Looking Back: 2/16

Super Sitters Matt Buechler of Jasper is shown how to give the Heimlich Manuever to a baby 25 years ago by health educator Karen Farris during a Supersitter class at Memorial Hospital. The class teaches 10- to 14-year-olds basic babysitting skills. In the foreground is Joshua Woninger of Rockport. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Feb. 7, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
February 15, 1954

St. Joseph’s of Dale won the annual grade school basketball tournament of the Jasper Deanery by beating St. Mary’s of Huntingburg 26-23 in the final yesterday afternoon in a game played at the St. Ferdinand High School gym. The winners came from behind with Knott making four points in the last minute of play. Knott with 9 and Clark with 8 led the Dale quintet in scoring, and Braunecker with 12 was high point man for Huntingburg. Dale meets the winner at Princeton at 8 P.M. on March 8th in the Evansville diocesan tourney. The winner plays the Vincennes tourney victor at 7 P.M. on March 9. Meanwhile, at 7 P.M. on the 8th, the Washington and Evansville winners meet. The diocesan final will be played at 7 P.M. on March 11.

February 16

In a three-day meeting held in Washington, D. C., the members of the Wood Office Furniture Institute, representing the major hardwood manufacturers of office desks and chairs, elected a new slate of officers, which included two Jasper men. Named to position of vice-president of the Institute is Raphael Blessinger of the Jasper Desk Company. One of the three men named to the executive board is Vincent L. Gutzweiler, manager of the Hoosier Desk Company. Other Jasper executives attending the meeting included the following plant managers: Arthur Barth of Jasper Chair, Amos Braun of Indiana Desk, August Krieg, of the Jasper Seating Company, and Rudy Sturm of the Jasper Office Furniture Company. 

February 17

Thieves who were apparently interested only in money and narcotics broke into Poe’s Drug Stote in Jasper and the Giltner Drug Store in Huntingburg some time after midnight last night. P. C. Giltner, who owns the store at Huntingburg, first learned of the break-in this morning when Moody Katter called him to report that the front door of the store was wide open. Mr. Giltner said the prescription department was ransacked, but that the thieves found no drugs. He said about $10 was taken from two cash registers. Ralph Poe, who operates the store at Jasper, said that he is missing about $60 in cash and morphine, codeine and other narcotics. 

February 18

Winslow’s Eskimos and the Birdseye Yellow Jackets will open the 1954 Huntingburg sectional at 7 o’clock next Wednesday evening, according to drawings released this morning by the IHSAA headquarters. Following the Eskimos and Jackets will be two Dubois County rivals of long standing, the Dubois Jeeps and the Ireland Spuds, who’ll be tangling for the third time this winter. Dubois has won the previous two sessions, but the margins weren’t large. Huntingburg’s host Hunters and the Holland Dutchmen, who are defending sectional champs, will take off right where they left off a year ago in the title game, meeting at 7 o’clock on Thursday. In the second game that evening, the Jasper Wildcats will be matched against the Stendal Purple Aces. The bye round this year contains Otwell, Spurgeon, French Lick and West Baden.

February 19

Two Indiana counties--Dubois and Monroe--have been selected for a survey to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis among industrial workers. Officials in all but one factory in Dubois County contacted to date have indicated they will give wholehearted cooperation in the survey. Clemence Nordhoff, Jasper attorney, has consented to serve as chairman for the survey committee in Dubois County. He will be assisted by the following plant reps from communities in the county: Dubois, Leo Brelage, Ferdinand, Bob Menke, Holland, Irvin Caldemeyer, Huntingburg, Thad Conner, Al Klee, Louis Wagner and Walter Wendholt; Jasper, Raphael Blessinger, C. U. Gramelspacher, Maury Gutgsell, Dave Newton and Bob Schnaus. 

February 20

Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg Hunters belted the Vincennes Alices 63-36 at Huntingburg last night to finish their pre-sectional season with a record of 8-12 overall and 5-9 in the SIAC. Wayne Singer was the leading scorer for the Hunters with  17 points while Buddy Blemker was close behind with 16. Jasper’s Wildcats defeated the Frankfort Hot Dogs 64-55 at the JHS gym last night to improve their record to 12-8. Donnie Bates set a new JHS individual scoring record for a season when he hit for 29 against the North Central Conference club to bring his 20-game total to 423 points. The old record was 407, set last winter by Gary Phillips.   

50 Years Ago
February 17, 1969

The Huntingburg Happy Hunters edged the Princeton Tigers, 57-55, in a SIAC battle at Princeton, the Holland Dutchmen downed the Owensville Kickapoos, 75-50, and the Dubois Jeeps surprised the Chrisney Wildcats, 52-43, in Saturday night basketball action involving area teams. Denny Lewis led the Hunters’ scoring attack with 19, while Howard Renner added 13, Mark Hildebrand 11 and Dave Brosmer 10. Larry Kahle, 6’ 4’ junior forward, paced the Dutch attack in their win at Owensville with 21 points. Senior Keith Seger tossed in 22 points to lead the Dubois Jeeps to their upset win. 

February 18

Mike T. Whisler, a native of Cicero, Indiana, has assumed the duties of Dubois County Youth Agent. He succeeds Steve Hudkins, who was transferred last November to Connersville where he is serving as area agronomy agent. Mike Whisler was born at Cicero and attended Jackson Central High School at nearby Arcadia. He then earned a bachelor of science degree in recreation from Indiana State University. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He will be working out of the newly-remodeled extension services offices in the Federal Building in Jasper. 

February 19

Michael Burl Martin, newly-appointed executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, is on the job these days in his office in the Kuebler Building. He and his wife, Laura, moved into the Beckman Apartments on the city’s northwest side Monday. Martin succeeds Paul Clark, who resigned last fall and is now with General Electric in Louisville. Martin was an assistant buyer at L. S. Ayres & Co. in Indianapolis before resigning that position to accept the one in Jasper.   

February 20

At Wednesday night’s monthly meeting of Mayor Jack E. Newton and the Jasper City Council, the Council unanimously voted to annex a piece of land on the city’s south side on which the Sarkes-Tarzian Company of Bloomington plans to erect a factory employing about 200 people. A representative of the firm appeared before city officials to report that Sarkes-Tarzian plans to erect a factory on a plot of land located on West Meridian Street, south of the St. Vincent De Paul store.   

February 21

Rich Welp, manager of the Dubois County Farm Bureau Co-op, received the Huntingburg Jaycees Distinguished Service Award at the annual banquet Thursday night. Welp has been a member of the Jaycees for about five years. He and his wife have given generously of their time to aiding the projects of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Boss of the Year went to Harold (Heddy) Schmutzler, who operates the Schmutzler Funeral Home. Heddy Schmutzler has served on many civic committees and was the city clerk-treasurer in 1947-48. The guest speaker at the event was Dr. Ben M. Elrod, the president of Oakland City College.

February 22

The Jasper Wildcats tuned up for their bid to break a six-year drought in the Huntingburg sectional with a 61-54 victory over the Bedford Stonecutters Friday night at Bedford. The Wildcats weren’t outstanding in the victory, but any win at the “Quarry” in Bedford is quite an accomplishment. Six-six sophomore Wayne “Beetle” Bailey led the Jasper attack with a solid performance in the scoring and rebounding departments. Bailey hauled down a game-high total of 18 rebounds and tossed in 17 points. Jasper finished the regular season with a 10-10 mark. The Huntingburg Happy Hunters finished their season on a happy note at the HHS gym as they narrowly defeated the Reitz Memorial Tigers, 63-60. The Hunters finished the regular season with a 9-11 record. In other action around the area, Ireland defeated Cannelton, 54-53, Dale triumphed over Owensville, 76-59, and the Loogootee St. John’s Eagles completed an undefeated season by edging the Ferdinand Crusaders 62-59. Also, Holland beat Haubstadt 73-45, Shoals romped Dubois 71-50 and Otwell won over Chrisney by a score of 72-62.

25 Years Ago
February 14, 1994 

Announcing his candidacy for an unprecedented fourth term in the U. S. Senate, Richard Lugar gave an overview of his campaign Sunday night at the Dubois County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner. Sen. Richard Lugar was the headline attraction but not the only man to announce his candidacy at the dinner: Jasper councilman Grayson Goodness said he will run for state representative in District 73. The district’s Democratic incumbent is Dennis Heeke, who faces a primary race against Tom Birk. Goodness is the only Republican who has announced. 

February 15

Innovative programs at St. Meinrad College have won a $10,000 award from Ameritech. The award was for the college’s award-winning Critical Literacy Project designed to improve the critical reading, writing and thinking of its students. Ameritech choose five colleges from each of the five states in which it does business — Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The other Indiana recipients were Butler University, Franklin College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and St. Francis College. 

February 16

Huntingburg sports legend Ray “Buddy” Blemker, Jr., succumbed to acute leukemia Tuesday at 1:15 (CST) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. Blemker was a 1955 graduate and three-sport star of Huntingburg High School. He was a standout in baseball, basketball and football at HHS. He later played basketball and baseball at Georgia Tech. Blemker was a starting guard at Georgia Tech from 1956-59 and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. After college, Blemker pitched in the Kansas City Athletics organization, making a one-day appearance in the major leagues in 1960. 

February 17

And then there was one. A single corridor is now the focus of study for a proposed U. S. 231 relocation between a new Ohio River bridge and I-64. The preferred route would follow existing U. S. 231 to the Indiana & Michigan power plant north of Rockport. It would bypass Chrisney to the east, run northeast between Buffaloville and the Lincoln state and national parks, then curve west to to pass Dale’s west side en route to connecting with I-64 at a relocted interchange, 1,100 feet west of the existing interchange.   

February 18

The J-Men’s pre-sectional party will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the K of C. Coaches from the Southridge and other area sectionals have been invited to discuss their feelings on the upcoming tourney. The list of coaches invited to attend  includes: Ken Schultheis (Jasper), Ray Roesner (Southridge), Denny Doutaz (Forest Park), Brian Wahl (Pike Central), Alan Matheis (NE Dubois), Mike Brewster (Wood Memorial), Jerry Hanger (Springs Valley), Mike McClintick (Cannelton), Dave Reese (Perry Central), and Steve Merkel (Heritage Hills). Former Herald sports editor Jerry Birge and Jim Mueller, former NE Dubois head coach, will serve as co-MC’s.

February 19

The 15th annual stockholders meeting of the Citizens Bank was held in January, and the directors for 1994 were elected. Elected directors include: Doug Bawel, E. Ray Bawel, James Giancola, Lawrence E. Haas, Michael Hochgesang, Jeryl Luegers, Joseph P. Miller, Robert K. Ruxer, Gervase Schwenk, Albert A. Sternberg, Bernard Weidenbenner and Wilfred Weinzapfel. Miller, also the bank president, said the bank showed an increase of loans, deposits and total assets during 1993; 1 percent was earned on average assets, and 12 percent on average shareholders equity.

Ronald E. Snyder of Jasper has been named to the Leader Board of Xerox Life. Snyder has been a representative of Edward D. Jones & Company for 13 years. Membership in the Leader Board is for the top producers of Xerox Life.   

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