|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.
It is 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.
And yes I am still working on the site - its slow its small stuff on the pages already here adding tidbits here and there
but its still active and being updated and added to.
Feel free to join in at "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. As researach
material was limited to what I had on hand since I did not have internet access nor the money to travel and buy
About 2004 I found I had lost my computer word files for the project - by way which I started
with pencil/pen paper had coping the list of cottages/cottagers into a notebook taking home
and inputting into an antiquated computer system - a Kaypro PC (Professional) a two 5 1/2 floppy
drive, with no hard drive and no internet which I survived with for 13 years and internet did not come
till some time around 2002; Xeroxing only the few plat maps found in 1990 as they had cottagers
It does not seem like it was its been 27 years ago I started this project - there has been no
monetary help - a few donations of material and its been a learning experience trail by
error so to speak. All pages are done personally by me and are all hand coded so there has been alot
of work put into the site - it is a project of love for the Lake and the town of Culver in which I grew
up around and in.
1953 was the first year that the lake directories were issued and gave a listing of
all lake residents (or houses).
This was my "FIRST" working outline of the site along with listings from Lake Directories
that were in the Marshall County Historical Society; there were but a few scattered issues
from 1953-September 1990 when I started on this project.
From these I have worked backwards and forwards with what I could find; to trying and make
a completelisting of the cottages and lake parcels and create a history for each.
The label as "non lakefront" is not meant to offend anyone - nor is it meant to be taken
that it does not have lake access it could very well have, I have not deleved into that
aspect unless it has been noted in a descrption of the property as having a legal access to
the lake - the only meaning intended is that the house/cottage and or property is NOT
located on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee aka "lake side" of the road - or thus directly
connected to the Lake Maxinkuckee it means only that there is a road and/or alley between
it and the lake.
Nothing within is set in "STONE" and everything is subject to
change when documentation is found - through deeds, newspaper articles. etc.
This is an ever changing prooject and site as new material surfaces. It
is a never ending project that I will never see completed in my lifetime.
Web Site Created: 25 May 2005
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 several weeks later, if at all possible - large amounts may
take a day or two to get up but it will be up as soon as possible.
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.
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 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
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
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 a lot of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee history whether it be - MYTH - LEGEND - FACT.
A lot 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 I have 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 since 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 tradition 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. Also I have back-ups of the site at different periods that have to be sorted thorugh
and checked with whats online -
To quote Bob Rust from A Historical Review Grace United Chruch of Christ Culver, Indiana
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 i
nformation 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 - a lot
of his reflections that never were written down
I welcome the the comments, legends, myths, facts of Lake Maxinkuckee - They do help in
recountign and finding the real truth and history. 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?