Looking Back: 12/30December 29, 2017
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Dec. 30, 1952
Pvt. Carl Ahrens who is taking his basic training at Fort Knox, arrived home unexpectedly for Christmas day and helped his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ahrens in Huntingburg, celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. He returned on Christmas night to camp accompanied by John Landgrebe who also had visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. Albert Landgrebe. Pvt. Ahrens is stationed at B’try A. 54th Armored F.A.B.C.C.A. 3rd Armored Division, Fort Knox, Ky. With I Corps in Korea — Three Jasper soldiers are en route home after 11 months in Korea. They are: Cpl. Elmer F. Schipp, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Schipp live at 1417 Vine St.; Pfc. Leo W. Schnaus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schnaus; and Pfc. Lewis W. Weisheit, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Weisheit, Route 3.
John R. Ax of Huntingburg, the attorney for the Patoka Development Corporation, this morning received a telegram from the corporation’s attorney in Washington, D.C., reporting that the Federal Power Commission has authorized the transfer of the corporation’s gas allotment to the cities of Jasper and Huntingburg. Officials of the Patoka Development and the two cities were in Washington early this month to seek authorization to transfer the gas allotment. Patoka Development had previously been granted an allocation of 3,400,000 cubic feet of gas per day, but offered to step out of the picture when it became possible for the two cities to buy the gas directly, and at a reasonable rate, from Texas Eastern Transmission Corp.
Whoever said lightning can’t strike twice in the same spot was wrong. A little pink streak of lightning flashed like a million-volt charge for eight minutes last night as the Huntingburg Hunters copped the 1952 “Big Four” holiday tourney with a 60-55 victory over the Jasper Wildcats. The “Pink Streak” was James “Pinky” Powell, rusty-haired Hunter guard who almost single-handedly carried his team from the depths of a 37-34 third quarter deficit to the glorious heights of the tourney championship. The pattern was familiar to the Wildcats who experienced the same bolt of lightning just three weeks ago when Powell again wrested victory from their grasp with a last half performance which netted a 53-48 win for the unbeaten Huntingburg club. The slightly-built, bespectacled Powell ignited the JHS gym nets with thirty points last night — seventeen of those came in the decisive fourth period.
New Year’s Day, no paper.
The first child to be born in Dubois County in 1953 is a 6 pound 14 ounce son born to Mr. and Mrs. Ted Bauer of 1515 Dewey Street in Jasper. The boy was delivered in Memorial Hospital 19 seconds after midnight Wednesday night by Dr. Charles H. Klamer. The new baby, as well as the parents and a sister, Sharon, will receive a large list of prizes offered by Jasper business firms as a gesture of welcome to the first Jasper citizen to make his or her arrival into the world in the new year. It was less than a month ago that Mr. and Mrs. Bauer lost their youngest daughter, Marsha. She died on December 19 of leukemia, only a few days short of her fourth birthday, and only days after the death of her grandfather, the Rev. Walter Dickmann, retired pastor of St. Peter’s Ev. and Reformed Church at Dubois.
Dubois County’s conservation officer, Edward Fleck, announced this morning that a shipment of around 500 rabbits will be released in the county as a part of the Indiana Conservation Department’s re-stocking program. The wild rabbits, which were trapped in Missouri, are scheduled to arrive in Jasper right after the close of the present season, and will be released throughout the county by members of the various conservation clubs. Sportsmen report the fall season on quail and rabbits was the best in several years. The improvement in quail supply was due in part to the fact that 500 quail were liberated in the county last fall.
• 50 Years Ago
Jan. 1, 1968
New Year’s Day, no paper.
John H. Teder, who retired in 1961 after serving for 28 years as superintendent of Dubois County Schools, died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Hospital, less than a month short of his 90th birthday. Mr. Teder, who for the past several years had lived at 320 Heusler Street, had been a patient in the hospital since November 21. While his advanced years had slowed his pace in recent years, he was at his office on the second floor of The Modern building almost every day until late this fall, even though he sometimes had to use two canes to get around. He continued to drive his car, although he had remarked that he would not renew his driver’s license. He graduated from Jasper College, where he was subsequently to teach for a quarter of a century — from 1908 to 1933. He taught English, U.S. history, arithmetic, bookkeeping, civil government, agriculture, botany, physics, biology and political economy. In his “spare” time he coached a basketball team.
The 47th annual meeting of Herrburger-Brooks, Ltd., held recently at Winchester House, 77 London Wall, London, England, was attended by Arnold F. Habig and Anthony F. Habig, both of whom are directors of the firm. The other directors are J. Campbell Richie, C. F. Astell and L. F. Astell. The piano action and key manufacturing company recently completed a move of all of its London manufacturing operations to its enlarged and modernized plant in Long Eaton, England. Tony Habig, vice president of the firm’s overseas operations, lives in England with his wife, Audrey, and their daughter, Mallon.
Mayor Jack E. Newton of Jasper today announced several major appointments, including naming Roger W. Brown as city attorney. The Board of Public Works and Safety, which is made up of the Mayor and two Councilmen, was also announced by Newton. In addition to the Mayor, other members will be Councilmen James Block and John Crowder. The Mayor also said he would re-appoint Jerome “Chick” Alles to the Board of Parks and Recreation. Alles has been serving the unexpired term of Louis “Nip” Wuchner, who resigned from the board on June 3,1965.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced sites for 85 basketball tourneys which begin Feb. 19 with 64 sectional tournaments and end March 16 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with the crowning of the state champion. The Huntingburg Sectional will have two new faces as Paoli and Orleans were moved to the sectional awarded Paoli upon the completion of their new gym. Replacing the two Orange county schools at Huntingburg are Ferdinand and Birdseye, who were moved from Tell City. The Dale Aces were sent to Boonville. Tell City received Milltown and Marengo from the Salem Sectional which was discontinued in favor of Paoli.
The agreement between the Sisters of St. Benedict and Cohere Inc. to establish the campus of St. Benedict College in Jasper became official Wednesday when the formal signing was completed. Mother Julia, O.S.B., prioress of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception, and Raphael Blessinger, president of Cohere, signed the agreement. Also attending the ceremony was Bishop Paul J. Leibold of Evansville. Under the terms of the agreement, the college will be operated by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Five of the intitial board members will be appointed by the Prioress and four by Cohere. The terms of the first appointees shall be stipulated in order that their terms will always be staggered; but, thereafter, terms will be for six years.
Myron Fetcher, 20, whose fight for life against an incurable kidney ailment had attracted widespread interest and resulted in two fund-raising sports events in the Jasper community, died at 9:35 Thursday night in Memorial Hospital. Death was due to nephritis. His long period of hospitalization began on March 27, 1966 when he entered Robert Long Hospital at Indianapolis. He was there for a period of about nine months before being released in December of 1966. He had to return to the hospital a week before Thanksgiving Day last year. He was released from the hospital in time to spend Thanksgiving Day with his sister, Mrs. Ernie Begle, and family, with whom he had made his home since December of 1966. After Thanksgiving he entered Memorial Hospital for a check-up and spent part of Christmas Eve with the Begle family before returning to the hospital. He was released from the local hospital two days after Christmas but became hospitalized again on the morning of New Year’s Day and remained a patient at Memorial until his death.
Gabe Mehringer, Larry Seger and Mike Eckstein, three unheralded senior reserves for the Jasper Wildcats, turned in excellent fireman performances Friday night to help lead Jasper to an 80-71 victory over Evansville Central at the JHS gym. The trio teamed up with Ken Beyke and Alan Dick to spark a second half rally that saw Jasper overcome an eight-point deficit and pull out to a 12-point lead. Beyke and Dick combined for a total of 51 points. The victory snapped a two-game Jasper losing streak that came at Columbus last Saturday after the Wildcats had won seven straight games. They are now 8-3 for the season.
• 25 Years Ago
Dec. 28, 1992
Uncle Sam delivered Warren Evans’ present the weekend before Christmas this year. Evans, 74, Huntingburg, was honored as an inaugural inductee of the Ranger Hall of Fame and was selected as honorary sergeant major of the 75th Ranger Regiment for his extraordinary service during WW II. His photo now hangs in a hallway at Fort Benning’s museum in a display honoring and preserving the contributions of this country’s charter battalion of U. S. Rangers. Evans and his wife, Fran, who reside on Fifth St. in Huntingburg, traveled to Fort Benning Dec. 16-21, where they were wined and dined at a Ranger Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a Ranger Ball.
The Wildcat Pride Club named Melanie Bachman, a senior, as Student of the Month and Mike Hubers as Teacher of the Month for November at Jasper High School. Miss Bachman is the daughter of Ken and Marjorie Bachman. She plans to attend Purdue University and become a chemical engineer. Mike Hubers teaches English and Speech and has been teaching for 22 years at Jasper High School. He is married to Judy Hubers, who is also a teacher at JHS. They have two sons, Aaron, 12, and Adam, 7.
County officials elected this fall who will officially take office Jan. 1 were formally sworn in this morning in the Dubois County Circuit Courtroom. The newly elected office holders were sworn in by County Clerk Donna Schroeder. Sworn in were: County commissioners Gene Hopf and James Kemper; county councilmen Rich Eckerle, John Burger and Greg Kendall; Superior Court Judge Elaine Brown; County Treasurer Marge Gadlage; and County Surveyor Ken Brosmer. County Coroner Mike Keller was unable to attend and will be officially sworn in by Jan. 1, Schroeder said.
The year 1992 finished up today as one of the driest on record with a rainfall total of 34.19 inches. Normal annual rainfall in Dubois County is 43.16 inches. In the 38 years the Jasper Waste Water Treatment Plant has kept records, only two years have been drier. In 1963, 31.73 inches were logged. In 1960, 34.13 inches were recorded. December’s total of 1.46 inches was well below the normal December figure of 3.32.
New Year’s Day, no paper.
Jacob William Seger’s arrival at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center at 2:12 a.m. Friday made him the first baby born in Dubois County in 1993. Jacob weighs 7 pounds, 6 ounces and is 21 inches long. He is doing fine, as are his parents, Gary and Michelle (Pfaff) Seger of Jasper. Michelle says Jacob has a round face and a lot of light brown hair. Gary and Michelle have one other son, Sean 4 1/2. “I think it is a good age difference,” Michelle says of the gap between her two children. “Sean will be able to help with Jacob a lot.” Jacob was due Dec. 30. He and his mother are scheduled to go home Sunday morning. St. Joseph’s Hospital was still waiting for its first baby of the new year as of this morning. By virtue of being the first baby born at Memorial Hospital this year, Jacob and his family will receive a number of gifts, ranging from free pizzas to gift certificates for groceries and clothing.
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