News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 3, 2013

LOOKING BACK: 1963: ‘Dollar Day’ shoe specials at Schultz stores

Dorothy Jerse
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — 2003

• Patrick Fortson, a Terre Haute native, was one of the 32 contestants chosen to advance to the semifinal round in the “American Idol” competition on television.

• The Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots won 48-46 over the Terre Haute South Vigo Braves in the annual North-South high school basketball showdown at Hulman Center.

• Melanie Boeglin, an Indiana State University freshman from Terre Haute South Vigo High School, led the Lady Sycamores with 19 points, five assists and three steals in the team’s 75-70 victory over Creighton. ISU’s 8-1 record put the team in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

• Thompson Thrift, real estate developer, moved into its new home in the Fuson Building, 901 Wabash Ave.

• In response to many complaints, the Vigo County Commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting solicitations on roadways to protect the public from traffic hazards and fraud.

• Honey Creek Middle School students won the top eight individual competitions in the regional Mathcounts event at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Susan Hu was the top individual contestant overall.

1988

• Vernon Hux announced the sale of Tri-Industries, Inc., a family-owned corporation for nearly 33 years, to UNC Inc. of Annapolis, Md.

• Robert Cowden, chairman of the Indiana State University music department since 1976, was elected regional chairman of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) at a meeting in Boston.

• The Chase, an upscale restaurant at 810 Wabash Ave., closed. It was housed in the former Office Tavern building which had been purchased and remodeled by Beverly Cristee and Rebecca Johnson. Chef Daniel Sineau and his wife, Michele, reopened the restaurant in March.

• Indiana State University’s School of Nursing, which now included 300 students and 30 faculty members, began the celebration of its Silver Jubilee. More than 1,000 nursing students had been graduated since 1963. Dr. Maryanne Roehm was the dean.

• The Terre Haute South Vigo Braves won 82-53 over the Terre Haute North Vigo Patriots to capture the girls basketball sectional crown. Val Evans, Anne McLaughlin and Kara Pfister were high scorers for South; Tressia Jacob and Lori McMillin for North.

1963

• The Public Service Company of Indiana, Vigo County’s largest taxpayer, paid its 1962 property taxes of $2,443,064 in two installments. The amount was 20 percent of the county’s full tax load.

• E. V. Halt, Wiley High School assistant principal, announced plans to celebrate the school’s centennial. First organized in 1863, high school classes were held in the Hook School and then transferred to Indiana State Normal School. This Terre Haute High School moved into its building at Seventh and Walnut streets in 1886, and was renamed Wiley High School in 1906.

• An explosion reduced the Homer Dowden residence on South 17th Street to shambles and injured two gas company and one heating company workmen. The area was evacuated when the odor of gas was detected in other neighborhood homes.

• “Dollar Day” shoe specials at the Schultz stores downtown, Southland and Meadows shopping centers featured women’s wedges, flats and heels at $2 a pair.

• Kenneth McClara, Garfield High School senior, was named state winner of the Elks Youth Leadership contest.