Looking Back: 1/23January 22, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Jan. 23, 1956
From the About Huntingburg Folks column: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kost of Shelby Street, Huntingburg, will be married 63 years on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and expect to spend a quiet day together at their home. In January 1893, Charles Kost and Miss Anna Hollander were married at St. Meinrad, where they resided until about eight years ago when they came to Huntingburg, where they have since resided. Mr. and Mrs. Kost are 83 years of age, and he is a retired butcher. Ex-Mayor and Mrs. Orval Kemp, who are now residing in East St. Louis, visited at their home here last weekend. TheKemps report they are well pleased with their living quarters and his job at that place, but plan to keep their home here.
According to M/Sgt. Noel Russell of the U.S. Army recruiting station at Evansville, 348 enlistments were obtained from the area during 1955. The area includes Dubois, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties. Sixty-two of the enlistments were from Dubois County. Sgt. Russell, who has an office in the post office building in Huntingburg, credits the success of the recruitment program primarily to the Army’s “reserved for you” program whereby an applicant who is a high school graduate can pick his subject matter and enter an army technical school. Other incentives are branch enlistments and the unit rotation plan where buddies may stay together during their service.
The common council of the city of Jasper last night authorized the utilities service board to enter into negotiations for the purchase of electric current to supplement that produced in the local municipal power plant. The vote was unanimous, thus making it possible to suspend the rules and pass the ordinance through its three readings in one meeting. The motion to re-introduce theordinance, which had passed three readings previously but had been vetoed by Mayor Ed Lorey, was made by councilman Leo Brelage and seconded by Councilman Ernest “Red” Lannon. Following its passage, Mayor Lorey went on record as saying he will sign the ordinance this time, “against my better judgment.”
A “meeting date clearing house” has been established by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today by Jack Newton, chamber president. In a letter sent out to 21 Jasper organizations, Mr. Newton said: “The folks in your organization are probably as disgusted as we are when several big events in Jasper are scheduled at the same date and time. You’ve doubtless gone through it. You make plans, burn up a barrel of energy arranging for dinners, entertainment, speakers and so forth, only to find out that half the people you expected to attend went down the street to another meeting. Then, maybefor the next three nights, everybody sits at home. As someone put it, “what we need is a meeting date clearing house so that our organizations won’t be in direct competition for attendance.” In his letter, Mr. Newton explained that the Chamber has set up a large calendar chart. If you are going to schedule a meeting, call the Chamber (992).
Pictured in this issue is Frances Hoffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Hoffman of Schnellville, who was crowned the 1956 Basketball Queen of St. Ferdinand High School Jan. 13 by Gene LaGrange, who is shown with the queen in the photo taken by Bilmar Studio. Attendants were: seniors, Joyce Albert, Marie Krampe and Eileen Oser; Juniors, Clara Mae Schipp and Patty Hagedorn; sophomores, Marilyn Kemper and Margie Lindauer; freshmen, Sue Ann Boekman and Mary Ann Dilger. The cheerleaders David Seufert and Pat Recker, carried the crown and basketball.
Jasper licked the Washington Hatchets 74-56 at the JHS gym last night, bringing its SIAC record to 7-3 and the overall mark to 12-4. Jasper turned out good scoring balance. Butch Rees led with 15 points, Jody Giesler and John Hoffman 12 apiece and Dick Persohn 12.Meanwhile, Howard Sharp’s underdog Hunters lost to Evansville Central, 54-47, in a game played at Evansville. Bobby Craig had 11 for the Hunters. Scott Struckman and Dennis Stetter got 8 points apiece for Huntingburg.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 25, 1971
A new restaurant operation is now in business in downtown Jasper. It’s the Jiffie’s sandwich and short order restaurant located on the former Uebelhor & Son Motor Company new-car lot on the northwest corner of Seventh and Newton Streets. The new restaurant is the project of Joseph “Ed” Kress, who for the past nine years has been the agent in the Jasper area for the Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. His wife, Eileen, will serve as the assistant manager and bookkeeper.
Pictured in this issue are four men who were promoted to newly created positions as vice presidents at the annual meeting of the shareholders of the Dubois County Bank last week. They are: Robert Meyer, Robert Steffe, Dave Eckerle and Ray Birk. Also pictured are three other employees who also received promotions. They include Ralph Rebber, who was named assistant cashier, Frank Trester and John Schnarr, who were promoted to assistant vice presidents.
Holland’s “Little Red Machine” clinched the Patoka Valley Conference title last night by nudging the Ferdinand Crusaders 64-63 in the Huntingburg gym. Coach Ray Roesner, who has been hospitalized since last Thursday, had to miss the game but reported, “I threw my pillow against the ceiling,” after realizing the Dutch had won. When asked how he felt about winning the PVC title from his bedside he roared with a joyful “Great!” Coach Roesner reports he may be able to leave the hospital by this Thursday, but it all depends on his progress until that time. For coach Wayne Ransome, who was subbing for Roesner, it was a beautiful victory, especially after losing a heart-breaker to Dale (56-58) this past Friday evening.
Dubois County recorded its first fatal accident of 1971 Wednesday night when two youths from the Jasper community were killed in a one-car accident. The victims were David Lee Beck, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Beck, and his second cousin, Richard A. Schroeder, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester G. Schroeder. Both families live on Rt. 5, Jasper. The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. a mile south of Huntingburg on U.S. 231.
Pictured in this issue are Al Partenheimer and Mrs. Rick Reutepohler who were honored guests at a carry-in dinner Wednesday evening given by the members of the Huntingburg Salem Church Choir. These two individuals have over 100 years combined service to the choir. Mrs. Reutepohler has been a dedicated choir member for 60 years and Mr. Partenheimer for 50 years. Also pictured are Mrs. Melvin Castrup, director of the choir, and Bob Dearing, president.
The Jasper Wildcats, all decked out in their flashy new gold road uniforms, looked even sharper than their new attire Friday night as they pounded the Tell City Marksmen, 83-60, on the Marksmen’s own court. Teamwork, boardwork and speed paid off in spades for Ed Schultheis’ Goldclads as they racked up their fourth straight win, their 12th in 15 outings this year and their ninth in 10 SIAC games. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters, despite the fact that Rick Gunselman turned in his best performance of his varsity career by scoring 15 points, suffered their eighth straight loss by a 74-64 margin at the hands of the Springs Valley Blackhawks on the Blackhawks' home court in French Lick. Also, Birdseye’s high-scoring 6-3 senior Jeff Cook tossed in 26 points Friday night but it wasn’t enough as the Chrisney Wildcats handed the Yellowjackets their second straight defeat, 68-67, at the BHS gym. Cook’s 26 total shoves him over the 1000-point career mark at Birdseye. The“Splendid Splinter” now has 1,021 points for his outstanding career with the Jackets. He scored 23 in his freshman year, 125 as a sophomore, 43 as a junior when he missed most of the season with a broken arm and now has 364 this year.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 29, 1996
Seating and parking were at a premium Saturday in and around New Albany’s unforgiving “Doghouse.” Some came to watch the Mr. Basketball frontrunner and were treated to a 41-point explosion from Jasper’s Michael Lewis. Other bystanders came in hopes of getting a sneak-peek of a posible semistate match-up and were left clamoring for more. But the sizable majority of the over 4,400 in attendance simply wanted a fifth-straight Bulldog victory and got their bone as No. 5 New Albany downed No. 16 Jasper, 72-62.New Albany — undefeated since being knocked out of the No.1 spot by Jeffersonville — improved to 12-1. Jasper dropped to 10-5 overall.
Mayor Gail Kemp promoted a veteran city lawman to be the chief of police Monday. Ron Bowling, 51, who joined the Huntingburg Police Department in 1976, was named to the top post during a press conference at city hall. City office personnel, department superintendents and members of the police department filled the downtown council chamber as Karen Bowling, the officer’s wife of 31 years, pinned the badge on his chest. He replaces George Lewallen, who retired Dec. 31, after eight years in the post. Bowling, with 24 years of law enforcement experience, was named “acting chief” Jan. 1.
Bonding authority for a $3.92 million classroom building at Vincennes University Jasper Center was again denied by the Republican controlled General Assembly last week. Senate Democrats had hoped to include the VUJC project in an amendment to a bill that would provide about $20 million to renovate the old state mental institution in Indianapolis so it could be used to treat children suffering from psychological and emotional problems. But in a party-line vote, Republicans rejected the amendment along with another that would have moved bonding authority up from 1997 to 1996 for university projects approved last year. “This was probably our best chance this year to get approval for the VUJC project,” said Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown, a Vincennes University graduate. “Once you get the first negative response, the majority party is likely to defend that position for the rest of the session.”
Too many American parents nowadays have thrown away common sense when it comes to raising their children, says John Rosemond, family psychologist, author and syndicated columnist. Parents today have abandoned the knowledge their parents and grandparents intuitively knew and instead place their faith in the so-called experts, who espouse abstract theories from books, Rosemond saidWednesday night to a packed house at the Jasper Civic Auditorium. “Parenting itself is not that difficult,” he said. Rosemond, director of the Center for Affirmative Parenting in Gastonia, North Carolina, writes a nationally syndicated column, which appears in more than 100 newspapers, including The Herald, and gives more than 200 annual presentations on parenting to groups of parents, teachers andprofessionals. The Dubois County Step Ahead, the Greater Jasper Schools, the chambers of commerce of Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand, various school PTO’s and The Herald sponsored his visit to Dubois County.
Countywide planning and zoning won’t take away property owners’ rights but will protect them instead, about 30 somewhat skeptical landowners heard at a public meeting Thursday night at the Jasper Civic Auditorium. The Dubois County Commissioners brought zoning officials from Posey, Knox and Tippecanoe counties to explain the reasons those counties enacted planning and zoning laws. Commissioner Gene Hopf said the board wants to hear residents’ ideas and thoughts on zoning so it can develop an acceptable plan. The commissioners started discussing the need for countywide planning and zoning several years ago and contacted nearby counties that had plans in place, said Commissioner Jim Kemper.
In area basketball games last night, the Bosse Bulldogs defeated the Jasper Wildcats 71-55, the Heritage Hills Patriots downed the Boonville Pioneers 58-48, and the North Posey Vikings handed the Southridge Raiders an 81-62 loss. Meanwhile, the Northeast Dubois Jeeps won their eighth straight game by blowing out Blue Chip Conference rival Washington Catholic 64-39 and the host Forest Park Rangers lost to the Pike Central Chargers 61-42.
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