News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 11, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1987: Bayh opens campaign for governor

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.


• Terre Haute Mayor Judy Anderson and other local officials delivered petitions, letters and postcards opposing the new-terrain I-69 route to Gov. Frank O’Bannon’s office.

• The Fascinators, who began as the kings of doo-wop at Garfield High School in the 1950s, presented a reunion concert in Indianapolis at the Fountain Square Theater.

• Hatfield Hall, the seventh multimillion-dollar structure constructed on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology campus in six years, was dedicated with a concert by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

• The AP&S Bone and Joint Center hosted a public open house at its new facility, 1725 N. Fifth Street.

• Terre Haute Moose Lodge 1009 hosted an open house in honor of its 90th anniversary at its 3708 Wabash Ave. facility. Founded for men in 1912, a women’s affiliate was organized in 1922.

• Tashina Kastigar, West Terre Haute, was chosen Miss Indiana USA and would represent the state at the 52nd Miss USA pageant in February.

• Keifer Keyes and Alec Harper won the Harry Potter costume contest sponsored by Books-A-Million and WMGI-FM.


• Indiana Secretary of State B. Evan Bayh opened his campaign for the governorship at the Bayh family farm south of Shirkieville. His bid was to become the first Indiana Democrat elected governor since 1965.

• The laying of the cornerstone culminated more than 10 years of planning for Hamilton Center’s $3 million Developmental Disabilities Center. Don Foltz was executive director; Jim Malloy, president of the board.

• “In My Dreams” was the theme for the YWCA Y-Teen Interclub Harvest Moon dance at LaFer Hall on the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College campus. Nikki Harroll, Terre Haute North Vigo High School, and Felicia Short, Terre Haute South Vigo High School, were the co-chairs.

• Renovation work at the Red Lobster restaurant included new windows, lighting, wall decor and booths. Manager Bob Cummins said, “People used to want dark, but now the trend is more toward light and openness.”

n Brian Dorsett, Terre Haute native who joined the Cleveland Indians in September, presented an anti-drug use program to members and parents at the Terre Haute Boys Club.


• Terre Haute’s observance of Veterans Day included the traditional parade, a memorial service at Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue, a plaque placed on the Indiana Air National Guard jet aircraft on the courthouse lawn, and dedication of the military room at the Vigo County Historical Museum.

• Birch Bayh Jr. (D) defeated Sen. Homer E. Capehart (R) who had represented the State of Indiana in the U.S. Senate longer than any other person. Democrat victories in the county included Circuit Judge H. Ralph Johnston, Prosecutor Ralph Berry, Superior Judge Harold J. Bitzegaio, Sheriff Herbert E. Beasley, Recorder William R. Cox, Auditor Leroy Lewzader, Assessor Fred Bauer and Surveyor Claude Reese.

• The new personnel training and recreation center for the staff of the U.S. Penitentiary south of Terre Haute was dedicated. Located on the Prairieton Road, the building was constructed by prison labor and with materials from barracks at the former Vigo Ordnance plant.

• Eugene Knauer, owner of Eat-A-Teria in Terre Haute, was elected president of the Indiana Restaurant Association.