|Years:||1879 1880 1881 – 1882 – 1883 1884 1885|
Significant events from 1882.
- Col. John Jones loses a team of horses when their driver drives into a huge channel in the road on West 6th Street near the Tarkington house. (Local drivers are familiar with the channel and avoid it).
- James Buskirk and N.J. Gentry open a tile mill and brickyard nine miles north of Bloomington and four miles northeast of Ellettsville.
- James Ryan and John Kerr open a Wagon Works to replace the Star Wagon Works. They plan to sell equipment for two-horse wagons, buggies, carriages, phaetons, and all spring vehicles.
- Henry Benckert opens a bakery in the room just north of George Atkinson's shoe store on the west side of The Square.
- William Moore sells fifty acres of land in Perry Township (part of the Cal. Mefford place) to John Huntington for $1,050.
- A Reverend Swindler closes a boarding house in the Rogers Building, on the northeast corner of The Square. Swindler, disillusioned by the dishonesty of his clientèle, returns to his farm in Salt Creek Township.
- William Kerr plans construction of a two-story residence on lots in Dunn's Addition, at a cost of about $1,600.
- The dining room of the Orchard House is newly renovated.
- The building at 212 W. Kirkwood Avenue is completed, and a boarding house and tavern opens. 100 years later, the Irish Lion continues the tradition minus the boarders.
- The house of George Walker burns to the ground.
- Elias Able presents Margaret Able, his daughter and wife of Joshua O. Howe, with two building lots on West Sixth Street.
- Henry Henley sells his interest in the Bloomington Chair Factory to Showers & Dodds. Business booms at the factory, with orders coming in from Chicago and New York.
- A large boiler in Rumbarger & White's saw mill in Gosport explodes. Head Sawyer Robert Rock is fatally injured and the loss approaches $6,000.
- Andy Cates, an employee of Ryor's Branch Spoke Factory near Stanford, has his face badly lacerated by the breaking of the knives in a lathe.
- C. R. Perdue and Len S. Field sell out of the dry goods store at Stanford. Soddy Carmichael still retains his interest.