News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 28, 2014

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: A look back at the news in June 1924, 90 years ago

TERRE HAUTE — Every so often we randomly step back into time to identify what local activities were newsworthy.

Here are a few significant events as reported by newspapers in early June 1924, 90 years ago:

• June 1 — Frank T. Rooney, a farmer from Coalmont, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver at Second and Wabash.

• Carl Krietenstein, who died of tuberculosis at age 23 in 1920, was honored by Boy Scouts and friends with the unveiling of a memorial tablet at Camp Krietenstein.

• June 2 — Dr. Thomas C. Stunkard, the 62-year old chief of staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital, died. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I.

• Joe Parker, a St. Louis “gangster” condemned with Ed Barber to die for the slaying of Terre Haute detective Steve Kendall in January 1924, was taken to death row at the Michigan City penitentiary. Parker and Barbour were both released from prison in 1925.

• Indiana Gov. Emmett Forrest Branch issued a proclamation directing the state’s attention to Terre Haute’s effort to establish a memorial for composer Paul Dresser

• June 3 — Dewey Annakin, who has been teaching sociology at a Tulsa (Ok.) high school, returned to his parents’ home in West Terre Haute.

• June 4 — The will of the late Crawford Fairbanks, universally believed to be the “wealthiest Hoosier,” was filed for probate.

• Esteemed Terre Haute Tribune writer Mique O’Brien, formerly a critic for The Morning Telegraph, a respected New York theatrical and horse racing journal, died. Shortly before his death he said, “I am glad I have lived to see them raise the money to remember Paul Dresser.”

• June 5 — Plagued by illness and injuries, the Terre Haute Tots fell from first to fourth place in the Three-I League in one week as several regular players including outfielder William “Bad Bill” Mizeur, a future major leaguer, were out of the lineup. Bad weather also was a factor. Rain insurance covered only the cancellation of weekend games.

• Rose Polytechnic Institute conducted its 40th annual commencement and Frank C. Wagner was formally installed as president.

• Herman Becker of Terre Haute and G. E. LeFevre of Evansville have announced they will open a Tater Flake factory and retail store on North Seventh St., north of the Rose Dispensary.

• June 6 — Burch Coombs, 29-year old printing pressman, was arraigned on the charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of Frank J. Rooney.

• The City Council voted to give $10,000 to the Paul Dresser Memorial Fund.

• June 7 — Three hundred people attend a dance, given by the Knights of Pythias, at the new Trianon on east Wabash  to benefit the Paul Dresser Memorial Fund.

• Pointing out that there were 465 arrests in May, Chief of Police John S. Smock urged the appointment of ten addition policemen.

• The Country Club of Terre Haute awarded William Caton & Son with the contract to build a new clubhouse to replace the one destroyed by fire in 1923.

• Wabash College conferred an L.L.D. upon Dr. William Wood Parsons, former president of Indiana State Normal School.

• June 8 — Work on the second unit of the popular three-story Wabash Apartments, 519-521 S. Sixth St., is awaiting the rental of the final three vacant apartments in the initial unit. The work is being handled by North-Raffin Construction Co.

• George E. Elkins, president of Elco Barbecue Co., announced that he would erect a dance pavilion next to his restaurant on Lafayette Ave. , south of North Terre Haute.

• June 9 — Warner Coordes, president of the Vigo County Council, resigns.

• McLean Junior High School was the victor of the county junior high track meet.

• June 10 — Normal Training High School graduated 26 students.

• Parents appealed  to the school board to reinstate Alvin R. Neyhouse as principal of Greenwood School.

• Honey Creek Township announced plans to build a $50,000 high school.

• Pancho Villa wins a decision of Terre Haute boxer Bud Taylor in New York.

• June 11 — Annual commencement at St. Mary of the Woods College.

• New York Giants baseball team gave a tryout to State Normal star Roy Burris.

• June 12 — The Eastern states united to boost the candidacy of Congressman Everett Sanders of Terre Haute for Vice President at the Republican National Convention but the Indiana delegation remained strong for U.S. Senator James Watson.

• June 13 — After considerable deliberation, Rose Poly’s board concluded it had to charge Vigo County residents tuition of $50 a year, $25 for the first term and $25 for the second term. Until 1924, bona fide residents of the county were admitted free, except for a uniform $15 registration fee. Non-residents continued to pay tuition of $75 a year.

• June 14 —The Trianon (pronounced “Tree-a-non”),  Deming Amusement Co.’s new dance pavilion, took out a full page ad to report, in letter form by Lovell E. Waterman, its successes and urging the community to use the facility for picnics, light refreshments, dinners or parties. June Stuckwish won $35 in a contest to select the name.

Here are a few snippets from Waterman’s “letter:”

“The management is offering more and more opportunities to the public to make use of this recreational civic center. During the summer season the Trianon is never closed to the public but, in addition to the public dancing at 10c admission and 5c per dance starting at 8:30 p.m. and closing at 12 p.m., a special invitation is always extended to parties, for a well-prepared and well-served dinner at 6:30 p.m., and dancing afterward.

“The use of the big restaurant room is free and you are welcome. If you want to have a Trianon party served by the Trianon sand dancing to Leo Baxter’s famous orchestra, call Harry L. Ensminger, manager of the Trianon … Mrs. Mike Conley, cateress, will put up for you the most delicious dinner …

“The Trianon is providing recreation for about 1,200 young folks every Sunday night after church hours … The Trianon is supervised by high class management, by police matron and by deputy sheriff.”

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