News From Terre Haute, Indiana


April 12, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 2004: Good Friday marked Burke’s 100th day in office

TERRE HAUTE — Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.


• The Spring Fling-Bobby Beal Memorial, showcasing the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series, opened the season at the Terre Haute Action Track under on-again, off-again rainfall.

• Good Friday marked Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke’s 100th day in office during which time “he was lauded, cussed, defended and sued” according to Tribune-Star reporter Peter Ciancone.

• Barbara J. Stoffer of Hollywood Pics received the Outstanding Achievement in Photography Award from the International Society of Photographers at their meeting in Washington, D.C.

• The Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council undertook a renovation of its existing facility in Fairbanks Park and the addition of a large program center. Other projects included a new amphitheater for Camp NaWaKwa, Clay County, and a new waterfront facility at Camp Wassatoga, Effingham, Ill.

• Veterinarian Charles Cooke announced plans to construct an Animal Emergency Clinic at 1238 S. Third St. Cooke was the owner and operator of Heritage Animal Hospital Inc. at 1900 E. Harlan Drive and 8300 N. Clinton St.

• DeAnn Nilson-Roach opened The Parlor, a hair-styling salon, at 5 S. Seventh St.


• Ed Jukes, Vigo County School Board member, was in favor of the school corporation helping tackle problems associated with cruisin’ the ’Bash and complaints by young people that there is nothing to do in Terre Haute. He believed the total community needed to address these concerns.

• Meghann Nigg, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School seventh-grader, won the Tribune-Star Spelling Bee. Laura Carew of Rockville Elementary School was the runner-up.

• The former home of the Knights of Columbus Lodge, 823 Poplar St., was sold to Ragle Commercial Properties.

• The future of Evergreen Express’ postal service contract was still uncertain, but local airport officials said, “No matter what happens, Hulman Regional Airport has benefited from the experience.”

• A Tribune-Star editorial urged the City Council to pay $2,800 to the “Pied Piper of Pigeons” to rid the city of the birds who were damaging the image of the downtown.

• Mayor P. Pete Chalos said the city was committed to the restoration of Memorial Hall, 219 Ohio St., for use as city offices.


• Robert Hagmann, Vigo County chief probation officer and juvenile referee, asked the local HELP organization to serve as a “Youth Employment Service.” YES became a reality at the Indiana Employment Office with retired school teachers, who were members of HELP, working at the desk each day. Irene Dreyfus and Daisy Hood were the co-chairmen.

• The Terre Haute Municipal Ladies Golf League hosted its kick-off breakfast and a day of golf at the Phoenix Country Club. Mrs. Thomas Francis was the league president.

• John Mutchner, Rose Polytechnic Institute basketball coach for the past year, succeeded Carl “Rocky” Herakovich, as acting director of athletics and recreation.

• Carole Shouse, Wiley High School senior, won the state championship in poetry reading in the Indiana High School Forensic Association competition. She was Wiley’s first state champion in five years.

• Fashions from the Jame-Wolf Store were featured at the annual Spring Card Party and Style Show given by the Vigo County Women’s Democratic Club at the Terre Haute House. Mary Padgett, Virginia Wassel and Ruby Stableton were in charge.

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