Ice Houses History Part 2
From the: Pictorial Histories: Terre Haute up_To_Date (1896) Terre Haute: Moore and Langen pg. 29 is found as follows:
Maxinkuckee Ice Company - ...formed in 1894 by Sterling B. Holtz of Indianapolis,
John Pitman , and Sam E. Medbourn. It was incorporated in 1894 with Sterling B. Holtz, President; John Pitman, Secretary and Sam E.
Medbourn, Treasurer...has plant for both natural and artificial ice in Indianapolis, Evansville, Brazil and South Bend and for natural ice in this
city, Logansport and Marmont, Indiana... the ice houses have at Lake Maxinkuckee a storage capacity of 30,000 tons... The business
office here is under the management of John Pitman...counted as one of Terre Haute's most enterprising citizens and able businessmen.
1896 - May 29 the Culver Herald record this:
Horrible Accident Last Friday morning George W. Smith, a resident of Culver City, met with a horibble accident about 7:13 a.m.
He had been employed by the Maxinkuckee Ice Company assisting to load cars with ice and upon the fatal monring mentioned was
about 10 minutes late. When he arrived at the ice houses several men were pushing two frieght cars along the switch track intending
to get them into position to load.
Smith was upon the east side of the main track talking with a fisherman when he glanced south and saw the morning passenger only
a few rods away coming toward the north. In an instant he sprang ahead of the passenger train and took hold of one of the cars being
pushed by the boys, ostensively for the purpose of assisting, when in some manner one of the truck rails caught his boot and he fell face
forward across the track under the cars and realizing his awfully danger rolled his body outside the track while the crew of the wheels ran
over his legs just below the knee joints, crushing and mangling them in a fearful manner.
The unfortunate man was taken to his home a few blocks distant and doctors Wiseman and Rea were summoned who skillfully attended
the badly injured man. When he was injured and during the terrible ordeal of having his wounds dressed exhibited remarkable nerve, never
fainting not in the least flinching during the operation. The physicians have hopes if nothing of a serious nature sets in that the man will
recover, although he will be badly crippled.
It has been stated that Mr. Smith was accidently pushed under the car by one of the men, which is a mistake.
Smith's own story is as follow: "I ran ahead of the passenger train and took hold of something upon the frieght car, when Jones, a deaf
and dumb mute, in his haste to get between the cars when the passenger train was going by pulled my hand loose and as the truck
had already caught my boot I was undable to hold myself up, consquently fell under the car and was run over by the rear trucks."
The above story is empathically denied by Jones...
Four years ago last Tuesday, Geo. Smith, who was an employeed of the maxinkuckee Ice Company, fell under a
moving frieght car which was being pushed by the men, and his legs were crushed and mangled in a horrible
manner. drs. Rea and wiseman were called who fixed up the injured legs, and for weels looked after the man, and
through their skill, when he left his bed he not only had his two legs, left, but could walk by the use of a cane, and
to day, although he is crippled for life can walk withou the use of cane or crutches. Here is a clear case of skill on
the part of the physicians who knew their business, and applied their knowledge to the case. Most physicians would
have sawed off the legs at once, and from the result of which in all probability the man wold have died. - May 25,
1900 - Culver Herald.
1896 - August - 12 - It is said shipping of Ice from Culver was halted for the season as Maxinkuckee Ice Co.
had exhausted its supply of ice except for what was reserved for local use.
1896 Aug 16 Joseph F. Deitrich, agent of the Maxinkuckee Ice company here, was drowned in the Chicago river, at
Chicago, at 2 o'clock this morning. Mr. Deltrich was one of the ex cursioclsts from this city to Chicago via the
Vandalla and Lake Michigan...Mr. Deitrich, with several friends including Samuel Teeple, the carpenter, were seated
on the Graham & Morton dock at the foot of Wabash avenue. The docks are very narrow, and being tired and
sleepy, the glare of the electric lights effected his vision so that when he got up to walk about, he
slipped oft into the river and drowned before anything could be done to save him. ...Saturday night Logansport Pharos Tribune
1896 - AUg 21 - Charles Waken, of Terre Haute, has been appointed manager of the Maxinkuckee Ice company here, in place
of Joseph Deltrich, who was drowned at Chicago Logansport Pharos Tribune
1896 - Aug 21 - For the first time in some years the Maxenkuckee Lake Ice Co. have exhausted their supply of ice before
the season has finished. They have saved enough to supply Culver City for the rest of the season but will now have to depend on their ice factories
for foreign trade.
1896 Sep 18 We are informed by Mr. Samuel Medbourn that there will be nine ice houses to fill this winter, which will give employment to a large number of laboring men for
weeks, that is, provided we genuine freeze up.
1897 - Jan. 1 - Samuel Medbourn. the efficient manager of the Maxenkuckee Ice Co., has everything ready to commence
cutting ice as soon as old Boreas takes a trip down this way an furnishes said article. We understand that there are nine mammoth houses
1897 - Jan 29 - During the fore part of the week the thermometer ranged from 22 to 25 degrees below the zero mark. Hence ice has accumulated very fast
on old lake Maxinkuckee, and when the elevators at the ice houses were started Wednesday morning the ice was about 8 inches thick and of a very fine
quality. There are nine houses to fill. - - The Maxenkuckee Ice Co. started their second ice bouse this morning
1897 - Feb 6 - PUTTING UP ICE.
A Marvelous Site to Those Witnessing tlie Operation for rhe First Time
Last Sunday reporter a reporter for the Herald visited the ice houses of Holt & Co. situated in this city. There he found about 100 men
busy scraping snow, plowing ice with horses and running the crystal cakes through a canal to the elevators. The elevators art; built about
one hundred feet above the level of the ground and' on a fashion of an inclined plane. The ice is cut in blocks about two and half feet.
square, which pass one after the other up the elevator in. single file, and as there are two carriages, two rows of ice continually pass up at
at a time. When tlie blocks arrive at the top of the elevators they take a shoot down the incline upon a track that resembles a toboggan slide
which passes om the rear of the six houses. The ice passes down these slides at lightning speed. Men are stationed at tlhe entrance of each
house with hooks, and as the ice whirls down the incline the man with the hook turns the cake so as to pass it into the house. Pen can not
describe the scene, but when we say that with a full force of men at work 100 car-loads a day can be stored in the houses, something like
an adequate idea can be formed as to the capacity of the company for putting up ice. Everyman has his, place, aud everything works upon a
clock-work system, and under the supervision of Mr Samuel Medbourn each man has his part to perform wiht no chance to shirk his duty.
each man has his part to per-
1897 - Feb 16 - James Stevens, of ladianapolis, wha had charge of the Panhandle forces engaged in putting up ice at
Lake Maxinkuckee, last week met wiit an accident, Friday, resulting in a painful Injury to his left hand. - Logansport Pharos Tribune
In February 1897 it is said that 26,000 tons of ice was harvested in 15 days! Per per ton for ice was $1 and profit from the ice harvest was $20,000. One
hundred men had been employed at $1.25 per day making tatal labor cost $1900. 12 to 15 train car loads of ice were shipped out every day in April 1897.
1897 - April 2 - Barn Burned
Great Loss to the Lake Maxenkuckee Ice Company
At 12 o'clock last Monday night an alarm of fire was given at South Bend, and it was soon discovered that the Maxenkuckee Ice Co.'s
barn was in flalmes, and in spit of all efforts to save the building it was entirely consumed with its contents, which consited of three
houses, several sets of harness, four ice wagons, a fine surrey, all the company's tools, feed, etc. We have not learned wheter there
was any insurance. The company will at once rebuild and have everything ready for business before the weather set in. The origin
of the fire is unknown.
1897 - Aug . 13 - The Maxenkuckee ice company shipped 8 car loads of ice Wednesday.
||As early as 1898 The Maxinkuckee Ice Company owned a farm west of Culver on what is now St. Rd. 10
to raise their own marsh hay. this was listed in two plots one at 100+ acres and the other at 40 acres|
This land was rich indeed muck land during the 1960's - it laid according to the 1898 map between two lakes - the
one to the north was Houghton Lake which was on the Gerald and Wilma Osborn farm untiil the estate was sold in
recent years. The outlet (ditch) of this lake ran southward down through the above property. The other lake in
the various plat maps had been listed as Manatau Lake the property owners that surrounded it were members of the Zechiel family for years. It was shown on plat maps until 1936 and then
seems to be non-existant this it was probably either drained for use as farm land or it dried up.
|By 1936 this property was in Samuel Medbourn's name at 130.25 acres. by 1961 this bore Harry Medbourns name and the land
was again labeled into 2 plats of 93 acres and 36 acres (129 acres in all). By 1967 the propery had changed ownership to Glen and Wilma
Snyder and again by 1974 it had changed ownership to Floyd and Audrey Crow by by the last plat map I have found thus far 1996 was
still in their ownership. Over the years the acreage listed has varied
Marsh hay is said to be different than regular hay. David Burns has told of how the ice was stored with the first layer being directly laid on the
ground of the ice house and then ice was layered to almost withing the very top of the ice houses and then this layer was covered with
the marsh hay to help preventing exessive thawing of the ice while in storage. It is said that the thawing of the ice only amounted to four to
six inches of the stored ice.
1897 Aug 28 - Safe Opened. A thief broke into the office of the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice company, at
511 Broadway [Logansport]. There are two safes n the office, and one of them, which hiad been left unlocked,
was opened. It contained only papers. The other was not disturbed. The burglary was first
discovered by Patrolman Hading. Logansport Pharos Tribune
1898 - Jan 7 - The elevators at the ice houses started in full blast Tuesday. This will give a large force of men work fo several weeKs
1898 - Jan 13 - The Maxinkuckee Lake Ice company has harvested but 3 000 tons,
when its houses have a capacity for 25.000 tons. Logansport Pharos Tribune
1898 - Jan 28 - The ice elevators of the Maxenkuckee Ice Company were started in operation Thursday. Thus far the prospects for an
extensive crop of ice has been very limited
1898 - Feb 4 - The Maxenkuckee Ice Company has a large force of men at work putting up ice
1898 - Feb 11 - The Maxenkuckee ice company have stoped. work on the ice on account of the sudden thaw, and will
complete filling the houses as soon as the ice is in shape to be put up.
1898 - feb 18 - Ice cutting at this place has been abandoned. About five large houses were filled. This is less than was
secured last year, and as pure water ice will be very scarce it will undoubtedly command a good price.
1898 - Sep 2 - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company are very busy at present shippingthat cold material.
1898 - dec. 16 - The Ice Co., has scraped a large field of ice and are rapidly preparing to commence
cutting and storing in the houses. The ice this writing is 7 1/2 inches thick and if the cold weather continues
the elevators will begin early Monday morning
1898 Dec 24 No ice has been cut at Maxinkuckee this season. It was eight inches thick, and the packers were about to begin
work when the rains set in a few days ago. Logansport Pharos Tribune
1898 Dec 30 - The Maxenkuckee Ice Company commenced to cut ice Wednesday
mornng. There are six houses to fill, which will take about 30 days
1899 - Jan 6 - After about 150 loads of ice had been cut and stored bv the Lake
Maxenkuckee Ice Company, all the hands were laid of owing to the rain and thaw
Good eight inch ice was cut and packed at Maxinkuckee the fore part
of this weak, before the rain. Jan 6 1899 - Logansport Pharos Tribune
1899 - feb 3 - The Maxenkuckee Ice Co., commenced to remove ice from Lake Maxenkuckee to the ice houses the
fore part of this week and are now storing away very fine ice it being something over ten inches thick. If
the weather continues favorable, the company will fill six large houses.
1899 - feb 8 - THE ICE HARVEST Will be Unusually Large and Superla lively Good.
The cold weather of this week insures a great supply of ice of most excellent quality. Ice will ba housed
much farther south than usual. It has been nearly as cold in southern Indiana as in this latitude. The ice on
our northern lakes is of unusual thickness, which makes it more profitable for shipment. The houses of the
Maxinkuckee company are already filled and from that lake ice is shipped to all parts of the south. - Logansport Pharos Tribune
1899 - feb 17 - The Maxenkuckee Ice Company are covering the ice in the houses with hay
1899 - feb 24 The ice on lake Maxinkuckee was reported twenty inches thick the first
of the week - Logansport Pharos Tribune
1899 - Apr 5 The Maxinkuckee ice company office is now where Walter Wilson had his
sholl oyster house - Logansport Pharos Tribune
1899 - Sep 8 - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company has shipped a large amount of ice during the past month
1899 - It is said 15,000 car loads of ice was harvested.
|1900 - The Biological Survey Map depicts an ice house closer to the Outlet; than the one
on South Street and at the end of Jefferson street.
1900 - feb 1 - The- ice on Lake Maxinkuckee is said to be eight inches thick and is getting still thicker, with prospects of: being
ton to twelve Jnches thick by tomorrow.
1900 - may 25 - The Maxiukuckee Ice Co. is shipjpg three car loads of ice per day to Cincinnatti, Ohio, - Culver herald
1900 - Aug 17 - Hundreds of car loads of ice have been shipped from Culver already this season. This shows that Maxinkuekee
Lake ice is in great demand.
1901 - feb 19 - ICE IS SCARCE
And Price. Will be High in Many Indiana Cities
... are confronted with a serious problem. But very little ice was cut during the winter, and it is hardly likely that the weather will he
cold enough before spring to freeze ice of sufficient thickness for cutting. At least two-thirds of the Ice to he supplied during the
summer, it is thought, will have to be furnished by the artificial plants. This problem means an increase in rates.
Sterling R. Holt, the big ice dealer of Indianapolis, who also operates the Maxinkuckee Ice Company in this city, .... At Lake
Maxinkuckee I cut about two-thirds of a crop. The ice men in that part of the state had to contend with snow,
and when the ice had frozen to a thickness of about six inches the snow fell so heavily that the crop was ruined... The cost of
harvesting my Maxinkuckee crop was much greater than usual owing to the increased expense of continually removing the snow.
1901 - Dec 27 - The Maxiukuckee Ice Company commenced putting up ice Monday.
During the past week, it has been very cold, but Sunday there was a
decided change in the weather, and the few inches of snow has about
1903 - Jan 14 - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company have commenced operations. The ice is about
10 inches thick and of the very best Quality A large gang of men are at work and
everything is being rushed On schedule time
1903 - 18 June - The ice company has just completed a new 34’ X 34’ barn and large shed
on the ice house grounds…
1903 - 24 December - The Culver Citizen
The Maxinkuckee Ice Company began work on the ice Tuesday. It is reported that very fine ice having an average of
9 inches is being cut. This is one of the permanent industries of our town and has been successully conducted
for the past twenty years.
There are but few men living here that have not worked on the ice at some time in the past. We see that each year
there is a slight shrinkage in the amount put up, but hope that the old fashioned ice the kind our mother used to
use and the kind that requires zero weather to mature will not be displaced by that new fangled kind that is made
to order in a stew pot and at any time of the year.
1904 - Feb - 25 - The ice on Lake Maxinkuckee has an average thickness of 24 inches and is of the finest quality Mr. D. G.
Walter put up second crop ice having a thickness of 17 inches. There will be no scarcitu in ice here the coming summer
as every available space has been filled
1904 - Thus by this time - by the way the lease reads Holts sold the Ice company property to the Terre Haute and Logansport
Railway Company. This is the Ice house at the area refered to as "The Hole" - A two page lease for the privilege of occupying
and using the existing ICE HOUSE.. ,together with the necessary machinery for propertly handling and loading ice, cut from
Lake Maxinkuckee,and which is to be shipped over the railroad. The lease from the Terre Haute and Logansport Railway
Company to the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Company
is dated May 25,1904 and signed by W. B. Hollingsworth as President of the ice company.
1905 - Jan 19 - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company is running full force and is putting up ice that is from 12 to 14 inches
1905 - Jan 26 - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company has about one hundred men on their pay roll - - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company
is shipping live hundred car loads of ice to East St. Louis
1905 - Feb 2 - Tho Ice Company is loading from 10 to 50 cars of ice each day
1905 - Feb 16 - The ice on Lake Maxinkuckee is now 24 inches thick and clear as a crystal - - The ice houses are practically
all filled with the finest and clearest ice harvested for years. - - The Maxinkuckee Ice Company has shipped this season, 440
carloads of ice to Indianapolis and other points south
1905 - ice left the lake, March 26. Earlier on February 20, it was reported that the 24-inch thick ice was best
December, 1905 - By Corwins "One Township Yesterday's" Some People had their own private ice houses. Daniel
Walter had one, and built an addition to it during this month. He also had the Walter's meat market.
|| 1906 - Listed as the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co. on the 1906 Sanborn map, this is the one located in what
is or was referred to as "the hole". And the labeling reads: "3/4 mile S. E. of P.O."; P.O. = Post office and it
seems to the the centralized area of measurement for distance of all buildingson them map.
The Ice house that was between jefferson Street and Madison was yet to be built accordoing to this map.
1906 - Jan 5 - ICE AT MAXINKUCKEE. Culver Citizen: "The ice on the lake is at present an uncertain quanity
and rather treacherous... - Logansport Daily Pharos
1906 - Feb. 7 - Reports come from Maxinkuckee this morning that the thermometer stood at 7 degrees below zero at 5
o'clock this morning and that the ice on Lake Maxinkuckee is six inches thick. - Logansport Daily Pharos
1906 - Feb 12 - At Lake Maxinkuckee J.H. Reamer and W. B. Hollingsworth, owners of the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice company
have commenced filling their icehouse with the finest quality of ice eight and one-half inches thick, they say, ever harvested. The ice is so clear and
transparent that pebble's and sand on the bottom of the lake can be seen through.the ice. As the season for cutting is so far advanced and the
shortage of the ice crop all over the country so general, the company will work day and night to get enough ice to fill the large contracts it holds
- Logansport Daily Pharos
1906 - 16 Feb - The fear of an ice famine at Lake Maxinkuckee has vanished. All the local houses are filled with nine inch
ice, of good quality. The Maxinkuekee Ice company has harvested a good crop and their houses are pretty well filled - Logansport Daily Pharos
3 Apr 1906 Maybe An Ice famine... The failure of the natural ice crop at. Lake Maxinkuckee... - Logansport Daily Pharos
1906 - April 9-14, 1906 the following ad ranin the Logansport Daily Pharos:
PRICES FOR ICE
Season of 1906
On and after April 10, 1906, the price
of ice will be: Butcher, 20¢ per 100
lbs saloons grocers and restaurants,
25¢ per 100 lbs., private families, 40¢
per 100 Ibs. cash on receipt of book or
15¢ per 100 Ibs on credit.
Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co, Chris. Jeannejette,
Logansport Ice and Cold Storage Co
and the full story appeared on 10, April 1906
Logansport Daily Pharos.
1906 12- June A big block of Ice Houses near the south end of town
burned at noon
The Bucket brigade was ineffectual in saving them. They were re-built before the winter's ice
1906 Jun 23 - The Maxinkuckee Ice company will build new ice houses this season at the lake to take; the place of those burned.
The greater portion of the ice stock has been saved and is being covered to protect it from the weather. It is
all under contract, much of it to the Vandalia roatl, and: will be shipped out as fast as possible - Logan Daily Pharos
1906 - Aug 2 - BUYS ICE COMPANY - The Logansport Ice and Cold Storage company has bought out the local
business of. the Maxinkuckee Ice company and from now on they will supply the old patronage of the Maxinkuckee
company in this city. Charles Wedekin and Miss Bertha Parks who have been employed by the Maxinkuckee
people will continue - with the new company. - Logansport Daily Pharos
S. E. Medbourn will again engage in the ice business in Culver. Material has been ordered for a building 140x120, 40 feet high, to be located a
short distance south of grain elevator. The plant will cost $11,000. Ice will be flotated from the lake through a canal under the
railroad track. - - Rochester Sentinel, Friday, December 14, 1906
another describes the 'canal' as: a water-way that ran under the railroad tracks and to the ice house - with all of the "rollers and
hooks" to get the ice into the Ice House."
'Sam' Samuel Medbourn ran the ice house and the mill. Medbourn's employees were charlie Bushm Ed Hawk, foster Butler, Kenneth Bush
and Bill Crossgove and sometime Leo Butler. Della mary was the secretary.
1906 - Nov. 29 - Jacob Reamer of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Co., of South Bend was in town
Saturday accompanied by a builder looking over the site of the ices houses with a view to
rebuilding. Work will begin in time to get the houses completed by January, and the sturctures will
be of the same dimensions as those destroyed last May.
The Medbourn ice house was filled on Monday and the entire force is hustling to fill the long string of cars that is hauled in every morning. On Tuesday 34 cars were loaded and sent out, and on yesterday 40 were filled. Medbourn has an open order for 50 cars a day as
long as the ice lasts. - -[Rochester Sentinel, Saturday, February 16, 1907]
1907 - Feb - South Bend Tribune:
CULVER, Ind. -- The ice houses at Lake Maxinkuckee will be filled with an enormous crop; already thousands of tons have been harvested. The
Maxinkuckee Lake Ice company, whose principal owners are Messrs. Hollingsworth and Reamer, of South Bend, are rushing to
completion their plant that was destroyed by fire last June.
The building will have a total capacity of nearly 25,000 tons. There are three other companies with a capacity of about 15,000 tons.
Instead of elevators that formerly ran over the tracks, the Vandalia company has cut channels under its tracks, through which the ice cakes
This is the ice houses at the area referred to as the "Hole".
1907 - Forty thousand tons of Ice was harvested from the lake this year. - October 12, Lake nearly covered with ice
Culver Citizen. - The Medbourn ice house was filled on Monday and the entire force is hustling to fill the long string of cars that is hauled in
every morning. On Tuesday 34 cars were loaded and sent out, and on yesterday 40 were filled. Medbourn has an open order for
50 cars a day as long as the ice lasts. - - Rochester Sentinel, Saturday, February 16, 1907
near the outlet
|The 1908 plat map indicates that there were 2 ice houses on the south end within a few feet of each
other and both are labeled "S. E. Medbourn" on the south end of town. |
|| this shows the location of these two ice houses to each other.|
|and also several blocks to the north the 3rd Ice house was built in 1908 also existed and was
located at East Jefferson Street between Madison Street.
This location was between East Jefferson St. and Marmont Street - it was just west of and to the south of
where the Farm Bureau Co-op stood till it burnt in 1978 and where the Culver Cove is today.
||Samuel E. Medbourn also picked this area because of the swampy area and because of the drainage ditch
that ran to the lake under the railroad; this gave him the idea to move the ice from the lake through it under
the railroad rather than over it as was being done and movement of the ice from shore to ice houses had to be
halted before the arrival of a train and the tracks cleared of all ice, men and equipment. He used this drainage
ditch as a channel for moving the ice from the lake to shore; the ice industry prospered under Medbourn and he
was soon able to buy out Holt and he had the channel here cemented and channels were built at the other
ice houses. |
1908 - It is said that the ice gangs were paid off in gold this year
1908 - Jan 23 - Howard Puts Up Ice - G. R. Howard on Monday complested the job of filling his
250-ton house with 9-inch ice from little Lake. He is the first to do any cutting this season. Last
year on the 30th of January, Medbourm, Walter and the Vandalia began putting up 7-inch ice.
1908 - Jan 30 - Cutting some Ice
Both Ice Companies Have Large Forces at Work FIlling th Big Houses
On Monday Medbourn commenced work on the ice field with 65 men and there will be no rest, weather permitting, until the
12,000-ton house is filled.
SHould the ice hold out immediate shipping orders will also be filled and Medbourn has commenced to bouild another
3,500-ton room to his house.
The ice is 8 to 9 inches thick.
The Maxinkuckee Lake Ice compnay put on a large force Tuesday mornign filling its 20,000-ton house.
Walter has 20 men at work on Little lake and will get his hous filled this week.
Twenty-six cars of ice from Culver were handled through Logansport over the Vandalia Saturday night about 12 o'clock enroute to Frankfort.
The train was double headed out of there. This is the first large shipment of ice since last winter. - - Rochester Sentinel,
Tuesday, February 4, 1908
The Medbourn ice gang is averaging about 1350 tons a day. The three rooms of the house are full, and a good start has been made on the
new room which is under construction. Three or four days more will complete the work and the loading of cars will be taken
up. - -Rochester Sentinel, Friday, February 7, 1908
1908 21 - May - J. O. Ferrier bought Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co. for $24,000. It included 6 acres of land, 11,000 tons of ice. E. C. Hawk was
manager of the ice company at the time. One account of the sale is as follows:
The Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Company has been sold by Reamer & Hollingsworth to J . O. Ferrier. - Citizen
The Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co., Reamer & Hollingsworth, of South Bend, proprietors, sold its property in Culver Thursday to J. O. Ferrier of
this place for $24,000. - - Rochester Sentinel, Friday, May 22, 1908
1908 - June The date not exactly know - a cylcone hit Culver and tore the big ice house into shreads - as evidence
by the pictures below. Sections of the roof were carried out into the lake, winds reached 70 mph.
An this is found in the 'One Township Yesteryear's - Corwin:
Hollingsworth & Reamer were owners of ice houses that were burned in June, 1906, Clark Ferrier tells us. These were rebuilt,
however, in 1906-07.
In the spring of '08, in May, to be exact, Ferrier traded his lumber yard at Lakeville for the ice houses at Lake Maxinkuckee.
Then along came a cyclone in June and blew them down. There was a tower-like elevator at one end of the ice houses. Clark Ferrier was in
there, when a terrific wind came suddenly from the west-by-southwest. Several boats were on the lake. The occupants scarcely
had a chance to act before the blow was upon them.
Then came a dash for the nearest shore, and they all got in, although same just made it and that's all. They were just in the nick of time.
Some were hoisted up the wall at the ice house.
While this was going on, the big frame structure was rent asunder. Then pandemonium was let loose. Boards and timbers went flying lakeward.
The front wall fell over on the railroad tracks as the roof and other parts of the building flew across and into the lake,
which became strewn with the wreckage.
The railroad tracks were impassable until such a time as they could be cleared. The lake had been whipped into an angry sea, and nothing could
have rode out the storm less than a steamboat.
It was all so sudden. And what a wild time was had by all while it lasted!
This storm destroyed the roof of the Holt-Medbourn Ice House near the outlet; David Burns stated that the wind
storm put the roof of the ice house into the lake. From other events that occurred around the lake referring to "storm damage"
and also this account was found in Lake Maxinkuckee: Physical and Biological Survey (1919):
A pretty severe wind storm occured early in the summer of 1908 and blew down the large ice houses on the west side of the lake. The
appears to have been an unusually strong wind; none of the dwelling houses in the immediate vicinity, however, was injured
and the destruction of the ice houses was due to their being empty at the time and offering much surface and little resistance
to the wind.
1908 -24 June - Logansport Pharos Tribune is found:
LOCAL PEOPLE ESCAPE WIND STORM NORTH OF HERE
Logansport people, and their, property at Culver escaped injury during, the fierce wind storm which swept
north of this city yesterday afternoon, according to word received by local Vandalia officials this morning.
At the south end of the lake the damage was the worst.
Two of the large ice houses were destroyed and one was unroofed. The roof taken from one of the ice
houses carried down the Vandalia wires and landed on the main tracks, blocking traffic for about two hours.
The only damage done to cottages as learned by the Vanclalia officers was the tearing off of a roof of the
house owned by Indianapolis people.
A number of limbs were twisted off trees, but the damage in that respect was not great. The most, peculiar thing,
done by the wind was the cutting of a deep furrough clear across, the lake, throwing the waves high on each
The wind traveled from west to east. This morning the Panhandle had resumed, wire operations with Chicago,
but a large gang of linemen were kept at work resetting the mile of poles and restringng, the wires which were
blown down a distance of about a mile this side of Star City. A portion of Royal Center felt the edge of the storm;
There was a considerable increase in the velicity of the wind here yesterday afternoon and the mercury dropped
more then 20 degrees by evening.
The storm at Culver was the second to strike there within a month.
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