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

617 Pearl Street, Pearl St. Apartment Complex  



Could of bore the address of 629 Pearl St.

Crook's Pavilion (Hall ) has been mistakingly taken for the Lord Hotel or Cottage Grove, Crook Hotel which Capt. Crook also owned..

    During the era as Crook's Pavilion (Hall) there is reference in news quips to various basketball games being played there.


. 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...


Aug. 1882 - 1905, 28 Aug - A. L. Toner was the owner
    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 the 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
    Depot
    Incorporated Limits of Culver


1900 - Evermans' Biological Survey


28 Aug 1905. Elizabeth Crook purchased the property
    1905 - Sep 21 - Albert D Toner to Elizabeth Crook, lot 13 Toner's add Culver; $350


1908 - Appears to be empty lot


1911 - Sep 21 - Farewell, White Swan
    The White Swan will no more figure as a feature in the aquatic scenery of Culver, for Captain Crook is going to move it to the hill between Ed Bradley's Hotel and Hudson Buffett.

    The Captain will rebuild it, making a place on the first floor for a refreshment stand and for storing boats in the winter.

    The second floor will still be retained for dancing.

    It will be built so that with little additional expense it can be made into rooming quarters.

    This tidbit from the Logansport Pharos states when the White Swan was built:
      Capt. Crook, of Culver , who owns both of the large steamers on Lake Maxinkuckee has just finished building a floating, two story, dancing pavilion which was set afloat Sunday for the first time. -- [Rochester Sentinel, Monday, July 3, 1905]


1911 - Nov. 2 - In excavating for his new building south of the Vandalia park woods, Captain Crook has uncovered a bed of gravel. He is highly pleased to have such excellent building material right on the spot.

1912 - Feb 22 - Captain Crook has raised the frame of his big pavilion on his lot east of Bradley's Hotel. It is to take the place of the old 'White Swan' which had gone to discard

1912 - Apr 18 - Capt Crook's big pavilion on the hill overlooking the lake is enclosed and under roof.

1912 - Jun 13 - Big Railroad Excursion... Games. dancing in Capt. Crook's new pavilion, the merry-go-round and band music furnisherd furhter diverssion..

1912 - Jun 20 - Dancing at the Pavilion. - The management of Crook's new pavilion announces dancing on every Wedensday and Saturday evening with good music and refreshment. Good order will be preserved and every effort made to please the patrons.

1912 - July - The date the abstract says James O. Ferrier bought the property

1912 - July 5 - There will be dancing at Crook's pavillion in the afternoon.

1912 - Aug. 29 - The Peter Apt family Reunion was held in Culver on Sunday, August 18. The day was spent at the dancing pavilion through the kindess of Capt and Mrs. Crook...

1912 - Oct 17 - Hon Thomas Kuhn of Richmand will speak in Crook's pavilion on Saturday evening, Oct 17 at 9 o'clock. Everybody invited

1912 - Nov. 7 - The Progressives held the last meeting of the campaign on Saturday night at Crook's Pavilion. Judge Hughes of Elkhart was the speaker...

1913 - Feb. 1913 - Alex Joplin fell and broke his left arm while playing basketball in Crook's hall Tuesday afternoon.

1913 - Oct 23, 30 - Halloween Dance At Crook's pavilion Friday eve., Oct. 31. Good music, good time. Everybody welcome, masked or not.

1913 - Nov 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Gangher furnished the music for the Halloween mask dance at Crook's pavilion on Friday night.

1914 - Jan 15 - A Successful dance
    The dance at Crook's pavilion Saturday night was patronized by abut 24 couple, and is reported to have been a pleasant and orderly affair. A number were present who have not been atteding these dances for some time and they say they will be on hand at the next dance, Jan 24


1914 - Feb 12 - Dance Saturday Night - Dance at Crooks pavilion Saturday night, Feb. 14. Oyster supper in connection. Music by Grange & Rice, Logansport. Tickets $1.25 per couple.

1914 - Jul 23 - Merl Gangwer, dance director at Captain Crook's pavilion, visted his home in Logansport Monday being called home by the serious illiness of his sister.

1915 - March - Franklin J Easterday & Anna Crook were both owners.

1915 - Mary 20 - The May-day cantata prestented at Crook's Hall on Manday night under the direction of Mrs. C. E. Behment for the benefit of the Parents-Teachers club...

1916 - Feb 3- The high school play will be given Thursday evening at Crook's Hall. This play, "The Morning After the Night Before"...

1916 - Oct. - J. O. Ferrier has bought the building known as Crook's Hall which was constucted out of the material of the "White Swan" floating dancing pavilion. He may reconstruct it into a rooming house for summer resorters, convert it into a modern residence, or wreck it.

1917 - OCTOBER 17 - Plans are under way for the remodeling of Crook's Hall for basketball. Several games have already been scheduled.

1918 - Mar 6 - Mrs. Oberlin bought the Crook pavillion last fall and will probaly put it into condition for rooming puproses

1918 - May 8 - Mrs. Lura Oberlin was in town Sunday. She and her daughter are keeing house in Fort Wayne, but they plan to return abut June 15 to open Crook's pavilion as a rooming house for summer visitors to the lake

1918 - Aug 18 - The Liberty Guards have rented of Mrs. Oberlin the hall of the Crook pavilion as an armory and drill hall. Possession will be taken Sept. 1

1918 - Sep 4 - Benefit Dance - By the Liberty guard at their new armory, formerly Crook's Hall...

1919 - Mar 26 - Mrs. Oberlin is living in the "Crooks pavilon" and is having a front porch built

1919 - Jul 9 - Grace Buswell at the piano and Herman Sayger with his bango furnished music at Oberlin's Hall, formerly Crooks pavilion, Saturday night for 25 couples to dance.

1920 Mar 31 - Yesterday forenoon about 11:30 another fire started in the hollow back of Crook's pavilion and swept over the hill until nearly the entire area of Vandalia Park west of Helen street had been burned over...

1922 - The lot #13 on the plat map of 1922 indicates no building but by all previous information we do know a building was on the lot


The 1924 Sanborn map and the 1937 pictures the apartment complex on the map listed as facing Pearl Street "F" and as having a concrete basement.


19__ - 1923 - Oberlin Apartments - Lura Oberlin

1923, May 30 Lura Oberlin to Orval Roberts of Plymouth the apartment house near the depot in Culver. Consideration not stated

1923 - Nov. 21 - Oval Roberts etal to Albert Williams, lot 13, A.D. Jones Addition to Vandalia Addition, Culver $1.00

1924, Jul 21 - Apartment House Damaged by Fire
    $1000 Loss Estmated

    Quick Work of Volunteers Saved Building from Burning to Ground

    One thousand dollars is the estimated damage done to the Williams Apartment better known as the Oberlin Apartment, Monday afternoon

    The fire broke out at about three o'clock by the quick work on the part of the volunteer fire department, it was extingiushed before it gained enough headway to consume the entire building.

    The third story of the building which is immediately under the roof, was badly damaged. The southwest corner, where the blaze started, was a mass of charred wood. The other rooms on the same floor were badly damaged on account of the terrific heast from the blaze, the smoke and water.

    Second Floor Damage.

    The second floor was not so badly damaged from the fire but window lights were broken out, and much furniture was ruined in the effort to remove it from the building in haste. Also, water leaked through the floor and did considerable damage.

    When the alarm was sounded and the fire truck arrived on the scene, it looked as though the entire building might be consumed. The blaze had ready gained much headway, the flames shooting out of the windows and through burned hole in the roof. The wind was also in favor of the fire since it was from the south. But quick action saved more serious results.

    Other Suffer Loss

    Beside the loss suffered by the owners of the building, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Williams, some of the thirteen occupants were rather serious losers. Earl Flake and wife; and Mr. and Mrs. Schagette were the great outstanding losers.

    The exact cause of the fire has not been determined. It has been Stated that the fire was accidentally started by the Schagett children who were playing on the third floor shortly before the alarm was sounded. However, this report has not been made authentic.


1924 - Aug 6 - Oberlin Apartment House To Get Good Overhauling
    Contractor Fred Thompson and his men are at work on the S. G. Williams apartment, better known as the Oberlin Apartment, to rebuild that portion of the building which was damaged by the fire last week and to make improvement to the property.

    The entire third floor will receive the attention of the carpenters while a new porch will be built on the south sinde of the third floor.

    It will be necessary to put in all new windows on this floor since all of them were broken during the fire.

    Some other improvements will also be made which will put the building in first class shape.


1931 - April - 8 - Wayside Notes - by A.B.H." Old timers will remember the White Swan," a double deck float, owned by Capt. Crook which was used as a dance pavilion and largely patronized by the summer residents. It is now the Williams apartment house, providing comfortable homes for several families. Mr. Williams is giving it an up-to-date appearance by covering it with imitation brick.

1931 - December 9 - 1931—$7,000 fire threatens block. Fire of an unknown origin razed the Lakeview Restaurant and Castle Garden dance hall and partially destroyed the Louden Grocery store on Dec. 8. On the other side of the restaurant the Tuck Swigart soft drink parlor was saved by its cement block construction. This prevented the fire from spreading to the express office and Johnson's apartments. Sparks threatened the nearby Williams apartments, but a small blaze on the roof was quickly extinguished.

1933 - July 12 - Put Light in Alley - An electric light has been placed by the town board in the alley by the Williams Apartment

1934 - Mar 28 - Roof catches on Fire - Friday noon the department was called to the Williams Apartment when sparks from the chimney had ignited the wooden shingles. Two large holes were burned in the roof, making the damage run around $75, it is estimated.

1936 - July 1, 8 - Executor's Notice of the Sale of Real Estate
    Notice his hereby given that the undersigned Administrator of the Estate of Albert F. Williams, deceased, pursuant to an order of the Marshall Circuit Court, will on Monday, August 10, 1926, offer at private sale for not less than the appraised value at the law office of William O. Osborn, in the State Exchange Bank Building, Culver, Marshall County, Indiana, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. the following described real estate owned by the decedent at the time of his death:
      Lot Thirteen (3), in A. D. Toner's Addition to the town of Culver City, in Marshall county, Indiana
    Terms of Sale

    Property is to be sold either for cash or not less than nether (1/3) to be paid down in cash on day of sale and the balance to be divided in two equal annual installments payable in one and two years respectively thereafter to be evidenced by mortgage securing the payment of two promissory notes evidencing said installments, drawing interest at six per cent (6%) from date until due, payable semi-annually, and eight per cent (8%) thereafter.

    The undersigned Administrator reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to continue the sale from day to day until sold

    Mabel M. Williams, Administrator of the Estate of Albert F. Williams

    William O. Osborn, Attorney Culver Indiana.


1936, 23 Sep 1936 Mabel M. Williams Adm to Estella P. Ritchie - lot 13 Toner's Add. W.D. $1500.00
    Name: Estella P. Pontius
    Birth: 17 OCT 1883 Marshall counry Indiana
    Death 09 FEB 1963 Golf, Cook County, Illinois
    daughter of Phillip G. Pontius, Mary E Carpenter
    married: 17 Mar 1920 - Cuyahoga, Ohio David Watson Ritchie e


1939 - May 24 - Mabel M. and Robert P. Mullin to Curtis Kelly Lot 13, Toner's Addition, Culver, WB $1.00
    By this Mabel M Williams Mullin got the apartment building back by defulr as she remarried to Robert P. Mullin


1939 - Sep 20,27 - If you are moving see the nice Clean rooms and apartment at 617 Pearl St. back of Palms Mrs. Harden

1940, Nov 13 - Apartments - 2, 3 and 4 room furnished or unfurnished basement privilege, electric washer and sweeper 617 Pearl St., Mrs. Harden

1941, Sep 10 - For Rent - Modern 3-room apartment, basement privilege, electric washer and sweeper 617 Pearl St., Mrs. Hardin.

1949 - 8 Jun - Curtis Kelly, 72, Formerly of Starke county and Culver passes away at the St. Joseph Hospital in Ft. Wayne on Sunday evening, May 29 it was learned last week. He had gone to Fort Wayne to spend Memorial Day. At one time he owned the Williams Apartments in Culver. For the past eleven years he had made his home with Mrs. Blanche Hardin
    Name: Curtis Kelley
    Birth Date: 13 Oct 1874
    Death Date: 29 May 1949 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
    Cemetery: Lindenwood Cemetery Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
    married 16 Apr 1900 Chicago, Cook, Illinois Abbie Kelligrew


1947 - Jul 30 - Arthur and Marie Schippiock to Herman E. and Nellie Osborn Lot 13 Toner's Addiion, Culver

1947- 1950 posisbly Glick Apartments - no location given
    1947 Sep 10,19 For Rent - Furnished apartment and furnished single rooms Newly decorated Glick Apartments 1947. Oct 8 For Rent - Nicely furnished 4 Rm apartment, also sleeping rooms. Reasonable Glick Apartments 1948 Feb 4 - For Rent - Furnished rooms one light house keeping, heated. Glick Apartments. 1948 - Jul 7 - Miss Biride Jampolsky, daughter of the late artist Jampolsky, of Chicago Medical center is a house guest of Mrs. Amelia Glick at the Glick Apartments 1948 - Dec 15 - Pair of plastic rim glasses between Glick apts. and school house. Reward. Finder calll 383-J or leave at citizen. 1949 - APr. 6, 30,27 - Earl P. Johnson Trash & Hauling Glick Apartment (Third Floor) 1949 - May 4 - For Rent - 3-rom apts., funrish or unfurnished. Hot running water. Located practically on Lake. Glick Apts. Ph 269R 1949 - May 11 - For RENT - Downstairs 3-rm apt. Running hot water in kitchen. 3-rm apts. upstairs. Glick Apts Oh. 269-R 1950 June 7 For Rent Furnished or unfurnsihed apartments. Always hot water. Near the Lake. Glick Apartments Ph. 269-R


1951 - Mar 21 - For Rent: Two 3 room apartments with privat stools and lavatory funrished. - completely re-decortated. Reference required. Call in person. Culver Res. Hotel 617 Pearl St. Culver

Culver Residential Hotel 28 Mar & 4 Apr 1951 ad


1951-1962 Price Apartments - Harold & Betty Price
    My parents, Harold & Betty Price, bought the apartment building in either 1950 or 1951. Dad did a lot of remodeling to the insides, redid the porches, railings, roofing - which reminds me, we had a german police dog named Pat and she actually would go out on the 3rd floor roof and lay down when Dad went on up to the "top" roof to repair!

    Anyway, They sold it to my Great Aunt Pearl Dorsett in 1962. Actually they "switched" homes. My folks went to her home in Rochester and she came to the Apt building in Culver.

    Lots of fond memories of Culver. I was the "popcorn" girl at the El Rancho theater when Everett & Sadie Hoesel owned it. Started working there in when I was in Jr. High School and worked there until my senior year in high school.

    I was back in Culver both in June and just a week ago. We had our 50th reunion at Cafe Max the end of June. I came back last weekend for a family reunion at the Depot - great memories.....but I sure think they "messed" up when they put all the boat docks in front of the Depot area all the way down the beach front. Sad. I used to hunt for baby turtles down at Andersons......but now there's just rows of boats.

    I ran the "Indian Trails" while growing up and our dog (Pat) climbed out over the water on one of the low bearing branches on the "low" indian trails - what fond memories Bea (Price) Stephenson



1963 - May 22 - Purchases Price Apartment Building
    Mrs. Pearl Dorsett of Rochester has purchased the Price Aprtments at 617 Pearl St. Culver, from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Price and took over management of the business on Saturday, May 11.

    Mrs. and Mrs. Price, who have operated the apartment house for over 12 years, have moved to Rochester where they are residing at 325 E. 6th St.


1963, May -1975 - Pearl Dorsett
    1976 Her name does not appear in the Culver Phone Book

    Her obituary states she lived in Culver 10 years.


1976-1980 - the only name associated with this address is Elizabeth J Papes in the Culver Phone book

At one time it was said a Geiger owned it also but could of only been an overseer or remodeled it for owners??

1981 - April - Oliver Shilling recalled the White Swan in a letter to the editor in the Culver Citizen, and that Crook's Hall was constructed from it "in the rear of Hoesel's theater".

?- 1988,Aug - Russell E. Allyn

1988,Aug- 2003, Dec. - James A. & Sharon Carnes
    1st & 2 floor contains 4 units each; 3rd floor contains 2 units & a studio.


2003, Dec.- 2015, Nov. - James J. & Catherine A. Moleski

2015, Nov - 2015, Dec. - James J. Moleski


David Burns always told that the deck of the White Swan was used to build part of this building. He also referred to this as the 'Happy Hour Hotel'; never telling just how it got that name only smiling and snickering.

- 2015, Dec.- ? - Cynthia Hillier Jason Hillier Jennifer Hillier
    have plans to rename it “the White Swan at Culver” and renovate the building.


    > A D TONER ADD LOT 13
An article on it was also in the Culver Citizen, 12 Sep 2013
Jeffery P Kenney
Judy McCollough
Bea (Price) Stephenson






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