News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 27, 2012

LOOKING BACK: 1987: Record-breaking temps hit Vigo

Dorothy Jerse
The Tribune-Star


• An “I Believe in America” program, honoring veterans and those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was presented at the Wabash Valley Festival in the newly refurbished amphitheater in Fairbanks Park.

• Demolition of Indiana State University’s 50-year-old, coal-fired power plant began. It had been replaced with a new $16 million gas-fired power plant in operation since last October.

• Terre Haute North Vigo High School was named the Elks Vigo County All Sports Champions for the 2001-2002 school year. Patriot teams had won or shared county titles in 10 sports. Bob Mardis and Mel Kirkman made the presentation.

• Carole Barr was appointed administrative manager at Western Indiana Employment and Training Services Inc.

• Terre Haute Regional Hospital donated $10,000 to Fuqua Elementary for the second year in a row as part of its school-business partnership.

• CSX Transportation closed its railroad service between Terre Haute and Evansville over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Employees worked round the clock to repair crossings, replace ties and install new roadbed materials.


• Students and teachers felt the heat during a week of record-breaking temperatures and high humidity. Only 11 of the Vigo County School Corp.’s 31 school buildings were equipped with complete air-conditioning systems.

• Noisy cicadas had reached their 17-year cycle in Indiana. They had been underground since 1970 and now were emerging in the Terre Haute area.

• Digital Audio Disc Corp. officials introduced the new three-inch compact disc on the occasion of its 50 millionth disc pressing at the local plant employing 600 workers at 1800 N. Fruitridge Ave.

• One hundred Section 8 housing units were to be added to the 700 privately owned units rented to low-income tenants at reduced rates by the Terre Haute Housing Authority. Patrick Barder ws the director.

• Carl Riddle, who was graduating into retirement, was awarded the Hand Clasp Award for Education by the Kiwanis Club. He had been principal of Terre Haute North Vigo High School for 16 years.

• ML Express broke ground for a new plant and offices at First and Hulman streets.


• Memorial Day services were conducted at Highland Lawn Cemetery with music provided by Local No. 25, American Federation of Musicians, directed by Stanford Gilley.

• The fifth annual 500 Festival Week was under way through the Merchants Division, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. The Tribune-Star published 10,000 copies of the souvenir issue covering the event.

• Some 800 youngsters were honored at the annual School Patrol Picnic hosted by the Terre Haute Elks Lodge No. 86. Representatives of all 56 public and parochial schools in Vigo County received a composite picture of the Paul Dresser birthplace and a copy of his “On the Banks of the Wabash,” Indiana’s state song.

• The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce went on record as opposing medical care to the aged through the extension of Social Security taxes. President John F. Kennedy kept his no-compromise stand on the issue.

• The West Vigo High School Home Economics Club, sponsored by Margaret Ray, toured the Automatic Canteen Co., 1631 S. 17th St., to view the latest coin-operated food/drink vending machines and kitchen.