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

Culver & Its Newspapers Jul 1923 - Jun 1953  

1 July 1923

1923 - June 20 - Ownership and management of The Citizen has passed from the hands of A. B. Holt to the hands of M. R. Robinson and F. C. Leitnaker

On 1 July 1923 the paper was sold to Miles R. Robinson and F. C. Leitnaker. Robinson and Leitnaker had been roommates at a college in Kansas, and they were both World War I veterans. They had had experience an newspapers under the direction of others, but this was their first attempt at producing a paper with f ull control.


The first Culver Citizen issued by the new firm of Robinson & Leitnaker, was off the press July 4. The paper has been increased to a seven column size and two more pages have been added. - Rochester Sentinel, Saturday, July 7, 1923

They immediately changed the paper back to an eight-page weekly, increased the price of a subscription from $1.00 per year to $1.50, and added more organization to the journal’s structure. Pictures and serials, along with excerpts from pop ular books, were added in the 1920s, and a society and local news page was added during their tenure. Visits, weddings, and other personal happenings continued to run in the paper, but they were not as extensive as before.

1923 - Sept. 3 - O. A. Gandy has resigned his position at The Citizen office. He has been with the office force for over 20 years and his face w i l l be missed by the townspeople as well as the Citizenites.

1923 - December 5 - With a good deal of satisfaction the Culver Citizen announce the installation of a new Model 14 Linotype.

The Citizen enlarged under their energetic management and became a leader in community activities.

11 November 1926

Miles R. Robinson purchased Leitnaker’s share in the business in 1926, continuing as the sole proprietor until March 1949, thus began this he ownership for twenty-three years.

Mortgagor Mortgagee Date Amount Description
Robinson, Miles R. State Exchange Bank November 10, 1926 $3,935.82 Entire printing & publishing business, etc


The Culver Citizen was judged the second best weekly newspaper in Indiana at a meeting of the Indiana Weekly Press Association in Indianapolis last week. The Corydon Republican was placed first only three points ahead of the Citizen.
News-Sentinel, Friday, February 24, 1933

This is 180 E. Washignton St

In the 1930s the paper remained an eight-page weekly. A large cartoon with political overtones or social commentary appeared on page one. The society and local news column continued to reveal who was about to get married and other personal information. As the town grew, the personal notices that appeared in these columns helped the community to remain intimate. A new column concerning Culver High School related the planned activities and reports of recent adventures and sports news to readers. The “Citizen Bazaar” was an early classified's section. By the mid-1940s the paper had grown to twelve pages, but column space had shrunk to five columns from seven earlier in the 1930s. Finally under his tenure the paper became a 16-page tabloid with seven 22-inch columns on the page as of 18 Oct 1933; and had won state and national prizes for reporting and editorials.

Another says that: The present "Citizen" was changed to a 16-page tabloid, October 18, 1933, from eight 22-inch pages, seven columns to the page, each column 20 inches in length. This was quite a daring change, but it marked a definite step forward, in keeping with the times. The "Citizen" was a pioneer among small-town weeklies in this sort of venture. Time has proven its success.

New printing equipment was also purchased as evidenced but the following information:

Robinson, M. R. State Exchange Bank 2 May 1932 $1,500.00 2 pringing presses, 1 linotype
Robinson, M. R. State Exchange Bank 2 May 1934 $1,500.00 2 printing presses, linotype

Miles R. Robinson at some point in the history of the Argos Reflector which was established in 1881 was either owner and publisher. As evidence by the articles below:
1939 - The "SchoolbBell" became a part of the Culver Citizen - written by Culver High School Students.

    Mills Robinson, editor of the Culver Citizen, purchased the Argos Reflector Friday from Mrs. Cora Wikizer. He will take possession March 1, 1939.

    The newspaper will be edited in Argos and printed in Culver , according to announced plans for the publication.
    News-Sentinel, Monday, December 19, 1938


    An announcement was made at Argos that the Argos Reflector has been sold by Mr. M. Robinson, of Culver , to Mrs. N. D. Thompson, of Argos, who took charge October 12. Mrs. Thompson will edit the paper and it will be printed in the office of the Culver Citizen as it has been since Mr. Robinson bought the business three and a half years ago from Mrs. John M. Wickizer. Mr. Robinson is the editor of the Culver Citizen - The News-Sentinel, Friday, October 16, 1942

1943 - September 29 The Schoolbell starts its fourth consecutive year with Virginia Miller as editor-in-chief for the current year.

M. R. Robinson built new quarters for the Culver Citizen at 200 East Washington street, the building was erected by the James I Barnes Construction Company under the supervisdon of Russell I. Barnes [sic Russell I Easterday], manager. The electrical lighting was engineered by James E. Tally. The building is 60 by 90 feet with streets on three sides.

1945 - Oct 24 - Work has been started on the construction of a new building to house The Culver Citizen. The exterior will be of brick, while the interior will have a plaster finish throughout. Glass blocks and air conditioning will replace windows to keep the building at an even temperature

The prodigious and nerve-racking job of moving starting May 8, 1946, with completion four days later.
    1946 - May 15 - The Citizen has completed the moving of its machinery, merchandise, and equipment to its new building at the corner of Washington and Plymouth Streets. Production has resumed but it will be several weeks before everything is in order.

1949 - April 26 - Charles Maull jr., owner and publisher of the Culver citizen announced today that he has leased his buisness; another stated it as sold the Culver Citizen Press, a commercial printing firm and publisher of the weekly newspaper, Culver Citizen. to Robert Rust

Mar 1949

1949 - Mar - M. R. Robinson, retires after twenty-two years of service, and transfers ownership to Charles Maull, Jr.; Miles R. Robinson sold the Citizen to Major Charles Maull Jr. [now colonel] who owned the paper into the early 1950s. Maull employed Robert Rust as editor in 1949.

1948 - Robert Rust becomes He had been editor and publisher of The The Culver Citizen and The Culver Press

photos and brief biographies of the staff at this time.

In May 1950, Robert Rust with his wife Bertha May leased the paper from Maull and served as editor and publisher. As was announced in the 26 April 1950 issue- :
    Charles Maull Leases Culver Citizen Press
    To Business Associate Charles Maull , Jr., owner and publisher of The Culver Citizen, announced today that he has leas ed outright his business to Robert Rust. Mr. Maull will devote full time to extensive busines interests in St. Louis, Mo.

    In making the announcement Mr. Maull said, “For the past several months most of my time has of necessity been devoted to business interests other than here, with The Culver Citizen Press, I believe that this direct lease of The Citizen will best serve the interests of the community and at the same time permit me to carryout business responsibilities.”

    He will establish his residence in St. Louis where he has purchased a home. The Maull’s will continue to occupy their East Shore home dur ing the summer months.

    Mr. Rust, who has been editor and manager of the printing firm since Mr. Maull purchased the business, stated that there would be no changes in the operation of the plant and the business.

    “While we appreciate the reasons for Charlie’s decision we regret the fact that he will be leaving Culver. He has our sincere best wishes and we are happy to know that although he will be moving to St. Louis, he and his fami ly will spend as much time as possible here at Lake Maxinkuckee,” Rust stated.

Robert and Bertha May Rust also became the editor-publisher of the Argos Reflector in 1951

1950 - Aug. 20 Robert Rust, editor and publisher of the Citizen, has sold the 70-year-old reflector to Mr. and Mrs. R. S. O'Neill of Mishawaka

1953 June 17 - Robert Rust sold the The Culver Citizen and The Culver Press to Chester W. Cleveland yesterday.

1894 - May 1903 ~~~ May 1903 - 1923 ~~~ 1923 - 1953 ~~~ 1953 - 1967 ~~~ 1967 - ? ~~~

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