Looking Back: 3/13

Jasper High School students gathered backstage in the high school auditorium to decorate the school’s halls for the Regional basketball tournament 25 years ago. After making signs, they hung them outside the library with balloons and crepe paper ribbons. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published March 6, 1996.


65 Years Ago

March 12, 1956

Terre Haute Gerstmeyer Tech’s Black Cats defeated Nip Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats, 55 to 52, in the Bloomington Semistate Saturday. The Wildcats couldn’t hit their free throws. They hit eight and missed 14. Six of the flubbed 14 were first (and, of course, last) tries at 1-and-1 foul shots. Center Dick Persohn led the Jasper scoring with 19 points. No other Jasper player scored in double figures. Charlie Hall had a game-high 20 points for Terre Haute. Gerstmeyer went on to defeat Princeton, 69-58, to advance to the next Saturday’s state finals in Indianapolis.

Marie Nesthus, an eighth grade pupil of Jasper’s Sixth Street School, won the Dubois County spelling contest held Saturday afternoon in the court room of the courthouse in Jasper. Miss Nesthus, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore K. Nesthus, will represent Dubois County in the Tri-State meet in Evansville on March 23. Her teacher is Herman Brames. Donald Eisenhut of Haysville, the runner-up, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eisenhut. His eighth grade teacher is Ted Conrad, who with Leonard Lasher of Jasper, served as pronouncers. 

March 13

Clinton B. Axford, editor of the American Banker, sent the Herald a telegram from New York reporting that the German-American Bank of Jasper has greatly improved its standing deposit-wise among American banks. The telegram follows: “The German American Bank of Jasper which reported deposits of $9,431,756 on December 31st gained 235 places in the U.S. during 1955 and now ranks as the 2312th largest in size compared with 2457th place at the end of 1954. This is revealed in the 1956 annual roll call of the larger banks in the U.S. published March 12th by the Daily American Banker of New York which is the trade newspaper of the banking business.

March 14

At last night’s business meeting of the Huntingburg Jaycees, it was announced that a concerted drive will be made to sell the remainder of the front tags for autos in the civic group’s effort to raise funds for the Huntingburg High School band’s trip to Kansas City. It was also announced that tickets are on sale for the exhibition baseball game between the Huntingburg Merchants and the Indiana University baseball team to be played at Municipal Park Tuesday evening May 8.   

March 15

Organized baseball for boys 13 to 15 years of age, inclusive, is set for 7 o’clock Friday night at the American Legion Club in Jasper. At 6:30 the same evening, registration will be held for all boys interested in playing. Lee Porter of Terre Haute, state director of the Babe Ruth League, will talk at the 7 o’clock session. Sponsors for the four teams in the new Jasper league will be the Modernbuilt Homes Inc., Dubois County State Bank, and the Lions and Kiwanis clubs. Co-managers will be Jim Heath and Bill Rohleder, Homer Kendall and Forrest Murphy, Robert Knuth and Art Jarboe, and Marky Schuetter and Chick Alles. Officers are Tom Berger, president; Bob Luegers, vice president; Bud Salb, treasurer; and Dennis Keller, secretary. 

March 16

The 37th birthday anniversary of the American Legion was celebrated with a dinner at the Legion club in Huntingburg on Tuesday evening with a large crowd in attendance. A decorated birthday cake centered the speakers table, and decorations were in keeping with the Legion’s colors of dark blue and gold. Auxiliary President Frieda Nahlor welcomed the Legionnaires and guests as the candles on the cake were lighted and the group sang “Happy Birthday” to the Legion members. Chaplain Alma Dearing then offered a prayer of thanks. Speakers introduced were Mayor P. C. Giltner; 8th district Commander Syl Schreiver; Service Officer Syl Rhodes and Legion Commander Louis Schoppenhorst. Several past commanders gave short talks. 

March 17

Enlisting in the regular army this week through the local recruiting station were Ronald A. Padgett, 20, and Donald J. Opel, 18, R. 3, Jasper. Also Roger C. Conen and Harold N. Snyder, each 20, of Troy. These young men chose their training before enlisting. Ronald A. Padgett and Donald J. Opel chose an electronics course (microwave radio repair, a 26-week course given at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey). Roger C. Conen and Harold N. Snyder have chosen a stenography course given at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, (an 18 week course). 

50 Years Ago 

March 15, 1971

Pictured on the front page of this issue are production workers at the Gossard Garment factory on Huntingburg’s north side. They are shown picketing the plant early this morning after some of the workers went on strike. The wildcat strike of some members of the Local 401, International Ladies Garment Workers, was called to protest alleged grievances. Carolyn Bland, who acted as a spokesman for the striking workers when confronted by a newsman, said her union has several grievances against the management. She said that non-union girls are sometimes assigned to jobs that call for union workers, and that some girls are overworked to the point where they have had to have medical help to overcome extreme nervousness. The plant manager, Gene Rogers, declined this morning to comment on the work stoppage.   

March 16

Dr. Isaac Beckes, president of Vincennes University, said this morning that the university plans to do “all it can” to help the school’s Jasper Center during the next two years. The statement came on the heels of action Monday night by the Indiana Senate Finance Committee, which removed an $80,000 appropriation for the center from the state budget for the next biennium. The budget passed by the House of Representatives last week assigned the $80,000 to Vincennes University, earmarking it for the operation of the Jasper Center, which currently has an enrollment of 97. 

March 17

Pictured on the sports page of this issue are two former Dubois County cagers who were named Tuesday to the All-Indiana-Collegiate Conference basketball team. Named to the honor squad were John Wellemeyer and Don Buse, both members of the conference champion the University of Evansville Aces. Buse was also named the Most Valuable Player in the ICC. Wellemeyer, a senior at Evansville, is a 1967 graduate of Huntingburg High School, where he holds the individual scoring record in basketball. Buse, a junior at Evansville, graduated from Holland High School in 1968 after leading the Dutchmen to two sectional titles.

March 18

Pictured on the front page of this issue are three Indiana Basketball Hall of Famers. Jasper Athletic Director Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill is shown welcoming Dr. J. P. Salb, of Jasper, and Barney Scott of Seymour to the annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet Wednesday night at the Indianapolis Athletic Club. O’Neill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.Salb and Scott were honored Wednesday night as members of the Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary Team, consisting of 10 of the top high school cagers of 1946. Salb is a practicing physician in Jasper. Scott, who coached Jasper from 1958-61, is now the head basketball coach and athletic director at Seymour High School.    

March 19

The strike of some production workers at the H. W. Gossard Company, garment plant on Huntingburg’s north side, which started last Monday morning, is over. The striking workers returned to their jobs this morning. Shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, E. J. Tipton, vice president in charge of manufacturing for the company, issued a report to the production workers in which he asked them to report for work at 8 a.m. today as the work stoppage is over. Carolyn Bland, who headed a five-member committee of striking workers, and who had acted as a spokesman for the striking employees earlier in the week, approved the return of the employees to their jobs this morning.    

March 20

The Seufert Companies of Ferdinand hold the contract for construction of an 80-bed health facility to be built at French Lick by the Med-Co Corporation of Evansville. Med-Co is presently operating five other health facilities in the Tri-State area. Construction on the French Lick project is scheduled to begin next month and completion of the half-million-dollar facility is scheduled for next October. It is located on a five-acre tract on Hwy. 145, only three blocks from downtown French Lick. According to Richard D. Cannon, executive vice president of Med-Co, the new facility will provide full-time and part-time employment for approximately 100 people from the French Lick area.   

25 Years Ago

March 18, 1996

Twenty-three years of heartache were erased when Jasper claimed the Washington Regional title. March heartbreak set in again for Jasper Saturday despite 31 points from Mr. Basketball candidateMichael Lewis. In a contest dominated by streaks, Terre Haute North came up with runs when they counted the most and dealt the Wildcats a 69-58 defeat at the Hulman Center in the first semifinal of the Terre Haute Semistate. Matt Mauck chipped in with 11 points for the Wildcats, who finished the season with a 20-8 record. Terre Haute North lost to New Albany, 59-55, in the championship game and finished the season 21-6. 

March 19

Small businesses that want to recycle often find themselves up against a wall with nowhere to turn, Dubois County Solid Waste District Director Kent Messick said at Monday’s district board meeting.Several companies have called the district asking for help setting up in-house recycling programs, Messick said. “I’d like to hold a roundtable for small businesses and light industries,” he said. “Now that there is some interest, I think it is justified. Using private haulers has been too costly for them. Businesses are not allowed to use the drop-off sites, but that could eventually be the way to go.” The roundtable would include training sessions, and Donan Engineering could be contracted to lead it, Messick said. It would cost $500 to put on an all-day program.

March 20

Winter walloped the Dubois County area with one final punch Tuesday, dropping about a foot of wet, heavy snow that knocked out power to an estimated 5,000 homes and blocked many county roads with drifts up to eight feet. Spring officially began at 3:03 this morning, but southwestern Indiana woke up to a winter wonderland. All local schools were closed today, mail service was canceled to most parts of the county and most factories were either shut down or on delayed schedules this morning. This brings this season’s snowfall total to 31.25 inches, threatening the county record of 33.58 inches, set in 1969-70. 

March 21

City officials urged consultants Wednesday to make sure any choices they recommend to the state for improving traffic flow in Huntingburg include a way over or under railroad tracks splitting thecommunity. Alternatives to U.S. 231 bypasses were the subject of RUST Environmental’s workshops with Jasper and Huntingburg officials Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Dave Heslinga, RUST’s project manager, said Wednesday that six bypass alignments, to the east and west of both Jasper and Huntingburg, are still being equally considered along with other traffic improvements. But since Jasper/Huntingburg bypasses could cost $110 million to $160 million, the Indiana Department of Transportation told RUST to take a close look at extending north/south streets, improving bridges and upgrading intersections and traffic lights. 

March 22

It’s official: The 86-year-old Dubois County Courthouse is now entered in the National Register of Historic Places. The listing on the register is a positive step for Dubois County, said County Auditor Mark Brescher. It not only preserves local heritage but could also make the courthouse eligible for federal grants and loans, Brescher said. That could help pay for repairs and maintenance. The county owes a debt to local historians John Fierst and Kenny Krempp for all their research and work on the application, he said. It took about a year to gather all the information and submit it. 

March 23

Taryn Brelage, 10, placed second in the 50-yard breaststroke at the Indiana Short Course Age Group Championships held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis on March 15 and 17. Brelage was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle. She also had top 10 times in the state for the long course season. She was sixth in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 50 freestyle. Brelage swims for JAWS.      

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