Jesse W. Crabb
Jesse was slinging a main paint brush when the citcizen photographer persuaded him to
stop long enough to recors he act for posterity.
He wa born near Kewanna and attended school there and at Leiters Ford, where his family
moved when he was 12 years old.
Mr. Crabb lived there for 15 years and wwas married in the same town, 32 years ago he
came to culver, and while painting and carpentering businesses.
He operated a store at Maxinkuckee Landing until th building was destroyed by fire, twice
ran grocery stores in Culver, followed by the plumbing trade, and operated a picture show.
This was Culver's first movie house, and Jess likes to recall those days when the price of
admission was 5 and 10 cents, films cost only $1,00 each, and there was no block booking,
the manager pciking out films to suit the taste of his audiences. "We used to pack them in
every night". Mr. Crabb recalled, "ad had a standing line outside'> There was only one
projector and the audiences would wait patiently for five minutes between each reel for
the film to be changed. Getting the ladied to remove their large hats was the major
problem of th move manager in those days., Jess Concluded.