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

Oscar R. and Lovina Wesson  



I, Lovina Emily Newman Wesson, born February 9, 1914, the first child of John and May Newman, in the house on the orignial Newman Homestead.

I started school in the one-room, eight grade Kaley School at the end of our lane, and went the the Culver-Union Township High School by bus for seventh grade and graduated from high school in 1932.

I praticipated in band, playing saxophone; orchastera, playing violin; an played four years on the girl's basketball team as a guard on a six member team on a court divided into three sections.

Graduating during the depression, I went to International Buisness College, Fort Wayne instead of teachers college. I graduated with a degree in gernal business in 1934 and have enjoyed bookeeping and typing.


I worked as a clerk in the Quality Grocery and for six years worked at the Bureau of Motor Vechiles in Indianapolis at a time when plates were sold at the state house and also in branches. In January and February, I sold plates; the rest of the time I was a "trouble shooter" where ever needed in the department.

While working in Indinapolis, I met Oscar R. Wesson. My father was president of the Indiana Holestein Associationn and I would have lunch with him when the Board of Directors met, and Oscar met with them because he was the fieldman. We were married November 9, 1940 near Greenwood.

Oscar was born January 22, 1914 in Columbia, Tennessee to Oscar and Una (Cluxton) Wesson. The family moved to Richmond in June 1923. A total of nine months were spent in Riley Hospital in Indianapolis when he had three surgeries which partially corrected damage from a nerve injury on the left foot.

When he was 13 both parents died and Oscar and a sister, Lillian, lived with an uncle, and he lived in three foster homes. He received a bookkeeping degree from business college and was a 1934 graduate of Morton High School.


He completed a dairy short course at Purdue, worked a the Earlham College dairy, a dairy farm at Cleveland, Ohio and tested for the Dairy Herd Improvement Assocation. He received a degree in dair manufacturing in 1942 from Purdue.

He worked at Kraft Dairy in Deacture making "Carter Spread", (a high melting butter) for the government; and managed the Bowman Dairy ice cream plant in Chicago.

He was an inseminator of dairy cattle while attending Michigan State College to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in August 1947.

We moved to the Kaley house adjacent to the Newman Homestead southwest of Culver and established a large animal veteinary practice going into the four counties. In 1958 we built a home and small animal hospital on Lake Shore Drive in Culver and enlarged the practice. His special expertise was treating dairy cattle for ionfertility porblems during the 35 years in practice.

I managed the office and for six years handled the Newman artificial insemination office.

We are the parents of Charles Thomas,, who married Nedra James and Patricis Louise,who married James Reilly. Our grandchildren are Shawn and Kathyrn Wesson and Emily Reilly.

Oscar served on the Marshall County Health Board and was active in church and civic organizations.

I have been involved in church and comminity organizations and served in many offices. I recieved the Lions Club 1977 "Citizen of the Year" Award, and in 1985 I received the "Woman of the Year" award in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, - Lovina Wesson - - History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg. 452-3






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