News From Terre Haute, Indiana


January 10, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 10, 2013

New impetus for memorial plaque

As the new year began, dozens of people gathered in the cold and snow at First and Chestnut streets to recall the horror that greeted the community 50 years earlier.

It was Jan. 2, 1963, the first workday after the long New Year’s holiday, and meat cutters and other workers were starting their day at the Home Packing Co. plant. It was to be the final day for the 16 men who died and the hundreds of others whose livelihood was suddenly in doubt. Early that morning, something went horribly wrong and the front part of the building collapsed as the result of an explosion.

For several years, Richard Maher, who had worked at the plant before the disaster, has been proposing a monument or memorial plaque at the site. The gathering on Jan. 2 has given that labor impetus.

If people in the community, from the victims’ families and the survivors and their families to others interested in the history of Terre Haute, wish to donate, a fund has been set up to support it: Home Packing Monument Fund; Wabash Valley Community Foundation; 2901 Ohio Boulevard, Suite 153; Terre Haute 47803-2239.

— Carl Bender

Terre Haute

Sad departure for floral shop

To our loyal customers, friends and family:

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Miller Floral Family and its staff has to inform you that we will be closing our business doors, located at 3425 S. Seventh St. in Terre Haute on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

The Weber/Miller family has been serving the Wabash Valley floral needs since 1911 and with five generations of family. Due to the downturned economy of the past few years, and a combination of unfortunate circumstances, it does not allow us to remain in business and operate efficiently enough to provide you with the customer service and top quality product that has been known with the Miller Floral name.

During these few weeks until the closing, all remaining product will be available for purchase for 50 to 75 percent off the marked prices (delivered product not included in the sale). Please stop by during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays, and take advantage of the deep discounts.

It was an honor and a pleasure serving you throughout the years. The Miller Family sincerely thanks you all for your friendship and loyalty. God bless you all.

— Dale M. Miller

Miller Floral Co. Inc.

Terre Haute

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