Ah, the way things used to be. Let’s take a trip back in time and gander at Roseland back in the day. The day in question is sometime in 1849. Let’s say it’s a Tuesday. On this particular Tuesday, a group of recently arrived Dutch settlers found the perfect plot of unsettled land to build their farms. They called their settlement 'de Hooge Prairie,' or High Prairie because it was built on higher and drier ground than other nearby settlements. With the city of Chicago to the north and stockyards to the west, farming flourished in High Prairie, bringing in both prosperity and more settlers.
In 1873, James H. Bowen, president of the nearby Calumet and Chicago Canal and Dock Company (which, by this time, employed a majority of the Roseland population) suggested that the area, now an orderly village abundantly landscaped with flowers, change its name to Roseland. The residents agreed and the name stuck, even after the town was incorporated into Chicago in the 1890s.
During the 1870s, the area around Roseland began to develop. Since it was pretty far from Chicago (at the time) and it had an ever-expanding population that provided a nice supply of workers, it was the perfect place to build factories and other industrial sites. As businesses such as the Calumet and Chicago Canal and Dock Company and the Pullman Car Works moved in, more and more of Roseland’s inhabitants set their farming aside and took to industrial labor.
Fast forward a hundred years: The closing of numerous local factories was detrimental to life in Roseland during the 1970s and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ80s, as it forced unemployment on numerous residents who relied on the factories for jobs. Although times were tough for many for a while, the neighborhood remained strong with growing community organizations and area outreach groups, and the area, once noted for its topography and later for its flowers, is still a pleasant place to live, and it draws many a Chicago family to its south side setting.