Ice Houses History Part 3
||Just when a branch was estbalished in Logansport has not been detereminded - but some information
has been found on one of the early managers turned part owner and a photo of the building:|
CHARLES FREDERICK WEDEKIND is one of Logansport's prominent business men, has been active there for
over a third of a century, and is manager and one of the owners of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice & Coal
Company, at 824 Michigan Avenue.
Mr. Wedekind was born in Logansport, April 27, 1863. His mother, Hannah Kerlin, was from New Jersey. His
gradfather Wedekind was a native of Germany and settled at Richmond, Indiana, in 1840. He was a
physician, and that was also the profession of Charles F. Wedekind's father.
Charles F. Wedekind was two years of age when his father died and from an early age he had to make his
own way in the world. He has a common school education. He worked on a farm, but later returned to his
native city and for thirty-seven years has been identified with the ice business. After many years as manager
of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice & Coal Company he acquired an interest in the business and is one of its
owners. Mr. Wedekind is a Republican and a member of the Knights of Pythias.
He married Marian Skelton, who died in 1904, leaving three children. His second wife was Gertrude
Puterbaugh, who passed away December 25, 1920. Mr. Wedekind has two daughters and one son by the
first marriage: Earl F.; Alice, who married Homer Hawkens; and Eva, who married John Miller. To the second
marriage was born a son, Charles J., who married Louise Clegg. - INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 5 By Charles Roll, A.M. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931
One of the conveyor systems is pictured below:
the stacking and filling inside the ice houses:
The conveyor system was also used to load the railroad cars with ice for shipping
It is said one of these conveyor systems weighed several thousand of tons and consisted of iron links that
was 1,200 foot long that was held up by oak four by fours at intervals and was powerd by a steam engine.
David Burns told that if the blocks of ice stopped along the way it was a tremendous job to get them
moving again since they weighed over 100 pounds apeice.
1909 - Jan 7 The first ice for the season of 1909 was cut by Medbourn on Monday from Little
Lake when one load of 5-inch ice was taken out for the academy.
1909 - January 14 - Ice Harvest is Now Under Under Way
Medbourn commenced cutting ice yesterday morning, just fourteen days earlier than last year.
Seventy men are running in 7 3/4 cakes at the rate of 98 a minute, which shows that everything is
Up to last night five layers had been put into the houses. The houses will hold 10,000 tons. Whene the
hhouses are full work will continue as long as weather and ice conditions are favorable, the product going
into cars for shipment. The men are paid 15 cents an hour.
The big houses of the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co. (Ferrier & Son Co.) will open their doors today to
receive the first of the stream of crystal blocks which will flow into them during the next twelve or
One hundred men are on the job. Mr. Ferrier says the cise is now of unusually fine quality, being not
only clear and solid but full frost which gives it superior chilling qualities.
As there is a big market for ice, the Ferrier will have use for their men after th houses are full in loading
Walter also begins cutting this morning for the local trade with a gang of 12
or 15 men and teams.
He will cut over 5-- tons
1909 Jan 21- The Ice Harvest
The ice houses will be nearly filled by Staurday night.
Ferrier will continue next week piling up the ice in the two rooms wrecked by wind last
spring, and will build up as the ice goes in
Next week Medbourn will start loading cars, and if the weather holds good will ship about 500
The ice is now 9 inches thich, and while not increasing in thickness it is not losing any.
The Vandalia was a gang of eight men here who began yesterday to fill the Lake View hotel's ice house.
This will take nearly a week.
Walter has fill his house and in now hauling to Burr Oak.
1909 - January 28 –Ice Harvest
Ice cutting came to a sudden termination last Friday. The heavy rain of the night before and
the spring temperature were too much for Jack Frost.
Ferrier stopped with three houses nearly full, the ice going in frm the top runway at the time.
The other three shouses are empty, but all need the repair work necessary to restore them
from the effects of the wind last spring and the walls are ready for the roof which will be put
on after they have been filled.
Medborn has two rooms full and half of the third
Walter filed his large house and half of the the smaller one.
Work will be resumed on as exxtensive scale as ever if another crop forms, and as much again will
be cut as has been harvester up to the present time.
1909, Feb. 18 -
Ice Men Hopeful - With the ice 6 inches thich the themoteter at zero the ice men
werer yesterday beginning to feel a little less lik kncking the cat.
Ferrier and Medbourn flooded large fields in fron of their houses, and if given a
chence by the weather factory will be busy mighty sudden.
1909 Feb 25 - Belated Ice Harvest
A gang of men under I washburn, Vandalia section forman, began cutting 5 inch ice on Little
lake last Sunday for the Lake View hotel's ice house which holds upward of 300 ton.
Peter Spangler commenced last Thursday with a force of about 16 and Monday mormning
had fille his East side house with 6 ichn cie of good quality.
1909 – Ice Harvest began December 27th.
1909 - Dec 30 - Another Ice Plant - James Barnes, the Logan sport contracto, last week
bought the three acres on Little Lake of James Green for $350, with a view of erecting
an ice house and engaging in the business of shipping ice.
1910 - Jan 6 - last week Lucas Duddleson, in ferrier's ice harvest gang ran the point
of a pike pole into his leg and is still confined to his bed with a bad punture.
Arthur Kaley, in Medbourn's gang, received a similar injury while pulling a cake of ice
1910 - January 10, Medbourn Ice Storage filled to capacity with 500 rail car loads of ice. 200
carloads already shipped to Logansport and Terre Haute.
Ernest Benedict after returning from North Dakota in 1910 was one of many who with his team of horses, worked at cutting and hauling ice off the lake for Medbourn.
[History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentenial 1836 - 1986 (Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422) Marshall County Historical Society, Pg. 61-2
Biographical Sketch on Ernest Benedict family] and also in their biographical sketches Guy B. Davis and John Wagner also state they were among the many men who
worked for Medbourn during the winter ice harvest.
1910 - Jan 27 - the Ferrier ice houses were filled Tuesday noon and Medbourn completed the
loading of 500 boxcars on tuesday evening.
1910 - Jan 27 - Homer Zechiel accidentally received a nasty jab in the right had last Satuday from a pike
pole in the hands of a fellow worker.
1910 - Dec. 15 - The ice measured five inches thick on Lake Maxinkuckee and the Medbourn crew
will begin cutting on Dec. 19.
1910 dec. 22 - the ice harvest began on dec. 21 with the medbourn crew cutting seven inch
ice for shipement.
1910 Dec. 29 - Ferrier & Son started their elevator Monday morning on 9-inch ice
1911 - Oct 5 - Enlarging Ice Houses
If the plans which Medbourn & Sov have in view are carried out, the Culver City Grain & Coal Co.
will add considerably to the value and efficiency of its plant this fall.
It is probably that two more rooms will be added to the ice house.
These will each be 40X130 feet with a capacity of 2,000 tons each.
The enlarged house will then comprise of seven room with a total storage capacity of 14,000 tons.
Figures are also being secured for installing a mechanical carried which will dispense with th
primitice method of conoducting the ice along the galleries to the rooms by men with pike poles.
It is expected to build a new engine room and to install a new boiler and a 35-horse power engine.
These improvements will give the company the modern and extensive plant which the growing business
1911 - Nov. 9 - Work at the Ice Plant
The Medbourn ice plant is the scene of activity these days.
About fifteen nechanica are at work putting together the mchanical carrier which will conduct
the cakes from the water to the different rooms of the house
When this is erected work will commince of the two rooms which are to be added to the present
With a favorable season the company will emplor 125 to 150 men during the ice harvest and will
ship not less the 320,000 tons and possibly 40,000
Artifcial ice was coming into being at this time also but seemed to have little impact
on the ice industry of Lake Maxinkuckee at this point in time.
1912, Dec 21 The mechanical plant has been completed and found to run in
perfect shape. The carpenters are rushing the construction of the
1912 - Jan. 11 - A Splendid Crop of Ice
The ices companies began cutting on Monday and the work is in full blasr. The ice is 12 inches thick
and of the finest quality seen in years. Medbourn had 87 men at work yesterday and ecpects to put
on 20 or 25 more. The mechanical carried easily handles 400 toons an hour even with the precent force
which does not work it to its full capactiy. Ferrier has not got all the men he needs yet, but with
milder weather this drawback will soon over come, and the big plant will be in full swing this week
Found in the Indianapolis Star, Jan 18, 1912; pg. 11:
Maxinkuckee Lake Yields 100,000 tons of Fancy Ice.
Harvesters Ship Enormous Supplies.
From North State to Many Indiana Cities.
Culver, Ind., Jan. 17. - By the end of the present week 100,000 tons of ice will have been cut on Lake Maxinkuckee
this winter, according to the estimates of th local cutters..
The freezing weather having been continuous since the first formation of ice, the quality is as fine as has ever been
taken from Maxinkuckee.
One local company alone has been cutting 400 tons an hour since beginning work, and after filling its own ice houses
on the lake is now shipping a train load every day.
Indianapolis, Logansport, south Bend Evansville, Terre Haute and many smaller cities in Illinois have ice companies which
draw their supply from the Maxinkuckee cutting..
The Clover Leaf railroad fills its houses with Maxinkuckee ice for use in its passenger service.
1912 - Jan 18 - Fine Progress on the Ice
The ice cutters are working on 15 inches of ice, which is a little heavy, but the quality is
super and the blocks are easliy nadled. Medbourn reports 95 men on his payroll,and says he
will get his houses filled tonight. He has loading contracts, however which will kepp th e force at
Ferrier is working 85 men, but has had as high as 108 on the payroll. He finished filling three of the
six houses last night aftter a fine run of eight days in which men and machinery worked with
1912 - feb. 1 - The ice cutting has come to an end with all ice houses filled to capacity.
1912 - Friday, December 27, Logansport Journal-Tribune Logansport, Indiana
Lake is frozen over
Lake Maxinkuckee was frozen over the first of the week. it was sufficiently thick in places to allow skating. the warmer weather since has however,
blighted the hopes of the ice house owners whoo expected soon to be able to fill their houses for the next summer's use
1913 - June 6 New Deal at
... S. E. Medbourn & Son will continue in the wholesale and retail ice buisness which has
grown to proportions which will occupy their time
The senior Medbourn had been handling ice at Lake Maxinkuckee since 1882, and took on the
grain and coal business in 1905. ...
Charles Medbourn will continue to act as in the past, as superintendent of the ice plant, and
Harry will willbe in the office...
1912 - October 24 Samuel E. Medbourn bought the big ice house last week owned by J. O. Ferrier for $10,000. Charles Medbourn was superintendent of the
ice plant and Harry Medbourn was in charge of the office. The Maxinkuckee company had 6 houses that were 60 by 140 and held 18,000 tons of i ce total
and the rooms. It covered a 6 acre area.
1912 - Dec. 12 - The Chaney Ice Company is building an addition to its already large ice storage plant. The new building will have a capacity of
900 tons and will be filled with Maxinkuckee Lake ice.
1913 - Jan 13 - culver citizen - the Medbourn houses were filled with ice last week and in addition, upto Tuseday night, 220 fireght cars had been fileed and
shipped out. Anout 230 more car loads will be cut. Ice depth now measures 14 inches and of absolutely
perfect quality. a newspaper can be read through 1 10 inch cake.
1913 - Jan 1913 — Ice cutting, which was suspended a week ago, will not be resumed until colder weather.
The ice has melted down to five inches.
1913 Feb 29 - The ice gathering season on Lake Maxinkuckee closed on Tuesday with the loading of the last string of cars consigned to the Clover Leaf railroad.
Both houses are full, the 12 rooms containing something like 20,000 tons. Most of this has already been
engaged for delivery next summer. About 300 cars have also been loaded and - -[Rochester Sentinel, Saturday, February 22, 1913]
1913 - 3 March culver citizen - After a three week's almost continous run both ice houses are filled with a crop of fine quality ice ranging from 6 to 13 inches in
thickness, and long trains of cars are now being loaded diredt from the lake to fill shipping contracts.
The rotted field of ioe broke away from the south end of the Lake Friday and, driven by a strong wind, drifted to the north
end where it crumbled against the shore and disappeared. Last year the ice did not go off until April 6. - March 20, 1913 - Culver Citizen
Yet another says it was a windstorm that hit in 1913 [this could be the floods, cyclones that hit Easter weekend - 25 March and some of the history of it is
under the lighthouse
of the 1913 is found in Lake
Maxinkuckee: Physical and Biological Survey (1919):
1913 - Mar 20 - The Medbourn Ice Company bought a team of heavy draft horses last Monday from William Hartman. They weigh about
1,400 pounds each and the price was $480. They will be used for ice delivery in Logansport
On July 8, 1913 there was a very severe storm soon after noon from the northwest, a small tornado, lasting 30 minutes. It began as a severe windstorm,
the wind being full of cutting sand..
another account was in the Culver Citizen:
17 July 1913
Storm Does Damage
'The big wind' of a week ago Tuesday afternoon was on of the worst which has vistited this section in many years.
It came at 5 o'clock from the northwest bringing a mass of dust which resembled a sandstorm on the desert.
It blew steadily for nearly half an hour, accompanied by a deluge of rain but the damage was done in the first
force of the blow
All the runways on the east side of the Medbourn Ice House in town went down, carrying a large number of heavy
castings, and the big tower from which the ice-carriying machinery is operated was canted over at a sharp
angle. The damage is $3,500 to 4,000...
16 Oct 1913 -The runway on the Medbourn ice house is being re-built. The runway was wrecked by the wind in July.
1913 - Nov 13 - The Medbourn Ice Company will have its own plant in Logansport next season to take the
place of its present rented facilities . A lot, 70x300, adjoining the right-of-way of the Butler division of the Vandalia, has
been purchased. A switch track will be laid, and an office, loading station, scales and a barn to accommodate 20
20 horses, will be built in the spring
|The East Jefferson street Ice Houses which really was situated in the middle
between Madison Street & S. Plymouth St. listed as the S. E. Medbourn & Sons Ice Co.
|| this show the conveyer belt location which is labeled as "ice slide"|
|This crop of the 1914 plat map shows the location of both the
ice houses and where they were located into relationship of each other.
This ice house was eventually tore down in 1915 according to David Burns;
and since there are only 2 ice houses and not 3 depicted on the 1914 sanborn
fire map one can safely say that this one was tore down before or during 1914.
|1914 - the Sanborn Map shows that the S. E. Medborn & Sons Ice House Stables were
located at the West lot on the corner of Ohio & Mill Streets
|and this is the same area and tho its not labeled as such on the 1924 & 1937
Sanborn Map this building but decidedly smaller a portion of it must of been torn down.
Also nite that it is not marked with an "X" thorugh the building which was the icon
for a livery barn or stable, so it would be assumed that Medbourn's descarded the
use of the property as a stable and had probably sold it by 1924.
||and this is the Ice Houses at the end of Jefferson Street and down to between Madison street - it here was quonset huts on it during the 1960's to ?
(a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel having a semicircular cross section) and then it was swampy, and over grown with weeds and grass -
it is now the Culver Cove.|
|The 1914 Sanborn map show what is labeled as the 'ice slide' and engin area.
|| 1914 - Listed as the S. E. Medbourn & Sons Ice Co. Ice Houses on the 1914
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." (Post Office); and it seems
to the the centralized area of measurement for distance of all buildings
on the map. It was eventually tore down in 1915 according to David Burns. |
1914 - feb 5 - Whether or not a crop of ice is harvested on Lake Maxinkuckee the
people of Culver will not be deprived of their supply next summer. If necessary,
ice will be shipped in from the North to supply the home trade which the Medbourn
Ice Company will take care of first.
1914 - 26 February Culver citizen - One ice float, 72 cakes long and six cakes wide,
was poled through the channel the other day to the north ice house. Estimated at 150
pounds to the cake the float weighed over 32 tons. The value of the float was something
more than $60.
1914 - Mar 5 - Ice Houses are FIlled
Three weeks ago Sam Medbourn's mental state might have been describe by saying" Hope defferred maketh the heart sick"
Today all is changed and he is gratefully realizing the "Joy cometh with the monring". He can also carry his meditations full further and decalre that "Tho harvest
si past the summer is coming, and my ice is now saved".
After a three weeks almost continous run both houses are filled with a crop of the fine quality ranging from 6 to 13 inches in thickness, and long trains of cars
are now being loaded direct from the lake to fill shipping contracts.
Tuseday was a good day, 54 cars being load, and a dozen or more additional would have been handled if there had been cars.
Again it has been demostrated that little ofl Feb. delivers the goods.
1914 - 12 Mar. culver citizen - The ice harvest came to an end Friday when it became a
little risky for horses. besides filling the two big ice houses. 341
carloads had been shipped.
1914 - Tuesday, December 15, Logansport Pharos-Reporter Logansport, Indiana
Both Rivers are fozen Over and Ice men rejoice -
They hope for a continuance of present cold weather
Not much ice cut here
Most of the local Supply comes from Lake Maxinkuckee
....the lake maxinkuckee ice company is preparing to put up their annual supply of ice at Mainkuckee as soon as the conditions are favorable. the ice at this time is
only about four inches thick and will require several days more of zero weather to make it ready for the harvest. this company now was a monopoly of the ice
business form Maxinkuckee and millions of pounds of the lake ice are annually put into storage for the summer trade. the pennsylvania railroad company that
formerly cut its own supply from the wabash river in this city, has discontinued the practice and now gets its supply from the Maxinkuckee Ice company.
several of the local natural ice companies went out of business with the advent of the artificial ice factories.
1914 - Dec 24 - Ice Harvest Starts - The ice on Lake Maxinkuckee is 8 inches thich and the Medbourn Ice Co. will commence cutting the mornning
at the upper house
1914 - Dec 31 - The Ice Harvest. - Work on the ice field moved along smoothly until Tuesday when the
rain stopped a portion of the force. The north houses would have been filled by Thursday night if the work
had not been interfered with. The south houses got into operation on Monday. The Vandalia has been
notified to handle 400 carrs after the houses are filled. More help is offered than can be employed.
In 1915 Maxinkuckee Ice Company built the ice House in the area called "the Hole" which was just East of the intersection of Akron and Peru Court; tho by above accounts the was the Maxinkuckee Lake Ice Co. and had
been in existence for some time first owned by Sterling R. Holt, and then by Reamer & Hollingsworth,
of South Bend; J. O. Ferrier and finallly S. E. Medbourn. This ice house burned in 1925. Was just another ice
house building added this year? This area for years was referred to as "the Hole" and for years was represented
by a wood over grown area. At one time condos was proposed for the area - but was contested
by area residents. Single housing was out of the question as as who ever built in the area of "the hole" had to have enough financial assets in order to build a private lift station in order to hook into the sewer system of
Culver. Finally this has come about as today there are at least two homes there now. A third is now  in the process of being built on the upper edge of the cliff.
||1915 - Jan 7 - The north ice house was filled on Friday night and the work of shipping 400 cars was begun
Sixty-three loads were sent on Monday and the same number Tuesday, but the thaw stopped operations
yesterday. The ice is 10 1/2 to 1 1 1/2 inches thick and of absolutely perfect quality, one of the most
satisfactory crop ever handled here.|
1915 Jan 16 pg. 6 Logansport Journal Tribune :
Best Ice Ever Havested in Lake Macinkuckee - Reports received by Vandalia officials here from Culver indicate that the quality of ice harvested at Lake
Maxinkuckee this year is superior to that of any previous year for some time. The ices houses are all filled and the Cloverleaf Houses at Frankfort are
fully supplied. Last year no ice was cut on the lake until Febraury.
1915 - Saturday January 16, Logansport Pharos-Reporter:
Reports received by the Vandalia officials here are to the effect all the iee houses at Culver have been filled
with an excellent quality of ice, harvested from Lake Maxinkuckee. Last year the first ice was cut in February
1915 - 50,000 tons or 100,000,000 pounds of ice harvested in Decemeber:
HAVE 100,000,000 POUNDS OF ICE
Fifty thousand tons of ice, cut from the bosom of classic Lake Maxinkuckee, is the report of the crop which
was gathered in December by the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Company, whose offices are located at, the junction of
Michigan Avenue and the Vandalia tracks, Logansport, The company has thirteen big ice houses at the lake and
these are filled to the limit with ice that measured from eight to twelve inches in thickness and is as clear as
a piece of cut glass.
The company congratulates itself on the fact that the crop was gathered in December, a very unusual occurrence,
as a rule the ice being secured in January or February. December ice is declared to be the best of the
winter and is designated by icemen as "tough as a whalebone."
In order to better appreciate the enormous crop of ice gathered at Maxinkuckee it can be better comprehended
by saying that the 50,000 tons foot up 100,000,000 pounds
The P. T. complains that no market can be found for the ice crop that is being harvested at Lake Maxinkuckee
and that no ice is being shipped from that point. Considering the zero weather is this surprising? Ice consumpion begins
when the July sun warms the atmosphere, and there is a possibility that the same old sun that warms the earth and tills it with
fruitfulness, will do its work again this year as it has in the past. There will be a demand for ice later on and the supply of
the natural article should be abundant. - SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1915 Logansport Pharos-Reporter
1916 - Wednesday, February 09, Logansport Journal-Tribune Logansport, Indiana
cutting Ice at Maxinkuckee
A force of men was put to work at Lake Maxinkuckee yesterday by the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Company to cut ice on the lake which has
frozen to the depth of about 6 inches. the ice is of a fairly good quality and if the cold weather continues the company
will probably fill their houses at the lake
1916 - Wednesday, February 09, Logansport Pharos-Reporter Logansport, Indiana
cut ice At Lake
a force of men was put to work cutting ice on lake maxinkucke at culver by the maxinkuckee ice company yesterday, and with the continued
cold weather it is now believed the company will be able to fill their houses at the place. In january the company succeeded in securing a
good portion of their ice harvest, but the warm weather soon broke it up. the ice isnow said to be about six inches thick and of a fairly good
1916 - Ice house event unknown ... found in the > Logansport Pharos Tribune, Wednesday, December 01, 1926, Logansport, Indiana is the following:
TWENTY TEARS AG0 TODAY... Jacob Reamer of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice. Company, of
South Bend is in Culver looking over the site of the ice houses with the object of rebuilding,
March 6, 1918 - The onion storage house in the south part of town was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening, together
with about 5,000 bushels of onions. This was sid to have been the Holt Ice house.
1919 Jan 29 - For the information or our readers in France, Indianapolis and Grass Creek
we chronicle the fact that the lake is still covered with icce, and that Sam Medbourn and
his bunch are sill not cutting any ice in theis community. The ice has a dark and
unkealthy look like a man with a bum liver, and the kids have quit skating on it...
1919 Feb 12 - An Ice Thought
How sweet the name of Medbourn sounds,
When the winter season's here;
When the crystal ice cakes shoot the chute
And the whistle booms so clear.
Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Now since we wrote this classic rhyme
No ice cakes shoot the chutes today,
And Sam and all his men can play
1919 - Feb 19 - Though the ice was only about 6 1/2 inches thick, the Medbourns started operations Monday monring
determined to secure enough to supply the local trade at least. For two days the cakes slid into four rooms until ten layers
had been packed away in each room. At 7 o'clock last night the whistle sounded the recall, taps was blown and the work
was brought to an end until the wweather bureau hands out a more suitable brand od winter temperture than at present
1919 - May 7 - The Medbourn Ice Co. is erecting an addition to its storehouse to faciliate the handling
of its ice cream business
17 Dec 1919 issue of the Culver Citizen - With 9 to 10 inches of ice on Little Lake and 6
to 7 inches on Maxinkuckee, winter seems to have arrived. The Medbourn Ice Company began
operation on Little Lake Monday and will load cars for shipping.
1919 - Dec 24 - Ice Harvest In Full Blast
Following the preliminary work of scraping and marking the medbourn Ice Co. began cutting on Monday
with a force of 110 men and eight plows the Medibourn Ice Co. i shooting the crystal cubes into
the north ice house at high speed. The ice is of firstl lcass quality and consumers are assured of a better and
more economical product than they were served with lat year The work will not be suspended for Christmas
1919 Dec 31 - Unsually FIne Condition for Harvesting Ice Crop
If you aske Sam Medbourn when he ever had as good a winter for harvesting an ice crop, he'd
probably scratch his head and say, "I'llbe switched if I can remember"
From the 20th to the present hour there hasn't been a monment's interruption to the work from
the weather. After two or thee days of scraping a light snowfill from the ice the cakes began the
grand march, and since a week ago Monday there hasn't been a halt except on Saturday afternoon when
a break in the elevator shut down the works for half a day.
Seven rooms in the north house were filled last evening with about 20,00 tonds of a pretty ice as
you ever laid your eyes on.
Today the work of filling at least three rooms in the south hous is going on. Possibly three more
rooms in this house will be filled; that will depned larggely upon the weather.
1920 - Jan 14 - The Medbourn Ice Co. has filled three of the rooms in the south house and is now loading cars direct from the lake to fill contracts
amounting to several thousand, tons. This work will continue until Saturday when, if the ice is still in good condition, it is expected to fill the remaining
1920 - Jan 28 - The ice harvest came to an end last Firday with the filling of the ladt of the car contracts which the Medbourn Ice Co. worked on after
storing all the ice it cared to carry in its ice houses. The ice on the lake is not 18 inchec thick.
1920 - May 5 - A burning grass started by the sprark from a train treatened the south ice house this morining. The engine room caught fire but the
blaze was extinushed
Everett Norris in his biography in the History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 (Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422)
Marshall County Historical Society
pg. 329 states:
In the winter of 1919-1920 I worked for the Medbourn Ice Company, helping to place ice in the ice houses and then in railroad cars once the houses where full. Ice by the trainload was shipped to Logansport and Frankfort and placed in houses there to be used in
Ferris Zechiel in an interview with Jeff Kenney rememebred his father - "a farmer with little gainful work in the chilly depths of winter - finishing his farm chores before dawn and trudging a mile or two into Culver with tools in hand to work from sunup to sundown in the in the Medbourn ice house". Of this is acounted int the Marshall county history in Jesse Edward Zechiel biography:
during the winter months Jesse would work for the Medbourne's Ice Company, helping put ice up for storage. He would do his chores, walk five miles
into Culver, arriving at daybreak, work till 6 p.m. (or dark), walk back home sometimes carrying a bag of groceries,
and doing the evening chores before retiring for the day.
Needless to say this was probably true of many of the farmers surrounding Culver so that they could make ends meet during the winter.
Tragic Death Un-accounted for
Recently surfaced is the death of a little boy at the Medbourn Ice House - that now haunts the Culver Cove:
It is rumored that the Culver Cove has a ghost - part of it once sat on the property of the Medbourn Ice Houses property.
The identity of the ghost is a young boy of 8-10 years old.
It is assumed that his father was to have been employed by the ice company, and came into the ice shouse during the afternoon or evening.
It is said that he had injured himself in someway and was not able to leave the building. It is said that he was found
the next day frozen to death adn was to have occured during the early 1900's.
So far no documentation can be found on the little boy's death.
Culver Cove employee Lori Ratliff believes that she has seen the ghost via a computer monitor - she described him as a little figur - with brown
pants, a khaki shirt, suspenders and a 1920's-1930's style hat.
He seems to roam - most of the Cove - and especially the North wing.
More of the Culver Cove Ghost story is re-counted from employees by Jeff Kenney in the 25 October 2007 Culver Citizen.
Terre Haute Saturday Spectator, Saturday, February 26, 1921
But, mercy me, let’s talk about the weather, as they say in The Pirates of Penzance, Record high temperature for February was reported all over the country, and just in that part of the month we usually get zero weather. I have been watching February ever since a year back before we had artificial ice and we had to depend on natural ice. That winter not a ton had been put up in Indiana until February 11, when along came a blizzard and for three mornings the thermometer reading was 10 or more below zero. Up at Lake Maxinkuckee, where there was a big ice house business, the houses empty Feb. 10 were soon filled with eleven inch ice. The records show, I think, that the cold spell comes between the 10th and 20th and that the low record for winters is oftener in February than in December or January. -
1921 - Mar 8 - Logansport Pharos-Tribune it sounds by the article below that the 1920-1921 winter season was a very
mild one and a very bad ice harvest year for the Maxinkuckee Ice Company
LOGANSPORT ICE NEEDS TO BE SUPPLIED
LOCAL ICE COMPANIES ANNOUNCE THAT DESPITE MILD WINTER, THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF ICE,
PRICE TO REMAIN THE SAME
Ice Was Taken From Lake Maxinkuckee Between Christmas and New Years, Officials State.
The ice needs of Logansport residents are to be well taken care of this summer despite the fact that the winter has been so mild that no
ice formed on the rivers, from which source a portion of the local supply is usually obtained.
Information furnished from the office of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice company this morning is to the effect that company has in the neighborhood of 12,000 tons of ice in its houses at Lake Maxinkuckee for was taken from the lake this winter the week following Cristmas, it
Some of the ice no held bu the Maxinkuckee company was shipped from Cadallic, Michigan. The ice Logansport patrons will receive is from 10
to 12 inches thick declared the girl in the Maxinkuckee office today. We will be in postition to take care of the Logansport people this summer.
Shipping Car a Day.
_ Forbis, manager of the local Ice Company, stated that the company has already started operations to meet any city ice _ that may develope this year.
_ are now putting a thousand _ of ice into the cold storage _ of the Logansport Ice cream _y on Wheatland Avenue. de_
Forbis "we have always _ care of the Watts Brohers cream company. in addition to _ we are no taking care of the patrons of the
Maxinkuckee Ice company to enable it to conserve supply for summer's use. We - _ipping now anbout a car a day. we have had chances to con_
out entire output to outside _ns but we have refused to _er them." forbis said. "We _ out first allegiance to the city Logansport."
_manager McCarroll of the _um ice company stated that plant had been enlarged and _ no had a manufacturing capcity of 50 tons a day.
The most of this we are now shipping out of city, but of course supplying local patrons", the manager _.
The price of ice will remain the same as last year it was stated.
Artificial and Maxinkuckee _ _any announce a 50 cents per _ed pounds domestic rate. The _um company states that price _ ice will remain at 40 cents same as last
The following ads pictured ran in several issues of the Logansport papers. during 1921
This has been found concerning an ice house about 1920 to 1922 - it is a techincal report of some type I think dealing with the railroad:
Putnam (Marshall County JS Bilby 1920) One mile south of Culver on the west side of the track 270 yards south of milepost TH 148 45 yards north of a road crossing 100 yards south of Medborne ice plant directly west of the switch signal for ice plant
siding 5.75 meters 18.86 feet west of the west and nearest rail The station underground and reference marks are bronze tablets set in concrete as described in notes la 7a and lla 1 The reference mark is on the same side of the track 3.01 meters 9.88 feet
from the station in azimuth 91(degree)43' - PRECISE TRAVERSE AND TRIANGULATION IN INDIANA By CHARLES A MOURHESS Mathematician and JASPER S BILBY Signalman United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Special Publications By U.S. Coast and
Geodetic Survey 1922
1921 - it is said there was no ice cut from the lake and the ad from the Logansport paper which ran several time this ad bore the date of 6 May 1921
1922 - Jan 18 - The Medbourn Ice Co. began harvesting Monday. The ice is eght inches thick
1922 - Friday, January 20, Logansport Press Logansport, Indiana
Low Mark of cold Wave is 10 above
Harvesting ice at maxinkuckee first time in Two Years - Backbone of cold Wave broken - Wamrmer Weather on the way
The cold wave which followed the snow storm of Tuesday night hit the low mark abought midnight when the government thermometer stood at 10 degrees the drop from noon untill 8 o'clock last night, when the termometer stood at 11,
was rapid but from 8 o'clock until after midnight only one degree difference was registered
According to the forecast of the weather man the backbone of the cold wave will be broken today and warmer weather can be expected.
The cutting of ice, the first in two years, was started Monday at Lake Maxinkuckee. The ice is eight inces thick. Last year no ice was cut on the Indiana Lake, there being no time during the winter when it became thick enough to harvest...
1922 - feb. 1 - Medbourn*s ice harvesters have completed their work for the season
1922 - Feb 22 - LOCAL ROOFING CO. GETS CULVER JOB The Logansport Roofing and Supply company, at Third and Eel River avenue, has received the contract for the roofing of the ice houses of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice company
at Culver, and Frank Young, the proprietor, will take a large force of men with him Monday to begin the
job. The contract is one of the largest that has been received lately and it will require about ten days to
complete the work.- Logansport Pharos Tribune
1922, April 6 - The ice has all melted in the lake and the waves are lashing the landing. This winter the ice on Maxinkuckee
Lake froze to the thickness of thirteen inches - Denver Tribune, Denver, Indiana
1922 - Listed in the 1922 Marshall County Plat book S. E. Medbourn, Prop.; H. E. Medbourn, Manager; & Charles Medbourn
||Another advertisement is found in the Maxinkuckee yearbook of this year|
||This shows the channel going under the railroad into the lake and the location
as being at the end of Madison near Plymouth street and to other
|The south one is near the outlet [bottom] & and the north one nown as
"the hole" location at Akron St. & South St.
1923 - Friday, February 16, Logansport Pharos-Tribune Logansport, Indiana
Doubt that any ice will be harvesterd from local rivers this year - - George
...the cutting of ice on Lake maxinkuckee has already been completed, declared charles Wedekinf, manafer of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice company of this city. The harvest is noe of the beat in years that
Lake Maxinkuckee has yielded and the ice averages from 12 to 14 inches in thickness
1923 - February 21 The Medbourn Ice Company last evening finished the work filling the seven rooms of north house.
1924 - Dec. 31 - Medbourn & Son Ice Company began cutting ice Tuesday. The ice is 9 1/2inches
thick this year and very clear. Nearly 150 employees are helping i n the ice harvest.
||The 1924 snadborn map gives a full depiction of just where and how the ice
house lays in the area between East Jefferson Street and Madison street These
shows the general area around the East Jefferson Street ice house
and shows that it lies west of the grain elevatior and does not sit on the lake
||The 1924 Sanborn fire maps shows the "hole and states that it is 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 buildings on them map|
1925 - Chas. Medbourn accepts Position in Logansport - Chas E. Medbourn has
accepted a position in Logansport where he has charge of the Lake Maxinkuckee
Ice Company business. Mr. Medbourn took up his new work last week in the
southern city. This sort of work is not new to Mr. Medbourn since he was
accosicated with the local ice company before he went into the grocery
byusiness in Culver...
31 Dec. 1925 - from the Rochester Sentinel comes this:
Ice Ring [Marshall county]
Farmers Near Culver Associated In Ice Ring
An ice "ring" is something new in farmers' organizations. We have heard about threshing rings for years, but now the ice ring. In Union township, Marshall county,
along Lake Maxinkuckee twelve farmers have their own ice house and together put up their ice for the winter. They have been doing this for some six or seven
years and have become so accustomed to the use of ice whenever they want it that they would not know how to live without the pleasures of ice.
1926 -Sunday Feb 28, Loganpsport Morning Press
Startr contract at Lake Maxinkuckee
Frank Young of the Logansport Roofing and Supply Company, will go to Lake Maxinkuckee tommorrow with a force of men to start work on a contract job awarded the local company by the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice companies at the lake.
All the houses of the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Company will be re-roofed.
1926 - Dec 29 - Several loads of seven inch ice were cut on Little lake last Frdiay - the
first of the season.
|| 1927 - It seems roumors that the ice of Lake Maxinkuckee was unsuitable for use by the Kokomo Tribune, Monday, August 08, 1927 - when a paid advertisment appeared in thast issue by Irvin G. Fisher the local health officer for the town of Culver in part states : This affiant further states thatlie has been inform ed that some person, firm or corporation in the city of Kokomo, Indiana, has circulated a report to the effect that he, this affiant, had made a statement to the effect
that the ice taken from Lake Maxinkuckee was impure and not suitable for domestic use and now for the purpose
of not only denying any such statement but for the further purpose of informing the public as to the quality
of said ice he, this affiant, says that he knows from his own personal knowledge that the ice taken from
Lake Maxinkuckee has been approved by the State Board of Health and that said ice is pure and suitable
for domestic use."|
1927 - December 28 - The Medbourn Ice Co. has purchased two motor driven ice cutters which will do away with
the services of twelve men and six horses. I t also does the work of both a marker and a cutter.
||An ad for 1928 states that a movie was made of the Ice harvesting of Lake maxinkuckee and was shown in the Colonial Theater at Logansport. |
1929 - Jan 16 - A large company of workers started the annual ice harvest of the Medbourn Ice Company Tuesday
morning. The ice was 10 inches thick and of exceptional quality.
1929 - January 30, - The annual ice harvest on Lake Maxinkuckee by the Medbourn Ice Company was completed last
Sunday afternoon. A total of 160 men aided in the work with an average of about 125 working each day.
1930 6 Aug. S. E. Medbourn local business man dies. Sally Medbourn writes: "When Samuel Ezra Medbourn died, his son (my grandfather), Harry Edward Medbourn
took over the ice business and started the Culver City Grain & Coal Company (where the Cove now is)."
Wednesday, August 6, 1930 - Rochester Sentinel
Funeral services were held this afternoon from the Methodist church at Culver with burial following in the Culver cemetery for Samuel E. MEDBOURN, one of Culver's
most prominent citizens and a life long resident of Union township, Marshall county. Mr. Medbourn died Sunday evening at 9 o'clock after a long illness. The last
few days of his life he was confined to his bed. Hardening of the arteries was the cause of the death.
Mr. Medbourn, who was 71 years old, had lived all his life in or near Culver. He was born on the MEDBOURN farm between Burr Oak and Culver and in early life went
to Culver to live. Many years ago he started the Maxinkuckee Ice Co. which business he developed until the firm was doing business in many towns and cities in the
He is survived by a son, Perry [MEDBOURN], who has been engaged in the ice business with him for a number of years, and a daughter, Mrs. Bessie SLONAKER, of
Culver. A brother, John [MEDBOURN] lives at LaPorte and a sister, Mrs. O. DUDDLESON of South Bend, also survives. Two brothers and one sister preceded
him in death.
1931 - From the issue of the 11th Feb issue of Culver Citizen is found:
Private Ice Harvest
Evidently Schlossener Bros. well known ice cream manufacture, who have a branch office in Culver. Believes in the old saying that a bird in the hand is worth two
in the bush, for they have started their own ice harvest today, taking the six inch ice
from the south end of the lake.
||Also an ad in 1931 for the Medbourn Ice company - advertising the artifical ice|
|Medbourn workers Charles Bush and Bill Bush, brothers>
The ice house had a mascot -
1931 - Dec. 23 Sterling R. Holt, founder of the ice business here died in Indianapolis at the age of 81
1932 - February - Maxinkuckee Ice Company [Medbourn] Ice house was destroyed by
at 1 o'clock a.m. cause belived to have been caused by the dry hay and sawdust within the ice house that had not been in use for four years.
The building was completely destroyed and estimated damage was $10,000; there was no plans to re-build the ice house. It was said to have been used
for storage of vegetables and at the time when it burned - onions were being stored in it.
LARGE ICE HOUSE BURNS AT LAKE MAXINKUCKEE
A large ice house at the southwest end of Lake Maxinkuckee owned by the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Company, burned to the ground at 1 o'clock this morning.
The amount of the loss has not been determined. It is thought the fire was started by bums who were using the ice house to sleep in. The ice house which
was a frame construction had both been used for two years. - - The News-Sentinel, Saturday, February 20, 1932
February 24, 1932 issue of Culver Citizen announces that a $10, 000 fire destroys Medbourn ice house.
LARGE ICE HOUSE BURNS AT LAKE MAXINKUCKEE
A large ice house at the southwest end of Lake Maxinkuckee owned by the Lake Maxinkuckee Ice Company, burned to the ground at
1 o'clock this morning. The amount of the loss has not been determined. It is thought the fire was started by bums who were using the ice house to sleep in. The ice house which was a frame construction had both been used for two years.
The News-Sentinel, Saturday, February 20, 1932
It is re-counted that the south ice house became a stop-off for people who were called 'railroad bums' and it is believed that it was one of those
who had went up close to the Ice House, fell asleep and dropped a cigarette causing the ice house to go up in flames.
1932 - MAr 16 - Schlossers Harvest Ice On Little Maxinkuckee - Deciding six inich ice was bette than
no ice at all, Schlosse Bros., started harvesting ice on Little Maxinkuckee Lak Friday and filled the
local stoarge house and trucked several loads to Plymouth. The ice was said to be of fine
December 21 1932 issue of Culver Citizen announces that the first ice crop in two years is being harvested.
1934 - Feb 14 - issue of Culver Citizen -
Last week's cold wave which brought sub-zero temperatures also brought Culver's annual ice harvest, the Medbourn Ice Company taking advantage of the favorable weather by starting work Sunday.
About 165 men have been working 11 to 12 hours daily to get in the crop before warmer temperatures prevailed, the ice averaging 9 1/4 inches and being of good quality.
Rain and unfavorable weather caused work to be suspended Tuesday morning, but it was resumed at noon. it is believed today will give the company adequate supply
of ice, the houses being over half full.
As the new ice code provides that no ice can be shipped to towns where a home company supplies sifficient ice for local conmsumption, the Medbourn company has
lost a considerable portion of the trade and will not need as much ice as in previous years.
Today the Miller Dairy also began putting up its supply of ice for the year.
1934 - Medbourn Ice House closed. It has been estimated that all of the ices houses when filled to capacity held nearly a half a million tons of ice!
1936 - Jan 1 - Six snow plows were on the Lake the first of the week preparing the ice for the annual harvest
by the Medbourn Ice Company.
1936 - Jan 22 - The annual ice harvest was started Tuesday by the Medbourn Ice Co. The ice is reported to be
1 inches thick and of fine Quality
1936 - It is said Ice harvesting was ceased because the ice on the lake was to thick to cut it had reached a thickness of
32 inches. At the time harvesting was halted the ice houses were only approximately half full.
1936 - Oct 14 - The Three north ice houses of the Medbourn Ice Company are being demolished
and the lumber is to be used to repair the remainf three buildings to the south. The south
houses were built in 1906 and the ones now being torn down were added six years later.
Howrad K. Menser
writed in his family biography..."As a youngster, I traveled to Culver with
my father and mother on numerous trips to visit my grandparents. The train ride...On one occasion I went with my father and grandfather to watch the cutting and
removal of ice from Lake Maxinkuckee, the last time it was done commercially in the early 1930's. The horse drawn saws and men with pike poles were cutting and cubing
blocks of ice which they delivered down a channel for storage in the ice houses which was located on the property where the Marshall County Coop now operates
|The 1937 Sanborn Fire Maps (tho it bears a Stamped seal for Nov. 1924; there is a
hand written not stating 2/37 and corrected 11/3/1945) does shoeo the building but it capital
letters and underlines underneath it - it is stated: "All bldgs in this detachment removed." We
do know that this ice house burnt
in the early morning hours of February 20, 1932 and assumption is that the site was cleaned
up and nothing was re-built on it until the 1990's when at least 2 cottages were built there
( 908 SOuth Street &
910 South Street).
1937 - Last ice harvest from Lake Maxinkuckee. The Culver Citizen issue of February 10 announces that the a
annual ice harvest stopped by rain and thaw.
1938 - Jan 19 - The annual ice harvest of the Medbourn Ice Company was finished late Saturday afternoon
when all three houses were filled to capacity. This is the largest harvest in several years. The ice
averaged from 10 to 12 inches.
1939 - During this year profile of local businessmen appeared in the Culver Citizen - here is one
on Harry E. Medbourn
1940 - Jan. 10 taking advantage of the continued cold weather which produced ice about ten inches thick, the Medbourn Ice company
inaugurated its annual ice harvest Monday afternoon on Lake Maxinkuckee
||Culver Citizen dated 24 March - Medbourn
Ice House Burns The last vestige of a once booming business
was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning when the Medbourn Ice
House burned to the ground with a loss estimated at around $5,000.|
The above photo is the same one that appeared in an advertisement
that was found in the 1922 Maxinkuckee yearbook, but gives some
details of the ice harvest.
1952 - Rochester Sentinel - Thursday, May 1, 1952
Final rites will be held at the Culver Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. for Charles [E.] MEDBOURN, 70, prominent Culver
business man who succumbed Tuesday afternoon following a brief illness.
Mr. Medbourn, a lifelong resident of the Culver community was well known through his interests in the Okay Rubber Welders business,
the Medbourn Ice & Coal Co., Maxinkuckee Ice & Coal Co., and as a travelling representative of the Muelhausen Spring Co.
He had long been active in church, fraternal and civic affairs in Culver, and was well known in Fulton county
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