News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 21, 2013

Looking Back: 2003: Mark Cook brings blues home

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.


• Jim Bertoli resigned as the Indiana State University volleyball coach to become the campaign director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley.

• An Earth Day presentation by TREES Inc. at Fuqua Elementary School featured Shirley Waterman as Rachel Carson, Chuck Shutt as Teddy Roosevelt and Tim Porter as John James Audubon.

• The team of Tom Hosking, Mike Toney, Gary Hosking and Jimm Nidlinger won the 25th Birthday Benefit for Hulman Links. Twenty-eight teams and 113 players competed in the event.

• John Mullican, owner of Goetz Printing & Copy Center, acquired the 42-year-old printing business of Ivan Wentz and planned to expand into the recently closed Train Depot site at Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue.

• Mark Cook returned to Terre Haute to play with fellow musicians in the Cook-N-Blues group at Brazil and Terre Haute. His records had won the Blues Album of the Year award for both 2001 and 2002.

• Indiana State University dedicated its first outdoor art gallery between Hulman Memorial Student Union and the Science Building on what was once Sixth Street.


•Jack Wehman of the BASF Corp. was in Terre Haute to meet with the Alliance for Growth and Progress. The previous week the Vigo County Council had approved the creation of a redevelopment commission to make the industrial park more attractive to a company such as BASF.

• The Terre Haute City Council voted 8-1 to approve Indiana State University’s plan to close city streets and alleys around the downtown campus “as a major economic boost for the university and the city.”

• The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College annual Renaissance Faire celebrated the lives of King Henry’s six wives with dancers, musicians, artists, fencers and jousters.

• Indiana Guard Reserve Col. Fred W. Schwartz of Terre Haute was honored in a retirement ceremony in Indianapolis. He had been involved in military service since 1930.

• The ninth annual “Brush-up Terre Haute” campaign opened with an all-out assault on trash, litter and debris in the city. William V. Trout headed the 42-man Street Department workforce. The 1987 campaign saw 441 tons of debris hauled to the south landfill.


• About 400 delegates attended the tenth annual convention of the Indiana District of Key Clubs International at the Terre Haute House. Norman Tucker, Schulte High School, was the district governor and James Conover the district founder. The Inkey, the official district publication, was published by editors Steve Hickey and Hugh McQuillan of Wiley High School.

• The men’s golf season at the Country Club of Terre Haute opened with a Golf Stag planned by Bill Kelly and Ted Hegeman. Ed Niemeyer chaired the Men’s Golf Committee.

• After featuring women’s apparel for 35 years, the LaSalle Shop, 28 N. Sixth St., was going out of business.

• The Terre Haute Board of Realtors, headed by Myron Busby, hosted a meeting of about 100 members for the annual “Bread and Butter Conference” of District 6, Indiana Real Estate Association. John T. Newlin and Byron L. Brown were the co-chairman.

• Boy Scout Troop 15, sponsored by Goodwill Industries, received its charter. It was one of the few troops in the nation made up of boys with disabilities.