News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 10, 2014

Looking back: In 1989, environmentalists protest BASF plant

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


• The Terre Haute Police Department moved from City Hall into the former bank facility in the 1200 block of Wabash Avenue. George Ralston was the chief of police.

• Big Four Classic high school winners: Terre Haute South Vigo — softball; Northview — baseball; and Terre Haute North Vigo — boys and girls track and field.

• The price of a gallon of regular unleaded fuel topped $2 at some local service

• The Golden Corral, 10 W. Johnson Dr., opened. Owner Larry Weiland said the restaurant cost $3 million to build.

• Samuel Hulbert hosted “Wabash Woman of Achievement” honoring Dr. Mary Ann Carroll. She was the former dean of the School of Graduate Studies and professor of education at Indiana State University for 31 years before joining the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology staff in 1996.

• Former students of Fayette Elementary School shared memories before the staff moved into the new building.


• Environmentalists formed a caravan of about 200 vehicles to travel to the Capitol in Indianapolis hoping to gain support from state officials in stopping BASF Corp. from locating in Vigo County.

• The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce awarded the 1989 Great American Dream Award to Charles T. Culp, owner of Culp Enterprises. Culp had arrived in Terre Haute 20 years before from Columbia, Missouri, to open his first Pizza Hut on South Third Street.

• Duane Klueh announced his retirement from coaching the Indiana State University tennis teams. He also had been the ISU basketball coach from 1955 to 1967.

• Big band ballroom dancing was featured Sunday evenings in Lillie’s Lounge at the Holiday Inn. Recorded music was provided by Taylor Brown, Ronn Mott and Hobie Stevens of WBOW-AM radio.

• For the first time since the project began in 1973, the Service League of Union Hospital selected two homes for  redecoration. The Collett Park homes of Brian and Jeanne Conley and Charles and Martha Toth were featured. Pam Pangan and Karen Green were the co-chairmen.


• The Armed Forces Day Banquet at the Terre Haute House Mayflower Room was followed by the ball at the Army National Guard Armory. Dagmar Herden was the Armed Forces Week queen with Gerry Bratt and Martha Fitzsimmons as her attendants.

• Plans were announced for a new A & P Food Store to be built at Ninth and Poplar streets. The design was to be Early American blended with modern food merchandising. Other A & P stores were located at 1612 Wabash and 1168 Lafayette avenues.

• Patricia Ann Tryon won the Miss Indiana State crown and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Indiana pageant in July.  Ann Stohl and Karen Ann Berry were the runners-up.

• David R. Gibbs, Garfield High School student, won a first place award in the boys botany division of the National Science Fair at Baltimore, Md.

• A three-day Open House introduced the expanded facilities of Bob Moore’s Little Detroit Auto Sales, 1352 Wabash Ave.

• Professional Broadcasting School classes were to begin at WVTS Radio.

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