Knight K. Culver
15 Knight K. Culver b. 21 Feb. 1878 Missouri Death 21 Feb 3 1953 Columbus
Fanklin county Ohio Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus Fanklin county Ohio
On his World War I Draft registration card is vitals and he
described himself as tall,
medium build, eyes blues and hair light.
68 Preston Road Columbus, Ohio The twenty-two room house was built in 1928 by K. K. Culver
at a cost rumored to be half a million dollars. Knight Culver was the son of Henry Harrison
Culver of St. Louis, the founder of Culver Military Academy. Shortly after moving to Columbus,
Knight Culver began planning this new home, using all of his mechanical expertise to fulfill
his dream of a magnificent Spanish dwelling. He acted as his own architect, and was so devoted
to perfection that only the most highly skilled workmen were hired to execute his plans. It took
three years to build, and the quality of its construction would be almost impossible to duplicate
When Monocoupe-Lambert succumbed to the Depression, Monocoupe's Cleveland dealer, wealthy Knight
K. Culver (son of the founder of Culver Military Academy), bought the cheap, efficient
Monosport-G design, opened a factory in Columbus, Ohio, and hired Al to convert it into the tiny
Dart G sport monoplane. Demand grew, but approaching World War II led to a military confiscation
of most metal, diverted to weaponry. In 1940, Mooney redesigned the Dart -- still using
anachronistic all-wood construction, but with the advance of "retractable" landing gear, first
ever in such a tiny production airplane -- and company wner Knight Culver renamed the company
The result was the Culver Cadet – the first popular retractable-geared light airplane. Over 350
Culver Cadets sold. With growing demand, the factory was outgrown. Wichita aviation investor
Charles "Pappy" Yankey (a Beechcraft financier) invited Culver and Mooney to move to Wichita,
and set up shop in Mooney's old plant, with Yankey's backing. The res ulting Culver Aircraft
Co. wo uld quickly gain a new customer for its lively little wooden wonder.
1900 is on census with mother and listed as being manfr. stoves;
1910 - On Ancestry index as Dwight but spelling on census is Knight K. resided Oates Ave.
Independent , St. Louis, Laura mother of 1 child; Missouri manufacture of ranges.
1920 Census - Listed as Hright K Calver on census index at ancestry.com but reads Knight West
Vine Indepenence City St. Louis, Missouri listed as President Range co.
1930 Census - Preston Rd. Columbus, Franklin, Ohio listed as manufacture Iron Range Co.
m. aft Apr. 1900 Laura Maud Merriman b. Feb 6 1880 St. Louis, St. Louis county,Missouri
Death Sep 18 1932 Columbus Fanklin county Ohio Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus Fanklin
county Ohio daughter of Chester Merriman and Amy Anna Jessup
Heart Disease Fatal to Mrs. Laura Maud Culver
Mrs. Laura Maud Culver, aged 52, wife of Knight K. Culver, Sr. died
Sunday night unexpectedly of heart disease at her him in Columbus,
She is survuved by her wideower, a faughter, Mrs. Jane Culver Wolfe;
a son, Knight K. Culver, Jrl; and a sister, Mrs. May Sachleben, of
Mrs. Culver has resided in Columbus for the past eight years and was a
summer cottager at Lake Maxinkuckee for many seasons and was will known
in the community.
Funeral services were held at the h ome in Columbus Tuesday afternoo.
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Braden and Dr. J. R. Robinson of Culver atteneded. -
Sep 21 - 1932 - Citizen
Children of Knight K. Culver
36 Emily Jane Culver Birth. Jan 4 1902 Missouri Death Jun 8 1981 Columbus Fanklin county Ohio
Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus Fanklin county Ohio married 1st Robert Huston Wolfe
Birth Nov 7 1899 Death Oct 31 1981 Columbus Fanklin county Ohio Burial Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus Fanklin county Ohio son of Harry Preston Wolfe and
Marjorie Maud Fowler they were
divorced; m. 2nd May 29 1934 Franklin county, Ohio D. King
37 Knight K. Culver Jr. b. 6 Sep 1913 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri d. Jun 7 1982 Columbus
Fanklin county Ohio Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus Fanklin county Ohio married Jul 18
1937 Franklin county Ohio Mary Sandford Belden Nirth Oct 10 1914 Columbus Fanklin county Ohio
Death Apr 10 1987 Fort Lauderdale, Broward county Flordia Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus
Fanklin county Ohio daughter of Sanford Bonner Beldenand Bessie May Black she married 2nd John
Louis Nelson; they divorced
married 2nd Dec 15 1942 Franklin county Ohio Hester Vercoe Birth Jan 31 1888 Death Nov 22 1955
Burial Green Lawn Cemetery Columbus Fanklin county Ohio daughter of John Henry Vercoe and Mary
L. Price; married 1st Frank Cyrus Huling