Looking Back: 3/2

John Richardson of Jasper, 6, took advantage of the spring-like temperatures 25 years ago by frolicking on a trampoline in the backyard of Clarence and Patricia Adams of Jasper. The Adamses were babysitting for Richardson. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published Feb. 18, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
March 1, 1954

Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Winslow Eskimos, who improved their record to 21-3, when they defeated the French Lick Red Devils 67-53 to win the Huntingburg sectional for the first time since 1951.The following players are pictured: Harry Nelson, Charles Sims, Frank Evans, Carrol Edrington, Charles Young, Tom Nordhorn, Wayne Griffith, Larry Carter, Lawrence Myers and Mike Doris. Also pictured is coach Kern McGlothlin. In addition to their win in the championship game, Winslow defeated Birdseye 86-42, Dubois 59-46 and Huntingburg 56-48. The Eskimos now face the Vincennes Alices in the first game of Saturday’s regional, which will also be played at Huntingburg. 

March 2

On Sunday evening the 12 members of the Jasper Wildcat basketball team and their dates enjoyed a chicken dinner at the Dubois County Country Club, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. George Litchfield. It marked the fifth time that the Litchfields have given a chicken dinner to the Cats following sectional play. It all started back in 1949. At that time, the couple’s son, Bill, was a member of the team. The Litchfield home was a popular gathering place for team members. One afternoon before the sectional Mr. Litchfield remarked to his son ånd Dimp Steftenagel that if they won the sectional he would treat the whole team and their girls to a chicken feed. Dimp said the team would not only take the sectional, but the state too. He was only kidding, however, that’s the way it turned out. And every time the team went a step farther, the Litchfields footed the bill for another dinner. 

March 3

Don Scism, 61-year-old retired editor of the Evansville Courier, and his wife, Opal, 53, were killed yesterday in a three-car crash on a narrow bridge five miles northeast of Petersburg. Indiana State Police said Scism was killed instantly when his car was struck by a tractor-trailor and pickup truck on the State Road 57 bridge over the White River. Mrs. Scism, who was driving the family car, died later in the Daviess County Hospital at Washington. Scism, a Courier editorial staff member since 1920, retired Jan. 1, and has just returned from a seven-week vacation in Florida. His brother, Dan, is the sports editor of the Courier. 

March 4

The Huntingburg Business and Professional Men’s Association has solicited donations from the town’s business places in order to purchase waterproof bunting and other materials with which to decorate the downtown business district of Huntingburg in preparation for the regional tourney next Saturday. So far, about 50 merchants have contributed to the fund. Lee Henderson, who is in charge of the decorating job, said the decrations will be put up tomorrow.

On Monday afternoon the Jasper fireman made a run to the Alvin Ruxer garage on south Main only to discover that nobody there knew anything about a fire. A little investigation disclosed that a phone operator had misunderstood a phone patron while he was trying to call the garage. Apparently, he said “Five, Ruxer Garage” and she understood him to say “Fire, Ruxer Garage” The Ruxer phone number is Five.   

March 5

Principal E. H. Loehr of Huntingburg High School, host of the IHSAA sectional tournament played last week, today released the financial report and listed total receipts as $15,142. Expenses other than transportation and lodging amounted to $2,314.56. Attendance (gross) was 35,639, with 5,674 season tickets sold. Gym capacity for tourney play is 6,260. Division of receipts by the schools participating was as follows: Birdseye, $316.21, Dubois, $468.57; French Lick, $739.36, Holland, $229.97, Huntingburg, $727.30, Ireland, $267.34, Jasper,  $1379.86, Otwell, $474.31, Spurgeon, $189.72, Stendal, $126.48, West Baden, $330.58 and Winslow $678.41.

March 6

Despite the recent heavy rains, Ferdinand is still facing a water shortage. The situation is so acute, in fact, that the town board has declared a state of emergency exists and declared that it is imperative that work begin as soon as possible on the construction of a reservior. Money for the project is being raised by public subscription. All citizens contributing to the project will be reimbursed fom the sale of water works bonds.

50 Years Ago
March 3, 1969   

The Springs Valley Blackhawks used a stingy zone defense to humiliate the Holland Dutchmen, 54-34, Saturday night and emerge as the 1969 Huntingburg sectional champs. It was Valley’s first sectional triumph since 1966, but it was their fourth title in six years at Huntingburg. Valley, now 18-5 for the season, moves on to the Huntigburg regional next Saturday to face the New Albany Bulldogs. Holland finished the season with a 19-4 record. Classes were dismissed this morning at Otwell High School following an assembly in the school gym to honor the Otwell Millers basketball team for their victory Saturday night in the Washington sectional. It was the first sectional championship in the history of Otwell. Otwell defeated North Daviess, 80-77, in the championship game after downing Barr-Reeve, 54-39, Saturday afternoon. The Millers, now 20-3 for the season, will meet the undefeated Vincennes Alices in the first game on Saturday at Washington. 

March 4

Jane Hochgesang, 18, of Rt. 3, Huntingburg, has won a $50 gift certificate, first prize, in the annual sectional contest sponsored by the The Modern and The Squire Shop in Jasper. Miss Hochgesang was one of 437 entrants to pick the Springs Valley Blackhawks as the tourney champions and one of 160 persons to correctly predict the outcome of all seven games in the sectional. Actually, she was the second closest in predicting the final scores, but will receive first prize. A woman from the West Baden community was closer, but failed to list her age, violating one of the rules of the contest.

The board of school trustees of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation met Monday evening and decided to employ a registered nurse starting next September. The recommendation was made by Supt. William Schnute.

March 5

Jeff Inman, St. Benedict College’s pint-sized sharpshooting guard from North Vernon, tossed in 30 points Tuesday night against Marian College at Indianapolis, but the Barons suffered a 100-79 defeat in their season  finale. Inman, a sophomore, canned 11 field goals and eight of 10 free throws to hit the 30-point plateau. The loss drops the Barons to 7-14 for the season, their first season against regular college competition. Marian finished the season with a 12-12 mark.

March 6

Members of the Indiana State Teachers’ Association have been urged to boycott their classrooms Friday to dramatize ISTA’s demands for more state aid to public schools. The 26-member ISTA board of directors last night approved a resolution calling for a one-day “professional day of protest” in the form of a work stoppage. A check with school officials in Dubois County indicates that all schools will be open as usual and many of the teachers are expected to be on hand. Wes Settle, president of the Classroom Teachers Association in the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, said a poll asking if teachers would support a boycott if at least 51 percent of the rest of the teachers in Indiana walked out.  Of the 76 teachers participating, 80 percent voted to support the stoppage in this event. 

March 7 

Pictured on the sports page in this issue is the Leinenbach’s Cafe team, which defeated Keusch Brothers, 74-64, Thursday night to win the 1969 Jasper City League basketball tourney. Team members include: Leroy Taylor, Lee Kavanaugh, Junie Himsel, Jeff Mackey, Dave Eckerle, Mike Soellner, Wif Begle, Ed Strange and Chesty Luegers. Three Leinebach players were in double figures in the tourney championship, including Lee Kavanugh with 22, Chesty Luegers with 19 and Jeff Mackey, who chipped in with 16. Pat Schitter led Keusch with 15 while Ron Dodson and Stan Sermersheim each tossed in 14.

March 8

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Mrs. Fred Hoffman Sr., who will mark her 101st birthday tomorrow. She is pictured with her great-granddaughter, Dawn Heichelbech. A family gathering in honor of the birthday anniversary will be held at the Hoffman farm, 31⁄2 miles northwest of Ferdinand, where Mrs. Hoffman has resided since her marriage at the age of 25, on Nov. 22, 1892, to Fred Hoffman, Sr. Sharing the home with her at present are her son, Fred Ackerman Jr., a former county commissioner; his wife, Merceda; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heichelbech and daughter, Dawn. 

25 Years Ago
February 28, 1994

Two jail officers have been sworn in as probationary deputy sheriffs. Timothy D. Lampert, 25, Jasper, a graduate of Northeast Dubois High School, attended Vincennes University Jasper Center and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s Jail Officer School. He is the son of Dennis and Linda Lampert. Christopher W. Tanner, 26, Jasper, a Jasper High School grad, attended the University of Indianapolis and IUPUI and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s Jail Officer School. He is the son of Terry and Jackie Tanner and is married to the former Audrey Miller. They have a daughter Elizabeth.

March 1

Mark R. Rubino and Zeke R. Ziliak have been named finalists  in the 1994 National Merit Scholarship competition, placing in the top half of one percent of U. S. high school graduating seniors. Finalists are now being considered for national merit scholarships, other merit scholarships and corporate scholarship programs. Rubino is the son of William and Janice Rubino of 451 West 33rd St., Jasper. Ziliak is the son of John and Kathleen Ziliak of 931 E. 300 N, Jasper. 

March 2

You won’t find Obninsk on old maps of Russia — until the breakup of the Soviet Union, it was a “secret city”where some of the nation’s top researchers lived and worked. This past Christmas, however, Obninsk shared its secrets with a group of students from the University of Evansville, including freshman Kristy Bryan, of Jasper. Bryan, the daughter of Dr. Thomas and Miriam Bryan, was in Russia from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. The university’s Neu Chapel sponsored the trip. “We were scheduled to go to the city of Borovsk,” Bryan says. “We were supposed to restore an orphanage there that had some problems with its roof and other things. But the orphanage’s roof collapsed, making work impossible. The group ended up in Obninsk, visiting children’s hospitals and orphanages, meeting other teenagers and learning about Russia firsthand. 

March 3

One of Dubois  County’s five ambulances will be stationed in Dubois beginning this summer, a long-awaited move that will save precious minutes during emergencies. It now about takes 20 minutes for an ambulance to reach Dubois from Memorial Hospital in Jasper, says Dubois assistant fire chief Ray Brinkman, who will supervise the ambulance service. The ambulance will be located in the Dubois fire station. Nineteen people, including members of the Dubois and Haysville First Responders and people from the community are being trained to operate the ambulance, Brinkman said.

March 4

No new applications surfaced before the Indiana Gaming Commission’s noon deadline today, so the Patoka Lake riverboat referendum will NOT appear on ballots in Dubois or Orange counties this spring. It will appear on ballots in Crawford County, however, because Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Miss., paid $50,000 in Indianapolis last month to apply for a gaming license. The company plans a $60 million gaming complex near Leavenworth on the Ohio River in Crawford County. 

March 5

Daniel W. Hasenour of Dogwood Animal Clinic attended the 66th annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last month. The purpose of the conference was to up-date veterinarians with the latest information on medicine, instruments, procedures, etc., for the benefit of animals. 

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