Looking Back: 2/22February 21, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 1955
Robert Menke of Huntingburg, chosen recently by the state Junior Chamber of Commerce as the outstanding young man of the year, has assumed a new role at Indiana University — that of teacher. Menke, former state legislator, has taken over a class in government and promptly assigned the members to a study of the General Assembly in action. The former IU basketball star who completed work on a master’s degree last year is teaching the class for Prof. Paul Willis, now on leave of absence to serve as an administrative assistant to Paul Butler, national Democratic chairman.
Jacob E. (Jiggs) Ruxer of Ruxer Bros., Jasper Ford tractor and implement dealers, was elected to a two-year term as a dealer council representative to the Ford Motor Co., at a dealer council meeting at West Baden. Mr. Ruxer will represent the 15 Indiana and Kentucky dealers who met there to make recommendations to present to the Ford Co. The dealer council is a nationwide system endorsed by the Ford Co. to provide the dealers a voice in policies and to make recommendations on products of the company. Also attending the meeting from Jasper was John Nicholson of Ruxer Bros.
Dr. J. O. Kelley, Jasper podiatrist and foot surgeon, was elected president of the Tri-State Podiatrists-Chiropodists Association at a meeting recently held in the Mural Room of the Vendome Hotel in Evansville. Dr. Kelley began his practice in Boonville in 1939 and moved to Jasper following service in World War II. He served in the army medical Corps during the war and was in charge of the Foot Clinics Out Patient Department of Wakeman General Hospital. After his military discharge he took post graduate work at the University of Illinois in podo-pediatrics, the study of diseases and deformities of children’s feet. Dr. Kelley specializes in that field in his practice.
An Indiana small-town daily newspaper publisher who has long been a leader in his community, will be the recipient of the 1955 “Byline Award” of the Marquette University College of Journalism. He is Albert T. Rumbach, publisher of the Dubois County Daily Herald, Jasper, Ind., who will receive the award from Dean J. L. O’Sullivan of Marquette at ceremonies in Milwaukee on Sunday morning, March 20. The announcement was made by Dean O’Sullivan.
Coach Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen defeated the Jasper Wildcats 59-52 in last night’s action at the Huntingburg sectional. The Dutchmen move on to play Winslow, while Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats close out the season with a 17-4 record. In the other game last night the defending champion Winslow Eskimos downed the Dubois Jeeps 68-44.
French Lick’s Red Devils and Otwell’s Millers moved into tonight’s quarterfinal round of the Huntingburg sectional basketball tourney by ousting Birdseye and Spurgeon, respectively, in the last of the “long bracket” first rounders played last night. In his farewell to high school basketball, Bob Roberson, six-foot senior forward of the Yellow Jackets, scored 26 points. This brought his four-year total to 1,856. Bob Kerns paced French Lick with 15 points. In the other tourney game, Otwell easily defeated Spurgeon by a score of 56-35. Lloyd Jones was the leading scorer for Otwell with 18 points. Don Butler, who scored 12 points, led the attack for Spurgeon.
Unless the 1955 Huntingburg sectional basketball tourney has another bona fide upset such as Otwell sprang on French Lick last night, the Happy Hunters will be facing Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen in the 8:15 final this evening. Huntingburg and Holland are pronounced favorites in the semi-final round this afternoon against West Baden and Otwell, respectively. The Hunters eliminated the Ireland Spuds 52-35 yesterday afternoon after the Sprudels had ousted Stendal’s Purple Aces 51-22, thus fetching the two bye bracket survivors into today’s 1 P. M. tilt.
• 50 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1970
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: A personal note from Howard Sharp arrived on my desk late last week. He was announcing his retirement from coaching. The decision by coach Sharp to retire brings an end to a fine coaching career, one that many local fans played a big part of for 12 years while he coached the Happy Hunters in basketball. He also coached Hunter football teams for four years. Personally I can recall the games in which I played against Howard while he was coaching here. But most of all I can recall the personality and friendliness he showed toward even the opposing players. Even though we always tried to beat him on the basketball floor, we all held a great deal of respect and admiration for “Sharpie.”
Adrian “Butch” Crim, head basketball coach at Dubois High School for the past two years, Monday submitted is resignation to the board of trustees of the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation, effective at the end of 1969-70 school year. In announcing his resignation Crim told the DAILY HERALD, “I came down to Dubois on a two-year contract and I will not ask the present school board to renew my contract. By resigning early it will give the school board ample time to interview several prospective coaches.” Crim’s resignation came just three days before he is scheduled to direct his Dubois Jeeps against the Jasper Wildcats in the fourth game of the Huntingburg sectional. Dubois plays Jasper at 8:15 Thursday. In the fall of 1968 Crim replaced Rex May as the head coach at Dubois.
Denying earlier reports of a “split” between himself and Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, Jasper businessman A. Wayne Place resigned Tuesday as chairman of the governor’s Council for Private Action. Place, an early supporter and co-campaign manager of Whitcomb, had served as head of the council of 65 unpaid private businessmen since its inception early last year. Contacted this morning by the DAILY HERALD, Place, who is president and general manager of Jasper Rubber Products, refused to comment when asked if he might seek public office. Concerning the reports of a rift with the governor, Place said he thinks that history will record the Whitcomb administration as “one of the best ever in Indiana.”
Bob Easterday, colorful head coach of the Ireland Spuds who earned a great deal of publicity this past year with his country-western recording of “Wichita Woman,” submitted his resignation today to Supt. Walter Stutz and the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools’ board members. In his letter, Coach Easterday said that the resignation in no way reflects any harsh feelings toward the corporation or administration. I have never worked for a finer principal or man than Mr. Gettlefinger (Ireland principal Keith Gettlefinger). Easterday came to Ireland with a of 55 wins and eight losses. He previously coached one year at Gibault School in Terre Haute, one year at Medora and one year at Leavenworth. His two Ireland teams won 18 games and lost 24.
The Holland Dutchmen and the Jasper Wildcats, having considerably more difficulty than anticipated in their sectional openers, notched victories Thursday night to reach the semi-final round of the Huntingburg sectional basketball tourney. Holland pulled away from a determined Birdseye team in the second half enroute to a 75-51 victory while Jasper shook off a pesky Dubois team, 66-51. Saturday afternoon’s action at Huntingburg sends the Perry Central Commodores against the Huntingburg Happy Hunters at 12:30 p. m. followed by the Dutchmen and Wildcats at 1:45.
Four hundred and ninety-nine persons had a special interest in the Huntingburg Sectional as action resumed in the semi-final round this afternoon. They still had a chance of winning the annual sectional contest sponsored by The Modern and Squire Shop in the DAILY HERALD. Among those 499, four hundred forty had their hopes pinned on Jasper; 28 backed the Wildcats’ opponents in the afternoon game, the Holland Dutchmen; and 31 thought the Huntingburg Happy Hunters would prevail. Six persons had predicted that the Perry Central Commodores would claim the title, but all of these had already missed one of the first four games. In all, nearly 2000 entries were received for the contest.
• 25 Years Ago
Feb. 27, 1995
Indiana University pole vaulter Mark Buse captured the Big Ten indoor track and field championship Saturday. Buse, the three-time pole vault state champion from Southridge, cleared 18-feet-21⁄2 to take his second straight Big Ten indoor title and third conference championship. The Holland native, who also won the 1993 NCAA outdoor championship, set a Big Ten conference meet record with the jump, and overcame Illinois’ Darren McDonough who went 18-1⁄2. The old record, held by Illinois’ Dean Starkey, was 18-11⁄4.
A new elementary school language arts curriculum adopted for the Greater Jasper schools will change the way students learn reading, writing and spelling. At the request of curriculum director Don Hayes, school board members Monday night approved the new program, which will include books and materials from the Houghton Mifflin company. “Houghton Mifflin, like most of the other programs on the market this year, has moved toward integrated language arts education,” Hayes said. “You learn spelling, phonics, writing and reading comprehension — all of the language arts skills — in good literature. You don’t study each of the skills separately.”
A bill French Lick’s state representative calls the West Baden Springs Hotel’s last hope sailed through committee Tuesday and is expected to survive a House vote within the week. Rep. Jerry Denbo’s legislation proposes to save the endangered hotel by allowing the Indiana Gaming Commission to transfer Patoka Lake’s riverboat license to a man-made ring of water that would be dug outside the historic landmark if it proved the more worthy site of the two. Grand Casinos and Minnesota Investment Parrtners have purchased the hotel and made plans for the riverboat canal. Their $60 million plan would have the hotel’s 130-foot-tall dome as a new entertainment center’s crown jewel, with a new hotel likely built around it.
Legislation to fund $3.9 million in additional classroom, laboratory and library space at a cramped Vincennes Universsity Jasper Center is already almost halfway to passage in the Indiana General Assembly. The campus addition is among state university projects included in a House construction bill that would appropriate $3.92 million from the state general fund for the proposed classroom addition to VUJC. “This is not bonding, this is cash,” said Rep. Dennis Heeke, D-Dubois, this morning. Heeke said he will be watching over the bill closely to make sure the language stays in. “My goal was to get some funding for those classrooms out there, and I think we’re going to get it,” Heeke said.
The secure water supply Huntingburg residents have demanded will be in place by the end of this month when the last pipe fittings are placed on the Phase 5 main’s connection to the city’s water system outside the water plant west of town. When the connection is complete, Huntingburg will be obligated to buy 250,000 gallons of water from the new Patoka Regional Water and Sewer District line each day. That’s in addition to an existing contract (Phase 1) that already obligates the city to buy 500,000 gallons each day from an existing main on Huntingburg’s east side.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s 1994 advertising campaign was honored at the Advertising Club of Evansville’s annual Addy Awards. The park’s radio spots “Holywood Movie Star” and “Bowling for Bifocals” and television spot “Open Weekends” took the awards. In addition, “Hollywood Movie Star” received Best of Show Recognition.
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