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.
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
down Main Street
Business Chattel Mortgage Enteries
Businesses by Year listings - (From directories)
kids Memory, listing of Past & Present businesses
" Culver Post Office Index
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?
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
104 N. Plymouth
106 N. Main
- Empty Lot
107 S Main
108 N. Main
- Gladie's Deli & Catering
106 & 108 Main
109 S Main
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
113 S Main
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
120 S. Main St
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
411 E. Washington St. -
Harbour Point Condominums
530 S. Ohio St.
559 E. Jefferson
- Roberts property
1010 S. Main
Culver Masonic Cemetery Addition