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

What’s In a Name?  



There is something more than a desire to appease the rural mail carrier in many of The names given by members of the summer colony to their homes on Maxinkuckee.

Sometimes the owner’s name has suggested a fitting title for the place –

As W. J. Wood’s “Woodbank”, and

L. B. Martin’s “Martin Box”.

Location or surroundings may have suggested other names.

Mrs. Edward Taylor calls her cottage “Sunset Knoll”

Miss Ketcham’s “Sign of the Oriole” is something more than a mere fancy, for in the early summer the Baltimore orioles in conspicuous numbers flash in and out of the foliage of the vicinity.

Both location and temperament seem to have entered into the naming of

O. C. Hornung’s “Happy Hollow”,

While the essential qualities of a summer abode are expressed in

“Idleden”, the Ellsworth cottages, and

“Casa Contenta”, the O. C. Hann place.

Henry B. Heywood has combined the name of a Sason ancestor, called for his Wooded peninsular possessions and his own name, in the attractive “Hame Wold” Henry Meyer calls his summer home “Alpenrose” the national flower of his native Switzerland, and keeps it always painted in the rose color and white – with touches of black - the Swiss colors.

Some names of the lake cottages have a little story to them

“Wapanca Hall” belonging to W. H. Fulton thought it would be worth while to have his large boat house fitted up with a dancing floor and arranged as a place for his young people to hold parties. One of the Fulton boats was named Wapaca, and the boat house ballroom was called Wapaca Hall. It was afterwards remodeled as a cottage, but still retains the old name

Charles Monniger’s “Villa Carl” was named in honor of his son, now in the sercvice, who was an infant when the cottage was built.

“Portledge” (accent on the first syllable), the name of the old Coffyn home in England, has been, together with the brass knocker, bestowed upon his Lake Maxinkuckee home by Charles E. Coffin.

Mrs Lynn B. Millikan calls her completely-appointed little summer home “Cosy Cote”

While Mrs. Demas Deming finds the cottage she occupies a genuine “Resthaven”.

Good advice is offered in the names “Resteasy” and “Kwitcherkikin”, but you’d be misled if you expected to get no welcome at “Seldom Inn”.

A few Indiana names find favor.

Mrs. E. T. Hazledine’s “Week-wee-tn-sing” (Wind-Among-the-Trees)

The “Pow-Pow” of the Misses Robinson,

And the McDonald “Tepee” are among the.

“Winitip” looks Indian, but it is really a combination of the names of the two

daughters of Mrs. F. C. Murphey,

and the Goldmsiths’ “A-Shan-Tee” speaks for itself.

There is sunstance as well as sentiment in the name of Mrs. Marmon’s “Orchard House”. as many of her friends can testy.

“Bide-a-wee” has a hospitable sound that goes well with the reputation of its host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Foss.

For many years a clear spring under a great willow tree on the east shore was known to fisherman far and near, and when Mrs. J. M. Dresser’s cottage was built at this point she selected the name of “Willow Spring” as an appropriate one for her lakeside home.

Judge Winfield says that when he bought the location for his house it was known the country ‘round as Stingy Point, from the alleged character of its then owner. The Judge promptly rechristened his purchase, calling his summer home “Cherry Villa” from the great wild cherry trees that stand guard on either side of it.

Owners come and go, but the trees remain, especially the oaks, to give a name to the place.

“The Oaks”, “Oak Terrace”, “Two Oaks”,

“Buckeye” and “Hickory Crest” are thus obvious.

“Sunny Side”, “terrace View” and “ South View” do not belie their outlook.

With the Cottagers
Items of Interest Concerning Lake Maxinkuckee
Summer Residents and Their Guests

Culver Citizen
31 Jul 1918






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