News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 7, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1963: Santa Claus resided at 674 Wabash

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 two U.S. manufacturers and the Vigo County Health Department were out of flu vaccine. Joni Foulkes, health educator, urged the practice of preventive measures with an emphasis on washing hands.

• Sarah Scott Middle School won first place and people’s choice awards in the 17th annual Christmas in the Park contest at Deming Park, sponsored by First Financial Bank, Clabber Girl Corp., Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

• Kalea Ellis, St. Patrick School, and Emilee Pemberton, Sugar Grove Elementary, were honored for their designs chosen for the city’s official 2003 Christmas cards.

• Karen Grunden, Tribune-Star reporter, won a first-place award from the Hoosier State Press Association for her METHod of Madness series. Other Tribune-Star first-place winners included Rex Buntain, James Willis, Alicia Morgan, Zach Taylor and Bob Orlandini.

• Farrington’s Grove’s 21st annual historic home tour featured the homes of Susan Rose, Denis and Catherine Conrady, Randy Aker and Mike Atkinson, and Bill and Kathy Norris, and also the Farrington Bed & Breakfast and Vigo County Historical Museum.


• Dr. Pulkit Patel was the new chief of staff at Union Hospital. Other officers were Dr. Harold A. Rosene, Dr. J. F. Pangan, Dr. Richard S. Mayrose and Dr. Vasumati D. Patel.

• Chapman and Susan Root of Ormond Beach, Fla., and formerly of Terre Haute, gave $1.5 million to Indiana State University to help support its Master Plan.

• Plant manager Dan Taylor announced a $66 million expansion plan to take place at the local Alcan Rolled Products Co. facility.

• The first Hoverlifter, a product of Neoteric Hovercraft Inc., 1649 Tippecanoe St., was shipped to the Aluminum Company of America in Evansville. The device was designed to move more than one ton of merchandise using a cushion of air.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo High School football team was honored at the Elks Country Club for being the Vigo County champion.  Rod Shafer was the coach of these regional champion Braves, who finished 11-2 for the season.

• Another group, Mothers Against Toxic Chemical Hazards, was organized in opposition to the proposed BASF facility.


• The council of Jewish Women sponsored a public discussion on “Counseling in Our Public Schools” at the United Hebrew Congregation Temple.  Participants included Mary Ann Carroll, Dorothy Becherer, S. T. Proffitt, Carl Riddle, William S. Ray and James F. Conover.

• The Vigo County School Corp. trustees renewed the contract of  Superintendent Max P. Gabbert for two years at the current annual salary of $16,500.

• George Ranes of Terre Haute succeeded John Thomas of Brazil as president of the Wabash Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

• John Abrell’s Vigo IGA Foodliner reopened at its new location west of West Terre Haute on U.S. 40.

• Gene Knauer, owner-operator of the Eat-A-Teria Restaurant, 2525 Wabash Ave., purchased Frank’s Restaurant, 1229 Wabash Ave., from Frank Martin.

• Powered Equipment announced its formal opening at 420 N. Ninth Street. The Engineering Department offered a new service through an affiliation with the Templeton-Matthews Corp.

• Santa Claus resided at Santa Claus Land, 674 Wabash Ave., and in Santa’s Castle, Meadows Shopping Center.