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June 10, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 2002: 14th Strawberry Fest sweetens downtown

TERRE HAUTE — 2002

• A three-day series in the Tribune-Star looking back at the Timothy McVeigh execution and a capital punishment forum at St. Mary-of-the-Woods marked the one-year anniversary of the event.

• Mayor Judy Anderson welcomed 22 contestants who were in Terre Haute to compete in the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant. Adelle Maynard, Miss Crossroads America and native of Terre Haute, was the winner of the People's Choice Award.

• Law enforcement officers from around the state escorted the Special Olympics torch down Wabash Avenue to open the event on the Indiana State University campus. About 3,500 athletes and coaches were expected to participate in the competition.

• The First Congregational Church hosted its 14th annual Downtown Strawberry Festival on the Terre Haute First National Bank parking lot. The Rev. Donald Mullen was the pastor.

• The name of Aaron Schoffstall, who had lost his life in service of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department, was added to the wall of fallen heroes at the Police and Fire Museum.

1987

• More than $20,000 was pledged by local businesses, individuals and organizations for the “Beautify Terre Haute” campaign. Work had begun planting flowering trees along Wabash Avenue.

• Initial funding of the Riddle Trust Fund was announced in honor of Carl S. Riddle, recently retired principal at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Scholarship awards were to be granted to one male and one female graduating senior each year.

• The Terre Haute area experienced an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.

• “We’ve come this far by faith” was the theme of the 150-year celebration of the Allen Chapel of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Isabelle Martin, a lifelong member, was general chairman of the sesquicentennial celebration..

• Shadow Caster of Terre Haute defeated the competition to win WZZQ-FM's Battle of the Bands before more than 3,000 people in Fairbanks Park. Marty Hartman, Mark Edwards and Terry Jacobs were the judges.

• The 46th Hoosier Girls State opened on the Indiana State University campus with 843 high school students participating.

1962

• The opening of the swimming pools at Deming, Voorhees and Sheridan parks was delayed two weeks because of a new installation of a six-inch water line from Fruitridge Avenue to the Deming Park pool site.

• Cross Funeral Home, 2005 N. 13th St., hosted a two-day open house for the public to view its newly remodeled and expanded facilities.

• Graduates at Rose Polytechnic Institute numbered 65. Indiana State College awarded 1,130 undergraduates and graduate degrees.

• The summer session at Terre Haute Commercial College, Wabash Avenue at Fifth Street, offered stenographic, accounting, comptometer, secretarial, general business, IBM key punch and office machines classes.

• Roberts’ Tavern, in North Terre Haute at the stoplight, advertised “turtle dinners” as its specialty.

• Branam Williams Realtors, located at 656 Ohio Street since 1939, moved to 28 S. Seventh St.

• A 57-member staff for the Fairbanks-Vigo County Memorial Library was approved by the Library Board of Trustees. Director Stillman K. Taylor headed 39 librarians and clerks, 10 pages and eight janitors.

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