Looking Back: 2/6

Autumn Mundy, left, and Audrey Sermersheim helped Bernice Giesler make a Valentine for her husband, Bob, at the Heritage House of Jasper 25 years ago. Both Mundy and Sermersheim were part of a group of Girl Scouts from Ireland who had been visiting residents of Heritage House (formerly Jasper Nursing Center) once a month for about three years. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published Feb. 6, 1996.


65 Years Ago

Feb. 6, 1956

Henry W. A. Hemmer, 82, who was prominent for many years in the educational, civic, club, farm and Boy Scout work, died at his home at 7:30 Sunday morning in Huntingburg. Mr. Hemmer did notgraduate from high school, but nevertheless passed the comparative exam necessary to enter college. He graduated from the National Normal Teachers College at Lebanon, Ohio, shortly before the turn of the century, and graduated from Indiana State Normal at Terre Haute in 1908. He taught school for 38 years. For 19 years, he was principal of Holland High School, and later served for seven years as superintendent of Huntingburg High School.

Feb. 7

The February issue of The Independent Banker contains an article by Theodore Bauer of Jasper. In an editorial which appeared along with Mr. Bauer’s photograph on the first page of the article, the editors said, in part: “The Dubois County State Bank of Jasper, Indiana, recently had the wisdom to send to the School of Financial Public Relations at Chicago its promising young cashier, TheodoreBauer. We certainly commend President M. L. Wagner on this well-considered move.Mr. Bauer wrote us to say he was “very much impressed by the school and what it is able to do for the banking business today.”The editors express the hope that the article “will inspire other bankers to take advantage of the superb help that is available to them today through the FPRA..” 

Feb. 8

New Albany’s defending SIAC champions came from behind in the second half last night to defeat Nip Wuchner’s Wildcats 68-65 and move that much closer to a successful defense of their title. Johnny Givens’ Bulldogs were down 35-29 at the intermission but fought their way around Jasper in the third period. They boosted a 52-51 lead into 59-51 before the Cats could score in the last quarter, and that won them the ball game. Jasper’s Butch Rees was the high point man of the evening with 26 points.

Funeral services for Marvin DeBruler, one of Dubois County’s oldest citizens, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the Becher and Son Mortuary, with Rev. Jerome Parker, pastor of Jasper’s First Presbyterian Church officiating. Mr. DeBruler, who would have reached his 96th birthday on April 20, died Monday afternoon at Mildred’s Nursing Home.   

Feb. 9

Diversification of industry in Jasper took a quiet step forward recently when the Aluminum Products Corporation went into production. Plant officials admitted that they had been perhaps a little too quiet, since the post office and freight shippers were unaware of the whereabouts of the new business for a time. Located in the Dubois County Machine Co. building in Little Kentucky, the company started production early last fall after receiving valuable assistance from the Jasper Chamber of Commerce in setting up. The plant makes castings to the most rigid dimensional, metallurgical, physical and quality specifications. Officials of the company estimate that employment may reach 60 or 70 persons, provided that the strides forward to date continue.   

Feb. 10

Pictured on the front page of this issue are Alan Nass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Mass and Larry Feldmeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Feldmeyer of Huntingburg. They will receive their “God and Country” award in Scouting, at the morning worship service of the Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church Sunday morning. These boys are both “Honor Roll” students of the freshman class of Huntingburg High School and have come a long way in scouting. They began as Cub Scouts when they were 8 years old and after three years of Cubbing went on to scouting and are now planning to carry on as Explorer scouts. Most of their Scout work was done under the leadership of scoutmasters Jack Hayes and Robert Fuchs. Fred Mayo is at present the Scoutmaster of Troop 181. 

Feb. 11

After a slow start in which they trailed the Cutters in the early stages of last night’s SIAC tilt at Bedford, Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg netters took over and played what some observers thought their best ball of the season to win going away, 62-53. In other games involving area teams last night, Mark LaGrange’s Ferdinand Crusaders gave the Red Raiders of English a 65-39 licking, Birdseye notched its first win since before the holidays by downing Milltown, 47-40, Dale’s Golden Aces succumbed to Ft. Branch 61-51 and the Otwell Millers lost 59-50 at Richland. 

50 Years Ago

Feb. 8, 1971

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is an action shot (taken by Evansville Press photographer Don Goodaker)of Jasper’s 6-6 1/2 senior center Wayne Bailey as he scored his 1,000th career point Friday night in the Jasper-Reitz game in Evansville. Bailey’s 1,000th point came on a rebound with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter. He went on to score 27 points against Reitz, but the Cats lost a thriller, 72-71. The only other Jasper cagers to score more points are Bob “Chesty” Luegers (1,189), Don Bates (1,126) and Bob Merder (1,022). Earlier this year, Bailey set a JHS single game scoring record with 46 points against Vincennes. 

Feb. 9

About 50 persons attended a meeting at the American Legion Home in Jasper Monday night to hear or take part in a discussion of the pollution problem. While water was mentioned once in a while, the meeting dealt primarily with air pollution — especially as the problem exists in Jasper’s highly-industrialized environs. The principal speaker at the meeting, which was sponsored by Jasper Chapter 15, National Association of Power Engineers, and the Jasper Jaycees, was Harry E. Williams, director of the Indiana Division of Air Pollution Control.He was introduced to the meeting by Mayor Jack E. Newton of Jasper. Sharing the speaker’s table with the two men were Rich Slayton, president of the Jaycees, and Jim Block, a city councilman and member of the local chapter of the National Association of Power Engineers.   

Feb. 10

Pictured in this issue are Nat Stuckey and Miss Connie Smith, who will be featured in a country music show Sunday, March 21, at the Dubois High School gym. The show, sponsored by the Dubois Jaycees, will be presented at 2 and 7 p.m. Featured along with Stuckey, an RCA recording star, will be “The Sweet Thangs.” Miss Smith is also under contract to RCA Records. Tickets are available from any member of the Dubois Jaycees or may be obtained by writing to that group. Advance tickets are $2 for adults and $1.50 children between the ages of 6 and 12. Ticket prices are 50 cents higher at the door. Barbecued chicken will be served from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Feb. 11

From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: John Wellemeyer, Huntingburg’s contribution to University of Evansville basketball, became the 14th Evansville player to pass the 1,000 point career scoring mark Wednesday night as he scored 19 points in the Aces’ victory at Valparaiso. Big John, a senior at Evansville, went into the game with 999 career points. He went over the magic mark with a 15-footer early in the game. Wellemeyer is a 1967 grad of Huntingburg. He led the county in scoring his senior year and finished the 1966-67 campaign with 483 points in 19 regular season games. 

Feb. 12

Pictured in this issue is Phil Ahrens of Rt. 1, Huntingburg. He is shown accepting a plaque from Huntingburg Mayor Dale Helmerich after being named the Dubois County Outstanding Young Farmer at the annual Jaycee OYF banquet held at the Huntingburg YMI Club Thursday night.Also in the photo are Ahrens’ wife, Linda, Steve Maas, the master of ceremonies, and Jay Myers, the speaker of the evening. Ahrens, a 29-year-old farmer, his wife, Linda, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ahrens, own and operate the Ahrens Strawberry Farm. The Ahrenses have 20 acres of plants, which are shipped to various places in the U. S. and 7 acres of strawberries. They also operate an 80 acre general farm. 

Feb. 13

The Birdseye Yellowjackets employed a full-court press in the last three quarters Friday night as they erased an eight-point first-quarter deficit and rolled to an 80-65 victory over the Leavenworth Wyandottes. The Birdseye-Leavenworth game was the only one involving area teams which was played Friday night. All other scheduled games were postponed due to weather and road conditions. The victory, Birdseye’s fourth straight, was the Yellowjackets’ 14th of the season against four defeats, and assured the Jackets of their winningest season on record, which dates back to 1947. Their previous high was 13 wins in 1947. It also marked the final home game for Birdseye High School, which is scheduled to be closed at the end of the current school term. Birdseye students will be attending the newly consolidated high school in Ferdinand next fall. 

25 Years Ago

Feb. 12, 1996

It was the type of game that can make your heart skip a beat if you win, or break it if you lose. The tear-drenched faces of Jasper’s Wildcats told of the latter tale Saturday — a thrilling, near-comeback victory which ended as a heartbreaking 49-47 loss to Princeton in the second semifinal of the Gibson Southern girls basketball regional. Princeton went on to defeat Evansville Bosse 49-38, in the championship. “We had our opportunities in this game and they just didn’t pan out for us,” said Jasper coach Karen Stenftenagel, whose team bowed out of the tourney with a 16-6 record. Jasper’s Diane Seng finished with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds. Teammate Dana Brames followed Seng in scoring and rebounding with a workman-like 13 points and 11 rebounds.   

Feb. 13

Dubois County could have to refund as much as $250,000 to property tax payers who succeed in their appeals of property reassessments, county council president Rich Eckerle said at Monday’s council meeting. A good portion of that sum is already known to be owed by the county to affected tax payers. “As of now, the county itself will have to rebate $100,000,” Eckerle said. “We have to pay 6 percent interest over six years, too.” The final sum isn’t yet known because the appeals process hasn’t been completed. The assessments in question are from 1989, the most recent reassessmentsconducted. The delay in completing the appeals is something county officials have no control over, he said. “It’s through no fault of our own. The state just didn’t hear all the cases and they’re still hearing cases.” How high the county’s total refund payments will go won’t be known until the State Board of Tax Appeals finishes its work, Eckerle said.   

Feb. 14

The curtain is falling on Kimball pianos after more than a century on the world stage. Kimball International announced Tuesday the company will stop manufacturing Kimball-brand upright and grand pianos in June. The company will continue to produce its renowned Bosendorfer piano line in Vienna, Austria, and will continue to make piano cabinets, keys and other piano components in the United States and England. The company will also continue to honor warranties on pianos and support its dealers. The decision to end production stirred a great deal of emotion among corporation officers and employees, John B. Habig, senior executive vice president and operations officer, said today. “It’s tough when you’ve been in the business for 37 years,” he said. It’s a tradition and heritage. “That’s why when the Jasper Corporation went public in 1976 it used the Kimball name.”   

Feb. 15

Todd and Barbara Songer Jochem of 5430 Wilkins Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed advanced degrees recently. Both are 1986 graduates of Southridge High School. Todd, a summa cum laude grad of Indiana State University, completed his PH.D. in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Pete and Pat Jochem of Huntingburg. Barbara Songer Jochem, a 1990 grad of Indiana University, completed a master of science degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in June. She is the daughter of Jim and Mary Songer of Huntingburg.

Feb. 16

Former Jasper standout Scott Rolen, a third baseman in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, will be presented a picture for becoming Indiana’s first Mr. Baseball in 1993. Rolen’s picture, to be displayed in the Jasper High School gymnasium, will be presented at halftime of Saturday’s varsity game between Jasper and Vincennes Lincoln. The game has an 8 p.m. tip-off time. 

Feb. 17

Indianapolis Arlington Tech treated Jasper’s Michael Lewis to a Big Ten pre-initiation ceremony on Friday, complete with party favors. There were no noise makers, just some friendly full-body contact and old-fashioned, bone-jarring fouls awaiting the Indiana University signee. But the Mr. Basketball candidate, being the jolly good fellow he is, gave back by making a charitable donation in the form of 40 points to lead the Wildcats to their fourth straight win with a 22-point victory over the Golden Knights. 

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