News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 15, 2014

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


• The exhibit “Hometown Terre Haute: Photographs from the Martin Studios,” opened at the Swope Art Museum.

• The Terre Haute Breakfast Optimist Club honored Sgt. Steve Lewis of the Terre Haute Police Department with the 18th W. Kevin Artz Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

• Mike Saylor was to succeed Pat Rady as the head basketball coach at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

• A special Tribune-Star report by Peter Ciancone revealed that “Vigo County had the oldest housing stock in the state, a high percentage of children living in low-income families and the highest rate of lead-poisoned children of any county in Indiana.”

• More than 100 former students, teachers and parents watched as the demolition crew leveled the Sugar Creek Consolidated School built in 1922.

• Terre Haute North Vigo High School had the first team in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference history to go undefeated (7-0) during the spring baseball season.

• Bernard Ridens, retired educator, was the new executive director of the Taxpayers Association of Vigo County.


• “Wabash Avenue and 25th take top accident prize.” A traffic study showed more accidents happened at this intersection, per million entering vehicles, than at any other intersection in the county.

• Ralph Livengood, Otter Creek Junior High School, was named Vigo County Teacher of the Year.

• Local retailers reported their customers were anxious for the sale of lottery tickets to begin. The Indiana Lottery Support Services office had received 70 inquiries from Vigo County businesses. Only Marion County had submitted more.

• James M. Seeney, Terre Haute North Vigo High School student, was elected governor of the 52nd annual American Legion Indiana Boys State on the Indiana State University campus He would represent Indiana at Boys Nation in Washington D.C.

• Pamela Louise Quinn, a Vigo County School Corp. nurse, was honored as Indiana’s School Nurse of the Year at the 20th annual Student Services Summer Conference in Indianapolis.

• Enrollment in the schools of the Vigo County School Corp., the sixth largest school corporation in the state, totaled 16,456 students.


• More than 200 friends, relatives, former students and teachers honored Lela M. Gill, who was retiring as principal at Davis Park School and ending a 48-year career in education.

• Gerstmeyer Tech High School with a perfect record of winning 12 consecutive games won the Vigo County Championship and Western Indiana Conference baseball titles. Garfield finished with an outstanding record of 10-1; its one loss had been to Gerstmeyer.

• The Terre Haute Gas Corp. and its predecessors had been in continuous operation for more than 100 years. The company had 3 miles of mains and 150 meters in 1856. By 1963 the numbers had increased to 363 miles of mains and 22,461 gas meters.

• The Wabash Valley Press Club held a Summer Circus Ball at the Terre Haute House with Corky McHargue cracking the whip in the ring. Bob Kadel was the club president.

• Downtown: Furniture Fair, 929 Wabash Ave., celebrated its 30th anniversary. Joe Solomon was the founder and Houston Hollis the manager. And after 107 years, Joseph’s Clothing, 636 Wabash Ave., was going out of business.

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