South Bend Stories

St. Joseph County Public Library

In this debut of Michiana Stories, Polka musician Kenny Bartkowiak shares memories of music and Dyngus Day in South Bend with his daughter, Amy.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM during Morning Edition and at 4:45 PM during All Things Considered.

Music: "I Remember Polka" by the Soundsations and "I wouldn't change you polka" by E-Z Tones

Mel Sandock, a prominent South Bend businessman, died Monday at the age of 96.

Mel’s father, Sal Sandock, came to the United States at the age of 13 from a small Polish town near the Russian border. Sal and his brother, Barney, moved to South Bend from Chicago in 1904. They built a successful furniture and appliance business, B&S Sandock Furniture Store, on the city's west side.

In 2015, Mel Sandock shared his memories of living and working through the depression and other tumultuous events on South Bend Stories.

Larry & Deborah Dwyer were married in the very first year that interracial marriage was legal in the state of Indiana.

Mel Sandock's father, Sal, came to America from a small Polish town near the Russian border.  Sal and his brother, Barney, moved to South Bend from Chicago in 1904. They built a successful furniture and appliance business on the city's west side. Mel talks about why his family moved to South Bend and shares his memories of living and working through the depression and other tumultuous events.

Renowned musician Billy "Stix" Nicks talks about growing up in South Bend and the beginning of his music career.