Looking Back: 1/26

Nick Berry used part of his day off of school 25 years ago to do some sledding with a friend on a slope near the St. Anthony Catholic Church. Schools were closed for four days because of snow and cold. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Jan. 21, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
January 25, 1954

Valentine Fleig, 83, retired Ferdinand business man, died Saturday morning at 11:40 in Memorial Hospital in Jasper following an illness of five days. Mr. Fleig had suffered a ruptured gall bladder and had been taken to the hospital three days previous to his death. He was born in Baden, Germany, on Feb. 13, 1870, and was the last surviving member of his family. Before his retirement, he operated Fleig’s Cafe in Ferdinand. Surviving him are his wife, Elizabeth, a daughter, Mrs. Marie Senninger of Ferdinand; three sons, Edward and Sylvester of Ferdinand, and Roman of Evansville. 

January 26

Work was started this week on a city directory for Jasper which will be published by the Mullin-Kille Co., in association with the Daily Herald. The directory will include a great amount of valuable information not usually included in directories. The directory will include the following: 1. Telephone numbers arranged by streets. 2. Designation of home ownership. 3. A complete classified business directory. 4. The name of every person over 18, with wife’s name, occupation, employer’s name and address. 5. Telephone numbers arranged numerically. 6. Designation of the number of children under 18 in each family. 7. A historic preface. 8. Telephone numbers arranged alphabetically. 9. A complete rural route directory.   

January 27

Bob Sakel’s giant Rockport cagers broke loose in the third quarter last night to deluge the visiting Ferdinand Crusaders with baskets for a 70-39 victory. In the last quarter Ferdinand inadvertently helped the Rockport boys along with a field goal. By mistake after a Ferdinand free throw the ball was given to the Crusaders under that basket and they took it down the floor. Frank Becher hoisted a beauty through the nets--the wrong nets. It was credited to Rockport’s captain, Denstroff. Erwin with 18 and Englebrecht with 16 led the winners. Leon Wendholt got 14 for Ferdinand.

January 28

Two more Dubois County communities now have dial telephone service, bringing to six the number of towns in the county that have been switched to dial service by the Indiana Telephone Corp. The latest communities to go over to the dial system are Haysville and Ireland. The others who already had dial service are Birdseye, Ferdinand, St. Anthony and Schnellville. Special four-page directories have been issued by the phone company for the Ireland and Haysville communities, and the new dial numbers will be included in the general county directory which will go to all subscribers in the county around May 1.   

January 29

Principal E. H. Loehr of Huntingburg High School today announced the ticket distribution for the annual IHSAA sectional basketball tourney to be held at the HHS gym next month. Here are the participating schools and the number of tickets received by each: Birdseye 354, Dubois 494, French Lick 792, Holland 274, Huntingburg 733, Ireland 309, Jasper 1332, Otwell 499, Spurgeon 237, Stendal 179, West Baden 367, and Winslow 686. Capacity of the Huntingburg gym for tourney purposes in 6,260. Of the participating schools, Jasper has the largest enrollment with 480 students, while Stendal has the least amount of students--44.

January 30

Pictured on the front page of this issue are eight more Dubois County young men who were inducted into military services yesterday. Those pictured include: Donald Lynn Fisher, Dubois; Cletus Leo Brinkman, R. 2, Ferdinand; Bobby Jerome Fenneman, Holland; Arthur Louis Schulte (leader), R. 2, Huntingburg; Clarence Henry Knust, R. 2, Ferdinand; Richard Othmar Kieffner, R. 2, Jasper; Robert Eugene Brunsman, Holland; and Frederick Lawrence Neukam, Haysville.

Jasper’s Wildcats gave the Washington Hatchets, who had beaten them twice, a monumental drubbing last night before a full house at the JHS gym by the score of 72-46. Donnie Bates, whose 34 points set a new JHS individual game scoring record, was the chief sock in Jasper’s attack.

50 Years Ago
January 27, 1969

The Huntingburg Happy Hunters overran the Dale Golden Aces 65-58 in the Hunters’ annual homecoming game Saturday. In pre-game ceremonies, Miss Connie Haas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Haas, R. 2, Huntingburg, was crowned Huntingburg High School basketball queen. Senior captain Jim Harris crowned the queen. Denny Lewis was Huntingburg’s leading scorer with 18 points. Hank Menke added 15 and Howard Renner 14.

Miss Debbie Lueken was crowned basketball queen at Ferdinand High School during pre-game ceremonies last Saturday evening. Debbie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Lueken of Ferdinand, was crowned by Paul Niehaus, one of three seniors on the Crusader squad.

January 28

Now it has become a family affair. The Rasche family, that is. Mrs. Syl Rasche of R. 5, Jasper, and her 17-year-old son combined efforts to win both prizes in last week’s basketball contest in THE DAILY HERALD.  Both got all 12 games right  and were the only entrants to do so. Mrs. Rasche takes first prize of $20 as a result of her prediction that 146 points would be scored in the “game of the week.” The actual total was 132 points as Vincennes defeated Jasper, 72-60. Bill Rasche predicted a total of 149 points.

January 29

Coach Joe Rohleder’s Jasper High School wrestling team completed its first season of competition Tuesday night with an impressive 47-3 victory over SIAC foe Washington at the JHS gym. The victory gives the Wrestling Wildcats a 6-1 record for the season, including four victories in a row, going into the SIAC meet Friday and Saturday at New Albany. Lightweights Allen Kiefer (95), Rick Oser (103) and Mark Hoffman (112) started Jasper’s attack last night with three fast pins. Kiefer won in 33 seconds, Oser in 37 seconds and Hoffman in 48 seconds. In all, the Cats rolled up 11 victories in 12 matches, including seven pins and four decisions. Heavyweight Dave Dove finished the season undefeated. 

January 30

Five persons, including two Jasper High School faculty members, were injured in a car-station wagon crash around 9 o’clock Wednesday night betweem Jasper and Ireland. According to the investigating officers, State Police trooper Robert McGowen and Sheriff Ambrose Wilz, a car being driven by Jesse W. Polen, 48, of Rt. 4, Jasper, swerved across the center line on on Ind 56, a mile east of Ireland and into the path of a west bound station wagon driven by Don noblitt, 31, of 310 West Ninth Street, Jasper. Noblitt is the assistant principal and freshman basketball coach at JHS. Passengers in the station wagon were Noblitt’s wife, Alice, Ed Schultheis, head basketball coach at JHS, and Mrs. Schultheis.   

January 31

Paul Uebelhor, R. 5, Jasper, was honored Thursday evening as Jasper’s Outstanding Young Man of 1968 by the Jasper Jaycees at their twentieth annual DSA and Bosses Night Banquet at the K of C Home. Uebelhor was visibly shaken as Bob Steffe, a previous winner of the DSA, related to the crowd the numerous projects and activities that qualified him for this award, which was presented shortly after his thirty-fifth birthday. Upon receiving the award, Uebelhor said, “I don’t know how you can celebrate your birthday any nicer than this. Jasper is the number one town ... no doubt it.

February 1

Mike Poehlein, an unheralded 5-9 junior guard, tossed in 20 points Friday night to lead the Tell City Marksmen to a 57-50 SIAC victory over the Jasper Wildcats at the Tell City gym. John Frank lead the Jasper attack with 13 points. It was Jasper’s third straight loss and their fourth setback in their last five outings. Tell City improved to 11-4. Meanwhile, the Bedford Stonecutters defeated the Huntingburg Happy Hunters, 69-59, at the HHS gym last night. Denny Lewis bucketed 21 points for the Hunters. Teammate Sherrel Helmerich added 18. 

25 Years Ago
January 24, 1994

CBS News has asked Louise Prechtel to help make history. Tuesday, following President Clinton’s State of the Union address, the 77-year-old Jasper resident will. A representative from the network news machine headed by Dan Rather and Connie Chung called Prechtel a week ago. The pleasant female staffer interviewed Prechtel for 20 minutes before asking if she and her touchtone phone would participate in a first-of-its-kind, nationwide telephone poll immediately following the president’s address. Prechtel, a widow who votes regularly and does volunteer work at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, agreed.

January 25

Boy Scout Troop 185 plans a grand reunion Feb. 12 to celebrate a rare occurrence: the presentation of the troop’s 100th Eagle Scout award in its 50th year of service. Less than 2 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Emblem, Scouting’s highest rank. Since the troop’s original charter in April of 1944, the troup has conferred the coveted award 99 times. The 100th will be conferred later in February. The Most Rev. Daniel Buechlein, the fifth Archbishop of Indianapolis, was Troop 185’s second Eagle, His brother, Charlie, was Eagle No. 1. For 16-year-old Ryan Helfter, Troop 185’s 99th Eagle Scout, earning the rank was additionally significant because he also had to master Attention Deficit Disorder. Troop 185’s celebration will begin with a 5 p.m. mass at Holy Family Church on Feb. 12.

January 26

Ed Schultheis, Jasper’s Athletic Director for the last 17 years, will be retiring at the end of this school year. Friday night, JHS will honor Schultheis during a ceremony before the Wildcats’ Big Eight Conference game against Tell City. After the game there will be a reception, which is open to the public, in Room S400 at JHS. Schultheis’ retirement will wrap up an illustrious 35-year career at JHS.  Eighteen of those years were spent teaching and coaching. Schultheis and his wife, Rose Ann, have nine childdren and 12 grandchildren. Eight of their children have graduated from college, including current JHS head basketball coach Ken Schultheis. Their youngest child, Jennifer is a freshman at Jasper High School.

January 27

Jasper Middle School has announced its spelling bee champion and runner-up. Jayme Jahn, 14, daughter of Tom and Sheryl Jahn, was named champion. She is in the eighth grade and her teacher is Susan Hutchison. Runner-up was Derrick Young, 13, son of Steve and Monica Young. His teacher is Keith Steczyk; Derrick is in the seventh grade. Forest Park Junior High School in Ferdinand, has also announced its spelling champion. Adam Christmas will represent the school in the county spelling bee to be held on Feb. 8th at the Dubois Middle School. Eighth grader Adam Christmas is the son of Mike and Carolyn Christmas. Runner-up was Janet Weyer, also an eighth grader. She is the daughter of Kenny and Patty Weyer. 

January 28

Across the nation, school nurses are seeing their workloads grow as students whose families cannot afford medical care increasingly come to them for primary care. Dubois County nurses are no exception. Gail Eckerle has been a school nurse for 14 years--the last four at Jasper High School. “We do not do any treating or diagnosing,’ says Eckerle, a registered nurse. She estimates that in her school of 866 students, she sees about 8,000 visits to her office in seven months. “And that doesn’t include any testing I do.” Registered nurse Carolyn Carney has worked in the Southeast schools for the past three years, where the workload has also increased. Students often drop by the nurse’s office for health information, not just treatment.   

January 29

Evansville sportscaster Ryan Lemond has moved from WTVW Channel 7 to WFIE Channel 14. His first broadcast as sports anchor on the different station was Wednesday. He is the son of Gary and Adrienne Lemond of Otwell, and is a 1985 graduate of Pike Central High School, and a 1980 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College.   

DMI Furniture Inc. has announced this week record sales in all of its furniture lines for the first quarter ended Nov. 27 of last year. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 1994 increased 24.9 percent to $16.6 million from $13.2 million in the same quarter of FY 1993.   

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