News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 17, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 2002: Quake measures 5.0, felt in Terre Haute

Dorothy Jerse
The Tribune-Star

---- — 2002

• An earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter scale, was felt shortly after noon (June 18) in the Terre Haute area. Its epicenter was 10 miles northwest of Evansville.

• U.S. 40, the old National Road, was designated as a National Scenic Byway and as an “All-American Road” by the federal government.

• The Sisters of Providence held an open house at their new $1.4 million day care center/preschool on St. Mary-of-the-Woods campus. Sister Ann Brendan Burget was the executive director.

• Big Brother Dean Cooke, an Eli Lilly employee, and Little Brother Gary Skeel, Terre Haute South Vigo junior, were honored for being the longest-lasting match in the history of the Vigo County Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. They had been “brothers” since 1992.

• Jeff Blake, principal at McLean Education Center since it opened in 1997, was chosen as the new executive director of the Covered Bridge Special Education District to succeed Marilyn Faris, who was retiring.

• Ground was broken at Terre Haute Regional Hospital for a $40 million expansion and renovation project.


• The Wabash Valley Genealogical Society celebrated its 17th anniversary at Church of the Latter Day Saints, 1845 N. Center St. Newly elected officers were John Lunceford, Curt DeBaun III, and Simona Lansaw.

• Construction Aggregate Trucking, 800 Poplar St., again received the top safety award from the Indiana Motor Truck Association and the American Trucking Association Council of Safety. Pat O’Leary was the company president.

• Members of the Ku Klux Klan passed out literature on a Sunday afternoon from the sidewalks at 25th Street and Wabash Avenue. About half of the 19 participants wore traditional white robes and hoods. A July rally was planned to take place in Mansfield.

• Supporters wished Joy Miller “aloha” as she resigned as executive director of Planned Parenthood of the Wabash Valley to move to Hawaii.

• Andrew Causey won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduate was nominated by Congressman John Myers.

• Western Union recognized Kadel’s Holiday Shoppes downtown and at Plaza North for having two of Indiana’s top agencies.


• The Indiana Wrecking Co. completed the demolition of the Terre Haute Gas Co. building on Cherry Street and was razing the buildings at the old Paul Cox Airport and Beech Block downtown. Co-owners Fred Brokaw and Ralph Learnard said the historic buildings had outlasted their serviceability.

• A bronze plaque was placed in the law library on the fourth floor of the Vigo County Courthouse to commemorate the generosity of Judge Ernest M. Causey and the late Judge Frank R. Miller who had donated their collections.

• Community Theatre of Terre Haute gave Reid Bush and Elinor Brown the best actor and actress awards. David Lee and Miriam Loewenstein were named for the best supporting roles.

• Charles A. Purcell of Terre Haute was elected president of the Mine Inspectors’ Institute of America.

• Supreme Heating & Sheet Metal Co., owned by James Isbell, had moved to its new location at 600 Voorhees St.

• Welby M. Frantz was elected president of Eastern Express Inc.,1450 Wabash Ave., to succeed Wilson M. House who had founded the firm in 1946.