Looking Back: 1/25

Brad Neuhoff, 6, of Jasper cooled off in Ferdinand State Forest Lake 26 years ago with his mother, Mary Neuhoff. The Neuhoffs were at the lake to celebrate the birthday of Beth Gehlhausen, who turned 6. Herald file photo by Tracy L. Albamo. Published July 7, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Jan. 24, 1955

Bob Craig gave with a plunker in the last 22 seconds Saturday evening to put Kenny Richardson’s Huntingburg yearling netters ahead for the first time in the game, and that was the end of the scoring. The Little Hunters defeated coach Joe Rowekamp’s Jasper team, 41-39, to win their way to next Saturday’s finals of the SIAC freshman tournament to be played in the same JHS gym. Bob Craig got 12 points, Maxey 10 and little Terry Schriefer 9 for Huntingburg while Rich Merder had 10 for the Jasper frosh.

Jan. 25

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Shirley Schnell, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor J. Schnell of Schnellville. She was crowned the basketball queen of St. Ferdinand High School at last Friday’s game by the team captain, John Seifert. Miss Schnell is a senior at St. Ferdinand High School. Her attendants were Dolly Gehlhausen, Mitzie Hassfurther, Rita Oeding, Joyce Alberts, Bernice Begle, Eileen Oser, Katie Tillman, Clara Mae Schipp, Marilyn Kemper and Margie Lindauer. 

James C. Striegel, 24, R. 3, Birdseye, was fined $10 and costs, total $23.50, in Justice of the Peace Bob Nordhoff’s court for reckless driving after he drove around the court house square in Jasper the wrong way on a dare. A city policeman observed him going around the square clockwise instead of otherwise.   

Jan. 26 

If at first you don’t succeed ... they used to tell us, and last night at Dale the Holland Dutchmen tried and tried again, 113 times altogether from the field. Despite making only 5 of 58 shots in the first half (a .086 per centage), The Dutchmen won, 50-48, in overtime. For the game, Holland made only 18 field goals in 113 attempts for.159 per centage. Gene Tormohlen led their offensive attack with 13 while Glen Fenneman got 12 and Joe Todrank 10. Dale’s Roger Kaiser, who made one field goal, was the top scorer of the evening with 15. He hit 13 of 15 free throws. Bob Reinhart added 12. 

Jan. 27

A joint bid submitted by three Indianapolis firms has been accepted on the $84,000 bond issue being floated to finance the construction of a new elementary school building in Huntingburg. The successful bidders were the Cities Securities Corporation, the American Fletcher National Bank and Trust Company, and the Indianapolis Bond and Share Corporation. They offered an interest rate of 1 7/8 percent and a premium of $357.50 on the issue. The contract for the construction of the building was recently awarded to the R. P. Olinger Company of Huntingburg, and construction is to begin as soon as weather permits.   

Jan. 28

No longer will motorists have to skirt the Hall Creek bottoms four miles west of Schnellville because high waters covers the road following a heavy rain. The new bridge plus elevation of the roadway to a height of five feet for a distance of 2,000 feet, has put an end to all that. The concrete-beam bridge consists of three spans of pre-stressed concrete, supported by 20 pilings each approximately 65 feet long. Total length of the bridge is 96 feet and two inches. The total cost of the bridge project is $48,694.98, of which Dubois County pays half, and the balance comes out of federal aid funds.

Jan. 29

Huntingburg’s Happy Hunters made it 12 of 17 — and no home floor defeats — and posted a 7-3 SIAC record by fighting off the Central Bears for a 57-52 victory last night at the HHS gym. Buddy Blemker led the Hunters in scoring with 20 points. Wayne Singer added 15. Arbin Clayton scored 20 to pace Central. Meanwhile, the Jasper Wildcats routed the Washington Hatchets, 69-47, at Washington last night for the Wildcats’ 13th win in 15 games. Donnie Bates, holder of the JHS single game, season and career scoring records, passed the 1,000 mark in this game, leading the Cats with 28 points to total 1,014 for 57 games dating back to his sophomore year.   

50 Years Ago
Jan. 26, 1970

Pictured in this issue is Hinzie F. Ziegler, of  Weidenbenner Ford Tractor, located in Jasper. He was honored as one of the top 400 U.S. Ford tractor salesmen during a three-day “sales rally” in Detroit, and hosted by Ford Motor Company’s U.S. Tractor and Implement Operations. A contest for Ford Tractor salesmen earned him a special plaque, presented by H. D. Cotcamp, Tractor and Implement  Operations district-dealer relations manager.The rally included visits to Ford’s Highland Park (Mich.) tractor plant and the Rouge automobile manufacturing complex.   

Jan. 27

Dippel’s Food Center, Jasper’s newest supermarket, will hold its grand opening beginning on Wednesday of this week. The store, located along Ind. 162 in the Little Kentucky community, opened for business last Nov. 20. New in the Dubois County area are the over-the-counter shopping carts and check-out counters. These eliminate the work on the part of the customer of unloading purchases onto the counter. The high basket of the cart is flush with the top of the check-out counter and the checker does the rest. The store is a partnership venture of Vic Dippel and his wife, the former Irene Feller, and the couple’s son, Jack Dippel, and his wife, the former Mary Jo Kunz. A total of around 20 persons are employed at the store.   

Jan. 28

Allen F. Joseph, 64, of 307 W. Sixth St., Jasper, a retired furniture plant manager and former member of the Jasper School Board, died at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon in Memorial Hospital of pneumonia and complications. He was admitted to the hospital last Sunday. In June of 1963 Mr. Joseph submitted to the board of directors of the Jasper Desk Company a letter of resignation as manager, a position he had held since 1941, due to poor health and upon the advice of his doctor. The resignation became effective on July 1st. Survivors inclued the widow, the former Edna Harvey, his mother, Stella Joseph of Jasper; a sister, Mrs. Robert S. Goldthwaite of Marion; and six nieces and nephews. A sister, Mrs. Otto Fierst, died on March 21, 1969.

Jan. 29

“Roesner’s Reds” and Larry Kahle rewrite records in romp over Red Raiders!” Kahle set a new Holland High School scoring record with 49 points in Holland’s 127-61 victory over the English Red Raiders at English on Tuesday night. The 127 output tied the school mark, which was set against Francisco in January, 1968. Kahle, a 6’ 4” veteran senior pivotman, hit 18 of 28 from the field and an amazing 13 of 14 free pitches in setting the new mark of 49 points. This total erased the 48-point production of Don Buse, now a starting guard for the University of Evansville Aces. 

Jan. 30

It was announced this morning by Ed Rees, owner of the Calumet Lake Pavilion, that in keeping with his policy of offering entertainment to the young people in the area, the Calumet henceforth will be open on Sunday nights. In addition to the regular Saturday night dances, the Calumet will be open next Sunday night and every Sunday night thereafter for dances geared to the high school students of the area. The dances will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission will be $1.00 per person. Rees said top rock bands from Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois will be featured, along with the Calumet’s psychedelic lights. The band next Sunday night will be Midnight Evil. 

Jan. 31

The game was a natural. Rivals Jasper and Tell City came into the battle with 13-2 and 12-2 records, respectively. It was a most important SIAC game for both teams. The anticipated battle attracted a capacity crowd that resulted in Cabby O’Neill hanging up a “sorry, sold out” sign long before the jump ball started the game. Ed Schultheis and his Jasper Wildcats completely outclassed the visitors from Perry County and sent the Marksmen home with a 65-44 shiner. Jasper’s blue chip guard tandem of Jim Wenzel and Gary Corbin had too much class for the Marksmen, Wayne Bailey, Terry Fleck and Jim Van Huysse had too much strength under the basket and reserves John Frank and Gary Stratman turned in solid efforts, all blending together for the surprisingly easy victory.  ]

25 Years Ago
Jan. 30, 1995

For one fleeting moment Saturday night 12th-ranked New Albany had the momentum. The rest of the night, though, belonged to the Jasper Wildcats. Using a sagging man-to-man defense and Michael Lewis’ game-high 35 points, the Cats defeated New Albany 67-60 in front of 3,800 rocking fans at the JHS gym. The Cats suffered a 62-35 loss at New Albany a year ago. Meanwhile, Heritage Hills coach Steve Merkel experienced a double dip of victory Saturday evening as his daughter Ashley was crowned homecoming queen and his Patriots defeated the Northeast Dubois Jeeps 69-61.

Jan. 31

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a time-honored adage that is usually as wise as it is ungrammatical. But Al Mihajlovits, principal of Southridge Middle School, says it is bad advice for running a school. His school isn’t broken — it has been named a four-star school in four of the last five years — yet Mihajlovits says he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t try to make it better. At Monday night’s PTO meeting, he presented some of the findings of the school’s restructuring committee, established a year and a half ago to study other middle schools that are using innovative teaching techniques. He said he was most impressed with Norwell Middle School is Ossian, Ind. and invited its principal, Bill Denney, to speak at the meeting. Denney said he has tried to cross traditional boundaries between academic subjects with a team teaching program, in which four or five teachers are responsible for about 100 students.   

Feb. 1

Jasper Seating is about to revolutionize its manufacturing process thanks to a new computer controlled router that arrived today. The two-ton machine is probably unique to the area, says plant manager Ron Beck. It’s definitely the largest of its kind in the county and possibly the state. “It has eight diamond and carbide router heads and two 5-foot by 10-foot shaper tables,” Beck says. Other manufacturers have CNC (computer numeric controlled) routers but none as sophisticated or as large, he says. The company ordered the router last May from CMS of Italy and it just arrived in Virginia after spending about three weeks on a boat from Italy. It was then trucked to Jasper. The computer controlled router and supporting tools and equipment cost between $325,000 and $350,000, according to Beck. “We’re about to do a complete right turn in the way we do business,” Beck says. “We’ll be able to build things better and faster.” 

Feb. 2

Work began this week on a $500,000 project to renovate the pipe organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. Father Patrick Foster said the project is being financed by donations and will include a complete overhaul of the 75-year-old organ as well as a new facade for the choir balcony where the organ sits. He expects work to be completed by early July. Many of the thousands of pieces that make up the organ are simply worn out, said Kimberly Foster, director of music ministries. She said a leak in the organ’s wind chest, which supplies air to more than 1,200 pipes, causes the instrument to play out of tune.

Feb. 3

Diane Seng was just as surprised as everyone else at the Jasper High School gym Thursday night. “When I let it go I thought, ‘Oh, my god, it’s got a chance,” Seng said after burying a 15-foot turn around jumper at the buzzer to give Jasper a 41-40 win over Northeast Dubois in the semifinals of the girls basketball sectional. Seng’s shot came after the Jeeps’ April Stetter cooly sank two free throws to give them the advantage and the apparent upset victory. In a matter of seconds the Jeeps went from euphoria to agony. “I’m as proud as I can be for the kids,” said Northeast Dubois coach Jerry Mills.”I just wish they would’ve won.”  In the other semifinal game, the Pike Central Chargers eliminated the Southridge Raiders by a score of 40-30.

Feb. 4

IDS Financial Services Inc., the 100-year-old financial planning company with offices in Huntingburg, has officially been renamed American Express Financial Advisors Inc. The new name, effective Jan. 3, is part of a major corporate “rebranding” effort that seeks to more closely align IDS with its parent company, American Express. Minneapolis-based IDS, the nationwide financial company, was acquired by IDS in 1984. In the 10 years since its acquisition, IDS has had record earnings growth, and assets owned or managed have increased from $19 billion to more than $100 billion. The company has been considered a star performer in the Americn Express portfolio of companies. 

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