Special to the Tribune-Star
Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
• The ninth Buffalo Chip Throwing Contest at the Native American Museum in Dobbs Park attracted more than 70 people.
• The Terre Haute North Vigo High School boys tennis team, coached by Jim Cook, won the IHSAA Vincennes Lincoln Regional title for the fourth consecutive year.
• The Exchange Club of Terre Haute honored Barry Nicoson as Firefighter of the Year and presented the first Blue and Gold Award given in Indiana to Terri Stott in honor of her late husband, Capt. Ralph Stott who had died fighting a fire a year before. The club also named Terre Haute City Police Cpl. William “Trey” Gilbert and federal agent Mike Vergon as Law Enforcement Officers of the Year for their work into the investigation.
• Ken Wooden, Bob Inserra and Jamie McHolland opened WIMS tavern/restaurant at 665 Wabash Ave.
• The Vigo County Board of Health appointed Dr. Enrico Garcia as Vigo County health officer for his first, full four-year term.
• Dr. Maury Miller, Indiana State University special education professor, was the recipient of the Holmstedt Distinguished Professor Award.
• An opinion poll conducted for the Tribune-Star found 69 percent of voters in five Wabash Valley counties would vote to establish a state lottery through a referendum.
• The weather station at Hulman Regional Airport was closed as “a result of belt-tightening by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
• Richard C. Tuttle, assistant editor emeritus, blamed “a lack of leadership and lack of ‘taking a chance’ as the reasons Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Evansville had grown and Terre Haute had decreased in population.”
• Wal-Mart announced plans for the construction of a Sam’s Wholesale Club on U.S. 41, north of Sycamore Chevrolet. Construction of the Wal-Mart in the new shopping center near the junction of U.S. 41 and South Seventh Street was underway.
• Coach Bill Fenlon announced the appointment of Brad Miley, former Indiana State University basketball star, as assistant basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
• A dedication ceremony marked the completion of the addition to Lost Creek Elementary School which doubled the size of the school. Ray Azar was the principal.
• Members of the Deming Citizens Society protested the construction of a drive-in restaurant at 23rd Street and Wabash Avenue before the City Planning and Zoning Commission. Construction plans were dropped a week later.
• Upwards of 40,000 persons watched the Indiana State College 93-unit homecoming parade. Another record crowd of 12,000 saw ISC win over Evansville at Memorial Stadium.
• Eva Hary and Opal Baker celebrated the grand opening of their Knitting Nook, 1364 Wabash Ave.
• The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce sponsored the observance of National Fire Prevention Week opening with a downtown parade. Suzanne Boyll, Honey Creek High School ninth grader, reigned as “Miss Flame.” Terre Haute Fire Chief Norman Fesler directed all off-duty fire station companies to inspect homes, businesses and vacant lots in their territories.
• Mabel Skeen of Terre Haute was crowned Poet Laureate of Indiana by the Indiana Federation of Poetry Clubs at the Clayton Hotel, Indianapolis. Her poem, “How Different In Black,” touched on the Civil Rights movement.