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the Eastern portion of Berrien County, Mich. Our market includes Southwestern
Michigan and Northwestern Indiana, including South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger
and Elkhart, Ind.
Midwestern rolling farmland and the St. Joseph River valley.
annual temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit. In January, temperatures
range from an average low of 16 degrees to an average high of 30 degrees.
In July, temperatures range from an average low of 61 to an average high
of 84. Average annual precipitation is 36 inches, with an average relative
humidity of 83 percent at 7 a.m. and 68 percent at 7 p.m. Annual snowfall
averages 72 inches. The growing season lasts 158 days, with the last freeze
usually occurring in early May and the first usually occurring in early
October. During the year, the sun shines an average of 53 percent of the
daylight hours. Prevailing winds are from the southwest during both winter
Dowagiac came from a Potawatomi Indian word. "Ndowagayik" means foraging
ground. The area offered Native Americans abundant fruits, vegetables,
grains and medicinal herbs. Dowagiac is the tribal headquarters of the
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi of Michigan and Indiana. Dowagiac Creek powered
early development of the "Grand Old City," starting with a grist mill
One of Horace
Colby's mill sites is owned by Mennel Milling, the oldest in Michigan
still operated on its original site. Judd Lumber is Michigan's oldest
lumberyard. Dowagiac, once the smallest U.S. city, was established in
1848 when Michigan Central Railroad arrived and made the community a wheat
Beckwith came in 1854 and put Dowagiac on the map with Round Oak stoves.
He is the only man to serve as both village president and mayor. Round
Oak Band concerts were a popular pastime that continue on Thursday evenings
in the summer in Beckwith Park. Community theater also carries the Beckwith
Niles Community Schools and Brandywine Public Schools serve the Greater
Niles area; St. Mary's Catholic School serves Niles' Catholic community
with grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Southwestern Michigan College,
Niles; Lake Michigan College, Niles; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame,
Ind., and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind. (located 8 miles south
of Niles); Indiana University at South Bend, Ind.; Andrews University,
Midwestern hospitality from good, unpretentious, hard-working people.
Abundant opportunities for the sportsman, including hunting and fishing
the St. Joseph River and its tributaries and Lake Michigan or the many
lakes of Cass and Berrien counties in Michigan. Each community has its
own well-developed organizations for youth sports, ranging from soccer
to baseball and softball to swimming and tennis through the Niles-Buchanan
Family YMCA. Outdoor winter sports include snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing and ice skating. Golf is ever popular, and available on a number
of public and private courses. A number of country clubs serve the Greater
Five with Dowagiac ties survived Titanic's sinking, investigated by
U.S. Sen. William Alden Smith, who grew up in Dowagiac. May's Dogwood
Fine Arts Festival brings renowned authors and artists such as Kurt Vonnegut,
John Updike, Norman Mailer, Shirley Jones and Charles Neville.
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