Looking Back: 4/3April 2, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
April 2, 1956
Funeral services will be held in the Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Wiley Tevault, 64, the county treasurer of Pike County. D. E. Casey will officiate and burial will be in Walnut Hill cemetery. Mr. Devault was stricken with a heart attack in his office Saturday morning and died several hours later in the Daviess County Hospital in Washington.He was serving his first term as Pike County treasurer. Prior to entering the political race, he was employed by a mining firm. He was a veteran of the first world war, and a member of the Methodist Church.
After a number of years of searching and investigating on the part of the Kiwanis Club, the community of Holland now has a doctor. He is Dr. L. T. Bogmenko, who has established offices and residence in the Schmeltkop property on Main Street. Dr. Bogmenko came to Holland from Las Vegas, New Mexico, and is practicing physician, surgeon and psychiatrist. He was born in Russia and graduated in 1916 as an M.D. from Imperial University at Saratov. He came to the United States in 1920 and received his citizenship papers in 1928. Married to the former Hazel Richards of Norwood, N.Y., he is the father of three boys, one of whom is now taking medical training.
Freak winds swooped down on the farm of Glen Brittain in Boone township, four miles northwest of Ireland, yesterday afternoon, doing about $500 or $600 damage. The winds totally destroyed a 40-foot chicken house but oddly enough, the 210 chickens housed inside were not harmed. It also upended a brooder house nearby and turned over a hog house about a quarter-mile south. When the winds struck between 4 and 4:30 yesterday afternoon, Mr. Brittain hustled his wife and year-old baby, Linda, into the basement. The other children, Glenda and Brenda, were in school at the time.
Just slightly more than half the persons employed in Jasper’s businesses and industry live outside the city, according to results of a survey made by the housing committee of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Figures made public today indicate that 50.7 of employees live outside the city and that 7.7% of the total live in the fringe areas of the city. The survey was made by the committee in order to study the present and future housing needs of employees living outside the city. Thirty-two of the 36 Jasper industries provided the committee with lists of employees. The committee consisted of Paul W. Hoffman (Chairman), Martin X. Rohleder, Jr., Rudy Sturm, Vernon Reising, Carl Seng and Edwin Knies.
Dick Persohn, 6-6 center for this year’s semi-finalist Jasper High School basketball team, was awarded the 1956 Free-Throw trophy last night by the Jasper Jaycees. Dick, who set a consecutiveconversion record this season by dunking 30 in a row without a miss, hit a total of 79 free throws in 104 attempts for an average of 76%. According to Coach Louis “Nip” Wuchner, who accompanied Dick to the Jaycee dinner last night, Dick’s average and consecutive conversion marks are new records for the school. He added that in practice the lanky pivotman has hit as many as fifty without missing.Just three percentage points behind him in average was Larry Loechte, regular forward on the squad. Both boys are seniors. Recipient of the trophy last year was Donnie Bates.
Pictured on the front page of this issue are the charter members of the Twentieth Century Club. The organization held its 54th anniversary meeting at the Country Club last night. The charter members are: Miss Margaret Wilson, Mrs. Anna Schultz, Mrs. Caroline Wilson, and Mrs. Emma J. Traylor. Also pictured is Mrs. Kathryn Steinhagen, who is shown presiding at the punch bowl. In the foreground is a cake, in the form of a book, containing in icing the names of the past presidents.
50 Years Ago
April 5, 1971
This was the year for past contestants to prove their prowess in the annual Dubois County Spelling Bee. Pat Renner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Renner of Rt. 1, Jasper, a contestant in the 1969 Bee as a sixth-grader in Ireland, came back last Saturday to claim the county championship. He outspelled the champions of 19 other Dubois County grade schools to achieve this honor. Pat was victorious when the runner-up Jeannie Matheis of St. Anthony School failed to correctly spell the word “temperament.” Pat capitalized on Jeannie’s error, spelling it correctly. He then spelled the next word (brigadier) right to become the 1971 champion speller of Dubois County. Pat is an eighth grade student of Mrs. Mary Miley. He has been studying for weeks with the help of his teacher and a classmate, Dave Burger. The runner-up, Jeannie Matheis, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Matheis of St. Anthony. Jeannie’s teacher is Sr. Mary Schmidt and she is in the seventh grade. This was her third appearance in the Bee and she’s hoping to come back next year to improve her runner-up status.
More than 130 persons, including members of the 324th Military Police Center, Prisoner of War Civilian Internee Information unit, the Army Reserve unit based at Jasper and their wives assembled in the meeting room on the second floor of the K. of C. Club in Jasper Monday night to honor a man who during the past 31 years has served as a member of the active Army, the Army Reserves and the National Guard. The guest of honor was Robert L. Campbell Jr., who has been serving as the commanding officer of the 324th M. P. Center and has been promoted to the rank of full colonel. He is the first man in the history of the Local Army Reserve program to attain that high rank. Major Howard “Andy” Anderson will succeed him to the command of the local unit.
Santa Claus Land, the midwest’s largest theme park located at Santa Claus marks its 25th anniversary season with the park’s 1971 opening on Easter Sunday, April 11. Opening originally in 1946, Santa Claus Land is the first of the popular theme parks as they exist today throughout the country. From the thousands of visitors which the park hosted in its early years, it now has grown to the point that in recent years more than a half-million annually visit there.
Senior speedster Jim Wenzel and junior distance-runner Greg “Whitey” Vogler grabbed the spotlight Wednesday night as the Jasper Wildcats easily outran the Memorial Tigers and the Mater Dei Wildcats in a triangular track and field meet at the Alumni Stadium track in Jasper. Wenzel laid claim to a total of four blue ribbons as he finished first in the 100 (10.4), 220 (23.8), and high jump (5’10”) and then ran the first leg on Jasper’s winning 880 relay team. Vogler ran away from the field in the two-mile run as he set a Jasper school record with a time of 10:24.3. The old record was 10.27.5 set in 1969 by Joe Resenbeck.
The Jasper Wildcats opened their 1971 season Wednesday evening by splitting a doubleheader with the Mishawaka Cavemen. Rightfielder Bob Alles, who made a tremendous running catch to end a bases loaded threat in the fourth, led the Jasper hitting with a double and single and two big RBI’s. Jeff Hochgesang, who worked only the sixth inning, was credited with the win. In the nightcap, the Cavemen grabbed a 9-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings and went on to win 9-4. Ken Rasche, who pitched the last inning for the Cats, hit a booming double and a single accounting for two RBI’s. Greg Berger added a double. Jasper will take a 1-1 record into tonight’s twinbill against Elkhart and on Saturday entertain defending state champion South Bend Clay in another doubleheader starting at 1:00.
The owners of the Jasper Woodworking Co. plant, William Brosmer and two of his sons, Harold and Robert, have not yet decided whether or not they will rebuild the factory destroyed by fire. “Bill”Brosmer said Friday that the loss, which he estimated would exceed $100,000, was largely covered by insurance. The plant, the nucleus of which was a former canning factory, had been enlarged and remodeled. The plant manufactured frames for davenports, sofas and upholstered chairs which were sold mainly in Ferdinand, Evansville and Chicago. About 30 employees worked for the plant, including five of Bill Brosmer’s sons and one of his daughters. Bob Brosmer was the plant manager. Also employed there were Harold, Roman, Alphonse and Tom Brosmer and Mrs. Mary Catherine Mehringer, widow of Claude Mehringer. She was employed as the bookkeeper.
25 Years Ago
April 8, 1996
Kurt and Candice Lorey always wanted at least four children. They had four at once on Good Friday. The Lorey quadruplets — Kiersten, 3 pounds, 9 ounces; Gavin, 3 pounds; Reid, 4 pounds, 1 ounce; and Demi, 4 pounds, 1 ounce — were born one minute apart by caesarean section starting at 8:33 a.m. April 5 at Indiana University’s Medical Center in Indianapolis. When the two 30-year-old Jasper residents bring their quadruplets home, the babies’ big sister, Megan, will be waiting. The 22-month-old is still in diapers. Kurt figures his five children will go through 250 to 300 disposable diapers a week. Candice is the daughter of Willard Abel and Wanda Eberheart of Seymour. Kurt is the son of Judy and Bob McCarty and the late Pat Lorey, all of Jasper.
A glove or so was tossed into the air, celebratory hugs were exchanged and one got the sense that perhaps somewhere the fatted calf was about to be slaughtered after Monday’s tilt between third-ranked Jasper and Evansville Central. But there was no feast for the Cats just famine as they fell from the unbeaten ranks due to a dearth offense and intensity. Behind a one-hit shutout, the giddy Bears (1-0) snatched their first win of the season by scoring an unearned run in the top of the seventh for the 1-0 difference. Jasper junior Brayden Erny picked up the Cats’ only hit of the ballgame in the second with a two-out single. Wildcat sophomore Luke Werner (1-1), who was saddled with the loss, came on in relief of Phil Kendall in the fifth.
The Dubois County Dragons have a manager and some players. They’re still looking for a logo. The Dragons have named R. C. Lichtenstein, 27, Wheeling, Ill., as the team’s first manager. The Dragons’ managerial position is Lichtenstein’s first as a manager in pro ball, although he worked as director of development for the Chicago White sox as recently as last year. Dragon General Manager Mike Riehemann said his young skipper is a guy with lots of energy who knows how to play the game. “I think he will bring great enthusiasm and excitement to this very important position.” Lichtenstein will arrive in Dubois County May 5 to begin intensive preparations for the Dragons’ inaugural season in the Heartland Professional Baseball League.
Many at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone township have struggled for years to come up with a way to make the church handicapped accessible. This past December, they finally achieved their goal. Built in 1947, the Gothic-style building was surrounded by stairs used to level out the hilly property’s many inclines. This made it virtually impossible for anyone who had difficulty climbing stairs to attend church. Steps outside the church were converted into ramps. Inside, a series of long, winding ramps now provide easy access to the church’s education center.The solid oak rails along each ramp were constructed in one piece by member Dan Mann. They had to be fed into the building through a window because one rail is 30 feet long.
The hard work and dedication Jasper’s track members have demonstrated over the past two seasons just keeps paying off. The Wildcats’ persistence was rewarded with a long overdue victory at the Dubois/Pike County Invitational Thursday as they unseated Forest Park as reigning champ by a mere four-point margin. The host Cats overtook the Rangers in the last three events to finish with 94 points, just ahead of the Rangers who tallied 90. Southridge (64) placed third, Pike Central fourth (54) and Northeast Dubois (51) fifth. “The only thing that keeps ringing in my ears is that two years ago we ended up winning three meets as a team, and that was discouraging,” Jasper head coach Tony Ahrens explained. “It feels good [to win this meet] because we haven’t won it in quite some time.”
One week ago today, Christina Schwindel had a feeling that someone was going to win the big $11 million Hoosier Lottery Jackpot. Chalk one up for a woman’s intuition. Christina and her husband, Eugene, of St. Meinrad, owned the winning ticket with the numbers 5, 7, 10, 26, 29 and 36. They were all smiles when they arrived at the Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis Friday to pick up their money, said lottery spokeswoman Diane Balk. The Schwindels chose the cash option of $5.69 million, before taxes. It still amounts to over $4 million, even after Uncle Sam has taken his cut.
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