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November 25, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 2002: Dixie Bee wins state Spell Bowl

TERRE HAUTE — 2002

• Motels were filled and restaurants crowded with team members, coaches and fans for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at Tabertown Road and Swalls Drive. Thirty-one men’s teams and 31 women’s teams, with 254 total runners in each race, competed in the event.

• Big Lots opened at 4650 U.S. 41 South in Wabash Valley Plaza in the store formerly occupied by County Market.

n Fat Tuesdays, 1612 S. Seventh St., changed its name to Fat Kats Cajun Pub and Grill.

• Dixie Bee Elementary School’s Hoosier Spell Bowl team won the state championship in which 430 teams had competed. Gail Artis was the team sponsor.

• The 16th annual Christmas in the Park opened to the public at Deming Park. Co-sponsored by Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Dept. and Terre Haute First National Bank, the event had drawn 15 different Terre Haute groups to compete for $7,000 in prize money.

1987

• Bernard Cunningham, railroad/highway planner for Terre Haute, reported 40 trains, on the average, made their way through the city each day. About 24 were Consolidated Rail Corp., a dozen CSX, and four Soo Line trains. Fifty years before, 75 trains a day rumbled across Terre Haute railroad tracks.

• Football coach Dennis Raetz, ending his eighth season (5-6) at Indiana State University, said, “I feel good for the seniors … and I feel good for me.” The Sycamores had won the Blue Key Victory Bell by defeating Ball State 24-23 in the Hoosier Dome.

• The Overpass, 488 N. Third St., and WZZQ Radio presented two-and-a-half hours of “female oil wrestling.” Admission was $6.

• It was Ethnic Sunday at the Vigo County Historical Museum, 1411 S. Sixth St. The local Greek community provided traditional cookies, strong Greek coffee and music. David Buchanan was the museum director.

• Thanksgiving turkey dinners were available at $5.95 at the Pick of Terre Haute Motor Inn on U.S. 41 South, and at $6 at the Waterwheel Restaurant, U.S. 40 West, Brazil.

1962

• The Department of Defense was to provide Terre Haute with supplies to place in 85 public fallout shelters which would protect 44,435 persons in event of an emergency.

• Ross Woodburn chaired the 50th anniversary celebration of Garfield High School. More than 850 persons attended the banquet at the Terre Haute House where Dr. Paul Humphrey was named “distinguished alumnus.” Grace DeVaney was the school principal.

• Terry Smith, who had received honorable All-State mention, was honored as Wiley High School’s most valuable football player. The team had an 8-1-1 season record, had won the Wabash Valley championship and the Western Indiana Conference title, and had tied with Gerstmeyer for the Vigo County Football Championship. Loren Van Gorder and John Phillips were the team co-captains.

• Luise Caroline “Connie” Schull was crowned princess of the fourth annual Cotillion Ball co-sponsored by the Woman’s Department Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

• The Quarter Century Club of the Borden Co. honored Herbert Ellis and Charles H. Taylor, each of whom had completed 40 years of service. The predecessor of this 105-year-old company was Terre Haute Pure Milk & Ice Cream Co.

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