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

Henry Moyer Speyer  



History of Indiana: Containing a History of Indiana and Biographical Sketches of Governors and Other Leading Men. Also a Statement of the Growth and Prosperity of Marshall County, Together with a Personal and Family History of Many of Its Citizens, Volume 2 Brant, Fuller, 1890 Pg. 424-425

    Henry M Speyer a successful business man and member of the mercantile firm of Nussbaum Mayer& Co of Marmont was born in Kentucky September 3 1863 son of Henry and Margaret Pickens Speyer The father was a merchant by occupation and about 1879 moved to Marmont and became identified with the commercial interests of the village He was a soldier in the late war serving first in the Twenty third Indiana infantry for three months and later re-enlisted for three years but was honorably discharged before the expiration of his term of service on account of sickness He entered the army as a private soldier but for gallant and meritorious conduct was captain of his company which position he held at the time of his discharge He was a local politician of considerable note and one time was the republican candidate for the office of clerk the circuit court His widow who still survives is the mother seven children five living namely Jacob a merchant of York city ;Sarah wife of Henry Maxwell of New York city ;Eva wife of William Porter of Marmont and Marion widow of Andrew Kork of Marmont and the subject of this sketch

    Henry M Speyer was educated in the city schools of Plymouth and began the mercantile business at Marmont as successor to his father having received a business training under the latter prior to becoming a member of the firm In his business he is careful and methodical and by strict attention to the demands the trade has made himself quite popular with a large and constantly increasing number of customers

    In addition to the goods business he attends to the post office of Marmont to which position he was appointed in August 1889 He is an active of the K of P order being a charter member of lodge No 231 and in politics supports the principles of the republican party




The citizen's camera man caught one of Culver's former prominent businessmen taking advantage of a few war days to work on his lawn, or maybe he was hunting worms for fishing.

Henry Speyer is on of the real pioneers of the community, coming here when the population was exactly 39. He was born in Newport, Ky. and lived in New York until six years of age, when his parents moved to Marshall county. He attended achool in Plymouth, and moved to Culver 61 years ago.

The firm of Moyer & Speyer, later became Speyer & Speyer, with H. M. Speyer eventually becoming sole owner. He retired from business in 1921.

He served the community in many ways, including terms as presideint of the school board; treasurer of the same body; treasurer of the town; and two terms as postmaster. He has the distinction of being the town's first postmaster. He is a charter member of the local Knights of Phythias.

Mr. and Mr. Speyer are looking forward to the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary next year.






The Marshall co. History under the biography of son George Speyer states that the Speyer & Speyer was closed some time after 10 December 1916. Also that he married Mary L. Peeples b. c. 1869 d. 25 Jan 1944 aet 75 daughter of George and Catherine Peeples






Mary L. Speyer

Rochester relatives and friends early today were apprised of the death of Mrs. Henry SPEYER, 75, which occured at her home in Culver at 10:30 o'clock Thursday evening. Death resulted from a heart attack which was suffered at 10 o'clock Thursday evening after the Speyers had returned home from spending the evening with friends. Previous to the fatal attack the well-known Culver lady and been enjoying her usual good health. Mrs. Speyer had a host of friends throughout both Marshall and Fulton counties.

[Mary PEEPLES] was the daughter of George and Kathryn PEEPLES, a pioneer Maxinkuckee family which once owned the Vonnegut farm and other land along the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Her husband, Henry SPEYER, is a retired merchant and former postmaster of Culver. Mrs. Speyer was a member of the Methodist church and was active in the social and civic affairs of that community for a long number of years.

Survivors are her husband, and the following children, Pauline [SPEYER] and George SPEYER, both of Culver; Mrs. Helen RHODES and Mrs. Marguerite REYNOLDS, both of South Bend; Mrs. Ruth SHAW of Escanaba, Mich.; Harry SPEYER of Plymouth; Jack SPEYER of New York City, and eight grandchildren, three of whom are in the service. Funeral services will be held at the Easterday funeral home, Culver, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will be in the Culver cemetery. Several Rochester relatives and friends will attend the services. - Rochester News-Sentinel of Thursday, January 25, 1944






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