Cottage Grove Place
It stiill stands today Harding Court - the address is 439 Harding Court
It has been refered to as the Lord House. It has been mistakenly
refered to as Crook's Hall
It originally was known as Cottage Grove Place in later times it was dub "Lords Hotel" because of the
original owners and may because for awhile the "real name" was forgotten; Crook's Hotel cameabout
because of Capt Crook and his wife living there for many years after Mrs Lord's death and also owned it.
Also it was still referred to occasional in later yeas as "formerly the Lord Property"
1887 - Captain Lord
has built a commodious
hotel near the railway station. It is beautifully located, and the house is nicely furnished.
pg. 4 20 May 1887 Logansport Pharos
1896 - Jun 26 - Mrs. R. E. Lord is again occupying her palatial home at "Cottage Grove Place: She has
purchased one of H. H. Culver 's 'Home Comfort' ranges consequently she will be better prepared than
ever to cater to the palates of the many distinguished guests who enjoy her hospitality during the sumer
season. her house is now open, which will be dilightful tidings to her many patrons who have been patiently
waiting the announcement.
1897 - May 7 - Mrs. R. K. Lord has a fine gravel walk laid from her residence to the
connect with the walk running upon Scott street to depot- She has also made many
improvements upon her grounds by the way of setting out shade trees etc.
1899 - june 16 - The board designated 8:00 a. m. Tuesday to meet and view the new street running
from Scott St. to Mrs. Lord's residence.
Was owned by Capt. Crook and it had been told that it was built from the lumber of the
tidbit from the Logansport Pharos would prove this story just a myth or legend past down
after the facts many years later, as also a tidbit stating when the White Swan was built:
Capt. Crook, of Culver , who owns both of the large steamers on Lake Maxinkuckee has just finished
building a floating, two story, dancing
pavilion which was set afloat Sunday for the first time. [Rochester Sentinel, Monday,
July 3, 1905]
and also found is:
1911 - Sep 21 - The White Swan will not grace the waters of Lake Maxinkuckee again. Capt. Crook has
decided to move it to the hill between Ed Bradley's hotel and Hudson's Buffett and rebuild it for a
refreshment place and boat storage
1906 - May 17 - Mrs. E. E. Lord contemplated building an addition for a kitchen on the four-room
lot occupied by Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hutchinson at Cottage Grove Place. Mrs. Lord already has one of
the most attractive pieces of property in Culver.
1914 - Aug 6 Captain Oliver Crook
was married last week to Mrs. M. B. Morris, a popular lady of Logansport. They will be at home at
Cottage Grove Place about Aug. 10
1918 - Jul 24 - Capt Crook has bought of Ed. Bergman the little cottage on the rear of
the Billy Link lot and will move it to a lot ast of his present home (formerly the Lord
proerty) which he has sold to his daughter, Mrs. Butler. After some contemplated
alterations the cottage will make a cosy home for Capt and Mrs. Crook
1918 - FOR SALE - Three-room cottage on rear of Capt. Crook house. Same can be
moved or wrecked. Inquire of Capt. Crook
1920 - Jul 28 - Mrs. Frances Bulter has recently sold to O. E. Ferree of Logansport the
property a block north from Scott St. which she purchased some time ago of her mother,
Mrs. Oliver Crook. The Property was known years ago as Cottage Grove Place, and was
run as a boarding house by Mrs Lord.
Daisy H Morris Birth 14 SEP 1879 Cass county, Indiana,
Death 21 OCT 1953 Los Angeles, California
daughter of Mark Bristol Morris & Anna Rachel Cummins
step-daugher of Capt Oliver Crook
married 17 Jun 1905 Logansport, Cass, Indiana
Frank Lee (Frances) Butler
Birth: 11 Mar 1874 - Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Indiana
son of Thomas J. Butler & May E. Lee
1924 - Apr 2 - O. E. Ferrier to Ramus Johansen
one acre known as the Lord Property Culver, $4000.
1924 - Apr. 9 Elzy Hawkins moved into the former Lord property he and his father-in-law
Rasmus Johansen, recently bought of O. E. Ferree, a locomtive engineer residing
1925 - Jan 28 - Elza Hawkins has sold his interest in the Lord property to Mr. Johansen, Mr.
Hawkin's father-on-law. Mr. Johnansen is now sole owner of the property.
1925 - Jul 22 Rasmus Johansen to George O. Morris, residence property in Culver
Fomerly Lord Property, $1
1926 - Sep 22 - For Rent - eleven room house 439 Harding Court Culver, Mrs. Geo. Morris
1926 - Oct 6 - For Rent Part or All of out house on Harding Court Mrs. Geo. Morris
1927 - AUg 10 - The Ray Marshall family has rented the rooms in the Geo. Morris
apartment house on Harding court Note moved out on c. Sep 21 1927
1928 - Nov 21 - For Rent - Furnished rooms for light housekeeping - Inquire 439 Harding Court.
1929 - Feb. 13 - George O. Morris and Martha C. Morris WD
1 acre out of
SE cor of N part W1/2 w1/2 16-31-1. $1.
George Oliver Morris
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall County Indiana
son of William Blakely Morris (1829 - 1911) & Ruth Garrard Morris (1832 - 1906)
Martha C. ---
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall County Indiana
1932 - Mar 23 - Mr. and Mrs Perry Miller and family moved into the Lord property on
Harding court this week
1934 - May 16 - For Rent 2 apartments rooms each on Harding Court Culver Amos Overmyer, Rt. 4
1943 - Dec 2 - Amos Overmyer died - Fred Stayon was manager of the estate by an notice to sell
farm on Mar 7 1945
1945 - Jan 17 - S. L. and Fred L. Stayton to Louis E. and Ruth M. Kegel. 1 acre in 16-32-1, also
strip commencing at northeast corner lot 6 in Bandalia addition, Culver.
Note: Fred L. Stayton married Sarah L Overmyer daughter of Amos Overmyer
|1943 - Jul 28 - To manage Beauty Shop -
Mrs. Ruth Kegel of Hammond
who will take over the managemenet of Helens Baeuty Shope is expected to arrive sometime
Notice I am working at Ruth Kegel's Beauty Shop on Harding court. Phone 392 for an
appointment Marietta Shaw
?-1948 - 29 Dec. - L. E. Kegel As we are going to make our future home in Flordia we will sell the
following property at 439 Harding court Still sellign stuff Jan 5 1949
1950 - May 3 - For Rent Three room apartment 439 Harding court Louis Kegel
1950 - June 1 - For Sale - 3 apartment house. 2 four room with full bath. 1 three room, stool and
lavatory, New Furnance, all separate entrance. 1 acre ground 439 Harding Court...
1950 - Jul 19 - For Sale - 3 apartment house on Harding Court, known as the old Lord property. Making
permanent residence in Florida, any reasonable offer will be considered. Call Knox 1633 before
Saturday Jul 22
1950 - Aug 16 - For Rent - 4 room apartment, first floor, hardwood floors, furnance heat, $45 a
month. 3 room apartment, second floor, $25 a month. Will decorate. Located 439 Harding Court.
References required. Call 1633 for information.
1950 - Sep 20 thru Mar 21 , 1951 - For Rent - 3 room apartment, second floor, $25 a month. WIll
decorate. Located 439 Harding Court. References required. Call 1633 for infromation.
1952 - Aug. 20 - For Rent 4 room modern apartment newly decorated. Also 3 rooms upstairs, partly
modern, very clean, no children 439 Harding Court. L. E. Kegel.
1953 - Nov 11 - $3,000 Fire Here Early Sunday Afternoon
A fire supposedly caused by faulty electrical connection threatened for a while early Sunfay afternoon to
level the large apartment dwelling at 435 Harding Court
Prompy and efficient action by the Culver volunteer firemen confined the blaze to the unoccupied
portion of the building owned by Louis Kegel of Hobe Sound, Fla.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $3,000 plus an unkown amount of smoke damage to the
household furnishings of the James Croys, occupants of one of the apartments.
1954 - Jul 28 - For Rent All modern two or three bedroom apartment. Furnished or unfurnished. Ready for
occupancy Aug. 15 L. E. Kegel 439 Harding Court.
195_ - Louis E. and Ruth M. Kegel to assuming the Helbers for present time
195_-1997, Feb- Wallace H
& Phyllis M Helber
We bought it when it had just had a fire in the early 1950s and spent the next 20 years fixing
it into the wonderful home that it was for the Helber family.
Susan Helber has written several letters to the editor column of the Culver Citizen the last couple
of years - the condensation or them is:
The Helber house was constructed partially from any steamboat wrecks or left over steamboat building
material wood that Mr. Lord who owned the steamboats on the lake could gather up; salvaging lumber
and doors from his boats to finish the top floor.
Lumber was expensive and in the 1870 and 1880s when the building was going on (I know Judy Reynolds
says 1880's no earlier. Daddy said 1870s.
It took Mr. Lord a time to build the house and his wife didn't like it. She stated that when the Lord's lived there
it was a private home and the rooms above....
The Helbers first winter was in 1956 and the lived in three rooms on the top floor while the Bromley family
resided on the bottom floor.
She stated her father had tried to revive the old keronsene stove only to have the family over comed by
carbon monoxide. Thus resulting in the Helber family moving the Liberty street till the house could be
vacated and renovated.
She states that Thelma (Scott) Hodges told of a curved stair case leading to the upstairs from the piano
room and of a fireplace in the living room on the north wall.
She also states that the front bedroom downstairs was originally the Lord's Steamship office with a door
that lead to the outside. When Mr. Lord died that his viewing was held from the house in that room.
It is said that a ghost or two occupied the house and there was a strange noise now and then.
She states that either Crook [Oliver Crook]
or Lord or both together created a collection of rental cottages around the house and called it 'Cottage
She states that she saw then name "Crook's', Cottage Grove Place and a date written in fancy script on the
side walk in the side yard. Two of the cottages became homes of Nanny Snyder and the McKee's.
During the 1920's and 1930's it became a rooming house and ownership turned over frequently.
The very back of Helber house where the kitchen is was a beauty parlor once upon a time. When we moved
in after the Bromley's we found a rusted beauty parlor chair with electric hook ups stuff for permanants and
dryer. There was lots of old brown bottles of castile shampoo stored there also, none of which was wasted
by the way.
There was a house on the old Lord house site slightly behind or where the brick patio is. It had a brick
foundation and was 1850's or so, her father had found it and states that it had burnt to the ground. She
further states that the land around the house was a sacred place for the Indians.
Janet Helber-Parker says "We always loved that house, even with the ghost of ol' captain Lord walking through
the rooms at night. Never really bothered us, I guess he liked having us there."
My personal rememberance of the house from 1968-1972 was the wooded area that surrounded it - also the
hedge of gooseberry bushes that lined the front lawn between the end of Harding Court and the alley leading
to Lakeview Street. Mom and Dad lived down the north south alley that teed into the alley above that swung o
ut onto Lakeview St and into Harding Court at 416 Lake Shore Drive where the Willhites live today. I had not
seen gooseberry bushes since I was a kid in the mid 1960's when we visted my grandfather Emery's house in
1958 - For sale gravity type hot air furnace with stoker 439 Harding court Phone VI 2-2919
1997, Feb-2002, Jul - Phyliss M Helber (Mrs. Wallace H.) & Susan Helber
-2006, Oct 19 - Judy Reynolds
2006,Oct-2014,May - Daniel Mark & Karen Lambeth May
2014, May-2014,Jul - Karen Lambeth May - Trustee
||2014,Jul-2016, May 2017 - Melissa A Griffith|
|2017, May- ? - Glen J & Christine N Brandeburg
Sep 2017-? - President - Stonewall Road Restaurant Group, Heritage Partners Group,President &
Chief Operating Officer, Emerging Multi-Unit Franchisee Group, New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury
Dallas/Fort Worth Area