News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 22, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1988: Indiana State University area’s largest employer

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 59th annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, one of the oldest juried exhibits in Indiana, opened at the Swope Art Gallery, featuring the works of 79 regional artists.

• Winners in the 21st Altrusa Chili Cook-off were Sox & Co. and Community Coordinated Child Care. The Good Time Gang and PSI/Cinergy won the People’s Choice awards.

• Jerry Baker, Tom Reck and the late Herman “Lefty” Compton were inducted into the Terre Haute Golf Association’s Hall of Fame.

• Troy Ferris won the Fuson Pontiac Men’s City Golf Championship. He commented, “This is the big one you want to win in this area.”

• The 37th annual Cook’s Tour of the Woman’s Department Club featured the homes of Chris and Richard Antonak, Sherri and Nick Mahurin, and Laurie and Barry Fite.

• The late Capt. Ralph Stott Jr. of the Terre Haute Fire Department was honored by the International Association of Firefighters at its Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in the shadow of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. He had been killed fighting an arson fire a year before.


• Indiana State University was the area’s largest employer, with 656 full-time faculty among its 950 monthly employees, 970 bi-weekly employees, 1,400 student workers and 550 part-time, temporary and adjunct staff.

• The third annual Ethnic Festival, sponsored by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department, opened at Fairbanks Park, with music and food from many cultures.

• City Councilman L. E. “Gene” Frazier repeated his successful portrayal of Terre Haute’s five-time presidential candidate, Eugene V. Debs, at a Vigo County Public Library brown bag luncheon.

• The Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission approved the final design for the improvement of South First Street between Hulman and Ohio streets.

• Representatives of BASF Corp. hosted a meeting at the Oregon Baptist Church for neighbors living within a half-mile radius of the potential plant site to address environmental concerns. The report read, “The mood turns serious after friendly supper.”

• The Vigo County Sheriff’s Merit Board selected John Marvel to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Sgt. Cary Dohner. Forty-four applicants were initially reviewed by the board.


• An explosion of a compressor being tested at the new Central Nitrogen Inc. plant killed one worker and injured nine others. The $20 million chemical complex was nearing completion on U.S. 41 North.

• Chas. Pfizer & Co. announced plans to add a multi-purpose packaging plant to its growing complex of buildings at the Vigo plant south of the city.

• Pickerl Hall, the third and final unit of Indiana State College’s development of six-story halls for women students, was now open. This housing complex began with the opening of Burford Hall in 1959 and Erickson Hall in 1962.

• Vigo County Republicans dedicated their new headquarters at 666 Wabash Ave. with an evening open house. Buena Chaney was the county chairman, Thelma Weddle the official hostess.

• The new four-year collegiate program in nursing at Indiana State College was now open. Dorothy McMillan was dean of the School of Nursing.

• Gene Verostko won over defending champion Willie Wisely by two strokes for the men’s city golf championship.

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