Looking Back: 2/13February 12, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Feb. 13, 1956
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Gene Berger. He is shown displaying the Rottet Memorial trophy he had just received to his proud parents and little brother at the Scout Sunday breakfast in Jasper. Gene’s father, Arnold, is an assistant Cubmaster of Pack 182. Arnold started Scouting as a Pioneer Scout back in 1919. Also pictured are Mrs. Berger, who was working with other Scout mothers in the kitchen, and Glenn, a Cub in Pack 182. The 16-year-old Berger became the 21st Jasper Boy Scout to receive the Edward Rottet, Jr., Memorial trophy.
Beginning tomorrow, the parking meters in Jasper’s downtown business district will be checked constantly, it was announced in a statement issued today jointly by Mayor Edward J. Lorey and Police Chief Bob Parker. The two officials said that since a new man has been added to the force, it will be possible for Policeman Cletus Eckert to devote more time to checking the meters. Mayor Lorey said that the services of a full-time meter man is a good investment, since the city was losing too much revenue in the past because motorists realized the meters were checked infrequently and therefore felt they could take a chance on leaving the machines unfed. In the past, it was often possible to leave a car parked for half a day without putting anything in the meter and without getting a ticket.Mayor Lorey also announced that all tickets now being held by drivers for past violations must be paid immediately, or charges will be filed for their collection.
Jasper’s Wildcats ended their pre-sectional campaign last night with a 63-49 victory over the Reitz Panthers at the JHS gym. The result gave Nip Wuchner’s team a 15-5 overall record and a 10-4 finish in the SIAC. Jasper’s Jody Giesler led all scorers with 18 points. In other area games, Dubois defeated Otwell 68-63, while Ireland downed Elnora 42-33 and Birdseye lost to Selvin, 57-41.
It was announced this morning that the Huntingburg High School band, of which George Kuhnert is the director, has secured approval from the school board to go to the National Jaycee Convention in Kansas City in June. The parade, in which the Huntingburg band will take part, will be held on June 27.
A Huntingburg airman died yesterday in New Mexico of injuries suffered in an air crash. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Murray of Huntingburg received word that their son, Second Lt. Lee Murray, 24, who was in the Marine Air Corps, lost his life in the crash. A telegram received from the commanding general of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at El Toro, California, where Lt. Murray was based, reported that the crash occurred at the Kirkland Air Force Base at Albuquerque, New Mexico. No further details were given, but the message said a letter will follow.
It won’t be long now before the water reaches the spillway level in the new Beaver Lake near Jasper and begins flowing over. That information was revealed last night by Jerome Schneider, who was the resident engineer on the dam construction project, in a talk before the Jasper Jaycees. Mr. Schneider illustrated his talk with color slides taken as work progressed on the dam. As of Wednesday of this week, Mr. Schneider said, the water was only 4 1/2 feet from going over the spillway. This represented an unusually swift rise in the water level from Jan. 20 to Feb. 15 of 6 1/2 feet. Mr. Schneider pointed out that when the lake is full, it will cover 205 acres of ground, impounding approximately one billion gallons of water.
In one of those basketball businesses that are strictly for the books the Huntingburg Hunters blew a 32-18 halftime lead last night in an almost unbelievably terrible third quarter, during which they were outscored 23-0, then fought back from 11 points behind (32-43) to overtake and beat the Vincennes Alices 50-48 in their schedule-ender at Huntingburg. Dennis Stetter scored 15 points to lead the Huntingburg scoring. In other area games, Holland easily defeated Elberfeld 72-35, Ferdinand edged Stendal 62-57 and Boonville downed Dale 60-44.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 15, 1971
The Jasper Jaycees paid special tribute to Arthur Nordhoff, Jr., Alvin C. Ruxer and Dave Buehler Saturday night at the 22nd annual Jasper Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and Bosses Night Banquet. It marked the first time the Jaycees have honored a “Boss of the Year” along with the DSA winner at the affair. Nordhoff, a Jasper attorney, was named the winner of the coveted DSA award, Ruxer was named the Boss of the Year and Buehler was presented with a special Jaycee award — a J.C.I. Senatorship — which has only been presented once before in the history of the local Jaycee chapter. The only other J.C.I. Senatorship award presented locally was to Ed Rees 10 years ago.
For a while this past weekend it appeared the North High Huskies would never be able to make the trip to Jasper for their SIAC showdown with the Wildcats. The game was scheduled for Friday night and again Saturday but was never played because of the weather. The game was finally played Monday night before a screaming full house of 3,000 fans and when the final horn sounded the Jasper fans were wishing the Huskies had never shown up. Jim Rausch’s Greenclads put their things together Monday night and it resulted in a convincing 91-78 triumph over the Wildcats knocking Jasper out of the SIAC race, which they had won a year ago, snapping their home court win streak of 18 games and dropping their regular season mark to 14-5.
The Huntingburg Happy Hunters felt the bitter taste of defeat Tuesday night, for the 10th time in a row, 65-47, at the hands of the Princeton Tigers at Princeton. The Hunters now stand 4-15 for the season. The only Hunter in double figures was Rick Schipp who finished with 10 points on four of four from the court and two of two from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, in other area high school basketball games, the Holland Dutchmen recorded victory Tuesday night but Dubois and Otwell fell by the wayside.
The board of trustees of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation, met in special session Tuesday evening and approved the recommendation that Ferdinand High School be renamed Forest Park High when consolidation takes effect next fall. The recommendation had been presented by the student councils of Birdseye and Ferdinand high schools. A delegation from throughout the school corporation was present including a group from Birdseye which was represented by attorney Freemont Pickett. Questions concerning options, acreage and costs of building were posed by Pickett.
At 4 o’clock next Sunday afternoon, a contract-signing ceremony will be held at the Northwood Good Samaritan Center on Jasper’s north side. At that time, officials of the nursing center and representatives of the firms that are going to build a 36-bed addition to the original structure will put their names on the dotted lines. Mr. and Mrs. Myles Tyler, co-administrators of the nursing center, said construction on the new addition will get under way as soon as the weather permits. The 36-bed addition will be added on the north side of the present 71-bed building, which admitted its first residents on Feb. 9, 1969, and was formally dedicated on March 9 of that year.
The Jasper Wildcats put the finishing touches on their 1970-71 regular season campaign Friday night with a 70-60 victory over the Bedford Stonecutters at the ancient Bedford gym. The Wildcats warmed up their guns for the upcoming sectional tourney with their best shooting performance of the year — 55% on 29 of 53 attempts. It was Jasper’s best shooting effort but it wasn’t one of their better overall games. The Wildcats committed 19 floor errors (the same as Bedford) and looked far from sharp. But the shooting and the Jasper defense pleased coach Schultheis who begins today getting his team ready for Holland next Wednesday night in the sectional opener.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 19, 1996
The Dubois County Courthouse renovation is on schedule, but there could be a serious problem lurking in the basement, according to Fred Hollinden, the project’s clerk of the works. Workers digging a 9-foot pit in the basement for a sump pump hit wet soil at 7 feet, Hollinden told the county commissioners on Friday. “Those first 7 feet were great. Then we hit water,” he said. Hollinden said it is not yet known what would be done to avoid the ground water and that it could become a “serious problem.”To solve a series of other relatively minor problems, the commissioners approved a half dozen change orders that will add $25,000 to the project’s cost. About half that amount was used to shore up a water main that was exposed when workers dug a chiller pit, Hollinden said.
The west side of Jasper has grown substantially in the past 40 years, and the Precious Blood Parish and School intends to keep pace through a $3.7 million expansion that will more than double its size.“Currently, every inch of space is used at least a couple of times,” said Father Joseph Kane. Plans call for a new 19,200-square-foot church that will seat 700 comfortably. The present church, which seats 450, will be renovated to serve as a cafeteria and gymnasium. This won’t be as difficult as it might sound because when the church was built in 1957, it was designed to be converted into a“cafetorium” once a more permanent church was built.
The secret of living a long life could be eating vegetables and playing cards, says Cecilia Yenawine, who will reach the century milestone Saturday. “I play Sheephead,” she says, laughing. “It’s an old German game.” Yenawine’s family and friends are throwing a birthday party for her Saturday afternoon at the Huntingburg Convalescent Center, where she has lived since 1980. Turning 100 years old is exciting, Yenawine says. And she isn’t shy about letting people know that Saturday is her birthday. “I feel all right about it,” she says matter-of-factly. “I’ll live through it.”Cecilia and her late husband, Merle, a retired railroadman, lived at 808 10th St. in Huntingburg. He was a wood carver and whittler and had an intricate, handmade Christmas display they put up every year, according to Yenawine’s niece, Mildred Gramelspacher. Birthday cards are arriving daily from well-wishers and some celebrities, says Fran King, the center’s activity director. “There was even one from the President,” King said.
From the Between the Lines column by Robert Denbo: According to the results of area IHSAA fan surveys, most everybody is against class basketball. One question was: Do you think the IHSAA should adopt multiple classes for the girls and boys basketball tourney? At the Jasper girls game with Princeton, 90 votes came in against classes and only eight were for the proposed system.Broken down into percentages that comes out to be 91.1 against and 8.9 for. At the Jasper and Vincennes boys basketball game this past Saturday, the numbers were even more staggering. Of the 376 people who cast a ballot, 364 were against and only 12 were for. Percentagewise, that is 96.7 against the class proposal and only 3.3 for it. Contrary to one woman’s belief, I do get out and talk to people about class sports. And contrary to that woman’s belief, most people are, in fact, against class sports.
Huntingburg radio station WBDC (100.9) and Jasper television station WJTS-TV27 will combine for “Tourney Roundtable,” a live simulcast on both facilities from 5 to 6 p.m. Hosted by Sports Director Kurt Gutgsell, the panel discussion will center around the area sectionals, the Washington Regional and other IHSAA tournament news. Also up for conversation will be the recent fan surveys on class structure for high school sports. The featured guests are expected to be Gutgsell and Chris James of WBDC, Eric Meyer and Michael Crews of WJTS, area newspaper representatives and Steve Newkirk — the “Voice of the Wolfpack” who also hosts “Wolfpack Den” on WBDC. “Tournament Roundtable” welcomes questions.
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