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

Logansport Pharos Tribune 1889 Snippets  







Mar 29 The Vandalia company anticipate a heavy travel to Lake Maxinkuckee the coming season.

Apr 6 - Hon. Jesse P. Siddall. who was a frequent visitor at Lake Maxinkuckee during the summer months, died Tuesday of Bright' disease at his home in Richmond

Apr 10 What is going to be needed more than anything else about our lakes this summer is cheap fare to abd from the resorts. Heretofore it has cost from ninety cents to one dollar for the round trip from this city to Maxinkuckee. This is too much. It makes it too expensive for a poor man to take his wife, or a boy his sweetheart to the lake and ind ulge in a dinner. The entire bill is more than most men can afford, or at least it is more than many people can afford very often. The res ult is but comparatively few go, and there are hundreds of old residents of Logansport who have never visited Maxinkuckee. This would not be the case if a cheap and easy way to get there and back was provided. Give the people cheap fare to the resorts and they will go in double the usual numbers

Apr 16 - Mr. N. K. Elliott, of the Vandalia road, is taking in few days rest at Lake Maxinkuckee. He leaves off fishing, however, long enough to drop into the telegraph office every few hours to see that the superintendent of the transportation department is running along all right

Apr 17 No flies on the Vandalla Company.
    The Pharos made a kick last week for cheapar rates and better accommodations at Maxinkuckee and other near pleasure resorts. There are hundreds of people in Logansport who have never visited such places on account of the unsatisfactory arrangements made by the railroads. Mr. J. C. Hutchinson, the Vandalia agent, stated to-day that commencing May 1 the company will sell low rate tickets to Maxinkuckee.

    The forty ride tickets for $20 are only good for the purchaser and his family, including servants, but each Saturday they will sell round trip tickets for $1, good going on any train Saturday and returning on any train carrying passengers Monday. This will enable any one to have three days at the lake on this tickit.

    The company is also building some airy sheds on their ground, which will be a great luxury to tha pleasure seekers at the lake, knowing that such attention will be appreciated by the public.


Apr 25 Tbe weather continues cold and gloomy at Maxinkuckee

Jun 6 The water in Maxinkuckee lake rose about five inches during last week'* rain

Jun 17 Lake Maxinkuckee
    Lake Maxinkuckee, but the following from a recent visitor to that pleasure resort is entitled to prominence. He says:

    "Orators have found inspiration along its shores; preachers have had glimpses of sacred Galilee as they looked upon its bosom; tired brains have been refreshed, weary frames have revived, care-wornso uls have been quickened, gloomy minds have been brightened, aching hearts have been healed, in the presence of the delightf ul little lake. Here the man of business has found rest from the; facts and figures of the commercial world;here the teacher has-found rest from the r ules and three Rs of the school room; here the student has found rest from the pages of history, or philosophy, or science; here the preacher has found rest from the sermons and songs of tbe established sanctuary, as he preached the gospel in God's first temple — the woods.

    Here the matron has us found relief from the routine duties of the household, and the . midden has rejoiced in the freedom of a circle where the goddess of fashion dare not. dictate or command.

    Here the invalid sufferer has found the elixir of life Hint restored color to the cheek, strength to the limbs and joy lo the heart, Here the weary wanderer who songlit everywhere for health has found the balm of healing.

    Here the people of crowded cities or summer-heated towns have found fresh air and cool breezes to restore their vigor and energy. The lake is celebrated for the cures of mind and heart and body which have been wrought around its shores.

    Those who have once visited Lake Maxinkuckee praise it those who have tarried long love it."


Jul 1 The Methodist ladies of Frankfort, are talking of running an excursion to Lake Maxinkuckee in the near future

Jul 2 The excursion to Maxinkuckee, Sunday was poorly attended. Between Terre Haute and Maxinkuckee here were 177 tickets sold. Between South Bend and the lake only 165 tickets were sold. It is said that the expense of running the train will amount to more than the tale of tickets. If this is true the train will be soon taken off.... A large excursion train will be run to Maxinkuckee on the 21st of July from St. Louis, on account of the Culver park assembly, which will be in session at that time.

Jul 19 It is now stated that the first Sunday train on the Vandalia for Maxinkuckee lake will be run next Sunday ... Fishing is reported first class at Lake Maxinkuckee.

Jun 20 The Terre Haute Express says: "Beginning Sunday a train will leave here at 5 a. m., for Maxinkuckee, arriving there at 10:30 and leaving at 6:30 p. m. ariving here at 11 p. m.; fare for round trip $3. The train will be kept on during; July until August.

Jul 12 - Our Water Supply.
    Indianapolis is proposing, it is said, to pipe water from Lake Maxinkuckee, Marshall county, 100 miles to the city, and with the aid of a stand pipe distribute it over tbe city. The difference in the elevation between 'Indianapolis and Lake Maxinkuckee is 400 feet, and the gravity would give a fine pressure at the capital.—Exchange.

    The above reminds us of the suggestion of Mr. George B. Forgy, made to the Pharos some time ago, that Logansport's water supply should be taken from Maxinkuckee.


    While the first cost of piping would be heavy, the secondary advantages are estimated to be important.


Jul 16 Maxinkuckee Items
    A new saloon, lunch house and bakery is opened north of of the Vandalia station

    The Plymouth club folks have beautified their grounds by setting out numerous beds and tubs of flowers.

    Dr. Burford, of Indianapolis, is at Maxinkuckee, making life a burden to the suckers aud sunfish in that noted body of very wet water

    Mr. Scott and wife, of Detroit, are occupying their cottage on the East side. Mr. Scott has a very fine boat, propelled by a naptha motor

    The Rochester people have improved their grounds and buildings, and are now as comfortably situated as most of their neighbors about the lake

    Marmont is gradually growing towards the railroad station. It will not be many years before the b ulk of the business will drift in that direction

    It is said that some of the excursionists who come in on the Sunday trains show considerable lack of breeding by taking possession of private grounds, hammocks, etc., without consent of the owners


Jul 16 Excursions to Maxinkuckee. The Lake Erie and Western road will have two Maxinkuckee excursions this month—one on the 21st, the other on the 28th. The attraction on the first occasion will be Dr. Talmage and on the second Sam Jones.

Jun 18 The wife and family of Mr. S. A Vaughn have gone to their cottage at Lake Maxinkuckee for the summer... We understand that Sunday trains on Vandalia are to be run three Sabbaths in July and three Sabbaths in August to Maxinkuckee. The improvemenls made about the depot grounds make a vast change in the appearance of the place...

Jul 20 Gen. Marson will come up on the Maxinkuckee excursion tomorrow. He will be joined at the depot here by Maj. McFadin, when the two will proceed to Maxinkuckee, where the two old vets will take in the sights during the day and attend the sermon of Dr. Talmage... The Vandalia expects to take a large number of people to Maxinkuckee tomorrow to attend the assembly meetings

Jul 22 Mrs. A. J. Murdock" and Mrs. S. B. Petterson are at Maxinkuckee for the summer... Frank Rice has traded his cottage at Maxinkuckee for a lot on the Lake owned by George B. Forgy, and will at once erect a large summer residence.

Jul 22 The Excursion
    Nearly five hundred Logansporters went to Maxinkuckee yesterday morning.

    Eight empty coaches were p ulled into the Vandalia depot at 9.20, and were soon packed as solid as saw dust in a rat hole. Three freight cabooses were attached, and after being well filled the train left Logansport at 10 o'clock 40 minutes late.

    Everything passed off lovely until three miles south of Grass Creek, when the rear caboose broke loose, the train making the station before stopping. The detached car run a mile and a half before stopping, hence the main train only had to run back a mile and a half. This was soon done and the rear excursionists were soon on their way again.

    When the train reached Kewanna the isles were literally packed, the platforms were crowded and a few passengers perched themselves on top of the cars. A few succeeded in getting on at Kewanna, but the most of them were compelled to wait for the next train, which started at Terre Haute. This last train took on two or three coaches at Logansport which were forwarded from the Panhandle people.

    At 12 o'clock these two trains unloaded nearly 2,000 people at Maxinkuckee. Dr. Talmage was billed to speak at 11, and many supposing the sermon to be over "spent an hour with their dinner baskets. Had they gone direct from the train to the tabernacle, they would have heard the greater portion of the sermon

    A song service was held from 2 to 3. after which Rev. Matthews, of St. Louis, spoke" for over an hour. The addresses of these able divines were highly interesting and instructive, and were listened to with the closest attention. Tho music was pleasing indeed. Prof. Excel the Sweet Singer" led led choir, and the sweet strains of music "fell like the gentle rain from heaven" upon the ears in and about the tabernacle.

    After the exercises, many took a trip over the lake.

    At 10 p. m. the train returned to this city, two hours and fifty minutes late, bearing, perhaps, as tired a 500 as ever got off a train.

    There were probably not less than 7,000 visitors at the Lake yesterday.


Jul 24 Mr. Sol Wise has returned from a ten days' outing at Maxinkuckee, His family will remain at the lake during the heated term... Sam Jones at Maxiukuckee from Thursday until Monday-July 25th to 29th... Rev. Sam Jones will be the drawing card at Maxinkurkee from July 25th to 29th.... Fare to Maxinkuckee this week $1.20, including admission to Sam Jones' speaking

Jul 31 - It is claimed that the Maxinkuckee fruit stand took in $750 when the big crowd was there.

Aug 3 Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Simpson are spending time at the Bay View hotel at Maxinkuckee... The Vandalia excursion train leaves this city to-morrow for Maxinkuckee at 8:20 a.m. Returning it will leave the lake at 6 p.m.... Messrs. Harry Torr and H. C. Thornton have rented the Highland house at Maxinkuckee for the mouth of August and their families were located there today.

AUg 3 Among those who have recently purchased lots at Maxiukuckee are
    Isaac Himmelberger,
    J. C. Hutchinson and
    Mrs. M ulbolland, of this city.


Aug 5 - The travel to Maxinkuckee will be light during the remainder of the season. Tumage and Sam Jones were tbe great drawing cards.

Aug 6 MAXINKUCKEE
    The Famous Summer resort of Northern Indiana

    In recent seasons the highways from north, south, east and west have been opened, says a writer in the Chicago Herald, and every summer hundreds of pleausure-seekers find entrancing loveliness in the sunny waters and shaded woods of Maxinkuckee.

    Club houses have been built all around the lake.

    Land which once belonged to nobody has risen to the dignity of selling by the front foot.

    Steamers and sail boats skim the surface of the lake, flying from graissy lawn to striped awning, from the shallow beach to waiting pier, then when night comes a fairer sight can scarcely be imagined. Water sparkling in the moonlight, rowing crafts with many colored lanterns, and a very girdle of pearls shining from the windows of gay club houses on every hand, all combine to present a view whose charm is seldom equaled.

    One pauses in the sweets of an early summer evening to ask: "And is this Indiana? And is not Indiana beautiful?"

    But the lake has passions now and then. Its broad surface offers to the winds a challenge.

    Sometimes a storm sweeps clown through the wooded hills and smites the lake as though an angry master would punish a slaye. The quiet charm is forgotten and waves leap up, breaking in anger and tossing spray in the face of the hurricane. The lower deeps are moved and rise in angry billows which chase the retreating wind and break in wrath against the shores. Sometimes a party ia caught far out in the lake and the struggle to reach safety is watched from a hundred balconies. The skill of sailor must be combined with the courage and nerve of a soldier, and even then the unequal contest is not infrequently decided against the voyagers.

    One day last summer a prominent Chicago lawyer and his wife wore enjoying a quiet sail when a storm arose too suddenly to be avoided. In spite of care and skill the little boat was capsized, and for half an hour the couple drifted, each resting against the overturned h ull, while futile efforts were made to reach them from the shore. At last a youth, whose fortunate position exactly to windward of them give him a living chance, rowed a strong boat toward them and rescued them. The lady was clear grit, and managed the tiller of the safer craft, while her lord, after seeing that his wallet was all right, took an oar and forged through to safety.

    Midsummer grows rank and rich at Maxinkuckee. The Trees, all sacredly preserved, stand at the background for the circlet of cottages on the bluffs. The sunshine, tho broad placid surface of the lake, the indescribable charm of a place easy of access, yet seeming remote, the primitive scenes of rural life around on every bank, the freshness, the greenness, the country life with city comforts, render the place one to remember when warm days come; one to ponder over in those hours when other days and other faces go trooping silently by


Aug 9 Mrs. Godfrey Twells with Miss Jessie and Master James, have returned from a two weeks visit at Maxinkuckee, Bruce's lake and Kewanna.

Aug 10 The lake special to Maxinkuckee tomorrow passes Logansport at 8:20 a.m Fare for round trip, $1. You must be "on time," for we propose to be that way.—J. C. Hutchinson, agent.... Harry Thornton joined his family at Maxinkuckee today and will spend Sunday with them,

Aug 16 Travel was good to-day to Lake Maxinkuckee, and Logansport was well represented at that beautiful pleasure resort... The state Democratic editorial convention meets at Lake Maxinkuckee to-day and to-morrow. Messrs. B. F. Louthain and John W. Barnes, of ihe Pharos, are in attendance

Aug 17 Mr. Robert Coon, nephew of Mr. Sol. Wise, left to-day for his home in Ciicinnati , after a visit wilh the family of Mr W in this city and at Maxinkuckee

Aug 19 DEMOCRATIC EDITORS.
    They Hold a Pleasant Reunion - Maxinkuckee

    The Democratic editorial association of Indiana held a very pleasant reunion at Lake Maxinkuckee, on Friday and Sat- urday of last week.

    Many of the edi- tors present had attended the association meeting at the lake two years before, and were therefore able to judge of the rapid advance being made there in the way of buildings and i mprovements, as well as the increasing pop ularity of the resort.

    Friday was devoted to business, Among other features, president Henderson, of the Kokomo Dispatch., read an able address, in which he held that the defeat of the Democratic in 1888 had acted to strengthen it. The party stood for principle, and it is no discredit to it that its cause went down before the prejudices of the ignorant and the venality of those who make merchandise of their suffrages.

    On Saturday afternoon, the Hon Rufus Magee read a strong- and suggestive paper on the subject of restricting undesirable immigration, dress will be published in f ull tomorrow.

    The visiting editors were handsomely treated by many of the cottagers. A party of a dozen wereentertained at dinner by Hon. Daniel McDonald, of the Plymouth Democrat, while Editor McSheehy showed the fraternity where and how to fish.

    Among the visitors at the association meeting were Speaker Masou J. Nibiack. of Vincennes, Hon. C. H. Reeve, of Plymouth, Eli W. Brown of Columbia City, Hon. D. A. Woods, of Kokomo, and others.


aug 20 Editorial Resoluntion.

    The following resolutions were adopted by the Democratic editorial association at its meeting at Maxinkuckee, last Saturday:

    This association congrat ulates the Vandalia railroad management for the rapidity with which lake Maxinkuckee has, under their liberal policy, been pop ularized.

    As an association, we commend tbe spirit and enterprise thus manifested. To Mr. J. M. Chesbrough, assistant general passenger agent of the Vandalia line, the association tenders its sincere thanks for the many favors so cordially exended on this and former occasions.

    The Democratic press of the state congrat ulates itself upon tbe harmony prevailing in its ranks, and concedes the act to be due to the devotion of the in dividual member of the press to the principles laid down by the founder of our party, Jefferson, to the expounder, Madison, and the executor, Jackson; the genius, the tactician, the arm of power hat made the Democratic party unconquerable.

    This association recognizes that the lonest and faithf ul administration of Grover Cleveland did much to strengthen the Democratic party and insure its early return to power in the nation.

    We commend to the thoughtf ul consideration of the Democratic press of the state the propriety and advisability of abstaining from the discussion of the subject of the election of a U. S. senator until after the November election. The choice of a senator lies in the province of the next general assembly and to that we submit the question.

    This association is of the opinion that city and county officials should purchase supplies for their offices from local estabishments when the same can be furnished at equitable rates.

    And in this connection we commend the sentiments enunciated in the admirable address of Mr. J. W. Adams, of the Columbia City Post, at the recent session of the northern Indiana editorial association, at Kendallville, and recommend its publicalion by the press of the state.

    It is the sense of this association that the proposed world's fair in 1892 should be held in Chicago, the real commercial center of this republic.

    In the event of congressional action regarding the termination of the matter, we believe this association expresses the almost unanimous sentiment of the people of Indiana in declaring that our senators and representatives would reflect pop ular opinion by favoring the holding of the world's fair in Chicago, a city of unsurpassed facilities for properly attending the millions of people who will participate in the celebration of the four hundredth anniversnry of the discovery of America.

    Resolved. That the sentiments of theexcellent address of the Hon. Rufus Magee, on the subject of restricting undesirable immigration, meet with our hearty approval and merit the earnest consideration of the law-making power of the land.


Aau 23 The Vandalia has derived a very handsome revenue from its Lake Maxinkuckee business this season, which will go far toward paying the expense the company has incurred in milking this pleasure resort an attractive place

aug 24 George Funk and wife and Al Jenkines and wife will go to Maxinkuckee, this evening, to spend Sunday with friends

Aug 26 Mrs. T. J. Elliott returned this morning from Maxinkuckee... large crowd took advantage of the excursion to Maxinkuckee, yesterday










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