News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 10, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Official name of the Swope changed

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.


• Local residents woke up to find “snow rollers” on the snow-covered landscape. Indiana State University faculty member Greg Bierly explained that high winds must blow into a shallow layer of wet snow on top of a crustier layer to create these jellyroll formations. No one seemed to remember seeing them before.

• Attorney General John Ashcroft named Harley Lappin, warden of the U.S. Penitentiary-Terre Haute from 1998 to 2001, to the position of director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

• Rep. John Hostettler (8th District) was moving his Terre Haute office from the Federal Building to the Fuson Building, 901 Wabash Ave.

• Rachel Lukens, senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and 1999 graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School, was named by USA Today as one of 20 students on its All-USA College Academic Second Team. She was the only Indiana resident to make the list.

• The “Devil’s Cadillac,” a motorcycle handcrafted by Terre Haute firefighter Matt Burris, took Best of Show at the Easyriders National Invitational Bike Show in Columbus, Ohio.


• Some Terre Haute City Council members questioned the practice of giving out property tax breaks everywhere in the city instead of establishing districts to encourage clustered development.

• The Vigo County Teachers Association, headed by John Bitzegaio, declared an impasse in contract negotiations with the Vigo County School Corp.

• The Brian Dorsett Baseball Clinic was offered for boys, age 8 to 13 years, at the Terre Haute Boys Club. Dorsett, a member of the Cleveland Indians, was one of the professional players who taught the fundamentals of the game.

• The official name of the Swope Art Gallery, 25 S. Seventh St., was changed to the Sheldon Swope Art Museum. Too many people had assumed it was a commercial art gallery instead of a place to conserve and display art. Edward R. Quick was the director.

• Honey Creek Junior High School’s girls won their fourth straight ninth grade girls basketball championship and the boys team followed with its own title in the tournament games at Chauncey Rose Junior High School.


• The State Fire Marshal was in Terre Haute to begin the investigation of the city’s gas mains after an explosion injured 18 persons. The Swap Shop, 1600 Lafayette Ave., the You-Are-Next Barber Shop next door, and three homes had been demolished. The causes of three explosions, beginning with the Home Packing Co. during the first 37 days of 1963, remained “official mysteries.”

• The Vigo County School Corp. schools reopened after a two-day closing for inspection of gas lines. Thirty-five buildings in the system had gas service and 14 had gas heating plants.

• The Home Packing Co. Employees’ Relief Fund had reached more than $52,000 and was being distributed “on a needs basis.” The explosion had killed 16, injured 32, and put some 250 employees out of work.

• Indiana State College launched on-campus, closed circuit television instruction. Dr. William H. Hopp and Dr. Tom C. Venable were the two professors teaching this “revolutionary method.” Co-axial cables linking all campus buildings to the Radio TV Center had been installed in the underground tunneling of the campus.