News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 30, 2012

LOOKING BACK: Sept. 30, 2012: 1962: Bridge players pack Hotel Deming

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.



• Crowds came to the Vigo County Public Library’s Family Learning Day downtown and the Bleemel Days & Brewfest in the Terre Haute Brewery District. Meanwhile the Ethnic Festival was celebrated at Fairbanks Park.

• Renovation was under way at the former Ames store in Riverside Plaza, U.S. 41 South, to make way for a Burlington Coat Factory store.

• Vigo County Clerk William L. Mansard was named the “Outstanding Clerk of the Circuit Court” by the Association of Indiana Counties Inc.

• David Felstein and Arnie Kosofsky announced their Hillman Jewelers business would close. The 68-year-old business opened its Honey Creek Mall location in 1970.

• Ann Chi, Terre Haute South Vigo High School junior, was one of 24 students in the nation to win the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement.

• Repeat Boutique, a resale consignment store in business for 16 years, moved to the former Dean's Fireworks building at North Third and Locust streets.

• The Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1200 E. Davis Drive, celebrated its opening with Pastor Thomas E. Hanbeck.


• A free bean lunch on the Vigo County Courthouse lawn celebrated the Samaritan Program’s fifth year of service and its distribution of $1 million worth of food to hungry families. The program was sponsored by the Greater Terre Haute Church Federation and Lifeline with Frank Volkers as project chair.

• Holiday Inn Terre Haute, owned by James E. Dora and managed by Bill Burdine, was selected as one of the top 20 out of the chain’s more than 1,600 facilities worldwide.

• Diners crowded into the Goodie Shop, 666 Ohio St., to eat meals at half-price and admire the completed remodeling project on the restaurant’s 65th anniversary. Chris W. Hayes was the manager.

• Several southside intersections were blocked for nearly five hours after a CSX Transportation boxcar derailed just north of 15th and Hulman streets. The 115-unit train was on its way from Chicago to Nashville, Tenn.

• Johnny Palmer, WTWO-TV news anchor, was the grand marshal of the parade at the 18th Cory Apple Festival. The event was highlighted on “Sunday Today,” an NBC program.


• The Terre Haute business community welcomed Central Nitrogen Inc. as officials broke ground for the new farmer-owned nitrogen fertilizer plant in Otter Creek Township.

• The Terre Haute Symphony Board increased its annual budget from $8,000 to $16,500 to allow for every member of this professional orchestra to be paid a salary.

• Public Service Co. of Indiana Inc. was celebrating its 50th year of electric power service in the state. Two of its five generating stations, the Wabash River and Dresser plants, were located in the Terre Haute area.

• Three hundred or more bridge players were at the Hotel Deming for the fifth annual Terre Haute Sectional Bridge Tournament sponsored by the three local duplicate bridge clubs.

• Retired and active men in the local railroad brotherhoods, representing more than 1,000 years of service, met on the steps of the Eugene V. Debs home, 451 N. Eighth St., to pay tribute to their labor leader and to pledge their assistance in the drive to raise funds for the restoration of the home.