunners for the Jeeps. Jerry Claridge, senior guard for Spurgeon, led all scorers with 37 points. Mark LaGrange’s Ferdinand Crusaders visited Ft. Branch, home of the Twigs, and lost 70-55. Dennis Durcholz with 22 and Gene LaGrange with 16 led the Crusaders scoring.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 14, 1970
The Jasper city police are trying to figure out how a late model automobile was stolen from the north parking lot of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Sunday morning while the owner was attending Mass. Lawrence Recker of 1316 Mill St., said that when he looked for his car following the 10:30 Mass it was gone. He said he had taken the keys out of the 1970 Ford Galaxie, and could show both sets of keys to prove it. The steering wheel and transmission lock automatically when the keys are removed and the police theorize that the car might have been towed away. The car is a white four-door bearing license plate 19A 2805.
The German American Bank in Jasper will observe its 60th anniversary on Friday of this week. Cake and coffee will be served throughout the banking hours that day to customers and visitors. Since the German American Bank transacted its first business on Dec. 19, 1910, many changes have taken place but one thing has remained constant — the location of the bank on north Main Street. The present modern new bank building was dedicated on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, 1967. Robert F. Schnaus, chairman of the board of directors, made the welcoming address to the large crowd that attended the dedication ceremonies, after which the new building was christened by Mrs. Mary Kreilein Hoffman, one of the two surviving original stockholders. Officiating at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was the bank’s president, O. Leo Beckman, who had been on the bank’s staff for 37 years.
A former convict is being sought on a charge of murdering Susan Doty, 25, of Petersburg, whose body was found in a woods near Marietta, Georgia, at 2:40 Tuesday afternoon by Atlanta police. Miss Doty, an attractive, blue-eyed blonde who was a sales representative in Atlanta for the Girl Scouts of America, disappeared last Thursday after leaving a department store in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. Finding of the body climaxed a search that began when her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Doty of Petersburg, arrived in Atlanta Sunday to try and locate their daughter. Larry Ronald Davis, 27, already listed as a fugitive with a long police record, was named in a murder warrant signed by Judge Watson White of nearby Marietta within hours after Miss Doty’s body was found.
The Jasper High School Marching Wildcats, who are engaged in numerous fund-raising ventures to help finance their trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D. C., next spring, received a financial shot in the arm Wednesday night when the Jasper City Council passed on first reading Appropriation Ordinance No. 684. It contains a section that will put $1,000 in the Mayor’s Promotion of City Account, the money to be used to aid in financing the trip. The band recently accepted an invitation to represent Indiana in the festival and the band’s appearance in the event will give Jasper a lot of good national publicity.
Pictured in this issue is Harry Baker of Haysville. He is shown giving final inspection to a rug he completed during the past week. Approximately 550 plastic bread and bun wrappers were needed to make the 18-foot runner, a special order for the Carl Gollers. Baker, who has woven rugs for at least 18 years, first experimented with plastic about three years ago. One advantage of having plastic rugs is that they serve a purpose both in and outdoors and can be washed in the family bathtub or hosed down outdoors. Baker’s wife, Evelyn, assists him with his work.
The undefeated Jasper Wildcats needed a Frank Merriwell finish Friday night to subdue a fired-up Boonville Pioneer team, 73-72, in an SIAC thriller before 3,000 screaming fans at the Jasper gym. The victory was Jasper’s seventh without a loss, their second in a row by one point and their 14th straight win on their own floor. Junior guard Slick Webber kept Jasper in the game. Webber, who appears to have ice water in his veins, drilled in 12 of 24 from the field, four of four from the foul line, and finished with a personal high of 28 points.
25 Years Ago
Dec. 18, 1995
It was dejavu this morning at the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial with park employees preparing to shut down for the second time since last month due to the partial federal government shutdown.”We closed Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and came back today for about three hours to prepare for the close-down,” said park superintendent Dusty Shultz. Ten of the park’s 12 employees will be laid off, she said. Shultz and the park ranger will stay to take care of the livestock at the historical park. Fortunately, no schools or tour groups were scheduled to tour the memorial this week, she said.
Citing cost estimates that ranged from $300,000 to $600,000, the Southwest school board decided against hiring a construction manager to oversee the corporation’s proposed elementary building project. The construction manager would have supervised all stages of the project from design to gaining public acceptance to construction. But after months of study, the board appears to have accepted the more traditional approach of hiring an architect to design the project and then calling for bids from general contractors to do the construction work. Board member Jerome Buening said conversations with various architects assured him that architects typically provide most of the services offered by a construction manager, including assistance with public hearings.
At 6:52 in the fourth quarter of Jasper’s Holiday Tourney contest with Heritage Hills, Michael Lewis solidified his status as one of the Wildcats’ all-time greats with a pedestrian 12-foot jumper. The senior playmaker, who has tallied 1,446 points to become Jasper’s all-time leading scorer, surpassed Mike Ballenger’s career mark of 1,433, set in 1981. “To put it in perspective, I played four years with Ballenger and it took him four years to score 1,433 points,” said Jasper coach Ken Schultheis. “Michael Lewis has done it in a little over three years.” For the first time in coach Steve Merkel’s six-year stint in Lincoln City, his Patriots beat Jasper--sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten--in a 67-62 thriller at the Huntingburg Memorial Gym.
Business is picking up for John Devlin’s pet scooping service. Literally. Scrap those morbid thoughts of sail dogs and sail cats. Devlin doesn’t actually scoop up pets. He does away with doggy doo. Devlin, 42, patterns his service after something he saw on television. The TV profile said two college roommates found success raising extra money by cleaning up pet waste. “I’m a painter by trade,” Devlin said. “This time of year it is kind of slow.” The Ireland resident hopes to set up once-a-week appointments with pet owners whose furry friends do their numbers out in the yard. Few people have responded to his “pet scooping” classified ads so far.
The Southridge Raider cheerleaders are heading south this holiday season. The varsity is going to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and the junior varsity is participating in a nationwide showdown in Texas. Individual Southridge cheerleaders had won awards at camps in the past, but team goals usually had centered on rallying fan support, said coach Penny Alstadt. She said her athletes decided to get competitive this year instead of concentrating solely on boosting Raider spirit. The junior varsity cheerleaders who excelled at a National Cheerleading Association camp in Vincennes are advancing to the NCA finals in Dallas Dec.26-29. The varsity cheerleaders received a bid to the Citrus Bowl by earning camp champion honors at a Universal Cheerleading Association camp at Hanover College last summer. They will travel to Florida Dec. 29 to practice for their pre-game performance Jan. 1. The Ohio State Buckeyes will play the Tennessee Volunteers in the game.
Like a child without gifts at a school Christmas party, the Forest Park Rangers were caught on the outside looking in Friday night. The taller Rangers found themselves continually giving up inside position to the smaller Loogootee Lions and then watching them get easy shots underneath the basket. The result was a 47-43 Blue Chip Athletic Conference home loss for Forest Park, dropping them to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Loogootee is 5-2 and 4-1. Ryan Vaupel led the Rangers with 17 points. Eddie Green had 20 for the Lions.
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