Looking Back: 12/5

Performers Kim, center, and Reggie Harris brought their show, "One People, One World" to Jasper's Tenth Street School 25 years ago. A portion of the New York state group's musical show was an exercise in cooperation, with help from students. From the left are Victoria Merkley, Janelle Spellmeyer and Jordan Jones. The Harrises perform about 300 times a year all over the country. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published December 8, 1995.


65 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1955

Green County officials believed today that exposure caused the death of a 3-year-old Crane boy whose body was found in the woods 25 days after he disappeared. The body of Ronald Weitkamp was discovered Sunday in a small wooded valley one and a half miles northeast of Crane by three teenage youths. Ronnie’s body will be brought to the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg Tuesday evening. After the boy’s disappearance on Oct. 11, more than 2,500 persons, including personnel from the Crane naval ammunition depot, conducted a 10-square-mile search for the boy. The boy’s father, Lawrence, is a civilian employee at the depot. State police, who investigated, said they believed that there was no foul play.   

Dec. 6

High school basketball teams of Huntingburg and Jasper reach an historic milestone in their long rivalry tonight when they play in the Jasper High School gym in the first of two scheduled encounters this season. This will be the 100th meeting of the hardwood representatives of the two schools. The records show a beginning in 1919 and 99 games, including tourney play, with the Wildcats holding a 55-44 margin in the series. Back in 1934 the rivals instituted the “Little Brown Jug” as a symbol of current supremacy, to be passed along to the victor in scheduled games. In this series the Cats lead, 23-19.

Dec. 7

Jasper’s Wildcats out-jumped, out-maneuvered and out-shot Huntingburg to win 62-38 in the 100th game of the series, played at the JHS gym before a large and noisy but by no means overflow crowd, and thereby took from the Hunters the “Little Brown Jug” they’d won a year ago. Donald (Butch) Rees led the victors with 24 points. Kenny Morgan was high point man for the Hunters with 16.

Radius Schnarr of Jasper, who has been employed as an electrician for the past nine years, has decided to go into the electrical wiring business on his own. Mr. Schnarr, who goes by the nickname of “Perp,” had been employed by the late C. M. Renneisen for a year and a half at the time the latter passed away. Since then he has been employed by Edward Fromme, local electrical contractor. 

Dec. 8

News from Ireland High School: Miss Shelba Lampert was chosen by the student body as Basketball Queen and was crowned Dec. 2. Her Maid of Honor was Martha Jane Hulsman and the Senior attendant was Joan Schnarr. Shelba’s court consisted of the following: Juniors: Donna Wagner and Elvira Vonderheide; Sophomores; Sue Kelly and Bibiana Schmitt; Freshmen: Ardella Bonifer and Mona Leinenbach; Crown Bearer: Cindy Stradtner, Ball Bearer: Bobby Wehr.   

Dec. 9

Eight county youths left from Jasper this morning for Louisville to be inducted into the Army. They will take their basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Leader of today’s group was Richard L. Burke of Jasper. There was one volunteer in the group, Thomas L. Schneider of Jasper. The other six inductees were Patrick R. Lynchand Eugene C. Pieper of Huntingburg; Robert L. Durcholz of Jasper; Jerry Don Hemmer of Holland, Bernard J. Woebkenberg of Ferdinand and Leroy J. Oser, who lives on a Siberia rural route.   

Dec. 10 

Miss Jennie Hopf, a Jasper High School senior, on the basis of her score on the preliminary screening test given to high school seniors in the upper 5% of their class, has been named one of the semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hopf, 1438 Mill St. Jennie will take the scholastic aptitude test of the college entrance examination board at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Jan. 14, at Evansville. Four other JHS seniors, all in the upper 5% of their class, took the preliminary screening test. They are: Connie Miller, Judy Pfeffer, Judy Sturm and Dennis Jackle.   

50 Years Ago

Dec. 7, 1970

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Miss Helen Verkamp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Verkamp of Schnellville, who was crowned the 1970-71 Birdseye High School Basketball Queen Saturday night during the pre-game ceremonies prior to the Birdseye-New Harmony game. Co-captains Jeff Cook and Mark Lubbers crowned the queen. Senior attendants were Mary Lee Welp and Ruth Lueken, juniors were Ava Abell and Shirley Betz, the sophomores were represented by Monica Hoffman and Lou Ann Haas and the freshman by Patti Andry and Jane Vonderheide. 

Dec. 8

Dubois County Commissioner Richard Eckerle of Jasper said Monday night that restoration of confidence in local government and local control in meeting problems faced by residents of individual communities should be one of the future goals of all governmental units. Eckerle, who is retiring from office after his current term ends, was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Association of Indiana Counties, which opened Monday with officials from all of the state’s 92 counties in attendance. 

Dec. 9

Slightly more than half of the school buses inspected by the Indiana State Police this fall were found to have some defects that called for repair work according to figures released by Robert K. Konkle, superintendent of the state police. A total of 7,875 Hoosier school buses were inspected. The police ordered the owners of some 4,000 of the buses to have some repairs made to the vehicles. First Sgt. Wayne Hudson of the Jasper post said that in the Jasper district 450 buses were inspected. Of this number, 221 passed the initial inspection test while repairs were ordered to be made on the other 229. Hudson said that when the buses fail to pass the initial inspection test it’s usually because of faulty lights or exhaust systems, lack of adequate first aid kits and the existence of faulty emergency door buzzers.

Dec. 10

A proposal that an auditorium suitable for stage productions and other uses be built in Armory Park was presented this week to the Jasper Park and Recreation Board at its regular monthly meeting. A spokesman for the group of citizens who have been working on the project for several months presented plans to the park board and requested that the building be constructed in Armory Park. The group proposes that funds for the building be solicited entirely from local industry and business. The park board went on record as favoring the project, providing its attorney, Roger Brown, finds it legally within the board’s jurisdiction. Brown is out of town but is expected to render his opinion after he returns at the end of this week.   

Dec. 11

Harold “Hank” Henke has been named president of Holland Dairies Inc., by the firm’s board of directors. Henke, the firm’s third president, succeeds the late Byron C. Caldemeyer. The new president worked in all phases of the dairies’ operation during his 22 years of employment. Prior to becoming president, he served the firm as vice president for 15 years. Henke, a lifelong resident of the Holland community, is married to the former Eloise Caldemeyer. The couple has three children, a daughter, Beverly, and two sons, Steve and Ron. Others receiving new appointments were Beverly Caldemeyer, vice president and assistant secretary; Ervin Caldemeyer, vice president of finance and treasurer; and Derris Blesch, secretary. 

Dec. 12

The undefeated and sixth-ranked (UPI) Jasper Wildcats survived two big scares Friday night as they defeated winless Evansville Memorial, 61-53, at Memorial’s new Tiger Stadium in Evansville. The victory was the fifth straight for Ed Schultheis’ Felines. The first scare was the highly successful deliberate game thrown at them by Ron Wannemuehler’s Tigers. After Memorial led 2-0 and 4-2 at the start, Jasper led the rest of the way, but the Cats were unable to pull away from the Tigers who finished with a furious charge that saw a 12-point lead for Jasper with 1:56 remaining dwindle to four points with 47 seconds on the clock. The second scare was a fall taken by sparkplug guard Jim Wenzel late in the game. Wenzel had to be carried off the floor and into the Jasper dressing room where a preliminary check indicated the 6-0 senior had possibly broken his left ankle. However, X-rays taken late Friday at Memorial Hospital showed that Wenzel suffered a severe ankle sprain.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 11, 1995

Been there. Done that. In three varsity seasons with Jasper, Kevin Cartwright has accomplished just about everything imaginable for a high school tailback and in the glorious process has come to epitomize Wildcat football. Today, Cartwright sets his sights on a new set of challenges, verbally committing to continue his football career at Ball State University.”I was looking for a place where I’d fit in, I could play and get a good education,” said Cartwright, who rushed for 6,355 yards during his standout career. “This is the realization of a goal I set when I was a freshman.” I would like to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for making this day possible for me. I’d also like to thank my mother and step-father for the encouragement they’ve provided over the years.” 

Dec. 12

The city’s new police headquarters is almost ready, police chief Rick Gunselman said at this morning’s board of public works and safety meeting. “Today is moving day,” Gunselman said. It will be chaotic around headquarters during the move, but the public will still be protected, he said. Radio equipment was dismantled Monday night and is being moved into the new dispatcher’s office today. The dispatchers are using a portable radio base until the new office is online, Gunselman said. The county’s 911 center is also helping out by running record checks and acting as a backup.

Dec. 13

The Ferdinand town council gave preliminary approval to a 10-year, $516,000 property tax abatement on a warehouse that Best Chairs Transit Inc. plans to build in 1996. The 700-by-200 foot central warehouse would allow Best Chairs to convert its existing warehouse into additional manufacturing space creating 40 $7-per-hour jobs with a total annual payroll of about $537,000, according to Steve Wahl, treasurer and controller at Best Chairs. Best Chairs created Best Chairs Transit in September as a separate corporation to handle its warehousing and shipping operations, Wahl said. Annual property taxes on the $4.27 million warehouse would be about $104,000, Wahl estimated. With the abatement, no property taxes would be paid the first year. Taxes would increase gradually, and by the 10th year, Best Chairs Transit would have to pay 95% of the property taxes. 

Dec. 14

St. Joseph Church plans to literally pull out all the stops this Sunday at a festive Christmas concert featuring its new $500,000 pipe organ. The stops on a pipe organ control airflow to the pipes. And when they are pulled out, the organ plays at full capacity, filling the church with thundering music. “It has all the majesty of the sun breaking through the clouds, transporting you to glory,” said Steven Shaner, music minister and organist. He said the church has been intentionally holding back until Sunday’s concert, which will include performances by the adult choir and Dale Lassiter ontrumpet. The one-hour concert will begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. 

Dec. 15

Outlining a platform to improve transportation and repeal an unpopular business tax, Dave Crooks, president of a radio broadcasting corporation, announced Thursday that he will run for the District 63 state representative seat. Don Hume, D-Winslow, has held the District 63 seat since 1974, but has decided not to run for re-election. The district spans five counties, including northern and western Dubois County. When Crooks, 32, made his announcement at Huntingburg’s Gaslight Restaurant, one didn’t have to look very hard to see what his top concern is — he came wearing an I-69 pin on his lapel. “Southwest Indiana has suffered economically because there is no north-south interstate highway,” Crooks said.

Dec. 16

John F. Sturm, 48, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Omer Sturm of Jasper, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Newspaper Association of America, the newspaper industry’s largest trade organization, representing over 1,500 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. His term will begin Jan. 1. Sturm is a Notre Dame graduate and has a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law. Since February 1992, he has been the senior vice president of public policy and general counsel for NAA, where he was the association’s key strategist for legislative, regulatory and other issues affecting the newspaper industry. Sturm joined NAA from CBS Inc., where he was vice president of government affairs in the CBS Washington office. Before his eight years with CBS, he was with the National Broadcasting Company as an attorney in NBC’s Washington office. 

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