News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 14, 2013

Looking Back: 1963: Officials prepare for disaster

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 the Tribune-Star.



• The Terre Haute City Council approved an ordinance that would require any pyrotechnic displays in any public or private building in the city to obtain prior approval from the state fire marshal and/or the Terre Haute Fire Department.

• The 31st annual “Evening of Art and Wine,” sponsored by the Terre Haute Women’s Club, was staged at Hulman Center. Proceeds helped the 90-member club provide 1,200 pairs of new shoes and 2,400 pairs of new socks to Vigo County school children in need during the year.

• Tedi Dreiser was in Terre Haute to tour the landmarks named after her great uncles, Theodore Dreiser and Paul Dresser. Dreiser was inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame at Greencastle the day before.

• A group of restaurant owners went on record as opposed to the “Vigo County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance” proposed by the Vigo County Board of Health.

• Sen. Evan Bayh was in Terre Haute to welcome members of the 181st Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard, who had returned from a three-month deployment to Turkey.


• The Wabash Valley Orchid Society’s spring show was held at the Holiday Inn. Leon Terrando, WVOS president, was the show chairman.

• The chapel, constructed in 1893 atop the highest hill at Highland Lawn Cemetery, was rededicated. Cash and labor donations contributed to a pool of $65,000 to fund the restoration.

• The 206th and last “Brief Cases” column written by Jan Chait appeared in the Tribune-Star. Her first column had appeared in March, 1984.

• Charles O. Howard accepted the “Marketer of the Year” award from the Wabash Valley Marketing Association for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

• Claude Decker of Decker Small Engines, 20 N. 11th St., received a President’s Award from North American Wheel Horse Products Inc.

• Rich Larsen (WTWO-TV), Martin Plascak (WTHI Radio), and Patti Krapesh-Pruett (Tribune-Star), discussed “Breaking the News Barrier” at a seminar co-sponsored by Union Hospital and the YWCA for business and agency personnel.

• Bob Godfrey, Joe Everhart and Herm Rassel were the new officers of the Terre Haute Downtown Business Association.


• City officials were studying survival plans in case of a natural disaster or attack by an enemy source. Gilbert Leonard was the director of Vigo County Defense.

• Wabash Valley residents filled the 1,700-seat Indiana State College Student Union Auditorium to consider potential Wabash River navigation. U. S. Senators Vance Hartke and Birch Bayh Jr. had called the meeting.

• Modern Album of Indiana Inc., 2001 S. Third St., was constructing a new building at 13th and Voorhees streets with Richard N. Fields as general manage. Terre Haute Columbia Records Inc. was one of the firm’s largest accounts.

• David Gibbs, a Garfield tenth-grader, and Leo Terrando, a Gerstmeyer senior, were named grand award winners in the tenth annual West Central Indiana Regional Science Fair competition for high school students. They would move on to the national competition in Albuquerque, N. M.

n Mrs. James Topping and Mrs. A. Ashkin co-chaired the Welcome Club’s “Hopping into Spring” style show at the Shrine Temple with fashions from the J.C. Penney store.