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

700 Lake Shore Drive  



Was 704 Lake Shore in the 1940's , 720 Lake shore drive in the 1960's - Jan 1972.

. 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 day 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

The Colonade Hotel a. 8 May 1891 (formerly refered to as "the railroad resturant" which became the Ohmer Housec. 12 June 1886) which burnt on 27 April 1900; as pictured in this photo would of sat off to the left, and would of probably occupied the area from Bennett's to possibly Brockey's Insurance


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


1908 Appears to be empty lot. / Vandalia Park


1915 - May 6 - S. E. Medbourn and S. J. Lenon have bought the Vandalia Park tract of nine acres and will plat it into about 40 lots

1915 - Jun 23 Medbourn and Lenon received the deed on Moday for the Vandalia Park tract, and yesterday had surveyors platting it into lots.



1916 - Apr 13 - built by Charles Plotner.
    Big New Garage

    Chas. Plotner of Star City last week bought a lot 45X100 opposite the depot in the new Vandalia Park addition for $900, and his contactiors, Keen & Buckheister, are now at work on a cement block building which will cover the entire lot. It is to be completed by June 1.




1917 - Mar 8 - A Business Change -
    Culver, Ind.,
    March 7

    I wish to announce that the Lawrence Bros. of Plymout have pruschased the Lake Shore Garage and thereby have added another link o their chain of service stations.

    We are going to put in an up-to-date shop where all kinds of machines and repair work can be take care of in a besiness-like way and will be cecond to no other shop in this locality.

    Whether your needs are a small adjustment or a general overhauling, we are going to fo the work thoroughly and complete, and your car must not leave the garage until you are satisfied.

    We will son have on display in our garage a new 1917 Dodge, which is every inch an extra ordinary porduction of the motor car world.
    We will take great pleasure in showing you this car and explain all its many pleasin features

    Yours for Service, The Lake Shore Garage - W. J. Low, Manager.


1918 - November 27 - Fritz Schweidler of Chicago buys Lakeside Garage from Lawrence Brothers.
    Sale of Lakeside Garage

    The Lakeside Garage has been bought by Maurtiz Scheilder of Chicago who will take possession Dec. 1. Lawrence Bros., sell the equipment and White Bros. & Co. of Laporte the building. The amount invovled in the deal is $5,000.


1922 - Lakeshore Garage - Note the building runs North & South as shown in the photo of the depot fire in Jan. 1920. Later years itran east & west on the back portions of Los 1 & 2


The Schwidler's & the Lakeshore Garage; more detailed

1923 - Mar 7 Installing Big Tank
    The Lake Shore Garage is planting a 1000-gallon gasoline tank on the rear of its lot and will have a service station on the curb. The Schweidler's have contracted for 100,000 gallons of gasoline.


1924 - Sanborn Fire Map shows simple as "garage" and material made of and the location of the gas pumps
1925 - Feb 18 - Joe Schweidler sells half interest in garage to his brother and partner. M. F. Schweidler.

1927 - Joe Schweidler Buys Lake Shore Garage

1928 - Nov. 28 - Michigan Man Plans to open Chevrolet Agency
    A Chevrolet agency will be opened in the Lake Shore garage, December 15th by a Mr. Fry from Michigan.

    This announcemnt is made by J. W. Riggens who closed the deal renting the Fishmurn house to Mr. fry.

    Mr. Schweidler will not be connected in any way with the agency but will handle the seviceing work.


1929 - Aug 21 - Lake Shore Garage Starts Extensive Remodeling Plan
    Work has started in remodeling the Lake Shore garage into one of the most modern buildings in any town this size in the state.

    The building is o be extedned to a 100-foot front with a fine filling station at the corner of Liberty and Lake Shore Drive.

    On the north side of the building will be a super-service station with the latest type of equipment.

    An entirely new front will be built.


1929 - Dec 14 - Remodeling of Lake Shore Garage Completed



    After several week's work on on the minor details the remodeling, the Lake Shore Garage has been changed into an up to-date garage that is a credit to the town and a reflection of the business ability of Joe Schweidler, the proprietor

    The old wooden frame hasn been replaced by a beautiful light colored glazed brick, which is made nore attractive at night by the two flood lights

    The entire structure was moved back allowing for a for a drive-in filling station.

    The building was also widened to give more room for the repair shop as well as additional storage space.

    The front of the building is taken up with the office, parts room and convenient restrooms.

    The doors to the repair shop are electrically operated and is in keeping with the improvements made by Mrs. Schweidler through out the garage.

    Two hydraulic lifts are also a part of the new modern equipment.


1936 - Jul 22 - Schweidler to Move Buffington Bungalow
    Work has started removing the trees from the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Forest Place prepartory to moving the Buffington house to the back of the lot. The property has been purchaed by Joe Schweidler.

    The house will be faced on Forrest Place, will be raised and a basement placed under it. A furnace will be installed, a new roof built, and the interior and exerior of the house refinished.

    There is a possiblity that Mr. Schweifler will exten the entery way to the Lake Shore Garage to the corner.


1940, Aug 14 - Ray Bickel Leases Lake Shore Garage
    Ray Bickel announces that he has leased the Lake Shore Garage of Joe Schweidler, effective Aug. 7

    Bickel has been in the mechaical department of the garage for 12 years so is well aquainted with the business

    He also states that he has been assigned the local associate dealership for Gates Chevorlet of Plymouth

    Joe Schweidler will devote all his time to his bowling alley in Lafayette.


1942 - May 20 Builds Sub Chasers
    Ray Bickel former manager of Lake Shore Garage, left Monday for Benton Harbor, Mich. where he was a postion helping build submarine chasers

    Joe Schweidler is now operating the local garage.


1941-1942 Howlett Motor Sales 704 Lalkeshore Drive. Lake Shore Garage view from Liberty Street the left is on the alley and the far right end is the south side on Lake Shore drive


1942 - December 30 – Closes Gargae - Joe Schwiedler closed the Lake Shore Garage due to war donditions and is now workng in Plymouth on war production as a skilled mechanic.

1943 - June 16 - Machine Works Moving Shop to Culver Site
    The Moore Engineering Co. is moving its machine shop from Plymouth to the building formerly occupied by the Lake Shore Garage.

    Three or four men will be employed until the plant gets under full operation, after which the force will be enlarged

    Joe Schweilder, who has been associated with the company for sometime, has been turning out work for the navy in the local plant for the past two weeks


1944 - Jun 7 - Garage Reopens - Joe Schweidler announces the Lake Shore Garage opened for Business

1945 - May 5 - Lake Shore Garage Opens Under New Management
    The Lake Shore Garage has been leased by Joseph Schweidler to the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., which has issued a sub-lease to George Mayes of Mishawaka and R. J. Smith of South Bend.
    The garage and service station reopened for business last week under the new managment at the sign of the Flying Red Horse.


    Mr. Mayse and Mr. Smith have had considerable experieince in repair business, garage work, welding, etc, as well as the operation of service stations. Mr. Smith had moved into the house formerly occupied by the Herman Gardner family and Mr. Mayse plans to move her as soon as possible.


1947 - February 26 – Buys Out Partner - G. O. Mayes has purchased R. G. Smith’s interest in the Lakeshore Garage and will continue to operate the business as in the past. Mr. Smith plans to move to California after school is out
    1947 - APr. 23 - add stating also Hudosn Sales & Service


1948 - Oct 6 - Joe Schweidler, proprietor of Lake Shore Garage, announces that Williams Wooletts, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Ward has accepted the position of car sales manager for his business.

1950 - 1952 - Lake Shore Gargage - Oldsmobile Dealership

    1950 - Jan 11 - Don Anderson of Kokomo has purchased the Lake Shore Garage from Joe Schweidler
      Don Anderson Purchases Lake Shore Garage

      Don Anderson of Kokomo, Indiana, has purchased the Lake Shore Garage from Joe Scliweidler it was announced early this week. The new owner has already taken over the management of his newly acquired auto sales and service establishment here.

      For the past ten years, Mr. Anderson bias successfully conducted an auto sales and service business in Kokomo. He has purchased a home just east of the Lake Shore Garage on Forest Place and expects to move his family here within the next two weeks. The Andersons have two children.

      In announcing the sale Mr. Schweidler stated that his plans for the future were indefinite. He and Mrs. Schweidler plan to soon go to La Jolla, California, for an Indefinite visit.

      “Joe” as he is familiarly known to his many friends has a wide acquaintance throughout the area. He is a veteran machinist and during- the war did specialized defense work. He established his business here 31 years ago.

    1952 - Chicago Motor Club AAA Service Station

    1953 - The new 1953 Oldsmobile will be shown this Friday at Don Anderson's Lake Shore Garage
1952 - Feb 6 - Short in wires leading to the large electic sign on front of the Lake Shore Gargae Satruday evening,borught a call to the Culver Fire Department who extingushed the blaze

1955 - Nov. 9 Lake shore Oldsmobile -
    WInamac Meb Buy Lake Shore Garage

    Bud Goble and Kash Holbrook of Winamac have purchased the Lake Shore Garage from Don Anderson.

    They will operate the dealership under the name of Lake Shore Oldsmobile.

    Both Mr. Goble and Mrs. Holbrook have been connected with an Oldsmonile dealership four years.

    Mr. Holbrook, a factory trained serviceman, will have charge of the Service Deprtment and Mr. Goble will handle the Sales Department and office work

    The families of both new owners plan to move to Culver in the near future.


1957 - Sep 11 Oscar B. Perine, the Indianapolis oil tycoon, has bought the Lake Shore Garage from Bud Goble and is a most valuable new merchant for this town to acquire. Watch him make things hum. Get to know him, he's just what this burg needs...

1958 - Mar 26 - Oscar Perine Inn Town: Bew Cut-Rate Gas Station For Culver?
    Oscar B. Perine, Lake Macinkuckee summer resident and prominent Indianapolus business man and petroleum distributor, who bought the vancant Lake Shore Garage (Oldsmoblie_ property across from the Park several months ago has been in town for the past couple of days supervisin activities at that location.

    The rumor prevails that a modern cut-rate gasoline filling station is in the offing.

    During the winter months Mr. Perine advertised the availability of the fine building for light manifacturing purposes in the Wall Stree Journal.


1958 - June 4 – Oscar B Perine Service Station Is Now Open
    Is Leased By Rochester Firm

    The new “Bonded Gasoline” service station on Lakeshore Drive opposite the Town Park has opened for business which has far exceed early estimated, according to Oscar B. Perine, who built the ultra modern establishment on the property of the former Lake Shore Oldsmobile garage which he purchased some months ago from Forrest C. (Bud) Goble now of Winamc.

    Mr. Perine a Lake Maxinkuckee summer resident at 1954 East Shore Drive , among other extensive buiness intersts is presidnet of the Perine Oil Company of Indianapolis, distributors of Gaseteria and Hoosier Pete pretroleum Products.

    The station has been leased by Mr. Perine to the Island Park Gas Company of Rochester, of which Wayne Hittle is president and William Borneman is secretary. Jim Ely has been named by them as local manager.

    Branch of Olkahhoma

    The station , which is open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., will soon fly the well know banner of the Oklahoma Oil Company, a division of the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, which recently bought the Hooiser chain of Gaseteria and Hoosier Pete stations for $5 1/2 million.

    NOTE the building already existed possibly only some minor improvements if anything was made he did not build it Joe Schweidler improved and enlarged an existing builnd in 1929 see above. After Alvin R McKee took over as manager in 1962 Mr. Perine was nortrious for not wanting to make any improvements on this property and the little brown house that sat to the east of it and was a part of the property.


1960 - Oklahoma Service Station
    Bonded Gas Service Station Lake Shore Dr--VI2-7406 - 1960 Phone Directory


1960 -Oct 5 Fritz Glass and Body Shop - Roy Fritz Was located in the building east of th hardware (the block building directly behind it)

1960 - Nov. 30 - "Humble" Namme Appears On Service STation - The Oklahoma sevice station on Lake Shore Drive is also sporting a new "Humble" sign on its building. The Hiumble oil Refining Co., leading markieting subsidiary of Standarf Olil Co. of New Jersy, has recently taken over Oklahoma and several other important companies.

1961 - Hoosier Pete Service Station Lakeshore Dr. -- VI 2-7406

1961 Lake Shore Garage Lake Shore Dr VI2-2045

    1961 - Jan 11 - Paul Howard Now Sole Owner of local Garage - buys Interest of Roy Fritz
    Paul howard and Roy Fritz have dissolved their partnership operating under the name of Lake Shore Garage and Mr. Howard is now sole owner of the business

    The automobile body, repair, and paint shop will continue under the same name in the the same location on Lake Shore Drive across from the Town Park.

    The Oklahoma service station, now a part of the huge Humble oil & Refining co. is a major part of the concern and Paul 's brother John Howard will be in charge of it.

    Other employes are Ray Bochantine, a mechanic with 36 years experience, and Jim caudill, who will handle the body work and painting.

    Roy Fritz has made a new connection with Jim Labas Chevrolet in Plymouth.

    Paul Howard formerly lived with his parents in a farm home seven miles west of Culver. He was graduated from Knox High School in 1956 and married Karen goodnight of Indianapolis in 1947. he and his wife. the parents of a son born yesterday, reside at 327 E. Washington st.



1963 - Jun 26 -1965, May 29 Charley Frain To Open Auto Repair
    Shop in Culver Charley Frain has announced this week that he will open his own repair shop on Lake Shore Drive, starting July 1.

    Hours of the new shop will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. Saturday open only until noon.

    Charley plans to do general repair and engine tune-up on cars and trucks.

    Phone number of the new garage will be VI 2-2500.

    To the people of Culver and vicinity, Charley is no stranger in the auto repair field. He has been a mechanic at both Hatten Motor Sales and Ray Wicker Ford Sales here in Culver.


1 Aug. 1962 - c Sep. 1964 Hoosier Pete Service Station - Alvin R. Mc Kee, manager

The ad in the Culver citizen of August 1 proclaimed dad the new owner but he was not... Oscar B. Perine was still the owone of the building till his death in 1970 and the Island Park Gas Company of was Rochester the leasee


It appears that the change of name possible took place sometime in September 1964 - as this ad is the first to appear with the "Enco" name


Company Logos of that era - Enco was a secondary retail brand name for products of Humble Oill the Enco brand as short for "ENergy COmpany." From 1961 to 1972


My memories of these years.

1963-1965 - Charley's Garage -
    Charley Frain To Open Auto Repair Shop in Culver

    Charley Frain has announced this week that he will open his own repair shop on Lake Shore Drive, starting July 1. Hours of the new shop w i l l be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. Saturday open only until noon.

    Charley plans to do general repair and engine tune-up on cars and trucks. Phone number of the new garage will be VI 2-2500. To the people of Culver and vicinity, Charley is no stranger i n the auto repair field. He has been a mechanic at both Hatten Motor Sales and Ray Wicker Ford Sales here i n Culver .

    an ad in the May 27, 1965 issue of the Culver citizen states:
      Going Out of Business We've lost our lease and have been unable to relocate. Our last day of business will be Saturday, May 29, 1965. We wish to thank all our customers for their faithf ul patronage and hope to be able to serve them again soon. All bills can be paid at 451 Forest Psace, Culver . CHARLES FRAIN Charley's Lake Shore Garage


1970-1972 _ Wayne T Hittle of Rochester purchased building some time after the death of Oscar B. Perine

c1964-1972 Jan 31 - Enco Fire
    c1964 - 1972, Jan. Snyder's Ice
      Alvin R. McKee was an outlet for selling ice for Bill Snyder - he had possibly purchased the McKee's old chest freezer when they moved from the corner of Cass and Main St. to Plymouth street or it was just moved down to the station to use by Alvin R. McKee to store the ice in rather than buying a new freezer for that purpose.


    1968/9-1972, Jan - Randy's Body Shop.

    ?-1972, Storage area
      Donald Stubbs - pay loader amongest other items
      Leonard Richards - race cars & Tools
      Pearl Onesti - Jeep


    The original safe from Schweidlers stood eight feet tall was doubled doored each door about 2-3 feet wide and also there was old huge antique cash register were still in the building when it burnt.

    This was the gerneral layout when dad took over till it burnt.


      The heavy "H" was the car hoist which had to have a 6 1/2 -8 foot heavy iron pipe under it to uinsure it stayed up. The only thing that divided the room was a metal work station/ bench for tools, supplies for oil changes and lube jobs. The rest of the building except for the 3 room front office area was baxically empty until Mr. Hittle started allowing stoarage by other people or renting the two test rooms out to others

      It virually sat on the alley you can still see a protion of the orginal wall or footing of the Lake Shore Garage - at the far notrth edge of the parkign lot today. the two smaller outlines represents a garage & house that sat on the east side of the building


    Feb 1972 -1974, May - empty lot


    1974, May 16 - Aug. 1983 - Swirly Top Ice Cream parlor Drive In - Kenneth & Glenice Crowell


    May 1984-1994 ? - Adler's Mini Mart/ c1984-Jun 2001 - Ralph W. & Barbara W. Dobson/Robert 'Bob' & Karen Adler
      Culver Citizen - 16 May 1984 - Ralph Dobson and Karen & Bod Adler opened their new store in the foremer Swirly Top building at 600 Lake Shore Dr.

      Mr Dobson bought and renovated the property while the Adler's lease it for their store, which will contain acomplete line of Phillips 66 products, Hole-in-One donuts, and aconvenience store and deli.
      was remodeled in 1993.


    ? - 2001, Jun Ralph W. & Barbara W. Dobson

    26 Jun 2001-2009 - Osborns Mini Mart/Maxinkukee Ent. Inc; B & R Oil IMP on leased land.

    2013, Feb. - Maxinkukee Ent. Inc DBA Osborns Mini Mart

    2013, Feb-2015 - Osborns Mini Mart/ Maxinkuckee Enterprises Inc


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