Arthur M. 'Art' Fishburn
Kelly Fishburn Robbins writes of here memory of her grandfather:
I started thinking about a fire call story after you were here today. I was only four and a half when grandpa died.
I remember a few things. I used to spend the night at their house sometimes. I had a doll there that had a bed and
a high chair. Grandma made clothes for it. I remember going to the old A & P store with them one day. My doll's hat
kept falling off. Grandpa put it in his back pocket. We got back to their house and the fire whistle went off.
Grandpa left to answer the call. While he was gone I remembered the hat. I started crying because I was scared that
he wo uld lose it. He came home after the fire and p ulled the hat out of his pocket. It smelled like smoke but he still
had it. I still have the doll, bed, high chair and clothes that grandma made. Like the commercial says, they are
The blacksmith is still a mighty man, but he does little shoeing of horses now, most of his work heing welding and building
of wagons. Arthur Fishburn, Culver 's blacksmith, declares with a sad shake of his head that the business is quite different
from what it was when he learned the trade. He started shoeing horses when he was 12 years old, but actually learned the trade
six years later when he spent three years in Plymouth. he moved to Culver in 1904 and built the place that Jack Milner now
occupies. Then he left to work in the oil fields of Oklahoma and California, and in a shop in South Bend before returning here.
Art has been a member of the fire department ever since coming to Culver and has seen it grow from a hand-drawn hose cart to a
modern completely equipped two truck outfit. He served as chief for two years. He was deputy marshall during the itme that Art
Castleman was marshal. Mr. Fishburn is a Past Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias and Past Noble Grand of the Old
Fellows He was born on a farm near Argos. - Culver Citizen Profile
From the column: "...It Must be The Lake water"
The oldest businessman in town, both in age and in yeats of business here has just moved his base of opertaions to a new
building in the rear of his residence on Lake shore Drive.
Arthur fishburn, the blacksmith and Irons worker, was finally forces to ecacuate the building on East Jefferson Street that has
housed his operation since about 1918, because the roof was about to cave-in. Now he is settled in a shop where he can do
anything with iron that needs to be done.
He was the first blacksmithm and in those days it meant shoeing horses and repairing the iron paerts on vehicles that were
horse-drawn and sharpening plow points. But times have changed and not electric and acetyleen welding is the major operation
He has't got around to erecting a sign yet but everyone misses him from his old ramshackle haunt and are hunting him up to get
this-and-that fixed in the manner that only one of his craft and ecperince can turn out.
Incidentally, he also is the oldest volunteer fireman, having served __ years except for two years whence in the oil fields. How,
something is the way of a __ celebration should be done, so long as we are forever honoring persons and things for a lot less reason.
- 23 Oct 1957 Culver Citizen
|1966 - Art Fishburn honored for over 50 years service (sic 60) - Left to right, Donovan Overmyer,
Art Fishburn, and David Burns.
Note - a crop of the above picture of th 1938 profile was used for his obituary.
Rites Saturday For 82-Year-Old Arthur Fshburn
Arthur M. Fishburn, age 82, well-known Culverite who resided at 316 Lake Shore Drive, died at 11:50 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb.7, at Parkview Hospital in Plymouth, where he had been taken ambulance on Monday, after
becoming ill at his home. He had not been previously ill.
Mr. Fishburn attended the Culver Grace United Church of Christ, was a member of the Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F.
Lodge, and was a 60-year member of the Culver Volunteer Fire Department.
Born Sept. 1, 1881, in Argos to Samuel and Margaret Fishburn, Mr. Fishburn had lived in this area all of his life and was a
blacksmith for many years.
Mr. Fishburn was first married to Pearl Pettis in 1905 and she preceded him in death. In 1928 he was united in marriage to
Freida M. Friebe, who survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Elmer and Francis Fishburn both of Culver; a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Schmidt of Mishawaka;
two stepsons, Donald Bickel of Knox and Herschel Bickel of Culver; 13 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., CST, Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Culver Grace United Church of Christ, with the pastor, Rev.
Harold W. Hohnian, assisted by Duane Lantz, chaplain of the Indiana State Firemen's Association, officiating. Burial will be
ypade in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Easterday-Bonine Funeral Home., Main and Lakeshore, Culver, Thursday afternoon and evening, Feb.
9 and after 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 until noon on Saturday, Feb. 11, and then at the church until the service.
T h e Maxinkuckee I.O.O.F. Lodge will conduct memorial services at the Funeral Home on Friday evening. - - Feb 9 1967
A Fireman's Last Ride
A member of Culver - Union Township Fire Department, and its former fire chief - Art Fisburn took his last and final ride aboard
the fire truck from Grace United Church of Christ where the funeral took place at and located directly across from the Culver Union
Fire Department where his casket was hoisted aboard by fellow firemen and taken down Main Street to his final resting place in Culver Masonic
Arthur Monroe Fishburn Birth 1 Sep 1884 in Argos, Indiana Death Feb 1967 in Plymouth, Marshall Co., Indiana
married 1st Pearl M. Pettis Birth Sep 1889 in Indiana Death daughter of Jeremiah Pettis & Elizabeth Fetters
Wilma FIdhburn married [-?] Schmidt
Elmer A Fishburn Birth 5 Apr 1908 in Indiana Death 17 Aug 1968 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California married
Leona Arbutis Larsen Birth 22 August 1909 in Illinois Death 11 April 2001 daughter of Thomas W. Larson & Sarah [-?-]
married 2nd - 1928 Frieda M Friebe Birth: Apr. 4, 1905 Indiana Death: Feb. 17, 1999 married 1st [-?-] Bickel had 2 sons
Donald Bickel and Hershel Bickel,
Francis F. "Wimp" Fishburn Birth: 1930 Death: 1985