News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 27, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 2003: Oakley Playground dedicated in Deming Park

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


• The Oakley Playground in Deming Park was dedicated. The 17,000-square-foot project replaced a 28-year-old playground, with half of the $800,000 costs paid by donations.

• Linda Eldred was the grand marshal for Indiana State University’s 85th Annual Blue and White Parade. Eldred, an alumna and retiree, had been involved in student life since 1963.

• The Swope Art Museum unveiled its completed second-floor restoration with an all-day open house. The “new look” featured Art Deco architectural elements.

• Indiana State University won the first Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award, given to the school with the highest overall grade point average earned by athletes in the 2002-2003 year. ISU Athletic Director Andi Myers said, “It’s all about what our student athletes do and their ability to balance their academics and athletics.”

• Dennis Clark, Tribune-Star sports columnist, reported that Shane Mullenix had bowled two back-to-back 300 games earlier in the month at Vigo Bowl. This was the first time consecutive 300 games had been bowled in league competition during the long history of the Greater Terre Haute Bowling Association.


• Hamilton Center presented awards to Vigo Circuit Judge Robert H. Brown, Vigo County School Corp. board member Judy Campbell and staff member Rhoda Lamb.

• Bob Rouse, executive vice president and general manager of Roselawn Memorial Park, 7500 Clinton Road, announced plans for a 20-year development program which included construction of a new entrance and a chapel mausoleum. Roselawn occupied 250 acres of land, 90 of which were developed.

• Phar-Mor, located on Johnson Avenue, south from Honey Creek Square Mall, celebrated its grand opening. Famous Footwear re-opened at 2303 S. Third St., its new location in front of Graham Grain.

• The Terre Haute Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously to reaffirm “enthusiastic support” of efforts to attract a BASF Corp. plant in Vigo County. Eric Meister was chairman of the board.

• Kathy Hackleman, Diane Kyle and WTHI-TV were honored by Community Coordinated Child Care for their service.

• The Sisters of Providence announced plans for the demolition of Foley Hall and construction of a new Providence Center on the St. Mary-of-the-Woods campus.


• Merchants and shoppers were affected by Indiana’s 2 percent sales tax, which went into effect on Oct. 24.

• The downtown Halloween parade attracted hundreds of masked marchers, carrying on a tradition which had started in the 1930s.

• Imperial Lanes, 400 N. Third St., celebrated a grand opening, with 16 new Brunswick lanes served by automatic pin setters and 20 Gold Crown billiard tables.

• The Terre Haute Board of Park Commissioners set Dobbs Memorial Grove Celebration Day to commemorate the opening of the 105-acre tract, which had been given by Effie Dobbs in memory of her father in 1944.

• Central Federal Savings & Loan Association opened its new building at Eighth and Walnut streets. Merchants National Bank opened its third branch at 200 S. Seventh St. — the first downtown bank with drive-in service.

• Mayor Ralph Tucker indicated that a part of Paul Cox Field would be available for construction of a new high school to replace Wiley. He also suggested that the current Wiley site be given in exchange for a downtown metered parking lot.

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