Before the pep rally at Southridge High School, football players dressed as cheerleaders practiced routines in the weight room. A contest was held between classes for the best cheers. The junior squad comprised Brad Pund, Shane Ring, Kyle Kuczynski, and Lyle McCollum. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Nov. 8, 1996.
By BOB ALLES
65 Years Ago
November 12, 1956
The members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department are completing plans for their annual Fireman’s Ball to be given at the Rustic on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21. Boyd Bennett and his well known radio and t. v. orchestra will provide the music for the dance. Fire Chief Roman Fuhs announced that there will be a number of attendance and door prizes. Attendance prizes will include an AM-FM radio, a Universal automatic coffeemaker, a deep fat fryer, and an automatic toaster. Three dressed turkeys will be given away as door prizes.
Henry Huff, superintendent of the Ferdinand State Forest, announced this morning that he is closing the Forest to the public because of the high fire danger prevailing right now in southern Indiana. He said the forest will remain closed until the danger has passed. Both he and Clyde Andry of Birdseye, the district fire warden, reported this morning that the fire danger in this area is the highest it has been in four years. While no forest or brush fires have been reported in Dubois County as of yet, a rash of forest fires on private land in four southern Indiana counties Sunday and Monday were blamed on hunters careless with cigarettes.
Coach Nip Wuchner’s Jasper Wildcats launched heir 1956-57 basketball campaign on a sweet note last night at the JHS goalhouse with a 59-44 victory over the French Lick Red Devils. Jim Eckerle of the Wildcats, topped both teams in scoring with 20 points. Meanwhile, Coach Howard Sharp’s Huntingburg Happy Hunters opened their 1956-57 basketball season with a thrill packed close victory over Cliff Murray’s Petersburg Indians, 39-38. Denny Stetter led the Hunters with 11 points.
Members of the Jasper city council held their regular meeting Wednesday night in City Hall. Councilman Godfrey Lampert presided in the absence of Mayor Ed J. Lorey, who was unable to attend because of illness. Two Girl Scout leaders, Misses Sarah Knies and Janice Schmitt, appeared before the council to request that street lights be put up in the vicinity of the Armory Park swimming pool building. They said the recreation room in the basement of the building is used for Girl Scout meetings, and parents are reluctant to allow their daughters to grope their way to the building. The council said they were in favor of putting up some lights.
The Spurgeon Cardinals scored their first net victory in four starts last night at the expense of Ireland to win by a score of 54-50. Hunt and Williams finished with 17 points apiece for the Cardinals for top scoring honors. Coach Dimp Stenftenagel’s boys presented a well-balanced scoring attack that was paced by Ronnie Dodson’s 14 points. Bartley and Schmitt each finished with 10 markers. Spurgeon’s second team captured the preliminary game by the score of 44-26.
Some nifty third period sniping by the Jasper Wildcats, in which they plunked in 11 of 19 field goal attempts, buried the Holland Dutchmen by the score of 78-48 last night at the Jasper goalhouse for JHS’s second victory of the season. All of Jasper’s five “J’s,— John Hoffman, Jim Eckerle, Jerry Birge, Jody Giesler and “Junie” Schnarr— contributed baskets during the scoring spree. Jerry Birge, who topped both teams in scoring with 21 points, also turned in a stellar performance on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds to top both teams in that department too. Holland was paced by Bill Roesner, who scored 17 points.
50 Years Ago
November 15, 1971
Pictured on the front page of this issue is the Most Rev. Francis R. Shea, Bishop of Evansville, as he blessed Memorial Hospital. Bishop Shea was the principal celebrant at a private Dedication Mass at 10 o’clock Sunday morning in the hospital’s new Ecumenical Chapel in the West Wing, which was being dedicated. Also participating in the Mass were the Rev. Bill Deering, formerly of Jasper, now of Evansville, the Rev. Alfred Niehaus, the Bishop’s representative for Diocese hospitals and chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville and the Rev. August Fichter, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Jasper.
Despite the announced signing of a contract between the United Mine Workers Union and coal companies throughout the United States Sunday morning, Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company is still urging the conservation of electricity and natural gas. SIGECO, which reported last week that its coal supply would be exhausted by November 17 if the coal strike continued, requested that its customers—including those in Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Holland—continue to use the guidelines issued last week for the conservation of electricity and natural gas.
Pictured in this issue are the twelve World War I veterans who were on hand when a program honoring American Legion members of Post 147 with 50 years of continuous membership, was held at the post home on Veteran’s Day (November 6). Those honored include George Vollmer, C. U. Gramelspacher, Herbert A. Lueken, Ambrose Kuebler, Othmar E. Eckerle, Benno F. Blessinger, Claude Line, Virgil Gramelspacher, C. A. Nicholson, Linus G. Bohnert, Hobart McDonald and John L. Eckert.
From Jerry Birge’s KEEPING SCORE column: I. U. athletic Dept. officials hosted an open house of the new Assembly Hall Wednesday afternoon. Bob Simmers, WITZ sports voice, and I ventured to Bloomington to see the Hoosiers’ new showplace, and to take a look at the “new look” Hoosiers, operating this year for the first time under former Army boss Bob Knight. The 16,666 hall is an impressive one. I have to admit we discovered many of the seats are located behind protective railings, interfering with one’s view. It would be impossible to watch a game from a number of upper level seats. Tom Miller, the Sports Information Director at I. U., stated he wasn’t aware of the situation. He did state that the upper balcony would only be used in rare occasions.
Pictured in this issue is Wayne Place, the coordinator of the Governor’s conference, being held in the French Lick Sheraton Hotel. Place is shown seated in one of Andy Granatelli’s race cars. Three Jasper men ( Carl Gehlhausen, Frank Buechlein and Kenny Bohnert) performed the difficult task of getting the car into the hotel’s lobby. The dining room of the hotel was decorated in a Speedway theme and Anton “Tony” Hulman, Speedway president, was the host.
Tom Nicholson, 6-3 senior who played in the shadows of the other four Jasper basketball regulars a year ago, started his final season in impressive fashion Friday night to lead the Jasper Wildcats to a season-opening 64-46 triumph over the Washington Hatchets at Washington. Nicholson, who is blessed with exceptional jumping ability, rammed in 28 points and hauled down 23 rebounds to get the Wildcats off on the right foot.
25 Years Ago
November 11, 1996
Both Jasper and Heritage Hills ran into brick walls in the Jasper volleyball semistate semifinals on Saturday as 2nd-ranked Martinsville and 15th-ranked Seymour rolled into the title game courtesy of two-game wins. The Artesians (37-3) defeated the Owls (33-4) in the championship 16-14, 15-10 for a state finals berth. The Wildcats finished their season with a 31-6 mark; Heritage Hills closed out their campaign with a record of 27-10.
At least two Southridge seniors were mistakenly barred from voting in last week’s close Southwest Dubois school board election. However, no one filed a petition to challenge the election results by the deadline of noon today. School…