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SOUTH BEND-IN-19 13 EDITION.
THE SOUTH BEND NEWS-T1MES. miDAY, JULY IS, 1911 a o ' 4 o o SOUTH BEND A CITY OF BEAUTIFUL PARKS - ENCLOSING ST. JOE RIVER ON BOTH SIDES w .... rih-r: t y-: v;:; - . . - . V r.. - . . .. , : ., - i K:. "W ?;7t.vk jvf 1 v- ;vfv BOYS ARE South Rend lias always enjoyed the reputation of a "city beautiful". Rut until recently that reputation rested mainly, if not wholly, upon tht: city's natural advant;. -s. Mtii- r Nature has 1 - 1 1 particularly bountiful in the bestowal of Iut blessings in tho St. Joseph valley, and expert city planners have agreed that tho spot on the river chosen by Alexis Coquillard for tin? begin nings of South Ueiul, is little short of ideal. With the growth of the city, the extension of pavements arid erection of buildings, the natural beauties of both forest and stream be.ua n pro portionately to disappear. Tor a long tim- th- r. :. ' . i manufacturing activities was ow ed to go forward without thouht for tho conservation of natural beau ties. Soon, however, the need for mu nicipal "breathing spots" became apparent to the city fathers and tho foundation of vthe pre-ont park sys tem was laid. The first park of im portance, a .d the one which still ranks in tho front in popularity be causo of its ivntrai location, was Howard park. Naturally enough, It was located on the bank of the river and named for one of South liend's most distinguished citizens. from approximately six acres, the extent of Howard pari:, the city's park system has grown, especially in recent years, by leais and bounds, until today there are l.'i.-io acres in tho eleven parks and two playgrounds under the supervision of tho park commissioners. The total valuation of the park property of the city is 10,o'.7. This includes tho real estate and equipment. v filiform Park Scheme. Two of the most important stops toward the development of tho park system of South Bend were the cre ation of a board of park commis sioners which took tho supervision of the parks from the ero'.vded board of public works, and the sub sequent engagement of George Kt-ss-KT, noted landscape architect, to 'Ceitee and4 help carry out a uniform f t ' : y-': r!y-:' yyyy-- y .-. - .-- . . .-. - yyy:y:iy' X- : s-;-;." v.;; : r y-Zyy- ,. .. ' -''yyy' - yV:y W r;- i v.i - X4:'Ly 'yr:;;; U ; -v- - v;:;f.- .- ,vu, v:, .: y :y - 'u'-ypy? , m -. .vV- tif j ' , - .v'm -- 'rc ' ' ... .... t?'V '.-j-rfTfe - i - ' - . -" ' ' ..... -.-.. ,.v , . . v. ,s- ' v . . . . w.. .... - 4v..v-V' . v ' :: - ... . N . .. : : . x -:v : . y. a ."Afc . V-V-A- OWN CARPENTERS IN PUTTING UP PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. 4$. : . :::yyiyxy ; . : s. : -; . c :. , V;-'-: . - :: . x i ' V ' . ' x.,.-:xx .: ' . . ' : : : . CHILDREN AT PLAY ON GROUNDS park and boulevard system. Kcss ler has already submitted his plan to tho commissioners and it has been approved. Work in carrying out this plan has already begun. Leper park, also leading in pop ularity, has gradually been extend ed until now it includes 24.74 acres. The most recent addition was tho Anderson tract, which is located on the west side of Iafayette street, between the river and Horatio court. lVriKips no part of the city is so typical o: the rapid improvement go.ng on oi per as the western art park. i ? ." ivirticiil'.ir. grown wastts used as a garbage de pository and treacherous clay-holes, the muddy waters of which claimed more than one victim, have disap peared and the? whole tract is now leveled and ready for the improve ment, of lawn and playground ap paratus. If the suggestion of Kessler in his report is followed the Anderson tract will be fitted up as an athletic field with the erection of shelter houses and the installation of show er baths. This arrangement would meet with hearty approval of the school oiUcials who point out tho ned fo; an athletic field where high school games may be played. The playground in the eastern part of Leeper park is the mecca for the youth of the north side. The valuation of the Leeper park land and equipment is $135,000. Pottawatomie I:rget. Pottawatomie park is the largest area of any in the city. It con tains 0-1'. IS acres, valued at $73,000. There is a splendid timber growtti and part open ground which will be developed into a park amplo to pro vide for the extreme eastern part of the city. The park provides ample room for a zoological garden which may be established in the future, al though the collection of animals which hail been begun has been sold by the present board on account of unsuitable quarters. The improve ment of this park will doubtless ac celerate tho growth of the new part , W;By ; UWv J 5 ..... -V-.. i . V 'C-V .'A-. V J- :jl. '..A. -i if :vL::V:.rj-1 f x J .v. . ; - ... , , " . rfv y;..;.H i .;: .c'v'i: AiA AT ONE OF THE CITY'S SCHOOLS. of the city. At present the park is a pop ular place for picknickers. The anti tuberculosis camp will . be moved from its location in tho park as soon as a new location is secured and the new hospital constructed. Henry Studebaker Park. Henry Studebaker park in the southeastern part -of tho city con tains 3D.7G acres valued at $60,000. This park Ls already popular as a great playfield for that section of the city. Its improvement by tho board will no doubt make it one cf the best local parks In the city. Tho same is true of ICaley park, which contains approximately 32 acres. The principal part of this park is covered with timber, providing a pleasant playground. A stream of fresh water flows through the north of the grove, making water sports possible. There is also space for baseball gTounds and. playground apparatus with beautiful surround ings of lawns and trees and shrub bery. Among the other local parks and playgrounds in various parts of the city are: Coquillard park, 6.3 4 acres, valued at $11,500; Shetterly park, 2.4 4 acres, valued at 56,300; Vassar park, .15 acres, $2,500; Mary L. Hine playground .25 acres, $1,000; Parkovash park, one acre, $1,000; Lasalla park, 9 acres, $6,000; Ravina park, 3.30 acres, $3,000; Krieghbaum park, 5.1 acres, $12,000; Woods tract, 16.5 acres, $10,500. With this large endowment of natural park property the city is just entering on tho real develop ments these resources. One of the most notable features of the plan which Is now being- followed is the (obstruction of a River parkway. In tended to extend frotn Mishawaka to Pin Hook. The locai parks on tho bends of tho river will bo connect ed by a boulevard which ls already partially in existence and which will afford a pleasant drive through the cMv and its environs. Tho river lino throughout tho dis tanco presents varied sconea from wilderness to highly Improved city vi, . - y'. ? - yv' -wirKi ., - - ,- x,x-; v . s. o , x'-x-h v-Kv:::y: t parks and in its proposed improve ment Architect George Kessler be lieves the St. Joseph River parkway will be equaled by few cities of America for beautv. Groat string toward this ultimate improvernent have already been made by private residents. Springbrook park, now an amuse ment resort, may some dav be ac quired as a part of the river park way. Itum Village Urged. A tract rich in scenic beautv and located to au'ord a panoramic view of the whole city as well as Misha waka which is also expected to be come a part of the city's park svs tem, if not in tho present genera tion, th'ui in the next, is Rum vil lage. Kessler has urged iu acqui sition when poible, pointing out that it may be allowed to remain for the successors of the present genera tion to develop. Rum village contains acres of timber land and the cool recesses and shady trails of the great tract are now the mecca for hundreds on Sundays in the summer. Wild flow ers abound in the spring and in the autumn the heights south of the city are aflame with the brilliance of the turning leaves. The place is rich in legend, having in pioneer days been the camping ground of Indians. An Indian graveyard is located in the woods, although almost all traces of it have been obliterated by time and its location Is known only to a few. The future of tho city's park sys tem is assured by the spirit of ap preciation which has been shown, even in tho most modest sections of the city, according to Kessler's opin ion. Wide streets, green lawns and beautiful trees, soon to be conserved and protected by a city forester if park board plans materialize and good pavements have indicated a general desire for beauty as well as utility. Such expressions of good taste in a city of such great manu facturing interests is unusual, ac cording to the expert. An interesting outline of the &c- complishmrnts of the park board and its plans for future teautiftcation is ?et forth In its annual report for 1912, which follows: At J'ottawauomic rarK we are f nally to lesln quito expensive oper f.tions. It is another his project. This will make one of the handsom est parks in the city, and will afford a proper play ground and breathing spot for the citizens of River Tark and the eastern section of the city. though incidentally even Mishawaka and all of St. Joseph county get the benefit of all the perks, not only aesthetically, but In financial accre tion to all contiguous property, and the returns in taxable values. With the change In ownership of the Hum Village tract we are again dreaming that by eome means it may become a coveted possession of the city. The5 thingps are simple eta-tements, and readily seen In the plans but in actual practise they are a matter of patient, gradual working out. this is development. The park board Is rtrongly aware In the brief period of its existence it could not have accomplished much without the strong help and co-operation eft the mayor, controllor, city attorney, city engineer, clerk Parley, and last, but not least, Judge Howard and every member of the city council. The park board has put forth con sistent means, and to win the best possible results with its limited: means, and to win the approbation of the best and most far-seeing citizens. The board feels that It has justified its existence, and that the broad scope of its activities will be even more ap preciated by coming generations. It It particularly gratified to feel that as the board ha appointed mayor Goetz, that the boulevard and for estry projects were launched .dur ing his administration, and the ac quisition of so much fine new park land was quietly and unostentatiously accomplished during hts term, in deed it could not have been done without his splendid assistance. The board aimed to eschuw ephemeral, labor along the larger, broader lines of thought and constructlvness. Parks and playgrounds make rather a trite subject , from the mere fact that they are primarily a matter for general planning and carefully working out rather thm for idealiz IOC The American Xrasf EVERYBODY'S BANK. Capital Surplus and Undivided Profits '; Total ri'f s.;y Four per cent cn Savings Deposits 1 i! I. gaiety Deposit Boxes for Rent 7 i! 1 1 .!:. 1; i- r jAj, .. ',.. " tvi "5 ?: .X i;:: -?y X?. '-y : :::-yy- y ' . ' - : .-.vX-; X , v The American' Trust Company at the Sign of the Big Clock ill mm 011 ation in an article of this kind a symposium of grouped harmonies. Since the publication of the gen eral plans as worked out by that em inent landscape architect, Geo. E. Keller, the broader views and pur i oacs of the park board are coming to be a little better understood by the public, llut as that map was not then published in colors In th- papers, there remained still much more for the citizens to realize. Now, haw ever, the board is publishing a pam phlet containing this map in colors, showing the already acquired terri tory In gren shades, and that to be acquired. In brown, extra copies of particularly one with a vista of com ing years. Time was not so Ion? since when the public generally Jooked up on parks as merely a lolling place, and as possessing1 no practical bene fit; but so much has been done and written along this line in the up-to-date, pushing, twentieth century cities to alleviate the congested con ditions, to afford an opportunity for physical exhlleratlon, as well as to enhance the aesthetic side, that the practical use and utilitarian advan tages are now coming to bo quite generally recognized. $100,000 worth of park. The board showed Its prescience in acquiring for the city, park property to the value of approximate- $100, 000. 00, besides the Pottawatomie tract, which It now holds inviolable. Future generations are very certain to apreciate this one step more than anythlnk else. The actual beginning of the boule vard building seefs like the fulfill ment of a beautiful dream one held long in abeyance. Every member of the park board has looked anxiously forward to this event. The beginning of the St. Louis boulevard, which will be re-christened eventually, and the tentative commencement of tho La fayette boulevard, mark a new era In the aesthetic development of the city. The Riverside boulevard, lead ing northward along the river from Riverside drive to Riverside ceme tery and the I,aSalle landing, is also growing link by link. The gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Woods and of Mr. and Mrs. Ray, making a goodly section, come under the pur view of the board. Some day this drive along an historic part of the thing about this city. If it were wished to go to Rivervlew, would you choose this drive, or the narrow Assets in Excess of Two Millions. 'Vtvc-. ipk'!" , - v..... - -3. i A y 1 -X - ww - yyy r ' ryf . t-?- ' &yv -n- V y- Yif :yyy: '---yv- my-y i.yy -y -i- Xx.xX.f i 1 Xaii ' "Zi ytyry-.syW-i t:i i i. v - - "v :V;-' mff " I i-.AV. V I ft -' . I ----- - : A '. .'V, tfZ -1'SI& A; i ' - X h?vv ,7rKv;s f, sgiiiJ3 y ; x- A - mmy?yyyy'n v 1 x? o J'Kn " ;f$- k i immm : xli m n pyyyymy&y Jt jxl .... - xi,l M . teSs -mil iTir - ; r . ' 4 ....f 1 'ZZi y 4 4 ii y j :x- y ri. 'xMaIiVI sUivmy -y:. -.iy 'y Awn i '..-y. :. '' iMssai -y-: 'S4-7 '"..- . f ' vixr'C. ' ... . i "-- r 1 t i r ir ii n l 1 1 ' J . y y-?: I i zyy c -r; - izzzz- The Largest Post Clock in the United States. Clock by Which South Bend Sets Its Watches. OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS. Sam Leeper, President J. C. Eberhart, Jr., Vice President V. G. Muessel. Vice President E. H. Miller, Secretary and Treasurer F. A. Stover, Asst. Treasurer C J. Wenderoth J. B. Haberle S. C. Lontz H. M. Sanders A. A. Fulk W. F. Miller H. S. Miller John Lederer Hews Tins !oor Portage riad with the car tracks? And now wo crave, and think wo are about to receive, a further boon a city forestry ordinance Through tho inte tT( --sion of Judg T. E. Howard, and the he?p cf the other m ml-ers of thr clt- couhcil. w are really to take this splendid step for ward. We have many line t: eea hero matter of good luck rather thAn the result of design. Trees frn to me to possess within themives a never ending study. Each on has like a person, its own individuality. No two are ever alike. Many of our fin est old mapJe and lms will need, the care very soon, however, of a com petent fon-ter. or we will lose Xhern. many of them I0, 6 0v or 100 year old. Watch trro planting. Thru to sod tho planting of the right kind of trees, and to segregate them so they are not planted hit and mis. to care for tho "worm nests, broken limbsh, dobrts, to look after wrong and hideous ""topping" of trets. "There be many things, Hora tio" to bo conndered Two years ago this subject waa brought vig orously to the atteation of tho city council, but It was not then ready for action. Tho consummation of the pa?se of this ordinance wll fulfill another keenly "long felt want" of tho park beard, and will p:aco South IVend alciT.gside of other pushing up-to-dato communities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis Chicago, Ft. Wayne, and many others. In the parks themselves sorrvft con siderable changes are noticable. The development of the "Anderson Tract" and the Roadway continuing River side drive to Ieper park, is gradu ally taking shape. It Is a big piece of work. Some 20,000 cu. yds. cf dirt were removed from the fdto of tho reservior now beinr built, to this tract. Xot only was this unsightly tract filled and leveled, but the dan gerous old mosquito breeding "'el ar il oLs" has disappeared at the same time. Ry filling this large tract u!th the earth fnom th reoervotr, and move it oJsewhere the park and wa ter boards "killed two birds "with one stone" as It were, and Incidentally saved the city about $20,000.00. Th roadway also required thouUvds of loads of filling. In another year when the new water works pystern has been fully installed, then only will the public realize thei-changes In this most beautiful park. Company $171,600 1 19100 $291,000 General Banking Business. Checking Accounts Welcome r - . i' n: i - ' v lmrf '. ' T; ":-:. ?v- r Insurance Second Floor i: y ' Vacation