Station Agents Cottage
Station Agent House on Knoll moved to Lake Street
House Under the Pines The oldest house in Culver , "Neighbor" Cromley believes, is the one moved
from under the pine trees near the railroad depot.
It was there in the fall of '54, he recalls. "It was the first house I noticed when I came down
here," he says. "It was wild here then. That house is the only one left of those that were here
in those days."
"Cape" Wiseman lived there as a boy, in the old "pine trees" house.
At the age of ten, Tim Wolfe recollects, he rode a mule past the little old house. "It looked just
about the way
< it does today," he says. "It was old then, and it was built like an old-time barn, with
a heavy hewn frame."
The house, when it stood on its little knoll near the railroad station, was a landmark. And so were
the twin pines there. The house stood between or under the big old trees, bath of which are still
standing. They are tall ones, and used to dwarf the house, which was built low anyway.
The station agents lived there and W. T. Parish moved the house, reset it, and put a canopy over the
front entrance, some time in the period of 1920-25. The back part of the present house, now located
on a lot on the east side of Lake Street, is newer than the front, so it appears. The back part was
there, however, before the house was moved.
The Arthur Simpson family lived in the house for a while. - One Township Yesterday's - Corwin. If
Corwin was correct in that it was where Arthur Simpson lived - the address is 452 Lake Street by the
1930 census - he was listed as a clerk b. 1895 in England and was naturalized in 1905. The house value
was listed at $2500 with him was his wife Ruth C. and a daughter Elizabeth.
||David Burns in summer of 1984 done his version of this house on the knoll, how accurate
it is is known.|
tho the address of 452 lake street does not exist the nearest address is 444 N Lake Street and it is
said that part of the house is built of old timber beams suggesting that it could be the 'House
under the Pines'.
1907 - Feb. 10 - Will Remodel Cottage
The Vandalia Railroad will spend upwards of $1,000 this spring in rebuilding the
station agents cottage on the lake shore.
The building is one of the first erected here, and has been vacant for nearly a
When the work is completed it wil be a modern cottage in every respect with
additional room, a porch fronting the lake, plumbing, etc. and will make a
charming little house for Agent Lennon and his wife.
1917 - Mar 29 - W. T. Parish
is the new station agent for Culver. He comes from Rockville, Ind.,
and is a married man.His family will remove here about May 1, when Mr. Lenon vacates the cottage owned by the railroad company
1923 - Mar 7 - Railroad Improvements Among Spring Projects
The ground occupied until recently by the cottage owned by the railraod, near the depot, is
1946 - Jan 16 - The second of the two large cedar trees on the depot plaza, both old landmarks, was cut down
last week as a safety precaution when it was found that the base of the 100-foot tree was rotten two-thirds
of the way through.