Looking Back: 2/8

One last little letter in the right place, and Brittany Voelkel knows she has won the 1995 Dubois County Spelling Bee. Voelkel, a fifth grader from Dubois Middle School, outspelled 14 other spelling champions including runner-up Laura Willis, right, of Forest Park Junior High School. As she has in nine previous spelling bees, Voelkel held a tattered picture of her deceased mother for good luck. Of her nine bees, Voelkel has one seven. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published February 8, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
Feb. 7, 1955

Bob Menke, who recently received the Huntingburg Jaycee award as that community’s outstanding young man, was further honored Saturday night when he received the Distinguished Service Award given annually to “The outstanding young man in Indiana.” This award was made by the Indiana Junior Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Howard C. Sandusky of Evansville, the past state president of the Jaycees, during a dinner meeting at the Hotel Antlers in Indianapolis. Mr. Menke, who is 35, was recognized for his activity in various youth projects and veterans affairs on both the local and state level. The presentation ceremonies were recorded and will be broadcast over WITZ at 3:30 this afternoon. 

Feb. 8

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Frankfort’s Hot Dogs, whom Jasper visits Feb. 18 in the schedule closer, were the only team in the state last year to beat both of the IHSAA finalists, Milan and Muncie Central. The Frankfort netters, coached by a one time Cuzco boy named Marvin Cave, are 11-7 to date and have no starter who’s taller than 6-1. The Hot Dogs will be wanting to get even with Jasper for the 64-55 licking handed them by the Wildcats on their visit here a year ago.   

Feb. 9

The officers of the Victoria Mill & Elevator Co. have leased the firm’s buildings between Mill and Jackson streets in the south part of Jasper to the Sunshine Stores,Inc., of Ft. Wayne. In the transaction, the machinery, inventory and equipment have been acquired by the Ft. Wayne concern. The buildings have been leased on a long-term lease. Ambrose Eckert, who had been with the Armstrong Store for the past nine years and for the past five years, served as the assistant manager, has been appointed manager of the business that will be operated in the Victoria Mills buildings  by Sunshine Stores. Mr. Eckert is married to the former Loretta Knies. They have four children. Edwin Stallman, who has been with Victoria Mills for 33 years, will be the assistant manager. Henry Kempf will continue as warehouseman, a job he has held for the past two years.    

Feb. 10

Tell City never caught Nip Wuchner’s Cats after 2-2 last night and Jasper won a 57-39 tussle in the Marksmen’s new gym, chiefly on a scoring splurge in the first five minutes of the third quarter that turned a six point halftime margin into 16. Jasper’s Donnie Bates had 26 points to lead all scorers, but he had plenty of competition from Tell City’s smooth-working 6-1 center, Charley Wilgus. In another game involving an area team, Roy Allen’s Ireland Spuds visited Daviess County last night and defeated the Yellow Jackets of Alfordsville, 47-40. Mike Schmitt hit for 13 points and Rich Freyberger 10 as six of the seven Spuds who played had a hand in the scoring. Hendrich was the leading scorer for Alfordsville with 14.   

Feb. 11

From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Cabby O’Neill, JHS athletic director and long time coach of the Wildcat netters, has come through with his selection of an all-time Jasper team for the “Shootin’ Em and Stoppin’ Em” column conducted by Bill Fox, Jr., sports editor of the Indianapolis News. Here are the first and second fives as chosen by Mr. O’Neill. First — Paul Hoffman ’43 and Bernard Hoffman ’38 at forwards, Jerome (Dimp) Stenftenagel ’49 at center, and Eddie Rottet ’34 and Donnie Bates ’55 at guards; second — Gary Phillips ’53, Roman Pfeffer ’41, Willie Wuchner ’45, Al Graehler ’48 and Bob White ’49.   

Feb. 12

Holland’s Dutchmen made it 18 out of 19 for the season, with one pre-sectional tilt to be played, as they turned back the Wildcats from Evansville Mater Dei, 57-39, at the HHS gym last night. Husky Glen Fenneman, 6-41⁄2 senior center, was the chief thorne for the visitors, leading the Holland assault with a dozen field goals and a couple of charity points for a total of 26. Ken Reising had 10 to lead Mater Dei. Meanwhile, Huntingburg’s Happy Hunters rolled up an 84-32 score on Bickell’s visiting Bulldogs. Wayne Singer had 20 for the Hunters.   

50 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1970

Edward J. Brosmer, 58, of Dubois, a partner in the operation of the Brosmer Lumber Company on Jasper’s north side, died Saturday evening of a heart attack. At noon Saturday Mr. Brosmer was dismissed from Memorial Hospital in Jasper where he had gone for a physical check-up. He and Mrs. Brosmer were eating in a restaurant in Dubois when he suffered  heart attack around 7:30 p. m. Saturday. He died in an automobile that was bringing him to the hospital.  Edward Brosmer was the vice-president of the lumber company in which he was a partner with his father, John Brosmer, and his brother, Edgar.    

Feb. 10

“I am definitely very interested” in the Democratic national chairmanship, Gordon St. Angelo told the DAILY HERALD this morning. The party’s top position will soon be vacated by Sen. Fred Harris, D-Okla., and St. Angelo’s name was proposed for the job by the national committee member from Indiana, Richard B. Stoner of Columbus. St. Angelo, a native of Huntingburg who was active in Democratic politics on the local level before becoming state chairman in 1965, told the HERALD he was “getting a lot of calls and making a lot of calls”regarding the chairmanship.  “A lot of people around the country are working on it,” he said.   

Feb. 11

The Dubois County commissioners have announced that some of the new voting machines that will be used for the first time in this year’s elections are currently being placed in public places such as banks, libraries and community clubs in order to give the voters an opportunity to become familiar with the operation of the machines. Further information regarding specific locations and times of demonstrations will be announced next week. The particulars will be announced by the company that furnished the machines. The company will send representatives to the county to explain their operation.

Feb. 12

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Jerome Buening, of Rt. 2, Huntingburg. He is shown accepting a plaque from Don Eck. Buening was named the Outstanding Young Farmer in Dubois County. The annual OYF dinner was sponsored by the Holland, Huntingburg and Dubois Jaycees. The banquet was held last night at the Holland American Legion. Eck was last year’s outstanding young farmer. Also pictured is Mr. Buening’s wife, Mary. 

Feb. 13

The Arson Division of the Indiana Fire Marshall’s office is investigating a fire which did about $500 damage to an abandoned house about 51⁄2 miles southwest of Haysville on the Jasper- Portersville road. The house is owned by Eugene Hackman, who now resides in Indianapolis. Haysville fire chief Edgar Nigg said this morning that Edward Wening, of Rt. 2, Jasper, discovered the fire as he drove past the house at about 12:30 a. m. this morning. Wening went to the John Weber home from where he called firemen.   

Mrs. Al Schuler, 1427 Maute St., Jasper, captured first prize in the annual Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Speech contest at the Murat Temple in Indianapolis last Wednesday. The subject of the speech was “Documents of Freedom’ and Mrs. Schuler spoke about her grandmother becoming a U. S. citizen and what America means to her. Jane Burger, daughter of Victor Burger of R. 5, Jasper, won first prize in the District 9 safety poster contest, while Dubois County won the county award in the district.

Feb. 14

Glen Dockery, Ron Hancock and Tom Overfield combined for 77 points between them Friday night as they joined with their Evansville North teammates in handing the Jasper Wildcats a 90-74 licking at Roberts Stadium in the Pocket City. It was only Jasper’s third loss in 19 games. Tbe defeat kept the Wildcats from winning the SIAC championship, but they will have another chance to wrap up the title next Friday night when they close out the season at home against the Bedford Stonecutters. One of the biggest entourage of fans ever to follow a Jasper team on a road game sat in disbelief as they watched the Huskies have little trouble in disposing of their Cats. Wayne Bailey topped Jasper’s feeble offensive attack with 22 markers. John Frank added a season-high  and Jim Wenzel scored 14.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 13, 1995

When the Pike Central Lady Chargers needed help, they once again turned to their leader. Adrienne Seitz’s 24 points Saturday night led all scorers and helped Pike Central take its state record sixth straight girls basketball regional title with a 48-39 win over Evansville Mater Dei. The 5-foot-10 senior floor general turned up the heat in the third quarter, scoring 12 of the Chargers’ 16 points in the stanza to take them from the anxiety of a four-point lead to the comfort of a 12-point lead. The Chargers (17-5) will now advance to Saturday’s Seymour Semistate

Feb. 14

The high cost of vaccines has made the Dubois County Health Department’s childhood immunization program attractive to more parents than ever, said public health nurse Karen Craig at Monday’s County Council meeting.The increased workload and additional paperwork has made it necessary to hire two part-time nurses to help with immunizations, Craig said. The department had $2,771 of state money left over from last year to pay the nurses’ salaries but needed council approval to spend it. At least 60 percent of all newborn babies in Dubois County were referred by their doctors to the health department for shots in 1993, according to a survey taken last year, Craig said. The number of children seen by the department in 1994 hasn’t been compiled yet but there were probably 200 to 250 more than the 2,520 children seen in 1993, she said. In contrast, only 967 children received their shots at the health department in 1989. 

Feb. 15

The Jasper Park and Recreation Board Tuesday approved about $100,000 in equipment and improvements for the Municipal and Ruxer golf courses. “People see us bringing in a lot of money at these courses, and I would like to let them know that we put a lot of money back in,” said city golf director Mike Oeding. “We want to have the best municipal golf courses anywhere in this part of the state.” The most major expenditure was $75,600 for 30 new gasoline-powered carts to be used at the 18-hole course. About 25 used carts will be traded in and two will be moved to the 9-hole course, keeping the size of the fleet around 80. Professional Golfcar Corporation of Bloomington will charge the city $3,050 per cart. 

Feb. 16

Donna Deen was chosen by the Jasper Business and Professional Women as its Woman of the Year. Ms. Deen has been involved in community and church organizations over the past several years, including big Brothers-Big Sisters of Dubois County, Dubois County Right-to-Life, Dubois County Humane Society and St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Social Concerns Commission. Ms. Deen, a graduate of Jasper High School and Lockyear College, lives and works in Jasper. She is a purchasing agent for Memorial Hospital.   

Feb. 17

There are many fitness machines on the market that promise to deliver the ultimate workout, but Linus Mundy says they all fall short if they fail to exercise the soul. Mundy, director of publication’s at St. Meinrad’s Abbey Press, recently penned a short book called “Prayer Walking” that seeks to integrate physical and spiritual fitness. A prayer-walk Mundy writes, involves “taking a stroll with your soul, a simple, natural method for growing spiritually as you’re growing physically.” 

Feb. 18

Nathan Schorr had the ball in his hands with 13 seconds left in the game Friday night between Heritage Hills and Loogootee. Schorr took the ball at the top of the key, gave a pump fake that faked out the Loogootee guard defending him, and then hit a 15-foot running jump shot with 5 seconds left to give the Patriots a 66-64 victory on Friday night. “I want the ball in that kind of situation,” Schorr said. It was the second straight game that Schorr has used his late-game heroics to give the Patriots a victory. Last weekend, Schorr hit a 3 pointer at the end of regulation to tie Forest Park. The Patriots eventually won the game, 72-68, in double overtime.    

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