LOOKING BACK

Southern Indiana was hit with its first major snowstorm of 1997 overnight. One and half inches of fresh snow were reported as of 7 a.m. Businesses on Jasper’s square were busy cleaning the walks this morning. Herald file photo by Tim Myers. Published Jan. 9, 1997.

65 Years Ago

Jan. 14, 1957

Coach Ralph Seger’s Dubois Jeep’s won their fourth game in their last five starts Saturday night by downing the Mater Dei Wildcats, 67-63, on the Jeeps’ floor. Dubois, behind by as much as 11 points early in the first quarter, rallied to tie the Wildcats several times during the contest but it was not until five minutes were left to play in the game that they were able to overhaul Mater Dei and take the lead. Larry Stamm captured scoring honors with 21 points on eight field goals and five charity tosses. He fouled out of the contest near the five minute mark in the final period. Bill Skaggs contributed 16 points, Don Patcheak had 13 and Maurice Meyer turned in a fine performance in relief, scoring 12 points.

Jan. 15

The Madeleva Literary club met Thursday afternoon at the Knights of Columbus home for a luncheon at one o’clock preceding the business meeting and election of officers. 30 members and one guest, the Rev. Jerome Neufelder, were in attendance. Mrs. Claude Gramelspacher presided at the business meeting which followed. The nominating committee composed of Mrs. Linus Bohnert, Mrs. Clem Eckstein and Mrs. Francis Seibert nominated the following who were elected for the coming year: Mrs. Claude Gramelspacher, president.; Mrs. Omer Kuebler, 1st Vice President.; Victoria Uriah, 2nd Vice President.; Mrs. Jake Vogler, Cor. secretary; Mrs. Bernard Gallagher, Rec. Secretary; and Mrs. Charles Christian, treasurer.

Jan. 16

Ferdinand rolled to its 11th victory of the season last night with a 52-32 victory over the Spurgeon Cardinals on the Redbirds’ floor. Denny Durcholz continued to head up Ferdinand’s attack last night as he took high scoring honors with 18 points. Vager was high point man for the Cards with 10 markers. Meanwhile, a last quarter rally by Holland allowed the Dutch to beat the Dubois Jeeps, 57-53, at Holland last night in the feature game of the area. Holland’s scoring punch came in a small package last night, as Bill Roesner, 5’ 6” guard, netted 20 points. For Dubois it was Bill Skaggs and Larry Stamm carrying the scoring load. Skaggs hit for 14 and Stamm notched 13.

Jan. 17

Coach “Dimp” Stenftenagel’s Ireland Spuds were forced to go to the free throw line last night to pick up their sixth victory of the season by downing Mt. Olympus, 62-54, on the Spuds’ floor. Ronnie Dodson paced the Spuds attack with 22 points. Russel Janet picked up runner up honors with 15 points. Wifey was Mt. Olympus’ top point maker with 20 points. A skating scene such as had not been observed in Dubois County for a good many years gladdened the hearts of about 300 skaters who took advantage of Eddie Rees’ offer to come out to the Calumet Lake. Rees has also asked Fire Chief Roman Fuhs to take one of the fire trucks out to the lake and sprinkle it for higher gloss tonight.

Jan. 18

Notices of suspension of voter registration will be sent to approximately 2,400 Dubois countians during the next week, it was announced today by Adam R. Blessinger, clerk of Dubois circuit court. The notices are being sent to those citizens now appearing on the poll lists who failed to vote at both the primary and general elections last year and who were registered prior to the primary. “Such voters can remain in good standing,” Mr. Blessinger said, “by simply signing their name with their correct or present address and precinct in which they now reside on the card which is already stamped and addressed for return mail.”

Jan. 19

Central of Evansville maintained their hold on first place in the SIAC last night by downing the Jasper Wildcats, 63-55 at the Central gym on a late surge the last four minutes of play. Last night’s meeting was the 29th between the two schools and the win gave the Bears a one-game edge in the series, 15 wins to 14 for Jasper. Jerry Birge, playing one of his best games of the season, captured scoring honors for the game with his 21 points. Birge, getting most of his points from close range, tallied eight fielders and had a perfect night at the charity line hitting five for five.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 17, 1972

Rick Stenftenagel, a 119-pound wrestler for Jasper High School’s freshman wrestling team, defeated three foes Saturday morning and afternoon to win individual honors in his weight classification in an eight-team freshman meet. Stenftenagel defeated Bosse’s Guess with a pin in 2:30 in his final match. Ken Otto, a 145-pounder, won second place honors. He defeated two foes before being stopped by Memorial’s Bridges in the finals. Three Jasper wrestlers won third place honors. They include John Becher (105), Alan Mehringer (132) and Scott Hoffman (heavyweight). Kurt Brescher (112) won Jasper’s only fourth. Mater Dei won team honors for the meet.

Jan. 18

Scott Sermersheim, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Sermersheim of Huntingburg, received his Eagle Scout Award at a District Court of Honor last Sunday in the community room of the First National Bank in Huntingburg. Scott is serving as a junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 182 and is a past member of Explorer Post 181. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and is a senior at Huntingburg High School. He is interested in aeronautical and civil engineering and has been accepted to study engineering at Purdue University in the fall of 1972.

Jan. 19

The biggest basket of young Slick Webber’s high school basketball career will never be entered in the scorebook and as a result the Jasper Wildcats were stung with their second straight setback Tuesday, losing 56-55 to Bloomfield before a disbelieving full house at the Jasper gym. Trailing by one point with only seconds remaining Webber uncorked a 20-footer that swished through the nets, bringing Jasper fans to their feet. But a second before Webber fired, one of the officials had given time to a Jasper player who had requested the time out to give Jasper a chance to work out one last play. As a result, the basket didn’t count, Webber’s second attempt for the clincher was off the mark and the Wildcats today are licking their wounds for the second time in the last two outings.

Jan. 20

Construction on the $31 million Patoka Lake project could start some time in May of this year and a tentative schedule indicates that the first water may be impounded in December of 1975. The information was reported by Col. John T. Rhett, Corps of Engineers district engineer, at a recent meeting of the Patoka Reservoir Coordinating Committee. That committee met recently in Jasper under provisions of Chapter 275, Acts of 1969, which provides that the committee acts as a liaison between Corps of Engineers, the State of Indiana and all local interested parties.

Jan. 21

Dorsam’s Store in Haysville has completed 25 years in business today. The store is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Karl Dorsam. They stock groceries, drug items, hardware, clothing, notions and gift items. Mr. and Mrs. Dorsam also owned and operated the Friendly Tavern for three years until Dorsam enlisted in the Navy in April of 1944. The present business establishment was purchased from Harry Baker and son on January 21, 1946, after Dorsam completed his service in the Navy. Mrs. Dorsam is the former Catherine Munch. The couple has a daughter, Mrs. Ralph ( Gladys) Crouse, who assists in the operation of the store. A grandson, Kevin, is their newest helper.

Jan. 22

A Spencer County jury Friday awarded a rural Ferdinand farmer the largest verdict in the county’s history, $65,245. Receiving the judgment were Phillip Rahman of Rt. 1, Ferdinand, and oil producer Phillip Rusher of Owensboro, who maintains active oil wells on the 14.7 acre tract owned by Rahman. The land was condemned as part of the new I-64 highway which will extend across the northern part of Spencer County. The court’s decision was based on both land and mineral rights. Two producing oil wells will reportedly be plugged in the land.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 13, 1997

With Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight in attendance, Pike Central’s Adam Seitz pounded in 33 points and added eight rebounds in the No. 11-ranked Chargers 74-69 victory over Springs Valley at Petersburg on Saturday night. Seitz, who needed 13 points to break the 1,000 point barrier for his career, was 12 of 19 from the field and 7-10 from the free throw line. The junior standout now has 1,020 points career points at the school. Pike Central (10-0) got 10 points from Mark Wells and Craig Weisman. Nick Land scored 22 to pace Springs Valley (2-7).

Jan. 14

After adding two new board members Monday night, the Southwest Dubois school board is now unanimously in favor of a $16 million elementary building project. Huntingburg resident Philip Fischer, who won a close election in November, took the oath of office Monday, and the school board chose Huntingburg’s Tony Gray to replace Don Stephens, who resigned for personal reasons last month. Both Fischer and Gray say they support plans to replace the corporation’s three elementary schools with new schools in Huntingburg and Holland.

Jan. 15

Faced with stiff competition from major power suppliers, Ferdinand may sell its electrical distribution system. Across the country, large electricity distributors are using a process called “wholesale wheeling” to open up new markets, such as Ferdinand. “Wheeling” allows the distributors to pay a fee to use other companies’ transmission lines to deliver power. Council president Charles Schuler fears power brokers, who buy and sell electricity just like stocks, may take over the town’s large electrical customers. “It’s coming,” he said. “We need to be ready for it.”

Jan. 16

Maj. Gen. Robert Mitchell has unretired. What else can you do when the Governor tabs you to be the state’s top military man? Gov. Frank O‘Bannon has appointed Mitchell, a Jasper resident, as Adjutant General of Indiana. His new job is to ensure over 14,000 Army and Air National Guard soldiers in the Hoosier state meet all training standards required for their federal and state mission. The Petersburg native shares some personal friends with O’Bannon, and these confidants, including Dubois County Democrats Chick Alles, Dan Mundy and Leon Fleck, gave him strong support as the governor worked to make his selection, according to Mitchell.

Jan. 17

Pat Tretter wore many hats in his lifetime and according to those who knew him he wore them all well. Patrick A. Tretter, 49, Ferdinand, died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was a good family man, a good businessman, a good community man and a good friend, Mike Kluesner said. Tretter was co-owner of Seufert Construction and Progressive Investment Corp. with Kluesner. Tretter also gave much of his life to the SE Dubois Co. School Corp., serving on the board for 19½ years. “I just right away learned how knowledgeable he was about everything going on in the school district” Supt. Bill Rohl said.

Jan. 18

If there was any question about the importance of Friday’s showdown between 12th-ranked Pike Central, and 19th-ranked Heritage Hills, all one had to do was focus on two images. Heritage Hills’ red, white and blue-clad Patriot fans storming the court to celebrate the school’s biggest regular-season victory and Pike Central’s star junior Adam Seitz sitting alone in the locker room, still wearing his sweat-soaked uniform, with his head down and contemplating what went wrong in the Chargers’ first defeat of the season, a 55-53 thriller before a standing-room only crowd of 3,600 Friday evening at Heritage Hills High School. “ This is a big win for our program, no doubt about it,” said Heritage Hills coach Steve Merkel, wearing an ear-to-ear smile.