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Culver Post Office History 1843 - 1899  

Post offices are important, not only to facilitate communication, but also to establish the name by which an unincorporated community's identity is carried through time.

Culver 's name has varied throughout the first years - on a plat map of 1843 it is found listed as Geneva. Then for a short time was known as Yellow River Post Office about 1848 which was ran by Mr. Kennedy.

In 1844 it was plated and laid out by Bayless L. Dickson and became Union Town or Uniontown for the township it was within.

At some point in time during this period it was also referred to as Birmingham - but no documentation for that name has been found to day - maybe an abstract will turn it up.

A re-survey of the village was made on 24 April 1851 (but was not recorded until 1857) and its names was changed to Marmont, Dr. Gustuvus A. Durr was the instrumental party in this name change.

Just where the post office was original located in Marmont is not known as yet :

one account found in in the Culver herald on June 16, 1904 states:
    The first post office was in a small building on the lot south of ... In 1861 it was moved to a building now occupied by Nathaniel Gandi's residence .

and another account says it was in a General store - and an article found in the Logansport Pharos dated 20 May 1887 pg. 4 gives this story of our local post office:

    The residents of Marmont have been greatly excited of late over the post office.

    The postmaster, who is the owner of a general store at Marmont, decided to move his store and post office to a new brick building near the railway station.

    Residents of the village got up a petition against the office being removed.

    Those who reside near the station and in the immediate neighborhood of the lake drew up a petition for the removal of the office.

    Finally the postmaster said the rules of the department did not specify the location of the post office, and announced his intention of moving. He did so and mail is now recieved and forwarded from the new locaation. This will be a great convenience during the summer to visitors.

    Heretofore it was necessary to go to Marmont to obtain mail.

    There will also be an additional delivery of mail during the day.

    The storekeepers at Marmont are much incensed over the removal of the office. pg. 4 20 May 1887 Logansport Pharos

      and yet another account in the culver Citizen of March 3 1926 -

        Two of Culver's Oldest buildings Wrecked for Modern Structures...

        Two of the oldest buildings in Culver are being dismantled this week...the other is the store building on the corner of Scott and State Streets, owned for many years by T. E. Slattery...

        Older residents of the community will recall years ago while Culver's post office was in the structure now used as a residence by Mrs. M. Koontz. Avery Clark was the postmaster and storekeeper therin. An attempt was made to move the post office to the Meyer building, but was thwarted by the general prosted of the citizens of the community at the time

      The Culver herald on June 16, 1903 states a similar move and the year is given as 1888 as follows:
        N. F . Clark, postmaster in 1888, arranged to move the office to the depot but through the efforts of the business men it was retained. This was an important event for the reason that had he succeeded in changing the office the principal part of the town would now be Toner Ave

      1890 - Jan 1 - They have a new Democratic postmaster at Maxinkuckee - Logansport Pharos Tribune

      1895 - Jul 20 - There is a movement on foot to change the name of the post office at Marmont to "Culver City," in honor of the man who has done so much to advance the interests and growth, of Lake Maxinkuckee.. The Marmont Herald is favoring the change, and the Plymouth Democrat, which almost has a proprietary interest in the lake, seems favorable to tbe new; name. A petition is in circ ulation at Marmont, and is being numerously signed, requesting that the authorities change the-name - Logansport Pharos Tribune

      1896 - Jun 5 - Mr. Clyde Souder filed his bond and swore fealty to the constitution of the United States last Monday morning, and forthwith assumed the duties as Assistant Postmaster.

      In 1896 it was proposed the name be changed to Culver City but the Post office Department in Washington D.C. declined the name as a village in Tippecanoe county Indiana existed under that name. Mr. Henry H. Culver negotiated with their town officials after finding out that it was named for Crane Culver . He offered to pay all expenses involved with the name change from Culver to Crane. He prevailed and Marmont became the town of Culver during a Special Fall Term of court in 1895 It is recorded in the Miscellaneous Deed Book D pg. 497 In part it reads:
        Change of Name of the Town of Marmont, Indiana to Culver City, Indiana ...At a term of the Board of Commissioners of said county, begun of Wednesday the 23rd day of October 1895.. the following proceedings were had on the 24th day of October 1895 in the cause of...Comes now O. A. Rea and ninety-nine other qualified electors of the town of Marmont, Indiana and present their "verified" petition... And it is now ordered, considered and adjudge by the board that said town of Marmont, Indiana shall from and after this date be known as Culver City, Indiana....Received for record October 25th, 1895 at 9 1/2 o'clock A.M. Thomas H. Walker, Recorder Marshall County, Indiana.

      One can find the name on maps and documents as: Town of Culver and Culver City but it was not until 1949 that it was officially and legally changed to just - Culver .

      1896 - Nov 13 - Applicants are out already for the post office.

      1896 - Nov 20 - are several applicants at this place for the postoffice. There is no question but what those that have appeared upon the surface as aspirants are good men, but there are several things to take into consideration. The postoffice should go to some reliable person who can give it his undivided attention. Patrons of the postoffice have long since been tired of waiting until the postmaster has weighed out nails, sold stoves or transacted other business of like nature before waiting upon patrons of the post office.There sho uld be no objection to business men conducting the mails, if they will do it as a business entirely aside from any other business. We think this is about the opinion of every patron of our postoffice

      1896 - Dec 4 fromt he Culver City Hearld - Commuinicaited.

        Mr. Editor:

        Please allow me a small space in the columns of the Herald relative to the applicants and patrons of thepost office.

        We believe the great interest to be considered sho uld be that which wo uld promote the greatest interest of the patrons of the office, as the post office has been managed in a very earless and unsatisfactory manner here for many years, except the time that John Koontz was postmaster, when it was located in what was then known as the postoffice building, and where the patrons of the office were promptly waited upon, and did not have to wait in some general store where boots and shoes, hats, cap, men’s ana boys' clothing, dry goods and notions with a grocery departmentincluded, where from three to five clerks have been employed until some of the clerks or postmaster could be at liberty to wait upon a patron of the postoffice.

        The people have long since grown tired of the way the postoffice has been conducted in such a place, as 12 or 15 years is a long time for the people to be provoked in such a way of keeping the office.

        We understand there are three business men now who are applicants for the postoffice. We regard each of them to be gentlemen in every respect, but as patrons of the office, knowing the inconvenience we have experienced during all the time the postoffice has been kept in business houses, for the last 20 years, as patrons of the office, do you still want to continue the office to be kept in some business house or wo uld you prefer the office to be kept in a separate room wholly disconnected with any business house, where the postmaster wo uld be required to give the patrons of the office his undivided attention.

        If so now is the time to have the interest of the patrons considered, as we fully believe that our Congressman Royce has the backbone to promote the interest of the people, but as a people if we want any change made relative to how the postoffice sho uld be kept we sho uld make expression to that effect to our congressman, who will unquestionably consider our rights and privileges.


      1897 - Jan 23 - Name Has Been Changed. After mouths have passed, the post 0ffice department has finally acted upon the change of the name of Marmont, to Culver City. But notwithstanding the fact that it was the earnest desire of our citizens that it wo uld be Culver City, it was changed to the name of “Culver ". Hence the Herald is printed in "Culver " this week instead of Culver City. The action of the postoffice department, we understand, will take effect about March 1st

      1897 - Feb 6 8 Explanatory. As some misapprehension exists as to why the name of Marmont post office was not changed so as to correspond with the name adopted by the local authorities it may be well be to quote the reasons which made such change impossibee. Following is an order issued by the Department over two years ago:
        Ordered, No. 114.— To remote a cause of annoyance to the Department and injury to: the Postal Service in the selection of names for newly established post offices, it is hereby ordered, that from this date onlv short names or names of one word will be accepted. There may be exceptions when the name selected is historical, or has become local by long usage, bct the department RESERVES THE RIGHT IN SUCH CASES TO MAKE THE EXCEPTION OR NOT AS IT sees proper! Names of post offices will only be changed for reasons satisfactory to the Department. W. S. Bissell, Postmaster General.
      When petition for change of name was forwarded to the Department the same was returned to the postmaster at Marmont with the followGrovering indorsement:
        Respectfully returned to the Post master at Marmont, Marshall Co., Ind., with the information that the Department cannot take into consideration the proposed change in the name of post office at Marmont to Culver City because the Department objects to double names. R. A. Maxwell, Fourth Asst. P.M. General
      1897 - June 25 - Henry Speyer was appointed postmaster at Culver the 14th inst,, and has already forwarded his bonds to Washington for approval. He will at once erect a 10x24 building between the furniture store and K. of P. block, and will take charge of the office about July 1st., with Miss Alice Shultz as first assistant deputy. To say that we are pleased over the fact that the office will so soon pass into other bauds is putting it rather mild, for there is a possibility that under the new regime our mails may be handled with some reg ularity, and our subscribers receive the papers we enter at the postoffice the same month. Mr. Speyer has had several years of experience and knows just what is necessary to conduct an up to date postoffice.

      1897 - July 30 - After a long wait, the glass fronts and doors for the new post office have arrived and are already placed in position and present quite a metropolitan appearance

      1899 July 14 - A new awning now adorns the post office building.

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