Looking Back: 9/18September 17, 2021
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1956
The Most Reverend Henry J. Grimmelsman, S. T. D., Bishop of Evansville, presented the Ad Altare Dei award to 15 Boy Scouts of the Evansville Diocese during ceremonies conducted Sunday afternoon in St. Agnes Church in Evansville. Sixteen boys, including two from the Jasper community, were eligible for the award, but one of the two Jasper boys was not present to receive it personally. He is James E. Blessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Blessinger, who entered the St. Meinrad Seminary. The other local boy eligible for the award is Edward Joseph Wuchner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis “Nip” Wuchner of Jasper. His parents accompanied him to Evansville.
St. Ferdinand High School will play host to the annual Holiday Basketball Invitational Tourney this year, it was announced by Coach Mark LaGrange, following a meeting of the officials of the participating teams. This year’s tourney will be played on Monday and Tuesday evenings Dec. 17 and 18. Pairings are as follows: Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Ireland vs. Ferdinand. At 8:30 p.m., Otwell vs. Dubois. Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. first round losers play, and at 8:30 p.m. the first round winners play. The Holland Dutchmen were replaced by the Otwell Millers. The Dutchmen dropped out to enter the Petersburg holiday meet.
At this week’s regular meeting of the Huntingburg City Council, Mayor P. C. Giltner appointed what is believed to be the first park board in the history of the city. Those appointed are: Robert Leibering, Gordon St. Angelo, ex-Mayor John Struckman and Raymond L. Stone.
At a special meeting of the Jasper city council called by Mayor Ed J. Lorey Tuesday evening for the specific purpose of discussing the case of a resident who lives just outside the corporate city limits but insists on getting city water service. Mayor Lorey emphasized that the city simply can’t continue to allow non-residents to make tap-ins on the city main. All five of the councilmen were present and voted unanimously to uphold the ruling to this effect, made some months ago by the council.
Troy’s high school harriers defeated Jasper and French Lick yesterday afternoon in a three-way cross country meet at the Dubois County Country Club course. Troy finished first with 33 points, followed by Jasper with 43 points and French Lick with 44. Bill Myers of Troy was the individual winner doing the approximately 2 miles in 10:01, which is considered an excellent time. Thirty-four boys competed. First Wildcat to finish Larry Dick, who finished in fifth place.
The Jasper Wildcats made it three victories in a row last night without a loss by downing a spirited Marksmen 11, 13-6, at Tell City in an SIAC conference scrap.
Meanwhile, the Bedford Stonecutters wasted little time in unleashing a powerful and speedy backfield last night at Municipal Park as the Lawrence County team defeated the Huntingburg Hunters, 20-7, in an SIAC game.
50 Years Ago
Sept. 20, 1971
Ninety-five students, 32 of them full-time, have opened the second year of classes at the Jasper Center of Vincennes University. An additional 22 persons are enrolled in an evening graduate course offered through the center by Purdue University. These figures represent an increase of 13 full-time students over the number which opened the center in September of last year when a total of 88 persons were enrolled. The number of part-time students declined by six.
Pictured in the sports page of this issue is Larry Stamm of B & G Tire following the championship game of the Dubois Tourney Sunday, which was won by B & G. Joe Walker, representing the Dubois Softball League, is shown presenting the Most Valuable Player Award to Stamm. Stamm was a standout for the winners throughout the tourney and was presented with the award for his outstanding play.
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce announced today its intention to seek a direct, four-lane, Evansville-to-Indianapolis road on the basis of a study they have conducted, which indicates, according to population, passenger car registrations and mileage figures, a south leg of Interstate 69 should have been constructed within Indiana prior to the east leg of I-70 and the east and west legs of I-74. The corrective action the Chamber has proposed is a direct four-lane road between Evansville and Bedford.
The Rev. Kenneth L. Scherry and family will arrive in Huntingburg this week to begin his pastorate at Salem United Methodist Church of Christ. Kenneth Scherry, the son of an Evangelical & Reformed Minister, was born at Lancaster, Ohio, and, at the age of 5 moved to Poland, Indiana, where he attended grade school. His high school education was received at nearby Brazil. He attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He then entered Mission House Seminary (now United Seminary) and graduated in 1961. During his sophomore year at college he married Viola Reifeis, and they have three children, Becky, 10, Nathan, 8, and Daniel, 6.
A list of the Jasper High School faculty was published previously. Two new teachers were hired, replacing Mrs. Houser and Mr. Pittman. Mrs. Connie Ross, who has a B.S. from Oakland City College, has done graduate work at Indiana State University and Ball State University. She is teaching in both the Business Education Department and the Physical Education Department. Mrs. Ross taught at Rochester High School for the past two years. Miss Pat Brooner, who has a B. S. from Indiana University, is in her first year of teaching. She is in the English department. The 59 member faculty of JHS consists of 41 men and 18 women. 46, or above 80% of them, have master's degrees.
The Huntingburg Happy Hunters notched their first victory of the 1971 season Friday night and at the same time got revenge for their only loss during the 1970 season as they defeated the Wood Memorial Trojans, 14-8, in a PAC battle at Municipal Park in Huntingburg. Junior halfback Scott Sibrel scored both TD’s in leading the Hunters to victory. Meanwhile, the Jasper Wildcats used a steady ground attack, blended in with an effective passing game and some stellar defensive play, to defeat the Evansville Rex Mundi Monarchs, 28-13, in a battle at Alumni Stadium in Jasper. The victory snapped a five-year drought against Rex Mundi, giving the Cats their first win over an SIAC-A Division team since 1965 when Jasper downed Rex Mundi, 14-6.
25 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1996
Jasper’s Wildcats sharpened their golf games for the upcoming sectional by running away with the Big Eight Conference girls golf tourney on Saturday. At Evansville, Jasper proved itself as the best team in the Big Eight Conference and freshman Heather Hochgesang proved herself as the best individual with her low round of 79. Hochgesang earned medalist honors with her score, but the support of her teammates enabled the Cats to claim victory. Jill Sergesketter carded an 84, Audrey Huther fired an 85, Ashley Hohler recorded an 88 and Kelly Flannagan shot an 89.
Indiana’s single-class tourney found no ”pal” in principal today when the IHSAA announced the results of an unprecedented statewide referendum. By a margin of 220-157, a majority of principals approved the go ahead for the multi-class tourney. “I guess this is a sad feeling,” said Southridge Athletic Director Jim Bardwell, who said he will miss the days of the Southridge Boys Basketball Sectional, one of the most popular in the state.
Pictured in this issue is the JHS class of 1941 celebrating their 55th anniversary of graduation on Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn. Those pictured are: Mary K. (Berger) Gillam, Betty Jean (Krodel) Conolty, Ada M. (Miller) Hufnagel, Evelyn Buechlein, Mildred (Smith ) Krapf, Mildred (Campbell) Beck, Rosemarye (Fuhs) Ruxer, Anna M. (Kiefer) Schaaf, Jerome Schmitt, Gervase Schwenk, Denzil Conolty, Robert Berger, Dolores (Ernst) Flannagan, Peg (Litchfield) Salb, Alma (Krodel) Wagoner, Frances (Schwartzmiller) Kunz, Gene Kunz, Norman Huber, John Stratman, Dennis Schuetter and Edward Schaaf.
Those who can’t make it to the polls for the Nov. 5 election can still exercise their right to vote. There are three types of absentee voting available for college students, business travelers, nursing home residents and anyone else who can’t get to the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots can be cast through the mail, in the county clerk’s office at the temporary courthouse, or at private residences in front of a traveling voter board.
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department celebrated the 100th anniversary of its incorporation this year with a commemorative book telling of the department’s history. “The Fire Department auxiliary wanted to do something special to mark the anniversary,” said Brenda Meyer, wife of Fire Chief Bill Meyer. Volunteer firefighters had served Jasper since 1839, but an ordinance formally establishing a department was not adopted until January 1896. The 473-page book covers the fire department history and includes reminiscences of past and present firefighters.
The Southridge Raiders wanted to beat the South Spencer Rebels so bad it pained them to lose the PAC rumble. As Southridge head coach Brad Hanner walked off the field Friday, frustrated and disappointed, he was quick to the point about how tough the Raiders 19-12 setback was at Reo Friday. “Our kids played with heart, we played hard and then we lost. Period,” Hanner said emphatically. Meanwhile, the Jasper Wildcats remained undefeated (4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Eight Conference), as they downed Vincennes Lincoln, 21-0, at Alumni Stadium.
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