Looking Back: 12/15

Ryanne Milligan, 3, tried to join the Southridge cheerleaders during the Raiders' girls basketball game with Jasper 25 years ago. Ryanne was watching the game with her mother, Liz, of Jasper. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Dec. 4, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
December 14, 1953

James W. Kreilein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kreilein, 803 Main St., Jasper, is a member of ther 66th Signal Battalion. Pvt. Kreilein is now participating in an advanced individual training course being conducted by the 66th Signal Battalion Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Battalion was organized in June, 1952, at Fort Bragg and has been engaged in training for its mission since that date.

The Jasper Wildcats were defeated 65-60, Saturday night at Logansport. Logansport got 38 free throws, canning 23 of them--two of these points coming after time had expired and when folks were leaving the gym. Jasper got but ten tries from the foul stripe and cashed in on 8. Gerry Sermersheim connected for 13 for the Wildcats, Ed Kapp 9 and Ronnie Opel 7.   

December 15

Another Huntingburg couple has received the tragic news that their son and only child was killed while in military service. Yesterday evening Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holfelner received a telegram from the Defense Department informing them that their 23-year-old son, Jack G. Holfelner, met death while boarding a train in Germany. No details were given. Jack Holfelner was born at Evansville. The parents moved to Huntingburg while he was attending Indiana University. Mr. Holfelner is a salesman for the Huntingburg Insulation Company.   

December 16

Holland’s Dutchmen fought back from seemingly hopeless defeat last night to bring down their house with a spectacular 49-47 overtime triumph at the expense of a fast, clever, powerful team of Red Devils from Senior High of Owensboro, Ky. Lowell McGlothlin’s Hoosier youngsters, sparked by little Joe Todrank and big Glen Fenneman, weren’t about to surrender to those Kentuckians. Todrank and Fenneman finished with 18 points apiece. Eugene Tormohlen, who picked up four fouls in the first half, sat it out until there was but 3:40 remaining in the game. He got only four points.

December 17

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Frank Bische of Huntingburg, who will be 90 years old next Saturday. He is very active for his age. During the summer, he mows his own lawn, and, in favorable weather, takes daily strolls for a distance of ten blocks “to town.” He is fond of music and “rolls his own” on his accordion and violin. He enjoys his pipe, can read without glasses, and still uses the teeth that nature gave him. Mr. and Mrs. Bische, the parents of seven children, will observe their 63rd wedding anniversary next February 8th.   

December 18

Huntingburg honored its 1953 football squad at the annual Jaycee-sponsored banquet held last night at the Country Club with Bob Rehl serving as chairman. End Charles McCormick received the outstanding player award. Other seniors honored were Jack Harris, Don Striegel, Jim Chism, Dave Klosterman, Don Henderson, Frank Bockting, Dave Singer, Marion Altmeyer and Bob Chipley. The seniors were presented with miniature, engraved football watch charms. Coach and Mrs. Howard Sharp, Assistant Coach Roger Ingle and Principal and Mrs. E. H. Loehr were special guests of the Jaycees. The 1953 Hunters finished with a 5-3 record, breaking even in their six SIAC games and placing fullback Buddy Blemker on the all-conference first team, the first Huntingburg gridder to ever receive this honor.   

December 19

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Joyce Winkler, Jasper High School senior, who was crowned Basketball Queen last night in a ceremony between the reserve and varsity games at the JHS gym. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Winkler. In her court were: Marlene Schneider and Tanya Poe, seniors; Nancy Witte and Barbara Gutgsell, juniors; Darlene Englert and Maggie Fleck, sophomores; and Teresa Metz, freshman. Flower bearers were little Susie Ewing and Judy Fell and the carrier of the basketball was little Rickie Uebelhor. Acting captain Gerry Sermersheim and Larry Bates, former member of the team whose leg fractured ended his high school athletic career, joined in crowning the queen.   

50 Years Ago
December 16, 1968

The largest crowd ever to attend a Community Children’s Christmas Party in Jasper was on hand Sunday afternoon in the JHS gym, it was reported today by George J. Kreilein, general chairman for the event. The gym was completely filled with youngsters from the Jasper area and their parents by the time Santa arrived, Kreilein said. The annual party is sponsored by American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary in cooperation with the DAILY HERALD. Kreilein and co-chairman Anna Mae Beck today thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the 1968 party, both through donations and by assistance. It was also reported that the Christmas Party fund reached the $1,435.01 mark during the past week. 

December 17

It was disclosed today that a map showing a possible Evansville to Indianapolis super highway is floating around the state and is reportedly being studied by some highway officials and politicians. Republican Governor-elect Edgar Whitcomb pledged during his campaign to seek a new four-lane highway between Evansville and Indianapolis. Wayne Place, president of Jasper Rubber Products, Inc., was co-manager of Whitcomb’s campaign, leading to the conjecture that Jasper would be included in the route of the proposed hgihway between two of the state’s principal cities. 

December 18

Don Pope of Linton, presently serving as Greene County superintendent of schools, has been named superintendent of the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation, it was announced today by the district’s board of education. The Northeast District is comprised of Harbison, Columbia, Marion and Hall Townships. Pope, 53, has served as Greene County superintendent since 1957. Pope is married and has two children, a son who is a junior at Wabash College, and a daughter who is a junior in Linton-Stockton High School. A temporary office for the new superintendent has been set up in St. Raphael’s School in Dubois.

December 19

“Revenge is Sweet!” That must be what Coach Larry Klein and his Ferdinand Crusaders must be thinking by now, as they upended the defending tourney champion Holland Dutchmen, 78-67, in the opening round of the Dubois County Holiday Tourney at Huntingburg Wednesday night. In the second encounter of the evening the Ireland Spuds of Coach Bob Easterday nipped the charging Dubois Jeeps 59-58 to get a crack at the Crusaders in the championship game tonight. Stan Ruhe, who is the playmaker for Coach Klein, topped all scorers with 18 points. However, Paul Niehaus contributed 17. Ed Gudorf and Tom Weyer each had 16 and Dennis Verkamp chipped in with 11. Holland had five men in double digits also, as Steve Henke and Phil Meyer each scored 14, and Lynn Kahle added 12. Larry Kahle and Gary Dougan each tallied 11 to round out the scoring.   

December 20

Coach Larry Klein’s Ferdinand Crusaders defeated Ireland Thursday to capture the county Holiday Tourney Championship, their fifth in the last seven years, but the Spuds took it right down to the wire. The score was 56-53, as Ferdinand could not shake the surprising Spuds. Ireland’s Tim “The Terror” Leinenbach was top scorer for the game with 25 points. Ferdinand again had a balanced attack as four players scored in double figures. Meanwhile, the Holland Dutchmen completely jolted the Dubois Jeeps 80-39, in the consolation game. 

December 21

Coach Jack Davis’ Happy Hunters defeated the Wood Memorial Trojans, 70-64, to snap a five-game losing streak Friday night at the Huntingburg gym. Hank Menke, who had 27 points in the Tell City game, turned in another outstanding performance last night as he came up with 18 markers against the Trojans. Howard Renner was close behind with 17 to his credit. Denny Lewis added 14 points.  The Hunters attained their highest score of the season so far as they hit 70. Tonight Huntingburg and Jasper resume battle for the “Jug” at the JHS gym. 

25 Years Ago
December 13, 1993

The nest the Jasper Wildcats ran into Saturday night wasn’t that of a blackhawk. A hornets’ nest, probably, is a more accurate description of what the Cats encountered. Springs Valley (3-1) stung Jasper with its first loss in six outings, 60-41. Probably the least shocked person in the Springs Valley High School gym following the game was Ken Schultheis. The Jasper head coach talked at length earlier in the week about how the Blackhawks are always ready to play the Cats. Since Schultheis took over as head coach at Jasper in 1990, the Cats had not lost to the Blackhawks. The average margin of victory, however, in those three contests was a mere six points.

December 14

The southwest School Board voted 3-2 for a $12 million, two-school one-site elementary school building program during a special public hearing Monday. Patrons in support as well as opposition to Superintendent Larry Dugle’s proposal overflowed the 430-seat Southridge High School auditorium for the 41⁄2 hour 1028 hearing. Emotions ran high but were kept in check except for a few isolated instances of booing, snickering and voice-raising.  Twenty nine people spoke against Dugle’s plan. Many were Cass township residents and/or small-school propenents who either favored renovations to the three existing elementary schools or wanted more district investigation into all options. Twenty seven people gave testimony in support of the plan.    

December 15

The Ferdinand town council approved a two-year capital improvement plan for spending Ferdinand’s share of the county’s Economic Development Income Tax at Tuesday night’s council meeting, assuming there will be EDIT money available in 1994 and 1995. Ferdinand’s share would be about $80,000 each year, or $160,000 for the period, and would be put toward street rebuilding and replacing storm water drainage conduits. The cost of the project is estimated to be $196,000 spread over the two years. The $36,000 not covered by EDIT payments would be paid from the town’s general fund. No one will know until January whether EDIT will continue.   

December 16

Pictured in this issue is Mrs. Anna (Bretz) Wulfman, a life-long Huntingburg resident, who joined an exclusive club this month when she celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs. Wulfman was born in Huntingburg on Dec. 8th, 1893 to Louis and Kathryn Bretz and married Otto C. Wulfman in 1915. She moved to GentleCare of Huntingburg  in 1989 from her home on Fifth Street where she had lived since 1929, said her daughter, Betty Revington Burdick of Columbia, Mo.  Another daughter, Ruth Baker, lives in Sarasota, Fla., and a son, Joe Wulfman, lives in Naples, Fla. Mrs. Wulfman is a life-long member of Salem United Church of Christ. She has 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

December 17

Elise Krapf of Jasper will receive the Pot of Gold Award of $50 from the Dubois County Bank for bowling a 600 series Dec. 14. She also will receive three awards from the Women’s International Bowling Congress. Krapf bowled games of 224-163-217 for a 624 series. She will receive the new 600 Pin Award from WIBC for bowling a 600 series with a 170 and below average, the 75 Pins Over Average Patch, and the 125 Pins Over Average Patch series. Krapf bowls with the Happy Rollers team in the Tuesday Morning Ladies League at Eastown Lanes.   

December 18

As of Monday, Jasper Wholesale will have sold its business to Krodel Wholsale. Beginning today, Jasper Wholesale will be closed to all customers during the transition period. Daily business will be conducted from Krodel’s offices at 2603 Newton Street. Krodel will continue to serve all its customers, and those of Jasper Wholesale as well.

The parent company of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will finish its most successful year with a new name. Santa Claus Land, Inc., which was incorporated in 1945, has received the go-ahead from the state to change its name to Koch Development Corporation. The name change is effective immediately, and does not reflect a change in ownership.

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