News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 14, 2009

Valley Life briefs: Feb. 15, 2009

ISU prof to speak at Audubon meeting

Marion Jackson, emeritus professor at Indiana State University, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the meeting of the Wabash Valley Audubon Society in Room C of the Vigo County Public Library’s main branch.

All are welcome and no reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served.

For more than 20 years, Jackson has worked closely with The Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Natural Heritage Program and the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves inventorying the locations and habitat conditions of rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals of Indiana. These collaborations have focused on natural area research methodology and protection strategies for habitats and species vulnerable to extirpation. Jackson will show slides from his private collection and discuss the production of the PBS four-part documentary “The Natural Heritage of Indiana,” which was inspired by his 1997 publication of the same name. Jackson described his vision for the book as “a celebration of Indiana’s natural heritage — its natural and human history, its landscape and its life — what it once was, what it is now, and what it promises to be.”

Purcell celebrates her 90th birthday

Mary Kathyrn Purcell will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday with her children and grandchildren.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1919, to Albert D. Campbell and Jesse Foxworthy Campbell in Pimento. She attended Gerstmeyer Beauty Academy. After the death of her husband, Clyde Purcell, in 1958, she operated a beauty shop in her home for 32 years to care for her family. She has been a loving mother and a blessing to her three children, Judy Purcell, Larry Purcell and Peggy Purcell Hanna. Her cheerful attitude, strength of character, and positive outlook on life are amazing and have touched the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is truly an inspiration to all who know her.

Davis to celebrate 88th birthday

A card shower is planned for Terre Haute griot Bettie Davis, who will celebrate her 88th birthday on March 3.

Cards for the local African-American historian and storyteller should be mailed by Friday to her in care of Jeanette Smith, 2434 Liberty Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47807.

All cards and optional $5 monetary love tokens will be presented to Davis at a celebration in her honor to be announced later.

Price treated to surprise party

A surprise birthday party for Jim Price of Farmersburg is scheduled 2 to 5 p.m. today in the Farmersburg United Methodist Church. Refreshments and cake will be served.

Friends and relatives are invited. Cards are welcome and may be mailed to 716 N. Fifth St., Farmersburg, IN 47850.

Price was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Farmersburg to Lovell and Octus Price. He is retired from Columbia Enameling and a member of the Masons Lodge in Shelburn. He has one daughter, Cathy Hughbanks, also of Farmersburg.

Hoke to celebrate 80th birthday

Jeannine Inglert Hoke is celebrating her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her family from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Torner House in Deming Park.

Family and friends are invited, it is requested that gifts be omitted but cards are welcome. Jeannine was born Feb. 12, 1929, to Herbert and Juanita Inglert of Fontanet. She married Ned Ray Evans and had three sons, Ned Jr. and wife Lenny, Pat and Eric and his wife Dorothy, all of Terre Haute. She married Roy Hoke in 1975 and resided in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for 12 years before returning to Terre Haute, where her husband passed away in 1987. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing piano and singing, gardening, Red Hatters and sorority. She has six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Horse, tack auction coming up

Clark County 4-H will sponsor the 4-H Horse & Tack Auction open to the public at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Clark County Extension Office, Marshall, Ill. The doors will open at 3 p.m. to view items to be auctioned. The Extension Office is south of Marshall on Illinois 1, watch for signs.

Tack dealer D.J. Dankenbring will supply new tack for the auction. Used tack and miscellaneous items will be consigned by Clark County 4-H’ers. A silent auction and raffle will be conducted during the auction with items being donated by area businesses and individuals. A “super prize” will be raffled at the end of the auction. Recipients must be present to win.

Some of the donations and consignments include horse feed, gift certificates from various businesses for oil changes, veterinarians, farriers, hay, hair salons, lawn ornaments and saddle club memberships across the Wabash Valley

Barbecue, chili, taco in a bag, hot dogs, nachos, pie and other desserts will be served in the concession stand.

All proceeds go to benefit the Clark County 4-H Horse and Pony Program. Any businesses or individuals wishing to make a donation for the auction or who need more information can call University of Illinois Extension Office at (217) 826-5422.