News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 8, 2014

Looking back: In 1964, work under way to clear site of the Home Packing Co. for arrival of Pillsbury Co.

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.


• The Terre Haute South Vigo Braves defeated the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots 56-53 in the opening game of the Class 4A Plainfield Boys Sectional. Northview won 45-40 over Terre Haute South Vigo for the high school basketball sectional championship.

• The Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau of Vigo County reported 209 restaurants doing business in the county: 98 sit-down, 69 fast-food, 26 pizza parlors and 16 coffee or sweet shops. The Golden Corral Buffet & Grill and Sam’s Steakhouse & Seafood were scheduled to open this year.

• For the sixth straight year the Terre Haute South Vigo High School’s top varsity and junior varsity teams won the Wabash Valley Junior Engineering and Technical Society’s TEAMS academic competition. Daniel Wunderlich was their coach.

• Patrick R. Ralston of Terre Haute was named vice president for government relations and business development at First Financial Bank.  

• Brian Payne resigned as girls volleyball coach at Terre Haute South Vigo High School after eight seasons with more than 200 wins.


• Republican representatives elected Alan Abel 102-78 over Ruel F. Burns Jr. as Vigo County Republican chairman. Democratic precinct committeemen retained Robert L. Wright, who was unopposed, for another four years.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo Braves 67-51 victory over the Dugger Union Bulldogs was South’s first regional high school championship since 1984.

• Williams Co. of Terre Haute was recognized by the Indianapolis Advertising Club for outstanding work for eight consecutive years. The most recent two Citations of Excellence were awarded in the outdoor painted billboard category.

• A portrait of Eugene V. Debs now hung on the wall of Vigo County Court Division 4. Judge John C. Kite, Carolyn Toops and L.E. “Gene” Frazier participated in the ceremony.

• Nancy Canning, former director of the Convention and Visitor Bureau of Ames, Iowa, succeeded Lee Phifer as executive director of Vigo County’s tourism bureau. Bill Thompson was the tourism commission president.

• Mark Blade, president of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, announced the appointment of Craig McKee as chairman of the 1989-1990 campaign.


• Work was under way to clear away the former Home Packing Co. plant ruins, 400 N. First St., for the arrival of the Pillsbury Co. in Terre Haute.

• The Midland (Toastmaster) Bakers closed baking operations at the 535-545 N. Eighth St. plant, affecting the truck drivers and about 100 plant employees.

• Dr. Mary Ann Carroll, Wiley High School dean of girls, was appointed assistant dean of graduate studies and assistant professor of education to begin in September at Indiana State College.

• Guest applications were being accepted for occupancy at the new 100-bed Meadows Manor, 3300 Poplar St. Jane Ann Jenkins was the administrator.

• Martinsville won 50-44 over Garfield for the regional title in the 54th Indiana State High School basketball tournament played at the Indiana State College Arena.

• Some 1,500 YWCA Y-Teens in Vigo County junior and senior high schools were conducting their 16th annual linen drive for the benefit of the Vigo County Chapter, American Cancer Society. The linens were used to make bandages for cancer patients of the city and county.