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• Crawford Elementary School, located at 701 S. Fifth St. and in use since 1961, closed not just for the summer but forever.
• Kristen Clary, Terre Haute South Vigo, and Eric Graves, Terre Haaute North Vigo, were the winners of the prestigious high school McMillan Awards.
• The seventh Greater Terre Haute Open began at the Terre Haute Bowling Center with members of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association competing. Rick Braden was the general manager of the center.
• The Sumar Classic returned to the Terre Haute Action Track with a hovercraft used as the “pace craft.” Don Smith, one of the founders of the Sumar racing team in the 1950s, said it was the first time in the history of auto racing that a non-wheeled vehicle had been used as a pace car.
• The Fuson building at 18-20 S. Ninth St. and vacant for five years, was to be renovated by Thompson Thrift developers. Thompson Thrift and MMS-A/E were to occupy the top two floors.
• The month of June marked the speed limit increase to 65 mph on rural Indiana interstate highways. The speed limit remained at 55 mph near cities.
• After interviewing 560 people, Evergreen International Aviation Inc. hired 180 for its new mail-distribution system at Hulman Regional Airport.
• A balloon-lift and torch lighting opened the seventh Senior Games for Hoosiers, aged 55 and over, at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.
• Frank Sharp (West Vigo) and Pamela Owens (Terre Haute South Vigo) won the McMillan Awards as the best Vigo County high school athletes. This was the second year separate trophies had been given to a male and a female. Previously only one award was given to the outstanding male athlete.
• The Terre Haute North Patriots won their fifth straight high school boys golf sectional title, and the Terre Haute South Vigo Braves won their third straight high school sectional baseball title.
• The 50th American Legion Hoosier Boys State opened with 1,000 high school seniors and 60 volunteer staff members on the Indiana State University campus.
• Graduating high school seniors in the classes of 1962 included Garfield, 224; Gerstmeyer, 267; Honey Creek, 96; ISC Laboratory, 51; Schulte, 103; West Vigo, 122; and Wiley, 235. Gilbert “Gib” Bosworth, Wiley High School graduate, was awarded the McMillan Award as the outstanding Vigo County school athlete.
• More than 100 children participated in the YWCA Dance Revue at the Garfield High School Auditorium. Roseann Callahan was the instructor.
• Dr. Walter O. Shriner, chairman of the Indiana State College Mathematics Department, was honored at a dinner at the Woodridge Restaurant. He was retiring after 45 years of teaching in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
• Seventy-four seniors at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College were graduated. The day also marked the groundbreaking for the college’s $1.5 million library.
• Charles Crispin, local CE&I Railroad freight sales manager, announced his railroad was instituting “piggyback” service. Truck trailers would be loaded on flatcars at the Baker Yards.
• The 107-year-old locomotive, The General, was on public display also at the Baker Yards. This small, shiny black engine had made history during the Civil War.
TERRE HAUTE —
Historical Treasure: The 1947 Terre Haute Phillies and the history of baseball in America’s Crossroads
As another spring blossoms, it is time for another season of baseball to descend upon the city of Terre Haute.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: George Lance dominates intercity golf rivalry in 1927
What was expected to be a close match between two Terre Haute golfers for the 1927 Indiana Amateur Golf championship turned out to be a cakewalk.
GENEALOGY: Follow ‘Tips on Caring for Documents and Photographs’
I recently read an article called “Tips on Caring for Documents and Photographs,” by Tamara Hemmerlein, Hoosier Heritage Alliance Coordinator for the Indiana Historical Society
LOOKING BACK: 1988: Teachers issued rubber gloves to use in management of blood, other body fluids
Dorothy Jerse looks back at local history from 10, 25 and 50 years ago as reported in the Tribune and Tribune-Star.
Historical Perspective: Wabash Valley is home to prominent comedy opera stars
Comic opera, a genre consisting of light hearted musicals, was introduced in Europe during the 17th century.
In the 19th century, several female vocalists from the Wabash Valley, earned national celebrity by using that art form to excel.
Looking back: In 2003, Storm rips off half of Honey Creek Fire Department’s roof
A Saturday morning storm ripped off half of the Honey Creek Fire Department’s roof and caused heavy damage in Allendale. Wind gusts topping 60 miles an hour brought down power lines and trees throughout the county. Hail almost an inch thick and 1.5 inches of rain fell in less than an hour.
Abundance of shoe stores existed downtown
Spring to me means putting away heavy winter sweaters and bringing out fun lighter sundresses. It also means the possibility of shopping for a new dress or even new shoes.
Genalogy: Handwriting in 1700s-1800s Copperplate or English Round Hand
The primary style of old handwriting in the mid 1700s through the 1800s is sometimes called Copperplate or English Round Hand. This style of writing is much more recognizable and readable than the older Secretary Hand style discussed last week, and it is much less ornate as well.
The death of Irish Kate Preston
The lifeless body of Catherine Preston, commonly referred to as “Irish Kate,” was found Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 1895, on a sandbar at the western edge of the Wabash River wagon bridge.
Looking back: 2003: Sherertz sets nine-hole school record
Terre Haute North Vigo High School’s nine-hole record at Hulman Links was broken by golf team member Matt Sherertz who shot a 4-under-par 32 in a team-record win over Northview.
Historical perspectives: Railroads were models of innovation and growth in Haute
Railroads have played an important part in the building of our nation and in the history of Terre Haute. It is no small wonder that these amazing machines were turned into children’s toys, as well as models for the more mature train enthusiast.
‘Foreign’ letters to confuse a genealogist
Any serious family researcher will at some time or another encounter old documents in an older handwriting style that need to be read and deciphered.
1988: 700 teachers unite in protest
At least 700 teachers were absent from their Vigo County School Corp. schools as part of a job action to protest lack of progress in contract negotiations.
Genealogy: Vigo County Gold Star Honor Roll
FamilySearch International recently announced “the release of significant new enhancements to its web services that allow visitors to collaboratively build their family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and stories, and receive personal research assistance–all for free.”
‘Far-sound’ rings in a new era
This week’s Historic Treasure is an invention that changed life, as we know it in a great way, the telephone.
Historical perspective: Venard: soldier in the War of 1812
His name was Stephen Venard. For more than 50 years he resided in Terre Haute, without fanfare, with his wife and a daughter. Much of that time was spent in the 400 block on N. First St.
Looking Back: 2003: Mark Cook brings blues home
Mark Cook returned to Terre Haute to play with fellow musicians in the Cook-N-Blues group at Brazil and Terre Haute.
Historical perspective: Attempted carriage-jacking thwarted
Nineteenth century newspapers covered several topics that might astonish current readers. For example, the front page of the Terre Haute Weekly Gazette on Nov. 16, 1878 – 135 years ago – reported on the bold attempt by four “villains” to rob two women riding in a carriage immediately west of the fairgrounds at Brown and Wabash avenues:
Genealogy: Dutchman seeks family of missing soldier
Query: I live in the Netherlands and recently I have adopted the name of American PFC Joseph P. Nelson at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. He was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1944, and his name is on the Walls of the Missing.
Sewing Society keeps hospital in linen, supplies
When Tracy Pruitt came across a small box of old ledgers and receipt books recently, his first impulse was to throw it away. But he decided to sit down and examine its contents. In doing so, he discovered a story.
Looking Back: 1963: Officials prepare for disaster
City officials were studying survival plans in case of a natural disaster or attack by an enemy source. Gilbert Leonard was the director of Vigo County Defense.
Genealogy: Gold Star Honor Roll: Vigo County
This week continues with the Gold Star Honor Roll (those who died in WW I) from the Wabash Valley. The Vigo County list is long and will be run in three parts.
River boat models capture glory of former culture
In the River portion of the latest exhibit at the Vigo County Historical Society museum are two models of river paddle boats created by Alfred F. Nehf.
Historical perspective: Babe Holland: advocate for equality
Wherever Terre Haute native William Sylvester Holland roamed, he made an impact.
Historical Perspective: Terre Haute’s architectural heritage
Much more than is commonly recognized, Terre Haute has a rich and diverse legacy of landscapes designed by some of the nation’s most talented architects.
Genealogy: A search for names from broken stones
This week there is a query about an old cemetery in Parke County, that is believed to have been destroyed:
Hidden treasures: Laborers phased out by machines
Today’s historical treasure will intone to many people an early experience of practical labor. For others, this artifact might lack a contextual notion.
Looking back: 2003: Two men rob Terre Haute First National Bank
Two men robbed Terre Haute First National Bank’s banking center at Southland Plaza, South Seventh Street and Margaret Avenue. It was the first bank robbery in Terre Haute since November 2000.
Interurban makes city Crossroads of America
Electric transportation is not a new technology. With the arrival of the electric car we are reminded that electric technology has a long history in Terre Haute.
The tale of the Wabash River
On March 14, 1913, the Indiana General Assembly adopted “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” by Terre Haute native Paul Dresser, as Indiana’s state song.
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