News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 20, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Pigeon droppings plague downtown

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.


• The 2003 Boat, Motorsports and Outdoor Living Exposition was staged at “The Marketplace” in Plaza North Shopping Center with Mike King as show coordinator.

• The Tribune-Star ran a week-long series of features about the problem of the manufacture and use of methamphetamine in the Wabash Valley.

• Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was taking steps to restore the Cecilian Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music building built in 1913.

• Faith Maher opened a wedding chapel at 220 Maple Avenue as an alternative location to courthouse and church weddings. The chapel accommodated 50 guests.

• Reicina Russell, currently a North Lawrence High School basketball player and formerly a member of the 2002 championship Terre Haute South Vigo High School girls team, made an oral commitment to attend Penn State in the fall.

• Jordan D. Lewis, U.S. District Court magistrate, swore in his son, Michael Lewis, to the office of judge of the Terre Haute City Court.

• Dave Blower Jr., editor of “Farm World,” announced that the three-day Farm World Expo would be held at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in August.


• The Downtown Revitalization Committee of the Alliance for Growth and Progress, chaired by Ed Jukes, discussed the problem of droppings from hundreds of pigeons and starlings which were delaying the downtown renaissance. Restaurant owner Betty Goodwin called it “a total disgrace.”

• Torner Community Center at Deming Park hosted an open house to showcase its ceramics, basket weaving, oil painting, computer and exercise classes. Joe Petrowski was the center director.

• Terre Haute’s crime index rose 2.9 percent in 1987 with increases in aggravated assault, rape and theft. Manslaughter and murder rates were unchanged.

• “Indiana University Basketball Trivia” written by Carl McKee, Terre Haute dentist, had sold out the original 10,200 first-run copies before Christmas.

• It was final exam time, but students were dismissed early at Terre Haute North Vigo High School because of water leaking into the building caused by cold and wet weather. Mytron Lisby was the principal.

• Case IH was conducting environmental testing at its former plant site in North Terre Haute to check for possible ground water contamination.


• Quaker Maid, Co., Terre Haute’s second largest employer with 1,200 workers, launched a two-week celebration of its 34th anniversary in the city. The company, a division of A&P Tea Co., produced Ann Page foods at its Fruitridge Avenue plant. Freda Cornett, an employee in the canning department, reigned as queen over the celebration. C.W. Westrup was the general manager.

• Dr. Margaret Mead presented “The Early Adolescent in Today’s Culture” at Indiana State College’s first conference on the Junior High School.

• The Children’s Theatre presented “Daniel Boone” at the ISC Sycamore Playhouse with Jim Needham playing the title role.

• Mrs. Arthur Hagan was named chairman of the 25th Anniversary Mothers’ March for the March of Dimes. Richard Schuessler was the campaign director.

• The Rev. George E. Mitchell, pastor of the First Congregational Church since 1944, announced his retirement as of the end of the year.

• Steigers, 22 N. Sixth St., advertised these fur specials: mink coat, $1,595, Persian lamb coat, $395, and mink stole, $295.