News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 20, 2010

LOOKING BACK: 1960: First McDonald’s in Terre Haute opens

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.


• Emmitt Tyler, Terre Haute North Vigo High School athlete, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2000 All-Vigo County football team as chosen by the three coaches. Soon after, he was named to the Indiana Associated Press Class 5A All-State Team.

• Michell Neaderhiser, assistant to Mayor Judy Anderson, dropped a dollar bill into a metal kettle to kick off the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive. Major George Hogg was the local Salvation Army commanding officer.

• Thirteen families opened their homes to early-bird holiday shoppers during the eighth consecutive Collett Park Christmas Walk.

• The new Terre Haute Brewery Tap Room and Museum featured Champagne Velvet beer at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This was the first time CV beer was on tap since the Terre Haute Brewing Co. had closed in 1958.

• Theressa Bynum was re-elected president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

• Sharon Pitts, principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School since 1991, was named middle school principal of the year by the Indiana Association of School Principals.


• Dreiser Square, Terre Haute’s first public housing for the elderly, was 20 years old. The first tenants began moving in on Nov. 16, 1965.

• The Northview High School Marching Knights participated in Gimbel’s Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia.

• The new outpatient DePaul Clinic for alcohol and drug problems opened at 788 S. Third St. Janice and Stephen Archbold were the co-directors.

• Betty Martin, Vigo County Public Library director, announced plans to re-establish a branch library at The Meadows. The branch had been closed in 1983 when its space was occupied for use by the Meis Department Store.

• “Those Were the Days” was the theme for Rosedale High School’s final homecoming. The school was to be consolidated into the new Southwest Parke High School building currently under construction.

• Carlonda Russell and Tonia Parker (Terre Haute North), Allen Hackney Jr. and Christy Mouser (Terre Haute South), and Lisa Davison and Gary Walker (West) were the Vigo County high school students selected for honors by the Terre Haute Breakfast Optimist Club for their service to the community.


• The Meadows Shopping Center announced the openings of Schultz Department Store and the newly-enlarged F. W. Woolworth Co. store. Schultz also operated stores in downtown Terre Haute and at Southland Shopping Center.

• Vigo County had a total of 138 students attending classes at the Indiana University Bloomington campus and at the graduate and professional division of the university located in Indianapolis.

• West’s Drug Store, located on the southwest corner of Lafayette and Maple avenues for 59 years, celebrated the completion of its expansion.

• Forty-seven new members of the Junior Department Club of the Woman’s Department Club were honored at a tea at the clubhouse. Jean Anderson was the president and Mary Helen Walker chaired the hospitality committee.

• The first McDonald’s restaurant in Terre Haute opened at the corner of Seventh and Poplar streets.

• The First Baptist Church on South Sixth Street hosted the Union Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Eve. Pastor Glenn O. Martenson, Rev. Donald Ashley, Mrs. W. R. Nilson, Mrs. Paul McCombs and Mrs. Roger Harned made up the planning committee.