Looking Back: 12/19

Fifth Street School kindergartener Beth Hochgesang displayed her front teeth for Santa Claus during a program 25 years ago. Retired Jasper superintendent Don Noblitt made his final tour through the schools, talking with students about their Christmas wishes and giving out bags of treats. At right is school employee Becky Kraus. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Dec. 21, 1995.


65 Years Ago

Dec. 19, 1955

Jack Heldman’s freshman basketball team from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, will risk a clean slate tonight in tackling the more experienced Oaks of Oakland City College’s varsity in the feature event of a benefit show sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club at the JHS gym. Vandy’s yearling netters have waltzed over three opponents of the academy and high school class and expect this game to be by far their toughest yet. Playing with the Commodore frosh are four Hoosier boys, including Jasper’s all-time record scorer, Donnie Bates. Coach Heldman says it gives every appearance of being the best freshman crop of cagers in the southern school’s history. They’ll have their hands plumb full tonight. Coach Delbert Disler’s Oaks, who plastered North Central (Ill.) College 93-64 last weekend, have a 4-3 record to date and a roster that includes former prep stars from all over southwestern Indiana. Oakland City’s starting lineup will probably have Glen Gerichs, 6-0, of Millersburg, and Ray Roesner, 6-3, of Holland, at forwards, Don Falls, 6-4, of Oakland City, at center, and Pinky Powell, 5-9, of Huntingburg, and Bob Anderson, 5-11, of French Lick, at guards.

Dec. 20

Pictured on the front page of this issue are the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. James Weisheit of 327 E. Seventh St., Jasper. They were among the approximately 2,900 kiddies who met Santa and received sacks of goodies at the community Christmas party in the high school gym Sunday afternoon. The boys are: Terry, Jayme and Farrel. They held Santa in awe, and 1 1/2-year-old Terry even whimpered a bit, despite the fact that the kindly old Mr. Claus walked and talked a great deal like their own grandfather, Bill Luegers.

Vanderbilt University’s freshman pulled away from Oakland City College’s varsity in the second half last night to win 88-61 in the featured attraction at the basketball show sponsored by the Jasper Lions at the JHS gym for the benefit of the speech therapy clinic. A crowd of 1,500 was there.

Dec. 21

Dubois’ community Christmas party will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the high school gym with the Community Club sponsoring the appearance of Santa Claus and the school furnishing the program.

Dubois’ new Christmas lights, installed for the first time this season through the efforts of the Community Club, are being enjoyed by the townspeople. Donating the electricity for the decorative lights are Lester Bauer, Kenneth Bauer, E. G. Arnold, Albert Schepers and Tony Mathies.

Dec. 22

Jasper’s Wildcats racked up Holland’s previously unbeaten Dutchmen 82-66 before more than 2,600 partisans last night at the JHS gym and thereby obtained a measure of revenge for the 59-52 loss to the Hollanders in the 1955 sectional tournament. High scorer of the game was Joe Todrank, the smallest boy (at 5-foot-8) of the 10 who were in the starting lineups. Todrank scored 30 points. Nobody else got near that. The only other Dutch cager to land in double figures was Darrell Roesner, Joe’s running mate at guard. This 5-9 lad scored 12. Senior Larry Loechte led the winners with 21 markers. Center Dick Persohn was next with 20 and Butch Rees added 18. Jasper’s record is now 7-2 while Holland is 7-1.

Dec. 23

Pictured in this issue is Lawrence F. Teder, chief electronics technician, of the U. S. Navy, who has been assigned by the Bureau of Naval Personnel as a naval science instructor to the Naval Reserve Training Unit at Purdue University. This assignment is for a period of three years. Chief Teder is married to the former Rosemary Rowekamp of Dubois. They have two sons and a daughter. Chief Teder is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Teder, of Route 2, Dubois, and a nephew of the county superintendent of schools, John H. Teder.

Dec. 24

The wonderful and elaborate miniature village of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Yenowine at 808 10th St. in Huntingburg is once more open to the public during the holiday season. Many new features have been added to “The Working Village” since last Christmas, when more than 8,000 persons viewed it with awe and admiration. This is the 11th year that the Yenowines have thrown their home open to the public during the holiday season so that everyone could share in the joy of an exhibit that has required thousands of hours of painstaking labor. The latch string will be out at the Yenowines until Jan. 8.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 21, 1970

The usual capacity crowd of youngsters was on hand at the Jasper High School gym Sunday afternoon to await the arrival of Santa Claus and to receive the traditional bags of treats from the members of American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary. Once again, more than 3,000 bags were distributed at the close of the program. Chairman George J. Kreilein, as in the past, had everything under control, but the presentation of the Life Membership to him by Santa was not on the list. The honor was voted to the 75-year-old veteran of World War I by the Legion post in recognition of his dedication to the job of conducting the annual party for the children as well as other services he has rendered to the community and the post. In addition to the Life Membership, Kreilein was also presented with a framed Letter of Commendation from the City of Jasper. Mayor Jack E. Newton made the presentation.

Dec. 22

Consumers who ordered Brother typewriters by mail from Timber Wolf Sales, using an International Falls, Minnesota, address, are advised by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce not to expect delivery of the merchandise. The Council of Better Business Bureaus, which is affiliated with the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, has been informed by Brother International Corp., the manufacturer, that only four sample machines were purchased by Timber Wolf Sales, although advertisements offering them were placed in a number of national and regional publications. According to postal authorities in Minnesota and the International Falls Chamber of Commerce, the firm is no longer in International Falls, left no forwarding address, didn’t pay its bills, and can’t be located.

Dec. 23

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Dr. J. P. Salb, who has been elected by the medical staff at Memorial Hospital in Jasper to serve as chief of staff for the coming year. Also in the photo is Dr. Bernard Kemker, who was elected secretary of the staff. Dr. Salb succeeds Dr. Thomas Gootee as chief of staff. Dr. Gootee will serve as a member of the hospital’s board of directors, succeeding his brother, Dr. Francis Gootee, to that post. Dr. Kemker succeeds Dr. Donald Bomalaski as secretary of the medical staff.

Dec. 24

About a quarter of a million of the combination passenger car registration and auto excise tax forms being mailed to Hoosiers this week do not list how much tax is due, it was revealed Wednesday. The 250,000 incomplete forms have nothing printed in the space where the amount of tax due is supposed to be listed. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is mailing out 2.2 million of the registration-tax bills for passenger cars. Mrs. Carolyn Burke of the Dubois County license branch at Jasper said some of the forms received at the local office were among those that failed to list the amount of tax due. Nick Polus, the director of the bureau’s excise tax division, said car owners who receive incomplete forms can get that information on the amount of their auto tax due by calling or visiting a license branch.

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - No Paper

Dec. 26

A Dubois County Army veteran became one of the first traffic victims in Indiana during the Christmas holiday season. He was Henry J. Luebbehusen, 23, of Route 1, Ferdinand. He was fatally injured when his car was involved in a collision with one driven by Gergory A. Ambrose, 19, of Route 2, Dale, in the Selvin community in Warrick County, who also died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. At the time of the accident, Henry Luebbehusen was on the way to the home of his fiancee, Miss Mary Lou Boeglin, to present her with an engagement ring. They were to be married next May 1.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day - No Paper

Dec. 26

Derek Prior’s game-winning shot gave Southridge a one-point (64-63) win over Heritage Hills in Saturday’s Holiday Tourney Championship game. Prior finished with a game-high 21 points. Southridge also received 17 points from senior Alex Graman and 12 from Tim Zink. Tim Denning led the Patriots in scoring with 18 points while teammate Josh Wetzel added 15 and 13 rebounds. Peter Jochim ended with 12. In the consolation game, Northeast Dubois, who outscored Jasper 32-18 in the second half, defeated the Cats 55-43. Three Jeeps finished the contest in double figures. Travis Schroering poured in 15 points, Bill Mattingly added 13 and Ryan Betz chipped in with 12. Jasper’s Doug Wigand led all scorers with 17 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. The Cats were without leading scorer Michael Lewis, who did not play because of minor injuries sustained in a car accident the day before. The Jeeps halted a four-game losing streak to improve to 3-5. Sixth-ranked Jasper suffered their second straight loss and is now 4-2.

Dec. 27

Wes and Lisa Moser waited to start a family. When the Jasper couple’s gift arrived from the stork, delivery was made on Christmas Day, in triplicate. The Moser triplets — Bailey Nicole, 4 pounds, 3 ounces; Erin Elizabeth, 3 pounds, 3 ounces; and Holly Ann, 3 pounds, 7 ounces — were born one minute apart by caesarean section starting at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 25 at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The eldest sibling, Bailey Nicole, is the only one of the trio requiring special care. Because of breathing difficulty, doctors transferred her Tuesday to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. Wes is a 36-year-old native of New Albany who works for Kimball Office Furniture as a sales/product trainer. His wife, the former Lisa Boling of Odon, was doing fine Tuesday and should be dismissed this week. She gave birth seven weeks shy of full term.

Dec. 28

Even a car wreck doesn’t slow this kid down. After sustaining minor injuries in an accident Friday, Jasper’s Michael Lewis returned to the hardwood, fresh from a one-game sabatical, and never looked better. The Mr. Basketball candidate tallied a career-high 46 points and buried nine straight fourth quarter free throws, leading the sixth-ranked Wildcats to a four-point win over Dayton (Ohio) Patterson in game three of the Reebok Shootout.

Jasper wrestling coach Rick Stenftenagel got a late Christmas present Wednesday morning — one that wasn’t entirely pretty but definitely a keeper. Stenftenagel recorded his 100th career victory in his eighth season at the helm as the host Wildcats turned away Big Eight Conference rival Boonville 49-24.

Dec. 29

Saturday sixth-ranked Jasper is enrolled in a course on Hoosier Hysteria. And there’s no better place than at the Marsh Hall of Fame Classic in the world’s largest high school classroom — New Castle’s Chrysler Fieldhouse. Wildcat tutor Ken Schultheis hopes his ballclub comes home with a PHD in playing with the state’s elite. “We are going to have to work our butts off to win basketball games up there,” said Schultheis. “But we are going up there with the idea, “How can we get better and learn to play against the top teams in the state?” The Cats (5-2) square off against ninth-ranked Alexandria (7-1) in the second morning game (12:15 p.m. tip-off). Second-ranked South Bend Clay (8-1) and eighth-ranked Muncie South will clash in the initial tilt (10:30 a.m.). The consolation game is slated for 6 p.m. and the championship is set for an 8 p.m. start.

Dec. 30

Vaughn Wagoner of Jasper competed in the Ron Reed Open Karate Tournament recently. He won grand champion in fighting, first in black belt light weight fighting, first in black belt weapons and second in black belt kata. He is a member of Greg Dillon’s Island Karate School in Newburgh. Six members of the school competed and won 12 trophies.

Loogootee beat Crawford County 77-40 to give coach Jack Butcher his 700th career win. All of Butcher’s wins have come at Loogootee, where he has compiled a 700-196 record.

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