TERRE HAUTE — Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
• Sony’s Digital Audio Disc Corp. celebrated 20 years of production at its local flagship plant. The company had made Terre Haute “The CD Capital of the World.” James Frische, CEO and DADC’s first employee in the city, was retiring at the end of the month.
• Kevin Burke defeated Mayor Judy Anderson, former mayor Jim Jenkins and John Walters with 56 percent of the vote to become the Democratic nominee for mayor of Terre Haute in the fall election. Duke Bennett would be the GOP candidate.
• Terre Haute North Vigo High School’s nine-hole record at Hulman Links was broken by golf team member Matt Sherertz who shot a 4-under-par 32 in a team-record win over Northview.
• In its annual State of the Air report, the American Lung Association gave Vigo County a passing grade of “C” for air quality.
• Oscar Session chaired the 12th Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) sponsored by the Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.
• Mike Woodcock, president of United Steelworkers of American Local 12009 announced about 100 union workers and 50 non-union employees would lose their jobs when the Indiana Gas & Chemical Corp., 1341 Hulman St., shut down. Company officials gave poor business conditions and obsolete equipment as reasons for closing down operations.
• Two Democratic incumbents, Coroner Dave Ferguson and Councilman Thomas Fitzpatrick, were defeated by Roland M. Kohr (coroner) and Patricia Mansard (clerk) in the Vigo County primary election. They would face Republican primary winners, John L. McCarty and Bill Heck, in the fall.
• The Memorial Hall Association Inc. offered to give the building, the oldest in the city, to “an organization willing to restore it using the historic significance as a guideline.” It had been built in 1835 on Ohio Street as an Indiana State Bank branch.
• Clyde Lovellette was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass. He had played at Garfield High School and the University of Kansas, on the U.S. Olympic team, and 11 years as a pro.
• Mayor Ralph Tucker “stunned the so-called experts with a sweeping victory over State Senator V. Dewey Annakin in the spirited contest for the Democratic nomination for mayor.” Howard G. Armstrong was the winner in the GOP contest.
•George A. Foulkes, president and general manager, announced the WMFT radio station name was now WAAC-1300 radio. Tom Lawrence was the program manager.
• Davis Park Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was located on the site of the former William Gomer Davis home at 18th and Poplar streets.
• Minnie Towles and Ira Jones won the top prizes among 1,501 children competing in the 16th Annual Fishing Rodeo at Rodeo Lake in Deming Park,
• Indiana State Bank opened its Fort Harrison Branch Bank on the southwest corner of Lafayette Avenue and Fort Harrison Road. Jerry Donham was the branch manager.
• The Wiley High School Red Streaks, led by Terry Smith, won their third major meet victory of 1963 by winning the Wabash Valley track meet at Rose Polytechnic Institute.