Looking Back: 12/8December 7, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
December 7, 1953
Probably the main topic of conversation in Dubois County right now concerns the question of whether or not Catholic schools will continue to receive state aid and whether the nuns will continue to teach in the schools that are partly supported by the state. According to a story in Saturday’s Evansville Press by Mace Broidie, the staff writer “as unable to find a non-Catholic who knew of any incident in which the teaching system brought embarrassment to non-Catholics despite the fact that seven of the 10 rural townships in the county employ licensed and qualified nuns as regular public school teachers. Bob Menke of Huntingburg, a Protestant who represents Dubois and Martin counties in the state legislature, told The Herald this morning: “I am not in sympathy with the tactics nor the purpose of the present lawsuit. I think the nuns have made a great contribution to public education and have saved us tens of thousands of dollars.”
Evansville Reitz high’s undefeated, untied Panthers, who so emphatically defended their Southern Indiana Athletic Conference football title this fall, landed four sterling performers on the all-conference eleven selected by ballot of the 16 coaches in the schoolboy league. Seven teams were represented on the mythical team announced today. In addition to the four Reitz players, Bosse had two and Bicknell, Bloomington, Washington, Vincennes and Huntingburg one each. Huntingburg’s Buddy Blemker, a junior, was one of four backfield players to make the squad.
Nip Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats ran, rebounded and shot their way to a 72-48 triumph over their old rivals, the Huntingburg Hunters, at the JHS gym. The Jasper cagers weren’t able to shake the Hunters completely until the latter part of the third quarter. A ten-point margin had been shaved to 37-33 by the Red and Black team before the Cats cut loose and kept going. About five minutes later — and in the last period with 6:18 showing on the clock — Jasper was ahead 58-37. For Jasper, Charley Kreilein and Donnie Bates each got 13, while Gerry Sermershein added 10. Bob Maxey led the Hunters’ scoring with 14 and Buddy Blemker added 10.
Dubois High’s Jeeps made it six straight last night but only after the toughest kind of battle with an old rival, Ireland. Boots Gehlhausen, top Dubois scorer, got 18 in this one. Before fouling out, Bobby Thacker connected for 14. Roger Zehr got 10. For the Irish netters, Charles Mendel and Sylvester Rohleder each totalled 14 and Charley Mehringer 12. Dubois will play at Chrisney on Friday night while Ireland entertains the Otwell Millers. Keith Showwalter’s Loganberries, who won their first three and lost the next two this season and host the Jasper Wildcats Saturday night, will play a home game with North Central Conference foe Frankfurt tomorrow evening. Nip Wuchner will be there to watch. Only the Cat varsity is making the trip to Logansport. There’ll be no game for the Kittens.
Arnold Habig, president of the Jasper Corporation, said at a meeting of the Foremen’s Club in Henderson, Ky., that a new plant to convert by-products of a Henderson lumber company into a new type of lumber may be in operation by next April. Mr. Habig said that the Jasper-American Corporation of Henderson, which will be a subsidiary of the Jasper Corporation’s main plant at Jasper, is ready to begin construction of a $250,000 plant in Henderson. The plant will be located next to the Scott Lumber Company and at peak production will employ about 150 men.
Bob Roberson hit 40 points for the second time this season as Howard Miller’s Birdseye Yellow Jackets nipped the Bristow cagers, 68-67, last night on the Bristow court. The high-scoring veteran sank 16 of 33 field goal attempts and added eight free tosses. Mark Lagrange’s St. Ferdinand Crusaders turned back Loogootee St. John’s last night, 62-55, after overcoming an early deficit. Leon Wendholt led the winners with 22 points, while Claude Vaal and Frank Becher had 12 apiece. Meanwhile, Howard Sharp’s Huntinburg Hunters gave the visiting Tribesmen from Petersburg a 64-42 whacking. Wayne Singer was high point man for the victors with 18 points. Buddy Blemker had 17 and Bob Maxey 14. In other area games, Ireland defeated Otwell 40-34, Holland romped over the Spurgeon Cardinals, 76-29, and Chrisney edged the Dubois Jeeps, 62-60, in overtime.
• 50 Years Ago
December 9, 1968
The Ferdinand Crusaders continue to serve notice that they may well be the team to beat in the 1969 sectional at Huntingburg when they rolled over the Tell City Marksmen, 61-38, Saturday night at Tell City. Coach Larry Klein’s Crusaders who pulled one of the shockers of the young season when they upset previously undefeated Evansville Rex Mundi, 66-60, Friday night at Ferdinand, went on the road Saturday to battle Tell City, a team that is always tough on their home floor. Even though they had to face their second big test in as many nights the Crusaders romped home to an easy 61-38 win, their fifth of the season against one loss. The victory proved to any doubters that Ferdinand has one of the “class” ballclubs in the area this season.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Don Eck, who last night received the Dubois County Outstanding Young Farmer award. Also in the photo are Don’s wife, Margaret, last year’s winner, Jim Bair, who made the presentation and Jerry Seger, the main speaker at the dinner program held at Dubois. Eck, a 32-year-old resident of Boone Township, has been operating a farm the past nine years. He owns 130 acres and rents another 60, and also helps his father operate the latter’s 225-acre farm.
Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, athletic director at Jasper High School, has been elected to the Indiana High School Athletic Association Athletic Council. The announcement was made by the IHSAA Commissioner Phil Eskew. This is the second time O”Neill has served on the council and previously was a board member. He will represent 23 counties in District Five, Class Five. Council members are elected by school principals only. This is Jasper’s first year in Class Five for large school enrollment. To be eligible for this class, there must be 1,000 students in senior high school. Lowell McGlothlin of Holland is presently serving on the council in Class One.
Theodore C. Sorensen, special counsel to the late President John F. Kennedy, will lecture at St. Benedict College in Ferdinand on January 13. Sorensen’s address will be the first of a projected series of Abraham Lincoln Lectures to be sponsored annually by St. Benedict College. At St. Benedict College, Sorensen will address himself to the topic: “John F. Kennedy in the Lincoln Tradition.” His lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in the Ferdinand High School gym. The public is welcome to attend. Admission will be one dollar for adults and 50 cents for high school students.
One of the youngest college administrators in higher education will be formally inaugurated Saturday afternoon as president of St. Benedict College. The inauguration ceremonies for Sister Debora Wilson, O.S.B., which will highlight a two-day program on the Ferdinand campus of St. Benedict, are scheduled to get underway at 2:30 Saturday afternoon with an academic procession. The public is invited to attend the events and the presidential reception which will follow the inauguration. In January of this year she was named by the new Board of Trustees as president of St. Benedict College. Prior to this appointment she had served as Dean of Students and an instructor of English at the college.
What a difference a week makes. Last Friday the Jasper Wildcats struggled through a thoroughly disappointing evening in a 68-66 loss at Bloomington. Last night, the same group of Wildcats, turned in a sparkling performance in the old Central gym in Evansville to completely humiliate a good Memorial Tiger team, 84-56. Sophomore Wayne Bailey, a 6-6 lad who is quickly developing into one of the better big men in southern Indiana, led a Jasper charge on the boards with 21 rebounds, tops of his young career. “Beetle,” as he is called by his teammates and the Jasper fans, also found time to toss in a career high of 17 points, intercepted three Memorial passes, led a number of fast breaks and turned in an overall good floor game. John Frank, a junior southpaw gunner, turned in another steady offensive performance with nine field goals in 15 attempts and seven out of seven at the free throw line for 25 points.
• 25 Years Ago
December 6, 1993
Zach Ziliak, a senior at Indiana Univesity and a 1990 graduate of Jasper High School, has joined the ranks of 2,691 Rhodes Scholars, a program begun in 1903. He is the first Rhodes Scholar from Jasper. The award pays for up to three years of graduate study at Oxford University in England. Judges selected this year’s 32 winners — 17 women and 15 men — from more than 1,200 applicants. Women were first allowed to compete in 1976, and this is the first year more than half of the recipients were women. Zach is the son of John and Kathleen Ziliak of Jasper.
Dubois County has a new animal ordinance the county commissioners hope will solve the problem of stray dogs and pets running at large. The ordinance adopted at Monday’s commissioners meeting requires dog owners to put collars and identification tags on their animals. The pets must also be vaccinated. Owners of pets found in violation of the ordinance will be fined $25 for the first offense and up to $100 for subsequent offenses. Stray animals will be picked up by the sheriff’s department. The county is contracting with area veterinarins to hold the animals for up to three days. If the owner does not come forward to claim the animal or cannot be identified in that time, the animal will be destroyed.
Pictured in this issue are Mary Kuczynski and her sister, Janina Szczeniowska, whom she met at the Indianapolis International Airport late Tuesday night. The two sisters haven’t seen each other for 49 years. They were separated during World War II in Warsaw, Poland. The two kept in touch, but had not seen each other until Kuczynski’s children decided to give their mother a Christmas present: a six-week visit with Szczeniowska. Irene Persohn is hoping for a Christmas unlike any she has had before. This will be the first time that she has spent the holidays with her aunt Janina. Persohn’s mother, Mary, last saw her younger sister in 1944 when Kuczynski was taken from a school in Poland to a prison camp. When World War II was over, Kuczynski was released and first moved to England and then the United States, eventually settling in Jasper.
House address numbers painted on street curbing is OK but it is not a substitute for posting the numbers on houses, according to Jasper Police Chief Rick Gunselman. The police department has received calls from area residents who have been getting notices from a Kentucky company that paints house numbers on curbs. One resident said that the notice seemed to suggest the city requires homes to post numbers on curbs, Gunselman said. This is not so, he said.
Huntingburg’s St. Joseph Hospital has begun a major renovation project. The emergency room, intensive care unit/cardiopulmonary department and patient registration area will be reconfigured and a new corridor and ambulance garage added. The changes will make better use of existing space in the emergency room and allow the intensive care unit to move from the second floor to an area behind the emergency room. This will improve efficiency and permit the emergency room and intensive care unit to share resources. The renovation is expected to be completed within one year.
Kimball International’s John Cooper and Doug Libbert are the latest company employees to earn Certified Management Accountant status. Cooper, of Jasper, is the controller for Jasper Laminates. Libbert is cost manager for Kimball’s Office Furniture Group. The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, which administers the CMA examination, is the world’s largest organization for management accountants and financial managers.
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