Looking Back: 9/21September 20, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Sept. 20, 1954
Pictured on the front page of this issue are eight young men from Jasper and two from Martin County. The group left this morning for Louisville to be inducted into military service. They are to be stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., for the next 16 weeks for their basic training. Previous groups were sent to Indianapolis for induction. All of the men in today’s group are volunteers except Linus Wigand of Jasper and Gary Wineinger of Shoals. Pictured in the group are Donald Lee Lehmkuhler, James Leo Schaaf, Eugene Raymond Dick, Gary Wineinger, James Carrico (Loogootee), Joseph Edwin Kress (leader), Gerald Elmer Bohnert, Linus Roman Wigand, John Henry Wininger, and Donald Edward Haller.
Chester Nass, Huntingburg funeral director, last night was appointed by the city council to serve the unexpired term of John Ax on the Huntingburg school board. Mr. Ax and family have moved to Jasonville. The new appointment came at the regular meeting of the council with Mayor Orval Kemp. Mayor Kemp appointed Hillis Tevault, former police chief, to a vacancy on the police force created by the resignation, effective Sept. 24, of Officer Bert King. Mr. King has accepted other employment.
Some first-hand advice on how to get on a movie set while a picture is being shot can be obtained from Tagra Lawalin, three-year-old daughter of Mrs. Anthony Schulte of Jasper. Recently Tagra was among a group of folks from this area who were visiting the Lincoln Pioneer Village at Rockport where scenes were being shot for the movie, “The Kentuckian,” starring Burt Lancaster. Ignoring the rope that held back other spectators, Tagara sedately walked among the cast and nonchalantly asked for a drink of water. Members of the cast took her to the drinking fountain and the cast of the movie made quite a fuss over her. And Burt Lancaster gave her his autograph.
Jasper’s Little League champion Cubs were guests of their sponsor, the Hochgesang Construction Co., at a special dinner meeting last night at the K of C club. After a chicken dinner, the boys were presented with miniature inscribed bats. Bob Detroy was awarded a double bat for leading his team in home runs with five and also leading the team in hitting with an average of .537. Those attending besides the team members were Max Burke, treasurer of the Little League; Rags Berger, president; Herb Pittman, vice-president; Mark Harker, secretary; Vic Bohnert, manager; Bill Bohnert, assistant manager; and Elmer Gogel, representing the Hochgesang firm in the absence of Lawrence Hochgesang.
The first jury trial of an alleged drunken driver to be held in the Dubois County circuit court in some time resulted yesterday in a verdict of not guilty for the defendant. The defendant was Omer E. Bauer of Rt. 1, Evanston, who was 32 years old at the time of his arrest by Jasper city police officers early on the morning of August 23, 1953. Bauer is one of six persons who in the past year and a halfhave entered pleas of not guilty to drunken driving charges in local mayor’s and justice of peace courts, and were recently slated for trial by jury in circuit court. Bauer’s case is the first of six to go before the jury. The jury returned a not-guilty verdict, following about an hour and a half of deliberation, despite the fact that three police officers testified that Bauer was drunk at the time of his arrest and despite the fact that a State Police technician testified that he tested .25 on the drunkometer. A reading of .15 is usually sufficient for conviction.
Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg gridders scored four touchdowns, three in the first half for a 19-0 lead, and coasted in with reserves to a 26-0 SIAC win over the Bedford Stonecutters last night at Municipal Park. The victory was the second in three starts for the Hunters, who downed Tell City last week after an opening defeat by Boonville. Meanwhile, Jim Roos’ Tell City Marksmen, roughly handled in their three gridiron outings up to last night’s home stand against Jasper, finally scored their first victory. Tell City defeated Jasper 25 to 13, the first defeat for Bob Fell’s youngsters.
• 50 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1969
Dubois County’s sixth traffic death of 1969 was recorded Sunday evening when a car containing two local Indiana University students left U.S. 231 north of Jasper and struck a tree. The driver, Melvin L. Hochgesang, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Hochgesang, of R. 4, Jasper, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital. The county coroner, Dr. C. W. Ackerman, said he suffered neck and skull fractures of his right leg and left arm. A passenger, Miss Christine Van Huysse, 19, of 337 West 15th Street, Jasper, was admitted to Memorial Hospital for treatment of lacerations and contusions on her left leg. Her condition is described as satisfactory. They were going to pick up two other IU students in Jasper before returning to Bloomington.
The regular meeting of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board was held Monday evening. All members were present. After approving minutes and claims, contracts were signed for special transportation, homebound instruction, teachers and Tenth St. School rental. The board reiterated its policy concerning transfer students. “Students who wish to transfer into the school district must present a transfer certificate from the proper transferring district or make a down payment as a private transfer at the opening of the school term.”
Jerry Birge, general manager of Cable Channel 9 since it went on the air in October of 1968, submitted his resignation to company officials Monday night. The resignation is effective immediately. Said Birge, “It was a big decision to make, but there were many personal matters involved in the situation that made the decision necessary. I certainly plan to remain in Jasper and this move will give me more time to devote to my duties with The Daily Herald.” Birge has also been serving as sports director of the Herald since November of 1967.
It may be hard for the big city folk around Manhattan to believe but one of the most intent “Met watchers” in America lives in the small town of Petersburg, located in southern Indiana. Her son’s team, the New York Mets, won their National League Eastern Division title last night by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, who are the normal favorites of people in this part of the world. “I’m very, very happy,” Mrs. Hodges said. “I can hardly wait for his call. He’ll phone me today. He calls me every week.” And of course today it will be a special call.” The Mets’ manager was born about 15 miles from Petersburg at Princeton, Ind., on April 4, 1924, and moved to Petersburg in 1932. He gained fame as an American Legion baseball player when he played for the Princeton Legion team.
A change in the administrational responsibilities will take place at Memorial Hospital in Jasper next month, it was announced today by Sister Mary Catherine, Provincial Superior of the Little Company of Mary. On October 15, Sister Mary Barbara, who is completing a three-year term as administrator of the Jasper hospital and as religious superior of the Little Company of Mary community in Jasper, will assume new duties at the Little Company of Mary Health Facility at San Pierre, Ind. A term as religious supervisor is limited to three years. Sister Mary Michael will be assigned to the local hospital as religious superior of its community of sisters as well as president of the board of directors of Memorial Hospital. Sister Mary Kevin, who served on the office staff at the Jasper hospital from February to August of 1967, will return as its administrator.
Jasper survived a high-speed running attack by two Boonville halfbacks Friday night and used the steady play of their own Lee Boehm to edge the Boonville Pioneers, 14-12, at Alumni Stadium. Boonville’s halfbacks rolled up 246 yards between them but Boehm’s performance cancelled out their effort. Boehm, a 180-pound senior, carried the ball 25 times for 126 yards, accounted for 10 tackles on defense, and boomed the ball a total of 134 yards in three punts for an average of over 44 yards per punt. Meanwhile, the Springs Valley Blackhawks defeated the Huntingburg Happy Hunters 13-0 in action at Huntingburg’s Municipal Football Field.
• 25 Years Ago
Sept. 26, 1994
If a mountain lion is roaming north of Holland--as has been reported — its existence would undoubtedly be attributable to someone who keeps exotic pets turning the animal loose or allowing it to escape, officials say. A Holland-area resident who reported her family’s sightings of the big cat south of State Road 64 and north of Holland last week regrets doing so. She has already heard that youths have placed traps outside her property. She worries that irresponssible people being careless with firearms may follow. In addition, as the story makes its rounds, different versions are emerging that play loose with the facts, she said. “If I see one again, I’m not telling anybody,” she said.
After next month, any Jasper High School student who lights up a cigarette on campus might be in for more than a trip to the principal’s office, If they’re caught violating the school’s proposed no-smoking policy and they’re under 18, they could also wind up in court. The Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation is considering a smoking policy that would threaten students with more than just detention or suspension. The new rules, to be voted on next month by the school board, would use a state law to hit kids and parents where it counts — in their banking accounts.
George Wilson’s book, “History of Dubois County,” has been a valuable local reference since its publication in 1910. Now, 84 years later, his unpublished volumes on the same subject may be viewed on microfilm at the Jasper Public Library. All 28 of them. Bound volumes consisting of more than 21,000 typewritten pages were recently microfilmed by the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. The original volumes are housed in the Eli Lily Rare Book Library at Indiana University. Wilson’s histories will be “a real boon” for people doing genealogical research and for anyone else interested in the history of Dubois County, said John Fierst, of the Dubois County Historical Society.
If your coffee tasted like swimming pool water this morning, you probably got a shot of chlorine with your cream and sugar. The Jasper water department had to increase the amount of chlorine at the water treatment plant after discovering ammonia in the water entering the plant from the Patoka River Wednesday afternoon. The water is safe to drink; it just might have a strong smell and taste, said Mike Oeding, Jasper’s water and gas manager. The source of the ammonia is unknown, he said. It could have come from someone cleaning out a tank, from a leak in an anhydrous ammonia tank, or a leak or a spill from a large, older-model chiller, he said.
The 1994 Herbstfest officially began Thursday evening at Huntingburg’s City Park at the east end of First Street. Pictured on the front page of this issue is Sara Rauscher, who was crowned the Herbstfest Queen. Also pictured are some children who are shown enjoying some of the many rides spread throughout the park. The fest will continue through Sunday.
Greg Robling, manager of the Jasper McDonald’s restaurant, was awarded the Outstanding Manager Award at the company’s annual managers convention in Chicago. Robling has been the manager of the Jasper restaurant for eight years, and has worked there since 1978. McDonald’s has more than 13,000 restaurants in 66 countries.
In local football action last night home-standing Jasper blew out South Spencer, 48-0, Southridge defeated Wood Memorial, 35-13, at Raider Field, and Heritage Hills downed Gibson Southern, 33-19, at Fort Branch.
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