News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 31, 2013

1988: More than 1,000 kids hunt for eggs

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

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


• The first 2003 candidate forum, sponsored by Farrington’s Grove Historical District, drew about 100 people to the Wabash Senior Citizens Center. Mayoral hopefuls included Mayor Judy Anderson, Duke Bennett, Kevin Burke and Jim Jenkins. Melony Sacopulos was the moderator.

• Ron Chaney and Malcolm “Cam” Cameron, Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduates, and William Youman, long-time faculty member, were inducted into South’s Hall of Distinction.

• A crowd gathered on the east side of the Vigo County Courthouse in support of American troops in Iraq in a rally organized by Bob Hendricks of St. Mary-of-the-Woods. A second group, made up of members of Terre Haute Stop War on Iraq headed by Cathy McGuire, rallied on U.S. 41 south of Interstate 70 in support of the warriors, but against the war.

• The Terre Haute Americans Little League Park, 16th and Chase streets, was now part of the new Franklin Elementary School construction site. The players were to be absorbed by the North and South Little Leagues and Terre Town and Boys Club programs.


• More than 1,000 children participated in the 55th Easter Egg Hunt at Deming Park sponsored by American Legion Fort Harrison Post No. 40. It was one of the state’s largest Easter Egg hunts.

• Postage required for a first-class letter increased from 22 to 25 cents. Robert Huffman, Terre Haute postmaster, noted it had been three years since the last increase.

• Thelma Benton and David Cook Jr. were the co-chairpersons of Terre Haute’s Jesse Jackson for President Committee. Jackson was competing with Michael Dukakis for Democratic National Convention delegates.

• General Cinemas Corp. of Boston sold the Towne South and Honey Creek cinemas to Kerasotes Corp. of Springfield, Ill. Admission prices were to remain the same: $2.75 for matinees and $4.50 for evening showings.

• Local 373 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators urged patrons to attend the Meadows, Plaza North and Indiana theaters where professional union projectionists were employed.

• Franchisee David Blue opened a second Subway restaurant at 1120 Wabash Avenue. The first Subway was in operation in Riverside Plaza.


• Demolition of the remaining walls and removal of the debris continued in the downtown fire-gutted business section on the north side of Wabash Avenue east of Sixth Street. Four buildings had been destroyed.

• Terre Haute turned out by the thousands to welcome the Garfield High School Purple Eagles home after their near-victory over South Bend Central in the state finals at Indianapolis. The team, aboard a fire truck, was greeted by citizens lining the streets from the Highland Lawn hill to 13th Street, then north to the Garfield gym. Player Greg Samuels received the Treaster Award for mental attitude and scholarship and the Zimmerman and Free Throw awards.

• Grace DeVaney, Garfield principal, commented, “I never thought I would end my school career scaling ladders and collecting nets.” Her cutting down of the

nets after the regional and

semistate victories had made national news.

• More than 1,400 volunteers rang doorbells at Vigo County homes in the 53-minute walk for Cerebral Palsy. Ralph Learnard was the chairman; Sarah Coons was the United Cerebral Palsy executive secretary.