News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 15, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1962: ‘Sabin Oral Sundays’ launched in Vigo County


---- — Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.



• World Hovercraft Week in Fairbanks Park established a new world record for the largest gathering of the craft. Mayor Judy Anderson gave the city the alternative name of “Hover Haute” for the week. Chris Fitzgerald chaired the events.

• Oscar Session, Kevin Mayes and the Anti-Racism Team of the Sisters of Providence were honored at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s reception at the Holiday Inn. Theressa Bynum was branch president.

• SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, offered a “Starting and Nurturing Your Business” at Rose-Hulman Ventures.

• A Tribute to Max Ehrmann, Terre Haute poet and philosopher, included a wreath-laying at Highland Lawn Cemetery, a service at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, a walking tour of the Farrington’s Grove area, and readings at the Coffee Grounds.

• Twenty-six trees were tagged for removal as part of a major repaving project underway on Seventh Street between Washington Avenue and Swan Street. Pat Goodwin was the city engineer.


• The Hospital Corporation of America sold Terre Haute Regional and 103 other hospitals to Healthtrust. Jerry Dooley was administrator of the local hospital with 600 employees.

• Red, white and blue balloons filled the sky as Lawton-Byrum VFW Post No. 972 read the names of the 71 Hoosiers missing in Vietnam. Dale Andrews, post commander, said the ceremony was part of a national POW/MIA Day.

• Judy Stoffel, St. Mary-of-the-Woods instructor, beat out more than 500 readers and the Tribune-Star “experts” who had entered the football game picking contest. She missed only two of the 21 college games.

• Dawn Clinkenbeard succeeded Mike Gordon as the executive director of Lifeline which provided 24-hour crisis intervention.

• Dr. Thomas F. Orman, a Terre Haute cardiologist, purchased the former Rea School 2.69-acre site with frontage on both Third and Fourth streets.

• Teresa Exline, Sullivan Daily Times editor, joined the public affairs staff at Indiana State University.


• “Sabin Oral Sundays” were launched for the Vigo County Sabin Polio Vaccination Program staffed by hundreds of physicians and community volunteers at 16 clinics. A total of 55,098 persons received the vaccine, produced by Chas. Pfizer & Co., on the first Sunday. Follow-up clinics were scheduled for October and November in an effort to prevent a possible polio epidemic.

• Dr. Edwin Adkins, Dr. Richard Gemmecke and Dr. John W. Truitt were the three new deans at Indiana State College. Two new dormitories opened on campus: Erickson Hall for men and Sandison Hall for women.

• The Sycamore and Red Bud councils were merged into the Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council. Mrs. J. H. Petty of Terre Haute was elected president of this new council made up of more than 5,500 members in Illinois and Indiana.

• The Frank M.-Patrick J. Ryan Funeral Home, 602 S. Seventh St., completed its exterior improvement project which provided parking for 45 vehicles.

• CDI hosted a Sunday open house at a four-bedroom home, located in Lincolnshire and priced at $20,700.