Looking Back: 12/7

Jasper High School student Ryan Steffen got a close look at opera 25 years ago when mezzo soprano Rebecca Watts of the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble performed a scene from Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." The ensemble travels the state, presenting programs that show in part how opera is already part of most people's everyday lives, in television and movies. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published December 6, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Dec. 6, 1954

Pictured on the front page of this issue is part of the crowd estimated to be between 10,000 to 12,000 persons who lined Huntingburg’s Fourth Street Saturday afternoon to watch the fine parade that was part of the pre-Christmas holiday festival. The band in the foreground is the Junior Band of Huntingburg High School.  For once the weatherman cooperated as Huntingburg staged the activity that formally signalizes the beginning of the Christmas season in that community. The crowd was the largest ever to attend this annual event.   

Dec. 7

The first Mass to be held in the evening in Jasper, according to a privilege recently granted by Pope Pius XII, is scheduled for 7:30 P. M. Wednesday Dec. 8, at St. Joseph’s Church, the occasion being the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, a holy day of obligation for Catholics and the close of the Marian Year and the Novena. To mark the occasion a Solemn High Mass will be sung. Morning masses will be at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.    

Dec. 8

Huntingburg beat Jasper 49-40 in the 98th game of an historic Indiana high school basketball series, outplaying and outshooting the hitherto undefeated Wildcats last night before a large crowd of partisans in the Hunter goal palace. It was a well-earned victory for Howard Sharp’s netters, who’d lost hard-fought struggles with Princeton and Bosse last week. Huntingburg’s Buddy Blemker finished high-pointer of the night with 20. Wayne Singer contributed 13. Dick Persohn got 12, Charley Kreilein 11 and Donnie Bates 10 for the losers. 

Dec. 9

Mayor Edward J. Lorey of Jasper has announced that he has decided on the three men who are his choices for positions on the five-man utility service board, which was recently authorized by the city council. Mayor Lorey has appointed Dr. G. E. Norman, Republican, and William M. Fritch and Virgil Gramelspacher, Democrats. The city council is to appoint another Democrat and one more Republican member to fill out the board which next January 1 will take over the sizeable and responsibility-laden job of managing the Jasper electric-power plant and distribution center. 

Dec. 10

From the Huntingburg High News Notes column: Some of the seniors have received their graduation photographs, and others are waiting for Mr. Chase to finish their pictures. The officers of the Hi-Y and their advisor, Mr. Reynolds, held a meeting Tuesday in which they discussed plans for the club. They decided to issue ties to the ushers to be worn at the games and to be returned to the club at the close of the basketball season. They hope to purchase usher buttons to replace the paper tags which are now being used. The club also plans to sell hats or caps to the student body. 

Dec. 11

Princeton went tumbling out of the unbeaten class at the hands of Nip Wuchner’s rebounding Wildcats last night, 50-39, in their SIAC collision at the JHS gym. The defeat cost Bob Lochmueller’s Tigers a share in the conference lead. In other area games, Huntingburg romped over the Petersburg Indians, 82-46, St. Ferdinand High’s Crusaders lost 43-41 in double overtime to Loogootee St. John’s on a “sudden death” basket, and Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps picked up their first victory of the season with a 64-52 win over the Chrisney Wildcats. Meanwhile, the Otwell Millers came from behind to defeat Mackey, 54-49, Silver Creek beat the Dale Golden Aces, 66-55, and Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen, the only undefeated team in Dubois County, buried the winless Spurgeon Cardinals 83-26!   

50 Years Ago
Dec. 8, 1969

Four Jasper scouts received high honors in two separate ceremonies held Sunday at the Trinity United Church of Christ. Three of the boys were awarded their Eagle Scout badges, highest rank achievement in the scouting program, and the other was presented with the God and Country Award, highest religious honor accorded a Protestant scout. Receiving their Eagle badges Sunday night during a community Court of Honor held in the Trinity Parish Hall were Jim Siebert and Mike Schnaus, members of Explorer Post 182, and Greg Erny of Post 183. The God and Country Award was received Sunday morning in Trinity Church by Doug Bawel. 

Dec. 9

Employees of Alvin C. Ruxer received their Christmas a little early this year. Ruxer announced that the company’s paid retirement program would be increased by 50 per cent for all of his employees. This includes employees of the Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, Indiana Tool and Die Incorporated, Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Agency, Ruxer Farms and Patoka Valley Beverage Company.  The announcement was made at the annual Christmas dinner held at the Armory Saturday night, with more than 400 people attending. 

Dec. 10    

A 23-year-old Vietnam veteran from the Ferdinand community who was to be married next Saturday at Robinson, Ill., was killed late Monday night when the car he was driving was struck by a freight train near that city. The victim was Kenneth Zink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Zink of Rt. 1, Ferdinand. He was on a 30-day leave from Ireland Army Hospital at Ft. Knox, where he was scheduled to undergo more surgery for wounds he suffered in the explosion of a land mine in Vietnam last August.   

Dec. 11

Pictured in this issue are some members of the Dubois County Mental Health Association. They are shown loading a truck in front of the German Amercian Bank with a total of 916 Christmas gifts donated by individuals, business firms and organizations in the county to patients in the state hospital at Evansville. Those taking part in the operation were Joe McGovern, president of the mental health group, and Miss Margaret Dischinger, chairman of the gifts drive. Also pictured is Earl Eckert, traffic manager for Kimball, who took the gifts to Evansville in a truck furnished by the company.There were 353 gifts for male patients, 496 gifts for women and 67 gifts suitable for presentation to men or women. These were in addition to the cash gifts received. 

Dec. 12

The 40-day strike by members of Upholsterers International Union, Local 331-H, against Dolly Madison Industries’ Timely Plant No. 2 in Huntingburg and Stylemaster Plant No. 4 in Ferdinand came to an end Thursday night as the union membership voted 111-37 to accept DMI’s latest contract offer. The meeting was held at the Palm Gardens in Bretzville. Richard T. Moore, president, Dolly Madison Industries’ Furniture Division, and C. W. Havill, attorney for the union in three negotiations, announced the settlement in a joint statement issued this morning. The statement said, “Representatives of the company and the union met for several hours on Dec. 10, 1969. Following these meetings the union committee agreed to unanimously endorse the new three-year agreement. Full production at both plants will begin on Monday Dec. 15, 1969.”   

Dec. 13

“It was just a good, old-fashioned barn burner.” “It was the biggest team effort I’ve seen since I came to Jasper in 1959.” Ed Schultheis, head basketball coach at Jasper High School, was talking in the noisy Jasper dressing room moments after he guided his Wildcats to a thrilling 83-81 victory over previously unbeaten Evansville Memorial Friday night at the Jasper gym. The victory was the fifth straight for the Wildcats who will take their show on the road tonight to French Lick to meet the undefeated Springs Valley Blackhawks. The big victory over Memorial marked the first time a Jasper team has won its first five games since the 1956-57 season. In other action around the area, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters edged the Fort Branch Twigs, 62-60, while the Ferdinand Crusaders and the Dale Golden Aces also won. The Crusaders beat Vincennes Catholic 82-53 and Dale beat North Posey, 63-55. Coming out on the short end were Birdseye’s Yellow Jackets, 87-80 losers to Marengo; the Dubois Jeeps bowed to Washington Catholic, 55-50, and the Otwell Millers who lost to Perry Central, 62-59.

25 Years Ago
Dec. 12, 1994

The Forest Park wrestling team won the Evansville Memorial tourney with 1811⁄2 points. Evansville Harrison came in second with 155, Southridge took third with 1471⁄2, Martinsville was fourth with 134, Jeffersonville took fifth with 76, Bosse was sixth with 46, Memorial finished seventh with 42, and Pike Central rounded out the eight team field with 24. At Paradise, Jasper went 1-2-1 at the Castle Quad, taking its lumps from some of the best in the state. However, the Cats can dish it out too. The Wildcats (5-3-1) lost to second-ranked Mater Dei 58-3, and tenth-ranked Castle 49-15, but tied 11th-ranked Ben Davis 36-36, and beat Bloomington South 36-25. 

Dec. 13

Construction of the $1.3 million addition to the Jasper police station will begin by April, or earlier if weather permits. The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety this morning accepted the low bid of Krempp Lumber of Jasper  to build the 11,325-square-foot additon for $1,308,700. Krempp Lumber was the lowest of four bidders on the project, though all bids were within $57,000 of one another, and more than $300,000 above the engineer’s estimate. Increases in building costs and prevailing union wages since the city began work on the project at the beginning of the year were the main reasons the bids far exceeded the estimate, Police Chief Rick Gunselman said.   

Dec. 14

A Paoli man’s plans to bring a drive-through pharmacy to Huntingburg were discussed during Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s board of public works and safety. Robin Wilson, a consultant pharmacist, is looking into buying two lots north of G. D. Ritzy’s restaurant off U. S. 231to locate the walk-in/drive through Medical Group Pharmacy. Wilson sought permission to place a driveway and a parking spaces over a city utility easement on the property. Board members approved the request with the understanding that no buildings will be placed over the easement, and, if the city must do utility work, Wilson will be responsible for putting the parking lot and drive back in order.   

Dec. 15

The Jasper Jaguars recently completed their first season in the Washington County Eight-Man Football League. The Jaguars finished with a 3-3 record. Team members included: Jim Stone, Greg Kane, Jerry Haas, Craig Heim, Heath Reller, Kevin Hoffman, Robbie Nordhoff, Barry Wright, Bruce Patton, Jim Haas, Steve Hale, Byron Farmer, Kurt Hoffman, Pat Bradley, Pat Fleming, Tony Jahn, Jeff Huls, Scott Cook, Brad Thomas, Brady Jarboe, Aaron Mundy, Casey Zink, Steve Angerer, Jason Eckstein, Steve May and Jim Tustison.   

Dec. 16

Tri-Cap Head Start has been around for 29 years. Yet many people either aren’t aware of it, don’t have a clear idea what it’s about, or have misconceptions on who it serves, local Head Start staff members say. As a result, they believe, Head Start is now having trouble finding students to fill all the available openings. The federally funded child development program — which provides education, health, nutrition and other services to pre-school children (ages 4 and 5) of low-income families in Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties — offers two options. The Center-based program in Dubois County — with 20 students in each of two classrooms, one in Jasper and one in Huntingburg — is at capacity. But the home-based program — in which a teacher comes into families’ homes and works with the child and a parent for 90 minutes, once a week — is not. 

Dec. 17

Pike Central coach Brian Wahl thought his team would face its toughest test to date against Washington on Friday. If that’s the case, then the undefeated Chargers (6-0) passed with flying colors in their 68-63 win over the Hatchets (3-2). “I’m real pleased with the win,” said Wahl. “I think Washington has a real nice club and they’re going to win a lot of games. Brad Weisman led the Chargers with 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Chad Whitehead added 12. “We went for (Adam) Seitz and we went for Weisman and I thought we did a pretty good job on those people,” said Hatchet coach Dave Omer. “We never expected Whitehead. He just flat killed us.” Washington’s Rob McCracken finished with a game-high 23 points. 

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