Looking Back: 3/27March 25, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
March 26, 1956
The State Police and Perry County authorities are continuing their attempts to learn who fired a .22 caliber bullet that struck John W. Sprinkle, 55, of near Birdseye in the right leg yesterday afternoon. Mr. Sprinkle, who lives southeast of Birdseye, was standing beside a car in Perry County, near Uniontown, around 3:30 Sunday afternoon and talking to two other men, Maurice Reed and Alvin Cook, when the small caliber bullet struck him in the right leg just above the knee. The shot apparently was fired from not far away, since Mr. Sprinkle said he heard the shot. He was taken to Stork Memorial Hospital by Mr. Reed and Mr. Cook. Dr. H. K. Stork said the bullet passed through the leg without hitting a bone, but the wound caused a severe loss of blood.
The I-K baseball league will open officially on Sunday, May 6, it was decided last night at the final organizational meeting of the loop at the American Legion Home in Jasper. A 56-game schedule — same as in the past — was drawn up by representatives of the eight teams who make up the league’s board of directors. Each club will play 14 games, two each with the other seven teams in the circuit. A Shaughnessy playoff will follow the regular season, but the date has not been set for it. Sunbeam of Evansville, which does not have a regular park, and Tell City, are the only teams in the circuit without facilities for playing after dark. The I-K League, the oldest semi-pro loop in the area, will play its 11th consecutive season this summer.
Wilbur Siebert, 54, proprietor of the Modern Clothing Store in Jasper, is still unconscious in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis as the result of a cerebral hemorrhage which he suffered Tuesday morning. Mr. Siebert had driven alone to Indianapolis to attend the annual convention of the Indiana Beer Distributors Association. He was driving his car out of a parking garage because he was told that all parking spaces had been taken when he suffered the hemorrhage. His car rolled down the slight incline leading to the street and bumped into a parked car. By a coincidence, three men who knew Mr. Siebert came along about this time and identified him. They were Leo J. Stemle, formerly of Jasper, and a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission; and LeRay Olinger and “Lefty” Gress of Huntingburg. Mr. Stemle made arrangements for Mr. Siebert to be admitted to the hospitaland then secured a doctor for him.
Robert F. Schnaus, chairman of Jasper’s Utility Service Board, announced this morning that a successor has been named to take the late Adam Bishop’s place as superintendent of the municipal electric and water plants. He is Robert W. Wade, 47, of Herkimer, New York. Mr. Wade has had 25 years of experience in light and power work, and for the past 4 1/2 years has served as power and water superintendent in a city of 10,000 population. He will take over his new duties as superintendent here next Tuesday. Mr. Wade’s wife and their three children will move to Jasper as soon as the school term ends. Following Mr. Bishop’s death last week, Charles “Red” Nolan, who has been employed in the local power plant for about eight years, was named as the chief engineer of the utilities.
Jerry Clark, one of the returning pitchers to the 1956 Indiana University baseball team, is being counted upon by coach Ernie Andres to become one of the mainstays of the staff. A control pitcher with a good curve, his 1955 record with the Hoosiers was four victories against three defeats. Jerry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Claud Clark of Jasper, was a star hurler for Jasper High School and later teamed upwith Bud Stieler to pitch the Jasper Reds to an I-K League pennant.
Visitors to Huntingburg’s Stork Memorial Hospital nowadays may think they need an eye exam if they see double when they pass the nursery, but they don’t. Three sets of twins are now lodged in the hospital’s nursery. Oldest are Rodney and Randall, the twin boys of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mullen, 701 Main St., Huntingburg, born on March 15. And then there are Richard and Randall Denton, born to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Denton, R. 2, Boonville, last Sunday. Most recent twins — so new that they aren’t named as yet — were the girls born today to Mr. and Mrs. Homer Barrett, R. 1, English.
50 Years Ago
March 29, 1971
Pictured in this issue is Sharon Wigand of Ireland Junior High School. She is shown posing with the exhibit which won her the Grand Award in the Junior section of the Tri-State Regional Science Fair held at Carson Center on the University of Evansville campus last Saturday. The 22nd annual fair, sponsored by the university and the Evansville Press in association with the International Science and Engineering Fair, attracted over 400 exhibitors from Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Sharon Wigand’s prize-winning entry, was entitled “Mathematical Braids,” and showed how common braiding can be explained by a mathematical formula, and with other mathematical formula other divisions can be made.
Dale Hein, head basketball coach at Birdseye High School for the past three seasons, has submitted his resignation effective at the end of the current school year. In announcing his resignation, Hein said, “The reason for my resigning this early is to give myself a chance to look for other coaching opportunities, especially of the head coaching variety. Because of the uncertainty in the Southeast District at this time, I feel that I cannot wait until later to see what transpires with the pending lawsuit in the corporation over the closing of Birdseye High School beginning with the 1971-72 school year and the possible movement of students to Ferdinand.” Hein went on to say, “I wish to thank everyonein Dubois County and the immediate area for treating me so hospitably, especially the news media. I enjoyed our relationship to the fullest and also wish to thank the many fans of Birdseye High School, as well as the boys who helped make the program the success that it was.”
The Jasper Reds semi-pro baseball team will be playing in 1971 with a new look and a number of new faces. Again this season the Reds will compete in the Lincolnland League along with Huntingburg, Ireland, Holland, Gentryville and Mariah Hill. Tryouts for the Jasper Reds will be conducted next week at Recreation Field. Among the new faces expected to be performing for the Reds this summer are Gary Corbin, Terry Fleck and Lee Boehm of Jasper, who all played for the Jasper Legion a year ago, Steve Barrett, Rick Weisman and Steve Meadors of Otwell, who also played forthe Jasper Legion a year ago and Ted Young, a 6-6 righthander who played semi-pro ball in southeastern Indiana the last two years. Young, a native of Connersville, moved to Jasper recently.
Larry Klein, head basketball coach and athletic director at Ferdinand High School for the past four seasons, has announced his resignation effective at the end of the current school term. In his letter of resignation to Supt. Earl F. Buechler and the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation board of trustees, Klein said, “The desire to spend more time working on my master’s degree is one of the major reasons for my decision. In my association with athletics at Ferdinand High School, I have certainly appreciated the fine support and cooperation of the student body, the faculty and the many local Crusader fans. My work with these people over the past few years has given me many personal rewards.” Klein commented. “My decision has not come easily. I have nothing but good things to say about the swell young men I’ve worked with at Ferdinand. All of these boys have had good character, fine attitudes, and were certainly dedicated to becoming consistent winners.”
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Jasper High Band. They are shown with the Washington Monument in the background as they perform Thursday afternoon in the Cherry Blossom Festival contest in the nation’s capital city. Saturday the band will take part in the festival parade. The 180 band members, accompanied by their directors, Donald Gamble and James Holler, and about 30 other adults, will return to Jasper Sunday afternoon and evening.
Walter H. Rubin, president of the Cross-Country Development Corp., Harrison, New York, has announced plans to construct a shopping center on a 16.61 acre tract of land north of Jasper. The proposed center will be located on the east side of U.S. 231, just north of the Evergreen Trailer Court, according to Rubin. The land is being purchased from Dr. and Mrs. Leo A. Salb. Rubin said the major tenant of the 100,000 square foot center will be a 55,000 square foot W. T. Grant store. He said the center will also include a supermarket, drug store, men’s and women’s apparel shops, shoe store, restaurant, theater and a “full complement of service and specialty stores.”
25 Years Ago
April 1, 1996
Dubois County’s two eighth-grade geography whizzes enjoyed competing in the state Geography Bee Friday, although neither placed. Ben Wissel of Southridge Middle School and Jason Gehlhausen of Forest Park Junior-Senior High advanced to the finals in Indianapolis after winning school bees and earning top scores on written exams prepared by the National Geographic Society. The state’s 100top geography students competed at Indiana University-Purdue University. Wissel, who was interviewed by a reporter from the Indianapolis Star at the finals, is the son of William and Barbara Wissel of Huntingburg. Gehlhausen, who along with Wissel, is on spring break this week, is the son of Steve and Lynda Gehlhausen of Ferdinand.
The Dale State Agency has been honored as one of American States Life Insurance Company’s 1995 Million Dollar Life Producers for outstanding life insurance sales. The award was presented to Mike Becher and Ron Pund. The Dale State Agency has represented American States Life for nearly 16 years and has earned 14 Million Dollar Life Producers awards.
Spencer Industries Incorporated of Dale will receive the Quality Performance Award from Thomson Consumer Electronics, of Bloomington, on Wednesday, April 3, at its corporate headquarters in Dale. Spencer, which produces projection television backs and other thermoformed plastics components for Thomson Consumer Electronics, is one of three companies to meet the high quality standards dictating this award.
The Forest Park High School building and renovation program was partially completed last week as students moved into eight new classrooms, Principal Jim Hagedorn said at Tuesday night’s Southeast Dubois school board meeting.After a walk-through of the 28,000 square feet of new classroom space on Thursday afternoon, Forest Park students carried chairs, books and supplies to the new addition. “The students who assisted in the move were very impressed with what they saw,” Hagedorn said. Now that the students have moved out of the old classrooms, renovation of those can continue, Superintendent Bill Rohl said. Masonry work is continuing on the new gym, and the old gym still needs a lot of work, Rohl added.
Bob Greger, Northeast Dubois’ first-year baseball coach, was not in town when his team won its first game under his leadership. The newly married Greger was arriving at the Indianapolis International Airport from his honeymoon in Las Vegas about the same time the first pitch of the season was thrown at Springs Valley High School. Before Greger left Saturday night, he charged his assistant coach, Kevin Denu, with only one order and that was simply to win. When Greger did return home Tuesday night, he confessed his bad luck at Vegas. Evidently, he left his good luck with his team as the Jeeps pulled out a come-from-behind 5-2 victory on the Blackhawks’ home field. Since Denu did not want to take credit for the win, he could probably attribute credit to senior right fielderTravis Schroering.Schroering’s seventh-inning home run over the short right-field fence provided Northeast Dubois with the winning margin.
Dubois County’s snow removal and cleanup costs from the March snowstorm could reach $90,000 — double the amount the county usually spends for a whole winter, highway superintendent Bob Lichlyter said Thursday. This winter’s total bill could top $200,000 once all the bills are added up. Costs totaling $76,977 for the March snow have already been tabulated and more bills are expected Lichlyter said. Before March arrived, the county’s costs this winter had already soared to $113,000, not including bills run up by local cities and towns, the emergency management office said.
Someone threw a rock that shattered the outer layer of glass on the front door of the Fast Break convenience store early this morning according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. No one entered the store, and the damage was discovered by a store clerk when she opened at 4 a.m., police said. No cost estimate on the damage was available this morning. Police believe the vandalism occurred between 3:30 and 4 a.m. today. Anyone who may have seen a vehicle in the lot during that time period is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 482-3522.
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