Looking Back: 12/9December 8, 2017
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Dec. 8, 1952
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Betty Burger, who became the 16th Jasper High School student to be crowned JHS Basketball Queen last Friday night . Also pictured is Captain Gary Phillips who placed the crown upon her head prior to the Wildcat-Washington game. Miss Martha Huther was maid of honor and Shirley Brenner was the senior attendant. Other members of the court were Pat Pinnick and Jane Schneider, juniors; Nancy Witte and Sarah Berger, sophomores; and Anne Poe, freshman. Little Susan Meurer and Diane Miller were the flower girls while Tommy Russell was ball bearer. Washington’s Hatchets spoiled the coronation festivities by handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season by a score of 70-58.
The production and maintenance employees of the Jasper Seating Company this morning voted to recognize an independent union as their bargaining agent instead of Local 331, U.I.U., which had represented them since 1948. The vote was 53 in favor of the Jasper Union; 26 for Local 331 and five votes for no union. Four votes were challenged by Local 331 officials. The president of the independent union is George Sermersheim, who at one time, was president of Local 331. This morning’s election was conducted by Bruce Gillis, a field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board.
The Huntingbrg Hunters battled from behind in the final quarter last night to keep alive their unbeaten string of victories at seven straight, victimizing the Jasper Wildcats, 53-48, in the Hunter gym. A near-capacity crowd of almost 5,000 watched Coach Howard Sharp’s Hunters fall behind in the early quarters then gradually whittle the Wildcat lead in the third quarter until things stood even-stephen with 8 minutes to go, 38-38. The issue was actually in doubt right up to the last minute of play. With 45 seconds to go, the Hunters found Buddy Blemker all alone under the basket on a stall and the left-handed sophomore applied the clincher, 52-48. A free toss by Pinky Powell at :18 was the finishing touch. The game marked the 92nd meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 53 to 39 edge in the series, which started in 1919.
The town of Ferdinand is getting a dial phone system. Employees of the Indiana Telephone Corporation have begun cutting in the new phones and by the end of this week the new system should be in operation. Ferdinand will be the fourth Dubois County community to switch to the dial system, which was installed in recent years in the communities of Birdseye, St. Anthony and Schnellville. At least two other communities in the county are in line to get dial phones. They are Haysville and Ireland.
Mrs. Francis Seibert entertained at Kindergarten Monday in honor of her daughter, Marilyn’s fifth birthday. The following children were invited: Joan Tucker, Ruth Sermersheim, Janice Eckert, David Seger, Donnie Wilmes, Farrel Gosman, George Brockman, Donna Lou Eckerle, Kathy Rumbach, Jimmie and Martha Wuchner, Carol and Linda Mehringer, Ann Wuchner, Marilyn Schaaf, Phil Reising, Drudy Murphy, Sarah Jane Hamlet, Carol Jean Brosmer, Hannah Traylor, Mike Seibert and Jeannie Steinkamp of Lakeland, Fla. Marilyn received many lovely gifts.
The Indiana Hotel, which has catered to the travelling public at its location at Fifth and Jackson Streets in Jasper for the past half century, has a new owner. The hotel, which was operated since early in 1945 by Cecil C. Gilliatte of Cannelton, has been sold to Arthur T. Cain of Indianapolis. Mr. Cain will live at the hotel and serve as resident-manager. Leo Ettensohn, who has managed the 40-room hotel for the past five years, has leased the Sunlight Hotel at Cannelton from Mr. Gilliatt. The Indiana Hotel was built shortly after the turn of the century by Joseph Haller. Later it was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gosman. Mrs. Gosman, who continued to operate it after the death of her husband, died in 1944, and early in 1945 the hotel was purchased by Cecil Gilliatt.
• 50 Years Ago
Dec. 11, 1967
The St. Benedict Barons posted the first victory in the school’s brief basketball history Saturday night with an 86-76 win over St. Meinrad at the Ferdinand High School gym. It was the home debut for the Barons who opened the season with three losses on the road. More than 50 nuns from the Convent of the Immaculate Conception attended the game. Harold “Sonny” Lents, a 5-9 guard from Ireland, led the scoring attack for St. Ben’s with 20 points on eight field goals and 4 of 5 free throws. A total of four Barons were in double figures. John Sewell tossed in 17 points, Joe Heilman and high-scoring Jeff Inman each added 11. The balanced St. Ben attack offset a sparkling performance turned in by John Puetz. Puetz, a 5-10 freshman, garnered game-high honors with 34 points. The only other Raven in double figures was Jack Bintz who scored 18.
John P. Curtain, who had served as manager of the Jasper utilities since August of 1961, last night tendered his resignation at the regular meeting of the Jasper Utility Service Board. At the July 11 meeting of the board, Mayor Jack E. Newton issued a strong statement in which he spelled out many details of his disagreements with the activities of General Manager Curtain. One of the mayor’s complaints concerned what he called the hiring of the “Kiddy Korps” — boys of high school age — by the utilities to help with the painting of equipment, keeping down weeds, etc. Mayor Newton said entirely too many boys were hired. Newton also charged that in his opinion Curtain had not shown much managerial ability and that he had misrepresented the scope of his educational background when applying for his position with the Jasper Utilities.
From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score column: Jasper basketball fans, for many years one of the proudest groups of fans in the state because of the annual success of the Wildcats, have had to suffer a bit recently as the Cats have struggled to win games. In the 1963-64 season Jasper fell to a 6-14 record, the worst since the 1929-30 season. The low point came during the 1964-65 season when Jasper won but three of 20 regular season games. The 17 losses set a mark for the most losses since the school was organized on Dec. 5, 1913. Incidentally, that first year Jasper won but one of six games. They lost to Cutler (77-4) in the state tourney at Bloomington. The worst single game defeat in the history of the school came on February 26, 1921 at Orleans. Professor Hershel Johnson coached Jasper to a 13-7 record that season, but they suffered one crippling defeat to Orleans, 105-8!
A fire believed to have been started by a short in an electric cord attached to a Christmas display in a front window of the Seaboard Finance Company office in the Kuebler Building on Jasper’s public square caused extensive damage early today and routed two families from the apartments on the second floor of the building. The fire was discovered by Richard “Pete” Rasche of the city police force while he was on patrol on the public square aound 4:25 a.m. He radioed a call for the fire department, then ran up the stairway to warn Mr. and Mrs. Robert Giesler and Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Letterman to evacuate the building. No estimate of the damages was made this morning by Clarence Brown, the manager of the local Seaboard Finance Company.
A legal document which went into Santa Claus’ stocking this year may cause this 115-year-old village with a population never more than a few dozen to reach 5,000 in the next decade. The village became an incorporated town a few weeks ago and at that time its population was 33. Now the population is 53 and the new president of the town board, William A. Koch, predicts “we will be approaching 5,000 in another 10 years.” Five of the additional 20 residents since incorporation are new babies and the rest moved into the new town after building homes on recently platted lots around the 300-acre Christmas Lake and somewhat smaller Noel and Holly Lakes.
Alan Dick scored 20 points and hauled down 16 rebounds while Ken Beyke tossed in 19 to lead the Jasper Wildcats over the Boonville Pioneers for their sixth straight win. The victory gives them a 6-1 mark for the season. Meanwhile the Ireland Spuds needed two overtimes to register a 67-64 victory over St. John’s of Loogootee in an exciting contest at Ireland Friday night. Stan Schnaus’s free throw and a field goal by Junior Small, all in the final 14 seconds of the second overtime, gave the Spuds their fifth victory of the season.
• 25 Years Ago
Dec. 7, 1992
Visiting Northeast Dubois ran its record to 5-1 on the season as it held off Evansvile Reitz 62-57. Kevin Kalb paced the Jeeps of coach Alan Matheis, with a career-high 28 points. Kalb buried 2 3-pointers, seven 2-pointers, and 8 of 9 free throws. Rodney Wolf added 15 points to the Jeep attack. Meanwhile at Princeton, Heritage Hills fell to 0-3 on the season as Princeton used a dominating offense and defense to handle the Patriots. In another game in the area, Toby Madison scored 29 points and Scott Olsen added 17 as Wasshington Catholic pounded Pike Central by a score of 89 to 46.
Former NBA star and Holland native, Don Buse has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team. The Hall of Fame is honoring the state’s best of the Class of 1968. Members of the Silver Anniversary Team, an all-star team of Indiana high school basketball players who graduated 25 years ago, become eligible as candidates for the induction into the Hall of Fame in future years. The Hall of Fame announced its 1993 inductees today. Buse is joined on the team by Billy Shepherd, Carmel; Bob Ford, Evansville North; Rick Ford, Cloverdale; Dan Bush, Oolitic; Tom Arnholt, Columbus; Andy Denny, Seymour; Oscar Evans, Indianapolis Shortridge; Jim Rogers, Gary Roosevelt; Jim Renegold, Anderson Madison Heights; Bobby Turner, East Chicago Washington; and John Van Kurin, Lafayette Jeff.
A group of district patrons working the last couple of years to change the Northeast Dubois School Board from an appointed board to an elected one has drawn up a new school board selection plan. A petition accompanying the new proposal — for a seven-member elected board — was signed by 669 district residents or 22.7 percent of the district’s 2,943 registered voters. It was checked over by the county clerk and forwarded to the school board. School board members plan to call the Department. of Education and get a prelimary opinion as to whether the patron plan is in order.
With the extension to their current contract set to expire at midnight Friday, workers at Aristokraft this morning voted in favor of the company’s latest three-year contract proposal, 719-216. Terms of the agreement were not released. The old contract expires Nov. 30. Workers rejected the company’s previous proposal Nov. 24 by a vote of 490-433. However, employees agreed to continue working under the old contract until Friday. Aristokraft has seven plants in the county — three in Jasper, two in Ferdinand, one in Huntingburg and one in Celestine.
The closing of a Spencer County business poses a serious threat to rail service in Dubois County and a meeting will be held Monday to discuss options for keeping open Indiana Hi-Rail’s lines here. Hi-Rail provides shipping service along a 16-mile stretch of railroad between Huntingburg and Dubois, by way of Jasper. Wabash Valley Produce is the largest Hi-Rail customer in Dubois County. Some 500 cars a year carry grain — primarily soybean meal from Iowa — to the Dubois Elevator, one of Wabash Valley’s operations.
Michael F. Seibert of the Hoosierland Insurance Agency, Inc., has been appointed agent for the Indiana Farmers and Town and Country Mutual Insurance companies. He is a licensed agent and has been in the insurance business for 26 years. A native of Jasper, he graduated from Jasper High School in 1962 and received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Indiana State University. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland.
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