Looking Back: 12/28December 27, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Dec. 27, 1954
Pictured on the front page of this issue are five Dubois County young men who left this morning for Ft. Knox, Kentucky, to begin their basic training. Those pictured include: Charles Eugene Neal, Huntingburg, and Raymond Christ Voelkel, Star Route, Huntingburg; Eugene William Goodman, Dubois, John Louis Wehrle, Jasper, leader; and Walter Joseph Sherman, R. 2, Jasper. Voelkel was a volunteer. Originally scheduled for induction Dec. 13, they were permitted to remain at home over the Christmas holidays by a special state directive.
The January term of the Dubois County circuit court will begin next Monday, Jan. 3, with Judge Wm. F. Dudine on the bench. The opening of the term will mark the first time in 19 years that the face of Eldo Wood will not be peering down from the bench as the regular circuit court judge. Mr. Wood, who was running for his fourth six-year term in the May primary, was nosed out by Mr. Dudine and has re-entered the field of private law practice in which he engaged before serving 18 years on the bench. His office is next door to his home in Huntingburg.
Jasper and New Albany play at 8:30 this evening in an all-SIAC final in the Lafayette Holiday Tournament, having relegated the Northern Indiana and North Central Conference basketball representatives to the 7:15 consolation game by beating them in the opening round last night before approximately 4,000 fans at Jefferson High’s gym. Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats, with slender sharp shooter Donnie Bates in rare form, routed the Wildcats of Hammond High 71-51. Bates very nearly equalled the all-time single game scoring record for this tournament, 36 points set by Ray Ball a year ago. Donnie got 34 on 13 fielders and 8 free throws. In the second game of the night, New Albany edged the host Broncos of Lafayette Jeff by a score of 65-62.
Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats brought home today from Lafayette the first pieces of netting Jasper has been able to take away in four trips to Jefferson High’s annual basketball tourney. They cut them down last night after dealing New Albany its first defeat of the season, 68-67. Lafayette’s Broncos came from behind to gain consolation honors by defeating Hammond, 65-60.
The Huntingburg Hunters came away with the 1954 Martinsville holiday tourney crown yesterday, shattering the Bosse Bulldogs in the final game, 50-37, after an overtime squeaker with Franklin in the opening round. Bosse had won handily in its initial contest, eliminating the host Martinsville Artesians, 64-54.
Jack Thornbury, manager of the Jasper Lacquer Company, was installed yesterday evening for the second time this week as the head of a local organization. Yesterday evening in the meeting hall of the Dubois Lodge, 520, Free and Accepted Masons at Huntingburg, he was installed as worshipful master. Last Tuesday, at the regular luncheon meeting of the Jasper Kiwanis Club in the K. of C. Home, he was installed as president of the Kiwanians. Mr. Thornbury has been active in both organizations since he moved to Jasper in 1950 to accept a position with the lacquer firm. He is married to the former Betty Raimann of Chicago. They have two sons, John, 18, a senior at J.H.S., while Bill, 13, attends the West Sixth Street School.
Jan. 1, 1955
New Year’s Day, no paper.
• 50 Years Ago
Dec. 29, 1969
Marty Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Newman of 923 MacArthur St., Jasper, was named the winner of the 8th district V.F.W. Voice of Democracy speech contest held Saturday afternoon in Jasper. As first place winner Marty will receive a $100 savings bond and will be entered in the state Voice of Democracy contest, which is slated to be held in Indianapolis in mid-January. Second and third place winners were Gilbert Bond of New Albany and Brent Fickler of Petersburg, respectively. The judging was held at the V.F.W. Post. The judges listened to eight different tapes, one of which was Marty’s. The eight tapes, according to Cyril Block of Jasper, one of the officials for the contest, represented between 1,800 and 1,900 contestants.
Residential Christmas lighting displays were judged in the Ferdinand community Monday evening. Virgil Tieken, chairman of the Jaycee-sponsored project, said that a winner and two runners-up were chosen in each of four categories. The first name listed in each category is that of the winner followed by the two runners-up. Most religious: Edgar Vaal, John Wollenmann, Earl Buechler. Most beautiful: Myron Fischer, John Schum, Sylvester Nord. Most original: Chester Altman, Joe Sonderman, Dennis Tretter. Picture window: Tony Ebert, Vic Becher, Tom Boeglin. Plaques will be presented to the winners in each category at a Jaycee meeting in January.
From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score column: The last couple of months of 1969 will be remembered by Jasper coach Ed Schultheis for quite some time. His Wildcats played eight games during that time and won them all. Jasper is now number 5 in the AP listings and number 11 in the UPI ratings. Central of Evansville rolled to victories number six and seven yesterday in winning the Evansville holiday tourney. It is possible that both teams could be undefeated when they meet on Jan. 9th at Jasper. If they do come in with unbeaten records the Jasper gym is sure to be crammed to the rafters. Incidentally, the largest crowd to watch a game at Huntingburg also involved the Central Bears. The occasion was a showdown between two fine Huntingburg and Central teams on Jan. 30, 1953. The Happy Hunters went into the game with a 16-0 record. Central won the game, 62-56, before a packed house. When Jasper plays host to Central Jack Brandt will be on the air for WITZ calling the game for radio listeners. Ironically, Brandt was on hand for the Huntingburg-Central game in 1953, but at that time he ws a young, ambitious announcer just out of service calling the games with Jack McLean on WJPS. On that particular evening Jack was pulling for the Central Bears, but he will be cheering against them next month.
Jan. 1, 1970
New Year’s Day, no paper.
Don Astrike, who has been associated with Spurlock Standard Station for the past 15 years, has recently acquired the Gulf Service Station at the corner of Fifth and Main in Huntingburg. This station was owned and operated by Chester Thomas until his recent death. Astrike is married to the former Margie Luker, who is the school nurse for the Southwest Dubois County School District. They have two children. A grand opening date will be held in the near future.
Burglars made off with a reported $500 in cash and a large amount of whiskey after they broke into the Welcome Inn at 314 South Newton St. in Jasper over the holiday period. The Jasper City Police and Detective Sargeant Allen Groves of the Indiana State Police are investigating the break-in. This morning the city police gave these details. Bob Uebelhor, who works as a bartender at the Welcome Inn, was said to have closed up at 10 p. m. on New Year’s Eve. Apparently, the owner, Mrs. Dorothy Blessinger, went to the store at about 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day for cleanup and inventory when she discovered the money was gone. The police were called and they discovered that the thieves apparently had entered the Welcome Inn by knocking a hole in the roof with a blunt instrument above one of the restrooms. The cabinets and drawers reportedly were ransacked.
At a reorganization meeting of the Jasper Coca Cola Bottling Company, Inc., Earl “Bud” Salb was elected to the presidency. He will also continue to serve as manager, a position he has held for about four years. O. A. Kremp, who was serving as president, will step into the newly-created position of chairman of the board of the soft drink firm which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The firm was founded in 1870 by Andrew Krempp Sr. “Bud” Salb started working for the Jasper Coca Cola Bottling company in 1947 as a route salesman. He is married to the former Betty Jo Kremp. The couple has two sons and five daughters. He is a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., K. of C., Moose and the Country Club.
• 25 Years Ago
Jan. 2, 1995
New Year’s Day observed, no paper.
The “motor voter” law that went into effect today provides one-stop shopping for people without drivers’ licenses and voter registration cards: You can now stop by the motor vehicle license branch to apply for both. In addition, people applying for welfare benefits can put their names on the voter rolls. And mail-in voter registration is bring allowed for the first time, with forms available from military recruiters and other public offices. The provisions of the National Voter Registration Act passed by Congress began statewide because of a court order, even though the Indiana General Assembly failed to adopt legislation enacting it. A federal judge ordered the act to go into effect this month, requiring the Legislature to pass a law by the end of January to go along with it. Teen-agers getting their first license and people who have just moved to Indiana will probably take advantage of the law, said Dubois County License Branch manager Stan Roesner.
Davy Jones, a Daytona 24 Hour winner and Indianapolis 500 veteran, has been named as driver of the Jasper Engines/USAir Racing Team’s #77 Ford Thunderbird for the Winston Cup Series in 1995. Jones, a 30 year old resident of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, will make his debut during Speedweek ‘95 at the famed Daytona International Speedway. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to drive the Jasper Engines/USAir Ford full time in 1995, said Jones. “NASCAR Winston Cup racing is the most popular form of motorsports in the world. I think this is a great career move for me.” “I’m pleased to have Davy as a driver for the 1995 season and beyond,” said team owner Doug Bawel. Davy is an exceptional driver with a very bright future in the world of motorsports.”
Dan Mundy, 46, of Jasper, was elected to be the new chairman of the Dubois County Democratic party. He replaces Jim Schroeder, of Jasper, who announced December 21 that he would resign effective Wednesday. Schroeder began his term July 15, 1992. Mundy said his main object in the next month or so is to meet with precinct commiittee people and arrange town meetings. A native of Ireland, Mundy graduated from Ireland High School in 1966 and attended the Automation Training Institute in Indianapolis. He worked in data processing and computer installation and consulting in Jasper, St. Meinrad and Bowling Green, Ky., before returning to Jasper ten years ago.
Winter storm warning: Look out area grapplers — red-hot Jasper is beginning to hit its stride. The Wildcats dazed rival Evansville Memorial, seizing wins in 11 of the 13 weight classes on Thursday to improve their dual meet record to 11-4-1 with a 59-8 victory. “We wrestled real well against Memorial tonight,’ said Jasper coach Rick Stenftenagel. “They’ve usually got some good athletes and they’re always hard to wrestle. They don’t open up a lot and they’re strong, but I think we opened them up big tonight.” Stenftenagel credits a strong early season schedule (which has included matches with Mater Dei, Evansville Central, Ben Davis, Castle and Bloomington South) with his team’s success of late.
Angie LaGrange is Sten’s new product coordinator. She attended the University of Maryland and worked in personnel during a hitch in the United States Air Force. Her duties will include research of potential new products and developing and maintaining a research network. She lives in Jasper with her husband, Tim, and son.
Mary Mehringer has been named general manager of the Sleep Inn, now under construction on U. S. 231 South in Jasper. Mehringer has 13 years experience in financing, management and training. The 60-room hotel is scheduled to open Feb. 17 with a grand opening to follow at a later date. Mehringer resides in Jasper with her husband, Alvin Jr., and their two sons.
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