News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 8, 2012

TODAY IN HISTORY: 1962: Back to school typewriters going for $49

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.



• Mayor Judy Anderson proclaimed “Always Remember 9/11 Day” on the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

• The second Blues Festival at the Crossroads drew crowds to downtown Terre Haute. Admission was $2 for anyone 16 years or older.

• For the fourth year in a row, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was ranked as the nation’s best engineering school by U.S. News and World Report.

• Seventy-three vintage cars traveled from the Indianapolis Speedway to Terre Haute in the Indiana National Road Association’s second Antique Car Tour. Trish Eccles was in charge of arrangements.

• Digital Audio Disc Corp., the Vigo County Courthouse and Federal Express were the top three finishers in the 22nd Corporate Olympic Games sponsored by Terre Haute First National Bank at Forest Park.

• Vigo County Superior Court Judge Dexter L. Bolin Jr. announced he would retire at the end of the year.

• Led by Gennifer Marrs and Sarah Bowers, the Terre Haute North Vigo High School girls golf team won the Vigo County championship played at Hulman Links.


• The Wabash Valley Labor Council honored Secretary of State Evan Bayh with the Labor Day Award at a dinner at Gran-Ma Joy’s Restaurant. Other award winners included Mary Hellman, Nick Peters, Howard Stevens, Keith Childers, Vicki Weger and the Central Wabash Valley Building & Construction Trades Council.

• Tommy and Mary Alice Thompson took first place in the annual Mr. and Mrs. Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

• The Sisters of Providence and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College began providing day care and preschool for the children of their employees.

• The German Oberlandler Club’s 15th annual Oktoberfest was staged at the Army National Guard on Maple Avenue and the Altrusa Club’s fifth annual Chili Cookoff Festival was underway at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. “Bravo! Bring on the Arts!” at Fairbanks Park featured displays by 19 artists, a “Try-Me” tent and performances by a number of groups.

• Dr. W. W. Drummy announced he would resign at the end of the year, and he recommended Dr. Thomas Conway to succeed him as Vigo County Health Officer.


• The conversion to automation at the Miller-Parrott Baking Co. plant in Seelyville led to a new fleet of 24 delivery trucks to serve retail customers and four tractor-trailer units for the wholesale trade.

• The refurbishing project at Cunningham’s Tavern, 1500 Locust St., was completed. Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham Sr. had opened the business in 1945.

• Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” was held over for a second week showing at the Indiana Theater.

• Some 2,000 students were enrolling in the parochial schools: Schulte High School, Sacred Heart, St. Ann, St. Benedict, St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick elementary schools in Terre Haute and St. Leonard in West Terre Haute. Enrollment in the Vigo County School Corp. public schools had increased to 21,679.

• A back-to-school advertisement featured portable typewriters at Roots’ Store. The Smith-Corona and Underwood models were priced from $49 to $159.

• The Wiley High School Mothers’ Athletic Club held its Fall Festival at the Meadows Shopping Center. Mrs. Marvin Goss was club president; Mrs. C.A. Withrow the event chair.