Looking Back: 2/29February 28, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Feb. 28, 1955
Huntingburg’s really Happy Hunters, after 14 long years of frustration and disillusionment, are looking forward today to a basketball regional. They beat a big, tough 22-1 Holland quintet 55-50 in the final of their sectional last Saturday night and thus found themselves active participants instead of spectators in the net-cutting rite that always follows. Howard Sharp’s team did some shooting you seldom see in winning the big one. The Red and Black netters hit .535 on 23 of 43 field attempts. They outgoaled the 17 of 57 Hollanders by six, and it was the third game in four sectional tilts in which Lowell McGlothlin’s Dutchmen showed a deficit in fielders. Jasper, losing 59-52, hit three more; Winslow, losing 48-45, sank four more than Holland. The Hunters now face Vincennes next Saturday.
The five-man rifle team of Heavy Mortar Co., 152nd Infantry, the Jasper unit of the National Guard, took second place in the rifle shooting matches held at the Northside Armory in Indianapolis. Washington’s Company I won the matches. The Jasper team was composed of Cpl. Robert Knust, Lt. Maurice Lueken, Chief Warrant Officer Herbert A. Miller and Sgt. Ralph Stratman of Jasper and Sgt. Jerome Sermersheim of Huntingburg.
At a meeting of the Committee on Industrial Services and Development of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Gervase Schwenk was elected chairman of the committee. The meeting was held this morning in the office of the Director, Ernest Jorn. Attending besides Mr. Jorn and Mr. Schwenk were Adam L. Bishop, Othmar Eckerle, Andy Knies, O. A. Kremp, Mayor Edward J. Lorey, Hugo Melchior and S. E. Stemle. Mr. Jorn said that in going out after new industries, Jasper faces lots of competition. He displayed several brochures put out by other cities seeking to attact new industries. He said the brochure that Jasper has distributed is patterned after that of Fall River, Mass.
Thieves broke into the newly-opened office of the Interstate Finance company in Jasper last night and boldly carted the safe out the front door. Entrance was gained by breaking out enough of the glass in a rear window to open the latch. The safe was taken out through the front door, which fronts on the public square, and down the alley between the F. C. Kuebler Jewelry Store and the Astra Theatre buildings. The safe was apparently loaded aboard a truck at the alley exit on Newton Street, almost directly across the street from the Thrift Service Station, which was broke into the night before. A city policeman said he walked by the office of the loan company around 2 A. M. and stopped to look at an electric sign in the front window but saw nothing amiss.
A short time after Mrs. Dot Graves, a Jasper beautician, served as a “patient” in a Red Cross Home Nursing course yesterday evening, she was a patient in reality. The photo in this issue shows Mrs. George Loepker placing a thermometer in the mouth of Mrs. Graves in a thermometer reading class. Also pictured, among others, is Mrs. Robert F. McDaniel, the instructor. When the class was over, Mrs. Graves fractured one of her ankles in three places when she stepped off the curb at the V.F.W. Home, where the class was held, preparatory to getting into the McDaniel car. Mrs. Graves is now a patient in Memorial Hospital.
Principal E. H. Loehr of Huntingburg High School, host to the IHSAA sectional basketball tourney, released today the annual report on the tourney which showed a total attendance (paid admissions) of 35,785 and receipts of $15,150.40. Participating schools divided a total of $12,105.49. Expenses of the tourney in connection with participating teams for meals and transportation amounted to $1,423.92; for officials, scorers and timers, $388.12; other expenses, $1,232.87. A total of 5,746 season tickets were sold for the 1955 sectional. In addition, a total of 1,309 single session tickets were sold during the tourney. Seating capacity of the gym is 6,260.
• 50 Years Ago
March 2, 1970
A pair of pressure free throws by reserve guard Dave Brosmer with only five seconds remaining in the game, proved the margin of victory Saturday night as the Huntingburg Happy Hunters edged the Holland Dutchmen, 55-53, to win the 1970 Huntingburg sectional. It was the 10th sectional title for Huntingburg, but their first since 1959. It marked the third sectional championship for Vince Myer, who took over as mentor of the Hunters this year. His other titles were at Brownsburg (1968) and at Granville Wells (1963).
State Senator E. H. Schmutzler of Jasper has filed with Secretary of State William N. Salin his intention to seek the Republican nomination for re-election in the May primary. Schmutzler represents Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Spencer and Warrick counties. Schmutzler, who is serving his first term in the Indiana Senate, is chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee and chairman of the State Police Study commission. “Junie” Schmutzler and his wife, the former Wanda Giesler, are the parents of three sons and a daughter. Kurt is a sophomore at IU, Mark and Scott are in the junior and sophomore classes, respectively, at Jasper High School and Ann is in the third grade at Fifth Street School.
The Patoka River in Jasper showed a reading of 7.03 feet and rising at 8:35 a.m. today, according to Maurice Fritz, official observer of the river for the U. S. Geological Service. This is 2.03 feet above flood stage. Fritz declined to predict when the river might reach its crest. Edward Seng, manager of the Jasper Sanitary Sewage Treatment Plant, reported that .94 inches of rain had fallen during the 24-hour period ending at 7 o’clock this morning, following a rainfall of. 42 inches during the preceeding 24 hours. Seng said 1.78 inches of rain had fallen since Sunday, March 1.
The Most Reverend Francis R. Shea, Bishop of Evansville, will make his first scheduled visit to the area when he comes to Jasper on Sunday, April 19, to give the keynote address for the diocesan-wide workshop for religious educators. The announcement was made today by the Jasper Area Religious Education Center, which is serving as host for the program arranged as a special communications day for all in-school and out-of-school religion teachers — religious and lay — in the Evansville Diocese. More than 300 persons are expected to attend the program.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Alan Nass, who received the Distinguished Service Award from the Huntingburg Jaycees. Also pictured is last year’s winner of the award, Rich Welp. Welp presented the award yesterday evening at the Huntingburg Y.M.I., the site of the DSA Banquet and Bosses Night program. Others pictured include Alan’s wife, Connie, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Nass. Alan Nass is a 1959 graduate of Huntingburg High School. He then graduated from Georgia Tech, where he starred in sports. He is a partner in the Nass and Son Funeral Home. He is married to the former Connie Aufderhar and they have two children. Named “Boss of the Year”was Orval Lindeman, vice president in charge of sales of Dolly Madison Industries.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are the members of the Leinenbach Cafe team which won the 1969-70 Jasper City Basketball League championship with an 8-0 record. Members of the team are Tim Leinenbach, Sonny Lents, Lee Kavanaugh, Marvin Pruett, Gary Rasche, Dave Eckerle, Lee Joe Begle, Mike Lutz and Mike Soellner. The league was conducted by the Jasper Park and Recreation Department. Games were played on Thursday evenings at the 5th St. School gym.
For the first time ever, a Pony Leaguer will receive the Myron Fetcher Achievement Award at the annual Little League reorganization meeting held this year on March 20. The award named after Myron Fetcher who died in January of 1968 at the age of 20 after an illustrious athletic career, will be awarded to a Pony League player on the basis of sportsmanship, athletic ability, attitude on and off the field and scholarship.
• 25 Years Ago
March 6, 1995
The Jasper Wildcats defeated the Southridge Raiders 70-51 Saturday night to win their first sectional title since 1989. Junior guard Michael Lewis scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Cats “Defense wins championships,” Jasper coach Ken Schultheis said. “They think I’ve been kidding for four years but I finally got a group to decide to do it and look what happens.” Southridge coach Ray Roesner said, “We lost our composure a little in the first half. We were running around and weren’t doing the things we wanted to.” Southridge finished the season 7-15. The Dubois County Media All-Sectional team was voted on by the Herald sports writers, and WITZ, WBDC and TV 27 broadcasters who covered the tourney. Jasper had three players voted to the squad — Michael Lewis, Jared Brosmer and Scott Hagan. Those three were joined by Southridge’s Derek Prior and Pike Central’s Chad Whitehead.
Mayor Connie Nass called councilmen to battle stations Monday over a bill that would halt involuntary annexations in Elkhart and Allen counties. Annexation was one of Nass’ stated goals in her “State of the City” address last month. Anti-annexation legislation that could threaten small cities such as Huntingburg has increasingly been a topic taken up by the General Assembly. Nass said if the current bill passes, more communities could be facing the same situation in the future. Nass said such legislation stifles the growth of cities. “How do we expand our tax base if we can no longer annex?” she asked.
The ink on the deal was still drying when Bob Haddad, president and founder of Columbus Container, Inc., announced he had bought the assets of the former Tri-State Box Company. in Jasper. “We’re very proud to say we want to be a part of Jasper,” Haddad said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “We’ve always looked at it as a very growing and successful town.” Columbus Container, headquartered in Columbus, Ind., designs and manufactures corrugated cardboard boxes and other packages for companies all over the nation. Its four plants have been doing $50 million in business a year, a fraction of the multibillion-dollar cardboard packaging industry, Haddad said.The company will begin hiring right away and take on about a dozen people.
John James says his is the best job in the world. If it works out as his new employers hope, it will create jobs for others as well. James is one of three employees for the new Hoosier Southern Railroad, which made its initial run Tuesday on a 19.8-mile short line through Perry and Spencer counties. The Perry County Development Corporation created Hoosier Southern to serve industries along the Norfolk Southern Railway and to attact new industry, said Greg Wathen, executive director of Perry County Development.
Respect. Brian Wahl has certainly earned it from his peers. Pike Central’s fifth-year boys’ basketball coach was recently named district coach of the year by both the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (district five) and the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association (district two). “This is voted on by the district coaches,” said Wahl. “That’s what makes these awards so special.” Wahl and his Chargers posted a meager 8-12 mark in 1994 but responded this year with a watershed season. Pike Central finished this season at 19-3, tied the school record for most regular season wins (18), won the Pocket Athletic Conference outright, and for the first time since 1978, were unbeaten on the road.
Brad Smith has been named information services manager for the Sten’s Power Equipment Parts. A graduate of Purdue, Smith will be responsible for the data processing department, phone system setup and maintenance and the development of new technology at Stens. Smith and his wife, Sandy, reside in Jasper with their sons, Luke and Andy.
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