News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 3, 2013

LOOKING BACK: In 2003, RHIT president Hulbert announces retirement

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.


• Sam Hulbert, president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology since 1976, announced he would retire effective June 30, 2004.

• The Hangar Restaurant at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field reopened with Wanda Harrah as the operator.

• Doughmakers received the Marketer of the Year Award from the Wabash Valley Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Bette LaPlante and Diane Cuvelier were the company founders; William Wagnon the marketing vice president.

• Bruce Baumgartner, former Indiana State University and Olympic wrestler, was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

• Creative Impressions was back home at 1327 Wabash Ave. The business had been located temporarily on 15th Street after a fire damaged the building in May. Steve and Virginia Mankin were the owners.

• Shelva “Butch” Warner, Byron Lorey, Larry J. Smith, David Ofansky and Douglas Timmons were the newly appointed members of the Terre Haute Fire Department Merit Board.

• The Wabash Valley Art Guild named Patrick Titzer, co-owner of Titzer Art Metal Studios at 681 Wabash Ave., as its Artist of the Month.


• A full-blown ice storm coated the Wabash Valley, downed trees and power lines, and left 3,500 Wabash Valley residents without electricity.

• Under the new state-mandated ISTEP program, children in grades 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 11 were taking examinations on mathematics and English.

• Andrea Atterson of Terre Haute, an Indiana State University sophomore, was selected as one of 33 princesses to compete for the title of 1988 Indy 500 Festival queen.

• The Indiana State University Lady Sycamores finished the season with a 22-5 overall, the best in school history. Coach Andrea Myers was named Gateway Conference Coach of the Year.

• Thomas “Bo” Bohannon was the new interim director of the Banks of the Wabash Chorus succeeding Myke Lucas who had moved to Michigan. Terry Wence was the BOWC president.

• The former Oddfellows Temple, owned by the Hulman Co. and located at 22 S. Eighth St., was cited as unsafe by Terre Haute inspection officials. A Hulman official met with Don Harris, building inspector, and agreed to take care of the problems.


• Schulte High School observed its 10th anniversary during the month of March. Original enrollment of 211 in 1953 had grown to 375 in 1963.

• The Garfield High School Purple Eagles defeated the Gerstmeyer Black Cats 76-62 to win the basketball sectional.

• City Engineer Ray Harris announced Carl Reames of Fort Smith, Ark., would fill the new position as superintendent of the $6.3 million sewage disposal plant under construction along Indiana 63.

• The former Temple Laundry building on the northwest corner of Third and Chestnut streets was being razed to make way for the construction of a new bowling alley and billiard establishment. The corporation was headed by Jesse Spencer Jr., operator of Campus Bowl, 9 N. Sixth St.

• The 18 YWCA Y-Teen Clubs in Vigo County junior and senior high schools launched their 15th annual cancer linen drive. The clean white cloth was used to make dressings for cancer patients.