News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 25, 2012

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Summary of local highlights 130 years ago

Mike McCormick
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A couple of weeks ago this column provided a list of highlights in Vigo County during 1887. Responses suggest that the format was popular.

Accordingly, here is a summary of local highlights for 1882, 130 years ago:

• Jan. 1 — Memorial services honoring Terre Haute merchant Lucius Ryce, who died Dec. 26, are held at the Congregational Church at southeast corner of Sixth and Cherry.

• Jan. 3 — The residences of  travel agent Thomas Walmsley, 613 S. Center St., and clothier Leopold Goodman, Jr., 518 S. Fifth St., are burglarized. George W. Shewmaker, pioneer Terre Haute police chief, commits suicide in Indianapolis.

• Jan. 4 — Nat and Eliza Goodwin appeares at Terre Haute Opera House.

• Jan. 7 — Indiana Gov. Albert G. Porter gives a lecture about Indiana history at Normal Hall. 

• Jan. 15 — Prominent merchant miller Ralph L. Thompson suddenly dies.

• Jan. 18 — Leather dealer John H. O’Boyle, age 70, dies.

• Jan. 23 — A $30,000 fire takes place at Havens & Geddes, a wholesale notions store at 506 Wabash. Another fire occurs at Mont Rose School., southwest corner of 16th and Franklin streets.

• Jan. 28 — Louis Faust dies of small pox at the Pest House on N. Third St.

• Feb. 6 — Frank Mordaunt stars in “Old Shipmates” at Terre Haute Opera House.

• Feb. 9 — A gang of tramps tries to take possession of a Vandalia train at the depot.

• Feb. 13 — The Terre Haute Gazette moves into new offices at 25 S. 25th St.

• Feb. 15 — Patrick Shannon’s Bank is the victim of grand larceny. Benjamin H. Simmons and Charles Hunt were arrested.

• Feb. 16 — Bill Hicks is arrested while burglarizing the home of A.Z. Foster.

• Feb. 21 — Edwin Booth stars at the Terre Haute Opera House in “Hamlet.”

• Feb. 24 — A fire occurs at the residence of Asa R. Summers, 1319 Sycamore St.

• March 1 — Sarah, wife of Andrew B. Fouts of Fouts, Hunter & Co, carriage manufacturers, dies at 813 Ohio St.

• March 2 — James McLaughlin dies of small pox.

• March 6 — Fanny Davenport, London-born actress, appears at the Terre Haute Opera House. Maud Hosford of Terre Haute, later a star of stage and screen, becomes a night operator at the Telephone Exchange.

• March 7 —  Josephus Collett is named receiver of the Illinois Midland Railroad managed by Robert G. Hervey. Burnett & Watson, a blacksmith partnership at 306 Cherry St. consisting of William K. Burnett and William A. Watson is dissolved. Hauck, Miller & Co., cracker makers located in Dowling Hall, also dissolves its partnership.

• March 10 — Banker Patrick Shannon dismisses his lawsuit for libel against Terre Haute architect Charles Eppinghousen.

• March 17 — Joseph K. Emmet stars in “Fritz in Ireland” at opera house.

• March 21 — Robert S. Cox, 628 Swan St., acquires an interest in the Terre Haute Car & Manufacturing Co. Lotta Crabtree appears at Terre Haute Opera House.

• March 23 — Terre Haute lawyer-newspaper publisher Emory P. Beauchamp, 1214 S. Sixth St., is appointed U.S. Consul to St. Gall, Switzerland.

• March 27 — Susan E. Hayden’s secondhand store at 822 Wabash is robbed.

• April 1 — Frank Mayo appears at opera house in “Davy Crockett.”

• April 20 — Former Civil War prisoners have a reunion at Dowling Hall.

• April 21 — Remains of an unknown person are found in the Terre Haute Soap Co. vat. Articles are adopted to form Oak Bluff Cemetery Association.

• April 24 — George Allen and Harry Thompson acquire the Terre Haute Express from James H. McNeely, effective May 1.

• May 5 — Considerable damage is caused by a tornado.

• May 15 — The Blues defeat the Nationals 18-5 in the first pro baseball game of season.

• May 16 — Charles E. Vandever succeeds Harry Russell as police chief.

• May 31 — Minurita Aydelotte conducts an elocution contest at the Terre Haute Opera House. Judges are Col. R.W. Thompson, Isaac N. Pierce and Rev. Charles Croft.

• June 9 — Ray Jenckes and Elijah M. Mering acquires R.L. Thompson’s flour mill.

• June 10 — Ambrose B. Carlton is appointed to the Utah Commission by President Chester Arthur.

• June 16 — Thirty students graduate from Indiana State Normal School.

• June 22-23 — High school commencement is at the Terre Haute Opera House.

• June 28 -- 41st annual commencement takes place at St. Mary of the Woods.

• July 4 — Independence Day celebrations take place at the County fairgrounds and Early Grove.

• Aug. 15 — Harrison Bros. Carriage Co., 321 Cherry St., is destroyed by fire.

• Aug. 16 — Isaac Kendrick is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of his wife on March 11.

• Aug. 31 — A new county jail is opened at northeast corner of Water and Ohio streets.

• Sept. 10-14 — The ninth annual convention of Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen is held in Terre Haute, the smallest city to host the event.

• Sept. 18 — Eliza Warren, age 81, dies.

• Sept. 19-22 — The city hosts a reunion of Indiana veterans of Mexican and Civil War.

• Sept. 25-29 — The city hosts its eighth annual convention of the Tri-State Medical Society.

• Oct. 6 — U.S. Sen. Benjamin Harrison speaks at the Terre Haute Opera House.

• Oct. 12 — Terre Haute Turn-verein hosts the 10th biennial Indiana Turnfest.

• Oct. 16 — An explosion occurs at Gilman & Reynolds stave factory, 805 N. Second St.

• Oct. 18 — Thatcher, Primrose & West appears at the Terre Haute Opera House.

• Oct. 30 — William “Buffalo Bill” Cody appears at the Terre Haute Opera House for the eighth time since 1873.

• Nov. 2 — The opening night of St. Joseph’s Church Fair takes place at Dowling Hall.

• Nov. 15 — Edwin Seldomridge publishes the first issue of the Terre Haute Democrat.

• Nov. 20 — The residence of former mayor Grafton F. Cookerly, 223 N. 12th St., is damaged by a fire.

• Dec. 6 — A day after being suspended as fire chief, William K. Burnett assaults  Lawrence Kretz, his successor.

• Dec. 19 — John O. Hardesty sells the Saturday Courier to Dick Thompson Morgan.

• Dec. 25 — Thomas W. Harper tries to shoot Spencer F. Ball, co-publisher of the Terre Haute Gazette.