113 South Main
1905 - Apr 6 - John Osborn is making preparations to build two business rooms south of Stahl’s grocery
1905 - Nov 30 The Central Union Telephone Company has leased a suit of rooms in the new- Osborn Block
for fifteen years. New booths, furniture, etc., will be bought and Culver will have one of, the bes
equipped telephone stations in this section. We understand that new rural lines will be built soon, and
on account of tho greatly increasing business, a new switchboard for two operators will be installed.
1906 - S. S. - 1906
1906, Feb 15 furniture store - J. F. Weis & Ezra Hawkins
New Business Firm
J. F. Weis and Ezra Hawkins formed a partnership last Satruday and will open a dempartment store in the
south room of the Osborn Block
Furniture is to be the principal line but ther will sell muscial instruments, sewing machinfs and five and ten
This adds another strong firm to the business of Culver.
Messrs Weiss and Kawkinf were at Chicaho Monday and Tuesday and bought a large stock of goods which
will be on sale
Culver Department Store
Hand's - 1910- 1912
1910 Oct 27 hand's grocery has moved to the building formerly occupied by the Culver Department Store
1910 Nov. 24 a new front is being put on the osborn building vacated recently by Hand's grocery.
1911 - July 27 Hand's Delivery Service has been improved by a new and up-to-date wagon.
1912 - May 30 John Osborn has had water service introduced to the following stores: Slattery, Hollett, Mitchell &
Stabenow. and Hand.
1914 Grocery - Crocekry - 1914 Conklin's Grocery - could this be the one and same
1910's Hand & Co. Grocery - W. E. Hand
Nov. 21, 1910 - A new front is being put on the osborn building, vacated recently by Hand's grocery
4 Sep 1918 - In Hands of Receiver.
W. E. Hand turned his grocery and meat business over to W. O. Osborn in voluntary assignment last
Friday. If the creditors are satisfied with this arrangement court proceedings will bnot be necessary.
Clarence Hollett has been places in charge and will continue th business as usual. The store did a
$50,000 business last year and $5,400 in July of this year. The trouble seems to be largely the credit
system, and there is apparently no reason why on a cash basis the creditors should not realize their
claims and that eventually the business will be turned back to Mr. Hand in good shape.
1919 March 12, - The Hand grocery stock has been sold to Warner Bros., who will make a closing out sale
of it. The vacated room will be occupied by the new picture theatre.
||Home Theater - John Osborn & Werner Jewlery Store|
1922-1a Werner Jewlery Store,
moved from across street (1911) / 1924-1937 as 'S' / later upstairs
John Werner describes this building as follows:
Along about 1920 or 1921 my father decided it was time for a change to improve his
business. To this end he rented a small store across the street in the next block
which was in the actual "business district" in Culver . The store that he rented was
one-half of a standard sized store and actually consisted of about one-half of the
front entrance of a theater that Mr. John Osborn was opening. This theater was built
backwards with the screen in the front near the entrance and showed silent films
only, since talking pictures had not yet been invented...
until Mr. Osborn decided to enlarge the front of his theater to make it look like a
conventional theater. He had already reversed the screen to the back where it
sho uld have been all the time. To make this screen shift meant that we lost
about three fourths of our back porch, but we didn't mind since the projection booth
was now just outside our back door...
1922 Sep 20 - Jewler Werner's friends and patrons are glad to see him in his new and
up-to-date quarters in the Osbonr block. Mr. Wernes is in line with the general upward
movement among our business men
1920-1b Home Theater
- John Osborn &
(according to David Burns); - 1924-1937 - ?
1922, Aug 2 - Another Picture Theater - Moont Foss has closed a five-year
lease on the larger portion of the Osborn store room on Main Stree for a
picture show. Equipment has alrady been bought and work on the
construckton of the theater will begin at once. H. L. Werner's jewelry
stone will occupy the southeast corner of the room.
Medbourn & McClane Grocery - ?-spring 1925
|| Home Grocery |
1925, spring - Oct. 1925 Home Grocery - - - A. W. Zeichel
1925, Oct - Home grocery - Claude Studebaker
Home grocery - Oct 1925 Pat McHmahan
20 Dec 1933 - Paul Snyder has purchased the Medbourn grocery store on South Main street, taking
Possession Dec. 18. The grocery will take the name Snyder's Grocery. Mr. Sndyer several years in
the grocery business. Mr. Medbourn has resumed his job as a traveler for a manufacturing concern,
and will continue to live in Culver.
1933, 18 Dec. - 3 Jan 1934 Snyder's Grocery - - Paul Snyder
1934, 3 Jan - 6 March 1944 - Ben W. Oberllin
Paul snyder sold his grocery stock to Ben Oberlin. - 3 Jan 1934 Culver citizen
Am assuming this was moved up a couple of store fronts - to
109 S. Main since
he had a grocery there.
1942 - Jul 1 - Osborn Block Painted - The fronts of the stores in the Osborn Block
and the CUlver City store have been given coats of white paint, giving a greatly
improved appearance to the business section of town.
?- 1952 - Oberlin Electric Appliance Store Ben Oberlin
1952- 1959 - Kline's Appliance Store
M & M Restaurant 1959 - 1972, May /Jun Mildred Ditmire
Mildred V. Ditmire first started out as owning the 'Gille' across the street at what was or is 110 S. Main
she bought the buisness about 1956 from Donald Priest. Upon selling the establishment across the street moving to this location she launched the
buisness and the M & M with her sister Marcella White and remained in buisness until about May/June of 1972.
December 23, 1959 The M & M Restaurant-Grill opens in the Osbcrn Building on the south side of Main Street.
The the 20 Jan. 1960 issue of the Culver citizen bore the Grand Opening annoucement.
1972, May - ? - 1974, Apr. - Home Restaurant -
The new owner name forgotten took over sometime in May/June of 1972; closing for a week or to to do some re-modeling.
|The M & M 1973
197_- ? - Home Restaurant - Jancie Colleen Sensibaugh
One of the former owners of the M& M Mildred V. Ditmire worked for her for a period of time afterwards.
||1974 - Apr Home Resturant - |
April 4, 1974 Opening Easter Sunday will be The Home Restaurant at 113 N. Main Street in downtown Culver
named by owners Marje and Bill Rinehart due to the history of the space as a movie theatre called The Home...
Daughter Ann worked as a waitress who married Greg Mahler; husband Bill washed dishes. they moved to
Flordia and she was to have worked in Disney World, there
197_- 198_ - Nan-E-Lou Restaurant 197_-198_ Nancy Curtis
(building Owner Andy Vernum)
198_- 30 June 1985 - Nan-E-Lou Restaurant - Louise Measels (building Owner Andy Vernum)
The Nan-E-Lou restaurant has been purchased by Susie Mahler and renamed Cafe Max
1985- ? Cafe Max - 30 June 1985- ?, Susie Mahler
Cafe Max Annex Upstairs 1990's -? she bought the majority of the 60 seats and 30 tables of the LS Ayres Tea Room of Indianapolis
that was auctioned off in 1990. these reamined un-noticed until the furniture was moved down to the new annex at 113 S. Main.
when the Indiana State Museum was re-creating the tea room and was in the process of preparing to custom- make reproductions of
the furniture when Richard Ford remembered the Cafe Max furniture and contacted Susie Mahler about retainting them for the museum.
tho she did not want to let them go she did and the museum replaced them for the Cafe Max.
I as a kid remember going to LS Ayres with mother shopping on a monthly basis and we would met her sister there - once and awhile
we would go to the "tea Room" to eat. -
?-1994 - building Owner Andy Vernum until he retired and sold out the clothing store
2007 - Cafe Max was written up in the Cafe Indiana: A Guide to Indiana's Down-Home Cafes - by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen
|about 2001 expanded into the building south 115 S. Main.
2012 - added seating out side on the side walk.
2005-? Culver Reservations Reservations LLC
Culver Reservations Reservations LLC 2000 -?, Susie Mahler
OP LOT 4 N 21'
OP LOT 5 S 5' COMMON STAIRCASE with 111 S. Main.