Volume 12, No.
2 Farrington’s Grove Historical District, Inc. June,
To guide and promote the preservation
and restoration of the Farrington's Grove Historical District in order
a) ensure and protect its cultural
and architectural integrity;
b) limit incompatible uses;
c) encourage community fellowship
and neighborhood awareness; and
d) prevent increased population
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
This will be the last President’s
Letter that you’ll be seeing in the newsletter from me. At the end
of July, my family will be relocating to Holland, Michigan, where I will
begin the next academic year teaching at Hope College. For obvious
reasons, I will be resigning my position as board member and president
in the near future. The board will be holding its annual planning
retreat in late June, and expects to select a new president at that time.
I have greatly enjoyed my three
years serving on the board of directors and two years serving as president
of FGHD. Farrington’s Grove is one of the best things about Terre
Haute. The people I have met working with FGHD, participating in
activities, and walking through the neighborhood, have been tremendous
sources of support and friendship.
On May 6, FGHD held its annual meeting
and election at 7:00 p.m. in the Crawford School gym. We welcomed
several new members and for the second time in the last year, we have no
vacancies on our Board of Directors. I would
like to thank Jackie and Mike Carrell, Craig Ketner, Anne Lee, and Harriet
McNeal for volunteering to run for reelection. They will serve until
2004. Joining them are new board members Doretta Bedwell, Tom Burkett,
and David Dittman, who were elected as write-in candidates at the meeting.
Continuing to serve on the board until 2003 are Amy and George Amies, Chris
and Richard Antonak, Georgia Mell, and Melony Sacopulos. I would
like to express my personal appreciation to all of the board members for
working to make our community a better place. Thanks for caring!
The battle to
keep Crawford School open continues. I would like to thank board
members Georgia Mell (who is also a Crawford parent), George Amies, and
Amy Amies for their considerable efforts over the last six months.
Many other FGHD board members, members, and residents have also assisted
in this cause. Although the Vigo County School Corporation is continuing
with its plans to close Crawford, the final decision is no longer
in the hands of the school corporation, but rather will be decided by the
courts. On April 26, three Crawford families filed a complaint in
Vigo County Circuit Court. They are asking for a temporary and permanent
injunction to block the school’s closing. A hearing was originally
set for June 12, but a delay was granted at the request of the school corporation.
Judge Dexter L. Bolin, Jr. will be setting a new hearing date, most likely
We still believe this is a battle
that can be won. Please give us your support. Several FGHD
members and residents have already donated to the Crawford
Children’s Legal Defense Fund, and we welcome further contributions.
Hope to see you while walking around
Thanks for caring,
2nd Annual FGHD Garden
DATE: Sunday, June 16, 2002
TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
COST: $5.00 per person
Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual FGHD Garden Tour to be held on
Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. In addition to experiencing the beauty of
six neighborhood gardens, you’ll be able to view sculptures, art work,
and crafts, including some which will be available for sale. Many
activities for children are planned — face painting, bubbles, caricatures
— so bring your entire family!
See the feature article beginning on page 2 for
more information including locations. Hope to see you there on June
By Barbara Carney
Hope you have had the opportunity to see the newly restored Paul Dresser
Birthplace at the entrance to Fairbanks Park since it was reopened with
an Open House on Saturday, May 11. Extensive work has been done during
this past winter to give the Dresser House its original look. The
Vigo County Historical Society was given a grant of $55,000 by the Wabash
River Corridor Commission, and administered by the Department of Natural
Resources of the State of Indiana. In order to receive this grant,
a portion needed to be raised by the Society. This was accomplished
by generous contributions from our patrons.
There’s still time to see one of the Museum’s prettiest exhibits, “Here
Comes the Bride.” It opened on Friday, February 1st, with a glorious
display of bridal fashions awaiting the attention of viewers. Spanning
nearly one hundred and fifty years of wedding fashions, the earliest gown
displayed was worn in the 1870s. All are truly beautiful and varied,
an array of satin, lace, tulle, and even the finest knit. Most of
the wedding gowns shown were worn by Terre Haute brides, and some have
photographs or newspaper announcements accompanying them.
Along with the gowns are bridesmaid dresses, elegant costumes worn
by the mother of the bride and groom, traveling attire, wedding accessories
and suggested gifts. The groom has not been forgotten as several
tuxedos are included.
This exhibit is sure to delight, so please make it a point to stop
at the Historical Museum, where the exhibit will be on display until mid
For more information on Historical Society activities, please call
235-9717. The Vigo County Historical Society is open each afternoon,
except Monday, from 1:00 to 4:00.
2nd Annual Garden Tour
“Art in the Garden”
The second annual “Art in the Garden” garden tour will be held on Father’s
Day, June 16 th and will feature the selected beautiful spring gardens
of Farrington’s Grove Historical District. This year’s garden tour
will include family activities. Also highlighted will be local artists
doing on-site paintings and drawings of the homes and gardens in the district.
Sculptures will be selected for some of the gardens and will be an added
characteristic of the tour. Family activities will include Face Painting,
a Caricature Artist, a Animal Balloon Artist and a Bubble Fun Station.
For the serious gardener and historian, FGHD has teamed up with the
Holly Arboretum to do presentations about the traditional varieties of
holly that have been growing in the district. The “Art in the
Garden” Tour will open at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. rain or
shine. Tickets to the event can be purchased at any garden on the
tour, at the Vigo County Historical Museum at 6th and Washington, or at
Arts Illiana headquarters, and are $5.00 per person, children under 18
are free. For additional information call 232-5608.
We are also fortunate to have the assistance of Martha Schrader, Master
Gardener, who will be visiting all the garden sites prior to the Garden
Tour and identifying plants. FGHD appreciates her willingness to
volunteer her time to improve the quality and enjoyment of our Garden Tour.
The following gardens will be participating in the 2002 Garden Tour.
823 South 5th St. (Anne Lee)
The second oldest existing
home in Farrington’s Grove welcomes the visitor to a restful retreat
that embodies the owner's love of gardening. Hosta, creeping myrtle, and
an array of annuals enhance the features of this Greek Revival home. The
park-like setting on the north side is surrounded by mature trees, magnolias,
and other shrubs. Patios and walkways are secreted away, each revealing
its own unique vista.
935 South Center St. (Sandra Blake and Michael Magnin)
This lovely garden
was born in 1996 and incorporates English and Japanese garden design elements.
The beautifully curved perennial beds are a showcase for lavender, daylilies,
roses, columbine, salvia, and more. Contrasting textures of boxwood, ground
cover, hydrangea, wisteria, and ornamental trees give this Italianate garden
depth and variety. The garden plan encompasses the entire yard, including
the deck, walks, patio, urns, fountains, and torches. This garden
is a delightful urban retreat.
1225 South Center Street (Steve Trueblood and Charlene Hutchcroft)
Following removal of
the lawn ten years ago, a diverse, eclectic, texture garden was created
to include vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Anchored by the
cool hues of perennials, shrubs, and trees, a functional yet romantic vision
guided the plant selection. The Japanese influence of the 1915 Arts and
Crafts home is reflected in the garden. Tiles from the original slate roof
provide unique ground cover. As the garden has matured, intimate spaces
have become defined by shade.
411 Park St. (David Lewis)
This Greek Revival
garden is situated at the oldest existing home in Farrington’s Grove. Prominently
featured in the yard are German Linden trees planted by the original owner
of the property in 1894.
Mr. Lewis has incorporated elements influenced by his travels to the
Deep South. David's "Miracle Magnolia", so named because of its stamina,
is a Southern Magnolia that is not hardy north of the Ohio River. This
thirty foot tall specimen has survived despite many harsh winters. Many
tender potted plants are featured throughout the garden, such as tender
crape myrtles, citrus trees, and tropical shrubs such as Allamanda "Golden
Trumpet" and Tibouchina.
825 South 5th St. (Mabel Robertson)
Mrs. Robertson's elegant
garden features flowing urns, statues, and lined walkways. Sinuously curved
beds draw one effortlessly to the back garden. A bastion of shade trees,
perennials and ground cover graciously invites you to sit and relax. The
perimeter of flowering trees and shrubs embrace visitors, shielding them
from all distractions. Antique fencing provides the perfect accent to this
Queen Anne home.
815 South 6th St. (Ramon and Betty Meyer)
A moss-covered rock
wall welcomes you to this English cottage. True to the architecture, stone
pathways meander throughout this garden featuring ferns, coreopsis, sedum,
coral bells, service berry, rhododendron, azalea, and euonymus. Clematis
flow over trellises as annuals pop with color from terra cotta pots and
hangers. Begun in 1972, this garden strikes a harmonious balance between
country and urban life.
Court to Decide
Crawford School Issue
FGHD Members Support Crawford Parents
(Details of the actions taken prior to
April 22, 2002 to save Crawford Elementary School, the only school
located within Farrington’s Grove Historical District, can be found in
the April, 2002 FGHD newsletter. A summary of the major incidents
can be found in the timeline at the end of this article.)
On April 22, FGHD board members attended the Vigo County School Board
meeting and spoke during the citizen comment period for the eighth consecutive
time. FGHD president Mike Misovich addressed the board regarding
an agenda item on the revision of Parent Involvement Policy KMAA, including
the following comments:
“What is the point of enacting a Policy when the school corporation
takes actions which are contrary to the Policy in practice? For example,
on January 14, 2002, a number of parents of students at Crawford School
spoke before this board. They stated that the closing of the school
and transfer of their children to Farrington Grove and Sugar Grove would
decrease or eliminate their ability to actively participate in activities
in support of their children's education. Ms. Mell and I noticed
in the most recent Performance Based Accreditation report from Crawford
School, which Principal Hawkins graciously provided us, that the report
showed a 98 percent participation rate in parent-teacher conferences at
Policy KMAA is like motherhood and apple pie. How could anyone
disagree with it? But how can you have apple pie when you keep cutting
down the apple trees!”
Despite repeated appearances over three months and statements by Misovich,
Georgia Mell, George Amies, Amy Amies, attorney Bob Hellmann, and many
other FGHD members and residents, no action was taken by the school board
to reverse its January 14 vote to close Crawford School. On April
26, action was taken by a group of Crawford parents to remove the question
from the control of the Vigo County School Corporation and place it under
the jurisdiction of the legal system.
Attorney Bob Hellmann filed a complaint in Vigo County Circuit Court
on behalf of three Crawford second-graders and their families. Two
of the families reside in Farrington’s Grove Historical District.
The plaintiffs are Linda Rhuebottom on behalf of her daughter, Danyale
Huey, Sherri Pruitt on behalf of her daughter, Samantha Washburn, and Lori
Martin on behalf of her daughter, Victoria Martin. The complaint
asks for a temporary and permanent injunction to block the school’s closing
based upon two counts.
In the first count, it alleges the school corporation did not comply
with Indiana Public Law 221, which calls for the school principal to develop
a initial three-year strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement
plan, with input from a committee including administrators, teachers, parents,
and community and business leaders. Instead, the school board adopted
an educational plan developed by school corporation administrators
that closed Crawford and redistricted its students to four schools.
The complaint alleges, “The educational progress and opportunity of plaintiff
children will be irreparably harmed with the implementation of the Administrators’
In the second count, the complaint states that the closing will substantially
diminish parents’ ability to participate in school affairs and influence
the school’s response to the educational needs of the children. According
to the complaint, “There is a gerrymander of school attendance districts
calculated to redistribute children to be served under Title 1 of the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act … for the benefit of the Vigo County School
Corp. and to the substantial detriment of plaintiff children and their
Although no FGHD members are involved as plaintiffs, several continue
to support the parents with financial and organizational assistance.
On April 27 and 28, FGHD participated in the Downtown ArtsFest. (Our
booth was ironically located on the grounds of the Vigo County School Corporation
parking lot!) During the event, board members George Amies and Georgia
Mell distributed flyers representing the opinion of Crawford School parents
and FGHD members that the decision to close Crawford this year and
Warren Elementary two years ago
The flyers solicited donations for the Crawford Children’s
Legal Defense Fund. One local businessman approached the FGHD
booth, asked if this was the place to make donations for Crawford, and
proceeded to place five $100 bills in the container!
On April 28, an open house for the community was held from 3:00
to 5:00 p.m. at Crawford. The theme “Honor the Past, Embrace the
Future” was billed as a time to honor the past of Crawford. On the
sidewalk approaching the school, FGHD members George Amies and Mike
Misovich greeted visitors with chants of “Support Crawford Parents!” and
“Crawford 2003!” as they distributed copies of the flyers and six dozen
t-shirts with a bear cub logo and the message, “Crawford Cubs 2003 — We
Believe!” School Board member Al Hamblen, one of the five board members
who voted to close the school on January 14, actually posed for a photo
holding up one of the shirts! During television coverage of the open
house on WTWO-TV that same evening, a closeup shot focused on an audience
member wearing one of the shirts.
Events in the Battle to Save Crawford School
November 5: FGHD board unanimously passes resolution opposing the closing
November 15: President Misovich meets with Crawford parent Georgia
November 19: Misovich meets with Crawford School PTO.
November 28: Terre Haute Tribune-Star article discusses FGHD opposition
to Crawford closing.
November 30: WTWO-TV airs live interview with Misovich discussing
Crawford’s importance to the community.
December 3: “Hands Around Crawford” parents Georgia Mell and Clayton
Sparks attend FGHD board meeting.
December 6: Misovich meets with VCSC Superintendent Dan Tanoos and
December 10: WTHI-TV airs live interview with Misovich on “School Zone”
December 10: Misovich and George Amies address the school board during
December 13: VCSC releases “Crawford School Study.”
January 1: Misovich, Mell, George Amies, and Amy Amies meet with attorney
Bob Hellmann to plan strategy.
January 7: Parents Georgia Mell and Kamala Brown-Sparks attend FGHD
board meeting; board votes unanimously to provide financial grant to “Hands
January 13: Misovich and Mell appear in live interviews on both
WTWO-TV and WTHI-TV.
January 14: Six FGHD members are among 20 Crawford supporters speaking
before school board during citizen comment, but board votes 5-2 to close
January 23: VCSC releases estimates for building projects at
three elementary schools, averaging $46,500 per student compared to $34,200
per student for the renovation of Crawford according to “Crawford School
January 28: Misovich, Mell, and Amies speak during Citizen Comment
at school board meeting; Amies distributes “Vigo County Elementary School
Profiles” in attractive binding.
February 11: Misovich, Mell, George Amies, and Amy Amies speak during
Citizen Comment at school board meeting; attorney Bob Hellmann presents
statistical evidence of decline in student performance since VCSC closed
Warren Elementary in June, 2000.
February 18: Mell elected to fill vacancy on FGHD board as its
first stakeholder director.
February 25: Misovich, Mell, George Amies, Amy Amies, and Anne Lee
speak during Citizen Comment at school board meeting; Misovich and Mell
distribute 47-page report “Warren Elementary Transfer Study” documenting
negative effects of most recent precedent for Crawford closing, the closing
of Warren Elementary in 2000.
March 11: Misovich, George Amies, and Amy Amies speak during
Citizen Comment at school board meeting; 2000 U.S. Census data presented
to contradict school administration contention that Crawford enrollment
would continue to decline.
April 8: Misovich and George Amies speak during Citizen Comment
at school board meeting; Misovich continues to question why Crawford was
closed when the school corporation’s own data showed it cheaper to renovate
than to replace other schools in the Facilities Proposal.
April 22: Misovich speaks during Citizen Comment at school board
meeting; questions the practical application of Parent Involvement Policy.
April 26: Three Crawford families file complaint in Vigo County
Circuit Court, asking for temporary and permanent injunction against school
April 27-28: FGHD members distribute flyers and t-shirts at Downtown
ArtsFest and Crawford Community Open House.
May 24: Attorney Bob Hellmann, representing plaintiffs, files
May 28: Vigo County Superior Court Judge Dexter L. Bolin Jr.
May 31: Judge Bolin grants VCSC an extra week — until June 19
— to respond, and postpones hearing date “until further notice.”
May 31: Children leave Crawford for the last time … or do
Our Beloved Crawford School --
The ONLY Public School in Farrington's Grove
Vigo County School Board member Al Hamblen poses with a t-shirt supporting
the school at the Crawford Community Open House on April 28, 2002
Crawford kids need your
Donations Accepted for Legal Defense Fund
What is the community worth to you? Let's make sure that VCSC knows
how dedicated we are to keeping our neighborhood school open.
If you are interested in contributing to the Crawford Children's
Legal Defense Fund, make your check payable to Bob Hellmann.
Be sure to write in the memo area that it is for the Crawford Children's
Legal Defense Fund and mail it to:
30 N. 7th St. #101
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Crawford families thank you for your emotional and financial support.
As of June 1, 2002, donations and pledges totaling $5,300 have been
received, so we are more than halfway to the goal of $10,000 needed for
legal services and research, court costs, expert witnesses, and other expenses.
FGHD Website is Moving
The FGHD website is moving from its current location at http://home.earthlink.net/~ammisov/fghd.htm
to a new location at www.farringtonsgrove.com
Don’t forget to update your bookmarks or favorites list with the new
address. If you have comments or ideas for the website, please contact
Mike Misovich at 478-2314 or George Amies at 238-9190.
Thank You to Our Newest
FGHD expresses its appreciation to the following individuals and businesses
whose support helps make our activities possible. Thank you for your
support of historic preservation and for caring about our neighborhood.
In addition to her membership contribution, Mary Hannum is contributing
a portion of the proceeds from the sale of tablecloths to FGHD. Please
consider ordering one of these attractive decorations. We also thank
her for her contribution from the sale of door wreaths which were advertised
in the April, 2002 newsletter.
Wagner, Crawford, Gambill & Trout
Thank you to all members of FGHD who support us financially, and to
residents who participate in our activities.
Stateline College Arts
This 2002 Summer, you can have a
Farrington’s Grove Red White &
Blue Tablecloth 4 1/2 feet by 7 feet,
From my artistic house
at 1118 South Center Street
Tablecloth will have FGHD initials
See and purchase tablecloths
July 6th and 13th
At our home on Center Street
Cost is $17.00
(With $5.00 contribution to FGHD for
Please order by calling 440-826-4580
Mary & Ned Hannum
Only 15 Available
2002 FARRINGTON’S GROVE
HISTORICAL DISTRICT BOARD
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Farrington’s Grove Historical District, Inc. Membership
Please mail this form and check to FGHD, Inc., P.O. Box 322, Terre
Haute, IN 47808
Membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Please join
or renew now for the 2002 membership year.
||2001 Benefactor Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation
of Indiana memberships and four (4) tickets for FGHD’s Holiday Home Tour
||2001 Patron Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation
of Indiana memberships and two (2) tickets for FGHD’s Holiday Home Tour
||2001 Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation of
||Donation for Neighborhood Rehabilitation
WE THANK OUR MEMBERS
Thank you to all our members whose financial support supports our mission
to guide and promote the preservation and restoration of the Farrington’s
Grove Historical District. (Names in *bold denote benefactors.)
The mystery of the missing memberships has been solved! A batch
of mail sent to FGHD in early December was misplaced by the post office
and not discovered till early May. Once again, we apologize to all
members who were inconvenienced by this confusion. Treasurer Harriet
McNeal will be contacting all the affected individuals to advise them of
the status of their checks. If your name does not appear below, we
do not have a record of your current membership. This means that
you have not sent a membership application since October 1, 2001.
Please renew by mail using the application on the reverse side of this
page, or at the Garden Tour on June 16.
Amies, George & Amy
Anderson, Jim & Anita
*Antonak, Richard & Chris
Bates, Bernard & Roberta
Bedwell, David & Doretta/ D&D Computer Svcs
Bommarito, Frank & Irene
Bradfield, Rod & Jacquelyn
Brake, Sandra & Magnin,
Brown, Charles & Scotia
Burkett, Tom & Anne
Carrell, Jackie & Mike
Carroll, Mary Ann
Chelton, Cynthia & Brad
Curry, Mary Margaret
Drummond, Paula & Jerome
Gatrell, Jay & Sarah
Gedrick, Emily & John
Grissom, Willie Mae
Hannum, Ned & Mary/
Stateline College Arts
Hawkins, Timothy & Margaret
Hews, Diana & Scott, Peter
Ingersoll, Christopher & Mary
Lewis, Plexanne & Jordan
Lowe, Granville & Luetta
Lugar, Joseph & Robyn
Manson, Joseph & Carolyn
Meyer, Ramon & Betty
Miller, Brian & Jane
Miller, George & Mary Kate
Misovich, Michael & Aimee
Mullican, Jim & Judy
Osmon, William & Sedonya
Pence, Donnie & Lou Ann
Roberts, David & Sandra
Robson, John & Elizabeth
Swan, Rick & Sheri
Von Spreckelsen, George & Patricia
Wagner, Crawford, Gambill & Trout
Walsh, Jim & Vicki