News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 3, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1962: More than 100 kids take part in Dance Revue


• Crawford Elementary School, located at 701 S. Fifth St. and in use since 1961, closed not just for the summer but forever.

• Kristen Clary, Terre Haute South Vigo, and Eric Graves, Terre Haaute North Vigo, were the winners of the prestigious high school McMillan Awards.

• The seventh Greater Terre Haute Open began at the Terre Haute Bowling Center with members of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association competing. Rick Braden was the general manager of the center.

• The Sumar Classic returned to the Terre Haute Action Track with a hovercraft used as the “pace craft.” Don Smith, one of the founders of the Sumar racing team in the 1950s, said it was the first time in the history of auto racing that a non-wheeled vehicle had been used as a pace car.

• The Fuson building at 18-20 S. Ninth St. and vacant for five years, was to be renovated by Thompson Thrift developers. Thompson Thrift and MMS-A/E were to occupy the top two floors.


• The month of June marked the speed limit increase to 65 mph on rural Indiana interstate highways. The speed limit remained at 55 mph near cities.

• After interviewing 560 people, Evergreen International Aviation Inc. hired 180 for its new mail-distribution system at Hulman Regional Airport.

• A balloon-lift and torch lighting opened the seventh Senior Games for Hoosiers, aged 55 and over, at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

• Frank Sharp (West Vigo) and Pamela Owens (Terre Haute South Vigo) won the McMillan Awards as the best Vigo County high school athletes. This was the second year separate trophies had been given to a male and a female. Previously only one award was given to the outstanding male athlete.

• The Terre Haute North Patriots won their fifth straight high school boys golf sectional title, and the Terre Haute South Vigo Braves won their third straight high school sectional baseball title.

• The 50th American Legion Hoosier Boys State opened with 1,000 high school seniors and 60 volunteer staff members on the Indiana State University campus.


• Graduating high school seniors in the classes of 1962 included Garfield, 224; Gerstmeyer, 267; Honey Creek, 96; ISC Laboratory, 51; Schulte, 103; West Vigo, 122; and Wiley, 235. Gilbert “Gib” Bosworth, Wiley High School graduate, was awarded the McMillan Award as the outstanding Vigo County school athlete.

• More than 100 children participated in the YWCA Dance Revue at the Garfield High School Auditorium. Roseann Callahan was the instructor.

• Dr. Walter O. Shriner, chairman of the Indiana State College Mathematics Department, was honored at a dinner at the Woodridge Restaurant. He was retiring after 45 years of teaching in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

• Seventy-four seniors at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College were graduated. The day also marked the groundbreaking for the college’s $1.5 million library.

• Charles Crispin, local CE&I Railroad freight sales manager, announced his railroad was instituting “piggyback” service. Truck trailers would be loaded on flatcars at the Baker Yards.

• The 107-year-old locomotive, The General, was on public display also at the Baker Yards. This small, shiny black engine had made history during the Civil War.

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