Looking Back: 12/16

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Dec. 15, 1952
Coach Louis “Nip” Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats went down fpr the third consecutive time Saturday night in the JHS gym, but like Washington and Huntingburg before them, the Logansport Berries knew they were in a scrap before winning, 60-56. The loss gave the Wildcats a four-win, three-losses record with only the long trip north next Friday to clash with Washington of East Chicago remaining before the holiday  tourney in the Jasper gym. Saturday night’s victory was a personal triumph for Logan mentor Keith Showalter, whose Auburn Red Devils bowed to the Wildcats in the opening round of the 1949 state finals.    

Dec. 16
The Jasper Retail Merchants Association today came up with a solution for the problem of shoppers who want to attend the award announcements of the Assocation’s gigantic Christmas promotion next Saturday, but didn’t know what to do with the kids. In an ad in today’s issue of the Herald, the Association announces that free moving pictures will be shown for the children Saturday afternoon from 1:45 until four o’clock in the Tivoli theatre so mom and dad can attend the promotion climax in peace. The presentation of the Christmas promotion awards will begin at two o’clock in the JHS gym and will be completed in time for parents to get back downtown before the movies are finished. A total of $1,000 will be awarded at the gym Saturday.    

Dec. 17
Assuring patrons that the hundreds of parcels arriving daily during the Christmas rush will be delivered promptly, Postmaster Albert T. Rumbach announced today that an additional truck has been borrowed from another federal agency, the Soil Conservation department, for the duration. Each one of the four city carriers has been supplied with a helper to insure the prompt delivery of all  letter mail and greetings.  Extra help has also been engaged for the cancellation and dispatch for thousands of greetings and parcels which are now being mailed daily. Cancellations are running well over 20,000 pieces daily and are expected to reach between 40,000 and 50,000 over the weekend.   

Dec. 18
Coach Bob Fell’s Jasper Kittens won’t make the long trip to East Chicago tomorrow with the Wildcats, so the JHS reserves will play a varsity game tonight with the Epsom Salts to open the weekend’s cage activity. The Kittens will clash at eight o’clock this evening with the Salts in the JHS gym follwing two preliminaries involving the Jasper grades and freshmen against a pair of Vincennes  quintets. A slight admission charge will be made for the game. Meanwhile coach Nip Wuchner and his Wildcats leave at 7 o’clock Friday morning for the long trip northward. The caravan expects to reach Valparaiso around noon and bunk there before motoring to East Chicago for the game early in the evening. They return to Valpo for the night.   

Dec. 19
Front page stories in this week’s issues of the Huntingburg Independent and the Huntingburg Argus & Signal announce the sale of the newspapers to the Huntingburg Publishing Co., a recently- organized group of newspaper investors. Operation of the newspapers by the Huntingburg Publishing Co. will begin January 1, 1953, with the first publication of the new Huntingburg Signal on Tuesday, Jan. 6, the announcement said. It was announced that the Argus will be combined with the Independent and will be published on Fridays as a Republican paper. The Signal will be published on Tuesdays as a Democratic paper. The Huntingburg Publishing Co. is headed by J. Albert Dearing of Jersey City, N. J., former publisher there.   

Dec. 20
Victory Number 10 was added to the Huntingburg list last night when the Mitchell Bluejackets fell before the hard-charging Hunters, 67-49, at the Mitchell gym. Coach Howard Sharp’s team hit 17 of 18 free throws in the game. Meanwhile, the state’s Number Ten team-the East Chicago Washington Senators- defeated the Jasper Wildcats in the Roosevelt gym by a score of 76-56. Jasper held a 29-28 edge at halftime. Coach Johnny Barrato’s team 111 flings at the hoop! They took 73 shots at the basket in the second half.   

• 50 Years Ago
Dec. 18, 1967
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Frank Fields of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Fields with the “Up With People” group.  Also pictured are three local residents who are on the stage with him. They include Charley Farley, a JHS student; Bill Balsbaugh, who made the arrangements to bring the group to Jasper; and Maury Gutgsell, one of the co-chairman for the housing arrangements committee. About 3,000 persons attended the event at the JHS gym last night.

Dec. 19
Construction is under way in Henderson, Ky., on a new Jerry’s Restaurant being built by the operators of the Jerry’s in Jasper, Dave Buehler and Bob Ruckriegel. The restaurant being put up by the two Jasper men is the first unit to be built in the Old Orchard Shopping Center to be developed on U.S. 41 North in Henderson. Other enterprises scheduled in the new center include W. T. Grant, Sureway Food Markets and Endicott-Johnson shoe store. The restaurant will include a 4,000-square-foot dining room, 64 parking spaces and 38 service phones. The owners anticipate construction will be completed by April.  
Dec. 20
Pictured in this issue is Wayne Place, president of Jasper Rubber Products. He is shown presenting a $200 check to Christine Schwindel. Mrs. Schwindel won a basketball game contest sponsored by the company and was awarded with the early Christmas present for her correct predictions. The contest, which awards cash prizes to the winners just in time for Christmas shopping, has been conducted for employees for the past three years. Mrs. Schwindel is an inspector at the plant. The second place winner was another inspector, Linda Kalb, who won $75. A $50 third prize went to  pressman Jack Dillon. Other winners were: Lou Ann Eichmiller, Harold Morgan and Cyril Block $28.50 each, Cyrilla Senninger and Helen Dick, each $25, and Ambrose Kiefer, John Freyberger, Drissie Phillips and Norma Kessner, each $10.   

Dec. 21
Dolly Madison Industries, Inc., announced earnings for its fourth quarter ended November 3 in the amount of $608,730 representing 60 cents per share. This compared with $294,375 or 33 cents per share from operations in the same period in 1966. Sales for the 1967 quarter were $12,153,475 and $12,472,156 for the same quarter in 1966 after restatement to reflect of certain milk properties during the period in 1966. Bernard T. Perry, vice president and treasurer of the company, stated that the quarterly earnings reported were the highest experienced by the company in the past two years.   

Dec. 22
“As different as night and day!” That’s the difference between last night’s tourney games and that of the first round. In the first round only 3 points separated the four teams. Last night 47 points were spread in the two games. Coach George “Woody” Neel’s undefeated Holland Dutchmen captured the holiday tourney crown at the Huntingburg gym last evening by blowing out the hapless Dubois Jeeps 70-43. It was the first tourney win for the Dutch since the 1958-59 season when they won the Tell City Invitational meet. It was also the first time since 1955-56 that the Dutch had won this particular tourney and the third HHS championship since 1953. In the consolation contest Ferdinand trounced the Ireland Spuds by a 60-40 count.   

Dec. 23
Lt. Howard B. Lytton, commanding officer of the State Police Jasper District, has been elected president of the Wood Capitol Lodge 138, Fraternal Order of Police. He succeeds Allen M. Gutgsell of the Jasper Police Department. Albert Verkamp, Dubois County deputy sheriff, was elected vice-president, succeeding Lee Ray Jochum of the Ferdinand Police Department.  Other officers elected were Charlie Martin of the Huntingburg Police Department, chaplain; Elmer Mathies of the Jasper Police Department, conductor; and Rodney Brown of the State Police Department, secretary-treasurer. The new officers will be installed in January.  
25 Years Ago
Dec. 14, 1992
The two dozen students participating in Greater Jasper’s All-Star program have taken a vow not to attend any parties where alcohol is being consumed illegally by their classmates. They’re virtually saying they won’t go to a party, says Jeff Jessee, the high school’s assistant principal. “We’ve taken a little heat from some parents,” says Jessee, the All-Stars’ sponsor and the man behind the controversial move. All-Stars — teens typically distinguished by respectable grade-point averages, strong moral fiber and involvements in extra-curricular activities — normally volunteer to take anti-drug and alcohol presentations to Greater Jasper third graders during the second semester of each school year. This year, though, they  have committed to do it all year long.  

Dec. 15
Except for paying on school buildings themselves, the Southwest School District plans to be free of debt when the new year arrives. “We’re going to pay all of our bills and we will have a cash balance,” Supt. Larry Dugle said at Monday school board meeting. “We can’t go out here and spend millions of dollars that we don’t have but as long as we stay within what we’ve budgeted and keep track of our expenses we should be in good shape and we shouldn’t have to go through what we went through a couple of years ago,” he said. Of course, he added, that projection is based on what the Legislature does in the future. “They’re already crying” that they are broke, he said.  

Dec. 16
Kevin Kalb had faith. Dustin Cave kept it alive. Cave hit a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner Tuesday night, and that basket (with seven seconds to play) lifted Northeast Dubois in a 51-49 upset against No. 4-rated Paoli. Kalb was the likely candidate to put up the final shot. The senior guard had already scored 18 points. But Kalb found himself floundering in a sea of double teaming blue jerseys. He dished the ball to Cave. Cave, unattended, went up from the corner, and seven seconds and a missed lay-in later, the Rams fell. “I knew he would shoot it,” Kalb said. “I had faith in him, and he didn’t let me down.” The play was free-lanced, Cave said. “That was not on the chalkboard.”

Dec. 17
What began four years ago as a class project in Rock Emmert’s English classes at Forest Park High School is now a written history of southeast Dubois County. Emmert, who teaches 9th- and 12th-grade English, said students began interviewing their grandparents and writing down their elders’ recollections for what was to be a simple assignment. It wasn’t planned to be a four-year project but gradually expanded, Emmert said. Eventually 90 students from five classes contributed to the project. The students’ writings were compiled and edited and are now ready to be published as a book, Emmert told members of the Southeast Dubois School Board at a special meeting Wednesday night. The 560-page hardcover book is titled Backroads — A Legacy of Southeast Dubois County, he said.

Dec. 18
Omer and Imogene Lane like bulbs. For the holidays, they string over 17,000 Christmas light bulbs on their farm buildings and martin houses. Come spring, they stick thousands of flower bulbs into the fertile soil of their small farm near the entrance to Patoka Lake. This 79-year-old, semi-retired farmer and his wife consider the resulting explosions of color to be one way to share the abundance they’ve been blessed with. It took two months to empty and string the boxes of lights. It takes 15 minutes to plug them in each evening, Omer says.

Dec. 19
Two sales representatives of Prudential’s Tri-State Detached office, 902 Main St., have qualified for the 1992 National Quality Award of the National Association of Life Underwriters. They are Gene Morgan and Vernon Welp. They received the award at the November 19 meeting of the Southwestern Indiana Association of Life Underwriters. The National Quality Award is presented by the NALU to sales representatives who achieve superior persistency records. This is the 22nd year that Morgan has won the award and Welp’s 18th year.  

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