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

614 Lake Shore Drive  

. Section 16 - 500.90A 1835 Original Survey
Section 16 c. 1837 500.90A (North shore town and academy)

1872 - Section. 16
    Est. of I N Morris 105 A ( also 80 A)
    J. Duddleson - 30.60A & 10A
    T. Houghton 90A.
    J. HOughton Acreage not stated
    J ___ name illegible 4A
    G. A. Durr 10A
    Lot no name no acreage stated
    G. A. Durr 5A? - res (Lot 2 3A & 3A)
    Dr. Durr No amount Stated lots as if to be 2 large
    L D W [Lorenzo W. Wiseman]

1876 - J. Castleman - 190A

1876 Section 16
    1850-1876 I. N. Morris 175/185a   [Isaac N. Morris] - 185 A

1880 North Section 16 - 500.90 Acres Town
    I N Morris 185.34
    B. W. Watt 15.50A
    LakeView Club 15A
    J Duddleson 109.31A
    Tho. Houghton 90A.
    J. E. Houghton 19.60A
    E Parker 27 A

From the Logansport Daily Journal page 3 dated Aug. 27, 1882:
    All the preliminaries for the extension of the Logansport branch of the Vandalia railway to Lake Michigan have been satisfactorily adjusted, and upon compliiance with a few easy conditions the contact will be closed, and the work will be commenced and pushed to completion.

    Readers of the Journal are familiar with the route of this line to Marmont (Maxinkuckee), and will have no difficulty in following it to South Bend and the lake...
    With these advantages before them, our citizens are asked to consider one of the conditions above named, which condition is that the right of way shall be furnished free to the new line thorugh our county. The estimated cost of this right of way is from $7,000 to $10,000 and it is proposed to raise the amount by subscription. A consideraable portion of this subscription has already been secured, and a committee appointed for that purpose will make an effort to raise the remainder during the present week...

But found about the area is From the Logansport Pharos Tribune dated 15 Aug 1882:
    ...Al Toner, one of Kewanna's influential citizens, is that sure of the road being Built that he purchased twenty-six acres of land at Lake Maxinkuckee probably for speculative purposes. The land purchased is on the present site where it is thought the depot will be located. The citizens of Marmont are not behind in agitating the benefits to be derived from the building of the road, and will, it is understood, aid in its construction by giving liberally of their wealth...

1883 - Oct 6 - The.Vandaiia railroad company commenced laying iron at Marmount a d ay or two ago, and-withln a short time the tract will be completed from Maxinkuckee lake to the Nickle Plate railroad, a distance of about three miles,- Logansport Pharos Tribune

1898 - Section 16
    L. C. Dillion - 10A, 99.31A, 79.76, 75.60A
    T. Houghton 89A
    A. Roughton
    E. Duddle(son) 9.60A
    E. Morris 21.49A/Morris Lake Front Plat
    T. H. & L RRR Lake View Club 15 A.
    J. J. Bryant
    Incorporated Limits of Culver

By 1898 it shows that the area had been platted out into probably town blocks; tho no buildings were designated. But we do know there were several hotels and resturants in the area - a mongest to major fires that destroyed several of the buildings.

189_ - 189_ Nussbaum & Mayer
    From the April Town Board minutes - April 1896

    Be it also futhere rememberd that on motion which was duly seconded and carried it was ordered to serve a notice on Nussbaum & Mayer for the construction of a side walk along the south end of the lot owned by the said Nussbaum & Mayer in out lot No 5 Culver City, (formerly Marmont) Indiana

1900 - Evermans' Biological Survey Map only gives detail of the railroad and pictures no buildings for the Lakeshore Dr. area except

The next map which would of been the 1906 Sanborn fire map does not travel any further than the west side of State Street where the current fire station sits leaving us to draw to conculsions as to what sat in this are - but asssumption could be made that it was a part of the railroad property and the part or all of the grounds for the Colonade hotel.

By the 1908 map everything from what is State Street today - to the east edge end of the LakeHouse was one large lot labeled "5"

The next map which would of been the 1914 Sanborn fire map again does not travel any further than the west side of State Street where the current fire station sits leaving us still to draw to conculsions as to what sat in this are -

Finally in 1922 we have a map thay shows us that Lot 5 had been subdivided down over the years. and also that there seems to be a small building posiibly either on the lot that was formerly Hansen's or the Lakeview Tavern as there is a small open square on the very edge of the front of the lot besides building on the east end 1922

Theater being the 1st and it appears that they were built together as a unit and depicts probably what was the original faced of the buildings and was taken probably just shortly after it was erected.

A view from left to right - theatre; last Hansen's; Lakeview tavern; bowling alley; area of Coffee shop
1924 Sanborn Map

By the 1924 & 1937 Sanborn map there is defintely an small store front area within this building and each are clearly labeled "S"

In 1924 no street/postal numbers were assigned on the Sanborn Map but on the 1937 map the street/postal numbers appeared. Many still did not use the street/postal numbers in their advertising etc. until the late 1950's they hung on to the reference in relation of location from the depot.

1935 - - Maxinkuckee Liquor Store
    1935 - Opens Liquor Store - Charles Hayes has opened a retail liguor Store in his building opposite the depot. The merchandise is sold by the bottle and nor indivdiual drinks are served

    1935 - Oct 16 - Culver Pistoleers... the Macinkuckee Rifle Culb... the Club has secured the basement next to the Palms Theater, owned by Charles Hayes, to use as an infoor pistol range. The room is 40 by 60 feet in size

    1935 - Nov. 20 - At Maxinkuckee Liquor Store 614 Lake Shore Drive, the Garrett Wine co. will give a wine demonstration Tuesday afternnon. Nov. 26

1937 Sanborn Map

1942 - pictured below but no name visible

1946 - Hollywood Cafe

It was to have featured a horseshoe shaped bar. It said the business began to decline when the owners remodeled and updated and the management changed to rules to the dress code that was allowed to come into the establishment
    1946 - Apr 3 - Sandwich Shop to Open
      Another new business will open when the Hollywood Snadwich Shop welcome the public Saurday, April 6.

      The restaurant, located opposite the depot and next to the El Rancho Theatre, has been attractively decorated and has modern furnishings and equiptment thorughout.

      Walter F. Ristow, who moved here seven months ago from LaPorte, is the prpoprietor.

      Complete announcement of the opening given on another page of this issue

    1946 - Aug 28 - Fire Threatens Hollywood Cafe and other buildings

    1046 - Nov. 13 - Announcement of reopening under new management

    1946 - Nov. 20 - Hollywood Sandwich Shop - Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Rathburn
      The Hollywood Sandwich shop reopened today under new management

      Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Rathburn being the new proprietors. They state that regular hours will be kept with the restauratn open all day daily.

      They were formerly in the resturant business at Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Ind.

      They have moved into a house on State street, coming here from Walkerton. They have a daughter in high school and a son with the air force in Honolulu.

    1947 - Sep 24 - Fire Causes about $600 Damage to Local Cafe
      The Hollywood Cafe, located opposite the depot, was damaged to the extent of about $600 by a fire that was discovered about 4 a.m. Sunday. The cause is unknown.

      It is believed that the fire started in a pile of trash in the basement and lack of air kept the flames from getting a head start.

      The electric wiring was destroyed and several rafters were burned, while damage to the main floor was limited to that from the heavy smoke. The loss is covered by insurance.

    1940 - Apr 21 - Hollywood Cafe - Thomas L Hogan, Prop.

    1948 - Apr 21 - Hollywood Cafe Open - Renovation has been completed and Thomas L. Hogan, proprietor, announces that the restaurant is complete meals and short orders. The cafe is located next to the El Rancho Theatre

    1949 - Aug. 17 - Hollywood Cafe - Tom Adams, Prop. - 620 Lakeshore - sale of equipment. This ad confirms the "horsehoe shaped bar" or counter as being the 1st item listed within "Double horseshoe counter, 54 feet long with built in cabinets and pie case."

    1949-1959,Apr- Sat empty
      There was plans for a lumber shop but the owners of the building abandoned the idea because of health problems - it is said.

    The above photo of 1953 showed part of this building to the very left and in the photo it looks as if the windows are covered from the inside to obscure the view of the inside. To the north were the Lakeview Tavern and then the Lake Shore Bowling Alley.

    Apr. 1959 -May 1999 - Hansen's Home Improvement Service / Hansen's Bait and Sportsmanís Shop /Hansen's Snack Bar - Winfred 'Win' & Clara (White) Hansen
      Ads seemed to use a variant of names through the years

      Clara cooked in the back of the store for her family and the customers was soon suggested that she make enough that could have some also. Thus they expanded into the restaurant business

      1959 - Apr. 22 - Hansen's Home Improvement Service
        New Culver Merchants Are Welcomed

        Mr. and Mrs. Win Hansen. Proprietors of Hansen's Home Improvement Service

        Hansen's Store Fine Addition to Community

        After having been vacant for nearly 12 years, one of Culver's most desirable and spacious locations at 614 Lake Sore Drive, across from the Town Park, is now occupied by Hansen's Home Improvement Service

        Although the new store opens it doors today, another month will be requires to complete its stock of merchandise preparatory to holding an appropriate grand opening.

        The new Culver retail establishment is operated by Win Hansen and his wife, Clara, both natives of Plymouth, who will move here from that city in due course.

        Building Supplies and Hardware

        Hansen's Home Improvement Service will specialize in a general line of building supplies and hardware, including window glass and screen. Also featured will be paint, wallpaper and floor and ceiling tile.

        Area sportsmen, who have missed a Culver source of supply since both the Outdoorsman and the Trailsman went out of business, will be happy to learn that the new Hansen store will carry a full line of fishing equipment and live bait.

        Formerly in Lumber Business

        Win Hansen helped his brother, Jim, start the Hansen Plumouth Lumber Company in the county seat four years ago. Accordingly, he is thoroughly familiar with the type of business he has started here.

        The Hansens are members of the Church of the Brethern at Plymouth. They have three children: Pat a daughter of 16; a member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls; Mike, 11; and Pete 5.

        The new Culver retail est[ablishment}...

        ...a member of the V.F.W. and for the past several years has belonged to the Plymout fire departmen.

        The Culver Citizen on behalf of its readers welcomes the Hansen family to our community and extends it best wishes for the success of their new store. NOTE: as written actually not printed was parts of the paragraphs.

      1960 - Nov. 30 - Ad on that date carried the name of "Hansen's Hardware & Sports Shop"

      1961 - Jan. 1 - Ad on that date "Hansen's" - Live bait & Tackle, sporting goods, Snack Bar 6 a.m. 'til ?

      This is was taken of Clara & Win in the 1960's. It is interesting to note the partial log facade and also probably what was a "neon light" advertising Meadow Gold ice cream which was very popular during that era.

      This is was taken of Clara & Win in the in the spring of 1978 since there is no visible snow - We know that the Culver Citizen ceased publication on 29 Dec. 1976 and that in January 1978 Arlene Nix who had been with the paper previously secured office space at Hansens Resturant and Sport Shop on Lakeshore Drive.

      When Win died in 1998 the sporting goods and hardware business and the sales of bait and fishing and hunting licenses was slowly phased out leaving the the restaurant as the sole business.

1998-2008 Hansen's Resturant or Clara's Restaurant
    The west wall during these years were lined with coffee mugs, pitures of Culver ís past, awards and articles about the business and Clara herself.

    Also a water color painting of the place by well-known local artist Barbara Meeker, which was given to Clara as a Christmas gift in 1992; and a painting by the late, former Culver fire chief Dave Burns the summer of 1983 station masterís home,that sat on the hill across the street in fromt of the depot.

    In 2000 another item was added a 1962 check she had written out to NIPSCO and was found during the demoliton of the building it had itself in the drop box

May 1999 - 2009 - Clara's Restaurant - Clara E. Hansen
    Clara closed her doors sometime in 2008 by her daughter Peg - and just in the spring of 2009 put the building up for sale.

2008 - 10 Jun 2011 - Vacant Owner Clara E. Hansen
    and sometime between the period of closing the doors and selling the building she had a "tag sale" to sell the contents of the building.

2011 Jun 10 - Vacant - Diane L. Hansen

Extensive remodeling has been occuring since 2012 - Electrical upgrading, a 20 by 30 additon; replacing the floor, roof, and a major change to the facade.

2014 - Remodeling mostly complete - but one still sees the scofolding in the doorway.

And there is a big poster in the window - FOR SALE or LEASE 2,400 SF Newly Remodeled...
2017, Mar - Bourbon St. Pizza - Property owner Diane L Hansen
    2017, Mar - Under Construction

    Bourbon Street Pizza Inc. - Bourbon, Indiana - Founder Tim Hartman -

    TONER ADD W 30' E 110' ETC OLOT 5


1945 , Dec 12 Bertha E. Hayes to Walter F. & Louise C. Ristow etc., west 60 feet of east 110 feet of outlot 5 Toners Addition, Culver

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