Park Cafe and Hotel
1897 - Mar 19 - Mr. D. R. Avery of South Bend has bought
Out D. A. Bradley and
will start business in earnest. He will put in a fine line of groceries and conduct a first class restaurant.
Mr. Avery is an up-to-date business man and comes well recommended. He leaves a good position in
one of the leading dry goods houses of South Bend. Mr. Bradley will soon leave for Petoskev, Michigan,
where he will reside. He makes this move owing to the poor health of his wife. We wish him success.
1897 - April 20 A new butcher Shop - A gentleman from south Bend has rented the Avery butcher shop
near the depot and will open the same about May 5th He propses to keep a first class line of meats and
cater especially to the lake trade and the public in general. his family will occupy the porter residence near
the harness shop >
1897 - May 28 - Edward Weaver, formerly of South Bend, opened the meat market in the Bradley building
Tuesday, and will keep on hand the best meats, and sell the same at reasonable prices.
1897 - Sep 3 - Mr. Edward Weaver, who has been conducting a butcher shop in the Avery restaurant
building during the summer, has returned to South Bend bag aud baggage. We understand his wife is
1897 - Oct 29 - Nearly a year ago, D. R. Avery moved to this city from South Bend, and took possession
of what was known at that time as Bradley’s restaurant and grocery. He immediately convinced the citizens
of this community that he was thoroughly conversant with every detail of the business, and being a man
of integrity, and the happy possessor of pleasing manners, soon built up a splendid trade and is to-day
recognized as one of the enterprising, liberal-minded business men of Culver . At his place you can
find a full assortment of first class groceries, and if you desire a night’s lodging and a square meal, he will
accommodate you in Delmonico style at reasonable rates
1897 - Dec 3 - D. G. Walter has opened a branch butcher shop in the building now occupied by
Avery as restaurant and grocery
1897 - oct 1 D. G. Walter will take possession of the Cromley Meat Market about the first of November.
He proposes to conduct a first-class market and keep constantly on hand the best the market affords.
1897 - Aug 27 - A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Avery Wednesday, Aug. 25th,
but only lived five hours. The remains were taken to South Bend Thursday and interred in Ceder
Grove cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of this community
1898 - David R. Avery had been the proprietor of the
1898 - feb. 11 - Found: A purse containing money, between the Beeber Saloon and Avery’s Restaurant
Thursday morning. Owner will please call at Harry Nichols’ on the Reed property indentify same aud pay
for this notice.
1898 - Mar 1 - Having decided to move, I will sell out everything. Household furniture, grocery stock and store
fixtures Everything goes Call for prices. D. R. Avery
1898 - Apr 22 - Only one week more for groceries, store fixtures and furniture, cheap for cash. At Avery’s
1898 - Apr 22 - For Sale, Cheap — Second-hand furniture; come and see. Price to fit your purse. Avery's
1899 - May 12 D. R. Avery has moved his furniture into the
restaurant building at the
park and will probably have the same in running order this week or the first of next. He will run a first class
restaurant and ice cream parlor. - Culver Herald
1899 - May 26 M. Keen and son Albert are building a 10 x 22 addition to the building occupied by D. R. Avery,
which will be used as a kitchen. Two large windows fronting the lake and one on opposite side will be put in,
and with new furniture aud fixtures added, the Park Cafe will be one of the best equipped restaurants in town
- Culver Herald
1899 - Jun 2 - D.R. Avery of the Park Cafe restaurant has made wonderful improvements since taking charge
of same. A large kitchen is being built in the rear, all rooms in the house are thoroughly oveahauled, papered,
and elaborately furnished with up todate furniture. He is now prepared to accommodate in a first class manner
all comers, both in the eating and lodging line - Culver Herald
D. R. [David R.] Avery was the owner and proprietor of Avery's Park Cafe Hotel and Restaurant, "one block
west of the depot."
And yet by the 1900 ariticle below of the
the Avery Restrurant was still in exisitence - whether under D. A. Avery's managership
or under another's?
1900 - Apr 27 - Nearly every paper in the county Published that D. K. Avery s restaurant burned in the late
fire but such was not the case. He still conducts the Park Cafe, which is situated a block west. of the
A Lie Nailed.
Mr. Editor.— I understand that Mr. D. R. Avery is reporting that when my husband sold him his business
three years ago, he agreed not to return to Culver .
Now we pronounce this a prevarication of the deepest lie, as no such an agreement was ever made.
We rented the store building to Avery for one year with the privelege of holding it two years if he desired.
But he did not desire to retain the buildiug, hence we moved into it.
This is a free country, and it seems a little hard to be censured for occupying one’s own property.
We desire to live peacably, but do not care to be lied about. - Mrs. D. A. Bradley. Jun 29, 1900 Culver Herald
||1900 - Aug 10 ad in Culver Herald|
||An early 1900s business card for Avery's Park Cafe hotel and restuarant, reads" one block west of the depot".
|David R. Avery is listed on the Year: 1900; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana;
Roll: T623 392; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 82 - the street written on the side of the page
was Scott Street - census date is 30 June 1900.
This gives his neighbors - and since - most business of that era had apartments above and generally the owner
or the manager lived above the place of business this gives a possible location of the Park Cafe.
The Avery's were married about 1886 - oldest son was born about 1888 in Michigan and youngest about 1894
||The 1890 census is non-existnant except for a few fragments - the check of the 1880 for Michigan - brings this
entry which is a prefect match with what data is known from the 1900 census - Year: 1880; Census Place:
Constantine, Saint Joseph, Michigan; Roll: T9_603; Family History Film: 1254603; Page: 294.2000; Enumeration
So one can assume that this is the David R. Avery who came to Marmont or Culver Indiana and was the hotel
propertior of the Colonnade in 1898 and later the Park Cafe and Hotel.
|The picture is about 1900 it is believed and the sign reads Averys Restaurant Meals 25
cents; the sign under it is for a meat market that was in the building also.
This is most likely the building that sat across the street at what is now
508 Lakeshore drive as on the far
left one can see the rear of another building which would of been the
Lakeside. David R. Avery in chair on porch,
two children are Ross Avery & Howard Leon Avery, Mattie Avery on left on upper level.
|| Mr. D. R. Avery, Park Cafe and Hotel By 1901 by the sketch the Park Cafe - was under
Major Anderson's mannagement. It depicts the knoll at the present Depot with the lake in the
|A photo from the rear of the buillding.
|1901 - Jul 12 ad in Culver Herald for the Park cafe - Major Anderson is proprietor
A near tragic accident is recorded in the Culver Herald of Aug 2 1901:
Wrestled with a Gasoline Stove.
Last Saturday evening, Major Anderson, the popular landlord of the Park Cafe, killed 25 first class chickens,
as he expected a large number of visitors Sunday, and hence, desired to be prepared to feed the vast
concourse of hungry people that alwavs flock to this “Delmonico” of Culver .
In order to have the chicks ready for the Sunday feast, he placed the whole lot in a boiler and set it upon
a gasoline stove, turned on the burners and retired to his dbvvny couch, where he dreamed of chickens,
ice-cream and ham sandwiches.
About one o’clock Sunday morning he awoke with the startling realization that possibly those chickens might
be cooked to a finish.
He arose and repaired to the kitchen, aud when he opened the door, there was a sudden flash, and the
room was in flames.
The Major’s hair arose on end, but a man who has led his men to victory on many a hard-fought battle field
did not waver He knew that his house was full of guests, and he also knew that the oil tank on that stove
contained over a gallon of oil, and if it exploded, some of his guests would lose their lives.
In an instant he threw open a window, grabbed the stove, and attempted to throw it out. He got the stove
to the window, but slipped and fell, and when he arose to his feet, he again grabbed the stove, and putting
forth all his strength, hurled it through the window.
In doing this act pf genuine bravery, he worked amid flame and smoke, and when the fight was finshed and
the battle won, the Major presented a horrible sight. his hands were terribly burned, his face and breast
scorched, an in fact he was a badly burned man.
The cause of the accident was that one of the burners went out and leaked gasoline until it covered a large
space on the floor.
When the Major opened the door the blazing burner ignited the flowing gasoline.
He is now rapidly recovering fom his injuries - Culver Herald.
1901 - sep 27 - Major Anderson, who has been conducting the Park Cafe this summer, will return with
his family to Huntington, Indiana, next Monday. While here, he and his family have gained a large circle
of friends, who will miss them very much, We understand that the Park Cafe building will be enlarged
and thouroughly overhauled, and if such proceedings take place the Major will return and take charge
of it in the spring. - Culver Herald.
Major Anderson and family have moved back to Huntington. The Major conducted the Park cafe during
the summer months, which was well patronized. We understand that the Major will not return to Culver.
During his stay here, he and his amiable wife made a large circle of friends who will miss their genial
presence. It is hoped that a way will open so they will return next summer. - Oct 4 1901 Culver
Major Anderson sold out to Eif. Hoover who at one time ran a blacksmith sop.
1901 - Nov 29 - D. R. Averv, formerly proprietor of the Park Cafe in Culver is now a
resident, of Kewanna and proprietor of the Toner Hotel, one of the best appointed
houses in northern Indiana. Mr. Avery is a thorough hotel man, and we know that he
will receive the patroarage of the traveling public. - Culver Herald
1903 - Apr 16 - R. Kreuzberger of Logansport was in Culver Thursday looking after business matters.
He will have the interior of his saloon papered and also the Park Cafe. Besides he will make other
improvements on the park and buildings.
1904 - Apr 6 - There will be a dance given at the Park Cafe on Friday evening April 7th. All are invited to
attend and bring partners. Good order will be maintained Charles Burkett, manager
1904 - Seth Henderson, of near Argos has rented the Park Cafe and will run a restaurant ahd boarding
1904 - Nov. 10 - Seth Henderson who had charge of the Park Cafe the past season, moved his family
to SOuth Bend this week
1905 - Apr. 6 - There will be a dance at the Park Cafe, on Friday April 7th. All are invited to attend and
bring partners. Good order will be maintained - Charles Burkett, Manager
1905 - Business Directory Stephen H. Hill listed in the 1905 business directory
1905 - April 20 - Stephen Hill of Mentone has leased the Park Cafe and will conduct a first class
restaurant. He comes well recommended and is said to be a hustler. The building is being put in
good order and possession will be given in a week
1905 - Dec 28 - U S. Burkett has moved into the Parke Cafe
1908 - Mar 12 - Albert Smith has vacated the Delber Wells property near the assembly grounds
and has opened a restaurant in the Park Cafe building on Scott Street. Mr. Wells has moved up from
Fulton county and is occupying his house here.
1908 - Sep 10 - Leaves Creditors in Lurch
C. F. Henderson, who has been running a restaurant in the Park Cafe building owned by T. E Slattery,
left town last week Monday night, leaving his wife to adjust matters with his creditors.
Mrs.Henderson lect on Saturday, what few goods she had left being beilled to Twelve Mile.
Henrderson's largest creditor is his landlord, but there are accounts against him by the wholesale
for supplies and labor
After Henderson's first diappearance her returned and removed a portion of his stock at night.
His creditos then began to camp on his trail and discovered that he was at times concealed in the
house when his wife denied knowledge of his whereabouts.
He was seen to board the Chicago train at Hibbard last Sunday morning.
Henderson first came here last May ostensibly to open a monumnet shop with his uncle, W. T.
Henderson of Kewanna, and had stationary printed for the Culver Monument Company, capital
$10,000, W. T. Henderson president and C. F. Henderson manager.
On of young Henderson's transactions to which a harsh name is given invloves the purchase of a horse
with a note for $112 with his uncle as security.
1909 - Dec 23 - Sam Baker, the veterinarian, has come to Culver to live and is occupying Slattery's Park
Cafe building. He will run a restaurant in the first floor room
|Location is from facts found is
525 Lakeshore Dr. - more history is found there. The building was located in the north east corner of
Kruezberger's Park from which it assumed it derived the name "Parke Cafe"