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

James & Lillian Rinesmith  

James E. Rinesmith was born 16 Apr 1918 ,Huntington, Indiana died 2 Sep 2003 ,Marashall, Indiana. and buried Culver Masonic Cemetery Culver, Marshall, Indiana. son of Edward Eugene Rinesmith and Bertha Pearle McPeak. (Rinesmith Family history) He married Lillian H. [-?-] born 7 Dec 1919 died 30 Nov 2007Culvelr, Marshall, Indiana and buried Culver Masonic Cemetery Culver, Marshall, Indiana.

Retired Navy Man Opens The Country Store

The Country Store which for business last Thursday, June 4, on the L. G. Walker Corner at 138 W. Shore Drive, is owned and operated by Mr. an d Mrs. James E. Rinesmlth, formerly of Chula Vista, Calif.

Mr. Rinesmith, who spent his boyhood summers at Lake Maxinkuckee, is a nephew of Mrs. Ora Rovell, who resides with her father-in-law L. G. Walker.

The Rinesmiths moved to Culver on May 1, 19 63, and have since remodelled the Walker home and built The Country Store which boasts a complete line of groceries, meats and fishing tackle.

Mr. Rinesmith retired from the iNavy in Jan. 1960, and the following is a reprint from a Chula Vista newspaper at the time of his retirement:
    After a varied Navy career, w h i c h included being at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, participating in the invasion of Mindoro when his ship the USS J Haraden was attacked by a "kamakazi" plane and the crew was blown over the side, and later serving on the Higbee, which had its bow torn off by another American destroyer in an accident, Chief Torpedoman James Edward Rinesmith recently ended his 20 year of Navy service. Fifteen of those years were spent on destroyers .

    Born in Huntington, Ind., R i n e s m i t h attended schools In Marion, Ohio, and was graduated from Harding High School. Later he served as a car apprentice on the Erie Railroad prior to his enlisting in the Navy in 1940. After going through boot training at Newport, R. I . , he served for three years on the Bagley,during the bombing of Hawaii, the Solomon Islands and Australia campaigns.

    After being picked up by the Twiggs and spending three weeks in the hospital during the invasion of Mindoro, Rinesmith went to Bremerton, Wash., while his ship was overhauled. The next year he served on the Higbee in China and the Far East protecting American rights and property during the Chinese Communist push to conquer China. During this period of time the Higbee backed 600 miles into Pearl Harbor when she was involved in the accident with another American destroyer while personnel was transferred from one ship to another.

    The next two years Rinesmith did recruit duty in LaFayette and Crawfordsville, Ind.

    In March 1950, Rinesmith was transferred to the USS Fetchler, which transported a group of NROTC students to Pearl Harbor for training. Unfortunately the Korean War broke out soon after and the Fecthler returned the students to the States and then went to Korea.

    During the next three years Rinesmith was stationed in Korea except for a seven month tour of duty in San Diego., The ship helped in the evacuation of Hungam. When the Fechtler was converted to a radar picket ship, Rinesmith was transferred to the Tingey

    The next few years were spent at the Naval Recruit Training Center at San Diego for three years; touring the Far East, stopping at Australia on a good-will tour on the USS Kidd, spending a short time in Long Beach when the ship was overhauled, transferred to the Hamner, which was also overhauled in Long Beach and a hospital stay at Balboa Hospital, before his retirement.

    His brother, Cmdr. Robert Rinesmith, has spent 26 years in the Navy

RIENESMITH, JIM   CULVER, IN.  1946-47 &nsbp; One of the The Crew of the U.S.S. Higbee DDR/DD-806

To quote - Jeff Kenney on the pages of the Culver Library site - "Famous Boat Houses on the Lake": "Jim Rinesmith passed away in 2001, shortly after the Culver Citizen ran a feature on his memories of life on the lake." but by official records found Jim did not die until 2003!

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: James E Rinesmith
Birth Date: 16 Apr 1918
Address: 732 E Smith St, Warsaw, IN, 46580-4541
[138 W Shore Dr, Culver, IN, 46511 (1993)]
[423 State St, Culver, IN, 46511-1129 (1992)]

Social Security Death Index Name: James E. Rinesmith
SSN: 276-09-5781
Last Residence: 46511 Culver, Marshall, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 16 Apr 1918
Died: 2 Sep 2003
State (Year) SSN issued:

Indiana Births, 1880-1920
Name: James E. Rinesmith
Father: Edward E.
Mother: Pearle McPeak
County: Huntington
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 16 Apr 1918
Reference: Huntington County, Indiana Index to Birth Records
Volume I A - L Volume 2 N - Z 1875 - 1920 Book: CH- 4 Page: 55

Lillian Rinesmith
Nov 30, 2007
CULVER Lillian Rinesmith, 87, of Culver, died Friday, Nov 30. Arrangements are pending at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home in Culver. - Plymouth Pilot

Lillian H. Rinesmith, 87, died Friday at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.

There are no immediate family survivors.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bonine-Odom Funeral Home, Culver, with visitation one hour before the service. - 3 Dec. 2007 Rochester Sentinel

Social Security Death Index
Name: Lillian H. Rinesmith
Last Residence: 46538 Leesburg, Kosciusko, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 7 Dec 1919
Last Benefit: 46511 Culver, Marshall, Indiana, United States of America
Died: 30 Nov 2007
State (Year) SSN issued:

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