Looking Back: 3/14March 13, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 14, 1955
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Bretzville pupil Alice Louise Weisman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Weisman, the 1955 Dubois County Spelling Bee Champion. Also in the picture is Alice’s teacher, Mrs. Esther Uebelhor, the runner-up, seventh grade Cuzco pupil Ruth Ann Weikert and her teacher, Anthony Hasenour, and County Supt. John H. Teder. Weikert is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weikert of Crystal. The contest was held Saturday afternoon in Jasper. It required 44 rounds to complete compared to 37 rounds in 1954. Following the contest, prizes of $10 and $5 were presented, respectively, to the winner and runner-up by the Daily Herald. The winner also gained a berth in the Tri-State contest to be held in Evansville two weeks hence. The victor at Evansville will be entered in the national bee at Washington, D. C.
Intensive investigation on the part of Detective Sargeant Wendolin Opel of the State Police since March 3, the day on which it was discovered that the safe had been stolen from the office of the Interstate Finance Company in Jasper culminated yesterday in the confession of two Huntingburg men to this and a number of other robberies committed in this area since the first of the year. The two men, Paul E. Smith, 28, of 607 E. 11th St., and Girtha Spencer, 23, 0f 1019 N. Jackson St., have been held in the county jail in Jasper since two days after the safe was stolen. A third, Herbert “Dink” Wilkey, was arrested yesterday for parole violation after Smith and Spencer told officers Wilkey had been their accomplice in the safe job and several other crimes since the first of the year. Wilkey has not signed a confession, asking that he be allowed to consult an attorney.
Wayne Place, golf chairman of the Dubois County Country Club, announced today that the club has procured the professional services of C. R. Leonard on a part-time basis for teaching golf and giving golf lessons. Effective April 1, Mr. Leonard will be available on Thursday afternoons and Saturdays and Sundays. Mr. Leonard, or “Cotton” as he is known among the golfers, is currently employed as a representative for a West Coast lumber company in the Southern Indiana area and intends to make his home in Jasper in the near future.
The National Approval Board for “First Chair of America” the national yearbook for outstanding high school bands, orchestras and choruses, has recommended the Jasper High School Band for presentation in the 1955 edition of this publication, which presents exclusively the musical organizations that maintain the highest national standards. The board, composed of 200 of America’s most distinguished high school and college directors, bases its recommendations on the conductor’s ability and leadership, the high quality of performance of the organization, its reputation for community service and all-around proficiency. The purpose of the year book is to honor those students and directors who accomplish enough to deserve national recognition.
Washington and West Baden netters will play at 8 o’clock tonight in the title game of the 20-team tourney at Loogootee. Meeting in the 7 o’clock consolation game will be Coach Wes Settle’s Jasper team and the Alfordsville graders. Giesler, Schepers, D. Mehringer, Sheffield and Otto were the Jasper starters, while Radcliff, J. Knight, Pruett, Self and Conrad started for West Baden.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Allen Joseph, the president of the Jasper Bowling Association. He is shown presenting championship trophies to the Gerbo Lanes A division champion, Oats Berger, and the B division champion, Bill Kiefer.
Dr. Walton Manning, a member of the faculty of Butler University in Indianapolis, will be the speaker at the Dubois County Teachers Institute in Jasper next Saturday, March 26, it was announced today by John H. Teder, county superintendent of schools. Dr. Manning will speak at both sessions of the institute. His topic for the 10:30 A. M. session will be “Controversial Issues In Reading.” At the 1:30 session he will talk on “Building For Job Satisfaction in School and Community.” Music for the institute is being arranged by Mrs. Charlotte Rasche, music teacher at Dubois High School.
• 50 Years Ago
March 16, 1970
The Loogootee Lions Saturday night completed one of the finest basketball exhibitions ever put on in the Southern Semi-State at Roberts Stadium in Evansville when they edged undefeated and second-ranked Seymour, 80-78, to win the semi-state crown and advance to the state finals in Indianapolis next Saturday. A big underdog in both the afternoon contest (against Memorial) and night games, Jack Butcher’s Lions overcame the big odds with a sensational shooting exhibition. In the afternoon win over Memorial the Lions hit an amazing 31 of 51 fom the field for 61 per cent. They came back with 33 of 64 Saturday night for 52 per cent. For the day it totaled out to 64 of 115, an excellent 56 per cent.
Leo C. “Cabby” O’Neill, athletic director at Jasper High School, has announced the 1970 baseball, track, golf and tennis schedules for the Wildcats. The golf team, coached by Don Hayes, will be the first spring team to see action when they host Goshen in a dual match at the Jasper Country Club on Tuesday, March 24. The baseball team, coached again this year by Don Noblitt, will open the season March 26 at Overton High School, in Nashville, Tenn. The doubleheader will be the first two of six games scheduled in Tennessee during their season-opening road trip. The Wildcat trackmen of Jerry Brewer will first see action on March 28 in the Hoosier Relays in Bloomington. Coach Ed Yarbrough’s tennis squad will open its season April 9 at Tell City.
With just a few exceptions, life in Dubois County is back to near-normal today after the heaviest snowfall of the winter on Tuesday. Ed Seng, superintendent of the Jasper Sanitary Sewer Treatment Plant, who keeps the official records for the U. S. Weather Bureau, reported this morning that four inches of the “white stuff” fell in the Jasper area before the rains came. Seng reported a total water equivalent of .76 inches in the combination of rain and snow. Snowfall in the southern section of Dubois County was reported considerably heavier.
Being alert and fleet of foot on the part of two teen-age boys helped apprehend two juvenile trespassers Saturday afternoon in Huntingburg. When 19-year old Bill Rasche and Dean Pryor heard a noise in a back room of the Huntingburg Locker, where they were working, they investigated. In doing so they surprised two young boys who were searching through drawers, apparently looking for something of value. When the boys realized they were “caught in the act’ they took off running. Pryor caught up with one of the boys. Syl Rasche, owner of the Huntingburg Locker, called city police. Unable to reach them, he called state police who were able to contact the Huntingburg patrolman. The boy who was caught, gave police the name of his companion who had escaped. What the young intruders didn’t know was that Rasche and Pryor were members of the Ireland track team.
Indiana had at least 31,308 individual income taxpayers last year who paid taxes on adjusted incomes of $25,000 or more, including an undetermined number of millonaires. Among those, 164 reside in Dubois County. This figure and other data about the income of Hoosiers were contained in a report made public today by the Indiana Department of Revenue. Director James Mathis said that the $25,000 and over bracket is the top on which records are kept, but that future compilations may include a higher category.
More than 500 persons attended the annual reorganization meeting of the Jasper Little League in the gym at Fifth Street School Friday night. Bryant Eckert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Eckert, was presented with the annual Rex Critchlow Award by Maury Lueken. Bill Alles, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome “Chick” Alles, was presented with the first annual Myron Fetcher Award by Charles Doxsee of Reed, Michigan, who at one time, was Fetcher’s manager in the Jasper Little League.
• 25 Years Ago
March 20, 1995
In her own revision of the Star Trek prologue, Brittany Voelkel has “boldly gone where no (fifth grade) kid has gone before.” She hasn’t explored other galaxies, but in the nerve-racking world of spelling bees, the Dubois Middle School student has become a force for seventh-and-eighth graders to reckon with. After winning the Dubois County bee last month, Brittany, 10, placed second at the Tri-State bee Saturday in Evansville. No fifth-grader ever made it that far. “She was such an underdog. This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to our family,” said Brittany’s grandmother, Frances Bauer, who has raised Brittany since her mother, Kathy, died of cancer eight years ago.
The Southwest school corporation’s plans to deal with overcrowding are still largely up in the air, but one thing is certain: 6th-graders will remain at the middle school. The decision was announced at Monday night’s school board meeting to cheers and applause from middle school faculty and staff. “Thank you for the vote of confidence,” said principal Al Mihajlovits. Over the past month, board members met three times with representatives from the middle school, discussing enrollment projections as well as the educational needs of sixth graders to determine if they should stay at the middle school. But after looking at enrollment figures and talking with teachers, the board saw reasons to keep the middle school intact.
Renovating the Dubois County courthouse should make it comply with current building codes and laws but the project must also be cost effective for the taxpayers’ benefit, county officials said at a special county council meeting with the county commissioners Tuesday afternoon. Something must be done because the courthouse, as it stands now, does not comply with the Americans with Disabilites Act and fire/public safety codes, said commissioners’ president Gene Hopf. The commissioners first looked at just bringing the building into compliance but then decided to take it a step further and look at future needs of the total courthouse, Hopf said. A consultant did a space utilization study and came up with several options.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are construction workers from Custom Coasters who were installing wooden track on The Raven, Holiday World’s new roller coaster, Wednesday morning. The largest wooden roller coaster in Indiana and Kentucky will feature 86-and 61-foot drops, a 120-foot long tunnel and a sharp turn over Lake Rudolph during the 2-minute, half-mile ride. Dan Frazier of Cincinnati is shown drilling bolt holes through six layers of wooden track and supports. Matt Sedlacek of Logansport and Jim Peterson of Muskegon, Michigan are also pictured working. The $2 million ride is ahead of schedule for the park’s May 6 opening.
Two area basketball players will be participating in contests at the IHSAA’s state finals today. Josh Bolin, a 6-foot-1 senior at Northeast Dubois High School, will in the slam dunk contest. Pike Central’s Brad Weisman will be in the 3-point shooting contest. Bolin and Weisman will be competing against athletes from schools that feed into the Evansville Semistate. Bolin and Weisman are representing the Southridge sectional in the competition. The four semistate winners will then compete for a state title Saturday.
Funding for a new St. Nicholas Catholic Church at Santa Claus has been secured and construction will begin in May. Groundbreaking is set for May 24. The $1,132,000 project received a big boost in December when Kimball International’s Habig Foundation offered a $60,000 challenge to go with challenges of $30,000 each from two couples in the St. Nicholas congregation. Completion of those challenges by March 1 brought total support to 80 percent of the needed money, qualifying the project for a final 20 percent loan from the Evansville Diocese. On March 2, Bishp Gerald A. Gettlefinger authorized the project to go forward. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 6:30 p. m. Wednesday, May 24, at the church site on State Road 245 in Santa Claus.
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