Looking Back: 3/20

Ireland Elementary students left school early, but had to plunge through the flying snow to get to the buses that would carry them home 25 years ago. The storm blasted southwestern Indiana earlier than expected, and schools responded by dismissing early in hopes of getting students home safely before the roads became impassable. Jasper reported a foot of snow and Huntingburg 11 ½ inches by early that morning. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published March 20, 1996.

By BOB ALLES
news@dcherald.com


65 Years Ago

March 19, 1956

Dennis Keller, manager of radio station WITZ, was elected assistant treasurer of the Indiana Broadcasters Association at the annual meeting held last Friday at the Columbia Club at Indianapolis. Gil Berry of WIBC, Indianapolis, was elected president of the group. Mr. Keller joined the staff of the local station in January, 1949, six months after it went on the air, and was employed as a salesman of the radio at the time until he was appointed manager in September of 1953.   

March 20

Jim Leas, sports and wire editor of the Daily Herald for the past three years, has accepted a position as night editor of the Crawfordsville Journal-Review. In addition, he will serve as athletic publicity director for Wabash College, which is located in Crawfordsville. Jim, who started with the Daily Herald on January 29, 1953, will conclude his duties here on Thursday and will assume his new position in Crawfordsville next week. A graduate of Indiana University where he received a master’s degree in journalism in 1935, Jim came to Jasper from Bicknell. The Leas family is currently residing in Otwell, where Mrs. Leas is a teacher at Otwell High School. At the conclusion of the school term, she and the couple’s two daughters, Judy and Linda, will join him in Crawfordsville.

March 21

Two Greyhound buses loaded with Louisville residents went to Ireland last Saturday afternoon to help the folks in the Madison township village celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. About 300 persons attended the program in the gym. Junie Wigand, a member of the Ireland High School faculty, welcomed the visitors and explained how Ireland received its name. He said it was first called American City, but the post office objected to this, since there was already an Indiana community by that name. It was then named Ireland in honor of John Stewart, who bought the land from the government in 1816. Colonel Kenneth Albert Miller of Louisville, picked Irma Rohleder out of the audience to be crowned Irish Day Queen of Ireland, Ind.   

March 22

Pictured on the front page of this issue are government heads of 14 communities. They are shown on the steps of the American Legion Home in Jasper yesterday afternoon after attending a meeting to discuss the daylight saving time question. Those pictured include: R. Vance Hartke, Evansville; Leo Bartley, president of the Ferdinand town board; P. C. Giltner, Huntingburg; Ivan Brinegar, Bedford; Ed Lorey, Jasper; Nick Beumel, Tell City; Frank Steinsberger, Cannelton; Bob Moore, Bicknell; L. T. Wampler, Vincennes; Ott Frye, Washington; Ralph Wiltsie, Princeton; L. Carol Thomas, Petersburg; Albert Ashley, Boonville and Fred O’Maley, Loogootee.    

March 23

Rex Critchlow, 59, a former police chief of Jasper, and a long-time backer of Junior Legion baseball in this community, died at 6:55 this morning in Memorial Hospital as a result of cancer of the pancreas. Mr. Critchlow was employed in the finishing department of the Hoosier Desk Company from 1921 to 1945. On Sept. 4, 1945, he was named assistant to Police Chief Louie Kreilein. The following Nov. 1 he was named police chief when Mr. Kreilein resigned to manage the Schnitzelbank Cafe in Little Kentucky. Last December he started working for the Credit Bureau of Dubois County, in which his son, Dennis, is a partner. Rex played baseball with the Jasper Reds for 10 years. He served for 20 years as manager of the Junior Legion baseball team in Jasper. His teams won 13 sectionals, five regionals and the 1933 state championship. A true lover of baseball, Rex most assuredly was the outstanding figure in a “golden age” of baseball in Jasper.   

March 24

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Marie Nesthus, who yesterday won the Tri-State Spelling Bee. She is shown proudly showing off her prize, a radio, to the other members of her family last night. Others pictured include Mr. Nesthus, who is holding his daughter, Judy; Mrs. Nesthus and, another daughter, Betty. Marie eliminated 23 more students yesterday in the contest held at Evansville and sponsored by the Evansville Press. Marie will next appear in competition when she engages in the national spelling contest in Washington, D. C., the week of May 14. The Evansville Press will pay her expenses, and also the expenses of one escort. Her mother will accompany her.      

50 Years Ago

March 22, 1971

Dubois County’s traffic fatality toll for 1971 rose to five Saturday night when three young Dubois County residents were fatally injured in a two-car crash a mile south of Jasper on U. S. 231. Dead are Donald Schuetz, 20, son of Mrs. Eleanora Schuetz of 411 Washington Street, Huntingburg; Miss Mary Agnes Berger, 17, daughter of Mrs. Loretta Berger of 1422 Main St., Jasper, a passenger in his car; and Donald Wahl, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wahl of West Fourth Street, Huntingburg, the driver of the other car. Steven Houchin, 18, a passenger in the Wahl automobile, suffered a pelvic fracture and other injuries. He is in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Huntingburg, where his condition this morning was described as satisfactory. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Houchin, of R. 2,Huntingburg.   

March 23

Robert E. (Bob) Parker, who served 15 years as chief of police under three administrations, today announced that he has filed his candidacy for the office of Mayor of Jasper, subject to the Democratic primary election. A native of Jasper, the 57-year-old former law officer was first appointed to the Jasper Police Department on Sept. 5, 1946, by Mayor Herbert Thyen. In January 1952, Mayor Edward J. Lorey named him Chief of Police. He was subsequently re-appointed to this position by Mayor Edwin Knies in 1960 and Mayor Jack Newton in 1964. In 1967, he resigned to enter private business. He is married to the former Frances Gale of Reno, Nevada. They have one son, Robert W. Parker. 

March 24

George St. Angelo, who retired last August after operating St. Angelo’s Store in Huntingburg for many years, has been appointed executive secretary and treasurer of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. St. Angelo will occupy an office in the new Huntingburg City Building on Fourth Street. Office hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the office being closed from noon until 1 p.m. St. Angelo, a native of Wisconsin, attended North Central College. He has resided in Huntingburg since 1919. St. Angelo is credited with being instrumental in securing the Gossard Company, the new St. Joseph’s Hospital, several state highways in Dubois County, and the Huntingburg High School gym, which at the time of its construction, was the largest in Indiana. 

March 25

Don Seufert, president of the Ferdinand Town Board, served as master of ceremonies at the basketball banquet at the Ferdinand American Legion Home and opened the program by briefly recalling highlights in the 20-year history of the Ferdinand Crusaders. This is expected to be the last Sportsmanship Banquet for the Crusaders, with the consolidation of Ferdinand and Birdseye high schools anticipated next fall. The new school will be known as Forest Park with the athletic teams being nicknamed the Rangers. Assistant coach Jim Hagedorn introduced members of the junior varsity and thanked them for their cooperation. Freshman coach Jim Peacock spoke for his squad which won its first 10 games and finished with a 15-2 record. The evening closed with the five senior members of the varsity team presenting a plaque to Coach Larry Klein. Pat Lueken, speaking for the team, praised Coach Klein for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the team, school and community. 

March 26   

Wayne Bailey, three-year veteran for the Jasper High School basketball team, Thursday was named to the All-SIAC first team for the second year in a row. Bailey, a 6-6 1/2 senior, was one of six seniors named to the first team. Six additional seniors were placed on the second team. Both squads were picked by the conference coaches. Joining Bailey on the first team were Steve Lochmueller of Tell City, who was also named all-conference for the second straight year, Harold Miles of North, Mark Helfrich of Reitz, John Willett of Central and Mike Darrett of Bosse. Bailey, who has received letters from more than 200 colleges and universities seeking his talents for college ball, scored 528 points this past season to finish with a three-year career total of 1,152 points for the Wildcats, the second highest career total in history at JHS.

March 27

Pictured in this issue is Wilby Dorsam of Haysville. Dorsam is showing off the unusually large beaver that he caught in his fish net and drowned in the White River earlier this week. The beaver was 44 inches long, weighed 57 1/2 pounds and had a tail 6 3/4 inches wide!Also pictured in this issue is a snow bunny in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Smith in Holland Friday. Chances are that this bunny didn’t survive the afternoon sunshine, but if it did he’s certainly doomed this weekend as temperatures are expected to hit highs in the 60’s today and 70’s on Sunday.   

25 Years Ago

March 25, 1996

The Jasper High School third-year German class will appear on international television Tuesday morning via a satellite broadcast on Deutsche Welle TV from Berlin, Germany. The students will be interviewed on the program Boulevard Germany about 11:30 a.m. by speakerphone from principal Bob Johnson’s office. The students were chosen to participate from a contest sponsored by the program in November. The class sent pictures of the students, the school, St. Joseph Church, and the Dubois County courthouse to Deutsche Welle TV. Those pictures will be broadcast during the students’ interview along with a map of the United States pointing out Jasper’s location.   

March 26

Sultan’s Run Golf course in Jasper has announced that it will undertake major improvements this spring and summer to upgrade its golf course. “We plan to renovate all existing bunkers, add new bunkers, and improve a few of our greens and green surrounds to bring the golf course up to championship quality,” said Allen Sternberg, general partner of Sultan’s Run. The renovation project is scheduled to be completed by August 1. Tim Liddy, a golf course designer from Muncie, Ind., will oversee the project that begins April 1. He is currently working on the remodeling of the FortHarrison State Park Golf Course in Indianapolis.   

March 27

Jasper High School’s Michael Lewis reigns as the 1995-96 IHSAA boys basketball scoring champion with a 31.5 point average. His total of 852 points in 27 games this season was the most in the state since former Mr. Basketball Pat Graham of Floyd Central scored 864 in 27 games during the 1988-89 season. Lewis’ 1995-96 total ranks 16th on the all-time season list. His career total of 2,138 in 94 games ranks in a three-way tie with Rich Mount of Lebanon (1989) and Kenny Rowan of Northview (1989) for 12th on the state chart.   

March 28

Jane Dall, a senior at Forest Park High School, Ferdinand, was among the nine Indiana high school seniors who will be awarded scholarships during the 26th annual Eisenhower Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Jordan Hall on the campus of Butler University, Indianapolis. The award winners will receive $10,000 scholarships over a four-year periodwhile attending their chosen college or university. She is the daughter of Norbert and Carol Dall of Ferdinand.   

March 29

Huntingburg’s underground storage field saved the city $97,000 between November and February, but it could do much better. Utility board members Thursday discussed problems causing the field to operate at only 24% of its potential. Cheaper gas is bought and injected into the 646-acre field southwest of town during the summer. The city did its injecting last summer when prices were at $1.78 per 1,000 cubic feet of gas. Prices went up to $6.15 per cubic feet of gas over the winter. The field consists of multiple wells, but they just don’t allow the city to inject and withdraw the gas fast enough. Superintendent Jesse Walters wants to spend $150,000 to drill a 1,000-foot horizontal well that could greater amounts of gas in and out.   

March 30

Three Wildcats won multiple events to pace Jasper to a season-opening victory over host Vincennes Lincoln and Pike Central in a triangular track meet Friday. Jamie Scheu won three events and Natalie Seidl and Diane Seng each won two as the Wildcats totaled 88 points to run away with the victory. Vincennes finished second with 52 points and Pike Central third with 16.

The Bumpers won the Huntingburg Park and Recreation Women’s Volleyball tourney and the regular season with a 35-3 record. Team members of the Bumpers are: Karen Alstadt, Jan O’Bryan, Irene Messmer, Karen Kippenbrock, Beth Gill and Cindy Broeker.    




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