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

Eli Parker & Catherine Spangler Family  




Eli Parker and Catherine Spangler 6 Catherine she was born 21 Jan 1840 Sanduskey county, Ohio died Aug 1906 Culver , Marshall, Indiana daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Reed)
    Catherine Spangler, daughter of Samuel and Rachael Spangler, was born Jan. 21, 1840 near Fremont, Sandusky county, O., and died at Culver, Ind., Aug. 7, 1906, at the afer of 66 years, 6 months and 17days

    In 1855, with her parents she moved to Miami county, Ind.

    Novenber 11, 18u60, she was married to Eli Parker, to which union there were born six children - three sons and three daughters.

    March 16, 1869, she untied with the Christian church at Maxinkuckee, Ind.

    She leaves to mourn her loss six children, four brothers and two sisters.

    Her husband and two little grandchildren precedded her to the spirit worl.

    Sister Parker lived her life in the simplicity of her christian faith. She has gone to her rest
married Eli Parker married 11 Nov 1860 in Maxinkuckee, Marshall, Indiana
    Mr. PARKER is a prosperous merchant at the town of Maxenkuckee, in Union Township, and of of that class whose prosperity is traceable to their good management, and determination to succeed. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1831, and when about two years of age, came to the State of Indiana, in 1833, with the family of his father, Dunham PARKER, who was a native of New Jersey. His father settled at Logansport, Indiana, where he was engaged at the tailor's trade until his death. His wife was Miss Mary DEMOSS, a native of Ohio. She survived her husband, dying in Fulton County, Indiana, in 1879. Eli, the subject of this sketch, was reared at Logansport - then a very small town - and received such an education as the common schools of that day afforded; but he was endowed by nature with gifts that even the limited educational advantages of his youth could not subdue, and which ultimately developed into the qualities of a successful business man. In 1854, he removed to Fulton County, Indiana, and two years later, deciding to start in life for himself, he came to Marshall County, and, locating in Union Township, invested his small capital in a stock of general merchandise, thus founding the establishment of which he is still the proprietor. His success was not due to any rare advantages secured by his venture, but is fairly attributable to his prudent management and rigid economy. Year by year his surplus increased, and his stock was enlarged as much as was consistent with the principles of safe business, until it reached its present proportions, and amounted to several thousands of dollars in value. In 1860, he wedded Miss Catherine SPANGLER, daughter of Samuel SPANGLER, Esq., a highly respected citizen of Fulton County, Indiana, and with the satisfaction of a prosperous business came the pleasures of a comfortable home. Six children, in all, were born of this happy union, and all now survive. Their names are: Jennie L., Dunham C., Francis M., Nellie M., Edward E. and Bertha E. As a merchant, Mr. Parker deserves more than a passing notice. He came to his present location poor in purse, and threw into his work an enthusiasm that made his business grown, and by honesty and fair dealing established his trade upon a sure foundation. He has invested his capital in land at various times, until his possessions in real estate now amount to over 400 acres. His life has been a success, and he has secured and ever retained the confidence and esteem of those who know him. - History of Marshall County, Indiana 1836 to 1880 by Daniel McDonald, printed in Chicago by Kingman Brothers, Lakeside Building, 1881


Death of Eli Parker
    The community was surprised Sunday morning to hear of the suddeb death of Eli Parker of Maxinkuckee

    He had retired in good health Saturday night, but his wifr's attention was attracted shortly afterward by unusual breathing

    She arose and procuring a light found that life was extinct.

    Heat disease is attribued as the cause of his death

    Mr. Parker came to Indiana with his parents in infancy and grew to manhood in Logansport.

    Hw set up in buisness in Monterey shortly after reaching his majority; then he moved to Maxinkuckee, where he continued in the general merchandise business until 1890, when he sold out and retired to his farm, where he lived until the final summons came.

    He was successfull in his undertakings, and as a result of his careful manafement he succeeded in amassing more than a competency.

    He was a useful citizen, and contributed liberally to faternal, benevilent and religous undertakings.

    He was a member of thre Disciples church, and an Odd Fellow,, and his funeral which was held in the church at Maxinkuckee, Tuesday afternoon, was largely atteneded by members of those organizations from adjanct towns. Rev. Brown of Logansport, conducted the services

    The internment was at Poplar Grove cemetery.


    Deceased was aged 65 years 1 month and 17 days, and leaves a wife and six children. - Argos Reflector September 3 Sep 1896,


From On Township Yesteryears:
    Another name intimately associated with the ancient community of Maxinkuckee is that of PARKER. ELI PARKER was the pioneer of the family in this township.

    He settled here in 1860 or thereabouts, opened a general store at Maxinkuckee, and largely invested his profits in land, so that at his death at the age of sixty-five, he was a substantial and honored citizen, having accumulated quite a store of wealth.

    He took in JOHN WISE as a partner in the store business, and for many years the firm of Parker & Wise was known far and wide. They had the unique distinction of having two stores operating at one and the same time on the east side of the lake. One of them was a branch of the main store on the hill, however, and was operated at the Landing as a resort store during the summer season only.

    ELI PARKER married CATHERINE SPANGLER. They had three sons and three daughters, all living now but one. CATHERINE SPANGLER was born January 21, 1840, near Fremont, Ohio, and was married to ELI PARKER, November 11, 1860, She was a daughter of Samuel and Rachel SPANGLER.

    It was on August 31, 1896, that ELI PARKER passed to his eternal rest. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge. On the date of his passing he gave a talk at the lodge for the good of the order. He went home, and died within about fifteen minutes. His widow survived him ten years, to the month. Her death occurred on August 7, 1906, at Culver. She was sixty-six. CATHERINE PARKER was laid to rest in Poplar Grove Cemetery, where her husband was buried.

    The PARKER lands, as mapped in the 'seventies, were close to Maxinkuckee village. Just north of it, E. PARKER had plots of 15.75 and 40 acres. and north of this land he had 120 acres. Just southeast of the village 73.50 acres were in his name.


Their children:

1 Jennie E. PARKER Birth: Jan. 29, 1862 Indiana, Death: Sep. 30, 1922 Culver Marshall County Indiana married Daniel W Marks Birth: Feb. 15, 1856 Indiana, Death: Nov. 16, 1936 son of Daniel B Marks & Elizabeth McKinstry both buried Poplar Grove Cemetery Marshall County Indiana

a present-day (1925) resident of Culver. There were two sons who died in childhood at Maxinkuckee. The mother died at Culver.
    Herbert Marks
    Burford Marks


2 Dunham C. "Dunn" PARKER Birth: Apr., 1863 Indiana Death: Jan. 7, 1940 Marshall County Indiana buried Poplar Grove Cemetery Marshall County Indiana. Lived at Argos, about 1935. There are no children.
    Dunham C. PARKER, 76, one of the pioneer residents of Argos, passed away Sunday evening 9:30 at the Kelly hospital. Death resulted from complications which came in wake of a stroke suffered ten days ago. Mr. Parker was well known throughout both Marshall and Fulton counties.

    Dunham C., son of Eli and Catherine (SPANGLER) PARKER was born at Maxinkuckee, Ind., on April 27th, 1863.

    In 1895 he was united in marriage to Mary E. BEEBER. Following his marriage he moved from the Maxinkuckee neighborhood to Argos where he operated a drug store for 14 years.

    From 1910 to 1921 he was employed as cashier of the First National bank of Argos and retired from that position to engage in the insurance and real estate business for himself.

    Mr. Parker was a member of the Camelite church of Maxinkuckee, the Knights of Pythias Lodge and the Argos Citizens band.

    Surviving are his wife; a brother, Frank PARKER, of Culver , and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha HAYES, of Culver and Mrs. Bard KRAUSE, of South Bend, Ind.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon two o'clock at the Umbaugh funeral home in Argos. Rev. R. W. KNIGHT will be in charge of the services. Burial will be made in the Poplar Grove cemetery, northeast of Maxinkuckee. The body will lie in state at the Umbaugh funeral home until the hour of the rites. - Monday, January 8, 1940 Rochester Sentinel<


3 Francis M. (Frank) PARKER, Birth: Aug., 1864 Indiana Death: 1944 marrried Ida M Rector Birth: Feb., 1870 Indiana, Death: 1947 buried Poplar Grove Cemetery Marshall County Indiana daughter of Lewsi C. Rector and Sarah Ann Smith (see Rector Family)
    Parker Family Saved From Fire by Dog

    Home us Destroyed

    Occupnats Escape from FLaming Structur Just as Roof Collapses;; $6,000

    "Fanny" may be just an ordinary dog without a pedigree or other marks of a thoroughbred, but she is a heroine to the five persons she aroused from sleep in the Frank Parker home early Saturday morning, just before the blazing roof collapsed.

    The occupants of the Parker home, which is located near Mazinkuckee, escaped without injury but had a narrow escape from being trapped by the flames.

    They were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker, Mary Rector, a neighbor girl who was staying in the Parker hom that night, whose dog it was that saved the sleeping household, George Parker and Donald Riggs. The latter was forced to jump from a second story window to save himself.

    It is believed that the fire started in the northweast bedroom from defective wiring. The loss is estmated at $6,000.

    The home was an old landmark of the east side of the lake and was a 10 room structure built 55 years ago by Eli Parker.

    The fire had such a start when it was discovered that only a small portion of the household goods on the first floor could be saved. In fact, withing an hour after the fire was discovered the building was lying in smoldering ruins.

    The Culver Fire Department was called, but lthe lack of water forced it to confine its attentions to the nearby buildings which were saved. - - Citizen - 13 Apr 1943


Both are living, 1935. Their home is on one of the old PARKER farms on the east side of Lake Maxinkuckee. There are no children.

4 Nellie M. PARKER Birth: Oct. 9, 1866 Marshall County Indiana Death: Dec. 17, 1952 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana married Bradley D [Bradford ("Brad") ] Krouse Birth: Apr. 21, 1870 Hancock County Ohio Death: Jun. 10, 1950 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana son of William Henry Krouse buried Poplar Grove Cemetery Marshall County Indiana

Their Children:
    Everett Eli Krouse (1897 - 1917) died in the Service, while in a hospital during the World War
    Otis Palmer Krouse (1900 - 1967)
    Vernon Eugene Krouse (1904 - 1933)


5 Edward E. PARKER, Dr Birth: Dec. 18, 1870 Maxinkuckee Marshall County Indiana, USA Death: 1936 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana
    E. E. PARKER, M. D. A life-long resident of Marshall county and widely known as a successful practitioner of medicine even beyond its limits, Dr. E, E. Parker is a native of Maxinkuckee, Indiana, born on the 18th of December, 1879. He has amply fulfilled the destiny of the substantial American citizen, which to make an honorable name for himself by long years of faithful industry and straight forward work among the associates who know him best. It is the conclusive test of a stalwart character. To this faithfulness and industry, Dr. Parker has added natural aptitude and thorough professional training, so that his success and high standing seemed predestined. His father, Eli Parker, settled in Marshall County about 1860, opened a general store at Maxinkuckee, and largely invested his profits in land, so that his death at the age of sixty-five removed from the community a substantial, as well as a highly honored citizen. By his marriage to a Miss Spangler he became the father of three sons and three daughters, all of whom are living at the present time. Of this family, Dr. Parker is the fifth child and the third son. Dr. Parker was reared in Marshall County, attended the common schools of his native town, and completed his literary training at Butler University. In 1895 he was matriculated at the Indiana Medical College, from which he graduated in 1898, locating for his initial practice at Flora, Indiana. There he continued for two years, when he removed to Culver, since which time he has actively progressed in professional reputation and business. His wife was formerly Miss Dora Moss, daughter of William and Josephine Moss, and to their union have been born two daughters, Kathryn and Josephine. To his professional work have therefore been added the good American traits of domesticity and tender fatherhood. Besides his membership in the Marshall County Medical Society and the Indiana State Medical Association, Dr. Parker enjoys a fraternal identification with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and other societies. Socially, domestically and professionally, he is a strong and constant force in the advancement and uplifting of his home community. History of Marshall County Indiana (1908) Daniel Mc Donald pg 543


married Dora Moss, daughter of William and Josephine Moss

Their children:
    Kathryn M Parker Birth: Sep. 17, 1902 Indiana Death: Sep. 27, 1994 Newark Licking County Ohio Elementary and Secondary School Teacher, never married

    Josephine (Rosemary) Parker

    Martha Parker


6 Bertha E. PARKER Birth: Oct., 1874 Marshall County Indiana Death: unknown married Birth: Jul. 15, 1874 Bement Piatt County Illinois Death: unknown Marshall County Indiana
    CHARLES E. HAYES, the leading liveryman of Culver and one of its large property owners, is a native of Illinois, born in Bement, Piatt County, on the 15th of July 1874. His father is Abraham Hayes, a native of Ohio, who came to Culver in May 1895, and entered the livery business, Charles E. buying a one-half interest in the enterprise in the year following its establishment. In 1906 he purchased his father's interest and thus became sole proprietor of the business. Charles E. Hayes received his education in the schools of his native Illinois town, graduating from its high school, which is considered one of the best in the state. After leaving school he went south and spent five years in Alabama and Georgia, engaged during that period in the winery business, and in 1896 transferred his activities from Tallapoosa, Georgia, to Culver, Marshall county. Since that year he has been developing a fine business, and is now the owner of the most complete and modern livery in the town. His establishment includes a stable of fifteen horses, carriages of the latest make, an automobile and facilities for heavy teaming. In 1901 he erected a commodious barn, 120 by 70 feet in dimensions. Besides his livery plant Mr. Hayes owns three residences in Culver and other property of value, He is also interested in a number of local corporations, including the Culver Water Works. In politics he is a Republican, and although one of the most popular men of the locality, has evinced no desire for public preferment. Mr. Hayes' wife, to whom he was married in January, 1897, was formerly Bertha E. Parker, daughter of Eli and Catherine (Spangler) Parker, both widely known residents of the county,


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