Looking Back: 9/28September 27, 2019
Compiled by Bob Alles
• 65 Years Ago
Sept. 27, 1954
The first meeting of the Jasper Parent-Teachers Association during the fall school term will be held this evening in the high school auditorium. The theme of tonight’s meeting is, ‘Let’s Cooperate to become better informed PTA members.” A report on school conditions will be made by Claude Gramelspacher, president of the Jasper School Board, and a review of the book, “Where Children Come First”, will be given by Miss Louise Sonderman. At tonight’s meeting the new officers will be installed.
Today marks the 116th anniversary of St. Joseph Church. It was on Sept. 28, 1838, that the first Mass was read in St. Joseph Church by Father Kundek. The late Simon Ackerman was a server at that mass, and his son, Florentine Ackerman of Jasper, believes he is the only second-generation member of the local parish. Florentine Ackerman has made inquiries, but so far as he can learn, he is the only person now living of parents who were members of the St. Joseph congregation when the church first became the scene of religious services. Mr. Ackerman is 86. His father died at the age of 80.
Pictured on the front page of this issue is Miss Joyce Winkler, a member of the Jasper High School class of 1954 and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Winkler, 1338 Leopold Street. She is the choice of the Jasper Jaycees to represent them in the Harvest Beauty Queen Contest to be held in conjunction with the fourth annual Indiana mechanical corn picking contest to be held at Franklin this weekend. The contest is being sponsored Saturday by the Franklin Jaycees and radio staton WIBC of Indianapolis. More than 50,000 spectators are expected to crowd onto the R. C. Partenheimer Farm near Franklin for the contest this weekend.
Huntingburg High School News Notes: The Junior class has five new members this year: Bob Eble (St. Meinrad), Ida Mae Gehlhausen (Terre Haute), Eloise Lloyd, Dick Schack (Evansville), and Phyllis Schneider (Jasper). This year the chorus has increased its number to 84, as compared with last year’s 45. They elected officers last year before school adjourned; but there has been a change, as their President, Carole Osborne, has moved to Oakland City. The Vice President, Donna Waibel, is now the president and Donnie Elshoff was chosen to take her place as Vice President. The other officer from last year is Secretary, Dorothy Gehlhausen.
Washington high’s freshman football team beat the Jasper yearling gridders of coach Wesley Settle 27-6 yesterday evening at Washington. Left half Jim Lehmkuhler scored Jasper’s only touchdown as he went in from 2 yards out by cutting inside the tackle. Playing this first game of their lives for Jasper were Bob Seng and Herman Brames at ends, Vic Kleiser and Rich Merder tackles, Gene Buechlein and Tommy Thomas guards, Ed Beyke at center, Willie Haas at quarterback, Lehmkuhler and Thomas Brosmer at halves and Joe Rohleder at fullback. Allen Gutgsell, Ronnie Berth and Fritz Schepers also saw action.
Bill Myers’ Princeton Tigers defeated Huntingburg 20-12 in a hard-smacking PAC game played in a drizzling rain last night at Municipal Park. The victory, which the Gibson County eleven gained by fighting from behind and dominating the offensive picture throughout nearly all the second half, preserved Princeton’s unbeaten status. Buddy Blemker, Huntingburg’s all-conference back, was the mainliner in the ground-covering department for the host team. He plowed the Tiger line for both touchdowns.
The Diner, on south Main Street, between Third and Fourth, in Jasper, will re-open next Tuesday after having been closed for three weeks for re-decorating. Mrs. Ardella Lorey, who owns the lot on which the Diner has operated since May of 1950, recently purchased the Diner from the latest owners, and began to re-decorate it. Mrs. Lorey will serve meals, sandwiches and soft drinks.
• 50 Years Ago
Sept. 29, 1969
Pictured on the sports page of this issue is “Cabby” O’Neill, the athletic director at Jasper High School. He is shown with two of the coaches who were featured at the 8th Annual Tri-State Coaching Clinic held at the JHS gym Saturday. O’Neill hosts the school each year with another former Jasper coach, Paul East. Pictured with O’Neill are Junior Gee, the coach at North Daviess, who directed Loogootee St. John’s to an undefeated season last year. Also in the photo is Jim Jones, who has built the Springs Valley Blackhawks into an area basketball power. Gee and Jones were featured on the program along with Allen Bradfield, the head coach at Vincennes University, and Dick Barr, the head coach at Jeffersonville High School.
Alvin C. Ruxer, owner and president of the Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange, received one of the highest honors in the automotive industry last Saturday at the Production Engine Rebuilders Association’s 24th annual convention in Colorado Springs. Ruxer, who began rebuilding engines 27 years ago in the wash rack of his Jasper automobile delaership, was recognized with the industry’s “Rebuilder of the Year” award. James Gartland, executive secretary of the National Association of Engine Rebuilders. formerly the Western Engine Rebuilders Association, said that the award is presented “annually to an outstanding individual who has contributed unselfishly to the production of quality products, the entire automotive industry, and particularly to his community, state and nation.”
Plans to reactivate the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce were announced at a meeting of the Huntingburg Citizens Advisory Committee Tuesday evening. John V. Barnettt, executive vice-president of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest speaker at a public dinner at the Huntingburg Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Barnett will speak on “Why Every Community Needs a Chamber of Commerce.” A Chamber of Commerce was active in Huntingburg from 1919 until 1952.
Kenny Roos and Dave and Bernie Vogler, owners of the Gambles store in Huntingburg, announced Thursday the purchase of the Hemmerlein Home Supply store at 423 Fourth St., Huntingburg. Oliver Hemmerlein had previously owned and operated the store. The newly purchased building adjoins Gambles present store, located in the former Western Auto store at 421 Fourth Street. Gambles will add to their present operation the same line of merchandise previously carried by Hemmerlein. Gambles opened its Huntingburg store in February of this year.
A 25th place finish provided the narrowest of margins for the Ferdinand Crusaders Thursday as they edged the Dubois Jeeps for the Patoka Valley Conference cross country championship at the Jasper Country Club course. Ferdinand and Dubois both finished with 55 points in the meet. In such a case, cross country rules call for the finish of the sixth man for each team to determine the winner. Ferdinand’s Phil Lindauer finished 25th in the meet, ahead of Dubois’ sixth man, Lenny Heeke, who finished 39th. The Jeeps’ Vic Betz won the individual title for the third year in a row, with a time of 10:41, 23 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Pat Lueken of Ferdinand. It was Ferdinand’s second PVC cross country title and it snapped a two-year claim to the title held by Dubois. The Crusaders also won the meet in 1966. Ferdinand is coached by Larry Klein.
The Huntingburg Happy Hunters defeated the Washington Hatchets, 21-0, in high school football action at the Huntingburg Municipal Football field Friday night, squaring the Hunters’ record at 3-3 for the season. The date was Friday, Sept. 17, 1954. The place was the old JHS football field at Recreation Field, behind St. Joseph’s School. The Jasper Wildcats defeated the Bedford Stonecutters, 13-6, for the first football victory in the history of Jasper High School. Friday night, Oct. 4, 1969 ... The place was the North Knox football field in Bicknell. The Jasper Wildcats downed North Knox, 26-8. It was the 100th victory for a Jasper High School football team, coming 15 years and 138 games after their historic win over Bedford.
• 25 Years Ago
Oct. 3, 1994
For the Southridge, Jasper and Forest Park bands, marching in Sunday’s Herbstfest parade was the end to a great weekend. All six area bands made it to regionals at the district competition Saturday, with Jasper and Forest Park coming out the big winners in their classes. In class B, for schools with 600 to 989 students, Jasper swept the caption awards and earned a Division I rating to advance to next weekend’s competition at Evansville Central High School. Forest Park took three of the four awards in class D and will also perform at Central, along with Southridge and Northeast Dubois. Pike Central and Heritage Hills take on the other class C bands at Bedford North Lawrence. The Pride of Paoli band swept the caption awards in class C, and all other bands in the class except Evansville’s Reitz Memorial received the Division I trophy.
An industry with an ambitious expansion/job creation plan received tentative approval for a tax break Monday. Aristokraft plans to build a 50,000-square-foot, 1.75 million manufacturing/warehouse addition on the west side of its 11th and Geiger streets plant. New thermofoil machinery and equipment in the addition will boost the total project’s worth to $2.58 million. Construction should begin in December and wrap up in July. Aristokraft spokesman John Lueken appeared before the councilmen Monday and requested a tax abatement for the new manufacturing equipment and real property improvements. Aristokraft currently employs 115 people at its plant. The expansion will create 47 new jobs over the next two years, according to Lueken. The created salaries for those jobs, over a 10-year period, would come to $6.89 million.
After 33 years on the Greater Jasper School Board — 26 of them as president — Phil Buecher got a pat on the back Tuesday from his peers. He was chosen the outstanding school board member for 1994 by the Indiana School Boards Association, an organization representing all 289 boards in the state. Buecher, a life-long resident of Jasper, graduated from JHS in 1945 and has served on other city boards including the plan commission and the parks and recreation board. Buecher and his wife, Gloria, have two children, Sheila Buecher and Jayme Edwards. He is a member of the American Legion Post 147 and the Jasper Rifle & Gun Club.
The city’s board of zoning appeals was well within the law, but it was a hard decision anyway. After 40 minutes of emotional debate, board members Wednesday night rejected a home-occupation request by residents Jim and Sandy Fehribach and the potential buyers of their house, Demetrio and Flor Magalang. The Magalangs, who teach at Vincennes University Jasper Center, wanted to live in the house on Third Avenue and run a book and gift store. “I’m actually not thinking of a big enterprise here. I don’t expect heavy car traffic.”
The Jasper boys tennis team pushed Evansville Memorial but it wasn’t enough to send the Tigers tumbling. The fourth-ranked Tigers recoiled and knocked the 13th-ranked Wildcats out of the state tourney with a 4-1 win in the championship match of the regional Thursday at the JHS courts. Memorial will now advance to Saturday’s semistate, also to be held at JHS, while Jasper finished the season with a 12-4 record.
Friday night Jasper didn’t resemble the Class 3A third-ranked team that’s been giving its opponents fits all season. Yet the Cats somehow found a way to preserve their perfect record, edging out Washington 13-0 in a Big Eight Conference affair. “We probably made every mistake that you could make tonight,” Jasper coach Jerry Brewer said. “But I’d rather play bad and win, than good and lose.” In other area games, undefeated Heritage Hills soundly defeated Pike Central 58-6 and the Tecumseh Braves handed the Southridge Raiders its worst loss since 1989, beating the Raiders 62-28. It was homecoming and senior night for the Raiders.
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