Looking Back: 2/10

Gutzweiler Park’s slide in Jasper became a launching pad for sleds carrying Abby Werner and other neighborhood youngsters this morning. The second winter storm to hit Dubois County this year closed all schools today. Herald photo by John Rumbach. Published February 25, 1993.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1953
Charles Buechlein, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Buechlein, R. R. 4, Sunday morning became the 18th Jasper Boy Scout to receive the Edward J. Rottet, Jr., memorial trophy. The announcement was made at the annual Scout Sunday breakfast held at the Legion Club. Charley, who is a freshman at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., was not present, but the trophy was presented to his father in his absence by Raphael Blessinger, Southern Indiana Council president and originator of the award. Letters of recommendation received with his application for Life Scout last year were read in part by Mr. Blessinger who said they were the finest ever received concerning advancement applicants. Three other scouts were nominated for the award. They were Jerry Seger and Jim Fehribach of Post 182 and Kenneth Blessinger, senior patrol leader of Troop 185.  

Feb. 10
Bernie Crimmins, head football coach at Indiana University, told a large audience of Knights of Columbus and their guests Monday night at the Jasper K. of C. Home that football teaches a boy he must be determined to do his best, must be loyal to himself, team mates, coach and school, and must be willing to sacrifice some pleasures for hard work. The guest speaker smilingly acknowledged his appearance in a long-time basketball stronghold and during a basketball season but nevertheless stated his belief that football “is the greatest sport we have today.” Referring with pleasure to the fact that Jasper High School is starting football next fall, Coach Crimmins said Indiana has only about 135 football-playing high schools and that this is much fewer in proportion than in the neighboring state of Ohio, in which some 800 have the sport on their athletic curriculum.   

Feb. 11
Mr. and Mrs. William Barrington, who reside at Fourth and Walnuts Streets in Huntingburg, will observe their 58th wedding anniversary on Friday of this week. Mrs. Barrington is a native of Dubois County, while her husband was born in Brazil, Ind. They have lived in  Huntingburg for the past 32 years. The couple have one daughter, Mrs. Isaac Harper of Huntingburg, who will entertain with a family dinner at her home in honor of the anniversary occasion. Guests will include Mrs. Della Prior and Mrs. Lula Richey. Mrs. Barrington has one sister, Mrs. Alice Randolph of Floyd Knobs, Ind., but she will be unable to attend.     

Feb. 12
Tell City got too far ahead for Jasper to overtake. Bob L. Brock’s Marksmen piled up a 17-3 lead in the first eight minutes that served as an effective cushion the rest of the way and they won a 72-65 SIAC net scrap Wednesday night from Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats in the Jasper gym. It was the final home game of the season. The Cats finish on the road against Evansville Reitz next Tuesday and at undefeated Jeffersonville a week from Friday. Gary Phillips, senior forward who topped Jasper scorers with 17 points, broke his own school season record. The 17 made his total to date 377. Last week, he reached 360, which beat by two points the all-time Jasper season scoring mark set by Paul Hoffman in 1942-43. Paul got it in 26 games on 144 field goals and 70 free throws.

Feb. 13
Jasper High School’s allotment of tickets for the sectional basketball tourney at Huntingburg will be 1,160, it was announced today, and the JHS Athletic Association also released information on the distribution of the ducats. First to receive them will be the Jasper High School students and grade pupils down the the fourth grade. Those pupils of this group holding season tickets will have first choice. Next will be the players’ parents. After them comes the school employee group, including teachers and their wives. Then comes the preferred list--city officials, park board members, former school board members, team physician and former city councilmen holding life passes.  
Feb. 14
Huntingburg rejoiced today in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference basketball championship for 1952-53. The Hunters clinched undisputed possession of the title Friday night when they belted Bicknell 72-42 before the home folks while Evansville Central lost a one-pointer, 66-65, at New Albany. The Hunters, now 17-2, are the second squad to land a SIAC net title for Huntingburg. The first was the 1948-49 team. Meanwhile, Ray Roesner bucketed 41 points last night as the Holland Dutchmen walloped Richland 75-56 on the Red Devils’ court. Holland is now 15-4 on the season.  

50 Years Ago
Feb. 12, 1968
The St. Benedict College Barons, playing their first season of collegiate basketball, reached the .500 mark for the first time this year with a big 78-77 victory over the St. Joseph College Freshman Saturday night at Rensselaer. Joe Heilman of Petersburg sank a 15-foot jump shot that followed a missed field goal to give the Barons the win. His shot ripped the nets with just five seconds showing on the clock. Jeff Inman led four Barons in double figures with 22 points. Randy Flamion and John Sewell each had 12 and and Heilman totalled 10. The win gives Jerry Alstadt’s cagers an 8-8 record.

Feb. 13
Harold Prechtel, who learned something about photography as a member of the Jasper High School Camera Club, then worked as a photographer in the Navy and continued this profession following his release from military service, has opened a studio in Jasper. It is located at 710 Main Street, in the Wagner building. Prechtel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Prechtel of Jasper, is married to the former Imelda Schnell of Celestine. His experience includes aerial photography, laboratory processing and commercial photography. He plans to specialize in child photography and family portraits as well as wedding and commercial work. The studio honors the Family Record Plan.    

Feb. 14
The bomb was dropped from Circle Tower in Indianapolis this morning and it fell into the laps of Jasper coach Ed Schultheis and Holland’s “Woody” Neel. The Wildcats and the undefeated Dutchmen clash head-on in the first game Thursday at 7 p.m. at Huntingburg. The Jasper-Holland match was the biggest local noise to come out of the annual pairing of teams for the IHSAA basketball tourney. The Huntingburg sectional opens next Thursday with Ferdinand and Springs Valley, two of the dark-horses in the tourney, meeting at 7 p.m. In the second game the Birdseye Yellow Jackets take on the Ireland Spuds.  In addition to the Jasper-Holland battle Thursday, the host Happy Hunters of Huntingburg play the Dubois Jeeps at 8:15 p.m. The semi-finals of the sectional will be played Saturday afternoon at 12:30 and 1:45 with the championship game getting underway at 8:15. Last year Holland defeated Jasper in the final game of the sectional, 62-52. The last time Jasper and Holland tangled in their sectional openers was in 1955 when, like this year, the two teams were co-favorites to win the tourney. The Dutchmen defeated the Cats (who were ranked number three in the state) that year, 59-52, in the sectional opener and then lost to Huntingburg in the final game, 55-50.

Feb. 15
Who said 13 is an unlucky number? Tuesday, Feb. 13 was a big day for veteran bowler Frances Kunz, wife of the proprietor of Gerbo Lanes. She rolled a 668-the highest series ever turned in by any woman in the history of the Jasper Women’s Bowling Association. Frances had games of 211, 225 and 232, bowling this fabulous 668 series in '68 in the Tuesday Afternoon League on the Sports team. For her high series, Frances receives a $50 check from the Dubois County Bank in the “Pot of Gold Award”. Two years ago this week, Fran received a $25 check for bowling the highest single game by any woman in the history of local bowling- a 262. Incidentally, since that time every category in the award has been claimed at least once, except the $50 prize for a 600 series for women and Frances becomes the first woman to claim an award in the last unclaimed category.    

Feb. 16
A. W. Flick, who had been in the drug business in Jasper for almost sixty years, died at his home at Tenth and Clay Streets at 4:30 this morning at the age of 86. Up until about three months ago Mr. Flick was still able to take daily walks downtown, but for the past five weeks he had been bedfast. August W. ‘Gus’ Flick was born at Jasper on Oct. 3, 1881, the son of William and Theresa Litschgi Flick. He was a registered pharmacist and at one time held licenses to practice in three states. He first became employed in a drug store in October of 1896, at Evansville. He was one of the organizers of the Jasper Chair Company and served as vice-president and later as president. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and a son, Wilfred, who died in infancy.   

Feb. 17
“It’s 20-0!” Coach “Woody” Neel’s Holland Dutchmen made history last night by earning their 20th win in a row and gaining a perfect season, the first on record for Holland. Not only was this the first undefeated season at Holland, but only the second in Dubois County history. In 1943, the Dubois Jeeps rolled to an 18-0 slate for the only other undefeated season recorded. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester V. Boehm, R. 5, Jasper, recently purchased the Ireland Mark-Rite and will be reopening the store some time next week. The store, purchased from Charles Knust, Charles Kruger and Sylvester Rohleder, will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Boehm and their two daughters, Marilyn and Patricia, and four sons, Herbert, Charles, Earl and Freddie.  

25 Years Ago    
Feb. 8, 1993
Tell City has withdrawn from the Southern Indiana Semi-Pro baseball League while Huntingburg and Rockport have joined the league.The announcements were made at the SISL meeting. The 1993 season will mark the first time in 20 years that Rockport has fielded a team and the first time since 1981 that Huntingburg has fielded a semi-pro team. League play will begin on  Sunday, May 23, as Ferdinand wil be at Huntingburg and St. Wendel will visit Rockport. The Jasper Reds, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season, will have the bye. Jasper’s opener will be Sunday, May 30 at Ferdinand.  

Feb. 9
During 40 minutes of nervousness, parents spelled in silence while their sons and daughters spelled aloud. At the end of 40 minutes, Jared Hancock was Dubois County’s champion speller. He is a seventh grader at Southridge Middle School. Spelling medulla correctly after it was missed and then spelling hurricane won Hancock the local spelling bee and the opportunity to participate in the Tri-State Spelling Bee March 28 at Fairlawn Elementary School in Evansville. Andrea Hopf, a fifth grader at Precious Blood Elementary School, took second place.
Feb. 10
The Rev. Mike Thompson has won the Huntingburg Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award. Thompson, 40, pastor of Salem United Church of Christ, received the 1993 award at the Huntingburg DSA banquet, held at the Reflections Tuesday. He is the award’s 43 recipient. Originally from Merrillville, he moved to Huntingburg in 1988. He and his wife, Denise, who teaches hearing-impaired people for the Dubois-Spencer-Perry Exceptional Children’s Cooperative, have a son, Matt, 13.    

Feb. 11
Jason Fromme, 17, an Eagle rank Boy Scout, is the recipient of the 1993 Eddie Rottet Jr. Memorial Trophy. Fromme, a senior at Jasper High School who ranks in the top third of his class, was presented the trophy by Mary Helen Yarbrough, a sister of the deceased Rottet, and Ed Yarbrough, Rottet’s nephew, at a Scout Sunday breakfast held on Feb. 7 at the K of C Home in Jasper. Fromme is the 39th recipient of the award. His Scoutmaster is Joseph Fromme, his father.

Feb. 12
Move aside Evansville, Louisville and Indianapolis --Jasper is joining the regional televison market. At 6 p.m. EST Sunday,WBG-TV Channel 27 in Jasper will begin its first official day of programming, according to station manager Steve Hendrix. The station is owned by Dubois County Broadcasting, owners of Radio Station WBDC. WBG-TV will broadcast at 25,000 watts, giving it one of the strongest “community broadcast” signals in the country.

Feb. 13
William J. Pfister of Jasper, an employee of the Indiana Department of Labor, Bureau of Safety Education and Training, was one of ten persons recognized for contributing to the safety and health of Indiana employees.  The awards were presented at the seventh annual state convention of the Hoosier Safety Council held Feb. 1-3.   

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