News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 1, 2014

Looking back: In 2004, Chimney fire causes damage to interior of historic Markle House

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


• Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month. The Wabash Independent Living and Learning Center (WILL) employees and volunteers were checking city facilities for compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

• An economic impact study showed travel stops and tourism added more than $217 million to the Terre Haute and Vigo County economy in 2002. David Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau of Vigo County, said, “We are an event-driven market,” citing the bowling tournaments and cross country competitions as examples. Other income was derived from motor coaches stopping in Terre Haute to or from Branson, Mo.

• A chimney fire caused damage to the interior of the historic Markle House, 4900 Mill Dam Road. The Cox family had owned the home, built in 1848 by Frederick Markle, since 1983.

• “INmigration,” a cooperative effort of Rose-Hulman Ventures, Indiana State University, the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Department of Commerce, was underway to attract entrepreneurs to grow and maintain businesses in Terre Haute.


• The West Vigo Vikings’ 58-57 upset victory over the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots placed them against the Terre Haute South Vigo Braves in the high school sectional final at Hulman Center. South won 85-67 giving the Braves the sectional championship and a 21-1 win record.

• John Valle, representing former Gerstmeyer High School, concluded a drive for a $500, 8 x 8 inch brick to be displayed in the Indiana High School Basketball Museum courtyard in New Castle.

• Indianapolis Colts tackle Chris Hinton signed autographs at the 80th anniversary party for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The struggle for equality was presented by Martha Jordan, Ron Mott, Darrin Brown and Jamie Rhodes. Theressa Bynum was the local chapter president.

• The Vigo County School Corporation board approved an architectural contract with McGuire & Shook Corp. for a new Honey Creek Junior High School building. The occupancy date was set at 1992.

• Terre Haute North Vigo High School’s Winter Guard won first place in regional competition among units from seven states.


• The Garfield Purple Eagles won 55-54 over the Schulte Golden Bears for their third straight high school sectional crown at the Indiana State College Arena. Frank Hamblen made the winning 12-foot jump shot with two seconds left in the fourth overtime.

• The Elks City Club’s Leap Year Party followed a Sadie Hawkins theme. Daniel Williams was the exalted ruler and Walter Curtis the club manager.

• The Patrick J. Ryan Funeral Home completed its expansion and modernization project at 602 S. Seventh St., where it had been located since 1957.

• Indiana State College President and Mrs. Raleigh Holmstedt hosted 47 foreign students from 20 countries at a dinner in the Hulman Center Cotillion Room. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Porter and Mr. and Mrs. Cliff R. Shanks were special guests.

• Commercial Motor Freight Inc. of Indiana celebrated the official opening of its new $100,000 freight terminal and offices at 701 N. Fruitridge Ave. William “Woody” Wilson, the manager, seven office employees and 22 drivers were employed at this Terre Haute branch.

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