News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 25, 2013

Looking back: In 1988, Pfizer celebrates 40th year in Vigo County

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 Terre Haute Fire Department displayed its new anti-terror equipment. All HAZMAT technicians were to be trained to use it by the end of the year.

• Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was ranked the No. 1 Engineering School in America by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year.

• Aegis Communications call center sponsored a “Buzz Fest” with live music on the site of the former Kroger store in the Meadows parking area to celebrate its third year in Terre Haute. The company employed 610 persons.

• Cpl. William “Trey” Gilbert, a Terre Haute Police Department detective, was named Indiana’s Fire Investigator of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. He had led the investigation into the fire at which Capt. Ralph Stott lost his life.

• The Indiana Department of Environmental Management certified the Sycamore Ridge landfill in Vigo County as one of two landfills that could accept low-level contaminated soil from a GM Powertrain factory in Bedford.

• Charlie Kluesner won the Rea Park Men’s Club golf championship.


• Tribune-Star headline: “Too hot for school but not too hot for football practice.” Some area board members were considering delaying the start of school because of the heat, but not questioning football, cross country or tennis practices.

• The Indiana Kiwanis was celebrating 72 years at a convention in Terre Haute. U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle, scheduled to speak at the Sunday prayer breakfast, had to cancel after he was nominated as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket.

• The local Pfizer Inc. plant celebrated its 40th year in Vigo County with a reception for the media. Matthew Cavallo was the plant manager.

• Don Alumbaugh won the Rea Park Men’s Club golf championship.

• DeBaun Funeral Home broke ground for a new chapel on Springhill Road, one block west of U.S. 41. The DeBaun Idaho Street Chapel, founded in 1952 at 1729 S. Eighth St., was to remain open. Curt and Myrtle DeBaun had opened their first funeral home in 1925 in Prairie Creek.

• Brian Faison was named the new athletic director at Indiana State University.


• C. Kenneth Cottom was named principal of Gerstmeyer Technical High School to succeed Noel B. Douglas.

• Photographer Dick Bruce completed his studio, located in a new wing added to his residence at 1120 S. 20th St.

• The Chicago & Eastern Illinois freight house, at 10th Street and Wabash Avenue for more than half a century, was being razed. The property had been purchased by Mace Service Inc.

• Work on the Paul Dresser Birthplace in Fairbanks Park came to a standstill due to lack of funds. An additional $5,000 was needed to complete the project.

• The Terre Haute Jaycees sponsored clinics at the Riley, Pimento, New Goshen, West Terre Haute and Eighth and Idaho firehouses in their campaign against rabies. Vigo County was under a one-year state quarantine of dogs to control and stop the spread of the disease.

• Hill’s Motorcycles at 629 National Ave. in West Terre Haute, advertised its Honda model at $270, claiming, “It doesn’t gulp gas, it just sips it at 225 miles to the gallon.”

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