Looking Back: 3/7

Lucy Houchin played the dummy and Chelsey Schmett the ventriolquist 25 years ago during an Odyssey of the Mind practice session by one of the Maple Park teams in Huntingburg. Herald file photo by Torsten Kjellstrand. Published March 9, 1995.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
March 7, 1955

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is Buddy Blemker, Huntingburg’s greatest all-around athlete. Blemker hit 11 0f 19 field goals against Vincennes in Saturday’s Huntingburg regional. He added 2 free throws for a game high total of 24 points but it wasn’t enough as the Alices downed the Hunters 54-45. His last high school game was one of his finest performances. His team mates, however, only scored 21 points total. The Hunters got 16 of 54 field goals, which was woefully short of their 23 of 43 performance against Holland in the sectional final.  Buddy Blemker was named to the ALL-REGIONAL first team along with Frank Kehl and Larry Pitts of Vincennes, Stan Wininger of Washington and Jerome Ridge of Gill Township. Huntingburg’s center, Glen Fierst, was named to the second team.

March 8

Pictured in this issue is Russ Heitz, an employee of Dow Apple’s Shell Service station at 9th and Newton in Jasper. Also shown is proprietor Apple as those two men do another free grease job to help finance the J.H.S. Band’s journey to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Shortly after it was announced that a fund-raising campaign would be held to help send 70 band members to the annual festival in Washington, D. C., in April, Mr. Apple offered to donate 1,000 grease jobs. Band members sold their tickets for $1 each, retaining all receipts. Neither of Dow Apple’s children is presently attending Jasper High School.

March 9

Jasper people who are interested in having gas service lines run to their homes and who have not as yet made application are urged to stop in at the city office during the next few days and do so, Don Grewe, superintendent of the municipal gas department, advised today. Contract for installation of these service lines was let by the council last night and work will be started within three or four days, he pointed out. 

March 10

Pictured on the front page of this issue are about 75 pupils of St. Mary’s School in Huntingburg, as well as other spectators who watched the laying of the cornerstone to the new Stork Memorial Hospital addition in Huntingburg Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Alfred Baltz, pastor of St.Mary’s Church, officiated at the ceremonies and pointed out the advantages of the hospital to the people of Huntingburg and surrounding communities. Into the crypt of the cornerstone went medals and other blessed objects; photographs of the hospital’s medical staff; Sisters on duty and Mother Clarissa of the Mother House in Ferdinand; and the latest issues of newspapers published in Huntingburg, Jasper and Evansville.   

March 11

From the SPORTS SCENE column by Jim Leas: A former Jasper Wildcat netter helped immensely in the championship won by the Scorpions, Louisville independent quintet, in the major division of the city recreation eliminations. He’s Al Graehler who scored 24 points as the Scorpions downed the Buddy Club 72-67 in the final of their tourney the other night. Graehler scored 18 in a semifinal tilt. After completing a tour of duty in the armed forces last year, Al played outfield for the I-K League pennant winning Jasper Reds. He has been employed in the Louisville area since leaving the service.

March 12

The small fry in Jasper can look forward to another bigger and better year of Little League play, with the initial practice sessions starting in April. At last night’s meeting of officials of the Jasper National Little League it was announced that the sponsors of the four league teams will be the same generous firms who underwrote the expenses last year. These are: the Spindler Sheet Metal Co., the Hochgesang Construction Co., the German American Bank and Alvin C. Ruxer. Each of these firms will contribute $250 to defray expenses. It was also announced at the meeting that a minor league, consisting of boys ages 8 to 10, was organized. As many as 60 additional boys will now have the opportunity to play Little League baseball.   

50 Years Ago
March 9, 1970

Dr. Isaac K. Beckes, president of Vincennes University, today announced the appointment of the Rev. Craig A. Reed as Dean of the V. U. Jasper Center. The Rev. Mr. Reed, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper, will continue his work with Trinity Church and begin his active duties in his new position May 1. However, he will be available for counseling before that time and will accept applications for admission immediately. The newly-appointed dean has been serving as chairman of the Division of Social Science at St. Benedict College in addition to the regular duties of his pastoral assignment. Dean Reed is married to the former Evelyn Seybold of Ackley, Iowa. The couple has two daughters, Marguerite and Janet. 

March 10

Pictured in this issue is Otho W. Brewster, who recently received a 20-year pin at the Crane Naval Ammunition Depot in recognition of his service for that length of time in police work on the base. A native of Winslow, Brewster served about 20 months in the Navy, including service in Hawaii. He became employed as a guard at Crane in 1951. Since March 13, 1955, he has been a supervisor and is now senior guard supervisor (Lieutenant) in Security. Brewster lives with his wife, Lola, and three of their children, Bobby, Rickey and Steve, at Odon. A son, Ray, and a daughter, Carla, are married. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and helping his youngsters with their country and western music band, the Drif-Kats.   

March 11

From the KEEPING SCORE column by Jerry Birge: For the second year in a row Birdseye High School has claimed the Dubois County High School Basketball Scoring Champion. He is Jeff Cook, a slender 6-1 junior, who drilled in 158 field goals and 150 free throws for Dale Hein’s Yellowjackets this winter to finish the 1969-70 season with 466 points in 20 games for an average of 23.3 points per outing. Last year, Mike Bebee of Birdseye won the scoring title. For winning the scoring title Cook will receive a trophy through the courtesy of the DAILY HERALD. Finishing second in the scoring derby was Larry Kahle, a 6-4 senior from Holland.   

March 12   

Pictured on the front page of this issue is the new Veterans of Foreign Wars Home in Huntingburg. Post 2366 will formally dedicate the new home, located at 312 Geiger Street, on Saturday night, March 14. Festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a banquet to be served at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of the formal ceremonies, dance music will be provided by the Stillwell band, compliments of Post 2366. The local post is planning to entertain 350 persons at this affair. Presently W. W. Estabrook is the post commander, serving his second term. Plans are now underway for removal of the old club room which adjoins the new quarters. Parking area will then be provided after the old building is removed and will extend east to Geiger Street. 

March 13

The merger of Ireland and Jasper High Schools is planned for the fall of 1970. Phillip E. Buecher, president of the school board of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation made the announcement today. Beginning in the fall, all high school students in the district will attend classes at Jasper High School. According to the school board’s statement present plans call for the addition of several classrooms to the gymnasium building at the Ireland site. All Madison and Boone township students in grades seven and eight will attend classes in Southside Ireland facilities next fall. The old building will be razed after the new construction is completed. 

March 14

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is the undefeated Jasper 10th Street School basketball team, which recently completed an 18-0 season. Team members include: Tim Nordhoff, Steve Kilian, Marlon Woolsey, Tom Renneisen, Bert Hoffman, Bryant Eckert, Jim Fuhs, Don “Yogi” Boehm, Joe Dittmer, Steve Luegers, Steve Beckman, Kevin Klein, Andy Schneider, Dave Seng, Mark Moeller, Greg Smith, Jeff “Gus” Rohleder, Larry Giesler, Jeff Bawel, Tom Krodel, Joe Pfister, and Tom Alles. Student managers, Kim Klein and Phil Becher and coaches Bob Cook and Keith Steczyk. 

25 Years Ago
March 13, 1995

It just wasn’t meant to be for the 1994-95 Jasper Wildcats. And while that was hard to accept, coach Ken Schultheis did his best to make himself and his team understand. “There is a reason for everything that happens and we’ll find one here too,” Schultheis said following the Wildcats’ 38-36 loss to Crawford County Saturday night in the championship game of the Washington regional. Crawford County, which won its first regional since 1980, is now 18-6. The Wolpack defeated Loogootee 39-37 to advance to the championship game, while the Cats cruised past Orleans 58-44. 

March 14

In a surprise development, Huntingburg councilmen unanimously decided Monday to charge 75 cents for special garbage bag stickers going on sale today. Councilmen know that the lower figure, a big drop from the 95-cent fee originally recommended by the city’s board of public works and safety, will not bring in enough money to cover costs. A price increase that councilmen admit is inevitable will probably be dealt with during budget talks in July. Costs associated with Huntingburg’s volume-based system have been going up, prompting the first price increase since specially-marked 68-cent “Huntingburg” bags first went on sale over four years ago. 

March 15

The Dubois County Rumor Mill officially closed this morning. Michael Lewis announced the decision at a press conference at Jasper High School. The 6-foot-2 junior basketball star confirmed reports that have been circling since last year that he will attend Indiana University in the fall of 1996 on a full scholarship. The oral commitment will be made official in November when Lewis signs the national letter of intent during the NCAA’s early signing period. After thanking his parents, coaches, teammates and friends for their support, Lewis said, “Ever since I was a little kid I always dreamed of playing at Indiana University. When they made the offer, there was no doubt in my mind that that was where I was going to go.” Indiana head coach Bobby Knight has been recruiting Lewis for the last year and a half. Lewis had narrowed his college choices down to IU, Syracuse, Evansville, Purdue and Wake Forest. 

March 16

More and more, local people just don’t give a lick about stamps. That’s what area postmasters are saying as they try to keep up with the demand for new peel-and-stick stamps that give the tongue a rest. “Sales have been tremendous,” said John Verostko, Jasper postmaster. “Self-adhesive stamps are much more convenient, especially when a person has numerous bills or invitations to send at one time.” Mark Sheetz, Birdseye postmaster, said his customers were quick to switch and now prefer the new stamps 10-to-1 over the old ones.

March 17

At the center of Thursday’s special Northeast School Board meeting were Odle McGuire & Shook’s preliminary drawings depicting what form addition/renovation work could take at three schools — Dubois Elementary, Dubois Middle and Dubois High School. Much of what was included in the plans is required to comply with building and fire codes, as well as Department of Education classroom standards. Estimated costs are $3,235,000 at the Middle School, $690,000 at Dubois Elementary and $500,00 at the high school. Work at all three schools will require a construction budget of $4,425,000. Soft costs, including permits, legal and financing fees and interest during construction push the total project budget to $5,625,000.   

March 18

Oscar Leo Beckman, 82, 550 Rumbach Ave., Jasper, died at 10:06 a. m. Friday, March 17, 1995, at his home. Mr. Beckman retired as president of the German American Bank after 52 years. The bank was founded by his father and others in 1910. He became chief executive officer in 1944 and was a director at the bank from 1945 to 1982. He was secretary and a director of Liberty Building and Loan Association. Mr. Beckman was born March 27, 1912, to William Fred and Rosalia (Eberhardt) Beckman. He married Roselyn T. Thyen on Nov. 21, 1933 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mrs. Beckman died on May 10, 1989. Mr. Beckman is survived by three daughters and seven sons.   

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