News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 29, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1962: Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing ceases operation

Dorothy Jerse
The Tribune-Star


• 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.