News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 14, 2013

Looking back: In 1988, the crack-down on Wabash Avenue cruisers

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.


• Fair skies and exciting aerobatics attracted thousands of spectators to the Air Fair at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

• Local fans wished Larry Bird well in his new position as Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations.

• More than 800 cyclists participated in the 17th annual Ride Across Indiana, which began at the Illinois State Line just west of West Terre Haute.

• The West Terre Haute 9- and 10-year old all stars and the 11- and 12-year-olds each won their Little League District 4 championships. Terre Haute’s Valle Field 15-year-old all stars won the Babe Ruth Southwest State baseball title.

• Charlie Kluesner, recent Terre Haute South Vigo High School graduate, won the Terre Haute Golf Association Mini-City tournament. Joe Miller placed second.

• The production of “Cabaret” ended the Indiana State University’s SummerStage season. Several of the roles were played by summer visitors from Theaterhaus in Mannheim, Germany.

n Indiana State University athletic director Andi Myers announced the appointment of Ryan Ray as the new men’s tennis coach.


• “City’s dinosaur quest ends, Shenango plans to occupy old Stran Steel site.” Shenango Co. of Dover, Ohio, planned to occupy the vacant building on Crawford Street.

• Golf pro Ray Goddard wrote, “The continuing heat and accompanying drought has taken its toll on golf courses and players throughout the Wabash Valley, Whew!”

• Kids’ answers to the crack-down on Wabash Avenue cruisers included, “If they don’t want us to cruise Wabash, why don’t they give us some place to go?” and “They don’t want us to go to parties and get drunk, so there’s nothing to do but cruise Wabash.”

• Local actors, singers and dancers portrayed politicians and entertainers of turn-of-the-century America in the Vigo County Historical Society’s ninth summer fundraiser.

• The Vigo County School Corp. board appointed Charles M. Clark as interim superintendent of schools.

• Southwood Health Care Center, 2222 Margaret Ave., was open with Luci Arnett as administrator of the 60-room facility.

• Springhill Frame & Alignment, coached by Gary Clatfelter and Larry Strohl, won the Senior Division, Miss Softball America, at Jonesy’s.


• City and county officials met at the YMCA, 200 S. Sixth St., to observe the stocking of the first of 73 local area Civil Defense public fallout shelters with supplies and equipment.

• The new “I Forgot” drive-in, 13th and Ohio streets, offered service with the customers’ orders taken and delivered to the cars by attendants. Don Cunningham was the manager.

n Wayne Schomer succeeded Ted Hegaman as president of the Terre Haute Rotary Club.

• The Terre Haute Advocate, published since July of 1919, was acknowledged as the oldest labor newspaper in Indiana. Edited by Walter E. Jenkins, it was delivered by mail to 6,000 homes each week.

• Marsha Harvey reigned as “Miss Flame” over the Prairieton Fair, sponsored by the community’s Volunteer Fire Department.

• Cain Bros Inc., a locally owned trucking company, purchased a part of the former Saxon Mine property west of North 13th Street, across from the Allis Chalmers plant.

• Local painters donated their labor to paint the Newman Mothers Club’s Catholic Student Center, Fifth and Mulberry streets.