News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 15, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: West Terre Haute eliminates 911 dispatch office to cut expenses; Sheriff’s Dept. takes over

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


• A drive-through Starbucks Coffee was now open at U.S. 41 and Margaret Avenue.

• The first Wabash Valley Ladies Unity Night attracted 1,400 women to celebrate “the joys and trials of their lives.” The event had been moved to the First Assembly of God Church to accommodate the large attendance.

• CBL & Associates Properties Inc., based in Chattanooga, Tenn., purchased Honey Creek Mall for $83 million. Kim Ingalsbe was to continue as mall manager.

• West Vigo’s Scott Cassell was named Most Valuable Player on the All-Vigo County High School Football Team. Jared Lange and Mike Russell of Terre Haute North Vigo were chosen as offensive and defensive captains.

• The town of West Terre Haute eliminated its 911 dispatch office to cut expenses. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department was to take over the service.

• Woodrow Wilson kept its championship by winning the 14th annual Middle School Geography Quiz Bowl. Honey Creek placed second and St. Patrick’s School third. The Woodrow Wilson team was made up of Jimmy Foulkes, Tony Jacobs, Michael Kendall, Chet Osman and Jacob Wooden.


• St. Patrick Parish sponsored its 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Joe Bauer was the honorary mayor and parade marshal.

• Fans turned out in great numbers for a pep session at the Terre Haute South Vigo High School gymnasium to honor the Braves (23-1) before they traveled to the semistate tournament in Evansville. This was Coach Pat Rady’s seventh team to make the semistate level, and his third at South. South lost by three points to Evansville Memorial.

• Vigo County Sheriff James Jenkins, Terre Haute Police Chief Gerald Loudermilk, Indiana State University Director of Security Chris Lester and Indiana State Police Post Commander Robert McClure were the speakers at a Wabash Valley Press Club luncheon at the Goodie Shop Cafeteria.

• The Service League of Union Hospital’s ninth Designer Show House featured two homes: the Collett Park residences of Brian and Jeanne Conley, and of Charles and Martha Toth, on North 10th Street.

• Viki Brennan succeeded Robert L. Huffman, who had retired as postmaster at the Terre Haute Post Office.


• John Wooden, coach of unbeaten No. 1-ranked UCLA and former Indiana State College coach, was named UPI Coach of the Year.

• Clarence Hood succeeded Joe Bukovack as president of the 12 Points & Greater Northside Businessmen’s Association. Other officers were Harry Creasey, Don Mercer and Frank Oberbacher.

• Westwood’s Paint Co. celebrated the opening of its new headquarters at 1321 Ohio St. The business had been established 14 years earlier by Sid Westwood and his son, Sid Westwood Jr.

• The Terre Haute Lions Club launched the Lions’ Eye Bank Collection Center at both Union and St. Anthony hospitals. Under the program, individuals elected to have their eyes donated after their deaths, to be transplanted to others who were experiencing sight loss.

• Nobil Shoes opened its new store at 622 Wabash Ave. It had occupied 610 Wabash Ave. since 1947 until the disastrous downtown fire a year before.

• Woodburn Printing Co. Inc., at 25 S. Sixth St.; and Lundstrom Printing Co. Inc., at 133 S. Sixth St., announced plans to combine their facilities and operate under the Woodburn name.

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