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The Bears practice at adjoining facilities there during the season. In 1919, [the company's Fellowship Club] had formed a football team. Staley wanted to build it into a team that could compete successfully with the best semi-professional and industrial teams in the country ... Chamberlain asked if I would like to come to Decatur and work for the Staley Company.
Since 2002, the Bears have held their annual training camp, from late July to mid-August, at Ward Field on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. George Chamberlain and he was general superintendent of the A. Originally named the Decatur Staleys, the club was established by the A. Staley food starch company of Decatur, Illinois in 1919 as a company team.
Any hopes that Grange would lead the Bears to glory in 1926 were quickly dashed.
The franchise was an early success under Halas, capturing the NFL Championship in 1921 and remaining competitive throughout the decade.