Looking Back: 1/9January 8, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Jan. 9, 1956
Gene R. Ingle, 19, of Birdseye, a soldier stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky., was killed around 10:30 Saturday evening when the car he was driving failed to make a curve on State Road 62, four miles west of St. Croix, in Perry County. Three passengers in the car were treated at the Stork Memorial Hospital for injuries and released. They were Vincent J. Beckman, 21, of Siberia, Donald R. Eckert, 16, and Dennis J. Schnell, 20, both of Birdseye. Another passenger, Shirley Beckman, 17, a sister of Vincent, was not hurt.
The St. Anthony Mill at St. Anthony, owned by William Hasenour, was completely destroyed by a fire that broke out shortly after 8 o’clock this morning. Mr. Hasenour was in the office of the mill building with Ted Bieker and Gus Horney, when they noticed that there was a fire in the building that was used as a coal shed for the boiler firing before the plant was converted some years ago to electricity. This was the second time that a mill building on the same site was destroyed by fire. The original mill was built by the late Henry C. Hasenour, William’s father. It burned down on November 1, 1907. Later Henry C. Hasenour and John Sternberg rebuilt on the same site the three-story structure that was destroyed this morning.
A couple of nearly perennial sectional stalwarts came together last night at Holland’s gym and Lowell McGlothlin’s Dutchmen rallied in the second half to down cousin Kern McGlothlin’s Winslow Eskimos 61-54. Big Dave Lowenstein, veteran Holland center, finished with 19 points to lead the winners. Little guard Joe Todrank, another veteran of the all-senior lineup, totaled 17 for the Dutch cause. Gordon Barnett, Winslow’s big (6-3) center, scored a game-high 20 points. Meanwhile, Jasper’s Wildcats stayed alive on free throws and finally won on them, 48-45 in an overtime, at Huntingburg last night. Nip Wuchner’s boys were outgoaled 17-12. They took advantage of 18 personals tooted on the host club to connect 24 times in 32 gratis flings at the hoop. Jasper was called for but one less foul than Huntingburg, but Howard Sharp’s proteges could sink only 11 of 26.
Two more business places in Huntingburg were broken into last night, but thieves apparently got nothing for their efforts. Broken into were the offices of the Ellsworth Ice Cream Company and the Philip Partenheimer Lumber Company. When Joe Kappner of Huntingburg and Billy Pryor of Ireland, two employees of the Ellsworth firm, came to work at 2 o’clock this morning they found the office of the ice cream company in shambles. Drawers in desks and filing cabinets had been emptied of their contents, and papers were strewn about the office. Later it was discovered that the nearby office of the Partenheimer firm had also been ransacked. Part of the contents of the company safe, which is kept unlocked, were strewn about the office.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Father Bob Greene, who is shown as he talked with the Rev. August B. Fichter, the pastor of St. Joseph Church, in the local church yard after he returned to Jasper following his release by the Chinese Reds. Father Greene’s ordeal, recorded in his book, “Calvary in China,” will be the subject of a live broadcast on the “Crossroads” program this evening. Dubois County viewers can see it over WTTV, Bloomington, at 7:30.
Jerry Birge, starting for the first time, John Hoffman and Butch Rees got all but 10 of the points last night as Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats defeated Bosse 64-54 at the Evansville Central gym. Birge accounted for 22, Hoffman 17 and Rees 15. Jerry was in there for Dick Persohn, sidelined by a leg injury. Jim Eckerle replaced Jody Giesler. Playing without the services of the two boys who’ve started all other JHS games this season, and with a first line reserve, Junie Schnarr, unavailable while getting over an illness, Jasper didn’t put any substantial distance between it and Bosse until the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Huntingburg’s Hunters, who’ve waited a long time for this, finally took over to stay in the third period last night and licked the visiting Marksmen from Tell City 50-41 for their second victory (and second conference win) of the season. Dennis Stetter with 16 and Bob Craig with 14 led the Hunter scoring.
50 Years Ago
Jan. 11, 1971
“(Rick) Schipp and (Rick) Gunselman looked real good, and some of the younger boys (Tully Sakel, Tom Seidl and Denny Boeglin) did a fine job also, but we let (Bill) Farmer get in for second rebound shots and that killed us,” said coach Dale Glenn of Saturday night’s game at Huntingburg, between Huntingburg and Castle which saw the Hunters drop to 4-8 for the season, 64-54. In other area games, Ferdinand edged Mater Dei, 76-71 Saturday night but the Dubois Jeeps fell victim to strong Loogootee, 68-59, and Otwell dropped its 11th straight game, 78-47, to Washington Catholic. Allen Weyer tossed in 26 points, including 11 field goals, to lead Ferdinand to its triumph over Mater Dei. The Loogootee Lions used a 14-2 edge on the offensive boards in the first half and a late scoring spurt in the closing minutes of the first half to upend the Dubois Jeeps Saturday night at Dubois. Dan Neukam led Dubois with a solid 23 point performance.
At the January meeting of the Jasper Utility Service Board held Monday night, Don Ferguson, manager of the city utilities, proposed that a coal stockpile be created near the new electric generating plant as a buffer against a possible curtailment of the coal supplies needed to keep the plant in operation. Ferguson asked authority to stockpile 1,000 tons of coal which he said would supply the plant for about a week in the event coal supplies were cut off due to some emergency, such as a mine breakdown or extreme weather conditions. He said the 1,000 tons could be purchased and brought to the site for a cost of around $7 per ton. Following some discussion, the board authorized the 1,000 ton stockpile.
It was announced today that the Jasper-Boonville wrestling match on Thursday night and the Jasper-Bosse homecoming basketball game on Saturday night will be the first two of several Jasper High School activities to be telecast live on Cable TV-9. The agreement to permit live television coverage of a variety of school activities was reached between school officials and representatives of TV-9 at the Dec. 28 meeting of the Jasper School Board. Live coverage of these, and other activities, will be conducted this year on an experimental basis, and will then be reviewed at the end of the school year before a policy is set for next year.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the newly-appointed task force chairmen of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are: the Rev. Craig A. Reed, education; the Rev. George Saffran, civic center; Robert Siebert, metropolitan development; Dave Buehler, Chamber president; Dave Held, ecology; James Webb, zoning; Eugene Buechlein, industrial and Emil Schmutzler, Jr., transportation. The chairmen met Wednesday with the Chamber’s board of directors.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: When Huntingburg plays Evansville Central at the Central gym tonight, it will mark the end of a colorful era. It will be the last high school game played in the historic downtown gym which was opened in 1927 when the legendary Mark Wakefield was Central’s coach. Since that time, the gym has seen literally thousands of basketball games and until 1956, was the site of the Evansville sectional and regional tournaments. A semi-state was played there (1939). When the Central gym was first opened, it was considered one of the finest facilities of its kind in the country. Central still has home dates with North, Tell City and Rex Mundi remaining this season but those games have been moved to Roberts Stadium.
Jim Wenzel, Jasper High School’s mop-haired roadrunner, turned in one of the finest performances of his three year varsity career Friday night as he led the Jasper Wildcats to an important SIAC basketball win over the Washington Hatchets at the new Hatchet House in Washington. The six-foot senior drilled in 10 of 19 from the field for a season-high 22 points, helped account for 12 more points with six assists and led a most effective Jasper defense which held the potentially-strong Hatchets to their lowest offensive effort of the season. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Hunters succumbed to a strong Central Bear rally late in the final stanza Friday night 74-65, in the last game ever to be played in the Bears’ downtown gym in Evansville. It was the Hunters’ ninth loss of the season, giving them a 4-9 record so far. They stand 3-4 in the PAC.
25 Years Ago
Jan. 15, 1995
In girls basketball, Forest Park blew out host South Knox by 39 points Saturday behind a career-high scoring effort by Marla Auffart, and Jasper downed host Gibson Southern by six. At Monroe City, Forest Park’s Marla Auffart scored 33 points to propel the Rangers past Blue Chip Conference foe South Knox. Auffart hit 10 of 14 field goals and 13 of 14 free throws to boost the Rangers to 10-3 on the season. Kellie Hobbs contributed 16 points and nine assists for the Rangers. Meanwhile, at Fort Branch, Jasper held off a determined Gibson Southern rally in the fourth quarter to improve to 10-2 on the season. Deborah Seng led the Wildcats with 16 points and sister Diane added 12.
What is perhaps the biggest problem facing unincorporated areas — a lack of sanitary sewer systems — was the main topic of discussion at the first of a series of public forums held by the county commissioners Monday night. About 50 county residents attended the 90-minute meeting at Celestine Elementary. Several of those present are involved in efforts to build a sewer system for St. Anthony, St. Marks, Celestine, and possibly, Schnellville. They asked the commissioners what the county could do to help plan and fund the project. Commissioner Gene Hopf said the county might be able to offer some of the $1.1 million it collects each year in EDIT funds, but he said most of the funding would likely have to come from the state.
Ann Sonderman (formerly Schwoeppe), a 1986 graduate of Forest Park High School, will be inducted into the Indiana Track Hall of Fame on Saturday. She was a four-time state meet qualifier in four different events and a two-time state champion in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Sonderman was also a high school All-American in the 200 and still holds the Ranger records in the 100 and 200. She ran at the University of Wisconsin for four years and now teaches and coaches in central Indiana.
A woman who began her postal career 15 years ago as a part-time Huntingburg clerk-carrier returns as postmistress this week. Kim Doty, 37, Huntingburg, will have the office transferred to her Friday. She served as the Winslow postmistress the last five years. Doty succeeds Ray Luker, who retired at the end of the year. She takes over a post office with 14 employees (counting subs), three city routes, four rural routes and 250 post office boxes. The Loogootee native married John Doty of Dubois in 1978. She and her husband, a loan officer at First Bank in Huntingburg, live in the city with their sons, Aaron, 15, and Nick, 13. Doty joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1981. Her rise to supervisory ranks included assignments in post offices at St. Meinrad, Lamar and Winslow.
Now that State Rep. Don Hume, D-Winslow, has announced his retirement, Republican candidate Donna Gentry says that the door is open for her to win the 63rd District seat. In 1994, Gentry, a Washington businesswoman, narrowly lost to Hume, 52-48%, in the general election. “I think my chances are even better this year, especially with Hume out of the race. It’s difficult to defeat someone who has been in office over 20 years,” said Gentry, who officially announced her candidacy Thursday. District 63 includes parts of Dubois, Pike, Daviess, Martin and Gibson counties.
Heritage Hills played basketball more like a battered pugilist refusing to hit the canvas a final time after absorbing a barrage of wallops for most of the fight. Southridge invaded the Patriots’ home floor Friday and had the host primed for the final fall in the PAC bout. But the Raiders couldn’t deliver the knockout punch and when the final bell rang it was the stunned Raiders who found themselves outpointed and on the short end of a 53-41 decision. “They had us,” Heritage Hills coach Steve Merkel said. “But I told our guys good teams win these types of games.”
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