News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 30, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1987: Valley saturated with 4.72 inches of rain

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.



n King Paul Wyrick and Queen Carrie Meek led the annual Wabash Valley Horsemen Association’s Frontier Parade down Wabash Avenue. More than 75 riders and their horses participated in this Fourth of July event.

n Kylee Kester, Terre Haute North Vigo High School graduate, was crowned queen to reign over the Vigo County Fair.

n Jamax Corp. offered a special free trash pickup within the city of Terre Haute. Items such as couches and mattresses were to be placed out on the regular trash pickup day.

n Bailey’s One Stop, located on U.S. 41 across from Ivy Tech State College for 15 years, was closed to make way for the new 641-Bypass project.

n The congregation of the Maplewood Christian Church marked its 100th anniversary. Craig Winniger was the senior minister.

n Zamberletti’s restaurant, 1429 S. 25th St., reopened under the new ownership of Char Smith and Steve Simrell who formerly operated Bohannon’s East.

n The Terre Haute Ultralight Club now had a new hangar facility and airfield south of Prairieton along Indiana 63.


n Terre Haute and surrounding areas were saturated by 4.72 inches of rain falling in a 24-hour period. Sandbags were placed along a weakened levee at Elm Grove Trailer Park located near Otter Creek north of Terre Haute. Some days later another rainfall caused the flooding of Robinwood homes along Lost Creek.

n Ninety-three junior golfers participated in a scramble tournament at Hulman Links. Chris Keen, Ryan Roscoe, Andy Anderson and Ryan Zigler made up the winning team.

n The Indiana Board of Health warned against eating carp from the Wabash River between Lafayette and south of Terre Haute due to chemical contamination.

n Richard Landini, Indiana State University president, returned from the National Collegiate Athletic Administration (NCAA) meeting in Dallas reporting colleges across the country were dropping sports and making major reductions in scholarships as a means to cost containment.

n Gary Greven from Associated Psychologists & Counselors was the guest speaker for the Single and Single Again meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2520 Ohio St.

n Overall winners in the 11th Mayor’s Cup Mile were Barry Schneiders and Meg Elroy.


n Ellen Church, Union Hospital administrator, flew to Hollywood, Calif., for the filming of a CBS television show, “How in the World.” Church was accredited with conceiving the first airline stewardess program.

n The Kiwanis Club of Greater Terre Haute sponsored its third model airplane contest at Paul Cox Airfield. Charles Banks was the contest director.

n Schulte High School coach Mark LaGrange led a three-week basketball program for boys in grades four through eight.

n “Check your leather, dust off your Stetson, polish up your spurs and leave your shootin’ irons with the sheriff” read the invitation to the 17th annual Frontier Day parade on Wabash Avenue and show at the Vigo County Fairgrounds. A record 398 horses and riders participated. Melvin Hunt was the general chairman.

n Fourth of July at Memorial Stadium: Fort Harrison Post 40, American Legion, presented its 39th annual Independence Day fireworks display. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 85, staged quarter-midget races with more than 30 cars. General admission for the day was $1.