Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.


• Judy Rightsell, Terre Haute North Vigo High School graduate and Indiana State University junior, was crowned 1997 Vigo County Fair Queen. Fourteen young women had participated in the pageant.

• After Texas developer Don Daseke let his June 30 deadline to buy the Terre Haute House expire, Terre Haute attorney Joe Anderson and his wife, developer Gloria Anderson, said they were forming a new group to apply for federal tax credits to renovate the hotel into affordable housing.

• Lou Corey was working to restore his building at 515 Wabash Ave. to its historic state as part of the rebirth of downtown Terre Haute.

• Tamara Schaffer Bough’s All-Star Production dance troupe performed on the Big Red Cruise Line. The 12 young dancers entertained in port and on a cruise to the Bahamas.

• Indiana State University showcased its new $7.25 million Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Seventh and Chestnut streets, at a Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event.


• Terre Haute’s Fourth of July activities featured two new events. The first Mayor’s Cup Mile race was sponsored by Sportscast and Merchants National Bank and the first 5-mile River Raft Race by Pabst Brewing Co. and WTHI.

• Indiana State and Terre Haute police clamped down on the sale of illegal fireworks. State Police First Sgt. Vern Tincher supervised the “visits.”

• Colleen Coleman directed “A Portrait in Ragtime” at the old Elks Building on North Seventh Street. It was the third annual summer fund-raiser produced by the Vigo County Historical Society.

• Harmon A. Baldwin, Dale McKee, Shelton Hannig, Dwight Kumpf and Mike Clare were the new officers of the Terre Haute Rotary Club, which was beginning its 70th year of service to the community.

• Linda Perucca, Darby Keeney and Carmen Miller from Vigo County and Susan Nolan from Sullivan County were recognized as state achievement winners at the 64th 4-H Roundup at Purdue University.


• Terre Haute Mayor Tucker crowned Ruel Fox Burns and Nellie Woods Casad as King of the Cowboys and Frontier Gal at the 12th annual Frontier Day horse show.

• The Vigo County Commissioners began a survey of county roads and bridges damaged by the recent flash flood. Six county bridges had been completely washed out by waters overflowing creek banks.

• The Rea Park and Elks golf teams tied with 757s in the seventh annual interclub tourney at the Elks Country Club. Warren and Walter Artz earned low medal scores.

• The Recreational Development Association sponsored its first Teenage Dance Party at Jack Thrasher’s Wabash Motors, 3033 Wabash Ave. Jerry Van Dyke, well-known local emcee, was the host for the evening.

• Ground was broken for construction of a swimming pool at the Fresh Air Camp, a Red Feather agency, located on Ferguson Hill west of Terre Haute. Jack R. King, director of Family Welfare Services, headed the camp committee.

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