South Bend company honored for community work

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The Studebaker Na­­tional Museum honored Schurz Communications and its local properties – the South Bend Tribune, WSBT TV and Radio and the Schurz Foundation – during its Hall of Champions dinner April 18.

The Hall of Champions event each year recognizes an outstanding individual and/or company that contributed to the success of the Studebaker Corp., Studebaker National Museum, the transportation industry or the auto collector hobby.

Schurz Communications and its properties were selected because of their service to the community and the museum, according to a release.

The Schurz Foundation, funded with profits from Schurz Communications companies, has been a generous supporter of the museum’s initial capital campaign and various projects, including restoration of President Abraham Lincoln’s carriage.

In 1872, two brothers-in-law — Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett — founded the South Bend Tribune. Descendants of the family later launched the TV and radio stations. Last year marked a milestone for the companies: The Tribune turned 140 years old, WSBT Radio celebrated 90 years and WSBT-TV marked its 60th anniversary.