News From Terre Haute, Indiana


June 2, 2013

Looking back: In 2003, Terre Haute Police Department resumes bicycle patrols downtown

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


• Members of the Terre Haute Police Department resumed bicycle patrols in the downtown area.

• High school athletes Laura Engle, Terre Haute South Vigo, and Ethan Tyler, Terre Haute North Vigo, were the winners of the prestigious McMillan Awards.

• The Greater Terre Haute Open of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association opened at the Terre Haute Bowling Center with finals to be televised live on ESPN.

• The Terre Haute Community Band, conducted by Dr. Gene Bechen, opened its season at Fairbanks Park with a celebration of “The Wild West.”

• Greg Farmer, Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduate and former Vigo County resident, was awarded the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit for saving the life of a boy struggling in the waters off the Puerto Rican coast in 2002.

• The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods dedicated Mother Theodore Hall, their new Providence Health Care facility.

• West Vigo Middle School teacher Melissa Walker was named 2003 Vigo County School Corp. Teacher of the Year.


• The new First Financial Plaza in downtown Terre Haute opened for business. More than 100 employees from the bank’s previous downtown locations and the marketing department from the Springhill Center were moving into the new facility.

• Fire protection was the main issue as residents of Woodridge, Woodshire and Deming Estates subdivisions weighed the possible benefits of annexation into the City of Terre Haute.

• Ron Poore, Terre Haute North Vigo High School golfer, earned medalist honors and helped his team take second place in the golf regional. It was the third trip to the state finals in four seasons for both Poore and his North team.

• Two Terre Haute eight-year-old boys, Bob Carter III and Paul Neice, were the top winners in the 12th annual Big Wheel Race at Fairbanks Park. Johnny Shipman was the chief starter for almost 60 competitors.

•n Some 2,000 athletes were in Terre Haute for the Indiana Special Olympics Summer Games. The event returned to Terre Haute after being held in South Bend for the past two years.


• J. Richard Fenoglio, M.D., a member of Schulte High School’s first graduating class in 1954, returned to give the commencement address at the 1963 graduation ceremony.

• Grace DeVaney, Garfield High School principal who was retiring, was honored at a luncheon at the Country Club of Terre Haute. All girls who had attended Garfield during DeVaney’s tenure as dean of girls and as principal were invited. She was the only woman to serve as a high school principal in Indiana.

• A Smith-Alsop Paint & Wallpaper store opened at 659 Wabash Ave. with Roger W. Sallee as manager. Other Smith-Alsop stores were located at 104 and 1237 Wabash Ave. and at 13th Street and Maple Avenue.

• The Community Blood Program, directed by Marcella Hanson, was a new member of the Vigo County United Fund. Initiated in 1961, it had been administered up to now by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

• Hulman Field Aviation advertised day and evening flying instruction in a Cessna Skyhawk at $8.25 per week with bank financing available.


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