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

A Kids Memory Index  



Have you often wondered why the "Downtown" of Culver is where it is today?

Well here is the answer.... its called speculation and greed.... one remembers reading the A. D. Toner of Kewanna Fulton county Indiana bought land on the north shore of Lake Maxinkuckee on speculation...

Toner and his Property

A. D. Toner has conveyed about 900 acres of land...

Mr. Toner acquired a considerable piece of land in the vicinity of the depot while buying right of way for the Vandalia railroad, and Toner's addition was platted by him. The town of Culver would of probably have been located there had the prices of lots been reasonable, but when John Osborn, who built the first brick business building on Main Street, was asked to pay $1,000 a lot he was compelled to select a cheaper location, and from the time the present business district was permanently established. This answers the inquiry frequently made by strangers why the more attractive site north of the depot was not selected - JANUARY 22, 1914. Culver CIiizen






One Tank Trip Lake Maxinkuckee - Frederick Karst, 2003

An 1896 stroll down Main Street

1897 Business in Poetery

When Was you house Built?

Lovers Lane, Lake Maxinkuckee

1914 Commerical club Paper

An Electric railroad to Culver ? - 1897

1896 Stroll down Main Street

Business Chattel Mortgage Enteries

Pop Factory

Businesses by Year listings - (From directories)




kids Memory, listing of Past & Present businesses




" Culver Post Office Index


Heritage Park




Commercial District of downtown Culver




Culver Business Snippets


Some exact locations of these are unknown at the present time or maybe just an inkling as to where they may of been. but I do want to list them for the record .

This is just a rough beginning of this listings. With no addresses in the early years just the street name it is hard to place them correct - or the proverbial one block east, west or near the depot... if you remember won't you help?






Beaver's saloon
Vanschoiack's store
    These are found metioned as such in the history to the CItizen in the Jul 11, 1974 issue:
      "There is talk," says the paper, "of building a brick block from Vanschoiack's store to Beaver's saloon, by capitalists from abroad. It occurs to us that would be a pretty good location, as there is a store there that sells everything from a toothpick up."


Ratzrer has put up a branch gallery in Marmont and will make sittings every Tuesday

The Exchange Grocery and Meat Market was kept by E.B. Vanschoiack.

2nd floor L. W. Keech's cigar factory

    April 1 L. W. Keech of Kewanna has rented the second story of the bakery building and will remove his cigar factory to Culver
Cement Block Manufacturing - John Osborn  

These pages will dwindle down as we find the exact business location and address - and move them to those pages - or even start a seperate page just for the business depending upon the amount of "Snippets" for it .

Buisness listings & People by Location Address



102 S. Main - Culver Military Academy Museum & Gift Shop


103 Lake Shore Dr

Claude P. Mikesell
Dr. Oliver A. Rea


104 E. Lake Shore Dr. - Odm Funeral Home


101 N Main 1st Farmer Bank


103 S. Main Vacant


104 N. Plymouth   Elizabeth Gardens

106 N. Main - Empty Lot


107 S Main Diiva


108 N. Main - Gladie's Deli & Catering


106 & 108 Main Wickizer's Building


109 S Main Diva


109 N. Main St. Culver Union Township Public Library


110 N. Main St.


114 S. Main (110 S Main)


112 S. Main - The Collectors


111 S Main Fishers


113 S Main Cafe Max


114 E. Jefferson Street Overmyer's Soft Water


114 N. Main - Michelle's Headquarters



115 E. Jefferson


115 W. Mill Street Culver Auto Body


116 N. Main Lake Maxinkuckee Enviormental Council /Miller-NorCen Ins.


117 S Main Corndance


120 S. Main St Culver Hardware


Family Vision


202 S Main


214 E. Jefferson, the past


214 S. Main St.Culver lodging Realty


220 N. Main - JD ONE JD TWO INC empty lot - empty lot


232 S. Main St. Collins Commerical & Apartment Complex


311 S. Main St.


316 E. Jefferson -316 E. Jefferson, the past


319 E. Jefferson


401 S. Main St EUB Church

411 E. Washington St. - Harbour Point Condominums

530 S. Ohio St. Marmont Grill


559 E. Jefferson - Roberts property

Boestma's - Empty


1010 S. Main Culver Masonic Cemetery Addition


Osborn Hotel









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