News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 9, 2013

Looking back: In 1988, the Children’s Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute opens in Central Christian Church

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.


• Walgreens acquired the former Bowen Oldsmobile dealership property at 3603 S. U.S. 41. The Bowens were now located at Downtown Motors and at Plaza North Motors.

• Dr. V. Venkat Reddy and Dr. Dipen V. Shah opened their new office at 1332 N. Seventh St.

• The CrossRoads Criterium, a nationally sanctioned bicycle event, was run on the streets of downtown Terre Haute with the Morris Trucking Velo Club as the organizer.

• The name of Capt. Ralph Stott, the city’s most recent fallen fireman, was added to the memorial plaza at the Fire and Police Museum. Tom Champion organized the observance.

• The Terre Haute Harley-Davidson Chapter and the local Harley Owners Group co-sponsored the annual Mayor’s Ride. Funds from the participation of 647 bikers benefited the Terre Haute Humane Society.

• The Terre Haute North Vigo High School golf team broke school and sectional records at Hulman Links.

• Miss Indiana 2003 competition opened at Hulman Center. The Indiana Pageant had moved to Terre Haute in 1999 after many years in Michigan City.


• Garfield High School graduate Greg Bell, the world’s top long jumper in the 1950s, was among four athletes elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

• This was the largest event yet in the eight years of the Wabash Valley Senior Games with 300 people from seven counties participating in activities ranging from bicycling to billiards. The closing ceremonies were held at Westminster Village which hosted the games. Doug Tilford, YMCA staff member, was president of the Senior Games board.

• The team of Joe Card, Bob Boyer, Dave Goeller and Art Lukens won the scramble golf tourney at Hulman Links to benefit the sports medicine program at Union Hospital. Dr. Jim Cristee was the honorary chairman and Vern Fellows the general chairman.

• Eighty persons attended the opening of the Children’s Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute, housed in the lower level of Central Christian Church, 720 Larry Bird Ave. Gerry Mansfield and Susie Schnabel were the chairman and vice chairman of the board.


• Jimmy Adami and his nine-piece orchestra presented the first of eight summer band concerts at Deming Park. The series was sponsored by the Terre Haute Park Department through the Simon Levin trust fund. Dance routines by Wiley High School girls, a cake walk for children and “Name That Tune” contest were added attractions.

• The number of 1963 graduates at Vigo County high schools were: Gerstmeyer, 254; Wiley, 230; Garfield, 219; West Vigo, 115; Schulte, 108; Honey Creek, 107; and State High, 36. Wiley High School received the Tribune-Star championship athletic trophy for having the best overall record of any city high school. The McMillan Award for the outstanding athlete was given to Gregory E. Samuels, president of his Garfield High School class.

• College graduates included 109 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 81 at Rose-Polytechnic Institute, and 1,189 at Indiana State College.

• Kittle’s of Terre Haute, owned and operated by Irving M. Yonks, opened at 506 Wabash Ave., with large displays of bedroom and living room furnishings.