News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 21, 2013

Looking back: In 2003, bird in Vigo tests positive for West Nile

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.


• A young bird in Vigo County tested positive for West Nile virus, confirming the potential for the disease. No human cases had been confirmed as yet in Illinois or Indiana.

• Vigo County health officials continued working on a clean indoor air ordinance restricting smoking in restaurants and in workplaces.

• Maralee Britton, superintendent of the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department, was looking for a way to preserve the 1903 Pennsylvania Railroad N-1 wooden caboose at Dobbs Park. It had been given to the park in 1984 by the late Dr. Wayne Crockett.

• Terre Haute real estate developer Jim Spence’s Deputy Storm had a winning day at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The 2-year-old colt won the $50,000 Tyro Stakes.

• Vigo County homeowners, renters and businesses, who suffered damage from the storms and flooding on July 9, could apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Vigo, Clay and Parke counties were three of 34 Indiana counties designated as disaster areas.


• Bob Moore, CEO, and 11 employees of The Morris Plan were getting ready to move from 21 S. Seventh St. to 617 Wabash Ave. The financial institution had been formed at the Seventh Street location in 1916, but now the Swope Art Gallery was expanding its showroom into the space.

• The Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission sold properties in the Fort Harrison Industrial Park to these three local firms planning to expand: Ampacet Corp., Quality Electric Co., and New Miracle Concepts.

• J. T. Crawford and Kristy Nicoson won the boys and girls championships in the Rea Park Junior Golf Tournament.

• Mayor P. Pete Chalos and Indiana State University President Richard G. Landini took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for a $8.8 million classroom and office building to house several departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. The building was the first to be constructed as part of ISU’s $55 million Master Plan.

• Wayne Newton Post 346 won the American Legion baseball sectional championship over Clay County 5-3. John Hayes was the manager.


• Vigo County led the state of Indiana in sales of federal tags for gaming devices such as pinball machines. The IRS disclosed 902 gaming device stamps had been sold in the first two weeks of the current fiscal year. Vigo County led with 137; Lake County was second with 104.

• McDonald’s drive-in restaurant, Poplar and Seventh streets, introduced its expanded service to provide seating for 28 customers in a new glass-enclosed, air-conditioned addition called the “Downtowner.” John Penrod was the manager.

• Leroy Francis was the general chairman for the annual Tom Pack’s Shrine Circus at Memorial Stadium.

• Scuba divers John R. Cunningham of the Terre Haute Fire Department and James Swift of the Terre Haute Police Department received certificates of merit from the Vigo County Office of Civil Defense for recovering the body of a drowning victim from the Wabash River.

• An explosion and fire in the basement of the Dresser Power Plant, five miles south of the city, caused the death of two men and injuries to a third.