Looking Back: 12/13December 13, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1954
Holland Custard & Ice Cream, Inc., held its annual Christmas party Sunday evening at the Rustic Tavern for its employees and members of their families. Between 400 and 500 persons attended. Following the serving of a turkey dinner, bonus checks totalling $10,000 were presented to the employees of the dairy products firm. Short talks were made by C. F. Caldemeyer, president; Byron Caldemeyer, vice president; and Irvin Caldemeyer, secretary-treasurer. Santa Claus was present and distributed gifts to the children. On December 1 the firm acquired the assets of the Pure Cream Products Company in Tell City, and at the same time began operating in five counties in Kentucky. Holland Custard and Ice Cream operates about 100 trucks in its business.
From the Square Shootin’ Column by S. E. Stemle: In addition to those who have pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges lately in local courts, there are a number of suspects who have pleaded not guilty in lower courts and have engaged lawyers to have their cases tried in circuit court. The last two cases tried in circuit court resulted in verdicts of not guilty by the jury, despite the testimony of the police and the drunkometer to the effect that the defendants were real blotto at the time of the arrest. As penalties become stiffer, you can expect more and more defendants to throw themselves on the mercy of local circuit court and J. P. juries, which in the past have frequently returned not-guilty verdicts which seemed idiotic to some of us out here in the bleachers in view of the mass of evidence to the contrary. And so where do we go from here? I hope you all live through S (for Survival) Day.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Trooper Howard Lytton of Petersburg. He is shown as he was congratulated at the Jasper post of the State Police yesterday by Vayne M. Armstrong, president of the State Police Board, after Armstrong presented Trooper Lytton with the department’s Silver Star for valor. Also pictured is Paul Schnaitter of Madison, secretary of the board, and Supt. Frank A. Jessup, who was the first of eight men to receive the award. Supt. Jessup received his following action in a gun battle on May 2, 1938.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is a 22 freight car pile up in the town of St. Marks. Kenny Lewis and Ernie Begle of the Daily Herald staff climbed up into an abandoned mill building at St. Marks this morning and from his vantage point Ernie shot the picture showing some of the jumbled freight cars. The wreck occurred at 10:30 last night. Freight No. 57 was on its way from St. Louis to Louisville. There were no injuries to any of the crew or residents of the town.
One of the worst traffic accidents in the history of Dubois County occurred at 6:10 this morning when four employees of the Huntingburg Builders Supply Company were killed instantly when their car collided with a tractor-trailer outfit at the north approach to the bridge that crosses the Patoka River a short distance north of radio station WITZ. The dead were: Evans Fenneman, 36, of 111 First Avenue, Huntingburg. Albert Stork, 33, R. 2, Huntingburg. Emil Vogler, 45, R. 3, Huntingburg, the driver of the car. William Rolens, 55, R. 1, Winslow. The four men were on their way to Linton, Ind., where they are building a home for John Ax. a former Huntingburg attorney, who moved with his family to Linton some time ago.
Jasper’s Wildcats, paced by veteran guard Don Bates’ 26 points, won their sixth in seven with a 59-41 drubbing of the Panthers in an SIAC game at Bloomington. It brought the Cats’ conference record to 4-1. Larry Ramey led the Blue Jackets to a 51-41 triumph over Huntingburg’s Hunters last night at Mitchell, firing in 22 points during the evening to keep up his season pace of “20 per”. In other area games, Dale beat Rockport, Selvin defeated Birdseye, and Dubois, Ireland and Holland were also victorious. Newburgh, however, downed Ferdinand.
• 50 Years Ago
Dec. 15, 1969
Terry Fleck, a slick-operating 6-3 senior whose entire varsity basketball career prior to this season consisted of action in 2 games and a total of 10 points, pumped in 25 points Saturday night as he led the undefeated Jasper Wildcats to a 66-58 victory over the Springs Valley Blackhawks at the Valley gym in French Lick. It was Jasper’s sixth win in a row and it completed a most successful weekend for Coach Ed Schultheis and his Cats that started Friday night with an 83-81 win over previously undefeated Evansville Memorial. Jasper’s win Saturday night also knocked Valley out of the unbeaten ranks after three straight wins.
While a worship service was in progress at the Duff Baptist Church last Saturday night, a window pane was shot out by someone evidently not concerned with the safety of those inside. This is the third time this has happened at this particular church, one member reported. On Sunday morning the church members questioned several boys concerning the incident, but have no leads yet. Members feel that if parents of boys having BB guns would check their activities that by cooperation, perhaps the vandalism could be checked before further steps have to be taken. Elder George Aders is the pastor at the Duff church.
With junior Danny Dunn sinking two pressure free throws with 29 seconds left on the clock, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters fired to their fourth victory of the season Tuesday night defeating the Tell City Marksmen, 58-56, in an SIAC thriller at the Huntingburg gym. Fred Werner was the high point man for the Marksmen with 22 points. No other Tell City player scored in double figures. Steve Lochmuller was high man in rebounds for the game with 15. Four Hunters scored in double figures with Mark Hildebrand and Dunn tied with 13 points each. Hank Menke was next in line with 12 and Howard Renner was right behind with 10.
At last night’s meeting of the Jasper Common Council, Martha Pittman, Jasper city councilwoman-at-large, criticized those who persist in littering the roadway leading to the city dump. “The people living along the roadway to the city dump are losing their patience with the littering of this road by users of the dump,” she said. “Wood, cardboard and other refuse are being blown into their yards and onto driveways and creating a hazard to them and the traffic on the road.” Mrs. Pittman said that if the littering doesn’t stop she will recommend to the council members that they pass a strict ordinance reqiring that haulers of trash must cover their loads with tarpaulins or other effective coverings.
William Ellsworth, 79, a former mayor of Huntingburg, died in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg at 11 a. m. Thursday. He had been in poor health for several years. Mr. Ellsworth during his long lifetime was one of the community’s most active civic and business leaders. In 1959 he was elected as the Republican candidate for mayor and served through 1964. He had also held offices of city councilman and city clerk-treasurer. He and other members of the family operated a dairy and ice cream business for many years until they sold the business to American Dairy on Jan. 1, 1962.
Larry Klein’s Ferdinand Crusaders held on for a thrilling 67-65 victory in the championship game of the Dubois County Holiday Basketball Tourney played at the Huntingburg gym last night. In the consolation game, the Ireland Spuds downed the Dubois Jeeps, 71-55.
Pictured in color on the front page of this issue is Santa Claus as he attaches bright red bows to the large holly tree in the front yard of Mrs. Elsie Christian, 911 Main Street in Jasper. Giving Santa an eager helping hand were Jane Webber, Clark Gramelspacher, Greg Begle, Scott Ebenkamp and Dean Begle. The photo was taken by Ernie Begle.
Alois G. Hasenour, 66, of 1402 Franklin Street, was fatally crushed shortly before 10 o’clock this morning when one of the logs he was about to unload from a truck at the Jasper Veneer Mills rolled off the truck. Mr. Hasenour had unloosened the three chains that bound the logs to the truck and was pulling the last chain when one of the logs rolled on top of him.
• 25 Years Ago
Dec. 19, 1994
Had Saturday night’s boys basketball game at the Jasper High School gym been a shooting match, the Southridge Raiders would have went home with a side of beef. The Raiders missed only seven shots in the second half and hit 63 percent from the field for the game. The highly touted Wildcats, though, forced the Raiders into 19 turnovers and proved too powerful in a 75-72 win. Jasper improved to 6-1 on the season while Southridge fell to 2-5. Jasper’s Michael Lewis led all scorers with 23 points. Nick Blessinger added 19 for the Cats. Derek Prior was high point man for the Raiders with 18. Sophomore Tim Zink chipped in with 15.
Good news and taxes are seldom mentioned at the same time but tht was the case at Monday’s Dubois County Council meeting. The county’s property tax rate for taxes payable in 1995 will be 99 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, said council president Rich Eckerle. “That’s almost four cents lower than this year’s rate,” he said. “Our goal was to get it under a dollar and we did. “Dubois County is in very good financial shape.” County auditor Mark Brescher said the county will end the year with a balance of just over $1 million. The money was invested in bank certificates of deposit as required by state law, Brescher said.
The JHS cheerleaders are going to the national cheerleading championships, Dec. 27-28 in Dallas. The squad qualified by finishing first at a summer camp in July at Vincennes University. Six hundred junior high and high school squads from 38 states are expected. The Prime and Home Sports Entertainment networks will air the event in the spring. Members are: Andrea Becher, Nichole Beyke, Ashley Chamberlain, Niki Hudson, Angie Moyes, Leslie Schwartz, Jenny Snyder, Abby Stallings, Audrey Vogler aand Angie Weisheit. Belinda Nelson is the coach.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Odilo Fromme. He is shown packaging gloves upstairs at the Jasper Glove Factory. Fromme joined the company in 1944, working the flannel cutting press full time. Also pictured are old steam-heated glove stretchers, which have now been replaced with electric models. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the glove plant, which was originally named the Great Western Manufacturing Company. At its peak, the company employed 130 women and 40 men in Jasper and 44 women and two men in Ferdinand.
A Christmas tree went up in flames early today in the lobby of the German American Bank’s main office, causing smoke damage to most of the building and closing the office until at least Tuesday. But even if the office reopens quickly, it will require an extensive cleanup. The bank planned to continue operating as close to normal as possible by shifting extra workers to its branch offices. Employees working in the basement this morning had been there about 30 minutes before they smelled smoke at 7:15 and alerted firefighters, said fire Chief Bill Meyer. The fire started at 7 a. m. because of an electrical short in a three-foot-long extension cord connecting the Christmas tree lights to a junction box under the floor beneath the tree in the center of the lobby, Meyer said.
The Jasper Wildcats took an 82-80 squeaker from the Heritage Hills Patriots last night in a game played at Lincoln City. 6-foot-2 junior guard Michael Lewis led all scorers with a career-high 37 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the floor (3 of 8 from 3-point land) and 12-of-13 shooting from the line. Nick Blessinger added 21 points for Jasper and led the Cats in rebounding with nine. Nathan Schorr also had a career night. The 6-0 senior guard paced the Patriots attack with 34 points. Schorr has been recovering from a knee injury since the season began. “There were a lot of positive things that came out of this game for us. We’re going to forget the negatives and build on the positives,” said Heritage Hills coach Steve Merkel.
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