News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 1, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: Task force seeks funds for master development plan for both sides of river

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star


• Birdsource, a partnership of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, reported Terre Haute with an estimated 45,000 crows as having the third-largest winter crow roost in North America. Danville, Ill., was No. 1 with the largest number. Most of the birds were winter visitors.

• Members of the Wabash River Task Force were seeking federal funding to pay for a master development plan for both sides of the Wabash River through Terre Haute. Pat Cahill was the task force chair.

• Patrick R. Ralston, executive director of the Indiana Emergency Management Agency, announced his retirement. A graduate of Gerstmeyer High School and Indiana State University, he had worked 32 years in government service.

• The Wabash Valley had these three champions at the IHSAA Regional Wrestling Tournament at Bloomington South High School: LaShawn Tyler (Terre Haute North Vigo), Wes Readinger (West Vigo) and Tom Nero (Sullivan). All advanced to semistate.

• Jack Midgley was named the 12th president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to succeed Sam Hulbert.


• The headquarters of Indiana Special Olympics Inc. were to be moved to Indianapolis in July after being located on the Indiana State University campus for 20 years. Seven full-time employees would be affected.

• The annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week was conducted at Sacred Heart Church in Terre Haute with students from Sacred Heart School, St. Patrick's School, Annunciation School at Brazil, and Sacred Heart School at Clinton participating.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Lawton-Byrum Post 972 sponsored a program dealing with teenage suicide featuring John Kuchinskas of the Family Service Association presenting “Stop, Listen and Talk.” Lena Hopewell was the VFW Auxiliary president.

• The new building of Complete Outdoor Equipment and General Rentals Co. was under construction next to Tractor Supply Co. on U.S. 41 South.

• The former Indiana Gas & Chemical Corp., 13th and Hulman streets, officially became Terre Haute Coke and Carbon Corp.

• Patrick R. Ralston, head of the Terre Haute Department of Parks and Recreation, was named to head the Indiana Department of Natural Resources by Gov. Evan Bayh.


• The Martin Tearman Funeral Home, 405 S. Sixth St., was closed. It was the successor to the 50-year-old mortuary business founded by Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Martin and located in Terre Haute since 1917.

• Woodgate Inc., a real estate development company, announced plans for the first condominium apartments to be built in the area. Contemporary Development Inc. (CDI) was the contractor.

• Wiley High School’s total enrollment for the second semester reached an all-time high of 1,213 students.

• Robert X. Kelly, past president of the Terre Haute City Council, was elected Vigo County Democrat chairman to succeed L. V. “Dutch” Letzkus.

• Forrest G. Sherer of Terre Haute earned membership in the 1964 Million Dollar Round Table, the life insurance industry’s elite organization of million-dollar-a-year sales producers.

• The Emberton Restaurant, owned and operated by Ed and Lera Emberton at 115 S. Fourth Street for five years, was known for its home-style cooking and family dining.