News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 30, 2013

Looking back: In 2003, Mott celebrates 50 years in radio biz

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.


• Co-workers and friends helped Ronn Mott celebrate 50 years in the radio business at the WAXI station, 13th and Ohio streets.

• Motorists were stopping to view a mural, painted by Suzanne Overton, on the west wall of John Mellinger’s Fourth Quarter Bar on Wabash Avenue.

• Kristin Wright, Riley resident and Terre Haute South Vigo High School student, was named Queen of the 74th Vigo County Fair.

• Steve Decker, president of the Wabash Valley Horsemen’s Association and a participant in the July 4th event since he was 4 years old, loaned his horse to another rider so he could help direct the 58th annual Frontier Day parade with 186 horse entries. Brandy Schell was named Frontier Gal and Dale Sowards the King of the Cowboys.

• The Wayne Newton Post 346 baseball team hosted and won the July 4th American Legion Tournament.

• Matt Mardis, former Terre Haute North Vigo High School basketball star, was returning to Terre Haute to be an assistant coach on coach Royce Waltman’s Indiana State University Sycamores staff.


• The Wabash Valley was suffering through a prolonged drought. The Indiana Department of Human Services authorized the 60-Plus Hotline to buy cooling fans for qualified elderly persons.

• A test for AIDS was now mandatory for inmates within 60 days of release from the U.S. Penitentiary — Terre Haute.

• Many of the national press corps were wearing Larry Bird’s Boston Connection green sports caps when Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the Democratic candidate for president, appeared at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. The auditorium was filled to capacity with about 960 persons, and then 500 more filled the cafeteria before Dukakis arrived carrying a Boston Connection cap.

• Loeva Piepenbrink, manager of the Indiana State University Federal Credit Union, retired after 27 years of service.

• Eleven more persons were arrested for trespassing on business lots along Wabash Avenue. The previous weekend 44 young people were arrested on the lots where merchants had “no trespassing” signs in view. Gerald Loudermilk was chief of police.

• The German-owned BASF Corp. planned to open an office in Foulkes Square, 401 Ohio St.


• Terre Haute’s new $6.3 million sewage disposal plant, completed nearly a month ahead of schedule and located south of the city on the Prairieton Road, was dedicated.

• The Hotel Deming was renamed Hulman Center by the Indiana State College Board of Trustees.

• Contemporary Development Inc. hosted an open house for the first showing of its latest design home at 125 Woodbine Drive in Woodridge Subdivision.

• Burned out by the multi-million dollar fire in downtown Terre Haute, George and Al Felstein of Hillman Jewelers Inc., announced plans for a new store building on the north side of Wabash Avenue on a lot immediately east of the former building.

• Herman D. Becker, president of the 500 Cherry Street Corp., announced the acquisition of another downtown parking lot on the northeast corner of Sixth and Cherry streets.

• Weekend events at the Elks Fort Harrison Country Club included a Hawaiian Luau with music for dancing by Leo Baxter’s Orchestra, a golf breakfast and a best ball tournament.