Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
• About 200 people attended a public meeting of the Vigo County Council at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Although the majority of the crowd opposed more taxes, the council voted 6-1 to renew the County Wheel/Surtax and 4-3 to adopt a County Adjusted Gross Income Tax and a County Economic Development Income Tax. The vast majority of Indiana counties already assessed income taxes.
• Terry John was recognized as Terre Haute’s Police Officer of the Year and Tracey Bailey as Dispatcher of the Year at the 12th annual recognition dinner sponsored by Terre Haute First National Bank.
• A groundbreaking ceremony launched the Veterans Memorial Plaza project on the Vigo Courthouse square. Max Miller and Darrel Knight co-chaired the committee.
• About 80 anti-war demonstrators walked from Seventh and Cherry streets to the Vigo County Courthouse for a rally. A few days later, Wabash Valley residents gathered in local churches to pray for peace as the nation led an attack on Iraq.
• The parish of St. Patrick Catholic Church sponsored its 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Joseph Grohovsky was the honorary mayor and parade marshal. The traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner was followed by Irish music by O’Caroland and musical entertainment by Brad Anderson’s Fanfare Band.
• Charter Hospital of Terre Haute, a treatment center for troubled children and adolescents opened its doors. At the ceremony Art Linkletter said, “You never know if a place like this would have saved my daughter Diane. Drugs crept in on America like a warm tide.”
• The next week’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine with a 12-page feature story about Larry Bird was sold out before it was scheduled to hit the newsstands.
• St. Joseph Catholic Church, founded in 1838, celebrated its sesquicentennial with a mass at the church and a dinner-dance at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
• Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley was awarded the 1987 Golden Circle Award for outstanding performance. Brad Maugham was the board president and Linda Schoelkopf the executive director.
• Officials of the Vigo County Medical Society declared the Sabin Oral Sundays a success. Individuals receiving the vaccine-laden sugar cubes at the 15 clinics numbered 55,098 the first Sunday, 53.360 the second and 32,750 on the third Sunday.
• Terre Haute First National Bank was celebrating its centennial. The bank was one of 51 national banks in the country which were original members of the National Banking System established in 1863. Leonard B. Marshall had been president since 1945.
• Mace Service Inc. purchased the C&EI Railroad freight property east of the tracks from Wabash Avenue to Poplar Street for future development.
• Fire caused heavy damage to the Father & Son Shoe Store, 671 Wabash Ave. Smoke filled O’Day’s Restaurant forcing a one-day closing.
• The Hyspot (formerly Sankey’s), 458 N. Ninth St., presented a Dixieland Jam Session with the Wally Akers Combo every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.