Looking Back: 2/3February 2, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Feb. 2, 1953
Oakland City College, undaunted by small Rio Grande’s meteoric rise to basketball fame on the strength of big Bevo Francis’ shooting arm, is trying today to salvage a spot it once had on the Ohio school’s schedule. And if the Oaks can make a date stick with the Rio Grande athletic authorities, they still want the game played in Huntingburg High’s gym. Originally set for March 4, the game was arranged for the Hunter gym when Oakland City College asked and was granted the use of the spacious gym. Then Rio Grande advised the Gibson County institution that it wanted to play a game at Cleveland that evening. Another date, Feb. 25, was offered the Oaks. Oakland City contacted Huntingburg officials and obtained approval for use of the gym. Now, Rio Grande is reported to have backed out on that one too.
Two state police officers from the Jasper post went to Indianapolis yesterday to receive their official appointments. They are Willard L. Wallls of Mt. Vernon, who was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant and put in command of the Jasper post; and Wendolin G. Opel of Paoli, who was promoted from detective to first sargeant to succeed Willard Walls in this post. Opel’s successor will be named later, Supt. Frank Jessup said. Lieut. Walls succeeds Walter P. Weyland, who was named recently as department executive officer with the rank of major at the Indianapolis headquarters. Major Weyland had served as commander of the Jasper post since June 11, 1951. Besides Lieut. Walls and Sgt. Opel, others in the Jasper post command are Detective Sargeant Charles J. Williams, Crane; Sgt. Floyd G. Toney, Paoli; and Cpl. H. Eugene Cox, Shoals.
The city of Jasper this afternoon started sending out postcard application forms to customers of the city’s utilities in an effort to determine approximately how many residents plan to use natural gas when it becomes available. Mayor Ed Lorey reports that it is the city’s intention to start serving Jasper residents with natural gas by the end of next May or early in June. Contracts have been signed for the engineers to lay out the plan for the distribution system. Last year the city was allocated a supply of gas from the Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. and was also allocated the necessary pipe and other supplies.
Almost 450 persons attended a district stockholders meeting of the Farm Bureau held in the Salem Parish Hall in Huntingburg. The district includes nine counties including Dubois. The purpose of the meeting was to acquaint the member stockholders with the operation of the Farm Bureau on a state-wide basis. The annual report of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., was given by Marvin Bradley, secretary, and Kenneth Miller, treasurer. The secretary and treasurer of the Indiana Farm Bureau reported that the net assets of the Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, Inc., total $30,000,000. The two officials said that last year the cooperative saved Hoosier farmers almost $3 million through the cooperative purchase plan.
Bob Menke, state representative from Dubois and Martin counties in the Indiana legislature, has submitted a resolution to the house of representatives advocating that a deluxe toll road be built across southern Indiana to link the new “gigantic American Ruhr” of the Ohio River Basin with the West. Mr. Menke envisions what he termed a “great expressway” and called the Ohio River Basin a “new frontier for industrial growth.”
The Jasper Wildcats edged the visiting Vincennes Alices 59-57 in overtime last night. Gary Phillips again paced the Jasper attack with 23 points. The Huntingburg Hunters lost their second consecutive game when the visiting Boonville Pioneers came to town and defeated the Hunters by a score of 40-37. No Huntingburg player scored in double digits. Ray Roesner racked up 30 points in the first three quarters as coach Lowell McGlothin had his Holland Dutchmen back in the win column. Sophomore forward “Gump” Tormohlen canned four of seven field goals in the short time that he played. Meanwhile, coach Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps trounced the Shoals Jug Rox 59-40 at the Jeep gym. Edgar Gehlhausen, the county’s top point-getter, scored 25 points for Dubois.
• 50 Years Ago
Feb. 5, 1968
Parties in a suit being heard in Warrick Circuit Court involving officials of two county banks have been given until February 13 to present Judge Addison Beavers with proposed orders, special findings of facts, in the case. At that time the judge will set the time for final arguments. The plaintiffs in the case are the seven directors of the Dubois County State Bank of Jasper who are asking the court to direct officials of the Bank of Ireland to transfer stock which the seven men state they have bought in the Ireland bank and which would give them control of the bank. The defendants stated that if the stock was transferred, the Jasper men would have more than 25 percent of the stock in two banks which is against the law. They also contend that if the Ireland bank were made a branch of the DCB, it would be in violation of the anti-trust law. The plaintiffs denied that they held 25 percent of the DCB stock and said that they did not act as a company but as individuals.
The Huntingburg city council went on record Monday night regarding the time question. After a discussion, it was agreed that a resolution be sent to the U. S. Department of Transportation that Huntingburg be put on Eastern Standard Time the year around on condition that the whole state do likewise, and asking that all of Dubois County and the state of Indiana be included on E.S.T. Councilman Dave Leland made a resolution to this effect and Dallas Robinson seconded the motion. During the discussion the views were expressed that if Indiana adopts Central Standard Time the year around throughout the state the council is in complete agreement. However, if this area has Central Time and part of the state has Eastern Time it makes for too much confusion.
Gene Ballard, a 5-10 senior reserve guard, sank three of four free throws in the last 23 seconds of the game Tuesday night to give the Bosse Bulldogs a come-from-behind 72-70 victory over the Jasper Wildcats at the Harrison gym. The Wildcats had led by as much as 20 points (42-22) with 2:20 remaining in the first half! Alan Dick paced the Wildcats with 23 points. Ken Beyke added 18 and Dave Luegers contributed 11. Big Ed Wessel scored 23 for the Bulldogs. Meanwhile coach “Woody” Neel’s Holland Dutchmen continued their winning ways by bombing the Red Raiders of English, 114-55 at English. It was record win No. 18 for the Dutch, who became the first HHS team ever to win 18 consecutive games in a season. Don Buse, Gerald Hilsmeyer and Steve Henke combined for 92 points! Buse ripped in 39 points. Hilsmeyer had a 31-point outburst and Henke banged in 22.
One-fourth of the bomb tonnage dropped in the war in Vietnam has come from the Crane Naval Ammunition Depot, officials there revealed Wednesday. This means that about 400,000 tons of bombs have been shipped from Crane, which covers about one-third of Martin County. Latest Pentagon figures show that more than 1,630,500 bombs have been dropped in the war in Vietnam. That exceeds the tonnage which the Allies rained on Europe in World War II. That tonnage was given as 1,544,463 tons.
Jasper Plant Foods overcame a two-point deficit in the waning minutes to down Gus Doerner Sports, 67-60 in Jasper City League Basketball action last night. North American Carbi subdued the Pacers, 54-30, in the second game. Lee Kavanaugh was the big gun for JPF with 25 points. He received help from Ron Keusch with 12 and Ed Strange with 10. Rich Werner led the winning Carbi team with 19 markers, and Dave Henke had 12 for the Pacers.
Coach “Woody’ Neel’s Holland Dutchmen had a close call, but sophomore Larry Kahle tallied two free pitches with 0:06 seconds left to clinch a 60-59 win over the upset-minded Tecumseh Braves at Lynnville before some 1800 fans. Tecumseh (10-8) has been up and down this season. However, they came ready to play. Coach Vesper Hill is to be congratulated on their fine showing. Elsewhere, the Ferdinand Crusaders won their tenth game of the season, 79-53, over the Chrisney Wildcats. Stan Ruhe showed the way with 26 points, followed by Lee Joe Begle with with 19. Dennis Verkamp had 15 points and Paul Niehaus contributed a dozen.
• 25 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1993
Coach Ken Schultheis’ Jasper Wildcats upset the No. 7-ranked New Albany Bulldogs Saturday night in the JHS gym. The Bulldogs played with Ladrell Whitehead, who has been averaging 18 points a game. New Albany coach Jim Miller said, “I thought it would be worse than that.” He continued, “Jasper has a very good ball club.” Scott Rolen again led the Wildcats in scoring as he scored 30 points. Michael Lewis added 13 for the Cats. Noy Castillo paced New Albany with 22 points. No other Bulldog was in double figures.
A new book called “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” ranks Jasper the 39th best town of its size in the nation. The book, published by author Norman Crampton, advertises itself as a guide for big-city residents who are looking to escape to a new life with clean air, safe streets, good schools and friendly neighbors. Only communities with populations ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 were judged. The nation’s five best small towns, according to Crampton, are Elko, Nev.; Essex, Conn.; Page, Ariz.; Lebanon, NH.; and Lander, Wyo. Other Indiana towns listed among the top 100 are Warsaw, 67th; Crawfordsville, 78th; and Greencastle, 97th.
For the third straight year, three-time defending champion Pike Central has ended Jasper’s quest for a girls basketball sectional championship. This time it was a 43-37 decision in Game 2 Tuesday night. Jasper ended its season with a 10-9 record. Pike Central improves to 14-5. The Chargers were lead in scoring by Adrienne Seitz, who had 14 points. Jasper’s Julie Jones scored a game-high 19 points. In the opening game, Forest Park was an easy 61-22 winner against Marian Heights. Forest Park’s Paula Durcholz scored a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. The Rangers improved to 16-3. The Highlanders finished their season with a 5-12 record. Beth Lawrence and Yoronda Caudle each had six points for Marian Heights.
Because of no business to be discussed and no quorum of members present, the Jasper Board of Zoning Appeals didn’t officially meet Wednesday night. However, those members present welcomed new member Steve Wagner, a mayoral appointee. He is replacing Rose Mary Buehler, who resigned for health reasons.
On Saturday, following the Dubois tourney, Kevin Werne will step down from his coaching position at Southridge Middle School where he has been the only sixth grade coach for 20 years. There are no regrets, only good memories for the coach. “I’m in a situation where I have been doing this for a number of years. Now I have a son in the fourth grade and he’s getting more and more involved in sports and I want to be there to help him,” Werne said. “Coaching takes a lot of time. You’re gone in the evenings, a lot of nights at games. It’s time I started helping out more at home.” Werne has proven his system effective as his career record speaks for itself. The “A” teams under Werne have gone 144-60 while his “B” teams are 102-40. That is a total winning percentage of .719.
Linda L. Loepker has accepted the position of staff attorney for the Demars Corp. of Indianapolis. The 65-year-old family-owned construction management-general contracting firm, is one of the top 20 construction managers in the country. Linda Loepker will serve as in-house counsel for the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Loepker held the position of assistant corporate counsel for the city of Indianapolis for 3 1/2 years. She is the daughter of George and Virginia Loepker of Jasper.
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