News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 24, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 2003: ISU celebrates 100 years of women’s basketball

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.



• Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology announced it would no longer take part in solar racing competition because of cost and dwindling student interest. The school had been a part of the races since 1990.

• Indiana State University celebrated 100 years of women’s basketball. Former coaches and players returned to the campus for the event at which 15 former players were named to an all-century team.

• Tony Brewer, a volunteer at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, was recognized as volunteer-of-the-month by United Way’s Volunteer Action Center.

• The Vigo County School board approved improvements to the football facilities at Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo and West Vigo high schools and construction contracts for three new buildings to replace Franklin, Consolidated and Fayette elementary schools.

• About 7,500 fans came to Hulman Center to hear Toby Keith, the Country Music Association’s 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year.

• Terre Haute North Vigo High School won its first boys swimming sectional in 17 years at Mooresville. Brian Heaton was the coach.


• Bill Biddle succeeded Shelton Hannig as president of Shelton Hannig Inc. and Construction Consultants Inc., 815 Swan St. Hannig remained as board chairman.

• About 40 teachers at Terre Haute South Vigo High School walked an informational picket line after classes. West Vigo High School teachers picketed the next day. The teachers had been working without a contract since Dec. 31, and many felt they were being made to bear the brunt of a $1.5 million over-expenditure by the Vigo County School Corp.

• The Cub Scouts’ 8th annual Pinewood Derby Invitational at The Meadows attracted 150 entries from Illinois and Indiana. Jason Goodwin of Oblong, Ill., was the grand champion.

• Ann Ray, Marg Barnes, Lillian Kincade, Jiles Molter, Paul Wolf and Clyde Nattkemper, all former students at Fairbanks Elementary School, returned to meet the new generation and recall the old days before the building was razed. One question asked: “Where is the paddle?”

• Herm Rassel moved his clothing store from 19 S. Seventh St. to a larger space at 671 Wabash Ave.


• The Gerstmeyer High School basketball team, coached by Howard Sharpe, won 61-51 over State High to win the Western Indiana Conference and Vigo County championships.

• The Indiana State Highway Commission ordered emergency repairs on the Wabash River bridge over U.S. 40 at Terre Haute after an inspection, originally launched by the suggestion of the Tribune. The bridge was carrying an increased volume, about 25,000 vehicles per day, because of the closure for a time of the bridge at Clinton.

• Lewis “Spud” Storms purchased the share of his partner, Bob Utz, and was now the owner and operator of the Bait King store, 116 S. 101⁄2 St.

• The sixth annual Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by Community Theatre, focused on a “Fujiyama Festival” theme in honor of Terre Haute’s sister city, Tajimi, Japan. Margaret Jane Adamson was chairman of the event held at the Hotel Deming.

• The Terre Haute City Council adopted a special ordinance annexing the third section (80 acres) of Lincolnshire on East Poplar Street.