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

Woodbank , Wood & Rasmuessen Family  



William and his wife Anna L. Douglas


Built in 1894 by William Jacob Wood, an Indianapolis businessman; grandfather of James W. Rasmussen. Jacob Wood was a fire insurance investigator for Fidelity Phoenix Fire Insurance Company located in Indianapolis. from Indianapolis. He bought some property from a local farmer and built a simple cottage in 1894. Within a short time, a guest cottage, laundry, and other outbuildings were added. The original grape arbor, which connects to the cottage, is extant.



A biography on Woodbank Cottage is found in the History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 on page 52 as follows:

Woodbank Cottage
A National Register Property

Located on the bank of Lake Maxinkuckee, Woodbank Cottage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1982. The National Register is official recongnition of he site and provides a measure of property protection.

Built in 1894, ownership has remained in the family for three generations. Currently owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Rasmussen, formerly of Indianapolis, the cottage was become their reitrement home.

Located on a hillside acre of wooded land, 50 feet above Lake Maxinkuckee;s eastern shore, the structure and its outbuildings remain virtually unaltered.

William Wood, grandfather of Mr. Rassmussen, had the cottage built as the ideal location for his family to be removed from the summer heat of Indianapolis. Quoting from a paper prepared in 1976 by Mrs. Rasmussen, we see, this picture of the season's opening near the turn of the century.

"Each spring thereafter, his wife, in floor-length skirts and in haughty procession with two daughters carrying bird cages and dolls, two maindenly sisters-in-law and his mother-in-law, traveled on the "hootenanny" (Vandalia excursion train) to the sparkling waters, thence by a public motor launch across the lake to the Norris pier. (At the cottage) they had winter shutters removed and set up housekeeping until schools began in September. They instructed Chester Edwards to hand sythe the grass, ordered ice delivered from town and borought produce fom farm wagons at the back gate."

The Rassmussens look upon themselves as trustees of the property for the next generations.


Placed on the national Historic Register 2 Dec. 1982 as follows:
Woodbank (added 1982 - Building - #82000022) - - Also known as Rasmussen Cottage
2738 East Shore Lane, Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architectural Style: Late Victorian
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-function: Single Dwelling

Application description: Site: unaltered - hillside acre of wooded, farm-land fifty feet above Lake Max­inkuekee: East Shore.

Building: two story, frame dwelling with screened porch along West end; also, a Laundry-workshop building, Boathouse, original "Outhouse" with grape-arbored cement walk from main building.

Altered: built in 1894, the kitchen was remodeled - 1952; bathroom installed inside - 1955; Boathouse (metal, section & wood frame) demolished and replaced with cement-block - 1958.

William Jacob Wood b. Feb. 1857 In. burial: 04/25/1921 Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapols, Marion, Indiana Section: 60 Lot: 1011 m. 1st [-?-]. They had:
    Bessie M. Wood b. Aug. 1886 In. ??died 26 J ul 1982 Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapols, Marion, Indiana Section: DD Lot: A-4??


William m 2nd Anna L. Douglas b. Feb 1865 In. burial: 09/01/1951 Section: 60 Lot: 1011 They had:
    Helen L. Wood b. 7 Oct 1890 In.


Helen L. Wood b. 7 Oct. 1890 In. Burial: 06/16/1951 Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapols, Marion, Indiana Section: 60 Lot: 1011 m. 10 June 1914 Marion co., In. (Bk. 76 pg. 314) Alvin C. Rasmussen b. 19 May 1890 burial: 6/16/1951 Crown Hill cemetery, Indianapols, Marion, Indiana Section: 60 Lot: 1011 They had:


James Wood Rasmussen b. c. 1921 married Catherine Matilda Glossbrenner born in Indianapolis, IN on October 16, 1925 died 27 Jan 2010 Elkhart, Indiana the daughter of the late Daniel I. and Edna J. (Schnull) Glossbrenner. They had:
    1) Catherine M. Rasmussen married Stephen Cale

    2) James D. "Jamie" Rasmussen - deceased

    3) infant son

    4) Peter J. Rasmussen married Kathleen [-?-]. They had:
      1) Alexander Rasmussen.
      2) Gabriel Rasmussen.
      3) Jacob Rasmussen.



Census Records:

Census 1900: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: T623 387; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 39. 12th St.
HouseHold # name relation born In age mar status born mother born father born occupation
529/139/140 Wood, William J. Head Feb 1857 43   M/10/  Indiana Indiana  Pennsylvania Stan Agt Life Ins 
 Wood, Anna L. Wife Feb 1865 35  M/10(1/1) Indiana Canada(Eng.) Indiana   
 Douglas, Ida M. S-in-law Sep 1868 31  Indiana Canada (Eng) Indiana  Stenographer 
 Wood, Bessie M.  daughter Aug 1886 13  Indiana Indiana  Indiana   In School 
  Wood, Ellen L. daughter Oct 1889  10  Indiana Indiana Indiana  In School  


Census 1910: Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, Indiana; Roll: T624_366; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 53 Broadway
Household # name relation age mar-status born in father-born mother-born Occupation
2301/271/272? Wood, Wm. J.  Head 53 M(2)/21  Indiana Indiana Illinois Insurance Adjuster
Travels 
 Wood, Anna L. Wife 44 M(1)/21
(1/1) 
 Indiana Indiana Indiana 
 Wood, Helen daughter 18  Indiana Indiana Indiana  


Census 1920: Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, Indiana; Roll: T625_450; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 51 Broadway
Household # name relation age mar-status born in father-born mother-born Occupation
2301/279/296 Woods, William J. Head 62  Indiana United States United States Adjuster Insurance Co. 
 Wood, Ann wife 54 Indiana  Canada Indiana   
 Raumussen, Alvin C. Son-in-law 29 M   Missouri German Germany Chief Engineer
Manufacture 
 Rasmussen, Helen daughter 29  Indiana Indiana Indiana  
 Rasmussen, William grandson 2 9/10 S   Indiana Indiana Indiana  

Census 1930: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: 610; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 447 Parke
Household # name relation age mar-status born in father-born mother-born Occupation
4049/382/417?  Wood, Anna L. Head  65 Wd  Indiana Canada English Indiana  

Census 1930: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: 610; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 449 Capital Ave.
Household # name relation age mar-status born in father-born mother-born Occupation
5135/23/23 Rasmussen, Alvin C. Head 39 M/23  Missouri  Denamrk Texas Engineer
Steel Mill 
 Rsmussen, Helen W. Wife-H 39 M/23  Indiana Indiana Indiana  
 Rasmussen, William W. son 12  Indiana Missouri Indiana  
 Rasmussen, James W. son  Indiana Missouri Indiana  

Year: 1940; Census Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: T627_1131; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 96-368.
Household Members: Name Age
Alvin C Rasmusson 49
Helen Rasmusson 49
William Rasmusson 22
James W Rasmusson 19

Name: Alvin C Rasmussen
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1934
Street Address: 5135 Central av
Residence Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation: V-Pres
Spouse: Helen Rasmussen
Publication Title: Indianapolis, Indiana, City Directory, 1934

Name: Alvin C Rasmussen
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1937
Street Address: 5135 Central av
Residence Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation: Eng
Spouse: Helea Rasmussen
Publication Title: Indianapolis, Indiana, City Directory, 1937

Catherine - gave talk in Indianapolis on her memories of Lake Maxinkuckee - this was sent to me - I had some spelling erros and alot of hyphens etc. in it - I hope I corrected it right - it is in the collection also listed below.

VISUAL COLLECTION DESCRIPTIONS,
WILLIAM HENRY SMITH MEMORIAL LIBRARY,
INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Rasmussen Family. Collection, ca. 1904-ca. 1978. P 0024. Approximately 100 black-and-white and color snapshots, and 46 copy negatives, mainly of cottages, summer activities and social life at Lake Maxinkuckee between ca. 1904 and ca. 1978. Photographs of social activities were copied from Rasmussen family albums and printed on contact sheets. These photographs are identified, and show members of the Vonnegut and Schnull families, and children of other cottage owners boating and playing tennis. Servants who worked for these families pose for individual snapshots, and with their employers. Other photographs on contact sheets include views of Indianapolis residences, and parades sponsored by the Indianapolis German community. Interior and exterior views of cottages exist as individual copyprints, and are not identified. Unidentified color photographs dating from the late 1970s show children and teenagers water-skiing, swimming, and sunbathing at Lake Maxinkuckee. The subjects may be members of the Rasmussen family.

Manuscript material in this collection consists of a typewritten memoir on family and social life at Lake Maxinkuckee written by Mrs. James Rasmussen in the late 1970s. “Eighteen Ninety-Four to Nineteen Ninety-Four” contains anecdotes concerning the Schnull and Vonnegut families. B & W photographs are with other collections in one full-size document case. Color photographs are in one 5"x7" box in the color photographs storage area. Negatives are in two 4"x5" negative storage boxes and one flat storage box.






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