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Mystery History Photos of Culver

Below are some of the unidentified photos that the library has amongst its historical archive, and we're hoping to identify the person or persons in each picture. If you know anything about any of the photos below (most specifically, who is in them!), please contact the library via email here or via telephone at (574) 842-2941. We have many more "mystery" photos in our collection that will be gradually added as we're able to digitize them for the website. In the meantime, put on your detective caps!

Individuals -- Groups -- Places / Buildings -- Mysteries Solved!

Individuals

The photos below are from the extensive photo files of the late William Taber, who did portraits and other photographs in the Culver area for many years, most especially in the 1940s and 50s. Library staff person Edna Taber (Mr. Taber's wife) has been bringing the photos into the library for some time now in hopes of identifying them and getting them to the person depicted in the photo, or that person's family. In fact, several have already been returned. Among those that have NOT yet been identified and returned are the pictures below. Mrs. Taber is willing to give the original photos to persons depicted (or that person's family) if the photos can be positively identified. As always, click each photo to enlarge it for more detail.

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Below: Individuals photographed by White Studios (mostly taken by the late Lawrence White) from the late 1960s through the late 1970s.

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Below: Unidentified members of a family with connections to Lake Maxinkuckee, probably from 1900-1925.

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Mystery Photo 41

This photo comes from the Marshall County Historical Museum's file on the Chadwick, Work, and Brightside family, and depicts two unidentified people at an unidentified locale, probably in Marshall County, possibly on Lake Maxinkuckee. Any detail on the photo would be appreciated.

Mystery Photo 42

This photo comes from the Marshall County Historical Museum's file on the Chadwick, Work, and Brightside family, and depicts Earl McLaughlin, according to the handwritten caption, at an unidentified locale, probably in Marshall County, possibly on Lake Maxinkuckee. Any detail on the photo would be appreciated.

Groups

Mystery Photo 43

A 1915 photo showing unidentified members of the Grace Church congregation. Can anyone identify members of the congregation here?

Mystery Photo 44

The photo at left is said to have originated at Grace Church in Culver. Anyone with further information about who the people are in the photo is invited to share what they know!

Mystery Photo 45

A 1901 photo of Culver school children, taken by Keene Photography. The children are unidentified.

Mystery Photo 46

An undated photo shows Culver public school teachers, probably near the turn of the century.

Mystery Photo 47

A 1914 or 1915 photo of the 8th grade "domestic science" class at Culver school includes May Rhodes, Rose Moss, Mary Cook, a Shively girl, and Vada Kowatch, among others, according to the caption on this photo from the Marshall County Historical Museum's collection. The girl 2nd from the right is identified in handwriting as "Payson," but this seems impossible if the date is correct. Edward Payson, the first in his family in the Culver area, attended school at Culver Academy in the early 1920s and his daughter, Martha, was not born until well after that. The girl in the photo could be Dorothy Eisenhard, who would grow up to marry Edward Payson and become a Payson. Click here to learn more.

Mystery Photo 48

An undated, but obviously early photo of one of the classes of Culver's public school. Can anyone identify any of the students here?

Mystery Photo 49

This photo comes from the Marshall County Historical Museum's file on the Chadwick, Work, and Brightside family, and depicts members of that family in front of the famed lighthouse in Vandalia Park, which dates this photo between 1895 and 1913. The handwritten caption on the photo, which identifies individuals in the picture, is difficult to make out, except that the man at right is presumably Earl McLaughlin, pictured in another photo from the same collection.

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Group photos from White Studios (mostly taken by the late Lawrence White) from the late 1960s through the late 1970s.

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Unidentified members of a family with connections to Lake Maxinkuckee, probably from 1900-1925.

Places & Buildings

Mystery Photo 60

This postcard is simply captioned, "Manana, Lake Maxinkuckee." The boat is clearly marked with the name "Manana"...is this simply the name of a boat, or of the area? Can anyone fill in details on the area depicted here?

Mystery Photo 61

"Manana, Lake Maxinkuckee" says this undated, early postcard. Was Manana the dock or one of the cottages? Photo apparently taken on the East Shore.

Mystery Photo 62

An undated photo (probably from the 1950s or later) showing swimmers off of the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Can anyone identify the specific locale of this photo?

Mystery Photo 63

A rowboat docked on Lake Maxinkuckee in this undated postcard. Any guesses as to the specific location of this photo?

Mystery Photo 64

"The Suburban, Home of John Dennie, R.F.D. No. 2, Culver" says this undated photo. Can anyone identify the location of this house today?

Mystery Photo 65

The Vandalia railroad tracks alongside Lake Maxinkuckee are shown here at an unknown locale. Dated July, 1913, the photo does not depict a scene in the Vandalia Park area (as the tracks are too close to the water), so presumably shows an area south along the more western shore of the lake. Does anyone have a workable theory as to specific location?

Mystery Photo 66

An undated photo of the Goss house in Culver, presumably that of O.T. Goss, early owner of Culver's downtown hardware store before selling the store to the Snyder family, who have owned it for much of the 20th and into the 21st centuries. Is this the house that is now occupied by the Bonine-Odom funeral home at the corner of Main Street and Lake Shore Drive, north of downtown Culver?

Mystery Photo 67

From the Marshall County Historical Museum collection, this circa 1890 photo depicts the A.R. Underwood cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee. The caption on the back states that the cottage was located at or near the later site of the Culver Inn (formerly the Palmer House hotel and Maxinkuckee Inn, today the site of the huffington Library on Culver Academy's campus). This, however, seems odd in light of the fact that the Palmer House hotel was reported to have been built in the 1870s. Unless the cottage was near -- and not at -- the site of the Palmer House / Culver Inn, the caption is incorrect. Further information would be welcome.

Mystery Photo 68

"Home of Clark A. Allerding of Culver," says the caption on this undated photo. Any further information would be welcome.

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Two mystery photos: can anyone identify the farms depicting in these two aerial photos taken by White Photography in the early 1970s and depicting farms near Culver?

Mysteries Solved!

Below are photos from the "History Mystery" page that are believed to be identified.

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Above, from left: Connie Van Horn of Culver believes this photo to be a picture of Jeffrey P. Adams, son of Marcia Adams of Culver.

The second picture, identified by Millie Ditmire, is believed to be Bessie Mahler.

The third picture is believed to be John Thomas Grizzell, as identified by Millie Ditmire.

Fourth picture: Jim Faulkner identifies this Culver Academy student as Frank Locastro, a 1973 graduate who was a member of battery B and the swim team.

Fifth picture: the fencing coach pictured is Capt. Melville K. Short of the Culver Academy Science department, identified by Jim Faulkner. The fencers remain unidentified.

Sixth Picture: Judi Burns identifies this photo as building that was once a hotel on the north corner of Lake Shore Drive and Harding Court. She writes, "Dale and E. Jane Long lived their when it burnt in 197...could of been late fall 1970 or early spring 1972, but I lean more toward 1972. This (photo) is the back side to the north and east side facing Harding court - the block building in the background was the garage - and was the entire length of the lot on the property line - probably the old livery stable or garage for the hotel." Judi's website, here, has more information on the hotel/house.