News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 21, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Couple spends hours on sleigh in front of home as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus

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


• Andrea Myers, the first woman to hold the position of Indiana State University athletic director, announced she would retire at the end of the 2004 year.

• George Heubel and Krisinda Doherty were crowned Wabash Valley King and Queen as the best junior bowlers in the Greater Terre Haute area at Imperial Lanes.

• Layoff of 70 percent of the local work force at Aegis, based at The Meadows, affected 225 employees due to the loss of a telemarketing contract.

• The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers contributed $2,326 to the Tribune-Star Christmas Basket Fund bringing the total over the $16,000 goal to provide dinners for 500 families in need.

• Cindy Cox, Wabash Valley Community Foundation president, and Maralee Britton, Terre Haute Parks and Recreation superintendent, accepted the gift of $539,515 from Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan to help build the Indiana National Road Delmar & Betty Jones Trailhead Project.

• Union Hospital received a gift of $1.2 million from the estate of Allen and Millie Felstein of Hillman Jewlers.


• Tribune-Star readers responded to a legislative priorities survey to tell Governor-elect Evan Bayh what they wanted him to achieve. The top five items on their list were more jobs, better-paying jobs, environmental protection and improvement, economic development, a U.S. 41 north-south alternate, and additional I-70 interchanges.

• Scott Canute and Tamie Dehler received the Big Brother-Big Sister of the Year awards at the agency’s Christmas awards dinner at Damon’s Restaurant, 3377 Dixie Bee Road. Officers elected were Stephen L. Williams, Lynn White, Charles Gentry and Tom Miller.

• More than 600 families in need received baskets of food and warm wishes as part of the annual Tribune-Star Basket Fund.

• Jim and Janet Thompson, 3620 Haythorne Ave., spent “hour after hour sitting together on a hand-made sleigh in front of their home as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.” Some 2,000 visitors had come by this year.

• Charter Hospital, open at 1400 Crossings Blvd. for the past nine months, announced expansion plans for a wing to house 18 beds for adolescents.


• The United Fund exceeded its goal of $372,031. Campaign chairman Fred Jensen paid a special tribute to the Housewives Effort for Local Progress (HELP) who had taken on the solicitation of the Metropolitan Division.

• Indiana State College’s six local fraternities welcomed 103 new pledges.

• Garfield and Gerstmeyer high school basketball teams were among the 11 teams in the state still with unbeaten records for the season.

• John Stewart Showalter, Garfield High School senior, won first place in the state finals of the American Legion high school oratorical contest. Patty Hayes of Brazil was named second.

• The Terre Haute Humane Society announced plans to start an animal cemetery with about 500 graves as a beginning. George Hanks was the Society president.

• It was grand opening weeks at Snappy Snack, a walk-in, drive-in restaurant at 1160 Locust Street between Great Scott and Gerstmeyer High School. Al Gibson was the manager.

• Fred “Fritz” Bauer resigned as county assessor for health reasons. The Vigo County Commissioners appointed his chief deputy, Sam Crandell, to the position.

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