Looking Back: 8/28August 27, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Aug. 27, 1956
A crowd estimated at 7,500 turned out to be on hand for the “Frosty Jones Day” activities at the Huntingburg Airport. “Frosty”, who is senior captain of Eastern Airlines and the personal pilot for Capt. Rickenbacher, was praised by Gordon St. Angelo, president of the Huntingburg Jaycees, for inaugurating flying in the community. Jones used to land in cow pastures in the area. Yesterday’s air show honoring the former Huntingburg pilot was sponsored by the Jaycees. A four-hour Air Show was part of the program.
Tom Reck, a sophomore from Dubois, has been appointed director of athletic publicity at Indiana State Teachers College. In this position he will work under the supervision of Joseph Kish, director of information services for the college. He will be responsible for all pre-game stories, programs, and statistics, among other things. Tom is the son of Mrs. Elmer Luchauer of Dubois. He graduated from Dubois High School in 1955.
Sister Marie Therese, instructor of music at St. Joseph School for the past six years, will celebrate her golden jubilee as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence next Saturday, Sept. 1. Before coming to Jasper, she spent 18 years as the head of the music department at Providence High School in Chicago. A High Mass will be sung at 6:30 Saturday morning in St. Joseph Church for Sister Marie Therese in gratitude for the many fruitful years she has spent in the teaching profession and as a member of the Sisters of Providence.
When the schools of Dubois County start holding regular classes next Monday, some of the school clocks will be on daylight saving time while others will be on central standard time. As it looks now, the schools in Jasper, Huntingburg and Cass Township will go by fast time while others will operate on regular time. The county board of education recently decided that the schools under its jurisdiction, which includes all those except the ones in Jasper and Huntingburg, would be operated according to central standard time, but Cass Township later decided to operate the schools at Holland and St. Henry according to daylight time until the county changes back to slow time.
The Jasper High School Band of 80 members, the largest in the history of the school, was awarded sixth place honors yesterday in competition with 88 other high school bands at the State Fair contest at Indianapolis. This is the same spot in which the Jasper band placed last year. This is the fourth year the JHS band has competed in the State Fair contest under the direction of Tom Bishop.
The 75th anniversary celebration of the Augustana E & R church of Holland, which took place last week, on Aug. 22 to Aug. 26, was one of inspiration and Christian fellowship. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Sunday School annex, built to the main church building, was dedicated. Rev. Albert H. Meyer of Detroit, a former resident of Holland, preached the dedication sermon.
50 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1971
Pictured in this issue is Ferdinand American Legion Softball team. They won the championship in the 8th District tourney over the weekend. Those pictured include: “Whitey” Bowman, Frank Becher, Jim Ruhe, Bob Schuler, Post Commander Vince Gudorf (accepting the trophy from Tourney Director Danny Fetter), Delbert Fetter, Sylvester Nord, Tom Schipp, Manager Joe Becher, Roman Luebbehusen, Tom Steczyk, Jim Weyer, Ralph Kitten, Bob Burger, Kent Schreiner, Gene Vaal, Ernie Luebbehusen and Tom Luebbehusen.
John Humbert of Celestine has announced that the new tavern he is constructing along Celestine’s Main Street (State Road 164) will be opened to the public next Monday, Labor Day. The tavern will serve fried chicken on Saturday nights and at other times, soups and sandwiches will be available. Refreshments will include beer, but no wines or liquors. Before he entered the tavern business, Humbert had been employed for about 25 years in woodworking plants in Celestine and Jasper. Humbert will be assisted in the new tavern by his wife, the former Anna Marie Seng of Washington, Indiana.
The Schnitzelbank building, which has been standing at the foot of the Little Kentucky Hill on Jasper’s south side since before the beginning of the century, will soon be razed and the restaurant and tavern business conducted by Larry Hanselman and his wife, Betty, will be moved into a new building that is being completed nearby. Mr. and Mrs. Hanselman, who have been operating the Schnitzelbank since the fall of 1960, announce they plan to open their new restaurant and tavern sometime during the week of Sept. 13.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: A high school football player explains to his coach after missing an important practice session, “But, coach, I had to take the baby to his six-month checkup.” A basketball player has to leave practice early explaining, “Our babysitter has to leave at 5 so I have to get home.” It may sound like a wild situation, but both of these could come about if a decision made yesterday by a federal judge stands up. Judge Jesse Eschbach made the ruling which overturned the IHSAA’s ban on married athletes. It was the first time the Association has lost a court case. Commissioner Phil Eskew said he “imagined the board of control would appeal” the ruling to a higher court.
Nearly 40 attorneys, including William Lett of Huntingburg, have been authorized to collect delinquent state taxes. It’s a new program adopted by the 1971 Legislature by which lawyers are selected in each county to try and collect “uncollectable” taxes. The lawyer would get the job only after local sheriffs had failed. The attorneys get a percentage of the taxes they collect. They’ll get half of anything under $100. The scale ranges to 20% of amounts over $500.
A tight-fisted Jasper defense blended together with the running of John “Smoke” Gunselman and Mike Erny and the quarterbacking of Terry Giesler, resulted in a 31-0 football victory over the Huntingburg Hunters Friday night in the season-opener for both teams at Alumni Stadium in Jasper. The victory gave the Wildcats revenge for a 15-14 setback suffered at the hands of the Hunters a year ago and brought the “Goalposts” traveling trophy back to the Jasper trophy case.
25 Years Ago
Aug. 26, 1996
This fall’s Southwest Dubois School Board election — like the contentious 1994 election — is likely to become a referendum on the board’s proposed elementary building project. However, this time there’s one difference: There are just two seats up for grabs and only one is being contested, which is not enough to change the board’s 4-1 vote to build two new elementary schools in Huntingburg and Holland. Board member Jack Davis, who supported the consolidation plan and cast the lone vote against the current two-site project, has decided not to seek re-election. Vying for Davis’ District 1 seat are Phillip Fischer and William Songer, both of Huntingburg.
Councilmen heard from residents and trash hauling companies Monday before approving a hold-the-line-at-all costs 1997 budget that will eliminate the sanitation department. Mayor Gail Kemp said it will not be a big change when the city gets out of the trash business in four months and the private sector takes over. Two companies — Rose Disposal Services, a subsidiary of trash-hauling giant Waste Management with a waste transfer station in Huntingburg’s industrial park and Rumple Waste Removal and Recycling Systems, Bloomington — want to wheel through neighborhoods and collect payments in Huntingburg.
The Ferdinand Town Council passed a 52% sewer rate increase and raised sewer connection fees at least $600 Tuesday night to help pay for a $3.45 million project to rebuild and expand the waste water plant, doubling its capacity. The average monthly bill for 4,000 gallons will jump $14.23 from $27.36 to $41.59. The town last raised sewer rates in December 1992, when the council passed a 38.9% increase.
Jasper and Southridge both netted victories in boys tennis Thursday to remain undefeated on the season. Northeast Dubois won its season opener against Wood Memorial and Heritage Hills edged Gibson Southern. Jasper edged Jeffersonville and Southridge slipped by North Posey. In other area sports, Heritage Hills evened its volleyball record with a win over Castle. Jasper’s boys soccer team played No. 19 Bloomington North on the road and came away with a tie. The Southridge girls golf team lost a home match against Mater Dei.
Be it said with good intentions or bad, the name Matt Mauck was surely on the lips of everyone in attendance for the annual Jasper-Southridge showdown. And for good reason: Breathtaking runs, pinpoint passes and plays that fell into the how did he do that? category set the stage for an easy Wildcats victory. “I have coached and coached against some awfully good football players, and that is the best one I have ever seen. Period...Paragraph,” said Southridge coach Brad Hanner, who prefaced his praise of Jasper’s senior quarterback with a long list of collegiate and pro gridders he’s encountered during his 20 years in coaching.
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