News From Terre Haute, Indiana


April 26, 2014

LOOKING BACK: 1989: Indiana State’s Indian Chief mascot retired

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 35th Annual Wabash Valley March of Dimes Walk America attracted nearly 2,000 participants for the nine-mile walk from Memorial Stadium to Deming Park and back to the stadium. Nikki Simpson was the senior division director of the Wabash Valley Division, March of Dimes.

• The Vigo County School Board adopted a new policy allowing students to take cell phones and pagers to school. The phones were to be turned off and kept out of sight during school hours.

• Darlene Savant and Robert Richey were the co-owners of the new West T Diner, 320 National Ave., West Terre Haute. It was staffed by the waitresses and cooks who had worked at Thompson’s Family Restaurant before it closed in March.

• David Hannum purchased Foulkes Square from Elliott-Foulkes LLC. Built in 1986 at Ohio and Fourth streets, the land on which it was located had been in the Foulkes family since 1881.

• “The Sound of Music” opened at the Community Theatre of Terre Haute with Rachel McClelland as director.


• Kroger and Zorah Temple presented the 52nd edition of the all-new Shrine Circus, a three-day event.

• James Frische, president of Digital Audio Disc Corp. at 1800 N. Fruitridge Ave., received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University. The local DADC plant was the first to make compact discs in the United States.

• Indiana State University’s Indian Chief mascot was retired. The school would remain without a mascot until fall when students, faculty, staff and community members would be asked to submit ideas for a new one.

• Susan Bayh, Indiana’s first lady, promoted literacy to the 400 persons at the third annual YWCA “Women in the Workplace” dinner at the Holiday Inn. The event was sponsored by the 107 on-site YWCA representatives at Wabash Valley workplaces.

• Vigo County Lifeline Inc. conducted its Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Valeria’s Porta-Via, 423 Wabash Ave. Awards were presented to Mary Collier (volunteer of the year), Mike Matherly (distinguished service award) and Terry Tevlin (board member of the year). Dawn Clinkenbeard was the executive director.   


• A crowd estimated at 500, at least one-half of them college and high school students, packed the Terre Haute House Prairie Room to hear Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace. Outside, picketing demonstrators showed their objection to Wallace’s widely publicized stand against the proposed Civil Rights Bill.

• The 35th annual National Convention of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America was hosted by the Terre Haute Bible Center, 17th St. and Wabash Ave., with the Rev. Virgil Romans as pastor.

• The new clubhouse of Terre Haute Eagles Lodge No. 291 opened. The $55,000 structure on the southeast corner of Third and Farrington streets, was located in part of the Terre Haute Urban Renewal Project.

• C. W. Westrup, general manager of the local Quaker Maid plant, was retiring after 45 years with A&P, 35 of which had been in Terre Haute. Edwin H. Melvin Sr., assistant general manager, was to succeed him.

• D.W. Payne, executive vice president and general manager of Miller-Parrott Baking Co., Seelyville, announced the firm’s name had been changed to U.S. Baking Co.

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