Looking Back: 2/2February 1, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
February 1, 1954
Democrat Jennings Hoffman of Portersville has announced that he will make another race for the office of township trustee of Boone Township. The 56-year-old partner in a sand and gravel business was tied in the general election four years ago by the Republican candidate, Ray Kieffner. The winner was decided by having the county Democratic and the county Republican chairman fire at a board with a shotgun, and Mr. Kieffner was declared the winner.
The annual report of the St. Joseph Church congregation of Jasper, which has been given out by the pastor, Rev. August B. Fichter, shows that up to Dec. 31, $99,159.54 was spent on the renovation of the interior of the huge stone church. Father Fichter has announced that while the work probably will not be completed before the end of 1954, services will be resumed in the church sometime in March. Since the work of renovating the interior of the church building began, services have been held in Kundek Hall, in the St. Joseph school building, which was converted into a chapel.
Hitting 26 of 37 free throws, the outgoaled New Albany Bulldogs came from behind to defeat Jasper’s Wildcats 80-74 at the NAHS gym last night and preserve high hopes of winning their first SIAC basketball championship since 1950-51. John Givens’ boys can clinch the title by winning the remainder of their league games. Nip Wuchner’s Cats rang up their highest point total of the season, led by Donnie Bates’ 31, and canned 29 fielders to 27. Meanwhile, Holland’s Dutchmen, who come up with a sparkling performance every now and then this winter, shone last night with a 45-43 triumph over the visiting Fort Branch cagers — the first defeat of the season for Bob Lochmueller’s Twigs after 15 straight victories. With the win came the famous southern Indiana Dope Bag of the Evansville Courier. Holland’s Eugene Balsmeyer was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points.
After several years of pleading with the state highway department, Huntingburg once more has a traffic light at its busiest intersection, Fourth and Main. The automatic traffic signal was erected yesterday and is now in operation. There was a traffic light at this same intersection, where Highway 45 crosses Huntingburg’s main stem, but the state highway commission ordered it removed so that Highway 45, which is also Huntingburg’s Main street, would have the right-of-way at all times at the intersection. Jasper has been trying for several years to get a traffic light for the busy intersection of Newton and West Sixth streets, but so far none of the red, green and yellow lights has been put up there.
The Jasper Lions Club today announced its second auction has been scheduled for Saturday, February 20, and that proceeeds will be used to further the improvement of Armory Park. The first auction, held last October, proved highly successful and $500 was turned over to the deep therapy fund from the proceeds. The auction will again be conducted in the Homer Jones building on Eighth Street and will begin at 3 P.M. Anyone having new or used merchandise which they are willing to contribute to the auction are asked to call 262, 561, or 590 and a pick-up will be made. Proceeds will be used to supplement the work being done in Armory Park by the Jasper Jaycees, who have put more than $5,000 in cash and untold man-hours into the development of this new city park.
A 46-year-old Huntingburg man was killed and five other men from his city were injured, three of them critically, when the car in which they were returning from their jobs at the Seeger Company in Evansville crashed into a bridge abutment yesterday afternoon. Fatally injured in the crash was Glen Lemond of 1110 Jackson St. He was dead on arrival at Stork Memorial Hospital. The three who are on the critical list are: Charles Stillwell, 60; his son, Jake, 36; and Paul Forbes. The other two men, Charles Sitzman, 29; and Girtha Spencer, are in fair condition.
• 50 Years Ago
February 3, 1969
Mrs. Margaret Ann Wilz, 44, wife of Dubois County Sheriff Ambrose Wilz, died at 11:20 Sunday night in Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Wilz became ill last Wednesday and on the following day consulted a physician who diagnosed her illness as an attack of the flu. Her condition was worse on Saturday, and that evening a doctor was called to the residence. He determined that Mrs. Wilz had apparently suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and she was taken to the hospital around 6:30 Saturday night. She had undergone heart surgery at Robert Long Hospital in April of 1966 but had made an excellent recovery. The funeral service will be held in St. Joseph’s Church at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
A 25-year-old Indianapolis man is to be the new executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. He was chosen from a list of applicants Monday at a special meeting of the Chamber’s board of directors. Stepping into the position vacated last October by Paul Clark will be Michael Burl Martin, a native of Washington, Indiana. Martin was graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business management and administration. Since his graduation, he has been employed by L.S. Ayres & Co. of Indianapolis. Martin will assume his new duties on February 16.
A 12-year-old Huntingburg boy is listed in serious condition in Welborn Hospital in Evansville as the result of injuries suffered when a discarded truck exploded on the city dump. The victim of the unusual accident is Lennie Uppencamp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Uppencamp. He suffered a compound fracture of the right arm, multiple lacerations and abrasions of the body, arms and face, and first degree burns. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and later was transferred to the hospital in Evansville. His mother and his grandmother, Mrs. Leonard Kays, accompanied him.
A University of Evansville senior from Huntingburg, Samuel W. Small, was named “Bachelor of the Year’” during halftime of the U of E basketball game on Saturday, February 1, at Robert Municipal Stadium in Evansvillle. Sam, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Small of 203 Fourth Street, is majoring in marketing. He represented the Hughes Residence Hall in the contest. The “Bachelor of the Year” was elected by an all-female student vote and he was crowned by Beverly J. Terhune, the current “Miss University of Evansville.”
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Dean Voegerl, a 1966 graduate of Jasper High School, who was one of six players drafted by the Los Angeles Dodger organization Feb. 1 in the annual free-agent draft in New York. Voegerl, who was a standout pitcher with the Jasper Wildcats, Jasper Legion and last season with the Jasper Reds, was drafted by the Bakersfield team in the Dodger organization. Dean is presently attending Trinidad College in Trinidad, Colorado, on an athletic scholarship. A hard-throwing lefthander, Dean is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Urban “Bull” Voegerl, 338 West 7th St., Jasper. He pitched the Jasper Reds to the Deer Trail League championship this past summer and was also one of the top hitters in the league as he was used at first base or in the outfield when not pitching. Dean is 20 years old.
The Ferdinand Crusaders pulled away in the fourth quarter and breezed to their fifteenth victory of the season, a 73-62 win over the Washington Catholic Cardinals at Ferdinand. The Crusaders have lost just twice. The Ireland Spuds rammed through 84 points but fell far short as they lost to the Chrisney Wildcats, 106-84, at Chrisney. In other area games, The Huntingburg Happy Hunters became the eighteenth victim of Gunner Wyman’s Vincennes Alices, 99-58, at the Adams Coliseum in Vincennes Friday night. Plagued by 30 errors and 13 missed free throws, the Jasper Wildcats bowed to the Reitz Panthers, 80-63, Friday night at the Reitz gym for their fifth straight loss. Meanwhile the Holland Dutchmen had little trouble subduing Cannelton, 89-56. Also, Lanesville defeated Birdseye 52-38.
• 25 Years Ago
January 31, 1994
The drought is over. After a 17-year wait, the Forest Park Rangers won their first high school wrestling sectional Saturday at Memorial Gym in Huntingburg. “They said it would be exciting,” Forest Park coach Kevin Wertman said. “I didn’t realize how exciting it would be until the finals. It got exciting and it was nice.” The Rangers piled up 163 points, just enough to nip Southridge, which finished with 158. Jasper placed third with 1381⁄2. Tell City racked up 95 points, Heritage Hills had 76 and Pike Central finished with 17.
Developers favor Dubois County for the site of a Patoka Lake riverboat, hotel and convention center, golf course and outlet mall. Keith Hine, director of operations for J & K Enterprises, and Charles Cato , representing Rainbow Entertainment, presented a proposal for a $50 million to $70 million investment to a group of area residents Monday night at the Jasper K of C Home. They said their development would have a minimal impact on the lake, but offer great economic benefits to the three counties bordering it through new employment, tax proceeds and tourist spending. A flat-bottomed boat of about 10,000 square feet, a pavilion that would house restaurants, lounge areas, gift shops and entertainment, and a parking lot--all requiring about 10-15 acres--would be the only things built on lake property, Cato said.
The State Board of Education turned down the Southeast School Corporation’s application for a $7.5 million common school loan for the expansion and renovation of Forest Park High School. The
corporation must now look to other methods of financing the building project, said Superintendent Bill Rohl at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Borrowing money through a bond issue is probably the corporation’s only other option. That means Southeast taxpayers will have to carry more of the load. The state had $81 million to lend through the common school loan but there were applications for $191 million, Rohl said.
Bob Pfister of Monsignor Othmar H. Schroeder Council, Knights of Columbus, has been recognized as Gibault Envoy for the month of December by the Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute. The Gibault School is owned and operated by the 110 Councils of the Indiana Knights of Columbus. This award has been given for approximately three years, and this marks the second time Pfister was chosen. Pfister presented money on behalf of the 1,200 members of Jasper Council 1584 to Daryl Rose of the Gibault School Foundation on a recent visit to Jasper. The money was raised by the council carrying a giant Americn flag in local parades. Local citizens threw money into the flag as it passed, and all of the proceeds went to the Gibault School.
There’s a new hero at Pike Central. Angie Blatnic drained a baseline jumper at the buzzer Thursday night, lifting the Pike Central Chargers to a 39-37 Jasper sectional semifinal win over the Jasper Wildcats. “I knew this would be a tough basketball game — it was just a war,” said Pike Central head coach Steve Barrett. “Somebody had to have been looking out for us tonight. We’re just glad to be able to go on.” Pike Central, the sectional champions the last four seasons, plays Northeast Dubois in the title game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Northeast Dubois advanced with a 69-20 semifinal win overMarian Heights Thursday. Angie Blatnic and Adrienne Seitz each finished with 12 points to lead the Chargers (14-4). Audrey Burger had 10 points to pace Jasper, which ends its season at 12-7.
Maxed out. Forest Park sophomore J. R. Maxey pumped in a career-high 16 points, leading the 17th-ranked Rangers past the Pike Central Chargers 64-40 Friday night in a game played at Ferdinand. Maxey, averaging just 3.4 points per game coming into Friday night, had 14 in the first half as Forest Park (14-1) built a 36-19 halftime lead. “The game came my way,” said Maxey, a 6-foot-41⁄2 forward. “I think I can put up these numbers but I just need to work more.” In other area games, Jasper lost to Evansville Bosse, 64-52, while Northeast Dubois defeated the Washington Catholic Cardinals, 72-52. Boonville beat Heritage Hills 61-59 in overtime and the North Posey Vikings edged the Southridge Raiders by a score of 50-48.
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