Special to the Tribune-Star
Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
• Farm World Expo, sponsored by Farm World newspaper, opened at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Tractors and trucks competed for a $50,000 purse.
• Lt. Col. Richard Jones took over the command of the 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard from Lt. Col. Cindra Chastain in a ceremony at Terre Haute headquarters.
• Ragle & Co. announced changes at The Meadows. Weight Watchers and the Vigo County Public Library branch would move to the upper level, and Dollar General would take over the former Osco Drug site. A conference/community center was to be provided.
• The Saturday runoff election in West Terre Haute resulted in 368 votes for Scott McClain and 323 for Tom Slater. They had tied with 274 votes each in the earlier election for the District 1 Democratic nomination for Town Council.
• Ted Kaperak won the Fuson Buick Terre Haute Men’s City Golf Championship over Dave Alumbaugh by four shots.
• Bemis Co. announced about 80 layoffs, which included about 10 percent of the union work force, due to the slow economy.
• High school football teams worked out in 100-degree temperatures to prepare for the annual season-opening Jamboree at Memorial Stadium.
• High temperatures were blamed for two fuel tanks at VP Hydrocarbons Co., 542 N. 13th St., bursting their valves and spilling gallons of high-octane racing fuel on the ground. More than 25 firefighters responded to cool down the tanks.
• Brett Gibson, 19-year-old president of Mid-America Telephone Service, received the Sagamore of the Wabash award at a ceremony in Indianapolis. He recently had moved his nine-employee company to 1628 Wabash Ave.
• E. Lee Webb, director of the Terre Haute operation of Pitman-Moore Inc. was elected chairman of the Indiana Manufacturers Association.
• Beginning with the school year, Terre Haute South Vigo High School and Honey Creek Junior High School announced plans to implement a pilot Saturday school program. Students who violated school disciplinary codes were to report to school on Saturday morning. Jerry Hile, South principal, and Linda Lidster, Honey Creek principal, said the program would replace on-site suspensions.
• It was reported that the Wabash River was the cleanest it had been in 75 years. For six generations, raw sewage and manufacturing waste from Terre Haute had been poured into the river. Now, the waste materials were routed through the new sewage treatment facility south of the city. Ray Harris was the city engineer.
• Indiana state law now required all new passenger cars, beginning with the 1964 models, to be equipped with safety belts approved by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
• One hundred and forty Kiwanis clubs from Indiana took part in the convention of the Indiana District of Kiwanis International with headquarters at the Terre Haute House. James Conover was the general chairman.
• The Terre Haute Lions added a new shelter, built and paid for by the club, to Deming Park. Walter Eisenhut was the project chairman.
• The Tribune-Star trophy was awarded to Bob McCauley and the McMillan Athletics Goods trophy to Bob Gilmore, winners of the Terre Haute Junior and Boys Golf Tournaments at Rea Park.