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

Maxinkuckee Landing





The East side Historic District - the official recording of this is: Also known as Lake Maxinkuckee Historic District - - Roughly, E Shore Also known as Lake Maxinkuckee Historic District - - Roughly, E Shore Dr. from W. 18th Rd.,to the E turn of IN 117, including Maxinkuckee Country Club, Culver . But a map I found expands it further north of the landing.


There is another one of this label "Boat Landing".

Access to lake going west and 18th Rd. going east from St. Rd. 117
about 1866 Richard Jesse Bright built a boat house in the area

1882 - Oriole, a saloon and lunch stand located in the immediate vicinity of the Maxenkuckee landing

INDIANA SPECIAL EDITION FOR MARSHALL COUNTY. MADISON, WIS.: BRANT, FULLER & CO. 1890.
    Maxinkuckee is a small village one-half mile east of the east central part of the lake, but has never been regularly laid out as a town, as it should have been, but, like Uniontown, has the merits of the lake as a summer resort have become better known, it is growing into more importance, but owing to the lay of the country and the location of the public highways it will never rival Uniontown, at least not until it gets a railroad, but should the " east side " get one, what is now rough, rugged and inconvenient would at once become romantic and desirable andthe village would move down to the lake in a hurry


1896 July 3 - We are tenting on the old camp ground. Call and see us, and go away smiling for you will be well pleased with our fine line of candies, cigars, bananas, ice cream, &c. Also first class barber work done, and our side line is keeping on hand lots of minnows. We are here to accomdate you. Give us a call.
    A. B. Personett,
    H. C. Felts,
    Maxenkuckee landing.


Here is a section refering to the Maxinkuckee Landing area from the 1900 topographical map by J. T. Scovell


1897 - December the issue of the Culver Herald dated 31 Dec 1897 - told of the fire that destroyed several buildings at Maxinkuckee Landing. One being a building that housed the grocery and confectioanry store operated by Frank Fernandez and the butcher shop which was next door.

1898 - Aug 26 - A. B. Personette, who was in business at the Maxenkuckee landing, has closed his shop and will go to Indianapolis for the winter

Note - for now this is a guess as tthat this was the original Bigely store that burned as mentioned below


1900 - Jun 22 - Hollister & Co., have purchased the Fernandez stock of groceries on the east side, and have opened up at the old stand with an excellent line of choice groceries, confectionery, etc. The firm will cater to the lake trade and guarantee satisfaction in every instance

Also John Bigleys writes of a building in his story on the Maxinkuckee Launches:
1900 - June 29 - New Store.
    Aside from having a well stocked store at Maxinkuckee landing, containing everything in the grocery and confectionery line, tobacco and cigars, ice cream, soft drinks etc , T. J. Bigley & Son have opened a similar store near the Indianapolis landing known as the Indianapolis store, where a complete line of general and fancy groceries, canned goods etc., can be found constantly on hand. They solicit your trade and guarantee satisfaction. - Culver Herald


1901 - Oct 11 - A. E. Barnes Branch Store , ad

1904 - Nov 1 - Frank Easterday has purchased the store at Maxinkuckee Landing Mr. Easterday has experience in the merchantile business, is honest and energetic and predict for him success in his new venture.


Captain Lee R. Finney , who owned the East Side May and the Carol, had his headquarters at the landing. He was the one that I knew in my youth and admired so much. In a small building on the lot of my father, Guy Bigley, had his shop, office and living quarters. He hired Dick Louden to run the East Side May and Eddie Boberg to take telephone messages and to keep the books. Captain Finney always ran the Carol as it was the fastest launch.

Bigleys

The cottage was on the lake front and bears the address of 1346 E. Shore Lane & the Store sat on the the corner of the Landing road and St. Rd. 117 and is represented by an empty lot today and possibly bore or bears the address of 1352 E. Shore Lane.


The issue of 10 Sep 1908 tell of the fire that destoryed the building owned by Thomas Bigley; the store at the time was under the managment of William Smead. plans were under way to to move the structure so that the Bigley Brothers could make room to erect a brick structure.

Bigley Store was built In 1908 by Guy Bigley and Chester Bigley with the help of their father Thomas J. They sold groceries and other goods; as well as gas and kerosene. It was to have a Tea Room. Living quarters were upstairs and the rear of the 2nd floor also house the telephone company. Guy sold the store in 1933. A large water wheel that sat near the road powered the water from the artesian well for the store


1913 - Sep 25 - The J. H. Petro Grocery and market at Maxinkuckee landing is being moved to Lapaz where the Petros will engage in the same line of business.

1932-1964 - S. J. Rossa Grocery (East Side; PH:300) Sigmand J. 'Sig' Rossa

Skip Higgins writes:
    First, let me explain that my first Maxinkuckee experiences began in about 1950. My grandparents rented a home on the east shore, near the general store and its flowing well or spring. They were walking distance north of it. I think you have a webpage entitled Maxinkuckee Landing that discusses the area.

    They were only there until about 1952. He had been the general manager for L.O. Gates Chevrolet in South Bend and he left Gates to open his own Chevy store on E. Jefferson St. in Culver . It was called Thoner and Sons Chevrolet. The business failed after only a short time, but the little white buildings in downtown (two, on the south side of the street) were there for many more years. He operated the business with his two sons Bob and Bill, who were fresh out of the Army and needed work. Bob still lives in South Bend and Bill is in Maryland. My mother, their sister, died in 1996 in Bloomington where my dad still lives at the age of 90.

    As early as 1964, when I served as a Woodcraft Camp counselor, the house was gone. It was torn down and the property was serving as an asphalt parking lot in 1964. It wasn't the lakefront house. It was behind the lakefront house. Do you have any recollection of it? To me, a youngster, it seemed big and nice. It had a foundation built of lake stones, which provided substance for the house in many places. I think there was constantly flowing water in the house, but I'm not sure. My recollection is that the house was owned by an Indianapolis family at the time my grandparents were there, but I don't know that for sure. I know the Rocaps owned the general store property, and tore it down as your webpage says, but I don't know if they were the landlords of my grandparents or not.


1355 [1352] East Shore Dr - ?-2007 - Empty Lot East Side of Road - Manor Associates Inc./James E. Rocap Jr. But over the years it was: Vans Market; R & J Market and Apartments and finally the Manor Market


18th B. Rd.

17001 - Aug. 2006 - Herbert L & Evelyn M.Crabb
Aug-Sep. 2006 - Evelyn M Crabb & Dale I Crabb JT/RS
Sep 2006 - 2009 - Dale I Crabb

17078 - Sept 1986 - Warren Bailey & Diane I. Davies
    Jun. 1998 - Stephen G. Fox
    1987 1991, 1993 - James F. Moore
    Jun 1998-2009 - James F & Clare H Trustee Rev Living Trust


16781 [16787] - Norman R. Baxter - Baxter family
    2004- 2006 - Mrs. Norman R. Baxter
    2007 - Not listed


Up the road was the Allegheny House at 16921 18th B. Rd.



and just a short ways up the road iTo the east on 18b is Maxinkuckee Village






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