Also known as Assembly Grounds
Park and Maxinkuckee Assembly.
It is said that "The Ralson was first known as Maxinkuckee Inn; and there was a Hotel Annex" I have found only
documentatation of two names "Assembly" and "Ralston"
1890 built by J. V. Coombs, W. U. Callene, and Richard Vorhess of FLora and C. G. Canrell of Illinois
The Maxinkuckee Assembly hotel has recently been completed at Lake Maxinkuckee, a short distance
from Culver . The hotel contains 120 rooms and has an octagonal auditorium, where all services will be
Held. - July 23, 1900 Logansport Pharos Tribune
This is the mention of the hotel, annex and camping and rates in the
It was a large three story frame building with a two story porch and a basement entrance at lake level - it sat about 20 feet
from the waters edge. waters edge.
The Ralson was first known as Maxinkuckee Inn; and there was a Hotel Annex. It was said the be located at the southern edge of
Peru Court. The map below is of the area today - the bright green line is Peru Court in its entirety:
Interesting note is that up till 2006 this street and never been paved - it was dirt only and it was of no more quality than a
common alley of Culver .
Thus everyone can guess at the location of the Ralston - for themselves - until we can find documentation as to
It is said to have closed after the 1905 season.
1908 - Mar 26 - The Assembly Hotel has been sold by C. G. Cantwell to Eugene H. Ralston.
1909 - Nov. 4 - Assembly Hotel Traded
An exchange of properties has been made by E. H. Raltson turns in his hotel to S. E. Reeves of Plymouth
on a piece of farm land on the Tippecanoe river in Fulton county. The deeds have not yet passed, but
the contract has been signed.
1909 - Dec 2 - E. H. RLaston to S. E> Reeves, Assembyl Horel, Culver, $4500
1910, Jun 9 - The Ralston Hotel has been leased by Sam. Green who has newly furnished it.
It is now open to the public
1910, Aug. 11 - Small Fire at The Ralston
Narrow Escape of Summer Hotel From Destruction
The Ralston hotel on the old assembly ground narrowly escaped destruction by fire thrusday
About 8:30 a lady guest discovered a smoke issuing from a room on the second floor. In response
to her alarm the guests of the house and occupants of neighboring houses gathered in force and
organized a bucket brigade which did such efficient service that in half an hour the danger was past
The occupant of the room, Chas. McGartney, had left a lamp burning. Doubtless the lamp had
exploded as it was afterward found in fragments.
The flames set fire to a quanity of clothing hanging against the wood partition and ran up the parition,
through the floor and into the room overhead occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Levi Bush. In like manner
clothing was destroyed in this room, the partition charred to the ceiling and bedding damaged.
The loss of the occupants of the rooms is without recourse but W. O. Osborn's agency will make good
the loss to the owners of the building, C. A. Reeves and others of Plymouth, and the lessee, Samuel
Green of Culver.
1910 - Oct 6 - Carl Jordan has taken the Assemby Hotel vacated by Green.
1911, Mar 23 - ... at the Jordan home, known as the Assembly Hotel....
1911 - June 11 - The Assembly hotel is to have a new cement porch, a cement walk leading
to the pier, and a general scheme of inside decorating.
Mrs. Rachel Rhumphery has traded a 120 acre farm in Jennings county to the heirs of Stephen
R. Reeves of Plymouth for the Assembly hotel property at Lake Maxinkuckee. The properties were
each put in at $4,000.
There are between three and four lots in the hotel grounds. Mrs Rhumphery takes possession at once.
The in 1911 little over a year later it burnt to the ground and only a few pieces of furniture is said to
have been saved from the hotel. The cause of the fire was the kitchen stove.
August 10, 1911 - The Ralston House, located on the Assembly Grounds, owned and occupied by Mrs. Ray Rhumphrey,
caught fire about 7:30 Friday morning and was totally destroyed. The three story and basement frame building containing
39 rooms was too far from the water main to be served by the fire company, but firemen and neighbors formed a bucket
brigade to the Lake and saved the neighboring homes from suffering the same fate.
From the Citizen Aug. 10, 1911 - Hotel is Consumed
The Ralston House in the Assemby Grounds Burned Down Saturday Morning
The Ralston hotel, owned and occupied by Mr. Ray Rhumphery, cauguht fire about 7:30 Friday
morning and was toatally destroyed
The fire was descovered by Landlord Walter of the Palmer House across the lake.. Attracted by the
smoke he raised his field glass and then sent in the fire alarm to the telephone office.
There were no guests in thhe house and Mrs. Rhumphrey and her family were at breakfast and recieved
their first knowledge of the fire when neighboring cottagers ran in with the news.
The fire was then burning in the third story.
Mrs. Rhumphrey is sure that it started near the southeast chimney from a locomotive spark, but Mr.
Walter located it near the northwest chimney with which the kitchen range in a small addition to the
hotel was connected.
The building was too far from the water main to be served by the fire company, but the members of
the company turned in and organized a double line of men reaching down to the lake, with a supply
of buckets procured from the cottagers and the hardware store a steady supply of water was passed
up and used on the cottage owned by Mrs. Carrie Davis of Logansport young men which stood about
75 feet south of the hotel.
There was no wind and the flames mounted straight into the air. The heat however, was intense and
the men on the roof of the cottage put up a splendid fight to keep the cottage from burning.
Their work saved at least three cottages, the Nethercott cottage being only ten feet away and another
nearly as close.
A portion of the contents of the hotel was taken out, but the most of th furnishings were destroyed.
Mrs. Rhumphery bought the property last spring of S. E. Reeves of Plymouth for $4,000.
There was $2000 on the building but the contents were uninsured. Mrs. Rhumphery had 22 rooms
furnished, complete or in part.
Since taking the property she says she has expended $1,500 on furnishing and improvements.
The hotel was a three story and basement frame building - the basement being fitted for a dining room and
kitchen by the former proprietor, E. H. Ralston. It was 28X80 feet and contained 39 rooms.
It was built in 1890 by J. V. Coons, W. U. Callene, and Richard Vorhess of Flora and C. G. Canrell of Illinois.
for the accommodation of visitors to the Assembly instituted by an association of Northern Indiana. Its
original cost was about $2,500, but considerable has been expended upon it by later owners.
1913 Aug - Flora A Davis of Los Angles has sold her cottage on the site of the old Assembly
hotel to Carlisle H. Thomas of Indianapolis for $800.
David Burns related many times that it was divided in half and 2 cottages was made out of it and
that a person by name of Murphy or Orpha Mc Farland had lived in one of them - but if it burnt in
1911 - how could this be?.