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

White Swan - Dance Pavilion  

1905 - Dancing Pavilion. Was ran by Oliver Crook.
    Culver Citizen.
    Capt. Crook, of Culver , who owns both of the large steamers on Lake Maxinkuckee has just finished building a floating, two story, dancing pavilion which was set afloat Sunday for the first time.
    [Rochester Sentinel, Monday, July 3, 1905]

John Bigley wrote of the White Swan:
In 1905 the WHITE SWAN dance pavilion, a float 70' by 30' was built and launched by Captain Crook. It would be towed out on the lake a short distance and anchored for the summer. Its top deck was used for dancing and the lower deck for refreshments and music. A piano was located there and often a small orchestra was featured. Anchored near the depot, it was crowded all day and evening.

1905 - Jun 15 - During the storm Friday night, the large pontoon being built by Capt. Crook was forced from its support and partly thrown into the lake, Lewis Raver with the assistance of four or five men soon brought it out of danger. No damage was done

1905 - Jul 6 - The White Swan Launched. The scow, White Swan, owned by Capt. Oliver Crook was launched Sunday morning. It is a magnificent boat for the purpose for which it is intended and the Captain will undoubtedl make a success of producing additional attractions. There are many good people who dance, and its use should be reserved for that class. Care must be exercised that its not given over ro rhw overflow element of the cities and to those here who do not have the proper regard for law and decency.

After its use fullness done in 1912 was beached and torn down. Some of the lumber was used to build "Crooks Hall" owned by Capt. Crook.
    David Burns also always said some of the lumber of it was used to build the Happy Hour Hotel on Pearl Street that sits directly behind the theater and Hansen's.

Plans were of replacing it with a new three story pavillion. 

1905 - May 6 1905 May 6 -Capt. Crook is building a boat 10x70 feet, which he will anchor at some convenieint palce on the lake ami use it for a dancingpaviliion during the summer season

Sept. 12, 1907—Captain Crook announces the closing of the "White Swan" steamboat on which many a dance has been held.

1911 - Sep 21 - Farwell, White Swan
    The White Sawn will no more figure as a feature int the aquatic scenery of Culver, for Captain Crook is going to move it to the hill between Ed Bradley's Hotel and Hudson Buffett.

    The Captain will rebuild it, making a place on the first floor for a refreshment stand and for storing boats in the winter.

    The second floor will still be retained for dancing.

    It will be built so that with little additional expense it can be made into rooming quarters.

1912 - Feb 22 - Captain Crook has raised the frame of his big pavilion on his lot east of Bradley's Hotel. It is to take the place of the old 'White Swan' which had gone to discard'

April 8, 1931— "Wayside Notes - by A.B.H." Old timers will remember the "White Swan," a double deck float, owned by Capt. Crook which was used as a dance pavilion and largely patronized by the summer residents. It is now the Williams apartment house, providing comfortable homes for several families. Mr. Williams is giving it an up-to-date appearance by covering it with imitation brick.

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