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

620 Lakeshore 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...


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

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 saind Nussbaum & Mayer in out lot No 5 Culver City, (formerly Marmont) Indiana


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


1908 - Appears to be empty lot


1922 - Dry Goods


1921-1923 - Recreaction Hall - Samuel J. Lenon operated

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


620 Lakeshore Dr. - "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. untill the late 1950's they hung on to the reference in relation of location from the depot.


This building bordered the tavern building door and their was a 20" gap between the two buildings; the east wall was a shared wall between the Coffee Shop it is said that this wall was of thick paper and not of sheet rock or drywall or another type of fire retardant material.

1938 - Oct 5 - Opens Recreation Room - Claude McDonald has opened the recreation room opposite the dept, having rented the building from Arthur Simpson. Mr. McDonald is moving here with his family from Boswell, Indiana, and will occupy the Mattox flat above the Citizen office

1940- Sep 4 - New Front Placed on Recreation Building An attractive new front has been placed on the McDonald Recreation Hall opposite the depot. The door has been relocated, allowing a better arrangement of the interior.

1943 - Oct 27 - Sells Bowling Alley
    Claude McDonald has sold the Lake Shore Recreation Hall to Joseph Schweidler, the new owner taking over Thursday night.

    Mr. McDonald is contemplating opening a bowling establishment at Kingsford Hieghts , but plans have not been completed.

    Mr. Schweidler is not stranger to the bowling business having operated alleys in Lafayette for several years.


1944, May 10-1945 - Dec 4 - Culver Recreation Hall - Lake Shore Drive (Opposite Depot)
    1944 - May 10 - Emil Ruhnow has purchases bowling alleys of Joe Schweidler.

    1944 - Jun 14 - Emil Ruhnow, proprietor of the Recreation Hall has bought the Baker house on Baker street.


1946 - Jan 9 - Last week Jack Kowatch and his brother Ed purchased the bowling alley from Emil Ruhnow

1946 - Oct 9 - Buys Bowling Alley Jerome Zechiel Jr. has purchased the Lake Shore Recreation Hall of Jack and Edward Kowatch

1947-1951 Jul - Lake Shore Recreation - Jerome "Zeke" Zechiel >
    It is said part of the original alley's came from the bowling Alley that was a part of the Kruezberger Saloon and the remainader from a bowling Alley located in Logansport.

    1951 -Jul 30 - Jerome Zechiel, who has operated the Lake Shore bowling alleys for the past five years, sold the business July 23 to George Robinson of South Bend.


1951-1953, May 23 - Lakeshore Recreational Hall - Bowling - George Robinson
    1951 - Jul. 25 - George Robinson New Owner of Lake Shore Recreation Bowling

    The transfer of ownership of the Lake Shore Recreation bowling allers was effected Monday of this week, Jerome J. Zechiel, who has operated the establishment for the past five years has announced.

    The new owner is George Robinson of South Bend.

    Interior repairs and decoration of the Lake Shore were started this week by new owner who purchased the business building and a home on State street.

    Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and their four children are planning to movr to Culver

    Mr. Zechiel's plans for the immdiate future are indefinite.


1953 May 23-late 1977 - Lake Shore Lanes "Bowling Alley" James C. & Mary A. (Banks) Dewitt
    When they took over everything was manual to setting the pins to returning the balls to the players. improvements over the years brought automated pins potters in 1959.


A Lakeshore Lanes matchbook cover pre 1965 as it still had the "VI" as the prefix instead of numbers "842"


Remodling the grill area in 1969; and in 1969 installing new lanes and pin spotterrs and well as an outside facelift to the building. When the new lanes were installed an additional 6 feet was added to the back of the also allowing for the bathrooms located in the basement to be brought up stairs.




In the early 1970's the fryer of the Coffee Shop up against "common" the west wall caught fire - damage was limited to minor damges of paneling being pulled from the common wall and was able to open the next night.

The Dewitts were recongnized for their work in maintaining a historic building

When they opened the doors in 1953 they charge 35 cents a line to bowled and that priced remained to the day they closed their doors, as the owners.

1977 - Oct 1978 - Neidlinger Bowling Alley - Donald R. "Don" & Julie Mae
    Mary Dewitt remained to manage and Jim came down and helped free of charge

    It burned completely down on 22 October 1978, because of a new fryer. The fire call came in around 1:45 p.m. and firefighters worked until 10 p.m., with damage estimated at $500,000. The blaze, which was fought by Culver and several surrounding fire departments, was believed to have started in the fryer in the kitchen.

    It was briefly feared the massive blaze would devour the buildings to the west, including the Lakeview Tavern, Hansen's, and the El Rancho Theatre. The flames were fought from the tavern rooftop and Plymouth's snorkel lift, and Culver firemen stayed through the night to keep the blaze from reigniting. Jack Houghton's recalls that the The tavern suffered some fire and smoke damage also and the entire east wall had to be replaced.


? -1985 Julie Mae's Dairy Delight - Don & Julie Mae Neidlinger

    1987, Mar 27-1991, Dec. 1991 - Julie Mae's Inc.

    Some time about 1988/1989 The bought the Camelot Bowling Lanes the Dairy Delight out to that location and opening a full kitchen and renaming the business.


1986 - ?1987 - J & B Bait & Tackle Bait Shop - 'Woody' Richard Woodward
    It had opened some time before March 1986 - As I was buying the fine ice fishing line to use as sewing thred - winding my own bobbins by hand for both the top and bottom threads on my sewing machine - I was re-upostering Davi'ds old 1950"s style chair to to salvage it nailing & gluing the wood back together as I went. I know all the local ice fishermen was getting a liittle "irrated' at me or so I was told as I was buying most of the quanity of it up - but hey it worked and it salvaged his "favoirte" chiair for another year or two.


19??? -- Gyro Shop

620 Lakeshore Drive - Edgewater & Lakehouse






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