Looking Back: 3/3March 2, 2018
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
March 2, 1953
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Coach Lowell McGlothlin and his smiling Holland Dutchmen after they captured the sectional championship over Huntingburg’s Hunters, 49-46, Saturday night. The following players are pictured: Glen Fenneman, E. Tormohlen, Russ Langebrake, Ray Roesner, Jerome Wibbeler, Hugo Steinkamp, Glen Balsmeyer, Billy Siebe, Bob Walden and E. Balsmeyer. Langebrake and Roesner are wearing the “net necklaces”. The win marked the first basketball championship in Holland’s history!
Jack Patton, 27, former Jasper High School basketball luminary, will be richer by one $50 savings bond as the result of his ability to “call the shots” in the Huntingburg sectional tourney. Jack’s entry in the Dubois County State Bank’s “pick the winner” contest won out over blanks submitted by 1,433 fans. Second prize, a $25 savings bond, will go to August Bartlet, 60, of Huntingburg. Gus picked the winner of each of the 11 tourney games corrrectly — as did Patton and seven other contestants--but his estimated score of the final game was not as close as Jack’s. Patton was only four points off of the final score. He predicted the Dutchmen winning by a score of 50-49, whereas the final score was 49-46.
At the March meeting of the Dubois County board of commissioners yesterday, the commissioners disapproved the request of the City of Jasper to install parking meters around the court house.
At the annual stockholders meeting of Holland Custard & Ice Cream, Inc., held yesterday evening in the Holland Dairy Bar, it was announced by E. F. Caldemeyer, president and general manager of the firm, that the company last year enjoyed the highest sales in its history. Total sales for 1952 were announced by Mr. Caldemeyer as $2,244,833. At the same time the company president outlined an expansion and building program, scheduled to be completed in 1953, which will be the biggest in the company’s history.
From the Sports Scene column by Jim Leas: Rumors are reported flying around the South Bend area that Cabby O’Neill is going to coach basketball at Mishawaka. The Herald asked Cabby about it. He plans to stay right here in Jasper. The Jasper Kiwanians have announced that Illinois Coach Harry Combs as the Wildcat net banquet speaker. He’s one of the best in the profession in America, as his Illini records indicate.
Mr. and Mrs. Urban F. Beck, 467 E. 14th St., Jasper, have been notified by his commanding officer that their son, Kennth L. Beck, has been promoted to the rating of corporal. Kenneth has been in the Army for the past year and a half, and has been in Korea for ten months of that time. He is with a supply and maintenance outfit. In the letter, signed by Lt. Paul M LaPierre, the latter wrote: “Your son is well deserving of this promotion because of his spirit of cooperation and loyalty which has contributed immeasurably to the mission of this company in Korea.
No longer does a chugging, puffing steam locomotive travel the rails between Ferdinand and Huntingburg. Like so many larger lines, The Ferdinand Railroad Company has switched to diesel power. The shiney new diesel-electric locomotive which is making the run between Ferdinand and Huntingburg was puchased from the General Electric Co. at a cost of around $41,000. After being unloaded from a flat car at Huntingburg, it made its maiden run to Ferdinand pulling a box car of Purina feeds for Bartley & Co.and a box car of mixed freight. John Wollenmann is the engineer for the new unit. He succeeds Calvin Kelsey, who recently resigned as engineer of the famed Ferdy Flyer. The new power unit has a speed not to exceed 20 miles per hour.
March 4, 1968
The undefeated Holland Dutchmen, playing one of their finest games offensively, ran into a red-hot shooting band of Red Devils from Jeffersonville Saturday night in the final game of the Huntingburg regional and went down to their first loss of the season, 72-70. Coach Woody Neel’s Dutchmen tossed in 31 of 53 attempts from the field in one of the finest shooting exhibitions in the history of the tourney, but a 90 second lapse at the start of the second half proved to be fatal. Holland jumped out to a 38-34 lead at halftime, but at the start of the second half the visitors from Clark County fired in ten straight points while holding Holland scoreless and the stage was set for Holland’s first loss. The Dutchmen, who beat undefeated Oolitic Saturday afternoon (61-59) to become the last unbeaten team still alive in the tourney, turned in a solid performance against Jeff but it just wasn’t enough. Holland finishes its greatest season with a 24-1 record.
James W. Bair of Rt. 1 Dubois, was named the third place winner in the state-wide competition for Indiana’s Outstanding Young Farmer award Saturday night at Brownstown. Bair had previously been named Dubois County’s Outstanding Young Farmer by the Huntingburg, Jasper and Dubois Jaycees in the county competition. He was then placed in state competition against 27 other entries from throughout the state who also had been county winners. Bair and his wife Shelly are the parents of three children. Morris Odle of Greencastle was chosen for the top honor, and C. Ray Lamb of Kokomo was the runner-up. The state’s Outstanding Young Farmer contest is co-sponsored by the Indiana Jaycees and Central Soya.
Ray Lemond Jr. of Velpen and brother Dick Lemond of Augusta, have purchased the Cook’s ready-to-wear shop at 318 Fourth St., Huntingburg, from Mr. and Mrs. George Cook. Mr. and Mrs. Cook have operated the store for about 17 years. They plan to move to Corydon where Mr. Cook will be associated with their son-in-law and daughter in the Mather Ford Agency. Mrs. Ruth Meyer of Jasper will manage the store for the Lemond brothers. Dick Lemond is a construction worker. Ray Lemond Jr. is the operator of the Starlite Drive-in at Jasper and has the Starlite Catering service. He is also the owner of the A & W Root Beer business in Jasper.
Joe Bruggenschmidt, Rt. 1, Tell City, today announced his plans to file as a candidate for re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives subject to the Democratic primary election in May. Rep.Bruggenschmidt will be seeking the nomination as one of two representatives who will be elected from the district comprised of Dubois, Perry, Spencer, Pike and Warrick counties. A native of Perry County, he is a graduate of Tell City High School and Purdue University. His residence is presently Rt. 1, Tell City, where he is self-employed as a consultant forester to the landowners throughout south central Indiana.
Direct Distance Dialing telephone service will come to Dubois County on March 17. Beginning on St. Patrick’s Day, customers of Indiana Telephone Corporation in Dubois County, will be able to dial direct, without going through an operator, to reach people in every community in the nation equipped to receive such calls. “Direct Distance Dialing will make long distance telephoning almost as fast as making a local call,” according to C. C. May, director of marketing and public relations for Indiana Telephone. DDD is the last step in a telephone improvement program for Dubois County which has been underway for more than two years. From 1965 until the present, the Indiana Telephone Corporation has invested more than $3 million in improvements with the county.
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Gary Dearing, of Huntingburg, a senior secondary education major at Vincennes University. He is one of the team members which captured the Region IX bowling crown for the second straight year. The team will host a quadrangular meet with Indiana State University, Bellarmine University and MacMurray College on March 17 in Vincennes. The Blazer keglers have been invited to participate in many important matches for the remainder of the current school year because of the excellent showing made during the past two seasons. V. U. was the only junior college participating in the regional.
• 25 Years Ago
March 1, 1993
Lt. Gov. Frank O’Bannon looks for the home video release of “A League of Their Own” to entice tourists to Huntingburg and other Southern Indiana sites where Madoona, Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and director Penny Marshall once stood. “The exposure of these sites in the film, triggered by the video release, will increase the economic impact this film has already brought to the Hoosier state,” O’Bannon, director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, says. According to researchers, film sites such as the Iowa farm used in “Field of Dreams,” Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming spotted in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and Fort Hays, Kan., where Kevin Cossner appeared in “Dances with Wolves,” continue to reap benefits of these successful projects years after their release.
Tickets for this week’s basketball sectional have become such hot items the supply has burned up. The tourney, which begins tonight at 6:30 in the 6,092-seat memorial Gym in Huntingburg, has sold out. That the sectional would be a sell-out should surprise no one. Historically the gym has a full house for opening tip-off. However, there are usually some single session tickets available at the gate. Not so this year. All four Dubois County schools sold every ticket they were issued through a formaula based on enrollment, and still were unable to provide for all regular season ticket holders. An expected source of surplus tickets dried up when Pike Central sold all of its allotment.
The Forest Park Rangers rode a free throw shooting clinic by guard Bob Boehman, who hit 16 straight free ones in the final quarter, to stave off a brilliant Jasper rally. Forest Park won 85-80 in a record setter. “I didn’t know how long we could trade 3’s for 2’s,” said Forest Park coach Denny Doutaz. “But Boehman hit the pressure free throws. I just didn’t know if we could out-last Rolen. That was about as an incredible 3-point showing as you’ll ever see.’ Jasper’s Scott Rolen led the Wildcats back from 18 down by hitting seven 3-pointers in the final 4:48. He ended with 47 points, and that established a sectional record that had stood since 1956. In the opening game of the sectional, the Dubois Jeeps defeted the Southridge Raiders, in overtime, by a score of 48-41.
The correction of a judging error has belatedly moved Jasper High School from fourth to third in the finals results of the state academic decathlon held Feb. 13 in Greenwood. One Jasper student’s essay was never graded before scores were added up at the contest, leaving Jasper’s total just behind Tri-West’s, which finished third behind Logansport and Madison in the small-school class. The ungraded essay was treated as a zero the day of the contest but when it was later graded, it gave the Jasper team enough points to move past Tri-West. Because of the mixup, Gerald Kolter, director of state competition, will come to Jasper March 11 to present a third-place plaque to the team and awards to all its members.
A man working on Jasper’s new city office building was hurt when he fell from scaffolding just before 10 a.m. today. Hal Baggersly fell 27 feet from scaffolding used by bricklayers and landed on a pile of bricks and a ladder, according to a city police officer who went to the scene to provide assistance. Baggersly said his back hurt, the officer said. He was taken to Memorial Hospital and was being treated in the emergency room at press time. Information about his injuries was not available.
Same plot, different leading man. Forest Park produced some clutch free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter Friday, and ended with a 53-46 win against Northeast Dubois in the semi-finals of the Southridge sectional. Forest Park hit 11 free throws in the final quarter, including five from Chad Lane. The victory put the Rangers, 20-2, back in the sectional championship for the second-straight year. They will meet Pike Central, 8-13, in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. Pike defeated Wood Memorial 67-56 earlier in the evening Friday. It will be the first time that the Pike County school has ever been in a boys’ basketball sectional final.
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