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July 12, 2014

Looking back: In 1964, ‘Rail Crossings Under Study’

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


• It was a full weekend in Vigo County with Air Fair 2004 at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field, the FunFest at St. Benedict Parish, the “Cars as Art” show at Swope Art Museum and the concert by the Terre Haute Community Band at Fairbanks Park.

• “Union East,” the hospital building on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Eighth avenue, was scheduled to be razed.

n Terre Haute Firefighter Capt. Ralph Stott’s name was added to the Indiana Law Enforcement and Firefighters’ Memorial Wall in Indianapolis. Stout had died in 2002 while fighting an arson fire.

• Selina Adams, crowned 2004 Miss Vigo County, reigned over the 75th Vigo County Fair. Jessica Hudson was named Miss Congeniality.

• Troy Farris of Brazil won the Terre Haute Men’s Mini-City Golf Tournament with a 141 overall, just one stroke less than Dave Brown and Joe Miller.

• Terre Haute Regional Hospital, YMCA, Ivy Tech, Vigo County School Corp. and Vigo County Health Department planned to offer “Healthy Choices Forever,” designed to fight obesity in children 7 to 17 years old.


• The 1912 Haynes, owned by Frank Kleptz, won a prize of $16,000 in the Brass Class of the Interstate Batteries Great American Race. David Kleptz was the driver and Wayne Wiley the navigator.

• Pitman-Moore Inc. announced the elimination of 30 positions among the 450 employees at its Terre Haute facility. The sales and marketing functions were being consolidated at the Mundelein, Ill., office. M. Blake Ingle, president and CEO, said, “We remain fully committed as a major employer in Terre Haute.”

• The Sheldon Swope Art Museum featured the black and white studies of Kay Gibbons, Terre Haute photographer, and the work of Rod Bradfield, an art instructor at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

• Dixie Delight Frozen Yogurt, located in Wal-Mart Plaza, 4680 Dixie Bee Road, celebrated its grand opening. Pam Frazier was the manager, Richard Anderson and Craig Francis the owners.

• Mothers Against Toxic Chemical Hazards (MATCH), who opposed BASF locating in Vigo County, supported the location of a maximum-security state prison in the 1,500-acre industrial park.


• The State Board of Health assured Mayor Ralph Tucker there were no immediate plans to close the tuberculosis sanitarium at Rockville where 20 patients from the Terre Haute area were patients. However, staffing problems might lead to some alterations to the facility.

• Dr. Paul Muse told Rotary Club members that the School of Business at Indiana State College could place five times the number of graduates it has each year in top-notch jobs. More than 50 major companies had bid for ISC business graduates.

• Inclement weather held down the expected 15,000 attendance at the third annual Wabash Valley Citizens Band Radio League Jamboree at the Vigo County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the Saturday night dance before the all-day festival event were contributed to The Loft, Vigo County youth recreation center. Les Morton was the league president.

• “Rail Crossings Under Study.” Motorists would like to see existing railroad crossings in the city reduced from 26 to 17 on major streets and from 69 crossings to 42 on secondary streets.


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