Looking Back: 1/30January 29, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Jan. 30, 1956
A Crawford County man was killed this morning when the pick-up in which he and four other Southern Railway section crew workers were riding skidded on an icy highway within the city limits of Huntingburg and overturned in a field. Dead is Raymond Montgomery, 50, of English. The other three men escaped with minor injuries. Trooper Louis Gayer of the state police and Police Chief Al Songer of Huntingburg, who investigated the accident, said the pick-up truck was driven by John R. Wright, 60, of Marengo. Just after the truck had entered the Huntingburg city limits from the east on Highway 64, the truck skidded off the left side of the highway about 100 feet west of the Huntingburg Greenhouse, turned over twice and landed on its top.
Dubois County residents who took part in yesterday evening’s Mothers March on Polio collected $3,889.44 during the annual porchlight appeal to aid the fight against polio, it was announced this morning by Miss Louise Sonderman, the Dubois County chairman of the March of Dimes. Reports from some sections of the county are not complete, Miss Sonderman said, and contributions are still coming in from those who were not home during the drive. There is still time to contribute. Send your donations to the March of Dimes at Jasper. A complete breakdown of contributions by each community will be published in The Herald at a later date.
Ray Kennedy’s Marksmen came up from Tell City last night and played one of their best games of the season against Jasper, making it a tight struggle for nearly three quarters and never dropping out of serious contention until Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats posted a 14-point lead in the latter part of the fourth period. Jasper’s 66-55 victory was its 13th in 17 games and gave the Cats an SIAC mark of 8-3. Tell City hasn’t won any of the eight conference games it has played to date.
Pictured on the sports page in this issue are the city bowling champions. In one photo is the Scott Lumber Company team. Team members include: Bill Kiefer, Junie Beiter, Ed Kremp, Nigg Pfeffer and Allen Joseph. The other photo has the doubles champions, Ed Kremp and Allen Joseph; the singles champ, Jerome Bettag; and the all-events champ, Ray Jones.
Another man has been sent to the penal farm by Mayor Ed J. Lorey for getting rough with police who tried to arrest him. The mayor has given notice on several occasions in the past that he expects the uniform and badge of city police officials to be respected.
Winners of the Dubois County “Voice of Democracy” contest sponsored several months ago by the Jasper Jaycees are shown in a photo in this issue as they received their awards yesterday evening at the American Legion Home in Jasper. Al Schuler, the chairman for the script-writing contest, presented the awards. Others pictured include: Mary Longtine of Evansville, a student at the Ferdinand A.I.C., who received a Zenith AM-FM radio as first prize. Chris Seitz, Dubois, and Barbara Miller, Huntingburg, who won second and third-place honors, respectively, received loving cups. The students read their essays over the air at WITZ in late November.
A new corporation, Hoosierland General Agency Inc., has been formed in Dubois County. The firm, which has offices in Jasper, will be the district representative for five insurance companies, handling the appointment and training of agents in 27 counties in southern Indiana. All of the underwriting and the issuing of policies will be processed in the offices located on the second floor of the Kuebler building. At present there are 43 insurance agencies affiliated with the Hoosierland firm and the management estimates that by the end of 1956 an additional 52 agencies will be added. Officers in the corporation are William J. Baker, president; William Wuchner, vice president and general manager; and William Litchfield, secretary-treasurer and underwriter.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 2, 1971
Moody Katter, 80, of 204 Geiger St., Huntingburg, died at 6:10 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph’s Hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks. He had been ill since Jan. 16. Mr. Katter, a WWI veteran,was serving as treasurer of the Citizens Building & Loan Association at the time of his death. He had served twice as the postmaster of Huntingburg. His first term extended from 1922 to 1931, and his second term from July of 1957 to August of 1958. He started to work in the post office in Huntingburg in 1910 and was employed there a total of 48 years.
On Jan. 2 the 1970-71 Jasper Wildcats tasted defeat for the first time when they dropped a pair of games to Jeffersonville and Bloomfield in the Seymour Holiday Tourney after reeling off eight straight victories to start the current campaign. The loss to Jeff was by a single point but the setback to Bloomfield was an even dozen. Bloomfield’s haymaker left Jasper as the “fourth” team in the four team tourney and knocked them out of the top 10 rankings in the wire services’ polls. Tuesday night, exactly one month after losing to Bloomfield, the Wildcats got their revenge. It came in theform of a 76-58 win over the Cardinals at the Switz City gym.
Jack Newton, in a letter to the Republican precinct committeemen and vice committeemen, announced his resignation as chairman of the Dubois County Republican Central Committee, effective Feb. 21. In the letter, Newton said he appreciated very much the honor the precinct committeemen gave him in electing him chairman of the Republican Party in Dubois County, but he stated to do aneffective job in the years to come, it is going to take a great deal of time and effort. Newton stated that at the present time, he does not have the necessary time to do the job adequately. Jack Newton was elected in October, 1969, to replace Jerry Seger, who had resigned. On May 9, 1970, he was elected to a full two-year term as county chairman.
Pictured in this issue are six members of the Dubois County Junior Heart Board who met recently to make plans for the fund-raising dance the group will sponsor at the National Guard Armory in Jasper on Sunday, Feb. 14. Those pictured include Donna Hudson, Trisha Gootee, President Sylvia Pfeffer, Vice president Cindy Betz, Secretary Terrie Lottes and Mary Jane Keusch. The ValentineBall will begin at 8 p.m. to the music of The Wylds. Admission prices are $1 per person, $1.50 per couple. All area teens are invited. The group is composed of girls from the county’s high schools. Members not pictured include Martha Knust of Schnellville, Mary Agnes Berger, Tina Stewart, Marian Fehribach, Cindy Ruckriegel, Pam Laube and Kathy Faul of Jasper and Janet Ring of Holland.
A scrappy Reitz Panther team, lacking a bit in quality but loaded with scrap and desire, outlasted Jasper’s Wildcats, 72-71, in a crucial SIAC battle at the Reitz gym Friday night. Reitz started strong, built up a 15-point lead, blew the lead, fell behind by 10 points and then came back in the hectic final seconds to pull out the all-important victory. Bobby Nelson and Gary Gatewood, Reitz’ guard tandem, settled the issue in the closing seconds as each hit a pair of pressure-packed one-plus-one free throws. Meanwhile, the North Posey Vikings downed all hopes the Huntingburg Happy Hunters had of presenting their 1970-71 basketball queen, Linda Zink, with a victory Friday night, by dealing Dale Glenn’s Hunters a 46-39 defeat, the Hunters’ ninth loss in a row. In other area high school basketball games Birdseye, Dale, Dubois and Ferdinand all notched victories Friday night.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 5, 1996
Jasper’s girls basketball team was awarded a trophy bearing the title of 1996 sectional champion Saturday, but what its victorious members hoisted in triumph was really a chalice. A chalice filled with a sweet nectar that quenched a 12-year dry spell between sectional titles for the Wildcats who snapped the streak with a 47-37 victory over county rival Forest Park. Twice in the 90’s the Cats came close, losing by one point to Pike Central in 1991 and by two the following year. This time Jasper had to do it the hard way, winning three games in a week to capture the school’s first sectional crown since 1983 and its eighth overall. “If they feel like I felt they’re thrilled to death,” said Coach Karen Stenftenagel, who played on Jasper’s 1979 state finalist team.
Because of the difficulty getting people to serve on the Dale park board, the council cut the number of board members from seven to five Monday and decided to pay them $25 per meeting, up to $300 a year. The park board had been the only town government body that was unpaid. “I think we all know that as far as manual labor is concerned, the park board does far more than any other board or commission, and it’s time they got paid for it,” said Council President Narl Conner. Only four of the board’s seven seats were filled before Monday’s meeting. But after reducing the board’s size, the council appointed Jim Toth to the board, filling the one vacancy.
The sixth time was the charm for Ben Wissel — the winner of the 1996 Dubois County Spelling Bee. From the day he entered the third grade, this eighth-grader from Southridge Middle School tried toget to — not win — the Dubois County Spelling Bee. But somehow the prize kept slipping away. Then this year, he won his school’s bee and earned his long-sought place at the county bee. Tuesday night, at the school where the dream began — Maple Park Elementary — he surprised himself by going one better and winning the competition outright. Wissel, the son of Barbara and William Wissel of Huntingburg, won $50 cash for first place. Robyn Betz, a fifth-grader from Dubois Middle School, was the runner-up. She won a $25 cash prize for second place. Winning the county bee qualified Wissel for the Tri-State Spelling Bee on March 16 in Evansville and a chance there to advance to the national bee in Washington, D.C.
A $1.1 million state-mandated sewer plant expansion could drive sewer bills up 51 to 135%, according to a preliminary study commissioned by the Holland town council. Even without the expansion, a rate increase of 17 to 52% is needed to pay back $115,000 borrowed to repair sewer lines last summer, according to Pat Callahan, the accountant who conducted the study. The town received a $500,000 grant for that project, and the council has applied for a similar grant to keep local costs for the required expansion to a minimum. The 51 to 135% range is based on the town getting a 0 to 55% grant for the project, which calls for a new $5.2 million-gallon waste water lagoon.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Morris DeKemper, the 76-year-old patriarch of the firefighting DeKemper family. He retired as the assistant chief of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department on Jan. 1 after more than 40 years of service. Also pictured with Morris are his three sons: Joe, the Dubois fire chief; Tom, a former Dubois firefighter (now a National Guardsman); and Terry, the Celestine fire chief. When Morris started fighting fires in the 1930s, the Dubois department used buckets. Now they use trucks, including the $118,000 pumper truck pictured behind him.
Heritage Hills did something Friday night that would have amazed even magician David Copperfield. The Patriots scored two victories by playing only one game. Heritage Hills defeated visiting Forest Park 54-50, but it capped its 2-for-1 victory night by winning the Pocket Athletic Conference title when Pike Central lost at North Posey to fall a game back of the Patriots who finished 6-1 in conference play. “Forest Park came in here ready to play,” Pats head coach Steve Merkel said. “They did a good job defensively on us and had us well-scouted. But we were able to hang in there and hold on with our own defense and win this ballgame. And good teams do that.” Peter Jochim tallied 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to pace the Patriots who improved to 12-4 on the season. Ryan Vaupel’s 16 points topped the Rangers who dropped to 9-7 overall. John Fleig chipped in with 14 points and J. R. Maxey added 10.
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