Looking Back: 2/27February 26, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Feb. 27, 1956
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Jasper Wildcats basketball team, who captured the Huntingburg sectional by defeating Dubois, Huntingburg and Winslow. Those pictured include: Ralph Lorey, student manager, Rich Merder, Gerald Braun, Junie Schnarr, Jody Giesler, Jim Eckerle, Dick Persohn, Butch Rees, Jerry Birge, Larry Loechte, John Hoffman and the coaches, assistant, Joe Rowekamp and head coach Louis “Nip” Wuchner. The Wildcats will play the Vincennes Alices in game two of the regional at Huntingburg on Saturday.
The annual Red Cross drive for funds will begin in Dubois County on March 13, it was announced by Edward Fritz of Jasper, the chairman of the 1956 drive. The quota has been set by the National Red Cross organizations at $5,282. This is the highest goal ever set for Dubois County, and is a thousand dollars higher than last year’s quota. It was pointed out that the recent floods on the east and west coasts have made the increase necessary. The Red Cross is the oldest and biggest disaster relief organization in the world.This year marks its 75th anniversary.
Prior to the 1949 sectional, George Litchfield, in a rash moment, promised the team a feed if they won the sectional. When they won the regional that year, George came through win another dinner. Also after the semi-state and again after the Cats won the state title. His son, Bill, was a member of the team that year. He has given the team a dinner ever since, following the sectional tourney. A picture in this issue shows the Wildcats and their dates enjoying the 1956 post-sectional dinner at the Country Club Sunday evening. The dinners are not for the coaches — only for team members and their dates. Even Mr. Litchfield excludes himself from the banquet.
Pictured in this issue is William R. Hoffman of Boone Township, Dubois County. He is this year’s scholarship winner in animal husbandry. Bill, one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred G. Hoffman, had the highest scholastic standing among 41 students in the eight-week course of study at Purdue University. He was awarded a $100 scholarship from the German-American Bank to help defray the tuition costs of the course. A graduate of Jasper High School, class of 1955, he is employed on the family farm. He is in his eighth year of 4-H Club work, and was in A. M. Schuler’s FFA class while at Jasper High, where he was a member of the National Honor Society.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Linus N. Wagner, co-owner and operator of a 375-acre farm three miles west of Ireland in Madison township. He was named Dubois County’s outstanding young farmer of 1955 last night by the Jaycees of Huntingburg and Jasper. The plaque and certificate were presented to Mr. Wagner at a joint meeting of the two clubs at the Legion Home in Jasper.An overflow crowd, which also included many farm guests, heard an illustrated talk by George Adams, superintendent of the Southern Indiana Forage Farm, following the presentation. The announcement of the 1955 winner was made by Richard Eckerle of Jasper, who with Jerry Reutepohler of Huntingburg, was co-chairman of the award committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Sakel, who operate the drive-in cafe on highway 45 south of Jasper, don’t know whether or not to let their parakeet, Pretty Boy Blue, listen to the radio when Jasper plays in the regional in Huntingburg today. Because the parakeet is such a red-hot fan that he almost blew his top during last Saturday afternoon’s game with Huntingburg. Pretty Boy Blue, who has a vocabulary of about 80 words, kept shrieking over and over last Saturday, “Hit ‘em high, hit ‘em low ... Come on Jasper, let’s go.” By the way, you fans who don’t have an FM radio might be able to pick up tonight’s broadcast by WITZ-FM, on your television set. We have heard of Dubois County residents who could get the local FM station on Channel 2.
50 Years Ago
March 1, 1971
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Jasper Wildcats, who won their first sectional championship in nine years Saturday night as they defeated the Dubois Jeeps, 86-65, in the final game at Huntingburg. Those pictured include; Jerry Wehr, John Bies, Al Wagner and Tom Schultheis (student managers). Sandy Siebert, Sharon Schneider, Cindy Hoffman, Bess Goeppner and Maureen Burger (cheerleaders). Players: Bill Rowekamp, Kevin Manley, Slick Webber, Al Seng, Tom Berger, Jim Wenzel, Tom Nicholson, Ken Rasche, Wayne Bailey, Gary Stratman, Mike Bonifer, and Jim Van Huysse. Ed Schultheis (head coach), Rex May (assistant coach) and Ed Yarbrough (freshman coach). Athletic Director Leo “Cabby” O’Neill and Principal Fred Hollinden.
Jack E. Newton, who is completing his second term as mayor of Jasper, announced today that he is filing for the Republican nomination for a third term. Mayor Newton was elected to the office in 1963 by 587 votes and was the first Republican ever elected to public office in Jasper. In 1967, he was re-elected by a margin of 1,780 votes.
The funeral service for Herbert C. Pittman, 50, a member of the Jasper High School faculty, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph’s Church. Mr. Pittman, who taught business math and general business at the school, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning in Memorial Hospital which he had entered on the previous morning. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University before joining the J.H.S. faculty 21 years ago.
Pictured in this issue is Jim Hoffman, who was a photographer in Jasper for a number of years before he became a news photographer and reporter for WFBM TV at Indianapolis. He won some top flight awards when news films taken for TV showing were judged last week at the meeting of the Indiana News Photographers’ Association at Indianapolis. Jim has been a staff photographer for WFBM TV for the past three years. He has covered the 500 Race and pre-race activities during May as head photographer for the station. He covered the 1969 General Assembly as anchor photographer for WFBM and NBC and is presently chief photographer at the General Assembly session.
Pictured in this issue are four members of the 1970-71 JHS wrestling team who were honored at noon Wednesday by the Jasper Lions club. Head wrestling coach Joe Rohleder and his assistant, Dennis Forler, also took part in the program. The Jasper wrestling team paid special tribute to Eli Green of Jasper by naming him their “Greatest Fan.” Green followed the wrestling Wildcats in all of their home and road matches this past season. Pictured in addition to Green and the wrestling coaches are: Jeff Sermersheim (Most Team Points), John Rickelman (Most Takedowns), Dean Vonderheide (Most Outstanding Wrestler) and Mike Giesler (Fastest Pin). Also in the photo is Gary Egler, president of the Lions Club. Jasper had a record of 7-3 in its third year of varsity wrestling.
The board of school trustees and the Southwest Dubois County School Building Corporation, after consultation with Ray Thompson, project architect, has awarded the general contract for the construction of a new high school to the Krempp Lumber Company of Jasper. Other contracts awarded in connection with the school construction are: Mechanical, Burton Plumbing and Heating of Indianapolis; and the electrical to Swanson Nunn Electric Company of Evansville. Fixed equipment contracts have been awarded to Imperial Equipment for bleachers and auditorium seating; stage rigging to Beck Studios; and kitchen equipment to Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co. Fixed equipment contracts for the library, science dept., home economics and art have not been awarded as of yet.
A 65-year-old farmer in the Ireland community died Friday, one day after one of his brothers passed away. Taken by death Friday was Leo S. Sendleweck. He was found sitting in his pickup truck on his farm just outside the west town limits of Ireland and was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Dr. C. W. Ackerman, the county coroner, attributed death to a heart attack. His brother, Andrew F. Sendleweck, 67, of Haysville, a retired carpenter, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Hospital. His death was attributed to a stroke which he suffered last Saturday while helping his brother, Edward, of Rt. 3, Jasper, with his farm work.
25 Years Ago
March 4, 1996
“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” now knows Jasper. But after a tempestuous regular season Wildcat coach Ken Schultheis proudly turned to the Jasper cheering section on Saturday with asecond straight sectional title snugly tucked in his hip pocket and proclaimed victory, both actual and moral. “We did it,” yelled Schultheis. “Two in a row ... we did it.” Schultheis’ Cats became the first Jasper club in over 20 years to post back-to-back championships by completing their ho-hum sectional hopscotch with an 18-point (61-43) win over Northeast Dubois.
Dubois Water Utilities has received a $1.43 million federal grant and loan to extend a water line 35 miles to serve at least 123 new customers. However, the company needs another $500,000 grant to make the project economically feasible, according to Mary Lou Schnell, office manager for Dubois Water. The $1.43 million already awarded comes in the form of a $923,800 grant and a $503,700 loan from the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic and Community Development agency. The proposed line would begin in northern Dubois County, where it would serve about eight new customers. It would then extend north, passing through Rusk and Roland in Martin County, picking up about 100 customers before ending in Orange County, where another 17 customers would be added, Schnell said. Average water bills would be about $42, which is relatively high but not too high for people struggling to find a clean, reliable source of water, Schnell said.
The Southeast Dubois school district could save $165,000 on the renovation of Forest Park High School by refinancing its 1994 bond issue. The school district’s building corporation received a 6.76% interest rate when it sold $7.5 million in bonds in December 1994. Its members will be making a financial decision on refinancing at 5.27%. School board members, on the advice of bond council and financial consultants, made a recommendation Tuesday to go ahead with the refinancing. “To save that kind of money is really great for taxpayers,” said Superintendent Bill Rohl.
The Holland town council is planning to eliminate incentives for new water customers to tap into the town’s system. Council president Steve Miles said Holland is losing money on the incentives, which were enacted in the early 1970s when the new water utility badly needed additional customers. New customers are required to pay the cost of extending water lines, but they essentially get their water wholesale for up to eight years in compensation for the extension costs. Miles said the board plans to eliminate these rebates.
Saying his experience working for plaintiffs as well as defendants would help him be an even-handed judge, Jasper attorney Mark McConnell officially announced his candidacy for Dubois Circuit Court judge this week. McConnell is unopposed on the Republican ticket to replace Judge Hugo Songer, who will step down at the end of the year. In the Nov. 5 general election, McConnell is expected to face county prosecutor Bill Weikert, a Democrat who is also unopposed in the primary.
Former Jasper High School standout Tamara Welp received an early Christmas present the past Thanksgiving, an opportunity she simply couldn’t turn down. Welp, who now plays softball for Marian College in Indianapolis, was invited to join a team of NAIA all-stars to compete in the Robur 58 Softball Tournament in Appledorn, Holland, on July 6-14. “I received the message over Thanksgiving, asking me if I wanted to do this,” said the 20-year-old sophomore catcher/designated hitter. “Once I thought about it I just couldn’t pass it up. It’s a chance of a lifetime.” The all-star team is organized by Athletes International Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, and will compete in the tourney for the sixth time this spring.
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