Looking Back: 12/22

Four-month-old Nicole Mercker found her first meeting with Santa Claus a bit intimidating 25 years ago in Dale. Jim Heichelbech’s annual Santa parade and greeting, held at the Dale Community Center, was attended by over 200 children and their parents. Nicole is the daughter of Timothy and Patricia Mercker of rural Ferdinand. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Dec. 20, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
December 21, 1953

The management of General Electric’s Huntingburg mount plant has announced that due to reductions in schedules, there will be a cut back in the working force effective Dec. 30. This means that about 145 of the employees will be laid off on Dec. 30 and approximately 35 more on Jan. 22. The workers will be released according to seniority. About 450 persons are employed at the plant at the present time. Al Klee, general foreman of the plant, said there will also be a change in the hour schedule effective Jan. 1. At that time, the employees will go on a 40-hour schedule compared with the 32-hour schedule that has been in effect at the plant since November 1.   

December 22

Natural gas service is now assured for Jasper and Huntingburg as the result of what happened yesterday afternoon. The bond issues of both communities were bought by the Wachob-Bender Company of Omaha, Nebraska. The successful bidder asked an interest rate of 4.743 percent on the $555,000 Jasper bond issue. The only other bidder was Channer Securities Corp. of Chicago, whose bid was 5.25 per cent. On Huntingburg’s $700,00 gas bond issue, the Wachob-Bender firm bid an interest rate of 5.091 per cent, slightly higher than the one asked of Jasper. The Channer firm submitted a note saying that if some other firm submitted a bid which Channer representatives considered satisfactory, this firm would not offer a bid. The representatives agreed with Huntingburg city officials that the bid of the Omaha firm was satisfactory. 

December 23

Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps lost an apparently commanding lead near the finish but regained it on a last-minute basket by Edgar (Boots) Gehlhausen, their acting captain of the evening,  and staved off the furiously rallying Dutchmen for a 58-57 victory in the final tilt of Holland High’s holiday tourney last night. Holland’s Glen Fenneman led all scorers with 22 points. Gene Tormohlen got 12 for the Dutch while Billy Siebe added 11. Bobby Thacker led Dubois with 21 and Gehlhausen added 12.  Ferdinand’s Crusaders bowled over Otwell’s Millers 69-55 in the consolation game. Ferdinand’s Leon Wendholt had a big evening with 32 points on 13 fielders and six free tosses. For the Millers, high point man was Nelson with 19 points. 

December 24

The Jasper High School gym was packed to the rafters yesterday evening as the drawing was held for $1,000 in cash prizes awarded by the Jasper Retail Merchants Association as a token of appreciation for the patronage they were given during the pre-Christmas season. Sam Sermersheim, president of the association, presided at the awarding, and Santa himself handed out the money. A tremendous round of applause rang through the gym when the final and largest prize was claimed by Mrs. Isaac Chandler, daughter of Mrs. Catherine Wilbers. A fire in the Wilbers residence at Eighth and Mill streets recently ruined many of the furnishings and most of the clothes in the second floor apartment occupied by Mrs. Wilbers and the Chandler family. This prize, which was awarded last, was a check for $250.

December 25

Christmas Day, no paper.

December 26

Huntingburg’s assistant police chief, 67-year-old William P. Schulte, died unexpectedly early on Christmas Day at his home of 216 Chestnut Street. Mr. Schulte had worked until midnight on Christmas Eve and went home shortly after getting off duty.  He was alone in the home at the time, his wife, Jean, having gone to Evansville Thursday afternoon to visit at the home of a son, in accordance with a family custom. The death was discovered when Mr. Schulte’s brother, Amos, went to the residence at 11:30 on Christmas morning. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Schulte had served on the Evansville police force for 39 years-- longer than any other member in the history of the force. Three years ago Huntingburg city officials induced him to accept the post of assistant police chief of Huntingburg. 


50 Years Ago
December 23, 1968

Six-foot-five-and-a-half senior Dave “Skinny” Luegers, team captain of the Jasper Wildcats, slipped through the Huntingburg defense for seven field goals, sank five of six free throws and hauled down 12 rebounds Saturday night to lead the Cats to a 58-45 victory over rival Huntingburg at the JHS gym. It was Jasper’s fifth victory of the season against three losses and their fourth in a row. For Huntingburg, it was their sixth loss in eight outings. It was Jasper’s 78th victory in the long series. Huntingburg has won 53 games. While Luegers led all scorers with 19 points, John Frank and Wayne Bailey were also in double figures as Frank scored 16 and Bailey added 13. Hank Menke led the Hunters with 13 and Mark Hildebrand added 11.    

December 24

Pictured in this issue is Dr. Don Bomalaski, a native of Jasper, who is the new radiologist at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital. He succeeds Dr. A. G. Benages, who died last spring, as a regular member of the staff. Dr. Bomalaski is the son of Dr. and Mrs. M. F. Bomalaski of 214 West Seventh Street. Dr. Don Bomalaski, 34, came to the Jasper hospital last Nov. 18. In October he completed two years of service with the U. S. Army Medical Corps which included a year in Vietnam. Dr. Bomalaski replaces Dr. U. Ulfrets of Louisville who came to Jasper on a part-time basis after the death of Dr. Benages. Dr. Don Bomalaski is a 1952 graduate of Jasper High School. He received his B. S. degree Cum Laude from Notre Dame University in 1956. He received his doctorate in medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1960. Dr. Bomalaski is married to the former Julia Strange of Loogootee. The couple has four children and resides at 501 West Ninth Street in Jasper. 

December 25

Christmas Day, no paper.

December 26

From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Coach Andy Anderson’s Otwell Millers, who finished runners-up in the Rex Mundi Holiday Toureny Monday in Evansville, lead the pack in the Patoka Valley conference standings at the halfway point of the season. The Millers, who are led by Steve Barrett and Rick Weisman, a pair of talented juniors, have a perfect 4-0 mark in the conference with conference games remaining with Winslow, Chrisney and Dubois. Overall the Millers are 10-2 losing only to Loogootee St. John’s (69-67 in double overtime and to Rex Mundi Monday night (81-54) in the final game of the tourney. Henry Ayres’ Chrisney Wildcats have an 8-1 mark, which is the same record displayed by Larry Klein’s Ferdinand Crusaders, who have lost only to Holland (60-55) in a PVC game. Holland is in excellent position to try to overtake Otwell for the championship. Woody Neel’s Dutchmen are 4-1 in league play with conference games remaining with Chrisney and Ireland. To win it, however, Holland has to get some help from either Winslow, Dubois or Chrisney who have to beat Otwell to give another team a shot at the title.   

December 27

Phil Rohleder, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin X. Rohleder, R. 2, Jasper, is listed in satisfactory condition today at Memorial Hospital after being injured yesterday in a freak accident involving a “junked” truck and a swing crane that was pulling the truck. Rohleder, a sophomore at IU, is home for the holidays and was working for the B. B. Bryan Construction Co. Around 3 p.m. Thursday Rohleder and Jim Bosler, another employee, were moving the truck to the Lyster Scrap Yard. The truck had been stripped for parts and was being towed backward by the crane. Rohleder was inside the cab, which had been stripped of its doors, steering the front wheels. As the crane and truck crossed the small bridge in front of the Jasper Novelty on River Road, it appeared the truck was about to hit the bridge abutment and Rohleder apparently jumped from the cab. His leg was then scraped between the truck and the bridge resulting in two severe cuts  and a broken fibula. He was taken immediately to the hospital where he underwent surgery early Thursday evening. 

December 28 

Mrs. Leon Fleck, manager of the Dubois County License Branch in Jasper, today announced new business hours to be observed after the first of the year. Mrs. Fleck said that starting on Thursday, Jan. 2, the license branch will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Wednesday and Friday the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. She also pointed out that the branch will be closed on New Year’s Day, and reminded motorists that Tuesday is the deadline for renewing licenses which come due in December. 


25 Years Ago
December 20, 1993

Ken Schultheis is a competitor. And rarely are competitors totally satisfied. The Jasper boys’ basketball head coach was somewhat happy with his Wildcats’ 57-45 win over rival Southridge Saturday night. But, almost as soon as the final buzzer sounded, Schultheis was searching for ways to improve his 7-1 squad. “We have a long way to go,” Schultheis said. Jasper’s sophomore guard Michael Lewis pumped in a team-high 24 points, connecting on 7-of-11 shots from the floor. “I’ve said from the beginning that Michael Lewis is one of the best sophomores in the state,” Schultheis said.

December 21

Todd Trent, 22, a former Southridge football player and heavyweight wrestler majoring in criminology, died Monday in a construction-site fall at the new Scott Paper Mill in Owensboro. The senior at Indiana State University in Terre Haute was working for Ultra Roof of Jasper while on Christmas break from college. Monday was his first day back on the job. Trent was installing skylight framing at noon on a warehouse roof. A section of decking collapsed and he fell through a skylight hole 35 feet to a concrete floor. He died of multiple trauma, including a skull fracture, according to Daviess County Coroner Bob Howe.

December 22

Rodney Wolf is used to being a starter and Bryant Allen is accustomed to coming off the bench for Northeast Dubois. The two had their roles reversed Tuesday with smashing results. Wolf scored a team-high 12, including five in the fourth quarter, and Allen finished with 10 as Northeast Dubois rallied for a 46-40 Blue Chip Conference win at North Knox. “Wolf played pretty good and made a couple of big plays for us in the final quarter,” said Northeast Dubois head coach Alan Matheis.  “Allen has played up to his ability more than anybody we’ve got.” The Jeeps evened their record at 5-5.

December 23

Get ready to separate your recyclables, Jasper residents — with the city’s revamped trash program, spending extra time will save you money. At Wednesday’s meeting, Common Council members initially approved three ordinances dealing with trash collection and recycling, scavenging and open burning. If the trash ordinance is passed with no changes, the city will provide a one-time distribution of 50 stickers per household. After those are gone, residents can purchase stickers for 75 cents apiece. The city will accept clear glass, cardboard food containers or boxes, beverage bottles and jars, aluminum and steel beverage cans, steel food and vegetable cans and newspapers. Under the ordinance, these items must be cleaned and placed in separate bags. Because the recyclables will not require a sticker, the city hopes residents will separate trash whenever possible. 

December 24

Attorney Howard B. Lytton Jr., the first state trooper’s son ever appointed to the Indiana State Police Board, received early Christmas presents of plaques and “attaboys” Thursday in recognition of his service to his state police “family.” Maj. Thomas Hill, the force’s South Zone commander, troopers from the Jasper post, family and friends with the Indiana State Police Alliance praised Lytton for his work as board secretary from June 1989 to June 1993 during a ceremony at the Jasper post. Lytton, who turns 55 today, represented 25 southwestern Indiana counties on the six-member, bipartisan (three Republicans and three Democrats) board. He served as Democratic Party chairman in Dubois County in 1991-92. Lytton has practiced law in Dubois County for 27 years. He is married to the former Garlene Painter of Dale and has five children: Mrs. Kristy Wahl, Mrs. Dana Underwood, and Mrs. Sherry Lytton-Wagner, and Trey and Ashley, who are still at home. 

December 25

Christmas Day, no paper. 




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