Looking Back: 2/20February 19, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Feb. 20, 1956
Pictured on the front page of this issue is C. U. Gramelspacher, the secretary-treasurer and general manager of the Jasper Wood Products Company. He is shown presenting a hardwood plywood valentine to Kay Westfall of the “Bob and Kay” TV show over station WNBQ in Chicago while he was attending the annual meeting of the Harwood Plywood Institute at the Drake Hotel. Mr. Gramelspacher is the new president of the institute and as such made the “Sweetheart of the HPI” presentation to Miss Westfall. Also pictured is Bob Murphy, who emcees the show with Kay. Mrs. Gramelspacher accompanied her husband to the convention, which was concluded with a banquet on the second day of the meeting.
State Rep. Bob Gramelspacher of Jasper announced today that he will seek re-election to the office of joint representative of Dubois and Martin counties, subject to the Democratic primary May 8. Rep. Gramelspacher is presently serving his first term in the legislature, a post which he won in the election of 1954. During the last legislative session, he served on several important committees in the House of Representatives. Since the close of the session he has been appointed a Democratic member of the Indiana Economic Council, a research and public relations bureau for the state of Indiana. Bob is also serving on a sub-committee of the Legislative Advisory Commission to study the school construction problem with regard to plans and specifications.
A 180-foot patrol boat operating in the Panama Canal Zone has been named the USS Jasper, according to a letter received by Mayor Ed J. Lorey from Rear Admiral E. P. Forrestel of the Navy. The letter follows: “Under a new policy recently adopted by the Navy department, patrol vessels which were formerly identified by hull numbers alone are henceforth to be named after cities in the United States whose population is between 2,500 and 10,000. It gives me great pleasure to advise that the PC 486, an 180-foot escort vessel whose home port is Balboa, Canal Zone, has been named USS JASPER in honor of the city of that name in Indiana, Alabama and Texas.
With the ball in the air when the gun cracked, Charles Sims hit the field goal last night that gave Winslow a 67-65 overtime victory over Holland in the opening session of the IHSAA sectional tournament at Huntingburg. In the tourney’s first game, Stendal’s Purple Aces overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Birdseye’s Yellow Jackets 45-39 and advance to Friday night’s second round of the long bracket, where they’ll run right into Winslow.
Harold J. Jerger of Jasper, an organizer for the Upholsterers International Union of the American Federation of Labor since 1946, has been chosen to represent the U.S. government in a four-month study of problems facing the furniture industry in West Berlin. He will leave Jasper on Feb. 26 and after some final conferences at Washington on the 27th and 28th will sail from New York on the S.S. America for Germany. Mr. Jerger will represent labor while a businessman from Louisville will represent industry on the two-man team. Mr. Jerger was chosen largely because of his knowledge of the German language and his background as a labor leader in a predominantly-German community.
Huntingburg’s defending champs and Jasper’s Wildcats were matched in one sectional semifinal tilt this afternoon and the Winslow Eskimos and the West Baden Sprudels in the other. The host Hunters earned their way along with a 58-54 decision over ex-Hunter Marvin Blemker’s French Lick cagers yesterday afternoon while Jasper buried the Dubois Jeeps 72-35. In the second round games of the long bracket of the tourney played last night, Winslow licked Stendal 69-47 and West Baden downed Otwell 40-31. The winners of this afternoon’s contests will play for the championship at 8:15 this evening.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1971
Pictured on the sports page of this issue are six of the members of the first Ferdinand Crusader basketball team. They were among a group of ex-Crusaders who were honored Saturday night at the Ferdinand-Magister Noster (Latin School) game. Original Crusaders pictured include: Kenny Peters, Joe Becher, Leon Wendholt, Frank Becher, Kenny Oser and Bobby Mohr. This group played for Ferdinand during the 1951-52 season. Coach Larry Klein’s Crusaders won the game by a score of 91-54. The victory closes out Ferdinand’s regular season at 11-8. The Crusaders will play in the Huntingburg sectional Friday night against the winner of the Jasper-Holland game which will be played Wednesday.
It was just eight years after Juliette Low called together 12 girls in Savannah, Georgia, and began the Girl Scout movement on March 12, 1912, when Girl Scouting was begun in Jasper. Seemingly this was the first Girl Scout troop in what is now the Raintree Council (11 counties in southern Indiana and Illinois) and it might well have been the first troop in this part of the Midwest. The majority of the early troop members plan to be present to be honored at the annual meeting of the Raintree Council tonight at 7 o’clock (CST) in the Evans Room of the Union Federal Building in Evansville. Since the troop was active in 1920, the recognition tonight will take the form of a golden anniversary celebration, 50 years having eclipsed since that school year of 1920-21. Considerable remembering and researching have been going on in recent weeks in Jasper since the suggestion was made by the retiring president, Mrs. Charles Klamer of Jasper, to introduce and honor those who were available from that first troop. At the time of the Jasper Centennial in 1966, pictures of the early troop activities were brought together for a display, and one of the first leaders, Mrs. Della Rumbach Krodel, rode with the present-day scouts on a Girl Scout float, in a uniform of 50 years ago!
Dubois county’s official population in the 1970 census was 30,934, up 12.6% from the 1960 figure of 27,463, the Bureau of Census, U.S.Department of Commerce reports. The 1970 census counted 30,879 white persons in Dubois County, 99.8% of the total; and 55 persons of other races. The census showed 3,070 children under 5 years; 9,510 in ages 5 through 17; 15,373 people 18 through 64; and 2,981 who were 65 and older. The population 14 years and over included 13,557 married people, 1,557 who were widowed, 304 divorced, and 5,646 never married. Dubois County’s 1970 population was classified as 43.4% urban and 56.6% rural.
The pre-tourney favorite Jasper Wildcats and the Perry Central Commodores advanced to the semi-final round of the Huntingburg Sectional with opening night victories Wednesday. The Wildcats disposed of the Holland Dutchmen, 71-45, in the opening contest. Perry Central needed two overtimes to edge a determined Huntingburg squad, 61-60. In a related note, it was announced this morning by Jack Brandt, the general manager of the Cable-TV 9 station, that the final game of the Huntingburg Sectional tourney Saturday night will be telecast live. The action from the Huntingburg gym will be transmitted by micro-wave to the cable system’s antenna between the two cities from whence it will be fed through the cable.
The Dubois Jeeps posted a surprisingly easy 66-46 victory over the Birdseye Yellow Jackets in Thursday night’s lone sectional encounter at the Huntingburg gym. Birdseye brought a 15-5 record (the best in Birdseye history) into the game, Dubois stood at 14-6. Jeff Cook, the Dubois County scoring champion the last two years, led Birdseye with 16 points as the Dubois defense did an excellent job covering the 6-3 senior. Mike Whalen, a 6-1 sophomore, was the only other Jacket in double figures with 14. Five Dubois players finished in double figures. Tim Blessinger led the way with 16 points, Danny Neukam followed with 14, Glen Heeke added 12 and Jake Mauntel and Randy Betz each had 10, all of Mauntel’s scoring coming in the first half.
The Jasper Wildcats pulled away from a gutty Ferdinand Crusader team in the third quarter Friday night en route to a convincing 77-53 victory in the semi-final round of the Huntingburg sectional. The victory vaults Ed Schultheis’ Felines into the championship game tonight against the Dubois Jeeps. The Jeeps electrified the capacity crowd with one of the finest shooting exhibitions ever seen in the local tourney. They scorched the nets for 33 of 43 field goals in the last three quarters for a sizzling 77% and finished the game with 36 of 56 for a blistering 64% en route to an 86-65 win over the Perry Central Commodores.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 26, 1996
Both the Breakfast Optimist Club of Jasper and one of its members were honored Saturday during an awards luncheon in Indianapolis. The city service organization received the Honor and Distinguished Club Award for its community and youth service efforts during 1995. Marty Keller served as president of the Breakfast Optimist Club of Jasper during the 1994-95 year. Club member Kent Reyling earned the Distinguished and Outstanding Lieutenant Governor awards for the high level of success achieved by Optimist clubs in the zone for which he was responsible in 1995.
The Southridge Sectional would be a ticket scalper’s dream. If professional scalpers were ever able to get a hold of coveted Southridge Sectional tickets, they might find them easier to sell than an Indiana Pacers or Hoosier ticket. Even with 6,200 seats in Huntingburg’s Memorial gym, there is a problem every year because between 9,000 and 10,000 people want to attend. “That’s what makes our tourneyso exciting,” says Jasper Athletic Director Denny Lewis. “There’s just not enough tickets. So about this time every year, the jockeying begins, with everyone understanding there simply won’t be enough seats to go around at the four county high schools. The problem is obviously worst at the sectional’s biggest school. Jasper has the most season tickets holders of the six participating teams: 3,069. But when schools got their allotment this year, Jasper got only 1,656 sectional tickets.
The Jasper Wildcats, who were led in scoring by the state’s leading scorer, Michael Lewis, edged the Southridge Raiders 66-61 in the Southridge Sectional last night. Junior Doug Wigand added 13 while classmate Matt Mauck chipped in with 11. Derek Prior spearheaded the Raiders’ effort with a team-high 26 points. Senior Alex Graman closed out the game with 12 points on four triples while classmate Trey Lytton finished with 11. Meanwhile, when the Pike Central Chargers needed a knockout punch, Adam Seitz delivered. The 6-foot-3 swingman poured in 31 points Friday night to power Pike Central past Forest Park, 76-54. Dustin Stillwell was 7 of 10 from the field (4 of 4 3-pointers) and finished with 23 points. Brandon Boehman led Forest Park with 12.
The panel of six judges in the Pictures of the Year contest sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association was captivated by a portfolio of 37 photographs focusing on everyday life in Dubois County and the surrounding area shot by The Herald’s Torsten Kjellstrand. Kjellstrand, 34, was unanimously named Newspaper Photographer of the Year, one of the top honors a photojournalist can receive. The previous three years, the award was won by The Washington Post, and it’s been 20 years since a photographer from a newspaper of comparable size to The Herald, has won it, according to Bill Kuykendall, director of the contest, held at the University of Missouri.
From the In the News column by Fred Smith: Frank Ebenkamp, who won the Jasper Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award in January, was recently named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Evan Bayh. The honor came to him as a complete surprise at the Kiwanis state convention Feb. 10 in Indianapolis. Members of the Jasper Jaycees drafted a letter to the governor listing Ebenkamp’s qualifications — largely those listed for his DSA nomination. Summing up Ebenkamp’s varied contributions, last year’s DSA winner Mark Schroeder, said: “He’s spent a virtual lifetime donating his time to church and civic activities.”
In Southridge Sectional action Friday night, the Dubois Jeeps defeated the Wood Memorial Trojans 47-32. Kyle Denu led the Jeeps with 13 points and his presence on the perimeter opened up the interior for Steve Betz and Bill Mattingly, who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. In the other semifinal game, Jasper behind 32 points from senior playmaker Michael Lewis, vanquished punchless Pike Central, 70-47. Pike Central sophomore sensation Adam Seitz, who averaged more than 20 points per game this season, was held to 17. Senior teammate Dustin Stillwell added 10.
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