Looking Back: 8/24

Brad Fleck of Forest Park returned a volley from David Hopper of Heritage Hills during their first singles match 25 years ago at Forest Park. Fleck won the match 6-3, 6-1. Herald file photo by Tracy L. Albano. Published August 31, 1994.

Compiled by Bob Alles

65 Years Ago
August 23, 1954

Norb Alles defeated Tony Habig to win the 1954 Dubois County Country Club golf championship yesterday afternoon. It was Norb’s second title. He won the first time in 1949. Tony was runner-up for the second consecutive year, having been in the final match in 1953 when Allen Joseph won the trophy as a three-time champion. Alles defeated Ronnie Schneider and Habig won from Shimmy Sermershein in the semi-final round a week ago. The Country Club women have not yet completed their division of the annual tournament. 

August 24

Pictured in this issue is Sgt. Clarence B. Buechler of Celestine, Ind., recently graduated with honors from the Seventh Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Germany. At the Academy he studied leadership methods, administrative procedures, weapons and the latest Army developments. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Buechler, he entered the Army in March of 1953, and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, before arriving overseas. 

August 25

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce last night recommended to Mayor Edward J. Lorey and the city council that they establish a utility service board as one step in solving the community’s electric power problem. The recommendation was one of seven in a report of investigation of the municipal power generating transmitting system of Jasper by the sub-committee on power of the Municipal

Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The report was presented to the council at its regular meeting last night by the Chamber’s board of directors which had previously accepted and endorsed the sub-committee’s findings. Members of the sub-committee making the report are Herbert J. Egloff, chairman, Robert Siebert, Martin X. Rohleder, Jr., Edwin B. Knies, Wilfred Schuler, Ralph Heath and William J. Elmer.   

August 26

Billy Wells’ first home run of the season broke a tie in the last of the ninth and gave the Jasper Reds a 10-9 win over the Tennyson club of the Deer Trail League at Recreation Field last night. The Redlegs committed eight errors in one of their most fumbling nights out, and they were outhit 12-7 by the visitors. Chick Alles, who was officially in there for two-thirds of an inning, got credit for the win. Frank Crews, late of the Ferdinand Cardinals, was tagged as the loser. Alles was the leading hitter for Jasper as he was 3-3, including a homer, double and a single. No other Red had more than one hit. Medcalf, Fred Crews, Ensor, Farmer and Byers all had two hits for the visitors.   

August 27

Madison Township schools at Ireland will observe organization day Wednesday, Sept. 1, it was announced today. The faculty as announced by Trustee Thomas Schitter is as follows: High school- Earl F. Buechler, principal and social studies; Francis Weaver, home ec and math; Marie Senninger, music, English and PE; Roy Allen, coach, driver training, PE and history; Anthony Wigand, asst. coach, commerce and PE; Robert Nelson, Agriculture and biology. South Side grades - Willa Roudenbush, grades 1-4, and Henrietta Spink, grades 5-8. North Side grades - Sr. M. Ebba, 1; Sr. M Innocentia, 2; Henrietta Allen, 3 and 4; Sr. Mary Henry, 5  and 6; Emil J. Dischinger, 7 and 8.  The last day of school is April 28.   

August 28

At a meeting held yesterday afternoon in the law office of Nordhoff & Nordhoff in Jasper, the Columbia Township trustee and advisory board members accepted bids on the construction of a new school house at Cuzco to replace the one destroyed last winter by fire. The trustee is Delphus Bledsoe, and the advisory board members are Chris Hagen, Floyd Hall and Banks McBride. Included in the sealed bids were five on the general contract, and three each on the plumbing, heating and electrical work. After studying the bids, the low bids were accepted for all work. The total appropriation approved by the state board for the structure was $50,000. The low bids totalled less than this amount, coming to $47,236.43. The new school will be built on the same site as the one destroyed by fire.

50 Years Ago
August 25, 1969

A Jasper housewife defeated two other contestants today on the “Jeopardy” quiz program on NBC-TV to claim the title of “Champion” and advance to the second round Tuesday. Mrs. Maggie Birge, 613 Clay St., won a total of $1,140 on her first appearance on the program as she dethroned the defending champ on the show. She will make her second appearance on the program at 12 noon Tuesday. Jeopardy is shown each day, Monday through Friday, at 12 noon on channels 2, 3 and 14. Mrs. Birge taped the programs last month in New York City. 

Glen Berger, a 22-year-old teacher at Rex Mundi High School in Evansville this fall and resident of Jasper, outlasted John Fuhs, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to win the Jasper Men’s Singles tennis title Sunday morning. In moving into the final game, Berger defeated Scott Newton, Frank Ebenkamp and Al Boehm (last year’s men’s singles winner). 

August 26

Elmer J. (Cheese) Krodel, 58, 0f 402 St. John Street, Jasper, died suddenly of a heart attack on the driveway of the Twin Front Restaurant on West Sixth Street around 8 p.m. Monday. He had just taken supper to his son, Terry, who works in the control room of Channel 9, Dubois CableVision, and then drove out to the Twin Front. Someone noticed that he was slumped over the wheel after he stopped his car, the engine of which was still running. Dr. C. W. Ackerman, the county coroner, attributed death to a heart attack. Mr. Krodel had retired from business about three years ago because of his failing health, and since then had suffered three previous heart attacks.   

August 27

C. W. Havill, 305 Geiger St., Huntingburg, was elected Tuesday as one of 15 lieutenant governors of the Indiana District of Kiwanis International. The election was held at the closing session of the annual convention of more than 150 clubs at French Lick. Carl A. Heldt of Evansville was elected governor of the Indiana District.

Mrs. Maggie Birge lost her title of “champion” today on the “Jeopardy” quiz program on NBC-TV today, but not before she ran her three-day total to $3,100. On Tuesday she won $1,650 and then added $310 today. Maggie, the wife of Herald sports editor Jerry Birge, appeared on the program last month in New York City where the programs where taped.   

August 28

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Co-Director Don Dudine and Director Ray Cox (shown holding the trophy), as well as Drum Major Mike Hall, majorettes and other members of the JHS band. The group was ecstatic following their return to Jasper late last night from Indianapolis where they marched and played their way into their first “Top Ten” berth in the past seven years at the Indiana State Fair Marching Band Contest. Outranking such highly-respected contenders as Vincennes Lincoln, the marching felines garnered a solid eighth place in what was described yesterday as “the finest marching contest in the Midwest.” This is the 16th time in the last 17 years that JHS has ranked in the top 20.     

August 29

Robert W. Maxey, principal at Birdseye High School, was elected Thursday night to serve as president of the Patoka Valley Conference until next spring. Maxey, who had been serving as vice-president, succeeds former Chrisney principal Richard Mory, who has moved to Petersburg. Howard Briscoe, the new principal at Otwell High School, was chosen to replace Maxey as vice-president. The annual fall dinner meeting of conference principals and coaches was held at the Ferdinand American Legion Home. 

August 30

Five different players accounted for all the scoring as Huntingburg trounced the Dale Golden Aces 32 to 0 Friday night at the Huntingburg Municipal football field in the season opener for both teams. For the second straight year Huntingburg shutout Dale in their season opener. Meanwhile, the Paoli Rams “won” their own high school football jamboree at the Paoli football field as they salvaged victories in both quarters of play. Jasper and Bedford split their quarters and Springs Valley “lost” twice. A large following of Jasper fans were disapppointed with the Jasper offensive attack Friday. The offense was a big problem one year ago when the Cats lost four times (they failed to score in three of the losses) and again Friday night it was their inability to score that cost them a 3-0 loss to Paoli in the third quarter of play.    

25 Years Ago
August 29, 1994

The town of Holland will kick off its 135th anniverary celebration with a queen crowning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Holland Park main stage. Eight young women from the Holland area will compete for the crown. Master of ceremonies will be Walt Ferber of WITZ. Those competing for queen include: Heather Blackgrove, Shea Kemper, Lisa Powell, Julie Ring, Katrina Roberts, Julie Roesner, Nicole Smith and Christy Thacker.    

August 30 

Pictured in this issue is G. R. Tredway, a 71-year-old retired history professor, who lives near Celestine. Treadway taught history for more than 20 years at Campbellsville (Ky.) College. He is the author of a new novel “The Way It Was.” His fictional book tells of a family and of a company of soldiers from Dubois County during the Civil War and conveys his views that the war was unnecessary and a source of extreme suffering for many people throughout the nation. “The Way It Was” will soon be available at Cue One in the Germantown shopping center.   

August 31

Pictured on the front page of this issue are two area conservation officers who put their extensive water rescue training to work last May when they went to the aid of an Avoca couple stranded in a tree south of Birdseye during a flash flood. This morning, they were honored for their efforts. Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers Ron Miller of Dubois County, and Scott Wilson, of Perry County, will receive plaques from John Stivers, law enforcement division director for the DNR, during a district meeting for IDNR officers in Lynnville. The rescued couple, Dave and Jerri Smith, may also be in attendance, Stivers said.   

Sept. 1

Competing with nearly 2,000 American Saddlebred horses, three horses trained in Jasper won four world championships at the World Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville last week. Tickles, Tunes and Typhoons won two world championships in the juvenile three-gaited pleasure division; Sultan’s Skylark won a world championship in the same division;  and Nordic Radiance was crowned the 3-year-old world champion fine harness mare. Her brother, With Authority, was crowned reserve world champion in the 2-year-old division. All horses were bred and sold by Ruxer Farms Inc. and are products of the Ruxer Farm training program, Mike McIntosh, trainer.   

Sept. 2

Pictured on the front page of this issue is Nicole Smith, who was crowned queen Thursday evening at Holland’s 135th Anniversary celebration. Children at the front of the crowd at Holland Park cheered the announcement of the winners. Festivities will continue at the park through the weekend and include a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.    

Sept. 3

Southridge coach Brad Hanner thought his first career coaching victory would be something he would never forget. Being ejected from the game at the end of the first half wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. “I guess I thought my first victory would be a little different than this,” said Hanner. Hanner, disputing a pass-interefence call late in the second quarter of the Raiders’ 21-3 thumping of Pike Central Friday, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. He continued to argue the call with officials at halftime and was tossed from the contest. “I apologize for that,” said Hanner. “It was my fault. I didn’t like the call, but then again the officials do make the calls and I just have to accept that fact.”

Punishing. That’s the only word you need when describing the Jasper Wildcats’defensive performance Friday night at Alumni Stadium. The Jasper offense once again piled up big numbers in its 26-0 hammering of Boonville, but this was the defense’s night to shine. “I thought the defense played real well,” Jasper coach Jerry Brewer said. “I thought coach (Joe) Rohleder and coach (Chris) Tucker did an excellent job. They had a good game plan.” 

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