Headlines in History 1937: Notre Dame remembers Knute Rockne on anniversary of his death

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What was making news in our area during this week in years past? The History Museum offers these newspaper excerpts to give you an idea.

Headlines in History
Headlines in History

April 2, 1904: “What is regarded as one of the strongest amateur baseball teams in this part of the state has been organized and fully equipped by Edward H. Fredrickson, the genial proprietor of the Cosmopolitan Buffet on West Jefferson street. The team is known as The Cosmopolitan Stars and some excellent work is expected of it before the close of the season.” — The South Bend Tribune

April 3, 1913: “On April 2, 1912, a year ago the South Bend fire department installed at the central station its first motor chemical truck. After a year of service the citizens probably wonder what the practical value of the new chemical has been to the city and whether the fire apparatus has proved satisfactory.” — The South Bend Tribune

April 4, 1929: “Eliminating the Division street site from the list of feasible locations, two members of the treasury and postal departments left South Bend this afternoon with the Tippecanoe place property on West Washington street ranking first in their favor as the location for the city’s new $1,000,000 federal building.” —The South Bend Tribune

April 5, 1937: “The University of Notre Dame through the Notre Dame Club of the St. Joseph Valley Sunday marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Knute Rockne, killed in an airplane accident near Bazaar, Kan., March 31, 1931. Mass was celebrated at 8 o’clock Sunday morning in the Dillon hall chapel at the Rockne Memorial shrine.” — The South Bend Tribune

April 6, 1947: “Some 350 operators and 130 maintenance and installation workers for the Indiana Bell Telephone company here Saturday night tensely awaited developments in contract negotiations which threaten a strike at 6 o'clock Monday morning throughout the nation.” — The South Bend Tribune

April 7, 1955: “The operating income of Northern Indiana Transit, Inc., the city bus service, dropped $348,802.61 in 1954 compared to 1953, and the number of passengers carried decreased 16 per cent from 15,087,989 in 1953 to 12,488,655, a slump of 2,599,334, according to a report today to stockholders by John T. Martin and R. R. Smith, chairman of the board of directors.” — The South Bend Tribune

April 8, 1961: “The Mishawaka Maytag Co., Main and 3rd Sts., will hold a one-week grand opening celebration beginning Monday to mark the completion of a $35,000 remodeling and expansion program. The grand opening observance will feature free door prizes and refreshments.” — The South Bend Tribune

This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: What made news the first week of April in South Bend in history