News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 11, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: Tanoos says full-day kindergarten a priority

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 the Tribune-Star.


• Vigo County School Superintendent Dan Tanoos said a full-day kindergarten program, as proposed by Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan, was a high priority for Vigo County.

• VCSC trustees voted unanimously to name the Terre Haute South Vigo High School football field after Bob Clements, head football coach at the school for 15 years.

• Ronald and Lorraine Legouffe, living about 1,228 miles away in New Richmond, Quebec, found 11 balloons from Mayor Kevin Burke’s campaign.

• Florida Lowry was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. She had coached almost every sport during her 36-year career, and she had been the first girls basketball coach at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

• The Indiana State University Foundation purchased the former Prudential Building, 22 N. Fifth St.

• Indiana Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis brought a check for $590,045 to Terre Haute for the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board to assist the Wabash Valley Advanced Manufacturing Cluster, headed by Bob McLaughlin.

• Supporters of “Howard Dean for America,” organized by Cathy McGuire, met at the Books-A-Million store.


• The Vigo County School Corp. approved the 1989 contract for teachers, which provided a 7.13 percent financial package. Charles Clark was the interim superintendent.

• “It was a big day for Indiana Democrats as they crowded into the Statehouse for their first inaugural in 24 years.” The Terre Haute Symphony Chamber Orchestra provided pre- and post-inaugural music. Fred Nation of Terre Haute had been named press secretary for Gov. B. Evan Bayh III’s new administration.

• Wabash Valley Harley-Davidson, owned by Clarence and Marie Crow, won the Harley-Davidson Inc.’s Bar and Shield Excellence Award for 1988.

• The Keyes Manufacturing Co., located at U.S. 41 and the Parke-Vigo County Road in northern Vigo County, was purchased by Raymond L. Summerlot and renamed Summerlot Engineered Products Co.

• The new officers of the Terre Haute Day Nursery were Barbara Causey, Donna Springman, Mary McLaughlin, Emily Gedrick, Cindy Cox and Buddy Berry.

• Terre Haute First National Bank introduced the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf to assist hearing-impaired clients during banking transactions.


• The Grand Theatre, 729 Wabash Ave., celebrated 25 years of fine entertainment with the showing of the Jerry Lewis film, “Who’s Minding the Store?”

• Joseph R. Cloutier, president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, stressed the need for zoning to members of the Kiwanis Downtown Club.

He said, “While Terre Haute is located well for distribution into large industrial areas with good delivery facilities, has ample water, electric power and gas, good educational facilities, and a plentiful labor pool, it is lacking a fixed area plan on which industry can rely.”

• Democrats Myron J. Busby was elected president and William B. Butts vice president of the Terre Haute Common Council.

• The four chapters of the PEO Sisterhood held their joint Founders’ Day luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Chapter AW was in charge with Mrs. E. P. Redman and Mrs. James Bopp co-chairmen and Mrs. Otto Hartman, chapter president, presiding.

• Full bouffant skirts and sweep coats were available at Maxine’s Square Dance Shop, 4128 S. Seventh St.