News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 17, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 2003: Arson destroys CANDLES Holocaust Museum

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


• An act of arson set fire and destroyed the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, established in 1995 at 1532 S. Third St. by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor. Later hundreds walked from the United Hebrew Congregation to the museum site to demonstrate “that hatred would not be tolerated in Terre Haute.”

• Fire destroyed Tilford’s Variety Store at 1246 Lafayette Ave. in 12 Points. Cecil Tilford had operated the store since 1968.

• Indiana State University and Shenyang Conservatory, a school for music and the fine arts in Liaoning, China, signed an international exchange agreement to share educational experiences.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo Braves and the Northview Knights outscored the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots and the West Vigo Vikings at the Bi-County Jamboree for boys’ high school basketball, played at Terre Haute North.

• Sheri Wright, Lynn Hughes, Debi Miller and Chris Rector, members of the Hot Topic quartet, were crowned “Harmony Queens” at the Harmony Inc. International contest in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jeremy Conover, director of the Sweet Harmony chorus, received the Jerry Dunlop Memorial Award for Novice Director.


• BASF Corp. and pro-BASF officials began a campaign “to counter criticisms of the company,” which had been considering Terre Haute, Haverhill, Ohio and an unnamed site for its new plant.

• The Community Theatre offered “Frankenstein,” with Cliff Lambert as director and Steve Rausch as the Creature. Designed by David Erickson, constructed by Mike Dason and decorated by Cindy and Lee Guthrie, the set was said to be the most inventive ever created at the local theater.

• President Richard Landini avowed racially motivated acts would not be tolerated at Indiana State University. He said, “The ugly intolerable incident in Jones Hall is a painful reminder that racism has not been eliminated in our national society or at our university.”

• Honey Creek Junior High School won the junior high division of the Midwest Scholastic Chess Championship, with host Woodrow Wilson placing second. Jay Titus of Honey Creek finished first with a perfect 6-0 record.

• A 150-plus crowd attended the public hearing on the noise study component of the proposed master plan for the Hulman Regional Airport.


• Lee Johnson, New Goshen postmaster, received a Postmaster Commendation in recognition of his dedication and participation in civic affairs.

• The Women’s Service League of Union Hospital presented its semi-annual gift, in the amount of $4,000, to the hospital. This gift brought the total amount given to the hospital by the Service League to $51,432 in the 10 years since its organization.

• The membership of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute, witnessed the burning of a $100,000 mortgage on the Terre Haute Scottish Rite Cathedral, less than seven years after its purchase. William L. White had been chairman of the committee for remodeling the former Hippodrome Theater into the present Cathedral.

• Members of the Notre Dame Club and their wives were special guests at the opening of a Christmas Season exhibit of old master paintings at the Sheldon Swope Art Gallery.

• The showrooms at Don Domers Television & Radio Service, 1234 Wabash Ave., were filled to capacity with 1964 TV and stereo sets — RCA Victor, Motorola and Philco products.

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