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William Herschell In the poem “The Borrowed Cottage” describes a trip to a
friend’s cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver , Indiana, a small town in the
northwestern part of the state.
Collection ca. 1860–1939; Indiana Historical Society.
Collection # P 0402
Manuscript and Visual Collections Department
William Henry Smith Memorial Library
Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
Scope and Content:
The collection contains stereographs of scenes taken in various parts of Indiana.
Most were made by Indiana photographers, but some were published by companies
outside of Indiana.
Series 13: Chas. P. Curtis (Argos, Ind.), ca. 1900–36
People standing outside rural house with windmill (2 views); Lake View Hotel,
Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver , Ind.
Series 32: Keen Bro. (Culver , Ind.), ca. 1890s–ca. 1910
Cannons on a lawn [Culver Military Academy?]; the Vandalia Railroad Station and
Colonnade Hotel in Culver ; railroad track by Lake Maxinkuckee; the Culver Cottage;
[ice by the lake?].
Series 60: Unknown photographers, larger size (4 x 7), ca. 1870s–1898
... people waiting at train depot. [Culver , Ind.?]: boaters on Lake Maxinkuckee
with the Union View Co. Photo Pavillion [Pavilion] in background, 1883....
14 Jan 1931 pg. 8 James W. Beatty cottager pays tribute to lake and are with poem -
"Barren Monuments" - reference to the Southeast side of the lake and Washington
Friday, February 6, 1925
Thaddeus TOLCOTT, 78 a retired manufacturer of Buffalo, N.Y., died at 11:40 o'clock Thursday night at the home of
his friends, Mr. and Mrs Carl PFEIL, south Jefferson street, whom he came to visit last November with his daughter.
He had spent the summer of 1924 at Lake Maxinkuckee. Death was due to complications incident to old age.
Mr. Tolcott is survived by a daughter, Louise [TOLCOTT], of this city, and a son, Rodney [TOLCOTT] of South Bend.
The deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge. The body will be taken to Buffalo, N.Y, where burial will be made
in Forest Lawn cemetery.
25 Feb. 1931 Culver Citizen - George H. Thayer Jr., pioneer cottager at south end of Lake Maxinkuckee extrolled
by Plymouth Church....St. Thomas Church....
Rochester Sentinal Saturday, October 1, 1881
A wedding occurred at the residence of Isaac ALEXANDER, Tuesday evening, at which his daughter, Ilda
[ALEXANDER] was united in marriage to David SMITH, of Maxinkuckee lake. Rev. Dr. Wm. HILL, of this city,
officiated. There were only a few invited guests. . . .
From the Rochester Sentinal, Wednesday, September 9, 1885:
Mrs. Ilda (ALEXANDER) SMITH, daughter of Ike ALEXANDER, died last Tuesday night. She had been married but a
short time over a year, when the angel of death came and carried her away. The services were held in the Baptist
church. We sympathize heartily with the friends and relatives who have been brought to mourn the loss of one
f ull of life and vigor, but we must all sooner or later succumb to the inevitable.
[Rochester I.O.O.F. cem records show she was bur September 3, 1885; F ulton Co Ind M.R. show Mary Ida ALEXANDER
m., October 30, 1883, David H. SMITH]
volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history,
embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent
persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history
and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.;
28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar.
Count Sobieski Steel, justice of the peace at Uniontown, Kan., was born at Port Byron,
Cayuga county, New York, Oct. 30, 1833, son of Elisha and Mary (Hadden) Steel, the former
born in Connecticut in 1801, and died at Logansport, Ind., May 29, 1848, and the mother was
born in New York in 1804 and died at Mishawaka, Ind., April 28, 1860.
The Steel family camefrom Essex, England, the first American member of the family being John Steel, who
immigrated to this country, in 1631, and located in New Town, now Cambridge, Mass. His fifth
descendant was Jobe Steel, Count S. Steel's grandfather. Jobe Steel married Olive Stoddard,
served in the American army during the war of 1812, and died in February, 1813, while home
on furlough. His first child was Elisha, Count's father. Elisha Steel was reared on the lake
and learned to be a boat builder on the Erie canal and at Port Byron. In 1825 he married
Mary Hadden and in 1843, accompanied by his wife and seven children, went by way of the
canal and the great lakes to Loganport, Ind., where he built canal boats until his death.
Count S. Steel secured very little early education, as he attended school only seven
terms—two in New York state and the rest at Logansport. Since that time his education has
been acquired by his own efforts, and he is a well informed man.
Soon after his father's
death Count S. started out in life for himself. He first shipped as cook on a canal boat,
the "Mill Boy," which ran to Lafayette and Toledo, and on the homeward trip served as boat
driver on the "S. Taylor." He then returned to Logansport and gave his savings to his
mother. During the winter of 1848-49 he attended school, and in 1851 shipped on a canal
packet as cabin boy, making the run from Toledo, Ohio, to Terre Haute, Ind., on the Wabash
and Erie canal. In 1852 his mother married James Pratt and the family moved to the latter's
farm in Marshall county, Ind. In August of that year, Count S. returned to Logansport and
started to learn the blacksmith trade, but in May, 1853, became steward of a hotel at
Logansport. In June he gave that up and went to Rochester, Ind., and started in again to
learn his trade, and also to make wrought iron from the ore. In November he left the forge
and went to Peoria, Ill., and commenced smithing for Shepler & Reding of that city, but
soon left to become engineer on a boat called the "Chief Engineer." With it he made the
trip to St. Louis, Mo., where the boat was laid up for the winter and Mr. Steel became
caretaker or watchman. In the spring of 1854 he shipped on the same boat, as assistant
engineer, and worked in that capacity until the close of navigation in the fall. He then
returned to Indiana and opened a blacksmith shop about one mile from MAXINKUCKEE LAKE. He
became convinced that there was still much to be learned about his trade and, with
forty-five cents in his pocket, started and walked to
LaPorte and secured a job in a carriage shop. In October he reached Chicago and, having no
money, hunted for work at his trade. Not being successful , he shipped on a canal boat as
steersman. He made the trip from Chicago to LaSalle, Ill., where he left the boat and went
down the Illinois river to Peoria. He began work in a carriage shop there, and it was in
Peoria that he cast his first vote, for John C. Fremont. He remained in Peoria until the
spring of 1857 and then returned to Marshall county, Indiana. He worked in a carriage
factory there for a year and then moved his mother and sisters to Mishawaka, Ind. The next
year the Mishawaka Carriage & Wagon Company was organized and Mr. Steel became a member of
the firm and stockholder, but continued to work at the forge. In 1858 he ironed a two-seated
cutter that took the highest award at the United States Fair at Chicago.
On March 4, 1859,
Mr. Steel married Elizabeth M. Collins, of Mishawaka, and the next year they started to
drive from Indiana to Kansas, arriving at Fort Scott, June 16, 1860. On July 12, they came
to Marion township and Mr. Steel opened a blacksmith shop at Rockford, but in the fall of
1861 began farming on a homestead, which he preëmpted.
On Aug. 22, 1862, he enlisted in the
Second Kansas battery, commanded by Maj. C. W. Blair. On Oct. 28, 1863, he was commissioned
first lieutenant of Company G, Fourteenth Kansas cavalry, which served in Kansas, Missouri,
Arkansas and the Indian Territory. Among the engagements in which Mr. Steel took part were
Jenkins' Ferry and the many skirmishes along the border. On June 2, 1865, he was commissioned
regimental commissary, with rank of first lieutenant, and was honorably discharged and mustered
out of the service, June 25, 1865, at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation.
After the close of the
war he returned to his farm and remained there until March 14, 1874, when he came to
Uniontown and started a blacksmith shop, where he has continuously been engaged to the
present time. Mr. Steel has always been a Republican; he has served as school director,
road overseer, and township trustee; in 1873 represented his district in the state
legislature, and he has been justice of the peace at Uniontown for twelve years. He studied
law and, in 1890, was admitted to practice at Fort Scott.
Four children have been born to Mr. Steel and his wife: Mary E.,
wife of Dr. C. J. Helm, of LaHarpe; Maude, wife of Roland Hughes, of Kansas City; Nettie S.,
wife of George Cawden, of LaHarpe; and Katie, deceased, who was the wife of W. J. Waters,
of Uniontown. Mrs. Steel died in 1893, and on April 28, 1896, Mr. Steel married Mrs. Emma R.
P uliam, of Fort Scott.
He is a Mason, belongs to the United Workmen, Degree of Honor, and
the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Steel came to this state when it was little settled and
in his day has seen many changes; the Great American Desert has become fine farm land and
today Kansas is one of the leading agric ultural states of the Union. Having had a hard fight
to start in life himself, Mr. Steel has taught fourteen boys his trade, in order to
encourage and give them the start for which he had to work so hard.
Wednesday, June 8, 1932 Rochester Sentinel
Mrs. Sarah HISSONG, 80, died at two o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha
Allertin, one mile east of Lake Maxinkuckee. Death was due to heart trouble and followed an illness of only an hour.
The deceased was born on a farm near Lake Maxinkuckee on February 28, 1852 and all of her life had been spent in that
community. Her husband, Samuel HISSONG, died in 1894. She was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church.
Surviving are three children, Mrs. Bertha ALLERTIN, and Harry HISSONG, of Lake Maxinkuckee, and Mrs. Daisy SOUTH, of
South Bend; one sister, Mrs. Flora MILES, of Cabool, Missouri, and two brothers, Dan MARKS, of Culver , and George
MARKS, of Plymouth. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Thursday, June 9, 1932 Rochester Sentinel
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah HISSONG, who died Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha ALLERTIN, near
Lake Maxinkuckee, will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the Poplar Grove [church]. Rev. WOOTEN
will be in charge and burial will be made in the Poplar Grove cemetery
Monday, April 17, 1944 Rochester Sentinel
Mary Ann SAVAGE, 83, of near Culver , died at 11:00 p.m. Sunday at her home on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, death
being attributed to complications.
The well-known Marshall county resident [Mary Ann LISTENBURGER] was born March 4, 1861, in Kosciusko county, the daughter
of John and Liva LISTENBURGER. She was united in marriage to Daniel SAVAGE, March 4, 1883, who preceded her in death in 1925.
The deceased left a host of acquaintances throughout northern Indiana and was a member of the Santa Ann Methodist church.
Survivors include six children: Charles [SAVAGE] and Millie SAVAGE, at home; Stephen SAVAGE, Alan SAVAGE and Mrs. Lettie
OVERMYHER, all of Culver , and Lloyd SAVAGE of South Bend; two sisters, Mrs. Callie ALEY of Culver and Mrs. Amanda KING of
Los Angeles, Calif.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Maxinkuckee church. Burial will be made at the Poplar Grove cemetery east of Culver .
The body will be returned to her home from the Grossman funeral home in Argos Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, November 27, 1944 Rochester Sentinel
Mrs. Jemima RAILSBACK, 89, a pioneer resident of Argos and Marshall county, and known to a great many citizens of this vicinity
passed away in Bremen, Ind., Sunday morning. Death res ulted from complications attendant to age.
Mrs. Railsback [Jemima CALETT], daughter of Victor and Caroline CALETT, was born on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee, Oct. 16, 1855.
She was united in marriage Feb. 22, 1877, to Benjamin Franklin RAILSBACK, who preceded her in death in 1920. Four daughters and one son, the fruits of this marriage, survive. They are: Mrs. Mertie C. BROWN, Anderson; Mrs. Mabel WILLIAMS, Argos; Mrs. Maud OLDS and Mrs. Victoria DUNN, Concord, Calif., and Victor RAILSBACK, Argos.
Funeral services will be held at the Umbaugh funeral home, Argos, at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with interment in Maple Grove
Tuesday, June 19, 1945 Rochester Sentinel
Rev. F. E. Zechiel
County Recorder and Mrs. Lee MOORE, today attended the funeral rites at Culver for the Rev. F. E. ZECHIEL,
90, who passed away a few days ago at his home on Lake Maxinkuckee.
Reverend Zechiel was the oldest of three brothers who are well known in the ministry throughout Northern Indiana. He was born
and reared in the western section of F ulton county, but after receiving his initial pastorate in Marshall county, served many
different charges before retiring to his home in Culver .
The deceased was a devout member of the Evangelical Reform church. One brother, the late Rev. S. I. ZECHIEL, also of Culver ,
was a Methodist minister, and held charges in F ulton county at Richland Center and Sand Hill, at the time of his death, a few
years ago. The remaining brother, the Rev. D. E. ZECHIEL is an Evangelical pastor now at New Carlisle, Ind.
In all, the Zechiel families have contributed eight sons to the ministry. Rev. F. E. Zechiel was a brother of Mrs. Moore's father.
Tuesday, January 29, 1946 Rochester Sentinel
Mrs. Anna E. EDGINGTON, 88, life-long resident of the Lake Maxinkuckee neighborhood passed away Monday evening at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. Carson POTTER, of Pottstown, Pa. Mrs. Edgington, who has been in failing health for the past few years,
had gone to visit her daughter during the latter part of December.
For the past 68 years she resided at the Edgington farm home which is located about five miles south of Culver . Mrs. Edgington
was a member of the Mt. Hope Methodist church. Her husband, Isaac EDGINGTON, preceded in death.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. POTTER; Mrs. William HEETER, of Delong; Mrs. Elva C. LEININGER, of Chicago; a sister, Mrs.
A. J. MEREDITH of Bakersville [sic], Calif., 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon two o'clock at the Mt. Hope church and burial will be made in Leiters Ford
cemetery. The body will be removed from the Easterday funeral home to the Edgington residence at noon Wednesday where friends
may call until the hour of the services.
Saturday, April 10, 1948 Rochester Sentinel
Henry Milo WILHELM, 63, former F ulton county resident, died Friday morning at the Howell cottage on the East Shore road
at Lake Maxinkuckee after an illness of three weeks.
His residence was at Culver but he had been employed at the Howell cottage.
Mr. Wilhelm was born Feb. 21, 1885, in Wabash county, and lived in F ulton and Marshall counties most of his life. He
was a gardener.
He is survived by the wife, Katie [WILHELM], two sisters Mrs. Dessa BRUGH of Culver and Mrs. Clara HAUGHTON of Seattle,
Wash; three brothers, Melvin [WILHELM] of South Bend and George [WILHELM] and Donald [WILHELM] of Argos.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Easterday funeral home at Culver with the Rev. George BEATTY officiating.
Burial will be in the Richland Center cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home until time of service
Thursday, January 22, 1903 The Rochester Sentinel
Elizabeth WINGERT [KLINE] was born November 19, 1822 at Neider Weinheim, Grand Duchy Hess, Darmstadt, Germany.
At a young age she came to Buffalo, N.Y., to be with her three sisters. There she met Debolt KLINE, who formerly came
from Wickersheim, Alsace, France, now a part of Germany. In the summer of 1848, they were married and came to Lake
Maxinkuckee, then a wild, unsettled country, and endured many of the hardships of pioneers.
Born to them nine children: Theodore, George, Frank, Mary, Debolt, Henry, John, Will and Sarah [KLINE]. Mary and
Henry are deceased.
Her father came from Germany in 1849 and made his home with her, but died soon afterwards, and was the first
person buried in the cemetery that is now her earthly resting place.
After 37 years of married life, her husband departed, leaving her with her children with
whom she made her home until her death, January 20, 1903, aged 90 years 2 months and 1 day.
Brought up a Lutheran, but after coming here she became member of Evangelical church. Funeral January 22 at
Washington church and burial at Washington cemetery, at her hold homestead.
Wednesday, January 27, 1904 The Rochester Sentinel
Ray BABCOCK is not at his work at the Fair store today, on account of the death of his grandfather, O[liver] P. DILLON.
Oliver P. DILLON, a F ulton county pioneer died at 10 o’clock last night of complications incident to old age at the
age of 82 years and some months. He had been failing for a year and death came as gently to him as if lapsing into a
peacef ul sleep.
Deceased was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, and came to Maxinkuckee Lake neighborhood fifty years ago. He was a farmer
and a good one and accum ulated considerable property. He married when a young man and his wife lived until a few years
ago since which time his energy failed and he was anxious to be at rest. He was an active member of the Baptist church
for forty years and was always a man of sturdy honesty and an open champion of the dictates of conscientious scruples.
He was the parent of five children -- Thomas, William, Rebecca, Cass and Andrew J. [DILLON], and was always much
interested in their welfare.
The time of the funeral has not yet been decided on.
Mr. Bryan will stop in Culver ten minutes on Wednesday at 1:10 o'clock. He will doubtless give a brief talk from his car. His son, William Jennings Bryan, Jr., who is a cadet at the academy, will join him here and accompany him to Plymouth.
Rochester Sentinel, Friday, October 19, 1906
RAY HARROUN AT LAKE
Ray Harroun, accompanied by his mechanic, is here with his hydro-aeroplane and today will do some experimental work, both in the morning and afternoon. Mr. Harroun has had experience in air flying, but this is his first attempt to make flights from the surface of the water. His machine is a monoplane of the Bleriot type, fitted with pontoons for resting on the surface of the water. Observers at any point around the lake can see all the work of the aviator.
Rochester Sentinel, Friday, August 25, 1911
GOSSIP CREATES MUCH EXCITEMENT AT Culver
Great excitement was created in Culver and the vicinity, Wednesday and Thursday by gossip and rumors which were passed from mouth to
mouth without anyone seeming to know where they came from or by what authority they were started.
First rumors indicated that a race riot was on but persons passing the rumors on were unable to tell from whence they obtained their
information and the rumor was soon discredited by citizens of Culver .
The rumors spread with such rapidity the Chicago Herald and Examiner got word of it and sent a special correspondent to investigate
According to all information that could be gathered it was mostly idle gossip and parties, said to have been implicated in the matter,
were innocent of all the charges which rumor sought to fasten upon them.
The News-Sentinel, Saturday, May 15, 1926
Johndon, Gerald H et al
GLACIAL GEOLOGY AND SOILS OF THE AREA AROUND LAKE MAXINKUCKEE
Indiana Geological Survey: 1965 Indiana Geological Survey: 1965. 11 x 8.5", wrappers, 27pp, vg. First edition Book Id: 96-6075
Albright, Clapp, Burk Families, including Philip and Anna Christina (Clapp) 1987 by
Joseph Harvey Vance pg. 180
Chester and Madge had a cottage on Lake Maxincukee)> then to Dartmouth. He was very
interested in photopgraphy. After marying Edith Conklin,__ mother, who was at nearby
Bennington, he moved to Culver where he tried to make a go of a photography free-lance
buisnss. I was born there.