Looking Back: 3/6

Jasper High School sophomores Allen Kocher, Casey Nehmer, and Chris Bohnert won first place in the high school division at the state Rube Goldberg Contest. Their machine deposited a quarter in a piggy bank through 40 interconnected steps. The majority of the structure was made with scraps from Erny’s Sheet Metal. Their machine will be on display at Purdue University. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Feb. 29, 1996.


65 Years Ago

March 5, 1956

Nip Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats earned their passes to the I. U. fieldhouse by fighting off aggressive Vincennes 62-60 and walloping Hymera 86-60 in Saturday’s regional tournament at Huntingburg.Chet Francis’ Alices, although beaten 68-39 and 72-59 during the last half of the season by Jasper, would be primed to make it hot going for the favored Wildcats was nearly a foregone conclusion to many local followers of the game. They almost kept the Cats from playing Hymera. Good outside shooting and a full court press prevented the Wuchnermen from obtaining anything wider than an eight-point spread, and that occurred but briefly (55-47) in the fourth quarter. JHS Athletic Director Cabby O’Neill announced this morning that Jasper’s allotment of tickets is 1,376. There are approximately 925 adult season ticket holders including the preferred list, faculty and players’ parents. The high school enrollment of 522 includes 425 season ticket holders.   

March 6

The Dubois County Country Club was the scene of an interesting dinner meeting last night, when the Jasper Business and Professional Women entertained the Senior girls of Jasper High School and their guests. Thirty-nine senior girls, forty-nine members, and twenty-five special guests were seated at the beautifully-decorated, candle-lit tables. Preceding the dinner, a short business meeting was held. After the dinner, the president, Mrs. Florence Balz, turned the meeting over to the program chairman, Dr. Virlee C. Metzger. Dr. Metzger then introduced the speaker, Dr. Kate Hevner Mueller, a professor at Indiana University and a former Dean of Women there. Dr. Mueller is a feminologist, a specialist on women, their lives and their futures. She is the author of a book “Educating Women for a Changing World.”She spoke to the girls from the viewpoint of the future. She said our economy is changing into a two-income family.

March 7

At the March meeting of the Dubois County Commissioners Monday several delegations appeared requesting road improvements. Jerry Seger and two other Dubois residents charged that Dubois has less road improvements than the other communities in the county, and requested the commissioners make several improvements in that area. The petition was approved and filed. John Angerer and Paul Hopf asked for improvement of the road leading to the Izaak Walton recreation area between Jasper and Haysville. The commissioners said grading will be done as soon as possible, but could not make any further commitments at this time.    

March 8

Nine Dubois County volunteers, including seven from the Jasper community, left this morning for Louisville for induction into military service. They are: Alphonse George Lampert of St. Anthony, Charles Lee Mendel of Ireland, and the following men from Jasper: Robert Lee Berg, William Joseph Buechlein, Edward Julius Pfister, Donald Lee Rasche, Ambrose Lee Hoffman, John Cyril Ackerman and Carmen Lee Haase. Robert Lee Berg was the leader of the group. 

March 9

The second annual spring social for the benefit of Precious Blood parish will be held in the St. Joseph School building on Sunday and Monday, April 8 and 9. The first bazaar for the benefit of the new parish was held last year, under the joint sponsorship of the D. of I. and the K. of C.Mrs. Otto Fierst and Arthur Barth were chairman. This year, members of the new parish are assuming full responsibility for the staging of the social and are working overtime to insure its success as they stand at the threshold of realizing a long-awaited dream.Rev. Ralph Endress, an assistant pastor of St. Joseph Church, will be the first pastor of Precious Blood parish.   

March 10

For the first time in the history of Patoka Township in Dubois County, a woman has been named as an assistant to the township assessor. Miss Jeanette Rauscher, of Rt. 1, Huntingburg, a prominent worker in the Farm Bureau Co-Op, has been named his assistant by the township assessor, Charles Spurlock. Mr. Spurlock reports that Miss Rauscher was quick to catch on to the intricacies ofassessing farm equipment and other personal property, due to the fact that she and her twin sister, Mildred, successfully operate a farm of their own.   

50 Years Ago

March 8, 1971

The Salem Lions, playing with a front line measuring only 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, defeated the much-taller and heavily-favored Jasper Wildcats, 76-73, Saturday night to win the 1971 Huntingburg Regional championship. It was Salem’s third title, their first since 1939. Jasper, fresh from a record-breaking 103-42 win over outmanned Linton Saturday afternoon, came into the championship game a big favorite to wrap up the school’s first regional crown since 1962. Salem had trouble disposing of Springs Valley, 58-53, in Saturday’s opening game. Salem’s coach Gary Duncan is only 26 years old. He is in his first year as a head coach after serving as an assistant at West Washington. He is the older brother of Wood Memorial’s star center Roger Duncan.   

March 9

For the second straight year Birdseye’s Jeff Cook is the Dubois County scoring champion. For his efforts this past season Cook, a 6-3 senior, will again receive the Scoring Champion Trophy from the DAILY HERALD. Cook finished the 1970-71 regular season schedule with 181 field goals and 135 free throws (both figures tops in the county) for a total of 497 points and an average of 24.9. Cook closes out his brilliant high school career with 1,170 points. He scored 131 his freshman year, 47 as a sophomore (he missed most of the season due to a broken arm), 479 a year ago when he won his first scoring title and 513 this season. His top effort this season was 36 points against Evansville Latin School on two different occasions. Jasper’s 6-6 1/2 senior, Wayne Bailey, finished second to Birdseye’s “Splendid Splinter” with 425 points and an average of 21.3. Cook and Bailey were the only two county players to average over 20 points a game.    

March 10

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the Colonial Bar team which won the playoff for the Huntingburg Independent Basketball League Championship Tuesday night at the elementary school gym. They defeated the YMI team, 74-67, to win the title. The Colonials won the League championship with a 14-2 record. Thurman Oxley, sponsor of the team, is shown kneeling in front with the trophies. Others pictured include Steve Merkel, Dale Meyer, Gerald Hagemeyer, Rich Kamman, Jack Kamman, Jerry Bueltel, Rex Buse, Gene Rademacher, Delbert Niehaus and Dan Oxley. 

March 11

Huntingburg’s Mayor Dale W. Helmerich today announced his candidacy for re-election. Helmerich is shown on the front page of this issue with Dubois County Clerk Al Fleck, Jr., as he files his paperwork. Helmerich was first elected in 1963. In announcing his candidacy, Helmerich said he will continue to be “a full-time mayor, with an open door policy to all of the citizens of Huntingburg to discuss their problems. Helmerich graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1949.   

A train derailment occurred just west of Kyana, about two miles from the point where a derailment occurred last Nov. 19. A total of 20 cars went off the track at 4:40 a.m. in today’s accident, according to a Southern Railway official, L. D. Dove. Earlier reports said about 26 cars were derailed.   

March 12

Kent Kunz, 30, who is completing his first term as clerk-treasurer of the City of Jasper, announced today that he is filing for a second term subject to the Democratic Primary in May. Kunz, a 1959 graduate of Jasper High School, was first elected to the office of clerk-treasurer in 1967. He was employed at the city office for eight years prior to his election. Kent Kunz is married to the former Judith Jochim of Huntingburg. The couple has two children, Kelly, 8, and John, 6. The family lives on Rt. 5, Jasper, in the Holy Family area. Kent is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Kunz of Jasper.

March 13

Bob Menke of Huntingburg, a member of the Indiana University board of trustees and a former I.U. basketball star, has announced that he will vote against accepting the resignation of Hoosier basketball coach Lou Watson. Meanwhile, the I.U. Athletics Committee went about the traditional task of selecting a successor to Watson. Prof. Edwin Cady, faculty representative and chairman of the committee, said a well-established procedure would be followed in searching for candidates, screening them and making recommendations. 

25 Years Ago

March 11, 1996

Loogootee coach Jack Butcher probably won’t be having the Schultheises over for dinner anytime soon. And a total of seven points will keep the warring factions from breaking bread. Strike one: In1972 Ed Schultheis andhis Jasper club edged out the Lions’ legendary coach in the Washington regional final, 59-58. Strike two: In 1989 Ken Schultheis and his Washington Catholic Cardinals dropped the Butcher-led Lions in the Washington sectional final, 63-61. Strike three: In 1996, the younger Schultheis once again outwits Butcher’s bunch with an unexpected fourth quarter press, helping Jasper to bring home their first regional title in 23 years. It also marked the first time in 10 years that a Dubois County team won the regional. Matt Mauck scored 26 points to pace the Wildcat scoring. Teammate Michael Lewis added 25. Darin Grindstaff led Loogootee with 16. Nick Toy tallied 15 for the Lions. 

March 12

Herald editor John Rumbach won second place in the individual picture editing category of Pictures of the Year competition held recently at the University of Missouri. Rumbach also won a third place in the multiple-page feature category for the picture editing, layout and design of the Kahle brothers Saturday feature. The two awards brought to five the number of honors received by The Herald in the 53rd annual POY contest. It was announced earlier that Herald photographer Torsten Kjellstrand was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year, the top newspaper award in theprestigious photojournalism competition. Judging in the photography division of the contest was held prior to the editing division.    

March 13

Perhaps feeling a little crowded themselves, nearly all of the 225 patrons who packed Southridge High School’s quiet study room and spilled into the hallway Tuesday night said something must be done to relieve overcrowding in Southwest’s elementary schools. And most agreed that the best solution is to build a new school in Huntingburg to replace the three existing ones. The meeting was the first of two public forums designed to generate consensus about the proposed Southwest Dubois elementary building project. “It’s good to see strong consensus that something must be done,” superintendent J. Robert Yost said. “But we still have to find out what that something will be.”    

March 14

The town of Jasper already has its fair share of IHSAA tournament sites. Add another. Jasper High School already hosts a baseball sectional, regional and semistate; a volleyball sectional and semistate; a boys and girls tennis sectional, regional and semistate; a girls basketball sectional; a boys golf sectional; a track sectional; and a cross country sectional. Now it has a softball sectional.Beginning the upcoming spring, the Schroeder Complex will be the host of a new IHSAA softball sectional. Three area teams — Jasper, Southridge and Marian Heights — will move from the South Spencer Sectional and will be joined by two Daviess County schools. Washington will move from the Pike Central Sectional and Barr-Reeve, which just added softball this year, will round out the field.   

March 15

Same story, different tourney site. If you are a Jasper basketball fan and you found it difficult getting a ticket for the Southridge Sectional or the Washington Regional, you are finding that coming up with a Terre Haute Semistate ticket is even more of a chore. “There’s just not enough tickets,” according to Jasper Athletic Director Denny Lewis. “There are about 9,800 seats in the Hulman Center.” Being the largest school, New Albany raked in an allotted 2,701 tickets and Terre Haute North was second with an allotment of 2,612. Vincennes Lincoln picked up 1,890 and Jasper got only 1,800 as compared to 2,100 for the regional. There are also other ticket obligations to consider. “You’re probably dealing with about 8,000 tickets that will go to sale for the four schools” Lewis said.

March 16

The Notre Dame Club of Southwest Indiana will host the University of Notre Dame Night on March 25 at the Jasper Country Club. The keynote speaker will be George L. Kelly, Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. Kelly is in his 26th year at Notre Dame and serves as the principal liaison between the Irish football coaching staff and the athletic department administration. Working in conjunction with Coach Lou Holtz, Kelly orchestrates the administrative details for everything from recruiting to road trips.   

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