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

Maxinkuckee Village  



It is located to the east of thea area called "Maxinkcuckee Landing" on 18b road about one-half mile. The area once known as Maxinkuckee Village is located just north of the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, on 18B Road, beginning approximately where 18B intersects East Shore Drive and extending about a mile to the southern jog of Queen Road.


The Maxinkuckee Village was never officially a town of its own, but it once was a relatively thriving village, with its own school, church, and several stores.

In fact, Maxinkuckee was originally the "town" on the shores of the lake, rather than the town we know of as Culver today. Had it not been for the arrival of the Vandalia rail line, Maxinkuckee might have grown up to be the more populous of the two communities. With the arrival of the railroad, however, the small village on the east shore was eventually overshadowed by the town of Marmont, later Culver.

The area today is still a small community unto itself, but with none of the industry that once defined it. Perhaps the last vestige of bygone days was Bigley's apple orchard and store on what is today 18B road, but these ended operations in the 1990s.

1901 Sep 26 - Rural free delivery will be established Nov. 1 at Culver , Marshall county, Indiana, with one carrier, D. H. Smith, the post office at Maxinkuckee to be supplied by rural carrier, main to Culver . Logansport Pharos Tribune

1 February 1902 - the Maxinkuckee Post Office was discontinued and merged with Culver . The Post master of Maxinkuckee were: Eli Parker, James M. Dale, Harvey Atkinson, John F. Wise, Adin Stevens, D. C. Parker, George W. Kline, George M. Spangler and Frank Smythe.

The essay below, written in the early part of the 20th century. The essay gives a picture of the village closer to its heyday...
    "The village of Maxinkuckee is situated half a mile East of Lake Maxinkuckee, from which it derives its name.

    From this village on the high bluff on which it is built is obtained the finest view of the beautiful lake any where around the twelve miles of its charming shore line. It has never been regularly platted and laid out as a town.

    It had two streets. The one that divides the place and runs north and south is called Washington Street, and the one running East and West is called Lake Street.

    On the North side of Lake Street, about half-way from the village to the lake, was the wigwam of the good Indian Chief, Neeswaugee, which is about opposite the residence of Peter Spangler.

    The street should have been called “Nees-wau-gee Avenue” to perpetuate the memory of the first owner of all the land east and north of the street.

    The village contains a store, blacksmith shop, a Church, and a lodge of Odd Fellows, and contains a population of 150.

    For many years it had a Post Office, but with the coming of rural free delivery system it was discontinued and the people now receive their mail by free delivery.

    Also the Railroad influenced it. There were plans that might have brought the Railroad around the East side of the Lake but instead it went around the West side and the town of Marmont (Culver 1894). The town of Marmont prospered and grew but Maxinkuckee stayed the same. The Post Office went to Marmont (Culver).

    At the village of Maxinkuckee the first Post Office was established about the year 1858. It was discontinued February 1, 1902. It was in the old general store, kept by Parker and Wise, and stood on the North side of the street, opposite the present general store (1934). One corner of the store was reserved for the Post Office business, George Spangler recalls, “and when mail came in, it was put in a wooden bucket. The store at mail time would be well filled with people ‘round about, and the Postmaster as he shouted out the names in a voice that could be heard from one end to the other, would throw, hurl, or fire the mail matter at the addresses. His aim was true; he seldom pitched a bad one and could qualify for most any baseball team. At the receiving end, the catchers were nearly all adept, too.”

    Nees-wau-gee Indian village is on the Bigley farm, on the north side of Maxinkuckee Road, just opposite the Spangler Allegany House." Images of the Maxinkuckee Village


The flollowing is from the History of MArshall county, Indiana, 1908, Daniel McDonald:
    The village of Maxinkuckee is situated half a mile east of Maxinkuckee lake, from which it derives its name.

    From this village on the high bluff on which it is built is obtained the finest view of the beautiful lake anywhere around the twelve miles of its charming shore line.

    It has never been regularly platted and laid out as a town.

    It has two streets. The one that divides the place, running east and west, is called Lake street, and the one running north and south is called Washington street.

    On the north side of Lake street, about half-way from the village to the lake, was the wigwam of the good Indian chief Neeswaugee, about opposite the residence of Peter Spangler. The street should have been called "Nees-wau-gee avenue," to perpetuate the memory of the first owner of all the land east and north of the street.

    The village contains a store, blacksmith Shop, a church, a lodge of Odd Fellows, and contains a population of perhaps 150.

    For many years it had a post office but with the coming of the rural free delivery system it was discontinued and the people now receive their mail by free delivery


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1898 - D of S Ch. [believe the abbreivations should be D of C which would be Disciple of Christ Church bu t more research is needed

Could this be the Maxinkuckee Christain Church?


In 1908 mention is made of its name also being "Frizzle Town" in an article on Robert McFarland, First Rural Mail Carrier

1908

on the North: Amelia Smith 80A
W. Wilson
Fred Thompson
N. Thompson
G. A. Peeples
Church
Francis M. Parker 119A

On the south: Thos J. Bigley 76.30A
A Z Caple
Store / I.O.O.F. <,br> G/; A. Peeples 2 lots
A T Bebedict
O. P. Stevens
H. Looring
M. R. Cline
A. E Stevens
School
I A South
C. E. Hilbrary
John Hatcher
John Hatcher 78.50A George Peoples 77.12A


Here is another version of the 1908 map which labels the building in between N. T. Thompson and A. Overmyer as belong to Eli Parker


After the new school was built down on the corner of Queen Rd. and 18thB the village wood frame school house was converted into a home and over the years been added onto, remolded or even torn down and another rebuilt in the shools place.


A photo of the horse drawn school bus for the Maxinkuckee village school, taken in 1909 or 1910. The school building still stands at the corner of 18B and Queen Roads on the northern corner of the Bigley orchard and farm property. Ira Mattix, according to the caption here, was the driver.


Lee Anson Overmyer in front of his general store, opened in 1912 in the village of Maxinkuckee on the east side of the lake. Anson also operated a "huckster wagon," possibly visible in the garage behind him, from which he sold goods around the lake.


On North: Union. Two.
Thomas J. Bigley
W. Wilson
Meth. Church
A Overmyer
Church
Francis M. Parker acreage not stated

On south side: C. G. Bigley
L. Wilson
T Louden
Ellen Home
Harry & Emma C. Hissong
P. E. Stevens
G. D. & Ida Wolley
Thos. Whittaker
C. E Hibray
John Hacker
F. M. Parker 75.12A; Acreage not states; 23.91 John Hacker 78.50A


The 1922 map labels both churches in 1922 the one is labeled meth. church and sits on the property owned by N. Thompson in 1908 and the other is labeled simply "church" but the 1898 plat map labels it as as "D of S Ch"


A general store was located diagonally across from the 1908 school on the south and was operated by Eli Parker and John Wise. Anson Overmyer was the next owner. An the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge) held their meetings on the seconf floor of th building and had access by an iron stairway on the east, outside of the building. It eventually was torn down and is only represented by a bare lot today.

This is the "chruch" as labeled on the 1922 map (not the methodist); the 1898 plat map label's it as "D of S Ch"

The Maxinkuckee church was discontinued in the mid-1960's

The Bell of the church was donated to the Culver Fire Department and is now at the Fireman's Memorial.


Rev William C.R. Sheridan retired in 1987 and moved to a Culver area known as Maxinkuckee. He and Rudith remodeled the former country church into a comfortable home preserving most of the church features with English-style flower gardens. A two car garage was added beside it. David B. Burns done some of the stone work there at that time.
Maxinkuckee School sometime afer 1936 when it closed as by picture it seems the bell tower windows have been bricked shut
Maxinkuckee School today. Built in 1908. It closed in 1936. At the corner of 18B and Queen Road on what was a part of "Bigley's Orchard" and owned for years by them. The property is now is now owned by another


Bigley's Orchard - – which operated from 1929 to 2000 and won recognition from the state of Indiana as a Hoosier Homestead farm in 1978



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area to village

the village
The area today as platted. The village plat remains basically the same as it was in 1922






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