Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Introduction  




Lest we forget - - -
We also have to record today's history -
While seeking out the past...  

NOTE: I have moved the search engine to its own page - it can be accessed off of the bottom bar of any page now; and it will not be accessible on others till all page transformation is made.

I have not forgotten the site - there are many new additions, corrections etc. behind the scenes.... any thing needs iimmediate attention pleas contact me Just that I am trying to restore my house at 419 S. Main ; its a challenge the house dates back past the 1900 census when I found the one owner listed on the census; making it older than 114 years old. It belonged to Laura Barnshiel (who provided land for an addition to the town of Culver - not sure how that goes as yet but assumed she owned it when the addition was dedicated) she solid it to David Hawk whose family owned all the land on the west side of now Main st. to new St Rd 17 and down to 19th Rd. (the lower end of Hawk Lake) who sold it to Ezra Hawkins (a business man, mail carrier) who's estate sold it to David B. Burns.

If you grew up in Culver/Lake Maxinkuckee In, you remember when....

This project was started back in September 1990 and then got put on hold for the next fifteen years. It does not seem like it was eventeen years ago I started this -

Web Site Created: 25 May 2005


I have added the forum in hopes that input and discussion would be forth coming and a place for you to seek out information also - there has been a problem with spam on it and I had hoped this would not occur thus I have set up an authorziation code for registering: - "Vandalia" -

ATTENTION COTTAGERS - you can write up your own history for these pages of cottages, biographies, send in clipped obits and articles etc. etc. - it would be most welcomed! Along with pictures, obituaries and anything else you want to contribute - PROMISE it will be up IMMEDIATELY upon arrival - not sseveral weeks later, i f at all possible - large amounts may take a day or two to get up but it will be up as soon as possible.

I have decided to turn the page up side down - so to speak - putting the search - the counter - and update - UPFRONT - as you may not want to go ahead and read - the rest of the page.
Since the old counter is not working have left it below - not sure when it stopped - but this one takes effect and 4:42 p.m. EST 1 March 2012

webhosting This does not reflect the true usage of the site since it has been up as of 25 May 2005, and the original counter was put up on Saturday 8 April 2006; when the site moved from Rootsweb, 14-17 March 2008 it ceased to function and read 2600 on 14 Nov 2009. This new version went up at 4:07 p.m. 14 Nov. 2009

Please let me know of any problems that there is getting to any of the pages - the Side Navgation and the Site map should help you move around the site and find what you want -

There are new things added a little at a time - they are hidden - I am hoping the "page updated code" is working for this site; on some other sites the same code refuses to work as it should.

Thanks to those such as Marcia Adams, Agnes Bramfeld, and Jeff Kenney who have given me words of priase and encouragement on the site when I have seen them in places in Culver - - it was much needed, appreciated and gives me the encouragement to go on with the site.

Much research is needed to connect all the dots or the pieces of the lake cottages and properties that are listed in the various plat maps a good source or starting part would be the remaining abstracts of cottage and/or property abstracts if they still exist.

I have been back and been working in the background adding tidbits etc. the major change has been moving to a new server; changing all the CSS scripting off the page into a file its own file and a CSS folder de-cluttering the HTML page making it easier to work with, along with java scripting for e-mail and other items to help eliminate page cluttering; somehow spaces have developed in the command line for it, and graphics and the server does not like it thus NO GRAPHICS; so PLEASE if you come across one of these pages or a page you can not access drop me an e-mail at , this one will have subject line filled in for this one will have subject line filled in or troubleshooting with the link given in the message area. Also because re-organization is occurring i.e. all pictures, files pertaining to a subject, cottage, etc. is being to moved to their own folder, folders are being split to make more a visible access of content behind the scene sort of a WYSIWYG "What You See Is What-You-Got"... rather what is missing or still needed. If people are associated with more that one section I am choosing the most appropriate folder in which to place their biographies into; that the time re-organization is done each business l lot and cottage lot will have its own folder. I am hoping the past two weeks (1 March 2012), I have caught alot of these offending issues.

I hope you enjoy the site and it's new home. - My wish list for the site-

Maybe I have lost my original concept - maybe I have lost my mind - maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew and produce - maybe I am crazy - Any of you are welcome to tell me so!

I just hope that someone gets some use out of it, enjoys it, finds it interesting, informative and just maybe learn something they did not know about Lake Maxinkuckee and Culver - I have!.

What I am trying is to recover lost history - and I know I may have taken on a project to big for me - and lost my mind - but

I love history and genealogy - so guess I am entitled to the crazy idea of recapturing - it all - If it can be.

I guess I am trying to accomplish to much - I am to much a perfectionist - but David taught me that if you do it do it right - and the same way Genealogy has taught me to do it too - to collect it - to organize it and to DOCUMENT IT with all possible sources etc.

I have no idea if what I am or if what I am doing is wanted or accepted - but so be it - it is a legacy to my children. step-children, grandchildren , step-grandchildren [great, great-great, & great-great-great] - a virutal history of the past and presnet in the making.

I know it is far from complete - there is a beginning, middle and of course there will be NEVER be an ending - Like a family genealogy this will never end till the last cottage and cottager is non-existent. So someone will have to pick-up after I can no longer do this site but who???? I know my efforts may not be appreciated or accepted by certain people but so be it - everyone is entitled to present their views of history and preserve it the way they find it.

So far to date I have not seen anything on the Lake and its cottages as I have planned within these pages; this is hopefully just a start. My plan was to put the history the genealogy [people] of the lake together all in one concise area - not here - there and every where in this book - that book - this map - this directory etc.

I have been trying to preserve what little knowledge David left me with - when he died on 23 Aug. 1990 - he refused to have recorded by - video, tape recorder - or written word - thus - to say the least we lost allot of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee history whether it be - MYTH - LEGEND - FACT. Allot of others took the local history with them too - its been a on going thing for generations -

Someone has mentioned idea of book form - possibly - but still allot of work to be done - and if converted to book format - would it have to be condensed to make it feasible for publishing? Would there be supporters? Would any one buy it? With publishing it in book form as is here on the web - it would be an outrageous cost and price per copy. Plus I guess Ihave the wrong attitude - it is our Lake history - it should be presereved - collected in one area and in a somewhat organized way - and accessible to all. Especially since alot of the earlier history is disappearing - cottages being destroyed, replaced by new ultra modern building. For the future generations to come and for those of today. Just how does one really convert a VIRTUAL history into book form and not loose the content and quality and the accessiblity?

Now I just got to decide who will get all these files - if anyone will ever be willing to keep the format, content and carry on this project as formated - and it's purpose - a free, virtual, semi-organized history and genealogy of the lake and area - not not scattered here there and yonder -
    Also during the last year 2012 there has been alot of revamping, moving folders to single ones instead of nested into others- to make instant access to material thats been hidden - also to aide in research and in preparing the site for the future when it will be passed on to another... it is hoping by simplifing into into mainly single folders it will not be to overwhelming for the person who will inherit it and that they will continue the tration I have started in preservation of both the history and genealogy of Lake Maxinkuckee.

    NOTHING is lost its only re-located - with lot of new indexes hopely to enable you to manuver around easier - also in place has been an expanded search engine which I have even found very useful.


To quote Bob Rust from A Historical Review Grace United Chruch of Christ Culver, Indiana 1885-1985:
    In the 1880's developement of lakeshore properties began. One parcel of 100 ft. frontage lots south of Maxinkuckee Landing were offered for $200 to $300 each. Earlier a 160-acre farm, South Shore, Lake Maxinkuckee brought a record price of $2.00 to S5.00 per acre. In 1906 Long Point lots were offered for & 6.00 per fron foot, and in 1921, a 65-ft. East Shore lakefront lot sold for $1,200...Lakeside homes were being built in the late 1870's...In 1919, records show that there were 146 cottages on 196 Lake Shore lots....

And as someone one wrote:
    I threw out all my dad's legal stuff when he passed away in 1991 - including every detail of information about the lake cottage he'd accumulated.

    Okay - I know how that goes - and hind thought one can kick ones self - You think it is no historic or genealogical value - and away it goes - so much has been lost because of it - some may never be able to be recovered - especially now since abstracts no longer exist unless by sentimental value - - now all you get is title insurance that tells you nothing of the history of the property -
    It will be an ever changing site - as I refine the data within and find new. The greatest portion of this site is all up now - just for the RESEARCH, DOCUMENTATION and CORRECTIONS - Now with the site map I have my outline or index at a glance. I also have a reasearch chart or log of cottages and cottagers up to the 1922 and some for 1930; and have marked on what plat maps I found them on and also the obits & bios I have. This will better aid my research efforts too. Where do I go next ? - back to beginning to check everything out - - to the library read the old newspapers trying to find clues and facts and data to continue the quest. I wish there was some way that I could borrow of the microfim of the papers and work within the quite confines of my own computer room - I have my own microfim reader

    I love history - genealogy - and what better legacy to leave my children, step children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren - some of the memories, tales, legends and myths - of David Boswell Burns - now hoping that memory serves me correctly - as piecing together. Thus I am remembering what he spoke of - and trying to document it all into whether it is factual or fiction - using my knowledge of history (instilled into me by Sister Vivian history instructor at Ancilla College) and my love of genealogy - thus the mixture of myth, legend, fact and history all mixed into on great big kettle - and stirred up - becomes - History and Genealogy of Lake Maxinkuckee It's Intrigue.

    David sure left his mark on Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee - and his ever famous words when asked to do a job - "I'll be there Tuesday" I can hear those words today - and Leon Bennett was given back the sign he gave David with the saying on it [that was in his truck window for several years] - Gee, maybe I can use those words - about this site - SORRY - I'LL DO IT TUESDAY??????

    Even if at this point in time it is unwanted by all - keyword - IT IS FREE!. I am the one loosing countless hours of sleep trying to prefect the site - presentation - wondering where the next tib-bit of information is coming from - trying to figure out how to locate and find information - and research materials for free.

    This is a labor of love - not compensated by anyone - a love for the Lake - as was with David - allot of his reflections that never were written down

    I welcome the the comments, legends, myths, facts of Lake Maxinkuckee - Oh how I wish I had written down much of what David told about the lake and its people - but as it is said hind site is a far better and bitter lesson learned!

    One keeps asking of the mysterious lights over Lake Maxinkuckee and if anything has been said of them; or if any one has said anything of seeing them - I have never seen them - has anyone seen them? When do they appear? What are their direction of travel? Is there a theory on the mysterious lights over Lake Maxinkuckee? If so what is it?






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