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

Hilarity Hill Hilarity Club  



1880 - J. M. Mahfield/Muhlfield

    1896 - Jul 24 - On last Friday evening, one of the most enjoyable gatherings of the season occurred at Hilarity Hill, the occasion being the formal opening of the cottage to Messrs. Kiefer and Whitcomb’s friends.

    The cottage was beautifully decorated with numerous colored and Japanese lanterns, and with the help of several of their lady friends the interior was made attractive with the many of the little decorations not supposed to be known to our batchelors.

    Late in the evening the entire company were initiated into the mysteries of preparing a welsh rare bit. The dining room was bright with ferns aud wild flowers, and the memory of the sumptuous spread, which was served so informally, will remain long in in the minds of those who were so fortunate as to have received invitations.

    The fun ran fast and furious until the wee sma’ hours, when each little group dispersed to their cottage homes, gliding out over moonlit waters of old Maxenkuckee, wishing that the music of each mandolin and guitar could last forever.
1898 - C. A. B. & C. J. Keifer
    Part of the actual site of Hilarity Club. It was formed by Indianapolis business men and on 24 June 1894/6 it was offically by Mr. Kiefer and Mr. Whitcomb. Erected a club house just north of the Peru club and named "Hilarity Hall" It was formed by gentlemen of Indianapolis: Charles Keifer, A. C. Koehne [Armin C. Koehne], C. R. Myers Charles R. Myers], B. F. Myers, Charles Wocher [Charles Wacker], Adolph Wocher, Rowland Evans, Prof. Beissenherz Daniel Henry Beissenberz], and Prof. Erenestinoff [Alexander Erenestinoff].


1904 - May 5 - C. L. Dwinnell, Bert M. Johnson, A. C. Kohne, Fred Shepard, Admiral Julius Walk, J. S. Bieler, Charles Kiefer, Otto Ginz, David E. Winkler, Wm. F. Burdman aud Otto Hoffman, of Indianapolis, all members of the well known Hilarity Chib, arrived at the Lake last week, to fish. They are guests at th e Hidden Inn. Daniel Mc Donald in his 1905 " Early History of Lake Maxinkuckee" writes:
    Possibly the organization tha will longest be remember about the lake was the"Hilarity Club", composed of gentlemen from Indianapolis. The club erected a club house with sleeping and cooking conveniences on a high bluff a short distance north the the Peru Club house, and named it "Hilarity Hall". It was what its name indicated - a place where hiarity and mirth prevailed, and d ull care and the vexations of life had no audience. The following constitued he members of the Club: "Charles Keifer, A. C. Koehne, C. R. Myers, B. G. Myers, Charles Wocker, Adolph Wocker, Rowland Evans, Prof. Beissenherz, Prof Erenstinoff. The club as a club is no longer in existence, although several members of it still come to the lake every summer. "Hilarity Hall" still remains statu quo, and noe who was familiar with the club in its "hilarious" career, can gaze upon it without bringing back pleasant memories of bygone days.


One early group of cottages occupies a high bluff near the north end of the East Shore, which started as a fishing camp for a group of Indianapolis sportsmen. An 1888 photograph shows the group’s fishing shack on the site of what would later be the J. George Mueller Cottage (844 East Shore Drive, built 1907). In the 1880s and 90s, this, the highest spot on the East Shore, was known as Hilarity Hill. It was no longer in existence in 1905.

This is deducion for now - name - location - time

From the Indianapolis City Directory, 1889. Indianapolis, IN: R.L. Polk and Co., 1889 & 1890 for the listed members of the Hillary Hill Club.

Name: Henry D Beissenherz
Location 1: 176 E St Clair
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: Teacher of Music
Year: 1889
Location 2: same

Name: Henry S Beissenherz
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: music teacher
Year: 1889
Location 2: 391 N New Jersey

Name: Henry D Beissenherz
Location 1: 176 E St Clair
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: music teacher
Year: 1890
Location 2: same

Name: Henry S Beissenherz
Location 1: 67 Central avenue
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: music teacher
Year: 1890
Location 2: same

Name: Charles J Kiefer
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year: 1890
Business Name: Keifer & Koehne
Location 2: 463 N Delaware

Name: Charles J Kiefer; Armin C Koehle
Location 1: corner Christian avenue and Broadway
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: Proprietors K K Bakery
Year: 1890
Business Name: Kiefer & Koehne

Name: Charles J Kiefer
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: clerk
Year: 1889
Business Name: L F Kiefer & Son
Location 2: b 463 N Delaware

Name: Adolph G Wocher
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: bkkpr
Year: 1889
Business Name: R S Foster
Location 2: b 179 St Mary

Name: Charles A Wocher
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: teller
Year: 1889
Business Name: Meridian National Bank
Location 2: b 179 St Mary

Name: Adolph G Wocher
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: bkkpr
Year: 1890
Business Name: R S Foster & Co
Location 2: 179 E St Clair

Name: Charles A Wocher
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: teller and assistant cashr
Year: 1890
Business Name: Meridian Nat Bank
Location 2: 179 St Mary

Name: Rowland Evans
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: stenographer
Year: 1889
Location 2: r 225 E Walnut

Name: Rowland Evans
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: stenographer
Year: 1890
Location 2: b 194 E Michigan

Name: Benjamin F Meyers

City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: teacher

Year: 1889
Location 2: b 226 College avenue

Name: Armin C Koehne
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Occupation: traveling agent
Year: 1889
Business Name: Kipp Bros
Location 2: 229 Park avenue

Name: Armin C Koehne
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year: 1890
Business Name: Kiefer & Koehne
Location 2: 231 Park avenue






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