South Bend City of Company History Timeline

1820
One of the areas earliest surviving buildings is a cabin built by Pierre Navarre in the 1820s.
Pierre Freischutz Navarre, a Frenchman married to a Potawatomi woman, established the first trading post for the American Fur Company in 1820 near South Bend's future site.
1823
1823 Alexis Coquillard builds a home in what becomes South Bend and is regarded as founder of the city.
1827
Coquillard's business rival and friend, Colonel Lathrop M. Taylor, renamed the settlement St Joseph in 1827 and then Southold.
1828
In 1828 the Michigan Road, the state s first north-south highway, was laid down nearby, and the next year the settlement became known as Southold.
1829
1829 First post office is built in town, which at the time is known as Southold.
1830
The community was subsequently renamed 1830 for the great bend in the St Joseph River.
The population of South Bend grew quickly in the 1830 s and other stores were built in what is now the downtown area.
1831
1831 South Bend s first newspaper, the North-Western Pioneer and St Joseph s Intelligencer, is published.
1833
Because the Pokagons demonstrate a strong attachment to Catholicism, they were able to defy the 1833 Treaty of Chicago which established the conditions for removal of the Potawatomi westward.
1838
1838 More than 850 Potawatomi are forced to leave the area and begin a 900-mile trek to Kansas, walking the entire distance in just over two months.
1839
1839 Peter Coleman is the first African-American to permanently settle in South Bend.
1842
By 1842, Coquillard had dug the East Race of the St Joseph River, called the Lowell Race at the time, part of a project to bring more hydraulic power to the town ensuring its development.
The most significant event in the city's history was the arrival of Father Edward Sorin, the founder of the University of Notre Dame, who reached the future site of the university on November 26, 1842, with seven Brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.
1844
1844 South Bend s first dam on the St Joseph River is completed.
1847
1847 The first bridge over the St Joseph River is constructed.
1851
1851 First train arrives in South Bend.
1852
In 1852 Henry and Clement Studebaker arrived in South Bend and opened a blacksmith and wagon shop.
1855
1855 Second St Joseph County Courthouse built.
James Oliver came to South Bend in 1855, founding the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, which manufactured a superior farm plow that revolutionized farming and introduced a manufacturing process that replaced iron with chilled and hardened steel.
1858
1858 Farrow Powell and family become one of the first African-Americans families to make South Bend their home.
1860
1860 Henry M. Benjamin organizes the first baseball team in South Bend, the Hoosier Base Ball Club.
1861
1861 A call for recruits for Union soldiers to fight in the Civil War.
1863
1st Source Bank traces its history back to the First National Bank of South Bend, founded in 1863.
1865
1865 South Bend is incorporated as a city and its first mayor, William G. George, is elected.
1872
The South Bend Tribune was founded by Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett in March 1872.
1872 Good s Opera House opens for business.
1878
Established in 1878 by Mishawaka s own Wallace Dodge.
1878 Development begins on what will become Howard Park, the city s first park.
1879
A fire destroyed the campus in 1879, and the Neo-Gothic Administration Building, with its golden dome topped by a figure of the Virgin Mary, was opened later that year.
1880
1880 City s first telephone exchange established.
1882
1882 First YMCA in South Bend is formed.
1889
1889 First public library in South Bend is organized.
1896
1896 Third St Joseph County Courthouse built.
1902
Their company transformed again in 1902 when they began automobiles.
1906
Jones Obenchain dates to 1906, when Vitus Jones first opened a law firm in the city.
1907
1907 The History of St Joseph County, Indiana, by Timothy Howard, the first comprehensive history of the South Bend area, is published.
1909
Founded in 1909 by Charles E. Colip, Colip Electric Corp., now Mead and White and Colip Electric, is one of the oldest electrical contractors in the Michiana area.
1909 Chamber of Commerce is established.
1911
McGann Funeral Home dates to 1911, when Lewis W. McGann purchased the business, then the Notre Dame Undertaking Parlor, from the University of Notre Dame.
1913
1913 Lincoln Highway Association formed, responsible for developing the first transcontinental highway for automobiles across the United States.
1918
Roland Obenchain joined the firm 12 years later, in 1918.
1918 Many local breweries close at the start of Prohibition in Indiana, which started two years before the nationwide Prohibition.
1925
1925 Hering House opens on Division Street now Western Avenue as a community center and place of social activity for African Americans.
1931
The bank merged with the Indiana Trust Company in 1931 to become the First Bank Trust Company.
1931 Bendix Airport opens.
1936
1936 The Bendix Strike begins at the Bendix factory in South Bend.
1943
1943 With many men away serving in World War II, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is formed.
1953
1953 St Joseph High School opens.
1956
1956 Indiana Toll Road, with a route just north of South Bend, opens.
1960
As South Bend struggled to adjust to a post-Studebaker economy in the 1960 s it began a twenty-year project of urban renewal , which saw the destruction of much of the historic character, and business centers in the downtown area.
1961
1961 Indiana University South Bend campus opens with 1,500 students and a small full-time faculty.
1963
He campaigned on a platform to revitalize South Bend s economy, which had been slowly collapsing for 50 years, ever since Studebaker, once the country s fourth-largest automaker, closed its factory in town in 1963.
1963 Studebaker Corp. announces closure of the South Bend plant.
1972
Formerly a men s university, it became coeducational in 1972.
1973
1973 Scottsdale Mall opens on the city s south side.
1977
1977 Century Center, the city s convention center, is built.
1981
The bank changed its name to 1st Source in 1981.
1984
1984 The city s former industrial East Race Waterway opens as a man-made white-water recreational rafting course, the first in North America.
1987
1987 Stanley Coveleski Regional Baseball Stadium opens as the home of the South Bend White Sox, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
2005
A merger with Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, in 2005, produced McGann-Hay Funeral Homes.
2007
South Bend, Indiana Historic Preservation Commission South Bend and St Joseph County and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 2007.
South Bend in Vintage Postcards Postcard history series . Arcadia Charleston, South Carolina, 2007.
2008
To create those opportunities, the university broke ground in 2008 on Innovation Park, a facility focused on turning Notre Dame s technology research into new businesses that, it was hoped, would locate in the city.
2009
2009 With many of the former Studebaker Corp. buildings now demolished, city renames that area Ignition Park and starts marketing the land for development of high-tech businesses.
2010
Since he became mayor seven years ago, unemployment in the city has fallen, from 13 percent in 2010 to 3.2 percent last fall below the national rate and South Bend has seen its first significant population increase in half a century.
2011
South Bend, 90 miles east of Chicago, oxidized more than most Population and per-capita income declined, and in 2011, Newsweek named South Bend one of America s 10 dying cities.
2012
When Pete Buttigieg first became mayor, in 2012, at age 29, this fact drove him insane.
Jobs in computer and mathematical occupations in South Bend have grown nearly 40 percent since 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2013
Later, in 2013, Smith bought Building 84.
2015
In 2015, South Bend joined with two neighboring counties to apply for a state grant offered by Governor Mike Pence.
2015 South Bend Cubs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, play their first home game at Four Winds Field.
In 2015, as South Bend celebrates its 150th anniversary, the downtown area is once again becoming the vivacious community it was historically know for.
2016
Notre Dame opened a turbo-machinery lab at Ignition Park in 2016.
2018
In 2018, he married Chasten Glezman, who teaches middle school near South Bend and has a fast-growing Twitter following as Chas10Buttigieg.
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