News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 28, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 2003: Terre Haute North boys win school’s first Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic title

Dorothy Jerse

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


• Terre Haute North Vigo High School’s boys basketball team celebrated winning the school’s first Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic championship with a 34-31 win over Bloomfield.

• A $15,000 contribution was given by Hulman & Co. to be used for the restoration of the Collett Park Pavilion. Gary Morris and Fred Nation presented the funds to the city.

• Terre Haute Mayor-elect Kevin Burke named Capt. James W. Utz as the new fire chief. Fire Chief John Brighton was to serve in an advisory position during the transition.

• Vigo County received a federal Homeland Security grant of $335,000 to be used to provide equipment for a large-scale emergency such as a terrorist attack. The funds were presented by Pat Ralston, executive director of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency.

• Joink Inc. became Joink LLC after the Gilead Group LLC of St. Louis made a multi-million investment in this wireless broadband internet provider. Zack Johnson, who founded Joink Inc. as president, was now the chief technical officer.


• A new contract was finally reached. The Vigo County Teachers Association agreed to settle for a 7.13 percent financial package as opposed to the 6 percent package offered by the Vigo County School Corp. board. John Bitzegaio was the VCTA president and Charles Clark the interim school superintendent.

• Charles Essex was named director of Terre Haute Regional Hospital’s Lamb Center, a drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility.

• Members of the United Hebrew Congregation of Terre Haute staffed volunteer stations at Union Hospital on Christmas Day to allow the regular volunteers to be off on the holiday. Walter Sommers was the project coordinator.

• The Alliance for Growth and Progress and the Terre Haute Area Chamber of Commerce moved into the former Terre Haute First National Bank building at 643 Wabash Avenue.

• Fred Rubey, vice president of Terre Haute First National Bank, was elected chairman of the Terre Haute Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Bud Perry was the chairman-elect.

• Terre Haute attorney William C.McClain was appointed Vigo County Court Div. 5 Judge by Gov. Robert D. Orr.


• A petition signed by 760 persons supporting the continuation of “Wiley” as the name for the new south side high school to be built on Paul Cox Field was delivered to the Vigo County School Corp. Board of Trustees by Carl L. Bopp.

• Thirty-one cars of a 90-car New York Central freight train were derailed Christmas morning two miles east of Fontanet.

• Members of the Tribune-Star circulation department, under the direction of Charles Fouty, delivered 210 Christmas baskets to persons in need. Donations totaling more than $2,000 funded the project.

• Twenty-nine employees of Allen & Steen Co. and P. E. Allen Insurance met for their 24th Yule Breakfast. Special recognition was given to long-term employees Frances Lammerts, H. L. Cordes, L. B. Allen and Eudalia Taylor. The employees had been part of a profit-sharing fund since 1959.

• The New Year’s Eve dance was the first formal event to be held at the Country Club of Terre Haute since the remodeling program had begun. Newly-elected club officers included Frank A. Prox, Robert Boyer, John B. Hunter and William J. Stone.