Looking Back: 1/27

Workers stood between metal rafters near the top of what will be Jasper's new city office building Thursday afternoon. Heating and air conditioning ducts on the $2.5 million building were to be installed today. Construction is on schedule with a completion deadline of July 24. Herald photo by Tim Myers. Published January 29, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Jan. 26, 1953
Twelve more of Dubois County’s young men left from Jasper this morning for Indianapolis to be inducted into military service. Serving as leader of today’s group was Norbert E. Olinger of Huntingburg. Leon R. Senninger of Ferdinand served as assistant leader. The other ten who left this morning are: Vincent A. Collins of Hillham, a volunteer. Wilfred A. Merkel of Celestine, a volunteer. Charles J. Voelkel of Boone Township. John O. Steinkamp and Billy Joe Kemp of Huntingburg. Albert J. Kern, Rt. 1, Ferdinand. Leo F. Rahman, Rt. 2, Ferdinand. Alvin Lee Drake, Dubois. Albert W. Zehr, Rt. 2, Dubois. Donald F. Sermersheim, Jasper.   

Jan. 27
Carl Stuehrk, Sr., who has served as manager of the Jasper Ice & Fuel company for more than nine years — since September of 1943 -has resigned, the resignation to become effective January 31. Mr. and Mrs. Stuehrk will move back to Tell City, where they lived before moving to Jasper in 1940. Mr. Stuehrk will be succeeded as manager of Jasper Ice & Fuel by Vernon “Copper” Garland of Birdseye. Mr. Garland was employed for 14 years in Cook’s store in Birdseye before being elected trustee of Jefferson Township. After serving for three years, he resigned to accept the position of postmaster of Birdseye. He served in this capacity for 19 months before accepting a position as a field man for the Indiana Gross Income Tax Division, where he has been employed the last two years.

Jan. 28   
Since January 1 the city of Jasper has been having 24-hour police protection for the first time in its history. The force now comprises of four full-time policemen and one part-time officer. Police authorities contend that there should be one policeman for every 1,000 inhabitants of a community. The newest man on the force is Odilo “Oats” Berger, who was appointed last December by Mayor Edward Lorey. He assumed his duties the first of this year. Other members of the force are Chief Bob Parker, Bob Schmitt, Cletus Eckert, and part-time officer, Bill Walton.   

Jan. 29
James O. Leas has accepted a position with the Daily Herald editorial staff and will assume his duties tomorrow. Mr. Leas will become sports and news editor of the Herald, a position he has held with the Bicknell Daily News since 1936. These positions are currently held by Jack Rumbach who has also served as managing editor and business manager. Mr. Rumbach will now devote his entire time to his business and administrative duties. Mr. Leas joins a staff which includes Simon E. Stemle as city editor and photographer and Miss Mildred Smith as society editor. He is married to the former Lucille Carmichael. They have two children. Mr. Leas has three brothers including Jack L. Leas, a teacher at Jasper High School.   

Jan. 30
At 6:30 yesterday evening to the accompaniment of ringing church bells and shrieking factory whistles and sirens, a volunteer army of 300 Dubois County women started out on their Mothers March to collect contributions toward the polio fund. Before the evening was over, the representatives of the soliciting groups in the various communities had brought more than $4,000 to the army’s “headquarters” in the Community Room of the Dubois County State Bank in Jasper. The exact sum turned in last night from the Mothers March was $4,123.85, with two small towns yet to report.
Jan. 31
Huntingburg’s 16-game winning streak was shatttered 62-56 by Evansville Central Friday night but not before 32 minutes of rampaging basketball before approximately 6,700 howling, whooping fans jamming the Hunter goal house to watch Indiana’s game of the week.
The Jasper city council has purchased a site in the northeast sector of Jasper as a location for additions to its rapidly-expanding utilities plant. The nine-acre site was offered by the Jasper Turning Company for $9,050. It extends westward from the present east limit of 15th Street to the Patoka River. The Southern Railway track bisects the tract.    

50 Years Ago
Jan. 29, 1968
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Ireland freshman basketball team  the P.V.C. Freshman tournament champions. They defeated the Ferdinand freshmen last Thursday night. The Ireland frosh have now won thirteen games in a row. Members of the team are Steve Gress, student manager Bill Kunkel, Charles Boehm, Duane Sermersheim, Dean Pryor, John Miller, Kenny Rasche, Alan Wehr, Donald Schwenk, Conrad Kuczynski, Greg Wehr, student manager Jerry Wehr, and Roland Terwiske. Also pictured are Coach Charles Wilder and Varsity Coach Dave Lueking.

Jan. 30
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the new Board of Trustees of St. Benedict College. The nine-member board held its first meeting Saturday afternoon. Board members include: Sister Mary Dominic Frederick, O.S.B, Mrs. Robert Schnaus, Sister M. Carlita Koch, O.S.B., and Sister M. Johnita Derr, O.S.B.. Also a part of the group are: Stanley G. Krempp, Dr. James A. Byrne, Raphael Blessinger, Don E. Madison and Robert G. Gramelspacher. At the meeting Robert E. Gramelspacher of Jasper was named chairman of the board. Chosen as vice-chairman was Stanley G. Krempp also of Jasper and selected to serve as secretary was Sister Carlita Koch, O.S.B.  

Jan. 31
The following announcement was released today by the Dubois County Committee on School Reorganization: “After much study, the collecting of school statistics and other related materials, including visits to neighboring reorganized school districts; and deliberation in the many meetings held since September 1966, the Dubois County Committee on School Reorganization by vote of six to three has proposed four administrative school units for Dubois County. Namely: “Southwest District (this unit includes Cass and Patoka Townships and all the cities and towns therein). “Southeast District (this unit includes Ferdinand, Jackson and Jefferson Townships and all cities and towns therein. “Northeast District (this unit includes Bainbridge, Boone, Madison Townships and all cities and towns therein. “Northeast District (this unit includes Columbia, Hall, Harbison and Marion Townships  and all cities and towns therein.  
Feb. 1
Once again the Academy of Immaculate Conception, secondary school for girls located in Ferdinand, will open its doors to day students of the area. The academy discontinued taking non-resident students when St. Ferdinand High School started classes in 1952. The academy presently has a student to teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Tuition costs will be $300 per year which will include student fee, library fee and noon lunches. For the second girl in a family attending the academy, tuition costs will be $200. 
Feb. 2
At Thursday night’s meeting of the Huntingburg Utility Board the members discussed further the cost of electric power furnished by the Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Company. Huntingburg is trying to get a reduction in the rate. The board members heard the reading of a letter written by the city’s general counsel in Washington to the Federal Power Commission staff concerning the rate, and also a letter from the Federal Power Commission asking SIGECO to respond to Huntingburg’s rate complaint by Feb. 9th.  Huntingburg is asking for a hearing to resolve the dispute regarding rates.   

Feb. 3
The Vincennes Alices, sharing the “Number 6” spot in the UPI state high school basketball ratings were almost the victims of what would have been the major upset of the season last night. Coach Gunner Wyman’s Alices had to outlast a desperate and heroic onslaught by the Huntingburg Happy Hunters to notch their 16th victory of the season, 75-66. Vincennes’ center, Jerry Memering took game scoring honors as he scored 23 points. Three other Alices scored in double digits. For the Hunters, Jim Lauderdale was high point man with 22. Joe Smith hit for 20 points and Howard Renner pitched in 18 for the Hunters’ cause.  
25 Years Ago
Jan. 25, 1993  
Terre Haute North appeared well rested, fresh from an eight-day break between games. Jasper looked weary, drained by an overtime win the night before. Well, looks can be deceiving. The 19th-ranked Patriots were the ones who needed an extra period to beat Vincennes Lincoln Friday night. It was the Wildcats who had been idle since a lackluster win at Washington on Jan. 15. Yet it was the Patriots who showed no evidence of fatigue in blitzing the Cats 11-0 in the first 4 1/2 minutes Saturday night, and who had enough stamina to turn back a pair of second-half rallies and preserve a 65-57 victory. “It was tough coming off that big game last night,” said North coach Jim Jones.  “Terre Haute North came into our place and kicked our butt,” said Jasper coach Ken Schultheis.  

Jan. 26
Cutbacks by Sears, Roebuck and Co. will eliminate the jobs of more than 1,000 employees in Indiana and shutter retail stores in Madison, Warsaw and Washington, but the manager of the Jasper store says he is still hopeful that this store won’t be closed. Sears sent out telegrams to store managers stating that most independently owned catalog stores will be closed, but the chain is evaluating some catalog selling locations as possible independent retail selling units, manager Bill Becker said today. “I don’t know what it means or if we’d be on it, but we’re one of the largest catalog stores there are and our sales are fantastic,” he said. “We have hopes that we’ll be one of them, but we don’t know.”  

Jan. 27
Building a parallel taxiway, satisfying environmental regulations of waste water treatment, and expanding and/or relocating the operational area are the top priorities among future plans at the Huntingburg Airport. The Dubois County Airport Authority discussed those plans and issues facing the airport at Tuesday night’s public forum that drew a crowd of about 50 to Huntingburg’s Old Town Hall. Chuck Scales, owner of Indiana Airmotive, the airport’s fixed base operator, and his son and employee, Brad Scales, provided most of the public input, saying the level of activity at the airport over the last 20 years doesn’t justify the scope of the air board’s plans. Space for construction, waste water treatment, the terminal building, a north-south runway, storm water discharge and a water supply sufficient to provide fire protection are the primary issues, airport manager Raymie Eckerle told the crowd during a slide presentation on the airport.   

Jan. 28
Huntingburg city police are looking for a new neighborhood from which to serve their friends and neighbors. A crowded city electric department plans to evict the police department from a brick building the two share at 510 Van Buren St. Space allotted to both departments in the old building is insufficient, so the forced move isn’t exactly breaking Police Chief George Lewallen’s heart. All told, there is 900 square feet of office space for the police department. Lewallen says 2,500 square feet is needed. Eight police officers, including the chief, three reserve officers and five traffic control officers serve the department.

Jan. 29
Holiday World’s water park, scheduled to open May 29, is being credited, along with an improved economy, for tripling the sale of season passes to the Santa Claus theme park. In addition, group bookings for company picnics have increased so much the park has decided to advance its schedule for expanding its picnic grove from 1994 to 1993. The park will spend $130,000 to double the size of the grove’s accommodations and increase the size of the grove’s kitchen by 50 percent.  More pavillions will be built. The expansion will add about 20 jobs.  

Jan. 30
At Tell City last night, one-hundred-seventy-eight points got slapped on the scoreboard in 32 minutes. Jasper had most of them: 96. The host Marksmen ended with 82. Scott Rolen paced the Wildcats scoring with 32 points. Teammate Michael Lewis added 22 for 10-4 Jasper. Two other Cats scored in double figures: Kurt Fuhs had 14 and Scott Clark contributed 11. Jeremy Tempel, a 5-11 senior guard, was high point man for the Marksmen. He scored 31 points. Tell City is now 8-5.   

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