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November 23, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Anthony Thompson named Big Ten MVP

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Anthony Thompson named Big Ten MVP

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


• “Christmas in the Park” opened at Deming Park. Terre Haute First National Bank, Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau, Clabber Girl Corp. and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department sponsored the event which included 15 decorated shelters.

• John Laska unveiled his “Metallic Landscape” sculpture in front of the first Unitarian-Universalist Congregation Church, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave.

• Mary Brown, a foster grandparent at Farrington Grove Elementary School since 1988, was honored by students and staff on her 95th birthday.

• A plaque was placed and a tree planted outside the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department in memory of Aaron Shoffstall, law enforcement officer who had died in 2000 from a fall from an icy bridge while helping at the scene of several accidents.

• The Indiana Association of School Principals District VIII honored Lost Creek Elementary Principal Madonna Johnson as Principal of the Year.

• Jessica Crowder, Indiana State University senior, earned All-American status as the 30th fastest American runner. She was the first ISU runner to achieve this status in cross country competition.


• Union Hospital officials broke ground for the new Hux Cancer Treatment Center. The Vern E. Hux family had contributed $2 million for expansion of the hospital’s cardiac and cancer treatment programs.

• The results of a Tribune-Star media poll produced this all-star news team: Gary Jackson, Marla Keller and Kevin Orput of WTHI-TV and Johnny Palmer and Dennis Campbell of WTWO-TV.

• The Cocozzoli family of Terre Haute, owners and operators of McDonald’s since 1975, acquired four more restaurants — three in Terre Haute and one in Paris, Ill.

• The United Way of the Wabash Valley exceeded its campaign goal of $1,425,000 with Charles S. Combs as chairman.

• Terre Haute’s Wayne L. Meyers, Indiana Amateur Softball Association State Commissioner, was elected national vice president of ASA at its convention in Anchorage, Alaska.

• Anthony Thompson, Indiana University running back from Terre Haute North Vigo High School, was named the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player.

• The Wabash Valley Optimist Club, Terre Haute’s newest service organization, received its charter at a celebration at Larry Bird’s Boston Connection, 555 S. Third St.


• “Shock and sorrow felt everywhere.” Mayor Ralph Tucker set Monday as a day of mourning asking citizens to attend the churches of their choice and pray for the late President John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated in Dallas.

• The Indiana State Highway Commission announced construction of the new Interstate 70 in Vigo County would begin within the next 14 months.

• Gerstmeyer and Wiley, co-Vigo County high school football champions, were honored by the local Elks Club. Woody Roloff and Dick Martin were the coaches.

• The six-day campaign of the Chamber of Commerce to raise $25,000 needed to clear the Home Packing Co. site for the arrival of the Pillsbury Co. was successful. Joseph Cloutier was the Chamber president and George Ranes the campaign chairman.

• The downtown shop of Pearce’s Men’s Wear, 7 N. Seventh Street in the Terre Haute House, was going out of business.

• Shuffle Inn, 1462 Lafayette Ave., advertised Thanksgiving turkey dinners at $1.75. Lucille Church was the head cook.

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