Looking Back: 2/23February 22, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
February 22, 1954
A 17-year-old member of the Loogootee St. John’s basketball team is fighting for his life in Memorial Hospital in Jasper as the result of an accident that occurred in Loogootee shortly after 11 o’clock Saturday morning. Robert O’Brien suffered fractures of his jaw and several ribs, and a possible skull fracture, when the pick-up he was driving was struck by the engine of a B & O passenger train at an intersection on East First Street in Loogootee. Hospital authorities reported this morning that the youth is semi-conscious, and that his condition seems to be improving. Trooper William Crays of the State Police reported that there is poor visibility of the track from the direction in which the youth was driving.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Congratulations to Donnie Bates (Jasper) and Buddy Blemker (Huntingburg), the two Dubois County netmen who rated first team selection by opponents’ coaches in the annual SIAC squad announced today. This happens to be the second such honor for Buddy, who made the first team all-conference at a backfield berth in football. Both these boys will be back another year — they’re juniors. Speaking of all-star teams brings to mind that there are two boys holding over this year from the 1953 all-sectional squad chosen at Huntingburg. They are Bob Anderson of French Lick and Bobby Thacker of Dubois.
Four Dubois County men have completed eight weeks of Army basic combat training conducted by the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky. They are: Charles Beckman, 1441 Park St., Jasper; Joseph P. Fischer, R. 3, Birdseye; Edward A. Wening, R. 2, Jasper; and Oliver M. Zehr, R. 3, Jasper. During this initial period of training, they attended classes on basic military subjects and were trained in the fundamentals of combat, including the firing of basic weapons. Following a 10-day leave, they will receive additional specialized training before permanent assignment to an Army unit.
Winslow’s Eskimos stumbled for a few minutes against Birdseye, then went to work and walloped the hapless Yellow Jackets 86-42, and the Dubois Jeeps took a hectic 50-39 decision from Ireland’s Spuds in last night’s opening session of the IHSAA sectional basketball tourney at Huntingburg. Nearly a full house (when it’s full the Hunter goalhouse seats 6,250), watched the sectional get underway. The powerful Eskimos were led by Tom Nordhorn and Charles Young with 16 points apiece. Bob Roberson, Dubois County’s leading scorer, scored 28 to pace all scorers. It brought his season’s total to climax at 585 points in 19 games for an average of nearly 30.8! Boots Gehlhausen had 16 markers and Vernon Matheis had 15 to pace the Jeep scoring. Charles Mehringer had 14 points for the Spuds.
A new champion is assured in the 1954 Huntingburg sectional basketball tourney. Howard Sharp’s host Hunters took out the 1953 titleholder, Holland, 52-46, and Nip Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats survived a chill thrown at them by the Stendal Aces, 49-44, in last night’s continuation of first round games. Wayne Singer was the leading scorer for the Hunters with 21 while Buddy Blemker chipped in with 18. Glen Fenneman led all scorers with 22 and teammate Gene Tormohlen contributed 10. In game 2, Jasper’s Gerry Sermersheim was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Donnie Bates and Charley Kreilein added 10 each for the Cats. Larry Sakel was the only Stendal player to score in double digits with 13.
Huntingburg’s Hunters, who pulled the upset of their sectional last night in knocking out Jasper 57-47, were matched in today’s semi-finals against another pre-tourney favorite, Winslow, a 59-46 victor over Dubois. Howard Sharp’s Red and Black netters lost 12 of their first 15 this season before launching the winning streak that has now gone through 7 games. Two of their setbacks were to Jasper, 72-48 and 62-45, which might help to illustrate how far they’ve come. Meanwhile, Ralph Seger’s Jeeps, who had beaten Winslow 50-45 early in the season, lost to them in the second night game yesterday. Winslow had three players in double figures--Tom Nordhorn, Carroll Edrington and Charley Young. Vernon Matheis had 14 and Roger Zehr 12 for the Jeeps.
• 50 Years Ago
February 24, 1969
Joseph J. McGovern, who operates a general insurance agency in Jasper, is the new president of the Dubois County Mental Health Association. He was elected at the annual dinner meeting last Thursday night, and succeeds Paul Clark, who had served two terms before resigning preparatory to moving to Louisville. McGovern is married to the former Roberta Fuhs. They are the parents of three sons and a daughter. Michael is in the Air force stationed in Chanute Field, Ill., Maureen is studying x-ray technology at Winona Hospital in Indianapolis and James and John are students at Indiana State Univrsity. The new president of the group is a World War II veteran, having served for about 21⁄2 years in the Army.
Silas Stenftenagel of Maltersville, owner of Si’s Welding Shop, was elected Monday evening to serve a two-year term as president of the Dubois County Young Democrats. Stenftenagel succeeds Dan Buening of R. 2, Huntingburg, who was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Jackson, who resigned. Others elected Monday night include Mrs. Barbara Durcholz, Ferdinand, first vice-president; Gene Durcholz, Jasper, second vice-president; Rhonda Garland, Jasper, secretary; and Gil Miller, Huntingburg, treasurer. Cyril Mundy of Ireland was appointed to serve as membership chairman. Stenftenagel is married to the former Margie Lindauer of Ferdinand and is the father of one son and four daughters.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Jasper team which won the Evansville Diocesan basketball championship last weekend with a pair of close victories in a tourney played at Haubstadt. Team members include Mike Schneider, Lee Boehm, Scott Newton, Steve Schuler, Mike Eckerle, Greg Eckerle and Dan Eckerle. Also pictured is Father Paul Roos the team’s coach. Jasper defeated Evansville Holy Spirit, 48-46, Sunday afternoon and then defeated Haubstadt, 48-47, Sunday night to win the title. Holy Spirit came in to the game with a 17-1 record, including a 17-game winning streak. Haubstadt reached the final game with a 15-0 mark. Jasper finished the season losing only once in eighteen games!
Dubois and Springs Valley advanced to the semi-final round of the Huntingburg sectional with victories in Wednesday night’s opening session of the tourney. The Jeeps fought off a pesky, slowed-down Birdseye attack to post a 45-36 victory in the opener and the Blackhawks handed Jasper another back seat in the sectional with an 80-71 verdict. Valley had a balanced scoring attack as 4 players hit in double figures. Rex Willoughby led the way with a game-high 22. John Frank paced the Jasper scoring with 19. Keith Seger led the Dubois attack with 15, while Nick Seng folowed with 14 and Charlie Skaggs added 11. Darrell DeKemper led Birdseye with 15. Mike Bebee, the leading scorer this season in Dubois County, was held to 10 points.
The defending sectional champion Holland Dutchmen served notice that they are not quite ready to give up their two-year claim to the Huntingburg sectional championship Thursday night as they used an unbelievable 38-point fourth quarter outburst to humiliate the Ferdinand Crusaders, 88-66, in the second round of sectional play at Huntingburg. In the second game, the Huntingburg Hunters edged the Ireland Spuds by a final count of 76-74. Jim Harris, playing the finest game of his career, led a balanced Huntingburg scoring attack with 16 points. Ireland’s Tim Leinenbach scored a game-high 22 points.
The City of Jasper has entered into an interconnection agreement with the United States government which has taken over the operation of the transmission and generating system of the Hoosier Energy Division of the Indiana Statewide Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. The interconnection will be made some two miles north of Jasper’s city limits and Jasper will build a transmission line to that point. Jasper has done this because it will save the city some $115,000 per year in power purchase costs. It will provide the city with a pooling type of arrangement with the government’s system.
• 25 Years Ago
February 21, 1994
The Jasper Wildcats edged the Mater Dei Wildcats 77-73 Saturday night in a game played at Evansville. Michael Lewis led the Cats in scoring with 30 points. The host Southridge Raiders lost a tough one to the 14-ranked Princeton Tigers 66-64. Seniors Eric King (with 25) and Tim Tooley (with 24) combined for a lofty 49 points to pace the Raider attack. In another game in the area, the Heritage Hills Patriots squeaked by the visiting Central Bears, 63-60. Junior Nathan Schorr poured in 30 points for the Pats.
Democrat Dennis Heeke, Dubois, has announced he will run for re-election as the state representative of District 73, a seat he has held since 1964. The district includes all of Crawford County and Bainbridge, Hall, Jackson, Jefferson and Marion townships in Dubois County. A Dubois County native, Heeke and his family raise beef cattle and turkeys. He and his wife, the former Leola Mae Schuler of Ireland, have four sons.
A month ago, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The state was offering up to $200,000 in grant money to build or renovate a building for a domestic violence shelter. On Valentine’s Day, however, plans put together in haste by Crisis Connection and the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission fell apart whe the Jasper Common Council voted 3-2 not to apply for the grant. What happened? And where does the projcet go from here? “I think it was the time frame,” said Pat Volz, coordinator of Crisis Connection, which officially serves victims of domestic abuse in Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties and takes some calls from Pike County as well. “I think we did everything that was possible to do in that amount of time.”
With a touch of a button or two, students at Jasper High School are learning how to speak and understand foreign lanuages better than ever. The school installed a top-of-the-line Sony language lab this summer, which cost the district $68,000. Students have already improved, says foregin language department head Mary Jo Meuser, who teaches German. JHS offers German, Spanish, French and Latin. Students visit the lab an average of once a week. The department is planning to install a computer system that will be hooked up to a television in the room. The system will include a CD-ROM drive with first-rate audio, which will run through the students’ headphones like the lab’s VCR is now.
Jane Dall has talked her way into a state-wide soil and water conservation speech contest. The Forest Park sophomore and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Dall of Ferdinand, first won the county contest, then the area event, to advance to the state contest March 25 in Indianapolis. The 28th annual speech competition is sponsored by state soil and water conservation groups and the Farm Bureau. Contestants speak on “Environemntal Harmony in My Community: How Soil and Water Fits” and are judged on ability and content.
B.C. Baggett has been named photographer of the year by the Professional Photographers of Indiana. Baggett, who owns Picture Perfect with his wife Susan, was presented the award at the photographers’ annual convention and trade show in Indianapolis recently. The award was presented to Baggett by Evangeline Chase Parker, a past president of the Professional Photographers of America, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. A native of Huntingburg, she and Baggett are the only two members of the Indiana association to win two Photographer of the Year awards.
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