Looking Back: 3/9

Lindsay Obermeier gets her costume checked out by Lindsay Wilson as the Odyssey Of The Mind team from Jasper Middle School prepares to take the stage 25 years ago. The JMS team and a team from Fifth Street School gave practice performances Monday night at Fifth Street School for teachers and parents. Thirteen teams from around the county will compete Saturday at the regional competition in Sellersburg. The top one-third of the teams in the regional will advance to the state competition. Herald file photo by Mark T. Osler. Published March 8, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
March 8, 1954

Winslow’s Eskimos, best of the four in last Saturday’s Huntingburg regional, will appear on the I. U. fieldhouse boards at 2:15 next Saturday afternoon against Walter Riggs’ revitalized Central Bears who were one of only two teams to beat Kern McGlothlin’s shooters this winter. As indicated, the IHSAA tournament trail gets decidedly tougher for Winslow this time out. If the Eskimos topple the Evansville club, they’ll have to face in the 8:15 final either Jeffersonville’s Red Devils or Gerstmeyer Tech’s Black Cats from Terre Haute, two of Indiana’s finest teams. Gerstmeyer, as everyone knows, was last year’s IHSAA finalist with South Bend Central, barely losing to the northerners. 

March 9

Pictured on the front page of this issue are six young men from Dubois County who departed today for Indianapolis to be inducted into the Army. They will receive their basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Those pictured include Leon John Fleck (volunteer) of Jasper; Kenneth George Heichelbech, Huntingburg; James Aloysius Oser, Ferdinand; Charles Hugo Astrike, Jr., Huntingburg; Kenneth Lawrence Schepers, Skyline subdivision, Jasper; and Charles Lee Sermersheim (leader) of Jasper. 

March 10

Jasper’s city council last night settled two major questions which had been harassing it for some time. At their regular meeting attended by a large number of private citizens, the councilmen voted annexation of the Skyline subdivision north of the present boundaries, then accepted a bid for the purchase of diesel power equipment to be placed on the power plant site. Acceptance of the diesel bid was significant in that it represented a break in the deadlock which had resulted among councilmen when the advisability of placing the engines at the new site was questioned as opposed to the temporary placement of the units at the old plant. 

March 11

A consolidation of General Electric’s Indiana receiving tube manufacturing at its Tell City plant will result in closing of a feeder operation, the G-E tube mount assembly plant at Huntingburg, effective March 19, it was announced today. W. Max Kron, manager of the G-E Tell City Plant, said processing done formerly at Huntingburg will be shifted to the 42,000-square-foot-addition completed last autumn at the Tell City plant. He said jobs will be available for most of the Huntingburg employees at the nearby Tell City plant. Employment has averaged about 450 at Huntingburg, he said. Mr. Kron said it had been general knowledge for several years among Huntingburg employees that their operation would eventually be shifted to Tell City. 

March 12

Technicians operating the chest x-ray units in Dubois County had another busy day yesterday. One set up at the Jasper Lacquer Company took care of 626 industrial workers, and around 300 more persons took advantage of the service at each of the units at Huntingburg and Dubois. One of the mobile units was in operation this morning at the Jasper Novelty Furniture Company, and then moved to the Swift plant where it will be in operation this afternoon. Units also operated this morning at Birdseye and Huntingburg.

March 13

For five years The Herald has been running the Keister “Support the Church” advertising feature each week. This feature recently received the George Washington Medal, which is bestowed by the distinguished National Awards Jury of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The announcement stated that the advertising campaign was “an outstanding achievement in helping to bring about a better understanding of the American Way of Life during 1953.” 

50 Years Ago
March 10, 1969

A Jasper High School senior, Mike Uland, has been named a winner at the 22nd Junior Scientists’ Assembly held at the Indiana University Medical Center at Indianapolis last Friday and Saturday. Mike, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Uland, was one of 28 finalists chosen from the 75 participants in the statewide contest. The finalists displayed their projects at the Medical Center for judging. Mike’s winning project was titled: Fluidics, Design and Application of Fluid State Devices. His sponsoring teacher was A. M. Schuler. 

The Bedford Stonecutters, at one time an almost regular member of the “Sweet Sixteen” in the southern semi-state, led all the way Saturday night to post a 68-58 victory over Springs Valley to win the Huntingburg regional championship. It was the 20th regional championship for Bedford, but it was their first since 1949. That year they were eliminated by eventual state champion Jasper. 

March 11

Doris Moeller and Pat Fritch qualified for “Bowler of the Month” of February at Gerbo Lanes, with their high games of 225. Doris rolled her game in the Sunday Nite Couples League while bowling with her husband, Barney, on a team calling themselves the “Knock-Outs.” Pat Fritch rolled her 225 game while bowling in the Wednesday Night Ladies League for Spindler’s Sheet Metal. After returning to Jasper in 1949, she started bowling on the Jasper Desk Co. team, receiving a trophy in 1950-51 as a member of the city championship team.

March 12

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Jerome “Chick” Alles, the president of the Jasper Park and Recreation Board. He is shown accepting a $1,000 check from Margaret Dischinger, first vice-president of the Jasper Business and Professional Women’s Club. The money, part of the receipts from B&PW’s Mardi Gras held last month, will be used for a shelterhouse to be constructed at River View Park near the Patoka River bridge on Highway 162. Looking on are Paula Wuchner, president of B&PW, Mayor Jack Newton and Hilda Harker, treasurer of the women’s group. 

March 13

Pictured on the sports page of this issue is senior pivotman Mike Vaughn of the Otwell Millers. He is inspecting one of the steaks being prepared by Jasper restauranteur Paul “Whop” Fritch, who treated the Millers and their dates and the Otwell coaches and their wives to a steak dinner following their sectional championship. Also in the picture is Vaughn’s date for the evening, Janet Garland. She is a sister of regular Otwell guard Tim Garland. 

March 14

The new Duffy’s Restaurant, a franchise operation located along Highway 231 south in Jasper, will have its grand opening next Sunday, March 16. The new restaurant is located next door to Weidenbenner Ford Tractor Sales. The new restaurant opened late last month. Popular items on the menu include hamburgers, french fries, apple turnovers, milk shakes and a relatively new addition to the line — a roast beef sandwich served in its natural juices.William Kluemper, who recently took a course in managerial training in Duffy operational methods, is the manager. He and his wife, Cindy, were formerly employed by the Jasper Country Club. 

March 15

A 26-year-old man who was arrested Friday afternoon in a joint effort by three men from the local State Police post went on a rampage last night and inflicted considerable damage to his cell in the county jail. Sheriff Ambrose Wilz said he tore away the screen over one of the windows, broke the glass in the window and damaged the light and plumbing fixtures. The prisoner is Jerry Conley, who gave two addresses folllowing his arrest: Jacksonville, Fla., and Columbus, Ind. The police were informed yesterday afternoon that a man who had been drinking was showing a pistol around in a Huntingburg restaurant. He was reportedly driving a car with Georgia license plates.

25 Years Ago
March 14, 1994

Barr-Reeve’s Larry Wagler hit a putback with time running out to give the Vikings a 2-point victory (47-45) over the Southridge Raiders in Saturday’s regional played at Washington. The Vikings (17-8) eventually lost in the final game to Paoli by a score of 54-47. Southridge’s Eric King led all scorers in the afternoon game with 20 points, the majority of them coming from behind the 3-point arc.

Ray Roesner’s Raiders finished the season with a 14-10 record. Curt Begle, Forest Park’s 6-foot-8 senior forward, has been named to the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association District II All-Star team. Begle will attend a tryout and, if he makes the team, will play in an all-star game on April 24 at Bedford.

March 15

Pictured on the front page of this issue are the Yaggi’s — Ken, 65, and Ed “Coon”, 73. The two brothers are retiring from the restaurant business after running it since 1949. Their parents began the business in 1927. Also pictured is Patsy Casper, of Bristow, a 4 1/2-year employee. Edward and Katie Yaggi opened a restaurant at the corner of 6th and Jackson Streets. Edward died in 1936. The brothers bought the business in 1948. They built a new restaurant at 514 Jackson Street, moving in the following June. I wasn’t 21 until July 15, and one day one of my classmates came in. I knew she wasn’t 21, and she said “give me a beer,” Kenny says. “I said you’re not 21,” and she said, “neither are you!” So I served her a beer.” In 1952, the brothers built an ice cream stand, the Fridge-A-Whip, where the original restaurant was. It was a popular high school hang-out, but the Yaggi’s sold it soon after they got their liquor license in 1961.

March 16

The Spencer County Council Tuesday enacted a 3 percent motel room tax to support tourism in Spencer County, Paula Werne, a member of the area Tourism Task Force, said this morning. With 178 motel rooms in Spencer County, the tax will raise $15,000 to $18,000 annually by conservative estimate, she said. The tax will go into effect in June. A five-person Spencer County tourism commission will now be formed, with three members named by the county commissioners, one by the county council and one by the mayor of Rockport. Dubois County passed a 3 percent motel room tax in 1991. It raised $60,000 in 1992, its first full year.

Steffe Sports won the 1994 Jasper City League Basketball tourney on Sunday. It advanced to the finals by defeating Sports Garden/General Beverage/Fiesta, 77-75, and then downed Dubois County, 68-64, in the championship game to take the title. Team members include: Randy Bauer, Dean Begle, Dwayne Knies, Bernie Main, Danny Main, Scott Pieper, Scott Rees, Jason Stamm and Mike Steffe.

March 17

Robert Green, 21, Evansville was found guilty Wednesday of reckless homicide in the deaths of two Jasper High School students in an automobile accident last spring. Scott Blazey, Green’s attorney, said he will appeal. Green was taken to the Dubois County Security Center, where he will await sentencing April 20. The Dubois Superior Court jury that heard the evidence in the two-day trial deliberated less than an hour. In addition to the two wreckless homicide charges, they also found Green guilty of driving left of center and of driving at an unreasonable speed. They found him innocent of violating the seatbelt law. 

March 18

The future of the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center is now being reviewed, as the Secretary of Defense prepares recommendations on closures and realignments of all military installations in the nation. The secretary must present his report to Congress in about a year, and to the president four months later. Rep. Lee Hamilton says the list of closures could be a long one because reductions in military installations have been lagging behind cuts in defense budgets and manpower levels.   

March 19

Larry Hanselman of the Schnitzelbank Restaurant and Catering of Jasper was honored by and inducted into the Indiana Restaurant & Hospitality Hall of Fame. The hall recognizes individuals for their long-standing careers and service in the food service industry, and contributions to their community. The award was also recognition by his peers of “personal committment” to the advancement of the image of food service and hospitality industries in the state.

Joetta and Larry Jones are now the owners of Printing Services, Inc. With the change, Printing Services has expanded its services to include reproductions of images, photos, logos with more advanced equipment, and a warehousing service.    

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