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Members of the Holland Elementary School fifth grade basketball team watched from the bench 25 years ago during their game against Holy Family in Holland. The Holland Hound Dogs were defeated by the Holy Family Owls. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published January 10, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Jan. 3, 1955

At a meeting of the Dubois County Council of Conservation Clubs, held at the club house of the St. Anthony club, it was voted to adopt a proposal to take the appointment of conservation officers out of politics and place the appointment on a bi-partybasis. The proposal will be sent to the state advisory committee of conservation clubs for presentation before the state legislature. Fourteen hundred sportsmen comprise the membership of the conservation clubs in Dubois County. Six of the seven county clubs were represented at the St. Anthony meeting, and all the representatives heartily endorsed the move to take the appointment of conservation officers out of politics.   

Jan. 4

Officers for 1955 of Local 334,UFWA-CIO, will be installed and given their oath of obligation by President Paul E. Bohnert, who was re-elected, at a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11. Besides Mr. Bohnert, other officers are: Matthew Wilz, vice-president; Roy Crawford, recording secretary pro-tem; W. Fred Zehr, financial secretary and treasurer; George Hopf, sargeant-at-arms; Cyril J. Block, trustee, three years; Ambrose A. Wilz, trustee, two years, and Leo Kuebler, trustee, one year.   

Jan. 5

For several minutes last night at the Vincennes coliseum, it looked as though the Alices had the Wildcats in tow as per well laid plan. Jasper trailed at half time, but pulled away to an 11-point margin in the last four minutes and won, 57-46. Pointwise, Dick Persohn, Eddie Kapp, Charley Kreilein, Gig Giesler, Kenny Kunkel and Bill Weisheit all had a hand in keeping the Wildcats abreast of the Alices. Donnie Bates, who was sick and sat out the first half, did his share of scoring once he got in there. Persohn had 15, Kapp and Bates 12, Kreilein 9, Giesler 4, Kunkel 3 and Weisheit 2. Persohn was also the top rebounder for the Wildcats with 13. Jasper won their fifth of six SIAC games and improved to 10-1 overall.

Jan. 6

Rich Freyberger and Pete Armstrong led the scoring last night as Ireland visited Dubois and defeated its old rival for the second time this season. This one ended 47-42. The Skaggs boys, Bill and Bob, led the Jeeps, the former with 13 and the latter getting 12. Roy Allen’s netters posted their posted their 10th victory in 12 games. Ireland led 17-4 at one point but the Jeeps later pulled within 2 at 37-35.  The Dubois B teamers walloped the Spud reserves 60-28 in the prelim.   

Jan. 7

Police Chief Alf Songer of Huntingburg has announced that there will be stricter enforcement of regulations governing motor traffic at Huntingburg’s busiest intersection at Fourth and Main. There are electric traffic signals at this intersection, and no left turns are permitted. However, according to Chief Songer, many drivers do make left turns there. The Huntingburg police chief warned that this will no longer be tolerated.

Holland’s rangy Dutchmen smothered the visiting Purple Aces of Stendal and won their ninth in 10 by a score of 93-23. The defeat was Stendal’s 10th in 11 games this season. Twenty-two boys saw action, a dozen for Holland. Sub Darrel Roesner was high-pointer with 11 fielders and a free throw for 23, as many as the visiting squad totalled. Veteran Glen Fenneman got nine fielders for 18 points.  The Dutch, whose only loss was to Owensboro Senior High (by one point, 33-32), will play next at Winslow on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Jan. 8

The county clerk’s office is sending out more than 3,000 double postcards to Dubois County residents notifying them that their voter registration has been cancelled for the reason that they failed to vote at the primary and general elections held last year. These citizens can be re-instated, said Clerk Adam Blessinger, by writing their present address and voting precinct on the self-addressed return postal card and mailing it to the county clerk.

50 Years Ago   
Jan. 5, 1970

An eight-ton coil of sheet steel slid off a semi-truck this morning in Jasper near the intersection of 15th and Newton streets but caused only slight damage to one vehicle. The Jasper City Police were called to the scene at about 6:30 this morning by Harold Kleiser of 1432 Newton Street who said that the steel had struck the front end of his 1948 Willis Jeep. The police said that the truck, owned by  Murray Brothers of New Concord, Ohio, was en route south on Newton when a chain that was holding the roll of steel apparently broke loose and the steel slid off the bed.

Judge Howard A. King of the Dubois Circuit court has appointed Earl F. Buechler of Ferdinand and Jack D. Davis of Huntingburg as members of the Dubois County Park and Recreation Board.

Jan. 6

From Jerry Birge’s Keeping Score column: A couple of years ago I started an annual “ribbing” of Springs Valley basketball coach Jim Jones telling him that it was a shame his team had to travel all the way to Huntingburg for the sectional tourney each year when they could be playing at Paoli, which is just a short hop from French Lick. Obviously, the reason for my suggesting the move was the uncanny success of the Blackhawks in the local tourney. Since coming into existence in 1958, the Hawks have won 5 sectionals in 12 years, finished runner-up twice and compiled an overall record of 24 wins and just seven losses. The kidding between Jones and myself came to an end yesterday when the IHSAA announced it was moving Valley from the Huntingburg sectional to Paoli. 

Jan. 7

A meeting was held Tuesday at Dubois concerning the possibility of constructing a water system in the northeastern part of Dubois County. Representatives were present from the Dubois, Celestine and Crystal communities, the Jasper-Celestine Road area, the Dubois Crossroads to Sendleweck curve. Plans are that the water for this system is to be purchased from the city of Jasper. It was the unanimous decision of the group to proceed with plans to establish a water system in this area. A meeting with the Federal Home Administration officials, the engineer, attorney and all prospective water users to be served by this system will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Dubois High School. 

Jan. 8

Last night residents of the rural areas and some of the smaller communities of the county wondered  what was wrong with their electric current. Lights would suddenly go out and plunge homes and business places into darkness for periods of about 15 seconds, after which the lights would come back on. Leo H. Hochgesang, manager of the Dubois R.E.M.C. , said this morning that the erratic behavior of the current was due to an overloaded Public Service Company transmission line that caused the relays at the Loogootee sub-station to kick out.   

Jan. 9

The board of directors of the Jasper Summer Theatre at a recent meeting discussed various methods of raising funds to retire a $3,500 debt incurred due to a fire on the stage of  “Oklahoma” last summer. The directors decided to send letters to organizations in the community, asking for contributions. Those who contribute will be considered patrons of the group. The Kimball Piano and Organ Co. will sponsor a concert by pianist Frank Cooper. All proceeds will go to the Jasper Summer Theatre.   

Jan. 10

Terry Fleck and Jim Wenzel combined for 45 points, Wayne Bailey and Jim Van Huysse controlled the rebounds and Gary Corbin and Wenzel were able to work through the highly-touted Evansville Central press Friday night to give the Jasper Wildcats an impressive victory over the previously undefeated Bears. The Jasper victory reduced the number of unbeaten major schools in the state to just two as Indianapolis Howe also suffered its first setback of the year Friday night. Only top-ranked East Chicago Roosevelt and second-ranked Seymour remain undefeated.  Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters, under the expert guidance of coach Vince Myer, scalped the Tecumseh Braves on the Hunters’ home court Friday night. The Hunters won, 64-51. High man for the game was Hank Menke with 23. Denny Lewis was the only other Hunter to finish in double figures with 10. High man for the Braves was Bruce Buse with 14.

25 Years Ago   
Jan. 9, 1995

Local politician turned lobbyist Dale Helmerich is one of 19 Hoosiers appointed by the governor as delegates to an upcoming White House Conference on Aging. The Holland resident and former mayor of Huntingburg is the associate director for the American Association of Retired Persons. At the Washington, D. C. conference May 2-5, Hoosier delegates will join 2,000 older adults representing the special needs of senior citizens across the nation. “Indiana will be well represented at the White House Conference, said Gov. Evan Bayh. Helmerich and the other Indiana delegates will take with them a packet of resolutions adopted by the Indiana White House Forum on Aging in October 1992 and amended during the October 1994 Governor’s Conference on Aging. 

Jan. 10

A would-be applicant who has approached the state about docking a gaming boat on Patoka Lake’s Crawford County shoreline may trigger the Indiana Gaming Commission to answer many unknowns surrounding the prospect of gambling at the lake. Soon after it became public that Patoka Lake Gaming Enterprises, led by Greg James, had tried to apply for a Patoka Lake license, both the gaming company and the state commission went silent. James operates the French Lick Springs Hotel and the Breckenridge Inn in Louisville and was involved with James Beverage in Louisville. Alan Barnett, executive secretary of the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce, is a vice president in the company. For now, the gaming commission says Patoka Lake’s license, and hence the applicaton process, is on hold. “We’re just not ready to deal with Patoka Lake yet, is what it comes down to,” said Judy Greene, a gaming commission administrator. 

Jan. 11

The Ferdinand town council was “very disappointed” Tuesday night after it opened seven bids to repaint the water tank west of town. The lowest bid was for $124,000, which would force the town to double water rates, according to utilities superintendent Jim Meyer. Meyer said the town anticipated spending about $60,000 to paint the 400,000 gallon tank. He said the council might decide to paint only the tank’s interior at a cost of about $64,000. The exterior, which Meyer says in in better condition, would then be refurbished in a second phase.

Jan. 12

Three former Oakland City College athletes will be inducted into the 1,000 Point Club at a homecoming ceremony on Saturday. Tara Bayer, a 1993 alumnus and resident of Jasper, will become the seventh female to qualify for induction. Greg Wilkinson and Vance Edmondson of Oakland City are the 19th and 20th men to score more than 1,000 points for the Oaks. Bayer’s 1,018 points ranks her sixth among the 1,000 point plus scorers. Wilkinson, with 1,508 points, is fifth and Edmondson’s 1,193 puts him at 10th on the list. The induction will take place prior to the OCC vs. Purdue-North Central game, scheduled to begin at 4 p. m. EST. 

Jan. 13 

Dubois County Commissioner Mary Lou Schnell was elected treasurer of the executive board of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners at the association’s January meeting. Schnell was previously on the executive board of the 40-year-old association and served as president of the Southwest District of County Commissioners. The association promotes cooperation between local, state and federal governments.   

Jan. 14

The area lost its oldest World War I veteran Thursday morning with the death of 102-year-old Arthur D. Norton, formerly of Minnesota. Norton and his wife, June, had lived at Northwood Good Samaritan Center in Jasper for about five years. She is still living at the center. Norton was one of eight veterans of the Great War known to be living in Dubois and surrounding counties. Alois Bahlman of Ferdinand and Ed Schott of Shoals, are the only two left in Dubois County. 

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