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South Bend in St. Joseph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Knute Rockne

1888-1931

 
 
Knute Rockne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 1, 2022
1. Knute Rockne Marker
Inscription.  Knute Kenneth Rockne was born in Voss, Norway on March 4, 1888, the son of Lars and Martha, Gjermo, Rockne. The family immigrated to the United States in 1892 and settled in Chicago, Rockne matriculated to the University of Notre Dame and South Bend in 1910. After graduating from the University in 1914, he remained at Notre Dame as a chemistry instructor, head track coach, and assistant football coach. In 1918 he was named head football coach and over the next thirteen years, gained fame as one of the greatest football coaches of all time, posting a record of 105-12-5 and winning three national championships. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in the 1951 Inaugural Class. In 1914, he married Bonnie Skiles. They had four children William, Knute Jr., Mary Jeanne, and Jack. The Rockne's lived in South Bend on St. Vincent Street, College Street, and their final home at 1417 East Wayne Street, Rockne was active in the South Bend Community, a Kiwanis Club and YMCA member, and worked for Studebaker Corporation from 1928-1931. He died in a tragic airplane crash in the Flint Hills of Kansas on Match 31, 1931.
 
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Knute Rockne Statue and Marker at Gridiron Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 1, 2022
2. Knute Rockne Statue and Marker at Gridiron Plaza
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is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1888.
 
Location. 41° 40.556′ N, 86° 14.995′ W. Marker is in South Bend, Indiana, in St. Joseph County. Marker is on South Michigan Street south of East Washington Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker and statue are on the southwest outside corner of Gridiron Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 S Doctor MLK Jr Blvd, South Bend IN 46601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln & Dixie Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph County Civil War Monument (about 700 feet away); Special Olympics Island (about 800 feet away); J. Chester and Elizabeth Allen (approx. 0.2 miles away); On This Site South Bend Was Founded (approx. Ό mile away); Howard Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Window To Our Past (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Bend.
 
Knute K. Rockne Memorial Sculpture Donors image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 1, 2022
3. Knute K. Rockne Memorial Sculpture Donors
1st Source Bank, Don and Karen Schefmeyer, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Butch Morgan, City of South Bend, Deluxe Sheet Metal, Downtown South Bend, Inc., John & Lisa Fredlake, Holladay Properties, Greg & Vikki Jurgonski, LaSalle Grill, Ziolkowski Construction, Inc., College Football Hall of Fame, The Employees & Customers of the South Bend Chocolate Company, The Thoma/Auth Community Enrichment Philanthropic Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 26, 2022