Looking Back: 12/21




Volunteer Charlie Schulte shelves cans of donated food 25 years ago at the county food bank in Jasper. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published December 21, 1994.
Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published December 21, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Dec. 20, 1954

Silas G. “Jim” Berger, who had been a bedfast invalid for the past 11 years, died at his home at 1305 Mill Street in Jasper at 11:45 Sunday morning at the age of 66. Mr. Berger became afflicted with arthritis in 1941, but continued his work as a carpenter and floor finisher for two more years. On September 18, 1943, he became bedfast and remained in that condition ever since. In recent years he had been almost completely paralyzed. For eleven years his wife and daughter, Mildred, and since the latter’s marriage, his son-in-law, Parvin Lauderdale, had done all they could to make Jim Berger’s life as comfortable as possible. During the hot summer months his room was made more comfortable by a window air conditioner presented by an executive of a local furniture plant. Other friends had chipped in and bought him an AM-FM radio, and when television reception became saitsfactory in this locality, other friends went together and bought him a t. v. set. Jim used to play baseball with the Jasper Reds, and at one time served as manager. A tremendous amount of cheer was brought into his life of confinement as he watched the big league baseball games on T.V. 

Dec. 21

Otwell’s Millers outshot Ferdinand 63-48 and Holland’s host Dutchmen swamped Dubois 72-43 last night to earn their way into this evening’s pre-holiday tournament final at the HHS gym. 6-61⁄2 Gene Tormohlen led all scorers with 24 points. Glen Fennneman added 16 and Dave Lowenstein was also in double figures as he scored 10. Bill Skaggs was the leading scorer for the Jeeps with nine. In the first game of the evening, the victorious Millers placed three players in double figures. Lloyd Jones scored a game-high 16 for Otwell while Glendell Ashby added 15 and Danny Jones contributed 14. The Crusaders had four double-digit scorers.  Gene LaGrange led the way with 13, while Pete Gerber scored 12 and John Seufert and David Daunhauer had 10 each. 

Dec. 22

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mary Buechlein, Jasper High School senior, who was crowned Basketball Queen last night in a ceremony conducted just before the varsity game with Paoli. Also pictured are senior attendants Sarah Berger and Barbara Gutgsell. Bearing the crown was little Kathy Hubbach and the basketball Mike Huther. Don Bates, senior guard, crowned the queen. Other attendants were juniors Mary Jane Fritch and Suzanne Beckman, sophomores Janice Lampert and Marilyn Kreilein and freshman Mary Jane Berger. Jasper won the game 64-51.

Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen rolled to a 31-9 halftime margin and walloped the Otwell Millers 64-36 in the championship game of Holland’s invitational tourney. In the consolation tilt Mark LaGrange’s St. Ferdinand Crusaders came from way behind (they were down 48-34 in the third quarter) to annex a 66-63 decision over the Dubois Jeeps. 

Dec. 23

Pocketbooks at this time of year take a beating as the result of Christmas shopping. There is a bright spot in the picture, however, so far as a lot of Jasper industrial workers are concerned. With the arrival of Christmas will come bonus payments from their employers that will help considerably to put a bulge back into pocketbooks that have acquired the Dior look. Employees of industries operated by Jasper men will receive approximately $127,000 in bonuses this Christmas, according to a plant by plant tabulation. This includes the major Jasper industries, such as the wood-working, rubber and glove plants.   

Dec. 24

Ft. Wayne’s Zollner Pistons won a 92-82 NBA tilt from the Philadelphia Warriors last night at the Huntingburg gym before a capacity crowd of 6,250. There were also people standing. The game was tight most of the way and didn’t break open in favor of the Zollners until a succession of errors by the Warriors repeatedly gave Ft. Wayne possession for shots they didn’t miss. They put on a terrific fourth quarter of scoring and got even for a 99-90 defeat by Philadelphia that occurred just a few nights ago. Also last night in the big Huntingburg goalhouse the Harlem Globetrotters defeated the Washington Generals 75-64.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day, no paper.    

50 Years Ago
Dec. 22, 1969

During the past summer, Uebelhor & Son Motor Co. of Jasper announced plans to relocate the sales and service facilities of their automobile dealership from their location at Seventh and Newton Streets to the south edge of Jasper on Highway 231. Today, Edgar Gress, general manager for Uebelhor & Son, announced that their plans have been completed and that they are now occupying their new facilities. The 35,000 square foot dealership features two separate buildings. The main service department and showrooms are located in one building with another building being occupied by the body shop. The new location covers approximately 61⁄2 acres of land.

The undefeated Jasper Wildcats used one of their most potent weapons — speed — to defeat arch-rival Huntingburg 62-45, before a large crowd on hand in the Huntingburg gym Saturday night in the 132nd meeting of the two schools. It was Jasper’s eighth win of the season without a loss and the third setback for the Hunters in eight outings.   

Dec. 23   

A fund has been established at the First National Bank in Huntingburg for Rita and Gary Wallis, two wheelchair patients, for the purpose of securing an elevator for their home. The Wallis brother and sister are paralyzed from the waist down from a motorcycle accident. Later, a committee will be formed to handle the funds. Meanwhile, Miss Brenda Tedrow, Rt. 3, St. Anthony, is spearheading the drive for funds and will deposit the money and keep the account in order until a committee is organized. Contributions are coming in and the Wallis accident victims are grateful and overwhelmed at the response in the area. Chester Tedrow, local carpenter, has volunteered to install the elevator and do the carpenter work free, but states that more help will be needed to move and install the elevator when one is purchased.    

Dec. 24

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Nativity scene in the Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg. The attractive setting in the Salem Church was designed by Bill Pickle, furniture designer for Dolly Madison Industries, who was assisted in its construction by a committee of church members. The figurines were donated by Mrs. Joyce Kaible.

The first prize in Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary’s Santa Pack fund-raising project was won by Mrs. John Schnaus. The second prize was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Eckstein. The Santa Pack, a traditional fund-raising project of the hospital auxiliary, includes a wide variety of gifts for family members of all ages. Mrs. Schnaus donated all the toys and other such items in her Santa Pack to the hospital to give to three families with limited incomes. Hospital personnel prepared Christmas packages for these families.    

Dec. 25

Christmas Day, no paper.

Dec. 26

Edmond F. Uebelhor, chairman of the Dubois County U. S. Savings Bonds Committee, has received a report revealing that the county’s Savings Bonds sales for November were $56,127 compared to $52,735 for the corresponding period of last year. Indiana sales for November were $10,616,861 and $10,562,081 for a like period of 1968 — a gain of .5 percent. Forty-five of Indiana’s ninety-two counties reported sales gains for the month when compared with sales for 1968. 

Dec. 27

Captain Ronald E. Himsel, formerly of Jasper, represented Indiana’s Company D, Ranger, 151st Infantry, as President Richard M. Nixon and Defense Department leaders paid tribute to National  Guardsmen and Reservists in Washington recently. The men were honored for their service during the 1968 mobilization. Representatives from all units of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Air Force Reserve which were mobilized following the seizure of the Pueblo were invited to Washington for the honor. They met with President Nixon at the White House, had lunch with their respective service secretaries and chiefs and held brief discussions with the National Guard and Reserve leaders of the respective services. The unit represented by Capt. Himsel, the only National Guard combat unit mobilized in 1968, spent 18 months on active duty, including nearly 12 months in the combat zone of Vietnam.

25 Years Ago
Dec. 26

Christmas observed, no paper.

Dec. 27

A cow’s three-month-long walk on the wild side ended Monday on the Portersville Road when it was struck by a car and killed. Luckily, the car’s occupants, Charles and Patricia Meyer of 6890 S. Old State Road 162, were not seriously injured in the 6:45 p. m. accident, according to the Dubois County Sherifff’s Dept. The 1,200-pound cow owned by Rich Reckelhoff of St. Anthony escaped from the  Ireland Reload Station several months ago and spent the time wandering over much of northwest Dubois County. It ran free like a deer and successfully eluded Reckelhoff and other pursuers, police said. The accident occurred as Charles W. Meyer, 64, was driving south on the Portersville Road, police said. Charles Meyer was not injured, but his wife Patricia, 64, suffered minor shoulder pain. She was treated at Memorial Hospital and  released. Meyer said the collision ruined his car which had to be towed from the accident scene. “It was a very big cow,” Meyer said. “It came out of a little woods there next to the road and we were right on it. “There was no way to avoid hitting it.”   

Dec. 28

The Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools has awarded a $10,000 challenge grant to Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand, which will benefit the school’s minority students. The challenge grant was awarded contingent upon the academy raising $5,000 from constituents by Dec. 1. The academy fulfilled this requirement well before the deadline and has already received the funds from the Benedict Foundation. The grant will assist minority students at the academy with the funding needed to attend the all-girls, college-preparatory boarding and day school. The Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools is located in Vero Beach, Florida. It was established in 1983 to benefit independent secondary schools that have been menbers of the National Association of Independent Schools for 10 consecutive years.

Dec. 29

Local golfers who got new clubs for Christmas didn’t have to wait long to try them out this year. Seventy-three golfers played rounds at Sultan’s Run Golf Course Monday, and another 75 to 85 took to the links at the Ruxer Golf Course. “Both courses were full Monday,” said Steve Milligan, manager at Ruxer, referring to the 9-hole course on Clay Street and the 18-hole Jasper Municipal. And he estimated that 120 to 150 played on the Muni course Wednesday. “The majority of Indiana has seen an increase in play” because of the mild weather over the last couple of months, said Tom Jones, the pro at Sultan’s Run. On Dec. 17, 130 golfers played in the third annual Chili Willy Tournament at Sultan’s Run, and eight teams were left on a waiting list, Jones said.   

Dec. 30

The Fiesta Bowl Parade will be shown on NBC at 10 a. m. EST Monday, after the Today show. The Jasper High School Marching Wildcats are participating in this year’s parade. They will also perform in a competition sponsored by the Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for Saturday. It will not be televised locally.

Dec. 31

Hustle. No, not the ill-famed dance of the late 70’s — good old-fashioned elbow grease. Friday night Jasper had it and Pike Central didn’t as the Wildcats (8-1) stuck the Chargers (7-1) with their first loss of the season, 73-60. “Our guys came out a little more intense than they have in the last couple of games and did the things they needed to do to win the game tonight,” said Jasper coach Kenny Schultheis. “It was a good win to end ‘94 with. I hope it will lead us into a solid ‘95.” The win was the Cats’ sixth in-a-row. “I don’t think we played good basketball all night,” said Pike Central coach Brian Wahl. “We came out and let Jasper be more aggressive than we were and I think it showed.”   

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