TERRE HAUTE —
• The Indianapolis Colts three-week training camp with head coach Tony Dungy opened on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
• The Rev. Cyndi Alte was the new pastor at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Terre Haute.
• Terre Haute Landmarks was working to find a new use for the Ohio Building, 666-672 Ohio St. Vacant since 1998, the structure formerly housed the Tuller Hotel, Goodie Shop and Martin House.
• Circuit Court Judge Dexter L. Bolin ruled to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the closing of Crawford Elementary School by the Vigo County School Corp.
• The Indiana Sheriff’s Association annual conference was in session at the Holiday Inn. Vigo County Sheriff Bill Harris was the association president.
• Garfield Towers, 12th Street and Maple Avenue, staged its first Grandparents Festival. Naomi Hoopingarner was the activities coordinator for this senior resident center.
• Attorney John Roach was named volunteer-of-the-month by the Volunteer Action Center for his work with the Teen Court, sponsored for first-time juvenile offenders by CHANCES for Indiana.
• The first new home to be constructed by Vigo County high school students in the Building Trades Program was to be built in the 1700 block of South 34th Street. Vocational director Jon Cottrell said the class was made up of 12 students from Terre Haute North Vigo, 11 from Terre Haute South Vigo and seven from West Vigo.
• Betty Goodwin closed the doors of her Toasty Shop, 22 S. Seventh St., for good. The building would be razed by Merchants National Bank.
• The second annual Wabash Valley Traditional Jazz Festival was sponsored by the Wabash Valley Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Traditional Jazz Inc., led by Jim Moore.
• Jon Hartmann’s grand champion steer brought a purchase price of $3,100 from Sycamore Chevrolet-Nissan at the 4-H livestock auction. Scott Holt’s grand champion hog was sold for $1,015 to Farm Bureau Insurance.
• Robert Wallace, Vigo County Home administrator, purchased the former IBM building, 22 N. Fifth St. His previous plans for the Regency on the Wabash Complex at Fourth Street and Wabash Avenue were dropped.
• Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co. ceased operation at its Terre Haute Works affecting some 700 employees. Production had been transferred to plants at West Allis, Wis., and Pittsburgh, Penn.
• About 2,000 delegates from 10 states were attending the three-day convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Memorial Stadium. The event was sponsored by the Watchtower Society of New York.
• Nineteen women were graduated at the 42nd annual commencement of St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing.
• At least 50 persons representing nearly all of the news reporting media within a 50-mile radius of Terre Haute had become charter members of the Wabash Valley Press Club. Howard Stevens of the Terre Haute Tribune was the president.
• Gene Verostko captured his 11th Terre Haute Golf Association-sponsored tournament at Rea Park by winning over Willie Wisely in the final match of the championship flight. McMillan Sporting Goods had sponsored the event for the past 10 years.
• Newlin-Johnson Co. Inc. Realtors announced the opening of Lakewood Subdivision located in Riley. The price of lots began at $900.
TERRE HAUTE —
LOOKING BACK: 1963: Santa Claus resided at 674 Wabash
GENEALOGY: Difference between ‘family crest,’ ‘coat of arms’
Although some people refer to a “family crest” and a “coat of arms” interchangeably, there is a difference.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Wiley alumnus E. Grey Dimond reaches lifetime goal
The day Dr. E. Grey Dimond was born in 1918 was his mother’s birthday. Had he lived a few more weeks, he would be celebrating his 95th birthday today, Dec. 8.
HISTORICAL TREASURE: Christmas on Wabash Avenue
As the weather turns cold and the snow makes its inevitable return, the holiday season is upon us. Though most shoppers will find their holiday deals online and in the malls, it wasn’t too long ago when downtown Wabash Avenue was the epicenter of the shopping experience.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: Reflections on Larry Bird from 1979 (part III)
On March 3, 1979, “The Spectator,” a popular Terre Haute weekly newspaper, published a special issue devoted almost entirely to the 1979 NCAA tournament-bound Indiana State Sycamores with feature stories about each player.
LOOKING BACK: 1963: McDonald’s adds filet o’ fish to menu
GENEALOGY: Theodore Dreiser born in 1871 in Terre Haute
Herman Theodore Dreiser was born at 523 S. Ninth St., in Terre Haute on Aug. 27, 1871, and was baptized in St. Benedict’s Church.
HISTORICAL TREASURE: Skate over to see this treasure
It’s December, it’s cold and soon it will be perfect weather for this week’s Historical Treasure — ice skates.
HISTORICAL TREASURE: Vintage Trans-Continental Bicycle Relay medal on display at museum
A coveted vintage medal is a recent addition to the Vigo County Historical Museum’s collection.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Reflections on Larry Bird from 1979 (Part II)
On March 3, 1979, “The Spectator,” a popular Terre Haute weekly tabloid, published a special issue devoted almost entirely to the 1979 NCAA-bound Indiana State Sycamores with feature stories about each player.
GENEALOGY: Continuing to look at records of Dreiser siblings
This week is a continuation of the Dreiser siblings.
LOOKING BACK: 1988: Anthony Thompson named Big Ten MVP
LOOKING BACK: 1988: Anthony Thompson named Big Ten MVP
Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
LOOKING BACK: 2003: Arson destroys CANDLES Holocaust Museum
GENEALOGY: A little about the lives of the non-famous Dreiser children
After the Dreiser family returned to Terre Haute from Sullivan in 1871, they began to endure a life of increased poverty.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Reflections on Larry Bird at Indiana State in 1979 (Part I)
During the years Larry Bird played for Indiana State University, this writer wrote sports for the “Spectator,” a popular Terre Haute weekly tabloid edited and published by Fred Nation.
HISTORICAL TREASURE: It’s autumn and time for apple cider
When I was looking through the many items on display in the museum I came across one item that is still being used today: an apple cider press.
Looking back: In 1988, voters chose George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle
Vigo County voters chose George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle over Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen for president and vice president as did the nation.
Genealogy: Dresser’s fall in 20th century from wealthy to bankrupt
Paul Dresser, Terre Haute native and composer of Indiana’s state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away,” attained wealth and success in the 19th century, but it was all to change in the 20th. Then, several things converged that had a enormous impact on Dresser’s life.
Historical perspective: Shakespearian actor Lawrence Hanley’s Terre Haute honeymoon
On Oct. 23, 1893 — 120 years ago — Lawrence J. Hanley, a distinguished Shakespearian actor, was starring in “The Player” at the spectacular Naylor Opera House in Terre Haute.
Historical treasure: The miner’s friend: Carbide lamps
I first saw carbide lamps in the tool exhibit in the Vigo County Historical Museum. I did not know what they were — light bulb sockets, perhaps? So I did some research and found that the carbide lamps were an important relic of coal mining history.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: The Impact of the bicycle sulky, Nancy Hanks and Mascot
Those who are familiar with harness racing realize that 1892 was a pivotal year in its history due to the introduction of the bicycle sulky.
Historical Treasure: Demetrius Ewing: African-American musician, businessman
When I needed information about the Wee Hours Serenaders, Barbara Carney, the museum’s assistant director, went to the archives and located some articles from the 1970s about one of the group’s members, Demetrius Ewing. Not only did they highlight his musical talent, but they also described his life as a successful African-American businessman.
GENEALOGY: Paul Jr. was the eldest of the Dreiser children
The story of Paul Dresser and Theodore Dreiser continues this week.
LOOKING BACK: 1963: Vigo Bowl celebrates its grand opening
LOOKING BACK: 2003: Oakley Playground dedicated in Deming Park
GENEALOGY: Father of Dreiser brothers was Terre Haute spinner
Terre Haute is the birthplace of two men — brothers — who achieved fame in the creative arts. These were Paul Dresser, songwriter, and Theodore Dreiser, novelist.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Execution of Civil War Private Robert Gay of Clay County
More than 150 years have elapsed since Robert Gay, a private in Company D of the 71st Indiana Volunteers, was executed by a 20-man firing squad at Burnside Barracks near Camp Morton in Indianapolis.
HISTORICAL TREASURE: Fontanent Du Pont Powder mill rocked by explosion
On Oct. 15, 1907, with the sun having started its daily journey in the sky, the small town of Fontanet, located in the Nevins Township of Vigo County, was rocked by a set of massive explosions at the Du Pont Powder Company that claimed the lives of 30 people, and caused injury to over 250 more.
LOOKING BACK:1988: Tornado destroys homes in Vigo County
HISTORICAL TREASURE: Terre Haute’s rich distilling tradition
Recently, while perusing the archives at the Vigo County Historical Museum, I found an entry related to the Merchants Distilling Corporation. One of my areas of particular interest is the long history and strong tradition of brewing and distilling in Terre Haute, so this caught my attention.
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