Looking Back: 12/26December 24, 2020
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Dec. 26, 1955 Christmas Day Observed - No Paper
Dubois County went through the Christmas holidays without a serious traffic accident, but two residents of adjoining counties died in a two-car collision seven miles north of Haysville at a few minutes after 11 o’clock last night. Dead are Mrs. Lois Kemp, 48, the mother of Jerry Kemp, the Loogootee High School basketball coach; and William F. Mosier, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wayne Mosier of Loogootee. State Police Trooper Louis Gayer of Huntingburg, who investigated the accident on highway 45, said the Mosier youth was driving toward Loogootee when the right front wheel went off the highway while he was rounding a slight curve about a mile north of Alfordsville junction. His car then came back onto the highway, careened into the wrong lane and collided almost head-on with the car driven by Mrs. Kemp’s husband, Claude Kemp, 51, who teaches in the Velpen grade school. Mrs. Kemp and the Mosier youth were killed instantly. Mr. Kemp was removed to Memorial Hospital in Jasper suffering from a concussion and internal injuries. His injuries are not believed to be critical. The couple’s son, David, 17, a senior at Otwell High School, was riding in the back seat and escaped unhurt.
Holland’s favored Dutchmen, who trailed 35-33 soon after the second half opened, kept their poise, rebounded steadily and shot their way into a lead they held to defeat the Crusaders of Ferdinand 62-51 and capture the holiday tournament trophy last night at the JHS gym. Big Dave Lowenstein made the difference. Toiling persistently under the boards and getting in there and working for lay-up baskets, the 6-3 1/2, 200-and-then-some Holland center racked up 21 points to lead his team. Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Pete Gerber, 5-9 senior guard of the Ferdinand Crusaders, who is shown receiving the sportsmanship trophy from Dubois High School Principal A. J. Kreitzer. Gerber was selected for the award by a committee of men from schools not competing in the tourney. Presentation was made immediately after the championship game of the tourney. In the consolation game, Dubois squared up with Ireland for a recent 11-point setback on the Jeeps’ home court by blasting the Spuds 66-46 in a fast-breaking match. Jeep guard Larry Stamm led all scorers with 18, while Spud center, Rich Gress, was high-point man for Ireland with 16.
F. A. Krietenstein, who recently sold his interest in Krietenstein & Wharton Motors Inc., to the Tretter Motors Inc., will leave Huntingburg to become the sales manager of the Higgins Motor Company at Boonville on Jan. 1. Mr. Krietenstein has lived in Huntingburg since 1946. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huff have purchased the Krietenstein residence.
From the Letters From Our Readers column: Prisoners at the Dubois County jail sure enjoyed a wonderful meal at dinner time on Christmas Day. Not only on holidays, but three times a day, every day, and we sure are thankful. By a prisoner now at the jail, R. V. Perkins.
Jasper Mayor Edward J. Lorey said this morning he is appealing to Jasper factory men to refrain from blowing the whistles for as long of time on New Year’s Eve as has been the custom in the past. As in other places throughout the world, a terrific din breaks out on the stroke of midnight on the last day of the year, heralding the beginning of a new year. Church bells ring and whistles blow on factories, locomotives and peanut stands. Mayor Lorey said that while not many people would object to the blowing of factory whistles for a short time, he has received in past years many complaints from residents who object to the whistle blowing being kept up for a half hour. The mayor said this continued noise is especially annoying to hospital patients.
Bill Stearman’s Columbus Bulldogs licked Jasper 53-49 last night to take their own invitational tournament for the second straight year. A crowd of about 4,000 watched the show. In the consolation tilt, Ft. Wayne Central played and hit far better than the Tigers did against Jasper and walloped hapless Jeffersonville 75-47. Jasper had four players in double figures led by center Dick Persohn with 13 points. John Hoffman scored 11 and Butch Rees and Jody Giesler had 10 apiece.
50 Years Ago
Dec. 28, 1970
A total of 23 officers from three law enforcement agencies staged a raid and investigation at the New Haven Gardens in Spencer county around 11 p.m. Saturday and made 46 arrests. Taking part in the raid were 10 state excise officers, 10 men from the Indiana State Police and three men from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. According to officials at the Jasper post of the state police, the raid was carried out in response to numerous complaints regarding alleged fighting and teenage drinking.
Pfc. Don Knebel, 19, who was serving with the Army in Vietnam, died at 5:30 p.m., Vietnam time, on Dec. 27, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Linus “Spitz” Knebel of Route 4, Jasper, were informed Sunday afternoon. Before he entered the Army, Don had worked at the Jasper Desk Company and the Indiana Chair Company and also for a time had assisted his father, who is employed by the Jasper Park and Recreation Department.
Approximately one hundred teenagers will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, to conduct the first Teenagers March for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital held in this area. The teen volunteers in Jasper will meet at the Dubois County Bank Community Room, which will serve as headquarters for the drive. At the kick-off meeting held Monday evening, it was announced that a group of teens from Dubois High School has volunteered their time and efforts to collect in Dubois and surrounding areas. Interest in St. Jude’s is high in the Dubois community due to the fact that Darrin Kalb, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kalb of Dubois, is also a patient at St. Jude’s in Memphis. Mrs. Rufus Kalb and Mrs. Howard Zehr, both of Dubois, have volunteered to serve as adult leaders in that area. It was also announced at the meeting that Mrs. Lewis Eichmiller has agreed to serve as the leader in the Haysville community.
The regular meeting of the board of trustees of the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools was held at the superintendent’s office on Monday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Four members were present. Minutes were read and claims were signed and approved. The board is accepting bids for farm ground rental on the school property located immediately north of the Jasper city limits. Anyone interested in submitting a bid should mail it to P.O. Box 191, by Jan. 8. Bids should be submitted on a per-acre basis, based on 60 acres. Representatives of Cable TV-9 were present to discuss the televising of school events. Permission was granted to install a direct line cable into the school building. Telecasts originating from the school will be at the discretion of the principal on an event basis for the remainder of the school year.
In ceremonies held Wednesday afternoon, the new bridge linking East 15th Street in Jasper with Meridian Road east of the city was formally named the Alvin C. Ruxer Bridge. The right-of-way on which part of the bridge is constructed, plus the complete right-of-way for the road leading eastward from the bridge to Meridian Road was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Ruxer. In his remarks during the ceremony, Richard L. Eckerle, president of the Dubois County board of commissioners, pointed out that all of this was given to the county at no cost to the taxpayers.
Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day - No Paper
The inability of three children to judge the thickness of the ice that covered the family’s farm pond resulted in their deaths Friday afternoon. The tragedy occurred on the Othmar Schaefer Sr., farm a mile and a half northeast of St. Meinrad in Spencer County. Dead are Othmar Schaefer Jr., 11; Debora, 9; and Christine, 5. The two older children attended St. Meinrad Grade School. The three children left the house Friday afternoon accompanied by their pet dog. When they had not returned within a reasonable length of time the parents became worried and the father went out to look for them. He found the dog at the edge of the pond and then saw footprints leading to a hole in the ice, confirming his fears. Members of the St. Meinrad Volunteer Fire Department brought two of the children, Othmar and Debora, out of the water, which was about eight feet deep at the point where the ice broke, and two state police scuba divers, Sgt. John Little and Trooper Gordon Hachmeister, brought Christine to the surface.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 1, 1996 New Years’ Day - No Paper
Jasper High School’s varsity cheerleaders won second place in the National Cheerleading Championships in Dallas. The squad missed first place in its division by only two points, said cheerleading coach Belinda Nelson. The cheerleaders took third place last year. More than 5,000 cheerleaders from 350 high school squads in 35 states competed in the National Championships. There were six different divisions. Jasper was in the small varsity division. “I’m very proud of them,” Nelson said. Members of the squad include: Abby Stallings, Angie Weisheit, Audry Vogler, Leslie Schwartz, Jana Scherle, Heather Humbert, Annamarie Miller, Ashley Chamberlain, Heather Brescher and Abby Seng.
Michelle Elizabeth Helming was the first baby born in Dubois County in 1996. She was born at 11:59 a.m. Monday, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg. Michelle is the daughter of Ed and Connie Helming of Birdseye, and the sister of 3-year-old Andy. At Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Bonnie and Greg Hoffman welcomed Alex Gregory into the world at 2:07 p.m. Monday. The Hoffmans are from Schnellville. Both babies weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Jasper photographer Tom Roach, whose work appears often in The Herald, has had three of his Herald photographs recognized by the Indiana Historical Society. His photos won awards in the society’s 1995 annual photography contest. They will be on display in the society’s exhibition area on the first floor of the Indiana State Library and Historical Building at 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, from January 19 through March 15.
When Jim Giesler joined the Peace Corps two years ago, he was looking to get away from home for a while. Little did the Jasper native know that he would find a home away from home in Chile, a narrow, 2,650-mile-long country on the west coast of South America. When he arrived in the fall of 1993 (spring in Chile), Giesler, 31, says he was captivated by Chile’s diverse natural beauty — the northern desert, southern glaciers, snow-covered volcanoes and spectacular waterfalls on short rivers that rush to the Pacific Ocean from the Andes Mountains. But most of all, he was enamored with the easy-going people, particularly, Lorena Soto Horta, a 28-year-old doctor who is now his fiancee. Their wedding is set for April in Chile. And when Giesler’s commitment to the Peace Corps ends in December, they plan to move to the United States, at least temporarily.
Because Birdseye had no elections in November, the swearing-in ceremony for the four Democratic incumbents was truly a formality. Jake Borden, Doug Matthews and Emmett Wiseman will continue to serve on the town council. Wiseman was re-elected as council president. Wiseman was also appointed to represent the town on the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission board of directors. Clerk-treasurer Donna King, who has held that position since 1990, was sworn in for a second full term.
The Saturday feature in this issue is about the changing church. Tony Ernst, a Celestine native, took part in a “pastoral internship” project, aimed at preparing young seminarians for life as Roman Catholic priests. The 25-year-old’s decision is downright radical, considering that in the span of a decade, the Evansville Diocese has ordained roughly one priest every two years. Within nine years, the diocese predicts its number of priests will be cut nearly in half. And as a group, the active associates will continue to age considerably.
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