News From Terre Haute, Indiana


July 6, 2014

Looking Back: 1989: Fort Harrison Chapter of DAR opens 80th year


• The Sunday Fourth of July Celebration of America at Fairbanks Park included music by Stonehenge, Banks of the Wabash Chorus and Terre Haute Community Band as well as a fly-over by a B-25 Mitchell bomber.

• Jack Ridgley began his work as the 12th president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

• David Lohr resigned his post as chair of the Vigo County Republican Party.

• The Terre Haute Police Department hosted a public open house at its new headquarters at 12th Street and Wabash Avenue.

• The Terre Haute Rotary Club was awarded the Rotary International Presidential Citation in recognition of its service to the community and the international organization. Assistant District Gov. Carlos Aballi made the presentation to Gary Schomer, immediate past club president.

• North Terre Haute stopped West Terre Haute’s two-year title streak with a 6-2 win in the Little League District 4 all-star baseball championship game for 11- and 12-year-olds.

• Ryan Abrams, Dixie Bee Elementary School student, won first place in the Exchange Club’s “What America Means to Me” essay contest.


• Judge Frank M. Nardi declared the economic plan for the Vigo County Industrial Park null and void and remanded the park plan to the Vigo County Commissioners for “possible further action.” The Citizens for a Clean County Inc. and 16 local property owners had filed a complaint in January against the Redevelopment Commission. The plan adopted earlier had paved the way for BASF Corp. to move into the park.

• Evergreen Express’ loss of its $97 million U.S. Postal Service overnight mail delivery contract was a disappointment to its 180 workers and the community. The company had contributed an estimated $21 million to the local economy during its two years of operation at Hulman Regional Airport.

• Fort Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, opened its 80th year with the installation of LaVonne Waldron as regent and Marcella Goodwin and Frances Frantz as vice-regents.

• Terre Haute Recyclers of Waste, 99 Mulberry St., added a second site at 10 Cherry Street to accommodate group projects. John Whitaker was president of this grass roots volunteer group organized in 1976.


• Lee Ann Jenkins and Dr. Don Gerrish reigned as Frontier Girl and King of the Cowboys for the 19th annual Frontier Day festivities.

• “Move to Eliminate Odor.” Commercial Solvents petitioned the Indiana State Board of Health to allow pumping up to two-thirds of its sludge waste into the Wabash River. Mayor Ralph Tucker was to appoint an air pollution control committee “as a pioneer step” in a comprehensive control program.

• Thirteen members of area Key Clubs, high school service clubs sponsored by Kiwanis International, participated in the 21st annual Key Club International convention at Dallas. Dan Moore of Garfield High School, serving as Lieutenant Governor of the Indiana District, headed the delegation.

• Potentate Leroy Francis dug the first spade of dirt for the construction of a new swimming pool at the Zorah Shrine Country Place.

• Officials of the Terre Haute Transit Co., Inc. informed Mayor Ralph Tucker it was seeking to end the bus contract with the city on July 15. Tucker replied, “The deadline is completely unrealistic.”

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