News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 16, 2013

Looking back: In 1988, the drought caused water shortages in Parke and Vermillion counties

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

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


• Tribune-Star headlines: “Bad news — the Terre Haute metropolitan area lost 500 jobs in 2002. Good news — that number pales in comparison to losses in other Indiana cities.”

• Robert “A. J.” Patton of Terre Haute North Vigo High School was sworn in as the 2003 Hoosier Boys State governor. He was the first Hoosier Boys State participant from Terre Haute to be elected governor in the 66-year history of the event.

• Led by Jason Ireland, the Terre Haute South Vigo High School golf team won its second straight regional tournament.

• Joe Massa, a member of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, who had won first place in technical relating math at the state competition, left to enter the national competition.

• Carol Turner retired from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service after 30 years. A reception was staged in her honor at the SCAMPS House, 732 N. Fifth St.

• Trevis Mayfield, Tribune-Star publisher, announced layoffs of 13 part-time employees.


• The 51st annual Hoosier Boys State, with 940 high school seniors participating on the Indiana State University campus, was followed by the 47th annual Hoosier Girls State, with more than 800 Indiana high school girls as delegates.

• City and county officials and local business leaders visited a BASF Corp. plant in Greenville, Ohio. One local plant manager summed it up as a “first-class operation.”

• The drought caused water shortages in Parke and Vermillion counties. Both Montezuma and Cayuga were selling record amounts of water to farmers and residents of neighboring towns. So far, the Indiana-American Water Co., which supplied Terre Haute, had survived the unprecedented demand and prolonged drought.

• Demolition of the vacant Davis Park, Fairbanks and Sugar Grove elementary schools was scheduled to begin.

• The Vigo County School Corp. approved $180,000 for the asbestos inspection and management plan for its schools.

• Lee Phifer, Vigo County Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, received the 1987 Indiana Ambassador of Tourism Award during the third annual “Wander Indiana” celebration of National Tourism Week.


• Patrick Ryan and his mother, Mary J. Ryan, announced plans for the expansion and remodeling of their Frank M.- Patrick J. Ryan Funeral Home, 602 S. Seventh St.

• Carole Rust, president of Housewives Effort for Local Progress, urged a thorough and continuing investigation of claims printed in the Indianapolis Star that “Terre Haute is a wide-open city.”

• The Methodist congregations of the Trinity, Liberty Avenue and North Terre Haute Park Avenue churches, having a combined membership of 565 persons, completed a merger of their parishes. Plans called for the new congregation to occupy the Trinity Church property at 19th Street and Fourth Avenue after renovation.

• Loyal D. McMillin was named to succeed Arthur Freudenberg as scout executive for the Wabash Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. The new chapel at Camp Krietenstein, a project of the Silver Beavers, Wabash Valley Council, was dedicated with Ernest Long as master of ceremonies.

•  Sandy Malooley represented Terre Haute’s Syrian Orthodox Youth Organization at the Midwest SOYO Convention in Cleveland.