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Culver's Christmas Past

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Above: Four winter scenes from 1906: the Vandalia Park area on Lake Maxinkuckee

1906 Riding Hall Photo

A 1906 photo of the first Riding Hall at Culver Academy decked out in holiday snow.

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa from Culver's young citizens, from the Citizen of December, 1906.

More Letters to Santa

More 1906 letters to Santa from the Culver Citizen's young readers!

Hand's Grocery Ad Rector's Pharmacy Ad

Above: Two 1909 ads; one from Hand's Grocery, the other Rector's Pharmacy.

Grace Church Interior

An early shot (from the `teens) of the interior of Grace Church on Plymouth Street, decked out in Christmas finery.

Ice House - 1910

Culver's ice house on the east end of Jefferson Street at wintertime, circa 1910.

The Surprise Ad

A 120s Christmas advertisement from "The Surprise," "Culver's Biggest Store."

Solomon's of Culver Ad

An advertisement for Christmas from Solomon's of Culver, circa 1920s.

Culver Citizen Christmas Eve Edition

The Christmas Eve edition of The Culver Citizen, 1924, gave updates on the Christmastime goings-on around town.

Werner Ad McClane's Ad

Two advertisements from Christmas, 1924, from Main Street Jeweler H.L. Werner (left) and Medbourn and McClane's, right.

Main St. 1930s Snow 01 Main St. 1930s Snow 02

Two shots of Main Street during the 1930s, covered over with a hefty blanket of snow.

Slattery's Ad

A 1930s advertisement for Slattery's in Culver, "The Christmas Center."

Snowstorm Article Letters to Santa

Two pieces from the Culver Citizen: at left, the Dec. 26, 1934 edition relates the snowstorm that hit town for Christmas, and at right, local businessmen and well-known Culverites present humourous "letters" to Santa Claus.

Vans Market

Vans Market in the village of Maxinkuckee under a blanket of winter snow, circa 1935.

Ewald's Market Ad

Ewald's Market of Culver offers their Christmas best for 1934.

O.T. Goss Hardware Ad Mitchell & Stabenow Clothiers Ad

Two Christmastime ads from the Culver Citizen: O.T. Goss' hardware on Main Street in 1937, and Mitchell & Stabenow clothiers on the west side of Main Street in 1938.

Dec. 1924 Citizen

A December, 1924 cover from the Culver Citizen describes the holiday goings-on in town.

One of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar, this one depicting the Class Ring.

Preparing to Skate

Students prepare to skate on Lake Maxinkuckee in one of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Hockey on Lake Maxinkuckee

Hockey on Lake Maxinkuckee, courtesy  CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Phantasy

"Phantasy," a winter-time photo of the lake area from the 1940s Col. Edward Payson.

Payson Home 01 Payson Home 02 

Two festive shots from the 1940s of Col. Edward Payson's Culver home on North Terrace, near the Academy.

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Two festive shots from the 1940s of Col. Edward Payson's Culver home on North Terrace, near the Academy.

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Chistmastime fireplaces at two respective homes of Col. Edward Payson in Culver, during the 1940s.

Payson Dog 01 Payson Dog 02 Payson Dog 03

The Payson family dog around he house on North Terrace, Culver, during a 1940s winter.

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The Payson family dog on campus during a 1940s winter.

Martha Payson 01

A 1928 portrait of a young Martha Payson (now Ryman) taken for Christmas.

Martha Payson 02

Martha Payson sledding on Forest Place in Culver.

Martha Payson 03

Martha Payson sledding (with help from her father, Col. Edward Payson) on Forest Place in Culver, 1930s.

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Martha Payson on Forest Place in Culver during a 1930s winter.

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Martha Payson on Forest Place in Culver during a 1930s winter.

Martha Payson 06

Martha Payson sledding on Forest Place in Culver.

 Martha Payson 07

Martha Payson at Christmastime in a photo taken near the Paysons' North Terrace home, by her father, Col. Edward Payson during the 1940s.

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Martha Payson at Christmastime in a photo taken at the Academy campus by her father, Col. Edward Payson during the 1940s.

Christmas at the Newman Farm

A Christmas at the Newman farm near Culver, where yuletide festivities greeted children for many holiday seasons. This shot was taken by Col. Edward Payson during the 1930s.

Americana

A sled ready for use in the barn of the Newman farm near Culver, where yuletide festivities greeted children for many holiday seasons. This shot, titled "Americana," was taken by Col. Edward Payson during the 1930s.

Winter Scene 01

One of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Winter Scene 02

One of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Winter Scene 03

One of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Winter Scene 04

One of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

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Three variations of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," the CMA band caroling in one of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

Iridescence

"Iridescence," one of the winter scenes from CMA band director Col. Edward Payson's 1947 CMA calendar.

CMA Christmas Banquet 01 CMA Christmas Banquet 02

The CMA Christmas banquet at the Mess Hall, 1947.

Rector's Pharmacy Ad  Lakeview Tavern Ad

Two 1950 advertisements, Rector's Pharmacy and the Lakeview Tavern.

AR McKesson Ford Ad

More Christmas advertising from the 1950s; above, A.R. McKesson Ford.

Culver Cafe Ad Hansen's Store Ad

More Christmas advertising from the 1950s:

The Culver Cafe and Hansen's Store

Culver Inn Holiday Greeting

A 1950 holiday greeting from the Culver Inn....

Hatten's Garage

...and Hatten's Garage.

1950 Christmas Story

A 1950 Citizen story evaluates Christmastime in Culver at mid-century.

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Five photos by Bill Taber, late husband of longtime library staffperson Edna Taber (generously loaned by Mrs. Taber!) depict two scenes of Culver's winter finery. The first two were probably taken at the golf course, and the second two at an unidentified cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee. The last photo shows boats onshore at the lake in the winter.

R&J Market

The R&J Market in the village of Maxinkuckee, cica 1955.

McKinnis Pharmacy Ad

A 1950s ad for the McKinnis Pharmacy at Christmastime.

Christmas Ad

John A. Newman and Sons wished everyone a Merry Christmas in the mid-1950s.

Christmas Greeting

A Christmas greeting from the 1950s staff of the Culver Citizen.

1962 Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sales

The 1962 Boy Scout Christmas Tree sales, in a Culver Citizen article.

Christmas Crib - 1955

The women of newly-built St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church erected a Christmas crib in 1955.

Christmas Card

A Christmas card from the 1960s from the Taber family, owners of Culver's News Agency on Main Street (Edna Taber, second from the right, is a longtime member of the library's staff!).

Post Office Christmas Greetings

The Culver Post Office's Christmas greetings from the 1950s.

1954 Bank Christmas Party

The State Exchange Bank's 1954 Christmas party was, as usual, a gala affair.

Depot - Late 1950s

A shot of the depot in the late 1950s, under a blanket of snow.

Christmas Decorating Contest

The Culver Jaycees sponsored a Christmas Decorating contest in 1965, and Ora Reed was the proud winner of the $15 grand prize!

Lorna Voreis

At bottom, 5-year-old Lorna Voreis chats with St. Nick following his arrival (top) to Culver in 1967.

 

Santa 1968

Santa Claus' arrival in Culver often took place on the back of a town fire truck, as in this 1968 photo from the Culver Citizen.

 

Mike Willhite 1968

Mike Willhite in 1968, asking Santa's help in fulfilling his Christmas wishes.

Santa - 1969

Santa Claus' annual outdoor visit to Culver -- often on the back of a town fire truck -- was once an expected event. In 1969, the Culver Citizen reports of his doings.

North Pole Sign

The 1960s and 70s brought several snowy winters. Above is a humorous recollection from one of them, a "doctored" sign on the Culver Academy campus in the snow.

Eppley Auditorium - Snow

Eppley auditorium under a blanket of snow in 1976.

Maxinkuckee Tourboat Docked

Frank Amond's beloved Maxinkuckee tourboat docked for winter in January, 1968. Photo courtesy Kim Amond.

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Two images of the Amond children sledding at "Devil's Backbone," a popular sledding spot for decades on the Culver Academy golf course, in February, 1971. Photo courtesy Kim Amond.

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Several shots of the Medbourn family and ice house crew, skating and walking on Lake Maxinkuckee near the Medbourn ice house on East Jefferson Street in Culver. From the Donna Edgington collection, courtesy Sherrill Fujimerra.

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Three early views of Liberty Street in Culver facing south towards Lake Maxinkuckee. These photos were provided by Robert Waite, whose father Clifford built the first house on Liberty Street. This area, for many years, was also a popular sledding spot for Culver youth (see photo at lower right), who were aided by the town's shutting down Lake Shore Drive for their safe sledding.

Christmas Decorations Article

Photo and article from the 1937 Culver Citizen on Christmas decorations throughout the town that year.