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

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  • Henry Culver Gignilliat (1911 - 2005)
  • Leigh Robinson Gignilliat, Sr. (1875 - 1952)
    WILLIAM ROBERT GIGNILLIAT...The subject of this sketch was survived by six sons and one daughter, and the tenor of their lives is only one of many instances in point... Leigh Robinson Gignilliat, bor...
  • Frederick Graham Matheson (1905 - d.)
    graduated from Princeton University with a degree of A.B. He is on the faculty of Girard College, Philadelphia, and was formerly at Allahbad, India.
  • Kenneth Gordon Matheson (1864 - 1931)
    He was educated at the Carolina military institute, Charlotte, N. C. and the Citadel, Charleston, S.C. He took an M.A. degree at Leland Stanford University, Palo alto, Calif., and at Columbia univers...
  • Alexander Frederick "Fred" Fleet, Sr. (1843 - 1911)
    He was one of the Founders of the: Order of Runnemede, Missouri Society of Colonial Wars (and Governor) Missouri Society of Sons of the Revolution (Historian) Educated University of Virgini...

Purpose: Promote the genealogy of the Lake Maxinkuckee residents tho they are mainly seasonal residents of Culver, Marshall, Indiana also to preserve the History, folklore of Lake Maxinkuckee, and Culver area. To find descendants of those former residents of Lake Maxinkuckee

Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy This project was started back in September 1990 and then got put on hold for the next fifteen years. It does not seem like it was eventeen years ago I started this - Web Site Created: 25 May 2005 and on Facebook as If you grew up in Culver/Lake Maxinkuckee In, you remember when

I have been trying to preserve what little knowledge David left me with - when he died on 23 Aug. 1990 - he refused to have recorded by - video, tape recorder - or written word - thus - to say the least we lost allot of Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee history whether it be - MYTH - LEGEND - FACT. Allot of others took the local history with them too - its been a on going thing for generations


Lake Maxinkuckee, covering 1,864 acres (8 km2), is the second largest natural lake in the U.S. state of Indiana . It is located near the town of Culver, Indiana, in southwestern Marshall County. Lake Maxinkuckee has a maximum depth of 88 feet (27 m) and an average depth of 24 feet (seven meters). Local residents and visitors practice ice fishing here, the most frequent catch being bluegill. Yellow perch, crappie, and bass are also common catches.


The first inhabitants of the lake area were Mound Builders, probably the Potawatomi or Miami. Several mounds were built on the banks of the lake, the largest being "Pare Mound," probably used as a point of reference for the natives. The first white settlers came in 1836. Henry Harrison Culver, for whom the town is now named, founded the Culver Military Academy in 1894.

Many famous people have been connected with Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver Military Academy now Culver Educational Foundation.

A brief but incomplete overview of the Vonnegut family of Indianapolis and Lake Maxinkuckee:

The Vonnegut & Liber family has it's mark on Indiana. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is best known for his acting, writing and artistic works. Most of the Vonnegut's and Lieber found their final resting place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

"I made my first mental maps of the world...on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee. Because everything about that lake was imprinted on my mind when it held so little and was so eager for information, it will be my lake as long as I live. I have no wish to visit it, for I have it right here." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Kurt wrote a beautiful piece about Maxinkuckee in Chapter IV in Fates Worse Than Death (1991).