News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 14, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Fire destroys Honey Creek Plaza businesses

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.


• Union Hospital and Associated Physicians & Surgeons Clinic were going their separate ways, but with physicians remaining on the hospital staff. The two had joined forces in 1994.

• Downtown Terre Haute Inc. honored the following recipients with Heritage Ambassador Awards: Hulman & Co. for the Clabber Girl Museum and General Store; Bob Flott and the Terre Haute Journal of Business for promotion; and Thompson Thrift Development for its renovation of 901 Wabash Ave. The ceremony took place at the Terre Haute Brewing Co. Tap Room, 904 Poplar St.

• Columbia Group Federal Credit Union broke ground for its new offices at Maple and Fruitridge avenues.

• The Terre Haute North Vigo High School Patriettes opened the new school year with three first-place trophies earned at the UDA dance camp. Christine Roots was chosen the overall drilldown queen; Teresa Miles was the group director.

• Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning helped introduce the new Bright Ideas education program at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. The Vectren Corp. offered grants of $100 to $500 to teachers.


• Citizens for a Clean County vowed to fight BASF Corp. officials who were considering Vigo County as a possible site for an automotive finishes plant.

• Five businesses at Honey Creek Plaza, northwest of Honey Creek Mall, were destroyed by fire. It was later concluded that the blaze was an act of arson.

• James A. Porter retired after 32 years of service at the Terre Haute Post Office. He had worked as passport agent and claims clerk for the past 15 years.

• Gibault School for Boys and Merchants National Bank co-sponsored a panel discussion on “Adolescent Sexual Behavior.” Judge Donn R. Gossom Jr., Dr. Ann Bass, the Rev. John Chironna, Dr. Thomas Henderson and Pam Connelly made up the panel.

• Fuqua Elementary School was one of five schools in Indiana selected to participate in a home-school project in which each of 52 fourth graders would take a computer home for the school year. Marilyn Blakely was the Vigo County School Corp. director of elementary education and Robert Thomas the school principal.


• City and college officials welcomed Cuban refugees to the Indiana State College campus. A week later, local Catholic organizations hosted a picnic at Deming Park for 103 Cubans, 45 of whom were enrolled at the college.

• Mary Ann Carroll was the new Dean of Girls at Wiley High School. At Garfield High School, James E. Rentschler, the new principal, promised to carry on the school’s “76 spirit.”

• Interest in cross country was running high with six local high schools having full schedules. A 2-mile course was in use at Paul Cox Field, now the site of Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

• Paige’s Music Store, 642 Wabash Ave., invited parents to rent a piano for their children’s instruction at the cost of $8 per week.

• Robert Schultz and Alfred Berkowitz, president and vice president of Schultz & Co., announced plans to remodel the exterior of their building at Fourth Street and Wabash Avenue. The facade panels were to be made of a new construction material known as Fenestra Quarry-tex.