Looking Back 3/21March 20, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 21, 1955
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Albert T. Rumbach, publisher of the Daily Herald, and J. L. O’Sullivan, dean of the college of journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee. They are looking over the bronze plaque, “The By-Line Award”, which was presented Sunday morning to Mr. Rumbach in recognition “of the performance of competent journalism through the years.” The By-Line Award, which has been presented annually since 1946, was presented to Mr. Rumbach largely on the strength of his front page column, Hark The Herald, which has appeared in the Herald since it became a daily in 1946. Among Mr. Rumbach’s guests were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rumbach and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rumbach of Jasper, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Higgins of Milwaukee, Mrs. Esther Kramer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kramer and Mr. and Mrs. Mac Fischer of Chicago.
The two-story plant of DuCrafts, Inc., in Huntingburg was totally destroyed by a fire that broke out some time after midnight last night and threatened to spread to nearby buildings. Firemen from Huntingburg were aided by fireman from Dale, Holland and Jasper in battling the fire in a very high wind. The nearby city hall building was twice set ablaze, and the home of Mrs. Charles H. Klein was in danger for some time during the height of the fire. W. E. Menke, who is the secretary-treasurer of DuCrafts, told the Herald this morning that he estimates the loss of the building at $15,000 to $18,000, and loss on equipment at about $25,000. The loss was partly covered by insurance.
It appears to hang in the balance today whether Huntingburg will acquire a lighting system for night baseball at Municipal Park. A General Electric representative from Evansville spoke before a public meeting last night at the city hall and estimated the cost of the lighting project at $12,000. This would call for 10 poles with a total of 120 bulbs. Mayor Orval Kemp opened the meeting. The civil city budgeted $2,000 for lights at Municipal Park, in addition to which amount the city would furnish the poles and the labor of installing them. According to the lighting proposal, the cost of the project would have to be divided among civil city, school city and the Merchants I-K League baseball club and businessmen.
Two Ferdinand men, Ralph Olinger and Romus Mehling, have formed a partnership in that community and have gone into the plumbing business. They are currently erecting a 20x40 concrete block building on Virginia Street, in the north section of Ferdinand, to house the business. The Kohler line is included among the fixtures they will carry. Before going into the new business Ralph Olinger had been employed as a plumber for nine years by the Dubois County Machine Company. Romus Mehling was the superintendent of the Marengo Furniture Company plant until it was destroyed by fire last Feb. 14. He had worked for two years at the Marengo plant, and before that was employed for 26 years by the Ferdinand Furniture Company, which owned the Marengo plant.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Jasper High School Band. They are shown as they took advantage of some nice weather one afternoon this week to get in some marching practice in preparation for their trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D. D., next week. The band members will board school busses at 11:45 A. M. next Tuesday for Washington, Indiana, where they will board the train for the capital.
Alice Louise Weisman, who two weeks ago won the Dubois County spelling championship, was the runner-up at the Tri-State Spelling contest held yesterday at Evansville College. Alice lost to Patricia Uselton of Shawneetown, Ill., when she failed to spell correctly the word “expletive”. There were 21 contestants, all trying for the championship that meant a trip to Washington and a chance for the national title. Alice Weisman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Weisman of R. 3, Huntingburg. She was accompanied to the contest yesterday by her mother, her teacher, Mrs. Ted Uebelhor of Huntingburg, her brother, James, and Mrs. Robert McDaniel of Jasper.
• 50 Years Ago
March 23, 1970
Miss Clara Kunkel, 75, of 321 East Eighth St., Jasper, died at 6:25 p. m. Saturday in Memorial Hospital. She was released from the hospital on March 14 and readmitted last Saturday morning. On May 24, 1961, the closing day of school, she said goodbye to her pupils at West Fifth Street School and retired after having taught continuously for 48 years. On the following Monday night the PTO of Fifth Street School sponsored a public reception in her honor in the school’s dining room. Those who attended included many of her former pupils. For the last 39 years of her teaching career she taught pupils in the Jasper public school system. She started to teach in 1913 and never missed a day in the classroom except to attend funerals or other events in her family or relationship that required her presence. When she started to teach in 1913 her salary was $265 for the six-months term.
Coach Don Noblitt and his JHS baseball team will leave Jasper at 3:30 p. m. Wednesday en route for Nashville, Tenn., where they will play six baseball games Thursday, Friday and Saturday , during a season opening “spring training” baseball trip. The entire trip, something new for an area baseball team, has been financed with funds raised by the players and the players’ parents for the past nine months. No money from the athletic fund is being used. A total of 19, possibly 20, players will make the trip along with coach Noblitt and his assistant, Rex May. Players making the trip are: Gary Corbin, Jeff Hochgesang, Jim Wenzel, Gary Stratman, Ken Menner, Slick Webber, Kevin Manley, Mark Schneider, Tom Wilz, Steve Seger, Greg Berger, Terry Fleck, Lee Boehm, Bob “Chick” Alles, Mike Englert Tom Fischer, Wayne Bailey, Steve Mehringer, and Dan Fleck. A 20th player may be named to the varsity roster before departing. Senior student manager Glenn Seger will also go.
Howard Yenowine, the supervisor of the crew leaders of the 1970 census in Dubois County, reported that some Jasper residents are under the impression that they have already been enumerated. Yenowine said that when some of the local people who will begin collecting the info for the census on April 1 called at Jasper homes for the purpose of getting in some practice enumeration work they were told that a man had already been there and taken down vital information. According to Michael Martin, the executive director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, the confusion is no doubt resulting from the fact that Dale Huber of Indianapolis several days ago started to call on Jasper homes to gather information to be used in a city directory to be published by R. L. Polk and Company.
John Bueltel, Steve Keusch, Tim Klem, Mark Leinenbach, Kenny Sander, Jim Seitz, Stan Terwiske, Kenny Rasche, Don Schwenk, Rolly Terwiske, Greg Wehr, Steve Mehringer and Greg Burger, all members of what will apparently be the last Ireland Spuds basketball team, were honored Wednesday night along with their coaches at the annual Lions Club Banquet in Ireland. Ireland High School is scheduled to merge with Jasper this coming fall. The principal speaker for the evening was Johnny Oldham, the head basketball coach at Western Kentucky. Bob Easterday coached the Spuds to a 10-10 regular season mark this year.
Jasper Mayor Jack E. Newton will be the guest on a half-hour radio program Saturday, discussing the air-pollution problem in the city. The program, to be aired at 12:30 p. m. on WITZ AM & FM, will feature the mayor being quizzed by Jack Rumbach, editor of the DAILY HERALD, and Bob Boyles, WITZ news director. The program will attempt to answer many of the questions which have been posed by the public concerning the pollution problem in the area.
Pictured in this issue are two Ireland High school students- — Jerry Wehr and Steve Gress. These boys have been selected to represent Ireland High School at Hoosier Boys State, which is held annually to give high school students an opportunity to become familiar with our national, state and local governments. Jerry ranks first in the junior class at the present time and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wehr. Steve ranks second in the class and is the son of Wilfred Gress. The Ireland Lions Club will sponsor Jerry’s trip and Steve will be sponsored by the Ireland K of C. Kenny Rasche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Rasche, was chosen as the alternate.
• 25 Years Ago
March 27, 1995
With several seconds remaining and Brian Huebner at the line, Tim Tooley stood at halfcourt and soaked it all up. The University of Southern Indiana freshman and 1994 graduate of Southridge High School was living a piece of history as a member of the 1995 NCAA Division II national champions. “I was happy to get in and be a part of it,” Tooley said following the Scramin” Eagles 71-63 come-from-behind win over California-Riverside. “There were times during the season when I would get disappointed because I wasn’t getting the playing time that I had hoped to get. “Now, though, I see it as a year that wasn’t wasted. It was a great experience.”
Fire spread from a cracked chimney into the attic of a two-story wood-frame farmhouse this morning, causing extensive damage. Valentine and Delores Stetter and three of their grown children lived in the house along Ferdinand Road NW about two miles southeast of Huntingburg. Valentine Stetter had lived in the home since he was a baby. No one was hurt in the blaze. The Stetters discovered the fire after their smoke detectors went off and they saw smoke coming into the home from the chimney, said Fire Chief Glen Kissling. Sixteen Huntingburg firefighters were at the scene 31⁄2 hours with three trucks.
The honors and accolades just keep coming for Jasper’s Michael Lewis. The Wildcats’ 6-foot-2 junior guard was named to the Associated Press All-State basketball second team Tuesday. “This is a great honor for me and the team,” said Lewis. “To be mentioned in the top ten in the state for me, coming from southern Indiana, is a great honor.” “I played with, and against, mostly all of those guys on all three AP teams. I think they know what I can do and I know what they can do. It’s just nice to have my name mentioned.” Lewis was among the top scorers in the state this season with a 27.1 points per game average. The standout playmaker, a three-year starter, holds JHS records for most free throws in a season (162), most points in a season (677), most field goals in a season (205) and highest scoring average in a season (27.1).
A grand jury is being called to investigate the cause of an arson fire Sept. 11 that claimed the lives of a Jasper business woman and a 5-year-old Petersburg girl and harmed seven others. Angela Houston, 23, and Cara Abell were found dead in an apartment rented by Abell’s father above the Silver Dollar Saloon, Main Street. They died of smoke inhalation. “We will impanel the grand jury today,” said Pike County Prosecutor Jeffrey Biesterveld. They will meet several times during April to hear testimony about the circumstances surrounding the fire, he said.
In softball, at Huntingburg, Southridge, a 1-15 team in its first season last year, picked up a huge win in the season opener by downing Jasper in extra innings, 10-9. “This was a heckuva win for us,” said Southridge coach John Blemker. Southridge’s Jennifer Keusch (1-0) picked up the win, fanning seven Jasper batters in the process. Each Southridge starter got a hit while ten different Raiders crossed the plate.
The total assets of Citizens Bank of Jasper grew by $10.7 million to $82.8 million for an increase of 14.9 percent during the fiscal year 1994. According to bank president Joseph P. Miller, the bank’s net income, excluding the change in income tax accounting, was the best in its history in 1994.
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