News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 11, 2013

Looking back: In 2003, Wayne Newton wins third Legion baseball state championship

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.

2003

• Wayne Newton Post 346 won its third American Legion baseball state championship in the tournament at Madison and advanced to the Great Lakes Regional at Midland, Mich.

• The Vigo County School Board voted 4-3 to spend more than $613,000 for new restroom and concession facilities at the football and track fields at Terre Haute South, Terre Haute North and West Vigo high schools.

• The Wabash Valley Art Guild chose woodcarver Bob DeFrance as its Artist of the Month.

• U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh was in Terre Haute to open the Small Business Summit and Job Fair at the Indiana State University Hulman Center.

• Jennifer Myers captured the Smith Barney Terre Haute Women’s City Golf Championship.

• Janet Mace won the women’s title and Aaron Gregory the men’s title in the Earl Wood Memorial Metro Singles Tennis Tournament.

• Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were scheduled at these new offices: Hope Center’s Valley Medical Center, 3702 S. 4th St.; Bridges of Southern Indiana, 1805 S. Third St.; and Securitas Securities Services USA Inc. at 25 N. Fifth St.

1988

• City officials and representatives of the Alliance for Growth and Progress were exploring the establishment of a Japanese boarding school in Terre Haute. Walt Kindrick, special consultant to the Alliance, explained the students, children of Japanese executives working in the United States, would be enrolled in grades 7-12.

• Everett and Roy Rogers reported that 68 families had received assistance from the Helping Hand and West Terre Haute Community Free Store in July.

• After running 17 years at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Tony Hulman Classic had been moved to the Indianapolis Raceway Park. The race, a premier event in the USAC National Sprint Car Championship series, had produced 16 different winners in 17 previous runnings. The only repeat winner to date was Pancho Carter, 1975 and 1979 champion.

• Billy Alumbaugh won the 15-to-17-year-old division and Larry Hayes the 14-and-under in the City Junior Golf Championships at Rea Park.

• Beth Bischoff was named the coordinator of the reactivated Host Homes Project in Vigo County by James Houston, Juvenile Center administrator.

1963

• The annual Vigo County Fair (also known as the Greater Wabash Valley Fair) and the 34th annual Vigo County 4-H Fair continued concurrently through the week. USAC sprint car races, an all-western horse show, a tournament of music, three days of harness racing, the Sky King show featuring Kirby Grant, gospel singers and an antique car show filled the week. Nearly 2,000 boys and girls participated in 4-H competitions.

• The Terre Haute Boys Club took part in the nationwide club commemoration of the 89th birthday of former President Herbert Hoover, who had served as president of its national board of directors for 26 years. Ted Moore was the local club director.

• Mrs. John Taylor won over Mrs. Budd Werneke for the Women’s City Golf Championship. Both Taylor and Werneke had won three titles overall.

• Four members of the Vigo County Welfare Department were honored at a reception. They were Marie Yaw, retiring director; Elizabeth Gregory; Mary Alice Simpson and Eileen Schoemehl. Each had served 25 years with the department.