Glenn F. Chesnut: teaching at Indiana University 1970-2003, Part 1. The Early Years. Photos taken in South Bend, Indiana. When doing searches, be aware of the common misspellings and variants of the name Glenn F. Chesnut : Glenn Chesnut / Glen F. Chesnut / Glen Chesnut / Glenn F. Chestnut / Glenn Chestnut / Glen F. Chestnut / Glen Chestnut / Glenn C., South Bend

Glenn Chesnut when he first began teaching at Indiana University South Bend in 1970

  Glenn F. Chesnut spent 1968-1970 teaching in the Religious Studies department at the University of Virginia and finishing his thesis for Oxford University. In 1970 he came to Indiana University South Bend to teach History and Religious Studies. In this photo he is holding his daughter Anna Grace, who was born in 1969.  

A photo from the air of the downtown of South Bend, Indiana

  A photograph from the air of the downtown area of South Bend, Indiana, taken not too long ago. You can see one of the bridges across the St. Joseph river at the very bottom of the photo. Some of these buildings had not yet been built when Glenn first arrived in 1970.  

Indiana University South Bend on the banks of the St. Joseph river

  Indiana University South Bend is situated on the banks of the St. Joseph river, a mile upstream from downtown South Bend. In this photo you can see the university library sticking up above the trees (in the center) and a corner of Northside Hall over on the right.  

Anti-Vietnam War march at Indiana University South Bend, Spring 1970

  The photo above is of a protest march against the Vietnam war that took place at Indiana University South Bend in the Spring of 1970, not too long before Glenn arrived to begin teaching there.

It is said that the young woman dressed in dark clothes (front center) was Alice Wolfson, the daughter of Lester Wolfson, who was the Chancellor of the University.

Chancellor Lester Wolfson of Indiana University South Bend c. 1970

  Alice's father, Chancellor Lester Wolfson, is the one in the center in this humorous photo taken about that time. The men on either side are the Dean of Faculties on the left and the chief financial officer for the university on the right.

I would suspect that the words at the bottom of the photo -- "I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!" -- came from some wry comment by Chancellor Wolfson. He was an expert in the English poetry of the Romantic era, who had published some very nice articles, and could have developed a considerable reputation as a scholar had he not been thrust at a young age into becoming the Chancellor of the campus.

But Wolfson served in that post for many years, and under his leadership the South Bend campus became one of the three top campuses in Indiana University's eight-campus system in terms of the quality of the faculty and programs.

Professor Glenn Chesnut of Indiana University South Bend (center) holding his son Ben around 1975

  Glenn F. Chesnut is standing in the center in this photo holding his son Ben, who was born on July 5, 1974. The old photo was very faded, and this is the best that can be done to restore it.

Glenn's father (Glenn Chesnut Sr.) is on the left. He was Chairman of the Art Department at Middle Georgia College. The house he built in Cochran looked down from a hillslope on the pine woods which can be seen in the background. You could smell the fragrance of the pine trees and the pine needles on the ground the minute you walked out of the house.

Glenn's younger brother John Chesnut is the figure on the right.

Home of Prof. Glenn Chesnut (Indiana University South Bend) on Marquette Avenue in South Bend c. 1974

  This is the house Glenn and his first wife were living in when Ben was born in 1974. It was on Marquette Avenue, only three blocks from where he is living now. It was in very bad shape when he bought it, and he had to spend many months painting and plastering and doing repair work.  

Leeper Park bridge over the St. Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana

  The house on Marquette Avenue is one block north of the St. Joseph river, in the first block to the west of U.S. 31. The house stands at roughly the same spot where the French fur trading post was located when the first Europeans settled here.

The red star at the center of the map marks the house on Parkovash Avenue where Glenn lives today. "Parkovash" is a garbled version of the French parc aux vaches, which means cow pasture. This was where the French fur trader pastured his cows.

The University of Notre Dame, known to all fans of American college football, lies five blocks northeast. That is the large grey area at the upper righthand corner of the map).

Home of Prof. Glenn Chesnut (Indiana University South Bend) on Parkovash Avenue in South Bend c. 2005

  The Leeper Park bridge stands just south of where Glenn lives. It carries U.S. 31 (the old Dixie Highway) across the St. Joseph river. This photo is taken from the park on the south bank. The bridge was built in 1914 and is faced with Bedford limestone.

The Dixie Highway, a project which was begun in the same year -- 1914 -- was one of the earliest continuous automobile highways built to cross the United States from one border to the other. It started on the Canadian border at the extreme northern tip of Michigan and ran all the way down to the city of Miami at the southern tip of Florida. (This was during the era of the Model T Fords, the period when automobiles first started to become common in the United States.)

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