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

640 Lake Shore Dr.  



This building was formed from a combination of the Express Office (638 Lakeshore Drive) and the Johnson Building (640 Lakeshore Dr.)

This shows the 2 store fronts that existed the Blue was the 'Johnson Building'


1961-1965/6, Mar - Kowatch Painting, Decorating,Plumbing, and Heating - Jack B. Kowtach. It is believed that this actually opened as a "new office" in the Express office building but there is no ads giving an address for it - and there is ony the 1961 phone book availiable that would possibly have a anddress for it.
    1954 - May 5 - Jack Kowatch and Sam Strang who have launched a new painting and decorating partnership... 1954 - May 26 Kowatch & Strang Painters and Decorators Interior and Exterior - 122 College Avenue

    1960 - 6 Jan - Is found "Jack Kowatch, local build contractor, built the Dr. Frank Ikirt osteopathic clinic; but no formal "business name" was given.

    1960 - Mar 9 - Three unused radiators have been removed from the Public Library in preparation for redecorating by Jack Kowatch, This area will be used for additional shelves

    . 1961 - Not listed in the 1961 Telephone Directory

    1961 - Feb 1 - ...water heater...May be seen at my new office building on Lake Shore Drive across from Town Park in Culver, Jack Kowatch

    1963 -Jul 3 - the new ranch home of the Frank Setzler's at 950 East Shore Drive. The Kowatch Heating & Plumbing have the heating and plumbing contract

    Apr 18 1962 was the first "by line ad" found - as "Kowatch Painting, Decorating, Plumbing, and Heating " and the last was Dec 12, 1965 in joint multi-business ads supporting groups/holidays; have not found small individual ads for these years.


There is no pictures of the Johnson Building being razed and the new one being constructed in the Citizen; also as with the name change from Kowatch to Bennett's there appeared no formal announcement in the newspaper.

C.1965, Apr.-2012, Apr. building owner - Jack B. & Catherine L. Kowtach

1966, Mar?.- 2009, May After - Bennett's Plumbing and Heating Contractor LLC - Harold Leon Bennett
    1966 - Mar 3 - Bennett Plumbing, Heating, Painting & Decorating - first appearance of by line in joint multi-business ads I have scoured all issuues to this date


“When dad (Leon Bennett) slowed down eight years ago (2006), we agreed to buy him out, the three of us: Cindy Carter, myself (Trent Bennett)), and Todd Bennett. Dad was still working in the company until two years ago (2012). He was the marketing arm; he was very personable. And guys in town would always pressure me to come back to town. We decided to make it work... - Mar 12, 2012"


1986 & 1987 Cindy Bennett Carter & Jackie Brown had CJ's Country Clutter in a Corner of the shop

1989/1990 Bennett's bought out the Whirlpool franchise from Dan Shively

after 2009, May-2017 - Bennett's Contracting, LLC.- Trent L. Bennett/Todd Bennett/Cindy (Bennett) Carter, President,

2015 - Todd Bennett working for the company in early 2015.


Tho the building is "one" and sits on both lots because of structural changes through the years the lots remain seemed to be listed as seperate
    ?-c1965, Apr.-2012, Apr. building owner - Jack B. & Catherine L. Kowtach
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