News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 8, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 2002: Union Hospital breaks ground on new building

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

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



• Union Hospital officials broke ground for a $16.3 million, five-story building to replace the East Building in use for 74 years.

• Members of the Terre Haute Police Department special response team took special training at the former Crawford Elementary School to learn counter-terrorism measures.

• The Sycamore Agency and Greiner Insurance Agency began operating under the Old National Bancorp Insurance Group. ONB had acquired Sycamore in 2000 and Greiner in 2002.

• Steve DeGroote, former boys basketball coach at West Vigo High School, was named to coach the girls team. He also continued as a health teacher and coach for baseball and girls cross country.

• Steve Thompson shot a 73-69 to win the 30th annual Elks Amateur golf tournament on the club course north of Terre Haute.

• Four Wabash Valley high school baseball players were selected as Indiana All-Stars by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. They were David Verdeyen (Terre Haute South Vigo), Devin Jones (Sullivan), Nick Goodman (Linton) and Kyle Dobbs (Greencastle).


• Crowds jammed Fairbanks Park for the “long-delayed, twice postponed” fireworks display staged by American Legion Post No. 40.

• The loss of jobs at Case IH, CF Industries and Indiana Gas & Chemical contributed to the workforce of Vigo County shrinking by 800 persons in May. The unemployment rate was now 6.3 percent.

• The three-member Seelyville Town Board voted unanimously against fluoridation of water supplied by the Indiana-American Water Co. Seelyville Water Works customers had voted 622 against fluoride and 620 in favor. The breakdown in the town of Seelyville itself was 256 against and 69 in favor.

• Culbro Corp., parent company of Borden Inc., signed a letter of intent to buy the Snacktime Co., whose Chesty Food Division was located in Terre Haute. Ray Jones was the local plant manager.

• Ceremonial groundbreaking at the eastside Fort Harrison Industrial Park marked the beginning of work to rebuild streets, construct curbs and gutters, and provide sewer inlets. The park was home to 13 businesses with a workforce of more than 1,000 persons.


• Mayor Ralph Tucker extended an official welcome to Dr. Bernard M. Cohen, the new rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute. Sid Levin was the congregation president.

• Ceremonies at a water show at Deming Park marked the dedication of Terre Haute’s three new swimming pools located in Deming, Sheridan and Voorhees parks. W. L. White was president of the city park board.

• The drop-in box concept, utilized by banks and post offices, was adopted by the local Goodwill Industries. The new box was located in front of the Goodwill headquarters, 122-124 N. Fifth St. The Rev. Theodore Grob was the executive secretary.

• The Vigo Kart Club of Terre Haute opened its one-third mile race course. It was known as Wabash Valley Kartway and located one-half mile west of Otter Creek on Park Avenue. The popular go-karts had been dubbed the “poor man’s sports cars.”

• “Join the Miracle of United Effort” was the theme of the 1962 United Fund campaign headed by T. Wade Markley. The goal was $363,359.