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


My grandmother, Mary Ann Rassner, bought two lake front cottages of Lake Maxinkuckee at the turn of the century. Her home was at Peru, as was our family, David H. and Margery Ellen Rassner. She bought them during the time of the popular assembly grounds in Culver , south of Davis Street. We spent a great part of our summer in one cottage and my aunt and her family in the other cottage.

Later, my father bought the "Cherry Villa" cottage, a larger one with inside plumbing, a fireplace, and a furnace. It had belonged to a Judge Winfield of Logansport. It was located the first cottage around the bay from the depot on the west side of Lake Maxinkuckee.

As soon as school was out my father brought Mother and us four children here and we stayed until Labor Day. My father came up on Wednesday afternoons and weekends. He loved to fish and hunt.

My father, David H. Rassner, was born in Peru April 27, 1876, and Mother, Margery Ellen (Guynn) Rassner was born February 12, 1877. I had three brothers: Russell W., born November 9, 1902, Virgil M. born October 26, 1911 and Donald D. born September 1916. I Beatrice Jane, was born May 25, 1909.

The Vandalia trains ran right behind the cottage. There was a long frieght train about dawn every morning and by the time the caboose was passing, it would awaken me and I saw the most beautiful sunrises coming up over the east shore of the lake. We loved the lake and felt it was there for us to conquer. It offered many challenges. As we children grew older each summer presented new challenges.

For several years when our friends visited us for a few dyas or a week, a hike around the lake was planned. We followed the lake shore where possible. It was a rule that a path be kept open between the cottages.

One Sunday evening a friend and I were playing around the bay in my father's small duck boat. A young fellow who owned a fast speed boat had been taking passengers for rides from the depot pier. He saw us, and showing off, made waves around use, nearly capsizing us.

Each year the lake presented evern greater challenges. My two brothers, Russell and Virgil, and I swam across the lake, followed by a boat, from Cherry Villa and coming out near the Indiana Boat House on the east side. Our brother, Don, wa still too small to accompany us, but delighted in hunting turtles, especially around the two old suken launches near the outlet. We had lots of good trutle meals.

The following year Russell and Virgil tied ropes from our canoe around their waists and towed it. I swan free. We started at the boat house swimming pier and came out somewhere at the south end. There were very few cottages down there then, mostly wooded area. I remember the beautiful log cabin that Russell Fisher built on the south end made of tamarac logs, and he called it "Airly Days".

A while later, September 4, 1929, I married that "young fellow with the fast speed boat:, John F. Bigley.

My swimming adventures concluded when I "Baby-sitted" with our six grandchildren. - Beatrice (Rasnner) Bigley.

History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg. 352

Peru Mount Hope 411 North Grant Street (Peru Twp., Miami Co.) Peru, Indiana

RASSNER David H born 27 Apr 1876 died 1936

RASSNER Margery Ellen born 1877 died Sep 1957 daughter of Madison Guynn & Mary Amber

RASSNER Mary A. born Ohio 1837 died 1924 Peru, Miami, Indiana daughter of Samuel STEPLER & Elisabeth Scherer married 1864 William Rassner Birth 23 Apr 1823 Germany Death 19 Jul 1904 in Peru, Miami, Indiana

RASSNER Russell W born November 9, 1906 died Jul 1959

Virgil Madison Rassner Birth: Oct. 26, 1911 Peru, Miami, Indiana Death: Oct. 1, 1988

Beatrice J. Rassner Bigley Birth: May 25, 1909 Peru Miami County Indiana Death: Oct. 8, 1997 Culver Marshall County Indiana married John Fisher Bigley on Sep. 4, 1929. son of George "Guy" Taylor Bigley and Mabel Alice VanSchoiack Bigley. John is farming.

Donald David Rassner Birth 30 Sep 1915 Peru Miami County Indiana Death May 28, 2011 in Mississippi buried Parkway Memorial Cemetery Ridgeland, Madison County, Mississippi; Major United States Air Force

William Henry Rassner Birth Date: 23 Apr 1823 Hess Darmstadt, Germany Death 19 Jul 1904 Peru, Miami, Indiana buried Mount Hope Cemetery Peru, Miami County, Indiana son of Albert Rassner & Elizabeth

married Anna Catherine Rabb Birth 1826 Germany Death 27 Feb 1857 Peru, Miami County, Indiana buried Mount Hope Cemetery Peru, Miami County, Indiana
    Charles Rassner 1849
    Matilda Rassner 1852
    Catharine Rassner 1855

Magdelane Springer Birth 1837 Ohio Death APR 1864 Indiana daughter of Jacob SPringer and Anna Cathrine Widekin
    Amelia Helen Rassner 1857
    Ellen Rassner 1859

married 10 Nov 1864 Miami county Indiana Mary A Mary Jane Stepler Birth 1838 Ohio Death 07 MAR 1924 Indiana
    Maria Elizabeth Rassner 1864
    William Rassner 18661869
    Louise Rassner married John Frank Gysin Sr.
    Elvin R. Rassner 18741930
    David H. Rassner 18761936
    Melphora Rassner 1869

Year: 1860; Census Place: Peru, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M653_281; Page: 25
Name:	William Rassner
Age:	37
Birth Year:	abt 1823
Gender:	Male
Birth Place:	Hesse-Darmstadt;Germany
Home in 1860:	Peru, Miami, Indiana
Post Office:	Peru
Family Number:	185
Value of real estate:	View image
Household Members:	Name	Age
William Rassner 	37
Madaline Rassner 	29
Charles Rassner 	11
Matilda Rassner 	8
Catharine Rassner 	5
Amelia Rassner 	3
Ellen Rassner 	1
John Hefley 	21

Year: 1870; Census Place: Peru Ward 2, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M593_343; Page: 186B
Name:	William Rossner
Age in 1870:	47
Birth Year:	abt 1823
Birthplace:	Prussia
Home in 1870:	Peru Ward 2, Miami, Indiana
Race:	White
Gender:	Male
Post Office:	Peru
Value of real estate:	View image
Household Members:	Name	Age
William Rossner 	47
Mary A Rossner 	32
Charles Rossner 	21
Catharine Rossner 	15
Amelia Rossner 	13
Lizzie Rossner 	5

Year: 1880; Census Place: Peru, Miami, Indiana; Roll: 298; Family History Film: 1254298; Page: 505C; Enumeration District: 119
Name:	William Rassner
Age:	57
Birth Year:	abt 1823
Birthplace:	Hesse Darmstadt
Home in 1880:	Peru, Miami, Indiana
Race:	White
Gender:	Male
Relation to Head of House:	Self (Head)
Marital Status:	Married
Spouse's Name:	Mary Rassner
Father's Birthplace:	Hesse Darmstadt
Mother's Birthplace:	Hesse Darmstadt
Neighbors:	View others on page
Occupation:	Retired Druggist 
Household Members:	Name	Age
William Rassner 	57
Mary Rassner 	42
Lizzie Rassner 	15
Louisa Rassner 	9
Elvin R. Rassner 	5
David H. Rassner 	4

Year: 1900; Census Place: Peru, Miami, Indiana; Roll: 393; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0104
Name:	William Rossner
Age:	77
Birth Date:	Apr 1823
Birthplace:	Germany
Home in 1900:	Peru, Miami, Indiana
Race:	White
Gender:	Male
Immigration Year:	1830
Relation to Head of House:	Head
Marital Status:	Married
Spouse's Name:	Mary Rossner
Marriage Year:	1864
Years Married:	36
Father's Birthplace:	Germany
Mother's Birthplace:	Germany
Occupation:	View on Image
Neighbors:	View others on page
Household Members:	Name	Age
William Rossner 	77
Mary Rossner 	63
David H Rossner 	24
Lizzie Buffington 	35
Franz R Buffington 	35
Mary Buffington 	6
William Buffington 	3
George Buffington 	2 

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