Looking Back: 2/1


Chad Hoffman managed to go over the top of Drake Coleman, 3, in a post-game pick-up contest 25 years ago after the girls sectional opener. Hoffman played for the Jasper boys’ varsity team. Coleman’s stepfather, Tim La Grange, helped coach the boys team. In the sectional, the Jasper girls beat Forest Park for the right to play Northeast Dubois in the semifinal at Jasper. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published February 1, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Jan. 31, 1955

Huntingburg high’s freshman quintet brought distinction to the school and to Dubois County as well last weekend by capturing the annual Southern Indiana Athletic Conference tourney. Kenneth Richardson’s hard working youngsters licked Washington and Memorial in the finals Saturday afternoon and evening in the Jasper gym. The little Hunters defeated Memorial by a score of 33-26. They were frosh champs — as a result they clipped the nets at both ends of the court. They also ended the season undefeated. Bob Craig paced the victors in the championship game with 11 points.

Feb. 1

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Joe Goodness. He will manage the new Interstate Finance Office, which will be located at 529 Main Street, on the Public Square in Jasper. The new office here is the 66th branch office of the Interstate Finance Corporation of Evansville. Mr. Goodness has been with the 35-year-old personal loan and financing firm since December of 1951. He was formerly the assistant manager of the firm’s Owensboro, Kentucky, office before coming to Jasper. His first experience in consumer finance was in Huntingburg, where he was employed as an assistant manager for several years before joining Interstate. He was a bookkeeper for the Dale Furniture Company, in Huntingburg, immediately following World War II. Mr. Goodness is married to the former Doris Koehler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Koehler, of Huntingburg. The couple has a son, Gregory, 4, and a daughter, Elaine, 8. 

Feb. 2

Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats brought the kind of elation to Jasper fans last night that could have been only in direct proportion to the gloom visited upon the followers of New Albany’s SIAC leaders. The optimistic envisioned a victory for the Cats on their home floor despite the oft-repeated “we’re going to get you” from John Givens, young New Albany mentor, but it is doubtful if anybody calculated the size or manner of the 74-58 beating the Wuchnermen gave the hard-running, high-scoring Bulldogs. Victory brought the Jasper record to 14-2, left New Albany at 13-3. 

Feb. 3

Bob Gramelspacher of Jasper, the state representative from Dubois and Martin counties in the state legislature, recently found himself in hot water on his return to Jasper as a result of an erroneous story in some of the newspapers. A correspondent for an Evansville paper had asked permission to write a story about a bill he saw lying on the legislator’s desk, and got the thing thoroughly fouled up. The reporter wrote that a bill introduced by Bob Gramelspacher would seek prison terms for persons convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol. In his column in today’s Herald, Mr. Gramelspacher points out the records prove that he never contemplated introducing legislation calling for prison sentences for drunk driving.   

Feb. 4

If there are any Indiana high school basketball players who’ve scored more points during their four years of competition than this Dubois County athlete, it would be interesting to know how many boys and their totals. Until and if that is established, Bob Roberson of Birdseye is hereby nominated as the state’s leading scorer on the hardboards.The veteran Yellow Jacket forward has a four-year total of 1,783 points and two more scheduled games ahead of the sectional tourney at Huntingburg. Coach Jim Cawood’s netters close with a road game Feb. 11 with Bristow and a home tilt (at the old Huntingburg gym) with Oil Township on Feb. 18. 

Feb. 5

Thirteen JHS students — nine seniors and four juniors — were initiated yesterday into the Sapiens chapter of the National Honor Society. The following seniors were initiated: Jane Bonifer, Jack and William Hoffman, Kenneth Hopf, Phyllis Knies, Cecilia Schenetzke, Mary Seng, Charles Vogler, and Nancy Witte. The four juniors who rated the honor are: Darlene Englert, Jennie Hopf, Constance Miller and Phyllis Pfeffer. The ceremony was conducted in the high school auditorium under the direction of Victor Nixon, the faculty chairman in charge.   

50 Years Ago
Feb. 2, 1970

The Jasper Wildcats, after building up an impressive 51-33 halftime lead, withstood a furious second half explosion by the New Albany Bulldogs on their home floor Saturday night to carve out an important 98-91 SIAC victory, their 15th win of the season against just two losses. It marks the first time a Jasper team has won 15 games during the regular season since the 1960-61 campaign when they were 15-5. Meanwhile, the Huntingburg Happy Hunters met defeat for the sixth time in a row Saturday night at the Hunters’ home court at the hands of the Springs Valley Blackhawks, 71-58.

Feb. 3

Miss Margaret Ann Gutzweiler, 32, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Gutzweiler, died this morning in a fire that destroyed the Gutzweiler Building in the 600 block of Main St. The building contained the Gamble’s Store on the main floor and the Gutzweiler apartment on the second floor. Miss Gutzweiler, known to her many friends as “Markie,” had been an invalid since birth as the result of spina bifida, and was unable to move about except in a wheel chair. The fire was discovered at 7:30 a.m. but it was around 11 o’clock before the fire was brought under control and the body of Miss Gutzweiler was not removed until 12:50 this afternoon. The two story brick building, which adjoined the Tivoli Theatre building on the north and the one-story Troxler Building on the south was gutted.

Feb. 4

Pictured in this issue is Mayor Jack Newton and members of his youth council. Those pictured include: Cindy Hoffman, Secretary Nancy Otte, President Ann Schneider, and Karen Krodel. Others pictured include: Dean Englert, Robert Rumbach, Anne Senninger, Gale Traylor, Sue Miller and Stan Eckert. Absent from the meeting were vice president Dean Vonderheide and Mike Eckerle. This is the second year for the youth council. Its purpose is to provide better communication and understanding between the young people of the community and its government. 

Feb. 5

Area law enforcement officials issued a warning today to local residents to be leery of persons offering to sell them lightning rod protection at exorbitant prices. It was reported that an elderly woman was offered lightning protection for $400 and that she paid the salesman $100 toward the project. When her son heard about the deal he notified the police. Residents of the area are asked to report such offers to the law enforcement officials.

Feb. 6

About 240 persons attended the 25th anniversary banquet and meeting of the Dubois County Soil and Conservation Service held Thursday night in the German American Bank Auditorium. Delbert Himsel Jr., who is treasurer of the district SWCS, was re-elected as a supervisor and Allen Small was named an assistant supervisor. Gilbert Fleck of R. 2, Huntingburg, who is retiring after serving 17 years as chairman of the group, was presented a plaque of recognition by Dave Schnell of Schnellville, vice chairman. Fleck will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the Dubois County Farm Bureau Cooperative, a position he has held the past ten years. The new chairman, Robert Brusman, was appointed by Governor Whitcomb after being recommended for the position by the local board. Brunsman, 38, resides on R. 2, Huntingburg, with his wife, the former Betty Spurlock, and two children, Donovan, 8, and Denise, 6. They are members of Salem United Church.

Feb. 7

A 22-year-old Holland man who was employed as a commercial pilot was killed in the flaming crash of a twin engine plane near Holland early today. The victim was Lloyd W. Schriever. According to investigating Federal Aviation Authority officials, the state police and the Dubois County coroner, Mr. Schriever was approaching the airport south of Huntingburg when the plane struck the top of a tree. Part of the plane fell fell near the base of the tree, and the rest hit the ground some distance on the other side of the tree. The location of the crash is about two miles south of Holland just off  Ind. 161. Time of the crash was established at around 2:10 a.m. The plane was a 1964 Piper Aztec owned by Indiana Airmotive south of Huntingburg and rented to Breidenbaugh’s concrete firm of Jasper.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 6, 1995 

After winning six straight girls basketball sectionals, you might expect the thrill to be gone for the Pike Central Chargers. Don’t bet on it though. After having a semi-bumpy year, the Charger seniors  wanted more than ever to keep their string intact. “This was the best,” said senior center Lori Evans after scoring 17 points to help the Chargers to a 49-42 win over Jasper Saturday at  the JHS gym. “We had to prove to ourselves we could still do it.” The Wildcats had defeated them 37-35 back on Jan. 13 on a last-second jumper by Tina Burger. In last year’s semifinal round, Pike Central’s Angie Blatnic drained a buzzer-beater to give the Chargers a 39-37 win over the Wildcats.  Jasper finishes the season with a 15-6 record  while Pike Central improves to 15-5.

Feb. 7

Solutions for three Dubois County communities’ sewer problems could be on the horizon, the county commission heard at Monday’s commissioners’ meeting. County health officer Donna Oeding said a program call Technitrain could help Ireland, St. Anthony and Whoderville find the necessary grant money to get sewers. Technitrain works through the Indiana Community Action Program and was designed to help communities of less than 1,000 residents get grants or other funding for sewer and drinking water projects, said agency spokesman Bill Henry. 

Feb. 8

Brittany Voelkel, a fifth-grader at Dubois Middle School, outlasted spelling champions from 14 other county schools to win the 1995 Dubois County Spelling Bee. The contest was held Tuesday night at Ferdinand Elementary School. Her victory qualifies her to compete in the Tri-State Spelling Bee to be held on March 18 in Evansville. After the contest, Voelkel, 10, revealed that she was holding a tattered picture of her mother, Kathy, who died of colon cancer when Brittany was just 2 years old. She clutches the photo for good luck and to help her remember her mother. Her grandmother, Frances Bauer, who is raising Brittany, said the picture has helped Brittany win seven of nine spelling bees she has entered. Laura Willis, an eighth grader at Forest Park Jr. High was runner-up.

Feb. 9

If it seems like more trains are coming through Huntingburg recently, that’s a correct assumption, according to Norfolk Southern railroad, which operates a switching yard on the city’s east side. Business has been good for railroads nationally of late, including Norfolk Southern, says Bob Auman, spokesman for the company’s office in Roanoke, Va. So good in fact, the company has hired 13 “engineer trainees” in the last two months to work the rails between Louisville and St. Louis. The rail boom has also been felt by the Dubois County Railroad as well, said Alan Barnett. Barnett owns the shortline railway that operates between Dubois and Huntingburg on lines leased from Norfolk Southern. The railroad runs two trains weekly between Dubois and Huntingburg.

Feb. 10

With one week to go before the filing deadline, Jasper voters are assured of at least one race in the May 2 primary. Nancy A. Marks filed this morning for city clerk-treasurer, joining Juanita Boehm on the Democratic ticket. Boehm filed last Thursday for the office, which is currently held by Democrat Iris Gutgsell. Boehm is an accounting assistant at the Hillary Blessinger firm; Marks is the administrative officer of data processing at the Dubois County Bank.   

Feb. 11

Randolph L. Seger, a native of Jasper, and a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of McHale, Cook & Welch, p. c., has been named by Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy to an advisory committee that will evaluate procedures currently in place and make recommendations on how to increase productivity, lower costs and enhance customer service in the Secretary of State’s office. 

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