Looking Back: 12/23December 22, 2017
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Dec. 22, 1952
In a legal notice appearing in today’s issue of the Daily Herald the Western Union Telegraph Company announces that it has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for authority to close the telegraph office at Ferdinand. It is planned to offer telegraph service for the Ferdinand community hereafter through Western Union’s office at Jasper. Western Union announces that any person desiring to protest or support the closing of the Ferdinand office may communicate in writing with the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, 25, D. C., by next January 11.
Presentation of an Eagle Scout badge will be made tonight to Paul Uebelhor at a special Court of Honor ceremony in Huntingburg. Paul, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Uebelhor of Huntingburg, will be awarded the highest rank in Scouting at ceremonies at seven o’clock in St. Mary’s School hall. A member of Troop 183, he has been a Boy Scout for the past seven years.
For the old folks who are living out their lives on county farms, one of the most unpleasant aspects of their existence is boredom. While some are capable of helping with chores and taking part in recreational activities, others having nothing much to do but just sit and meditate. But for the 27 residents of the Dubois County home near Ireland, the picture has changed. As a result of the generosity of Jasper clubs, business places and individuals, the residents of the county home now have television. Some time ago Mrs. Harry Stroud of the Tri Kappas asked the farm superintendent, Othmar Merkley, what he could suggest as a gift instead of the usual candy, oranges, etc. He said he would think it over and let her know. When Othmar Eckerle of Jasper some time after that remarked to Mr. Merkley that it would be nice if the folks had television, the superintendent agreed, but surmised that a t. v. set would cost a lot of money. Mr. Eckerle said he would start off a contribution fund with $100. Mr. Merkley conveyed this news to Mrs. Stroud, who then solicited some of the women’s clubs in Jasper. Three clubs gave $25 each. Bill Deering canvessed some of the local business firms and individuals. All but two of the contributions were made in Jasper. On Sunday afternoon some of the contributors went to the county home for the presentation of the set and were rewarded by seeing on the faces of the residents the satisfaction derived by having a new world opened up to them through the medium of TV.
The Holland Dutchmen wrote a thrilling finish to their first holiday tourney last night at Holland, coming from behind to cop the championship with an overtime victory over the Spurgeon Cardinals, 59-57. Sophomore Glen Fenneman provided the climax to a hectic ball game, batting one in with 13 seconds left in the extra period to give the Dutchmen their championship triumph. The tension which mounted as the game progressed was pointed up just after the overtime began when Otto Todrank, a Holland fan, collapsed from the excitement. The game was halted temporarily while he was removed to a side room and then continued. Mr. Todrank was reportedly vastly improved this morning. Paul France, big Spurgeon center, assisted with carrying the stricken fan from the gym.
Christmas Day, no paper.
Pictured in this issue are three Indiana soldiers who received the Commendation Ribbon for meritorius service in Korea. One of the three is Cpl. Robert L. Astrike, son of Mrs. George Satkamp of Holland. The three men have been in Korea since December, 1951.
Final report on the annual Community Christmas Celebration in Jasper sponsored by the American Legion, Auxiliary and Daily Herald was made today by George Kreilein, Legion chairman. Mr. Kreilein reported that 2,600 children were present and received bags of candy and fruit from Santa Claus at the program last Sunday in the high school gym. On behalf of the three sponsoring groups, he extended thanks to all who aided in any way making the party the largest in its 33-year history.
• 50 Years Ago
Christmas Day, no paper.
Increased rates for all classes of mail except parcel post and international mail will go into effect January 7, Postmasters John Garrett of Huntingburg and Charles Seger of Jasper reminded postal customers today. “Even with the new rates of six cents for first-class mail and 10 cents for air mail, postal service is still a real bargain,” the postmasters declared. “For six cents you can send a letter to any of the 50 states, to any U. S. territory or possession, to Canada or Mexico, or to an American serviceman stationed anywhere in the world.” They pointed out that the new rate for post cards will be 5 cents and for air mail post cards eight cents.
Trooper Paul Wilgus of Ferdinand is among several men whose promotions have been announced by Robert A. O’Neal, superintendent of the Indiana State Police. Wilgus, who is assigned to the Jasper post, will advance to the rank of detective sargeant. A native of Tell City, he has been a trooper since September of 1954. He is married to the former Clara Lamar of Troy. The couple have two sons and five daughters.
Just in time for a trip to California, Keith Gettlefinger of Ireland, will receive a check for $20, first prize in last week’s basketball contest. Keith’s wife, won the previous week’s first prize. Mr. Gettlefinger, principal of Ireland High School, and basketball coach, Dave Lueking will leave Saturday for Pasadena, California, where they will watch Indiana University and the University of Southern California clash in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
St. Benedict College basketball coach Jerry Alstadt has announced plans for a “High School Basketball Night” Jan. 4 when the Barons host St. Bernard College in the Jasper gym. “Area schools will be supplying a geat deal of our material in the coming years,” said Alstadt, “and we would like to give these ball players an opportunity to watch one of our games as special guests.” Special invitations are being mailed to the head coaches at Jasper, Huntingburg, Ireland, Dubois, Ferdinand, Birdseye, Holland, Otwell, Dale, Springs Valley, Barr-Reeve, Washington, Washington Catholic, Loogootee, Loogootee St. John’s, South Knox, Petersburg, Winslow, Rex Mundi, Mater Dei, Memorial, Vincennes Catholic, Vincennes Lincoln, North Knox and Odon. The players and their coaches will be introduced as a group at half-time of the Baron-St. Bernard game. The game will get underway Thursday at 7:30 p.m., after the Jasper and Huntingburg freshmen play the preliminary game.
From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score column: Coach Andy Anderson’s Otwell Millers, winners eight times in ten outings, have two sophomores-Steve Barrett and Rick Weisman- leading them in scoring. Larry Weisman — Rick’s older brother, is third in scoring. Anderson, 34, is in his fifth year as head coach at Otwell. He came to Otwell in 1960 as an assistant under Roger Davis and moved up to the head job five years ago when Daivs retired from coaching. In 1955 he was head coach at Francisco and the following year went into the army for two years. Following his service hitch, Andy went to Dubois as an assistant coach, one year under Ralph Seger and one year under Jim Cawood, and moved to Otwell the following year.
The project to build a transmission line from the Hoosier Energy generating plant on the White River, near Petersburg, to Taswell in Crawford County claimed another life Friday afternoon. Gerald L. “Red” Bruner, 27, of R. 2, Shoals, was killed by a falling tree on the Matilda Huebner farm in Harbison township, about three miles north of Jasper. On November 3rd, two employees of Hoosier Energy and an Oklahoma man were killed when their helicopter crashed in Crawford County while they were inspecting sites for the new transmission lines for Hoosier Energy.
• 25 Years Ago
Dec. 21, 1992
A proposal by a local legislator could help bring relief to property owners while keeping up funding for education. During Saturday’s legislative breakfast sponsored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Dennis Heeke announced he will file a bill that would let counties impose a Local Option Income Tax to fund education. At this time, schools are funded through a combination of state and local property tax funds. A local income tax of 1 cent could cut Dubois County’s school tax rate by up to 45 percent, he said. Property taxes are already high because of the state’s cuts in education funding. School boards would have the option of creating a half-cent or 1 cent tax rate, depending on their number of students, Heeke said.
Basketball begins its Christmas break later this week. Forest Park and Jasper are ready for it. In fact, there were times Monday night when the two ball clubs got an early start on it. Forest Park defeated Jasper 52-49 in a game of spurts for both teams. “This was a great win for us ... it’s a great rivalry,” said Ranger coach Marty Niehaus, who watched as her team let slip an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. “But it doesn’t mean anything down the road at tourney time. We’ll take this one and be happy to get it.” Jasper mentor Dan Musselwhite said, “I thought we started out real well, but we seem to bog down every game.” “We started out well, and we finished well, but in the middle we didn’t score.” The loss sent Jasper to 5-5. Forest Park improved to 8-2.
A Warrick County man’s love of competition has brought him a world championship in pole bending. Pole bending is a sport generally done with quarter horses, which are a special breed used for their speed and athletic ability. Riders compete in an arena, where they run one at a time to the end of a row of six poles, then weave in and out of the poles down and back, then back to the starting point to finish their run. The times of each competitor are recorded electronically and determine the eventual winner. Dennis Hildebrand, a rural Warrick County resident and former Holland schools student, became the junior-class world champion in the sport Nov. 19 in Oklahoma City. Hildebrand, 37, owns and operates a quarter horse farm near Selvin and this was the third year he has gone to the show’s finals. He has riden horses since he was 4 or 5 years old. He left the sport in 1973 when his horse broke a leg, but he returned in 1987 and has been riding hard ever since.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Father Thaddeus Sztucko and Providence Home resident George Day. Father Thad, a priest who doubles as the home’s administrator, enlisted the help of Day and another resident, Tim Traub, in creating a lighted, animated replica of Jesus Christ’s birthplace. The replica of the city of Bethlehem is made out of styrofoam and is displayed in the home’s chapel. It took over six months of daily effort to finish the 8-foot tall, 15-foot wide, 35-foot long replica. The men used saws, knives, paints and glue to turn discarded, donated styrofoam into the churches, homes and shrines that weave up and down the replica’s hillsides. Sawhorses, benches, ceiling tiles and other miscellaneous objects were incorporated into the construction.
Christmas Day, no paper.
Archbishop Daniel Buechlein will be honored by the Holy Family Parish, his home parish, on Sunday. The son of Carl Buechlein of Jasper and the late Rose (Blessinger) Buechlein will celebrate a mass at Holy Family Church at 2 p.m. A reception honoring him will follow in the Holy Family School cafeteria until 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to both the mass and the reception. Archbishop Buechlein was born at Jasper. He attended grade school at the one-room Bockelman School and at St. Joseph School. When Holy Family School opened in the fall of 1951, he joined its eighth grade class and graduated in May of 1952 as a member of the school’s first graduating class. He was ordained a priest May 3, 1964 at St. Meinrad. He celebrated his first mass at Holy Family Church on May 24, 1964. He was ordained Bishop of Memphis March 2, 1987 and Archbishop of Indianapolis Sept. 9 of this year.
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