Looking Back: 2/9February 8, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
February 8, 1954
The Dr. Pepper Bottling Company at 333 W. 4th Street, Jasper, last year topped all the company’s other bottlers in Indiana in per capita sales, it was announced Saturday in Dallas, Texas, national headquarters of the soft drink firm. Elmer J. Krodel, owner of the Jasper plant, received a special award from W. W. Clements, Dr. Pepper’s vice-president and general sales manager. A special award is presented to Dr. Pepper bottlers whose sales in proportion to population is the highest in the region. Clements announced the award at a meeting in St. Louis, where seven of the company’s top executives outlined sales promotion and advertising plans for 1954. The Jasper plant is managed by Mr. Krodel. Harold Bettag is the sales manager.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the eight Dubois County young men who left this morning for Indianapolis and induction. These men represent the county’s 46th draft call since the pre-Korean emergency. All members of the group will be assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In the group are, Richard Henry Wagner, St. Anthony; Glen Edgar Voelkel, Boone township; Elmer Leo Schepers, Jasper (leader); Robert Lee Hoffman, Schnellville; Simon Oscar Wigand, R. 4, Jasper; Raymond Joseph Werne, R. 5, Jasper; Edwin Otto Hopf, Duff; and Albert Henry Pieper, Dubois.
At last night’s regular meeting of the Jasper city council the councilmen voted four to one in favor of annexing the Skyline subdivision north of the corporate limits into the city of Jasper. Three officials of the Modern-built Homes Corporation--President Arnold Streicher, Vice-President Frank Fromme, Jr., and Secretary-Treasurer Marty Rohleder, Jr.--appeared before the council to make their fourth request for annexation of the Skyline area. They said that a petition they circulated in the sub-division was signed by more than 40 per cent of the property owners in favor of annexation.
Pictured in this issue is Miss Marilyn Osborne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Osborne, 1013 N. Jackson Street, Huntingburg. She was named the Dubois County winner of the good citizenship award sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Presentation of the award was made recently. Marilyn is a commercial course student in Huntingburg High School. She is also the literary editor of the “The Hunter,” the HHS yearbook, and the president of the Pep club.
The banks at Holland and Huntingburg are closed today in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday. The banks of Jasper, which operate on a five-day week, are open, since banks on a five-day week do not close for the minor holidays. Post offices do not observe today as a holiday, but county offices in the court house do observe it, and are closed. Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22 will be observed as a post office holiday. The auto license branch in Jasper is closed for the day, and the driver examiner will not be here today. He will return next Friday to resume his work of giving driver tests.
Mark LaGrange’s Ferdinand Crusaders turned back the tough Milltown Millers 60-50 last night at Ferdiand. Leon Wendholt pumped in 22 points to pace the host team. Kenny Peters added 14. Buddy Blemker scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to pace the Huntingburg Hunters to a 69-60 over the Bicknell Bulldogs. Blemker finished with 26 points. Bob Maxey added 12 for the Hunters. Meanwhile, Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeeps won their 16th in 19 by coming from behind to lick the English Red Raiders 63-37. Center Bobby Thacker led the scoring for Dubois with 17 points. Roger Zehr added 15. The Holland Dutchmen defeated the Mater Dei Wildcats 54-47 at Evansville. Glen Fenneman and Gene Tormohlen each got 14 markers for the Dutchmen.
• 50 Years Ago
February 10, 1969
Jasper 3 defeated Ferdinand 2, 40-36, Sunday evening to win the annual Jasper CYO basketball tourney held at the 10th Street School gym. The Jasper team, coached by the Rev. Paul Roos, led at halftime, 19-14, and then held off a number of second half threats by the Ferdinand squad to win the tourney and finish the season with a 14-1 record. Mike Eckerle led a well balanced scoring attack for the winners scoring 12 points. Steve Schuler followed with 11 and Lee Boehm tallied 10. Nat Schnellenberger of Ferdinand led all scorers with 14 points. Don Kippenbrock added 10. At the completion of the tourney, Kenny Stenftenagel of St. Anthony was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy. The voting on this award was done by the coaches of the participating teams.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Dean Voegerl, a 20-year-old youngster blessed with a strong left arm and the ability to throw a baseball fast and accurately, discussed the possibilities of signing a pro baseball contract with John Keenan, a regional scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Keenan thinks Voegerl should return to Trinidad JUCO in Trinidad, Colorado, for a number of reasons. Voegerl was drafted on the strength of a Dodger scout seeing him pitch five 5 innings this past summer for the Jasper Reds. The game in which Dean was spotted was a dandy. It was the game in which the Reds won the Deer Trail League title and the big southpaw fanned 22 batters in one of the top performances ever recorded at Recreation Field.
Cable Channel 9, the local televison station providing local television coverage to viewers in Jasper and Huntingburg, is making its first color telecasts this week. The first color being shown on the local channel are commercials in the 5 p.m. news sponsored each day by Sterling beer. The color commercials, which have been transferred from the regular broadcast video tapes and films to Channel 9’s tape equipment, are produced by the Sterling advertising agencies. “Color commercials are available to any TV-9 advertisers,” said Jerry Birge, manager of the station, “provided these advertisers provide us with a color film or video tape of their product.”
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Indiana Governor Edgar Whitcomb and Bob Rumbach. Rumbach delivered the annual report of activities of the Buffalo Trace Council, Boy Scouts of America, to Whitcomb at the State House. Bob, an Eagle Scout with Explorer Post 182 of Jasper, was one of nine scouts representing Councils throughout Indiana who made reports to the Governor during Scout Week. Bob was selected as an alternate by the Council screening committee in October and was named to make the Indiana report on the same day that Richard Broshears, an Evansville Eagle Scout, was reporting to Illinois Governor Ogilvie in Springfield.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are Mrs. Mary Lubbehusen and Leon Fleck. Lubbehusen of Ferdinand has been a Democratic precinct committeewoman for the past 45 years. Fleck is shown presenting her with a plaque recognizing her long and meritorious service to the party. Fleck is the seventh Dubois County Democratic chairman under whom Lubbehusen has served.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Mrs. Shirley Knust. A 215 actual game rolled by Shirley in the Sunday Night Mixed League while bowling with her husband, Earl, on a team calling themselves the “4 Schlookers” gave her the title of “Bowler of the Month”for January. Her game was the highest rolled in ladies league play at the Gerbo Lanes during the month.
Ed Schultheis, trying to tune up his Jasper Wildcat basketball team in time for the sectional tourney, installed a new spark plug into his lineup Friday night and it helped toward a 65-60 Jasper victory over Evansville North at the JHS gym. The victory snapped a five game losing streak for the Cats who are now 9-10 for the season heading into their final game of the season next Friday at Bedford. Jim Wenzel, a 5-10 sophomore who has seen only limited action this season, was inserted into the starting lineup and the crew-cut hustler answered the challenge with 5 steals on defense and seven points. But the most significant thing about Wenzel’s debut as a regular was the spark he seemed to ignite in the Jasper attack.
• 25 Years Ago
February 7, 1994
Moving on. With junior forward Michelle Russell playing on another planet Saturday night, the Pike Central Chargers won their fifth consecutive Jasper sectional with a 65-43 win over Northeast Dubois. Russell, averaging 10 points per game coming into Saturday, pumped in a career-high 28 points, advancing Pike Central (15-4) to next Saturday’s regional at Gibson Southern. The Chargers will meet North Posey in Saturday morning’s semifinals. Northeast Dubois, which ended its season at 10-10, was led by 14 points from April Stetter. The Jeeps came in as heavy underdogs after losing leading scorer Mary Sue Linne (knee) and Angie Hemmerlein (broken wrist) to injuries suffered in Thursday’s semifinals.
Robert F. “Bob” Schnaus is remembered by many Jasper residents for his long years of service and many contributions to the community. Schnaus, 83, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Sunday evening in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. “Bob was the kind of guy you were glad to know,” said George Astrike, chairman of the board and CEO of German American Bank. “He got involved; he didn’t sit on the sidelines. “He was one of the movers and shakers in Jasper, said former Mayor Jerome “Chick” Alles. “He was very civic-minded. For a very busy man, he took time out to serve his community.”
The 25th annual Dubois County Spelling Bee was held last night at the Dubois Elementary School gym. When it was all over, Kerry Lueken, a seventh grader at Dubois Middle School, was the winner. Lueken will represent the county at the Evansville Courier Tri State bee later this spring. If he can’t go, runner-up Nicole Lesko, a fifth-grader at Tenth Street School in Jasper, will take his place. For a few minutes, it looked like Lueken and Lesko might tie for first place. The two went through 74 words before Lesko missed “swivel.” Lueken spelled it correctly and went on to spell “saucer” correctly to win the bee.
Nicole Smith has been chosen by the Holland Legion Post 343 Auxiliary to attend Girls State June 19-25 on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute. Holland Kiwanis is her sponsor. Ms. Smith is the daughter of David and Darlene Smith of Holland and is a junior at Southridge High School. Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society and the Dubois County All-Stars. She is president of the junior class and is the German Club class representative. She also plays basketball, runs track and is employed part-time at the Holland National Bank.
The Southern Indiana Semipro Baseball League will host a National Baseball Congress sanctioned tourney in July. Tourney director Bob Alles made the announcement today. The tourney will be held July 7-10. Eight teams will participate in the double elimination event. First round games will be played at Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand and St. Wendel. The second and semi-final rounds will be played at Huntingburg and Jasper, and the championship game, will be at Jasper. The winner of the tourney will qualify for the NBC World Series to be held August 1st-14th in Wichita, Kansas.
Koester Equipment, Inc., a construction company, has announced an expansion into the asphalt paving business. The expansion is the result of an agreement between Koester and Sam Oxley & Company of Jasper. The agreement provides for the sale of Oxley’s asphalt paving production capacity and assets to Koester. The assets include three asphalt plants and three fleets of paving equipment. Oxley will continue to operate in other areas of the construction business. Koester will open an office in Jasper to serve Dubois, Warrick, Spencer, Orange, Martin and Perry counties. James Hevron, in his existing capacity as president of Koester Contracting Corp., will be reponsible for the day-to-day operations of the paving business.
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