News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 15, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: IHSAA votes to stage high school cross country championship at the LaVern Gibson

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.


• West Vigo High School seniors Scott Cassell and Shelby Smith signed national letters-of-intent to play football for Indiana State University in the fall. Tim McGuire was the ISU coach.

• The City of Terre Haute took control of 115 lots inside the city limits paying $100 per property to Vigo County. Nonpayment of property taxes had brought the lots under the control of the County Commissioners.

• The Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to stage the high school cross country championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course east of Terre Haute.

• The Terre Haute North Vigo swim team won 11 of 12 events in the IHSAA boys swimming sectional at Mooresville High School.

• The Children’s Science & Technology Museum of Terre Haute announced plans to build on the former Rea Elementary School site on North Third Street. The land was leased to the museum by Union Hospital. Jerry Mansfield was the museum director.


• The Terre Haute South Vigo High School boys basketball team left the “unbeaten ranks” with a 63-58 road loss to Bloomington South — the Braves’ first defeat in 19 games.

• A 51-44 loss to Brownsburg at the Indianapolis Semistate ended the season for the Terre Haute South girls team. It had been the most successful girls team in Vigo County history with a 17-5 record.

• A random sample telephone poll, conducted by the Tribune-Star, showed a majority (63 percent) of the people answering the survey would choose to do without a BASF plant in Vigo County.

• Julie Romas, chief counselor at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, was awarded the Distinguished High School Counselor Award by the Indiana Association for Counseling and Development in Indiana.

• American Eagle Airlines began offering four daily flights on the Terre Haute-Chicago route between Hulman Regional and Chicago O’Hare International airports.

• William Hamrick, assistant superintendent for instruction, and Marilyn Blakely, director of elementary education, were convening a committee to review the “magnet school” concept for the Vigo County School Corp.


• More than 300 science students from the six Terre Haute area high schools toured the Wabash River and Dresser power plants operated by the Public Service Co. Science Youth Day marked the 117th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Alva Edison, father of the electric industry. Floyd M. Hartman was the local company manager.

• The Vigo County Republican Central Committee, chaired by Buena Chaney, hosted the 29th annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Terre Haute House. Richard L. Roudebush of Noblesville was the speaker.

• The booklet “The Negro in Terre Haute — A Century of Progress, 1863-1963, Emancipation Centennial” was published. The Rev. Edward Abbott, pastor of the Allen Chapel AME Church, headed the Centennial Committee. Don Turner, display advertising artist at Meis Bros., was the cover illustrator.

• The eighth annual community Salute to Industry recognized one of Terre Haute’s oldest firms, Weston Paper & Manufacturing Co. and its Wabash Fiber Box Division. The event was sponsored by the local Advertising Club and Chamber of Commerce. Marshall T. Hubbard was the Weston Paper president.