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Culver Inn Denied 3-Way Liquor License

1960 Jan 13 - The Culver Inn Denied 3-Way Liquor License

    About 75 attened Jan 7 Hearing

    Bt Kathleen M. Tittle
    (Mrs. Tittle is thw wife of the pastor of the Culver Bible Church)

    The applicatio by Maxinkuckee Inn, Ic. at Culver Military Acadsemy for a three-way liquor license drew an overflow spectator group at the hearing in the comssisioner's room of the Marshall COunty courthouse at Plymouth Thursday morning, Jan 7 at 9 o'clock.

    After a bried hearing on the application from the American Legion Post in Bremen, the application of Macinkuckee Inn, Inc. (otherwise known as the Culver Inn) was presented to the Marshall County Alcoholic Beverage Board by Maj. Gen. Delmar T. Spivey , president of Macinkuckee Inn, Inc. and superintendent of Culver Military Academy.

    He answered questions by the Chairman of the Board concerning location, ownership, accomodations and intentions of the Maxinkuckee Inn corporation.

    Following questions by the other board members, those wishing to speak for the Acvademy were given opportunity to do so. These was no further presentation of the Academy's position, so opportunity to speak was then given those opposing the issuance of the three-way license.

    Rev. Ttittle Presents Petition

    Rev. Maynard G. Tittle, chariman of the Remonstance Committee, then presented the board a peririon with about 280 signatures, and a typed list of the following speakers: Rev Kendall E. Sands, pastor of the Culver Methodis Church and president of the Culver Community Planning Commission.
  • Mrs Guy R. Davis, member of the Marshall County Parkview Hospital Board and past president of the Marshall County Home Demonstration Association.
  • A. R. McKesson, president of the Culver Town Board
  • J. DIck Newman, farmer and partner in the Newman dairy farms,
  • Bill Allen, lakefron land owner, partner in West Shore Boat Service, member of the board of directors of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association, and alumnus of the Summer School of Culver Military Academy
  • Rev. Vernon L. Palmer, pastor of the Culver Evangelical United Brethern Church and president of the Culver-Union Township Council of Churches
  • Rev. Sands pointed out that it would be unfair to the bsuness people in Culver to have this license granted to Maxinkuckee, Inc. because the same license was denied several businesses in Culver.

    Civic pride was the point of Mrs. Davis' presentation. She saind that she and her husband had been taxpayers in Marshall County for 42 years and had walays taken pride in the fact, and especially in the fact that Marshall county ranks high in the State as being a clean county.

    Town Board Head Speaks

    There were severall issues considered by Mr. McKession. He mentioned that he was also president of the Town board 23 years ago and at that time CMA put pressure on the board to get rid of bars because there were a bad infulence on the CMA boys. He marveled that they now want a bar "right under their noses". He also brought out that the CMA is a non-profit and educational institution and this request seeden inconsisten with these facts.

    An additional burden to the police force of Culver was given as a distinct possibility, although Col. W. E. Covington, business manager at CMA, made it clear that in the event the three-way lliuor licese ever created a problem of that extent, the place would be closed.

    Mr Newman mentioned that in doing business with the Academy for 50 years it seemed that their first concent had always been what was good for the boys. "It now seems", he said, "that the emphasis has changed to what is good for the patron or resorter".

    Speaking as a property owner, Mr. Allen requested that Lake Maxinkuckee be compared with any other lake where hard liquor is sold then gave Bass Lake as an example and it would be recognized that the property values of those lakes all did not compare with those of Maxinkuckee. The reputation of the school was nother thing about which Mr. Allen was concerned. He said "It is something which is hard to build up, but it is easily torn down".

    One of the main paints made by Rev. Palmer was the tender age of the b oys who would be in the atmosphere of the Inn. He mentioned that in the summer they are accepted as young as nine years.

    Speaking in rebuttal were Colonel Covington and CMA Chaplin Allen F. Bray.

    Colonel Covington affirmed that the Academy would not ask for the permit if it thought that it would be a tempation to the boys. He claimed that it would be the tightest controlled cocktail lounge in the State of Indiana.

    Academy Chaplain Participates

    This thought was reiterated by Chapain Bray, who said that this step was not taken rashly, that it was not "a neon-lights, bar-maid situation", but a quiet discreet cocktail lounge. He added, "the moment it becomes detriment it will be discontinued"

    General Spivey thanked the people for their interest in the welfare of CMA, ecidenced by their presence at the hearinf the commissioner's room was full and at least 28 people sttof in the hall. He added "Of course I don't agree with then, but we appreciate their interest".

    The room was then cleared of all but the Acoholic Beverage Board who privately reviewed the application and shortly annoced to those standing in the hall that their decsion had been to reject the application for a three-way liquor license a the Inn.

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