Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Norris Family of Union Township  



....pioneers John and Lydia George Norris who came to the Maxinkuckee area in 1837.. Lorraine married Elisha Lake...Ransom married Mary Lewis....Ransom's son Rev. Schuyler Norris married Anna Wolley..Other sons of Ramson were: Gilson, Bert, William George, Nelson and Harvey, my grandfather, who married Loiusa Alder and had four children: Anna, Allen, William G., my father and Norman.


Harvey R. Norris died Jan.1 1926

    1909 - Sep 9 - There is a report that private parties will buy if possible a portion or all of Harvery Norris' farm on the east side of Lake Maxinkuckee for the purpose of establishing an amusement park.

    1911 - Aug 31 - Harvey Norris gave each one of his four children a lake froni lot last week


married Dec 17, 1897 Emma Louisa Adler b. Jan 16 1853 Senaca county Ohio. d. 18 Dec 1929 Macy, Indiana
    Emma Lousia, daughter of John and Mary Madfalena Egelkruat Adler, was born in Senaca county, Ohio, Jannuary 16, 1853

    Her German-Lutheran parents came to America from the villafe of Asch, kingdom of Bohoemia. That region which was the storm center of the protestant reformation. The region of Huss and Luther. The time of their coming to this land of the free was immediately after the unsuccessful uprising of the peasants of 1848.

    They settled first in Senaca county, Ohio, where they lived only a few years and where the deceased was born.

    When she was only six years of age she moved with her parents to Indiana, locating in Starke county, a few miles west of Lake Maxinkuckee. Her entire life was spent in this community.

    On Decemeber 17, 1871 she was united in marriage with Harvey R. Norris. To this union were born one daughter and three sons: Mrs. Anna L. Zechiel of Macy, Ind., Dr. A. A. Norris of Elkhart, Wm. G. Norris of Plymouth and Dr. N. S. Norris of Culver.

    Her early life was one of poverty and heart aches, growing out of the Civil was in which her olderst borther lost his life. The death of her father only a few years later in 1869 added to her sorrow and also brought added responsibilities

    The deceased was converted in her early teens and untied with the Evangelical Association of which she remained a faithful member to the time of her death. She was a woman of practical ability and great strength of character, with the courage of her convictions, she feared nothing but evil. She was loyal to her family, to her church, to her neighbors and the woman's Christain Temmperance Union, all of which she served with sincere devotion and a true loyality. For many years she taught the primary class in her home church, asfter the passing of Mrs. CLara Kline, she became the inspiring leader of the Missionary society. Few people with such limited educational advantages have wrought such a work as she accomplished under th blessing og God.

    Her husband departed this liife on January 1, 1926, since which time her life has been very lonely. Her late illness during which she suffered intense pain and agony dates back to that time.

    She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. I. Zechiel of Macy, Indiana, on December 18, 1929at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 2 days

    She leaves behind to mourn, one daughter, three sons, as names above, eight grandchildren: Allen Norris Zechiel, WIlmington, Delaware; Pauline Norris Jessup, Philadelphia, Penn; Eva Norris Telkamp, Chicago; D.r Ernest B Norris Indianapolis; Evelyn Norris Hays, Sturgis Michigan; Wlecome Norris Plymouth; Bonnie Norris Culver; Four great grandchildren: Leon Norris Zechiel John Norman Zechiel Wilmington Delaware; John NOrris Jessip Philadelphia, Pa.; June Louise Telkamp, Chicago. One brother Wm. H. Adler Maramee, Oklahoma. One step-brother WIlson Kaley, North Dakota. One step-sister Mrs. Lilly Copp Culver.

    There is still a large circle of more distant relatives and may firends who mourn her depature.

    Rest sweetly mother dear,
    Naught shall disturb th sleep.
    The Father's holy will be done
    Tho we are left to weep.
    Shed not a holy tear.
    Why should the heart despair,
    The mother spirit hovers near
    And whispers, "Meet me There!:


They had:
    Anna Norris married Rev. Samuel Zechiel

    Allen Morris , a doctor in Elkhart married Dora Kelly

    Norman Norris , a dentist, married Matilda Hawkins...

    William Norris


Harvey, Louisa, and the four children lived in a log house on the southeast shore of Maxinkuckee Lake until they built "Maple Gorve House" in 1886.

It was operated as a resort from 1890 to 1915. Its letterhead read: "$5 per week (rooam and board)".

William did the farming, and hauled the guest's luggage from the train at Culver to the resort while the guests came by steamboat to "the longest pier on the lake"! There was an ice house to supply the refrigeration of that time and all cooking was done on a wood-fired stove

Louisa and several hired girls did the cooking, laundry, and maid's work without inside plumbing for 15-25 guests.

William built the next house east of the resore were he brought his bride...Before the advent of electric lights the installation of acetylene lighting at the resort was an important event.

Harvey bought a Model T Ford back in 1909.

The telephome enabled him to "broadcast: Edison phonograph music to the Culver telephone operators on winter Sunday afternoons.

....Eva Tellkamp - History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society






From Corwin's One Township Yesterday's
    Here is one family of those that came to Union Township in '36, that did not come in from the south. The Norris family came through from Vermont, a northerly State in the New England group, and from the north their overland trek led ultimately to Union Township and to Maxinkuckee shores.

    John Norris was the migrating ancestor who came from the rock-ribbed country of Vermont, a hill country that built sturdiness of body and of character. John Norris and his wife, with their eight small children, struck westward from Vermont. At length they came to the waters of the inland lakes. They crossed Lake Erie to Detroit. There, the father bought an ox team and a covered wagon. They were not content to remain; they would go farther. They journeyed in the covered wagon from Detroit in a southwesterly direction until they came at last to a point about three miles east of Lake Maxinkuckee, where, they stopped on land that is now the Ezra Hibray farm, not far from the Maxinkuckee village that was to be, a few years later.

    The Norris family arrived in 1836.

    The spot where they stopped looked good. They decided to make it the end of their long journey. They stayed.

    One of the eight children was named Ransom, and when he grew up he bought the farm adjoining his father's.

    This farm is now occupied by Everett M. Norris. It is located on the Norris Road and is known widely for its orchards. Ransom Norris purchased it from the Erie Canal Company and paid $1.25 an acre for it. The Canal Company had obtained the land from the government, it is asserted, as pay for digging the Erie Canal. The company got a tremendous tract when land was almost worthless.

    The name of Ransom H. Norris is given by the historian Thompson in the list of Union Township pioneers who settled prior to 1840.

    The Norris Inlet, a stream tributary to Lake Maxinkuckee, was so named due to its nearness to the Norris land.

    A grandson of Ransom Norris and great grandson of the pioneer John Norris resides today in Culver , in the person of Dr. Norman S. Norris , a leader in the ranks of the dental fraternity. Dr. Norris has practiced in Culver since his graduation from the Indiana Dental College in 1904. He was born in West Township, September 6, 1879. His father, Harvey Ransom Norris, was born near Lake Maxinkuckee in 1851, and his mother, nee Louisa Adler, was a native of Stark County, Ohio.

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    Tuesday, January 21, 1964 Rochester - Sentinel
    Leo NORRIS, 77, R.R. 3, Rochester, died this morning at 3:10 o'clock in Parkview hospital, Plymouth, where he had been a patient since Nov. 10 with a coronary ailment.

    Born march 5, 1886, on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, he was the son of Nelson and Margaret McCROSKEY NORRIS. He had resided all his life in Marshall and Fulton counties, the Richland Center community.

    His marriage was Dec. 24, 1907, at Richland Center, to Alice BOWEN, who survives. Mr. Norris had retired from farming five years ago. He was a member of the Argos First Baptist church.

    Surviving, besides the wife, are two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Lucille) FISHER, Bremen, and Mrs. Robert (Betty) MILLER, Columbia City; four sons, Nelson [NORRIS], Wheaton, Ill.; John Cecil [BOWEN], Aurara, Ill.; Wendell [NORRIS], R.R. 3, Rochester, and Manford [NORRIS], Portage; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Nellie BRUMFIELD, New Castle; Mrs. Reynold CROSSLAND, Fort Thomas, Ky.; Mrs. Milburn LAKE, South Bend, and Mrs. Lloyd OVERMYER, Argos; a brother, John [NORRIS], Bantry, N.D., and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sons, James and Woodrow [NORRIS], and a brother preceded him in death.

    Last rites will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist church at Argos with the Rev. Charles DINWIDDIE, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Richland Center I.O.O.F. cemetery. Friends may call at the Foster & Good funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday until 11:30 a.m. Thursday and at the church an hour before the service.






    Rev. Schuyler C. NORRIS, 67, retired, former pastor of the Macy Methodist Episcopal church and the church at Green Oak, died Monday morning at his home and birthplace, three and one-half miles east of Culver and one and one-half miles east of Lake Maxinkuckee.

    Death was caused by hardening of the liver and followed an illness of six to eight months.

    The deceased was an uncle of Mrs. John BOOKWALTER of Macy. Since his retirement, Rev. Norris had devoted himself to trucking on his farm.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m., in the Poplar Grove church northeast of the deceased's home, in charge of Rev. SERVIES, and burial will be made in the Poplar Grove cemetery.

    Schuyler Norris was born on March 31 1858, the son of Ransom and Mary NORRIS.

    On Sept. 14, 1892, he was married at Mexico, Ind., to Anna WOOLEY, who survives him as do four sons, Parmer [NORRIS] of Chicago, Marvin [NORRIS] and Maynard [NORRIS] of Fort Wayne, and Everett [NORRIS], at home; a brother, Harvey [NORRIS] of Culver , and a sister, Mrs. Mary SCHROEDER of Los Angeles, California.

    Mr. Norris was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge of Maxinkuckee, No. 273. - Tuesday, April 7, 1925 Rochester Sentinel






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