Looking Back: 3/28March 27, 2020
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 28, 1955
Members of the JHS band are all hepped up and rarin’ to leave on their trip to Wasshington, D. C., and the Cherry Blossom Festival. The band, with its director, Tom Bishop, and 41 local adults, will leave from the high school at 11:45 Tuesday morning for Washington, Ind., on the first leg of their momentous trip. Local school bus drivers have donated their services and uses of their buses as their contribution to the cause.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are seven Dubois County volunteers who left this morning for induction into military service. The group includes: Hiliary Begle, R. 3, Huntingburg; Hugo W. Rahman, Ferdinand; Thomas H. Sermersheim, Ireland, leader; Thomas L. Fehribach, Jasper; Leroy F. Oser, Ferdinand; James E. Merkel, Birdseye; and Clarence F. Nordhoff, Jasper.
Huntingburg’s Kiwanians were hosts last night to the Huntingburg High School basketball team, with some 125 fans and guests attending the banquet in the Salem Parish hall. Coach Howard Sharp’s quintet this past season won their school’s first sectional championship in 15 years. Ray (Buddy) Blemker, all-SIAC football and basketball performer, was given a plaque in recognition of scholastic and athletic honors. During the forthcoming baseball season Buddy is expected to earn his 12th letter, a rare distinction for any high school athlete. Presented with miniature gold basketballs besides Blemker were Glen Fierst, Donnie Elshoff, Joe Henderson, Wayne Singer and the student manager, David Junge.
If the report to be made on April 12 on last year’s Salk polio vaccine is favorable, Dubois County should be all set to start immediate inoculation of its first and second graders against the dread affliction of polio. The report on the 44-state test made in 1954 is to be made by Dr. Thomas Francis of the U. S. Public Health Service. At a meeting held yesterday afternoon in the Service Room of Memorial Hospital of Dubois County in Jasper, Dr. John Bretz, of Huntingburg, the county health officer, and Dr. Charles H. Klamer, of Jasper, the president of the Dubois County Medical Society, explained the Salk vaccine program and conferred with schools officials, PTA representatives and others regarding the schedule for the county.
The 15th child born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Vogler, R. 5, Jasper, was baptized on Sunday, March 20, in St. Joseph Church by Rev. Ralph Endress. He received the name Anthony Allen, with Sue Jane Hopf and Charles Vogler as sponsors. Anthony Allen was born in Memorial Hospital on March 13, and weighed in at six pounds. The Voglers now have six boys and eight girls living. One son died in infancy. Nine are attending school. Six are in St. Joseph grade school, one is a senior in high school, another is a freshman at JHS and one daughter is a senior at Providence Juniorate, St. Mary of the Woods, Ind.
The J. H. S. Band yesterday was adjudged best in musicianship and took second place in the marching and maneuvers in the contests held at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. It was nosed out of first place for over-all perfection by an all-boy band from Sidney, Ohio. Bands from seven states took part in the contest. The Jasper band also won third place last night in the competition among official state bands in the illuminated festival parade. In this event it was competing with 68 other high school bands. For placing third in this parade competition, the Jasper band will receive a silver trophy on Saturday.
The Dubois Jeeps won their second straight baseball game of the season yesterday, pounding out a 23-3 triumph over the Ireland Spuds. Ralph Seger’s Jeeps had built up a 12-2 edge in six innings before an 11-run deluge in the final frame. Meanwhile Skaggs, Braun and Patcheak teamed up to hold the Spuds to three hits. Skaggs hurled five innings and was the winner. In the batting department, Don Patcheak’s three for five was best.
• 50 Years Ago
March 30, 1970
Postmaster Alvin J. Vaal of Ferdinand, today reminded all patrons who live one-quarter mile or more from the post office and have qualified to receive rural mail delivery, to have their mail boxes erected by next Friday. He said mail delivery to these patrons will begin on Saturday, April 4. Postmaster Vaal said the Federal Post Office Department issued a new regulation in mid-February of this year stating that patrons who live one-quarter mile or more from the post office in towns that do not have city delivery would be entitled to receive their mail by rural delivery. Previous to that time the limit was a half-mile or more.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: Never before have two young men dominated the game of basketball in an area high school the way that Steve Barrett and Ricky Weisman did for the last four years at Otwell High School. Barrett and Weisman first appeared in the box score for a Millers’ game back in the winter of 1966. Otwell coach Andy Anderson knew the ability of the talented pair as they move from the grade school program right into the varsity program. Many of the Otwell fans also knew of their ability, but I doubt if they realized the job these two would do before calling it quits after four years of competition. They have both started all 87 Otwell games in the last four years. They set a number of school records along the way and led the Millers to their first sectional championship in 1969.
An agreement in principal has been reached concerning the sale of the Huntingburg-based Furniture Division of Dolly Madison Industries to the Boise Cascade Lumber Co., Boise, Idaho. The agreement is subject to the approval of the boards of directors and stockholders of both companies. According to a spokesman for the purchasing company, the Boise Cascade Lumber Co. deals in eight major markets, including timber and wood products, housing, urban development, recreation, engineering and construction, communications papers, packaging and office supplies. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and recorded sales of approximately $1.75 billion last year.
A crowd of 347 Jasper basketball fans, the largest group to attend a Jasper basketball banquet in over 20 years, was on hand Wednesday night at the Knights of Columbus Home to honor Ed Schultheis and his 1969-70 SIAC Champion Jasper Wildcats. Head coach Ed Schultheis introduced his varsity players — Gary Corbin, Terry Fleck, John Frank, Mark Schneider, Steve Schuler, Wayne Bailey, Mike Bonifer, Mark Detroy, Bill Rowekamp, Gary Stratman, Jim Van Huysse, Jim Wenzel and Dave “Slick” Webber. He also recognized student managers Mike Eckerle, Mike Schneider, Randy Habig and Al Wagner as well as varsity cheerleaders Debbie Beiter, Becky Salb, Sandy Siebert, Maureen Burger and Cindy Hoffman.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are 4 people looking over the plans for the new addition being built to Memorial Hospital. They include: Sister Mary Michael, president of the hospital’s board of directors, Sister Mary Kevin, the administrator; Mrs. Bettie Egler, the hospital’s director of public relations; and Francis Gallagher, public relations director for the Little Company of Mary. The picture was taken Thursday night following a dinner meeting for representatives of the news media in the area. The new wing, being built at a cost of $2.3 million, is scheduled to be completed by April of 1971. Plans are being made to have the dedication in the summer of 1971 on the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the original hospital building.
Some 3,000 member-consumers of the Dubois Rural Electric Co-operative, Inc., attended the annual meeting held last night in the Jasper High School gym, and unanimously endorsed a resolution urging Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb to take immediate action and intervene on behalf of the petition of Indiana Statewide now pending before the Public Service Commission of Indiana. The resolution points out that the member-consumers of the Dubois R. E. C. have infested more than $200,000 in facilities to enable them to take power from the Hoosier Energy plant at Petersburg, and that the state of Indiana and the counties in which the Hoosier Energy generating and transmission system is located, are losing millions of dollars in tax revenues annually because of “harrassing litigation instituted by the private power companies in Indiana.”
• 25 Years Ago
April 3, 1995
Organizers of the Hoosier State Games hope to see nearly 2,500 southwest region athletes participate in 14 sports this summer in Jasper. With them should come thousands of spectators and a big boost for the city’s economy, said Nancy Eckerle, Jasper Chamber of Commerce executive director. “It means lots of dollars being spent at gas stations, hotels, restaurants and stores,” Eckerle said. “Clubs and organizations should also benefit because some of them will have an opportunity to set up food booths.” Before finalizing the deal to bring the regional games here, state officials checked out the local sports facilities. They found enough fields, courts and lanes for all the games.
There will be an Indiana University All-Star game at Jasper High School on Monday, April 10 at 7:30. Tickets, which can be purchased at Gus Doerner’s, the Sports Garden or the JHS athletic office, are $5 for students and $7 for adults. The IU team will feature Alan Henderson, Pat Graham, Todd Leary and Pat Knight. The will face the JHS All-Star squad, which is made of of Scott Rees, Brett Wininger, Tim LaGrange, Jarrod Land and Rick Begle.
A torch must be passed with this week’s loss of Duff’s leading citizen, Clarence Whitsitt. For decades, if a project needed to get off the ground, or if a resident needed some assistance, Whitsitt was the go-to man in the 112-year-old community west of Huntingburg. Whitsitt, 78, passed away Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a long illness. For years he ran the town’s only business, Whitsitt’s General Store, which he bought from the parents of his wife, Neet (Hall), in 1958. Whitsitt said that when he first took over the store, he would sometimes leave it unattended to work in his garden. When he returned, he often found money on the counter left as payment for some groceries taken.
Pictured in this issue is Chris Allen, a Jasper High School graduate, who was selected as the Rookie Technology Teacher of Indiana by the State Association of Technology Educators during the 63rd annual conference in Indianapolis. Allen is completing his second year of teaching technology education at Clarksville High School. He was cited for his excellence in working with students, staff and colleagues, as well as his community involvement. Allen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Allen of Ireland and is married to the former Kim Uebelhor of Jasper.
After more than a decade of planning, saving and waiting for the right opportunity, it looks like the county will finally get a new fishing hole. Earlier this week, the Dubois County park board hooked a $75,000 grant from the National Park Service to make an artificial lake for fishing and canoeing at the county park. The Ferdinand park board also won a $36,000 grant from the same Land and Water Conservation Fund to pave the Vita Trail and add security lighting at the town’s 18th Street Park. The county plans to use its grant, along with $98,700 of savings, to develop 50 acres east of the existing park, which is next to the 4-H Fairgrounds, four miles southeast of Jasper on State Road 162.
Sam E. Eversman has been elected partner in the international law firm Bryan Cave. He joined the firm’s head office in St. Louis in 1987 and currently is the residents partner of the firm’s Dubai, U. A. E. office. He has also been resident in the firm’s offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait City, Kuwait and Ankara, Turkey. Eversman specializes in corporate and international law. He is the son of Dr. Thomas and Mary E. Eversman. He and his wife Marja (Mehringer), also of Jasper, have one son, Gus.
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