written by Joe Ganger, 20 Nov 2000
On December 30, 1965, the new Farrand Bridge opened (on Farrand/Correll Road west of Colon at the St. Joseph River). The Old one is about 75 yards downstream from the new one. It opened in 1868 and was only one lane wide. There was no bridge before that one. Anyone wanting to cross the river had to use a hand-drawn ferry. That means that there was a flat topped boat that you could drive your buggy onto, but then you had to pull on ropes to get the boat to the other side.
At one time the Lamb Knit Goods factory of Colon had 23 salesman working all 48 states. That was, of course, before Alaska and Hawaii were added in 1959.
Lamb Knit was started in 1889 as a knit glove and mitten manufacturer. It was named after Issac W. Lamb who was the inventor of a circular knitting machine. The company employed around 90 employees for many years and had their own ball team and band. In later years they manufactured sweaters. Lamb Knit closed in 1971.
In 1858, there is a section of Centreville called "Agricultural Exhibition Grounds." At some later date it was became the property of the Anti-Horsethief Society. In 1916 it was sold and in 1917 the St. Joseph County Grange corporation was formed.
The grandstands burned in 1922 but were rebuilt with donated labor. It was torn down again in 1936 and then rebuilt with materials from the Chicago World's Fair, including 15 electrical transformers.
In 1932, in the heart of the depression, the bank balance of the St. Joseph County Grange Fair stood at $5.05! I think it is higher now.