News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 9, 2013

Looking back: In 1988, voters chose George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle

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.

2003

• Several hundred spectators viewed the Veterans Day parade down Wabash Avenue. In addition, Air Force ROTC cadets marched back and forth in front of the Veterans Plaza at the Vigo County Courthouse, also honoring veterans from all wars. The ROTC cadets were Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students and the Junior ROTC members at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.  

• Judge R. Jerome Kearns of Vigo County Superior Court, Div. 4, announced his plan to retire at the end of his term next year. A former six-term state representative, Kearns had served as judge since 1997.

• Caroline Carvill, literature professor, and Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, received honorary alumni status from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Alumni Association.

• Ann Chi, Terre Haute South Vigo High School senior, was named Indiana Junior Academy of Science “Outstanding Junior Scientist” in a competition at Indiana University.

• A semi-trailer accident caused thousands of gallons of used cooking oil to spill onto Interstate 70 at the Wabash River bridge.    

1988

• Vigo County voters chose George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle over Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen for president and vice president as did the nation. In Indiana, B. Evan Bayh III was elected governor over John M. Mutz breaking the GOP’s 20-year hold on the office.  

• U.S. Rep. John T. Myers (R-7th District) was unbeatable for the 12th time with a victory over Mark Waterfill.

• Every Vigo County election race was won by a Democratic candidate: Dexter L. Bolin Jr. (circuit judge), Dr. Roland M. Kohr (coroner), Kenneth R. Thomas (auditor), William J. Decker (treasurer), and Patricia Mansard (clerk).  Mansard was the first Democrat to win the office of Vigo County clerk in 17 years.  

• A Wabash Avenue parade and three ceremonies marked Veterans Day. Fred Sutton spoke downtown, Retired Army Col. Frank Martin headed the dedication of an eternal flame near the World War II Memorial at the West Terre Haute Town Hall, and the Wabash ROTC Battalion conducted the ceremony at Highland Lawn Cemetery.

1963

• The colorful totem pole, a part of the Root Estate in Allendale since 1938, was given to the Vigo County Historical Society by Chapman S. Root with plans to display it on the museum lawn.

• Veterans Day activities included aerial bombs, a downtown parade, open houses at the American Legion post homes, and a football game between unbeaten Gerstmeyer and Wiley high schools (6-6 tie).

• Mrs. Frank Callahan and Mrs. William Kelly co-chaired the sixth annual charity ball sponsored by the Junior Guild of St. Anthony Hospital at the Terre Haute House.

• The home of Eugene V. Debs, 451 N. Eighth St., was opened to the public on Saturday afternoon in connection with the second annual meeting of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation.

• Joanna Hunter was crowned princess at the fifth annual Cotillion sponsored by the Woman’s Department Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Thirty-eight girls, junior members of the club, were introduced.

• Two new residence halls, Gillum for men and Pickerl for women, were dedicated on the Indiana State College campus.