Looking Back: 2/24February 23, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 1953
Reports coming out of the oil fields southwest of Huntingburg this morning are that the No. 2 Walter Schmett well brought in last Saturday morning will produce between 750 and 1,000 barrels a day, and everybody owning land in the Cass and Patoka township area is burning up with excitement. The No. 2 well on the Schmett farm was drilled by Lightfoot and Siddons, who also developed the No. 1 well on this farm which is a fine producer. Oil men are convinced that there’s enough gas coming out of the wells in the Cass-Patoka area as a by-product to supply everybody in Dubois County with all the gas they could use. Walter Winchell, on his tv and radio broadcasts last night, cryptically announced a big oil strike, but refrained from giving the exact location. Oil men in the Huntingburg field are convinced, however, that he was referring to what’s going on in Dubois County. They say that this is the hottest oil news in the country right now.
Sixteen more Dubois County young men left this morning for Indianapolis to be inducted into military service. Leader of today’s group was Dennis L. Uebelhor of Huntingburg. Robert L. Bartley of Ireland served as assistant leader. Others in the group were: Dennis G. Knies, Celestine. James L. Haycox, Boone township. Richard E. Stamm, Dubois, Clyde E. Jones, R. 1, Dubois, Alois J. Pieper, R. 2, Dubois, Alfred E. Lange, R. 2, Huntingburg, Eugene C. Hulsman, St. Anthony, Robert J. Buechler, R. 1, St. Anthony, Ralph O. Knust, Jasper, Raymond Goeppner, R. 1, Jasper, Carl E. Neukam, R. 3, Jasper, Richard L. Kempf, Schnellville, Donald Menner, Jasper and Arnold R. Wilson.
Five high schools have had a look-in (and some more than just that) on this area’s sectional championship during the past 28 years over which The Herald’s presently available records take us. Jasper has won the title 13 times, beginning in 1933, the year before the Wildcats first had a team in the state finals. Huntingburg has been the winner seven times beginning in 1925, beyond which point the records don’t go here, and last captured the sectional laurels in 1940. Stendal and Winslow each have won it three times and Spurgeon twice. The longest winning stretch in the history of this sectional was compiled by the Jasper teams of Leo C. (Cabby) O’Neill--eight straight in 1942-49 inclusive.
The Kiwanis Club of Huntingburg met in usual weekly session at the Ideal Hotel with a good attendance. President Bob Rehl called the meeting to order and presided. Visitors and guests present were: Howard Sharp, Gordon St. Angelo, Sherman Herzlitt and Robert Fahrenburg. Dr. John Bretz was in charge of the program. He showed a moving picture of the Huntingburg- Evansville Central basketball game played at the local gymnasium. The picture was made by Dr. John Bretz and Theo. Hilsmeier.
Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps and Lowell McGlothlin’s Holland Dutchmen advanced to a second round meeting in the Huntingburg sectional tournament tonight by beating Ireland and Spurgeon in the opening session before some 5,691 spectators--just 69 short of a sell-out crowd--Thursday evening. The French Lick Red Devils and the Otwell Millers advanced to the second round of play in the Huntingburg sectional with triumphs this morning over Winslow and Stendal, respectively. The two clubs will clash tonight at 8:15, following the scrap at 7:00 between Dubois and Holland.
Howard Sharp’s Hunters, making it four in a row for the season over arch rival Jasper, beat the Wildcats 59-49 Friday afternoon to win their way into today’s 1 p. m. semifinal game of their sectional basketball tourney with their opponent West Baden. The Sprudels drubbed Birdseye 70-50 in the other bye bracket tilt of the afternoon session Friday. Holland defeated Dubois 49-44 and French Lick raced away from Otwell for a 70- 55 victory in the evening games Friday. Meanwhile, the Ferdinand Crusaders found their first taste of sectional competition yesterday to their liking and advanced to the semi-finals at Dale with a 55-43 triumph over Bristow. Leon Wendholt fronted all scorers in the contest with 20 points for Coach Mark LaGrange’s young team.
• 50 Years Ago
Feb. 26, 1968
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Holland Dutchmen, who won their second straight sectional crown Saturday night at Huntingburg by defeating the Ferdinand Crusaders, 57-53, in the championship game. Players pictured include: Steve Henke, Larry Kahle, Phil Meyer, Don Kippenbrock, Nathan Schnellenberger, Don Buse, Gerald Hilsmeyer, Tom Meyer, Lynn Kahle, Gary Dougan, Don Bacon and Mike Stillwell. Also in the picture are Coach “Woody” Neel, Asst. coach Jim Walters, Principal Lowell McGlothlin, and student manager Terry Caldemeyer.
Last January 10 the Jasper Utility Service Board, the mayor and the City Council had a special meeting with Jack Deboe, the electric consultant, and G. G. Skelton, the financial consultant for the City of Jasper. At this meeting it was made known that the Municipal Electric Dept. would be approximately $570,000 short of having enough funds to complete the new generating plant on East 15th Street. At that time several possible solutions to this problem were offered. Since then, through the cooperation of the electric consultant, the rate consultant, the utility attorney and the utility manager, a solution considered the most beneficial to the City of Jasper has been recommended to and approved by the Utility Service Board. This proposed solution will not require the city to have any additional financing and the funds needed will not be borrowed. The $570,161.50 will be paid out of Electric Dept. earnings through several steps, with the largest portion ($256,444.75) being paid out of earnings by Dec. 31, 1971.
A colorful, artfully descriptive brochure will be used by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce to tell the story of Jasper--”the Jewel of Southern Indiana”--to thousands of people throughout the country, James Deaton, chamber president, announced today. Deaton said that the chamber has begun distributing copies of the six-panel, folded brochure that was planned and completed by the Public Relations Committee of the Jasper Chamber. The brochures, which are impressive with full color process printing used on high-quality, heavy paper, fold to the four-by-eight-and-a-half inch size which is usually referred to as a “tourist brochure”.
Pictured in this issue are the Hedinger twins (Bob and Bill). They have been unanimously chosen by the officers, directors and membership of the Jasper Jaycees as Jaycees of the Month for January. Their selection for this honor came as a result of their combined efforts in conducting the highly-successful DSA & Bosses Night Banquet held last month. Bob and Bill, identical twins, are 35 years of age. Bob is married to the former Pat Gerlach and is the father of three children. Bob is the Dubois County Recorder and also associated with his brother in the Jasper Beverage Co. and Hedinger Roofing Co. Bill is married to the former Mary Ann Schwinghammer and is the father of two children. Bill is the manager of the Jasper Beverage Co. and is associated with Hedinger Roofing Co.
Pictured on the front page of this are State Police officers and detectives shown yesterday as they counted the coins from 14 pin ball machines they had just destroyed. The machines are stored in a building behind the police post on Jasper’s north side. After receiving authorization from officials in the counties where the machines are confiscated, they are broken up. The money is removed and consigned to the circuit court clerks of the counties in which the machines were picked up.
John J. Bohnert of Jasper has been named chairman of the Win With Whitcomb Committee in Dubois County. Secretary of State Edgar D. Whitcomb, considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor, announced the appointment. Bohnert joins another Jasper businessman in the direction of the effort to elect Whitcomb. A. Wayne Place, president of Jasper Rubber Products, is the state campaign director for Whitcomb. Bohnert, of 1519 Dewey St., is a partner in the Jasper Locker Service. He is a member of the Jasper Park Board and formerly served as chairman of the Dubois Co. Young Republicans. John Bohnert is married to the former Ruth Wolf of Evansville. They have three children.
• 25 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1993
Pictured in this issue is Aristokraft president Gib Verkamp. He is shown handing Ferdinand park board member Tom Lueken a check for $27,000 on Wednesday afternoon at the Fifth Street Park while town Council president Charles Schuler shakes Verkamp’s hand. Others in the picture are John Lueken of Aristokraft and park board members Don Kersteins and Keith Uebelhor. The money will be used for the construction of a new concession stand and restrooms at the park.
Better eat your Wheaties if you want to see how a cereal company has immortalized French Lick native Larry Bird. General Mills paid homage to the retired NBA great by placing his likeness on its Wheaties brand cereal. Boxes first went on sale in the Boston area a month ago. Now, Agans Market in West Baden has secured rights from General Mills to sell the commemorative boxes for the next month, until other stores around the midwest get it, says store manager Tony Watts, all because it’s Bird’s home area. It will go on sale there next week.
The Lincoln Trails District of Boy Scouting, which serves Scouts and volunteers in five counties, has new leadership in 1993. With their recent election, these leaders are responsible for 1,700 Scouts and 400 adult volunteers in 65 troops, packs and posts in Dubois, Warrick, Perry, Spencer and Pike counties. Pike Co. is a new addition to the district. The district is part of the 15-county Buffalo Trace Council of Boy Scouts of America. The council is headquartered in Evansville. The new Key 4 members are Martin Rowland of Warrick County, senior district executive; Bill Disinger of Huntingburg, district chairman; Dan Fritch of Jasper, district vice-chairman; and MacDonald Verner Jr. of Santa Claus, district commissioner. Rowland, Disinger and Fritch are Eagle Scouts.
All schools in Dubois County were cancelled today after a storm that dumped snow across the nation’s west and midwest arrived in Dubois County during the night. Though only 2 inches had piled up in Jasper by 7 a.m., forecasts called for depths of 6-8 inches by the end of the day. The snowfall was expected to continue into the evening. Greater Jasper Superintendent Don Noblitt said this morning the condition of the roadways at 7 a.m. was such that school buses probably could have made their rounds. “But relying on the winter storm warnings from the weather service and the media, it seemed it would be putting kids in danger trying to get them back home.” Regarding Friday’s classes and the possibility of a four-day weekend for students, Noblitt said it was too early to tell what tomorrow might bring.
Huntingburg mayor Connie Nass today would neither confirm nor deny reports that she will run for lieutenant governor, but she did say she plans a formal announcement on the subject “at the proper time.” An Indianapolis newspaper columnist covering a Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series luncheon two weeks ago said Nass declared her candidacy while appearing alongside other former class members in a video describing the series and their aspirations.
Dubois County was hit with the heaviest snowfall in 15 years Thursday. The county was blanketed with 8 inches of snow, causing a second day of school cancellations.
The snow that kept Southern Indiana out of work and school this week couldn’t keep the Forest Park Rangers off the hardwood Friday night. The 18th-ranked Rangers made their date with Shoals on time and then proceeded to pound the Jug Rox 89-66. The loss spoiled Shoals’ senior night as it was the last regular season game for both teams. Forest Park is now 18-2 and will play Jasper in the second game of the Southridge sectional Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Jasper, ranked No. 17 in last week’s poll, lost to Evansville Harrison by a score of 80-56. Jasper finished with a 15-5 record.
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