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This Day in South Bend
3 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
The Woman's Movement, 1895
On this day in 1895, the South Bend Tribune published an article about the rising number of women interested in public affairs, and anticipated the "honesty and purity of thought and purpose" that women might bring to local government.
8 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Annexation Helps Cities Stay Alive, 1968
On this day in 1968, the Tribune began a series of articles on the reasons and problems of annexation as the Mayor Allen raised it as a way for the city to keep growing.
5 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Five Thousand Pay Visit to Springbrook, 1915
On this day in 1915, five thousand people visited Springbrook Park to dance in the new pavilion, ride the new merry-go-round, jockey on live ponies, and scream on its new roller coaster The Big Dip.
6 minutes | May 29, 2020
Spiro Ready to Open New Home, 1933
On this day in 1933, Samuel Spiro & Co., merchandisers of quality clothing for men and boys, announced the opening of their new storefront on Michigan Street in downtown South Bend.
4 minutes | May 29, 2020
Oliver Hotel Is Reported Leased, 1914
On this day in 1914, the Oliver family estate leased its famous downtown South Bend hotel to two Chicago men for a reported sum of $400,000.
4 minutes | May 28, 2020
They Are South Bend People, and What They Say Is of Local Interest
On this day in 1902, a local druggist told the unfortunate tale of a local man's health problems to sell kidney pills.
8 minutes | May 27, 2020
Parishioners Say Goodbye to St. Stephen
On this day in 2003, the bells of St. Stephen welcomed Hungarian and Hispanic parishioners for the last time after nearly a century on South Bend's Westside.
5 minutes | May 22, 2020
Agents Trace Membership of Club of 21
On this day in 1931, federal investigators raided the headquarters of the secretive North Side club on suspicion that the 21-member club was brewing and selling alcohol.
4 minutes | May 21, 2020
Public Exhibition of Billiards at the Opera House, 1878
On this day in 1878, news broke that two of the finest billiards players in the country would soon play an exhibition at the opera house in South Bend.
5 minutes | May 21, 2020
Rural Snake Gets Lost in the Big City, 1950
Today, we turn to May 20, 1950 for news that a country snake had gone missing in downtown South Bend and was later found in the entrance of a jewelry store.
4 minutes | May 19, 2020
Cutting Down Electric Railway Poles, 1890
On this day in 1890, two downtown businessmen expressed opposition to the installation of electric railway poles in front of their shops by chopping the poles down.
5 minutes | May 18, 2020
Passing of a Well Known Pawn Shop, 1908
On this day in 1908, Samuel J. Unger announced the closure of his downtown South Bend pawn shop, an enterprise that helped the city become metropolitan.
8 minutes | May 15, 2020
Notre Dame and St. Mary's to Unify as One Institution, 1971
On this day in 1971, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College announced a plan to unify as one co-ed institution by the coming Fall. The plan failed.
5 minutes | May 14, 2020
A Woman's Club Formed, 1895
On this day in 1895, a group of prominent women, including Mrs. Mary Stull Studebaker and Ms. Olive Tarbell Birdsell, met in a home on Colfax Avenue to form the Progress Club.
4 minutes | May 13, 2020
A Mum Social, 1885
On this day in 1885, a group of Presbyterian ladies hosted a "mum social" at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Badet, wherein guests who wanted to speak had to pay for it in cash.
7 minutes | May 12, 2020
Storyland Zoo to Shut on June 1, 1981
On this day in 1981, the South Bend Tribune broke the discouraging news that Storyland Zoo, a once-popular park attraction on the city's Southside, would soon shut its doors.
4 minutes | May 11, 2020
Fellow Workmen Fight, 1912
Today, we turn to May 11, 1912, for a brief fight between fellow workmen at the South Bend Brewing Association over the planting of a corn field between their homes.
9 minutes | May 8, 2020
'Little Italy' Neighborhood is Long Gone, but Memories Remain, 1990
Today, we turn to May 8, 1990, for a local man's warm memories of growing up in South Bend's Little Italy neighborhood.
6 minutes | May 7, 2020
Another Boom for South Bend, 1887
Today, we turn to Saturday May 7, 1887, for news that South Bend Toy had acquired a large plot of land on the city's Southeast side with plans to build an immense factory.
5 minutes | May 6, 2020
Mr. James Oliver Buys the Chess Mansion, 1881
Today, we turn to May 6, 1881, for James Oliver’s purchase of the Chess Mansion, a massive, stone house built by one of South Bend’s early settlers.
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