The Edna G. Culver Family Papers Genealogies collection consists of a number of compiled genealogies, scraps of paper, leaves from a family Bible -- basically, pretty much anything that has collected genealogical information on multiple people or families.

Prominent in this collection are Bev Lowe's The Culver Family, her work on the descendants of Alvah Culver which was for many years the mainstay of our information on this branch, and Jane Coldwell Sutcliffe's A Tribute to Charles and Sarah, which, together with Charles' Journal, remains our main source of information on the life of Charles W. Sutcliffe.

EGC-GEN-001 Bev Lowe - The Culver Family


Culver Family

John Culver  |   Alvah Culver  |   Catherine Foster Culver  |   David W. Culver  |   DeWitt Culver  |   Abigail Amanda Culver  |   William W. Culver  |   Alvah Culver, Jr.  |   John Franklin Culver  |   George Watson Culver  |   Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver  |   Charles Clinton Culver  |   Elmer Culver  |   Raymond Culver  |   Adrian Culver  |   Martha Ellen "Nellie" Culver  |   Abigail Jane Culver  |   Robert Lloyd Culver  |   Lola "Bessie" Culver  |   John Maynard Culver  |   Jennie Irene Culver Pike  |   Bernice "Juanita Pike" Anderson  |   Sharon Hutton  |   David William Anderson  |   Ralph Pike, Jr.  |   Laurence Duane Pike  |   Douglas Pike  |   Gerald Pike  |   Beverly Eileen Pike  |   Leslie Lynne Lowe  |   Jeffrey Alan Lowe  |   Catheryne Lowe  |   Susan Annette Lowe  |   Reynold Culver

The name of Culver, said to mean "the dove" and to have originally been used as a nickname referring to some dove-like peculiarity of appearance of character, is found on ancient english records in a variety of forms. Families bearing this name were found to be, at early dates, in English counties of Dorset, Hereford, Oxford, Suffolk, Leicoster and London and in parts of Ireland, and were for the most part of the Landed Gentry and Yeomandry of Great Britain. Among the earliest records Culvers in England were William Culver of Herefordshire in the year 1273; John and William of Oxfordshire slightly later; Richard Culver of Bristol in 1475; Edward Culver of Middlesex County, who married Alise Lincoln in 1549 and had by her a son Richard and probably by a second wife a son William; Hugh Culver of Middlesex County in 1556; William Culver of Canterbury in 1577; William Culver of Dorset County about the beginning of 17th Century who was the father of a daughter named Millicent; and Elisha of London in the latter 17th Century. It is not known from which of the lines of the family in England the first emigrants of the name Culver came to America were descended but it is generally believed that all of the Culver's were of a common origin at a remote period.

The first of the name to emigrate was Edward Colver, from whom are descended most or all of the American families of the name, coming from London to America in 1635, settling first at Boston, then Dedham, Mass, Roxbury, Conn., and finally settling at New London, Conn. He is believed to have married Ann Ellic and to have by her John, Joshua, Samuel, Gershom, Hannah, Joseph and probably Edward and Ephriam. His son John, said to have resided at New Haven, Conn, is believed to have married Mary, eldest daughter of Gov. Winthrop of conn. John's children were John, Jabes, Abigail, James, Sarah and David. Joshua, second son of Edward, made his home at Wallingofrd, Conn. and married, about 1673, Elizabeth Ford, by whom he fathered Elizabeth (died young), Ann, another Elizabeth, Joshua, Samuel, Abigail, Sarah and Ephriam. One Samuel Culver, Farmington, conn., probably the third son of Edward, is said to have married Elizabeth Spencer in 1663 and to have had by her Sylvia, Shaler and Elizabeth. Gershom, son of Edward, resided at Southhampton of Long Island, New York, and fathered by his wife Mary Jesemish, David, Jonathon, Moses, Mary, Gershom and Nathan. Joseph, son of Edward, is said to have resided at Groton and to have married about 1679 Mercy, youngest daughter of Gov. Winthrop. Joseph's children were Joseph, Hannah, Johnathan, Mary, Timothy and Mercy. Edward, son of Edward, was living at Norwich, Conn. in 1680 and, later, at Lebanon in New London County. In 1682 he married Sarah Backus, adn had Edward (died young), Ephriam, probably the youngest son of Edward, is said to be the father, at Groton, by his wife Mary, of Eprhiam, Mary, simon, Peter and Nathaniel.had Edward (died young). Ephriam, probably the youngest son of Edward, is said to be the father, at Groton, by his wife Mary, of Ephriam, Mary, Simon, Peter and Nathaniel.

Other branches of the family in America have spread to practically every state of the union and have aided in the founding of the Nation. They have been noted for their energy ambition, industry, peity, integrity, perserverance, fortitude, patience, loyalty and courage. Among those of the Culvers who fought in the war of the revolution were Ensign Samial, Arron, Abel, Daniel, David, John, Moses, Samuel, Soloman, and Timothy of Conn. As well as many others, from various other New England Colonies. William, Richard, Edward, Elishas, Samuel, Joseph, James, Joshua, Ephriam, Gershom and John are some of the Christian names most highly favored by the family for its male members.

Syman D. Culver, familiarly known as Squire Culver of Ellenboro Township, Grant County, Ohio. Mr. Culver was born in Huntington County, Ohio, April 7, 1840. His father Joshua Culver was born in Randolph, Portage County, Ohio, Nov. 30, 1808 and his mother Carolyn C. Tillotson was born in Dec. 1814 near Rochester, New York. Timothy Culver the father of Joshua was born Mass. in 1775, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. He married a Merryman and through her our subjects are related to the Morton family, the same one to which Vice Pres. Levi P. Morton belongs. Levi Morton and Live Merryman are named after the same man.

[From a letter from Mrs. Earl Culver of Spring Green, Wisc. to Elmer Culver of Madison, Wisc., postmarked 1 Oct. 1967: Taken from family records Joshua Culver my great great grandfather was born in 1750. He served in the Rev. War and died at Wells, Ohio in 1817. Timothy Culver his son my great grandfather was born Feb 14, 1775 and died Sept 12, 1825 He served in the war of 1812 from 1812 to 1814 as [wan on? -- perhaps canon?] maker He was buried in Ohio He was married to Eunice Merriman who was born May 11, 1776. She died in Know Co, Ill. They had five children - Joshua Noble, Lodema [sp?], Fadelia [sp?], and Amilla [sp?] and Amanda Joshua Culver my grandfather was born at Portage Co. Randolph Ohio. Nov 30, 1808. He was the only boy and the youngest of the five children. He was married April 15, 1831 to Chloe Caroline Tillotson who was born Dec 27th 1814 at Huntington Ohio.]


The Coat of Arms of the ancient English family of Culver is frequently described as follows:

Arms - empty shield - Argent Crest - A dexter crebit arm. Holding in the hand a club. Arms taken from the page 473 of Americania Vol. 19-1925: Bibliography. The above data has been chiefly from the following sources: Bardsley English and Welch Surames 1901.

John Culver

Great Grandfather of Jennie Irene Culver Pike.

Born: 1788 Died: 1862 at age 74. [But see tombstone]
John Culver married Mary Sliter in Syracuse, New York, April 5, 1810.

Mary Sliter: B. 1787 D. 1852 age 65.

They migrated to Dover, Iowa Co., Wisconsin in April 1852. [This would seem to be in error, as both John and Mary are listed in the 1850 Federal Census, together with the family. See CULV005, p. 41.] Mary died that same year [apparently incorrect. Both Mary and John are in the 1860 census for Iowa County. See CENSUS02, p. 141.] and both are buried in the cemetery at Dover near Mazomanie, Wisconsin. Their family was born and raised in New York.

Note: Dover Cemetery information differs from our history. It is as follows:

Mary died Feb. 7, 1865, 74 years 2 months.
John died June 7. 1862, 62 years. [The date perhaps reads 1852; it is nearly illegible]
From information I believe the markers were reversed.

[Juanita believes John's and Mary's markers were reversed, apparently for the following reasons:

Her info gives John's DOB as 1788, while John's marker says he died in 1862, which would have made him 74. But Mary's marker says she was 74. On the other hand, her info says Mary was b. 1787, and died in 1852, which would have made her 65, which is about the age John's tombstone reports for him. However, Mary could not have died in 1852, because she (with John) appears in the 1860 census (see CENSUS02 p. 141). Also, census information (CENSUS01 p. 204, CENSUS02, p. 141) suggests John's DOB about 1790, and Mary's about 1790/1791, which would make her tombstone correct. If John, however, was born in 1790, then his tombstone would be correct if it actually reads d. 1852 (as it may; it's difficult to read). But this can't be as he's still around at age 70 for the 1860 census.]

All the children were born Syracuse, New York.

Name Born Notes
1.Alvah CulverMarch 231811Dad's father
2.Alanson March 111813
3.Frances Oct. 131815
4.Wilson Dec. 241817
5.William April 171820
6.Walter Feb. 251822
7.Malinda March 241824
8.Alphonse Jan. 271826
9.Joshua Sept. 121828
10.John April 151831
11.De Lancy ?


Uncle Bill corresponded with those he had addresses. Frances was living in Duluth, Minn. Wilson in eastern Penn. A daughter Mary. Walter in Iowa. Children Henry, Laura and Charles. De Lancy, in Nebraska had one son Charles.


The community of Dover was settled by members of the British Temperance and Emigration Society of England in the year of 1843. In memory of all Dover Pioneers buried here, the Dover Mother's Club restored the cemetery in 1949. This is where John and Mary Culver and some of their family are buried.

[The memorial stone reads: "All Dover Pioneers Buried Here This community was settled by members of the British Temperance and Immigration Society of England in the year of 1843 Cemetery restored by Dover Mothers Club 1949]

Alvah Culver

Date Notes
Born: 23 Mar1811Syracuse, New York.
[CULV007 p. 938 says Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY.]
Died: 28 Feb1885Old Helena, Wisconsin.
Married: Catherine Foster[in Bainbridge. See CULV007 p. 938].
Catherine Foster b. 14 Jan., 1812 at Levinston, New York d. Old Helena, Wisconsin, May 1, 1885.

Alvah Culver was reared in his native state of New York, married Catherine Foster and migrated with their son David from Tompkins, New York to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1837. In 1839 they settled at Old Helena, (Tower Hill), Wis. in which was a newly organized territory and nine years before it became a state. Mr. Culver kept the first hotel at Helena. He was a representative citizen of the county and held many public offices for many years. He built two steam boats for navigating the Wis. river and operated the ferry at Helena. His death occurred Feb. 28, 1885. His wife died the following May 1, 1885. Their children were as follows:

Name Born Died
1.David 25 Aug 1830 Tompkins, New York 12 Nov 1921Wyoming Valley (Hillside) Wis.
2.DeWitt 19 Mar 1838 Green Bay, Wis. 31 May 1920Wyoming Valley, Wis.[Buried: Old Helena]
3.Abigail Amanda 4 Nov 1841 Old Helena, Wis. 11 Sep 1903Spring Green, Wis.
4.William W. 2 Jan 1843 Old Helena, Wis. 17 Jun Clear Lake, Iowa
5.Alvah 14 Feb 1845 Old Helena, Wis. 27 Apr 1921Clyde, Wis. [Buried: Old Helena]
6.George Watson 1848 Old Helena, Wis. 21 May 1925Dickens, Iowa
*7.John Franklin (a twin) 8 Jul 1850 Old Helena, Wis. 13 Mar 1926Yankton, South Dakota
8.Joshua (a twin) 8 Jul 1850 Old Helena, Wis. In infancy [at age 3yrs 2m 7d],Old Helena, Wis.
[Buried: Old Helena]
9.Frances [J.]4 Feb 1835 Green Bay, Wis. 17 Nov 1866[No - in infancy. See notes below.]
A discrepancy in information. Must be Alvah's daughter Fanny.
10.Lizzie Wyoming Valley, Wis.18 Dec 1878Adopted daughter. Married Charles Mabbot of Arena, Wis.
11.Sophrano age 8 years old.

[Joshua's tombstone reads "Joshua M. son of A & C Culver Died Oct 12, 1854 (or possibly 1851?) 3y 2m 7d".]

Note: Abigail Culver, daughter of John has stated Fanny died in infancy. [This must, in fact, have been Alvah's daughter Abigail.] Tombstone information from Dover Cemetery read Frances, daughter of Alvah Culver Died: Nov. 17, 1866. Age 22 years. [In fact, the tombstone actually reads, "Daugh of E. & A. Culver", "Frances J.", and "22yr 5m 11d". Census records (see CENSUS01 p. 204, CENSUS02, p. 142) reveal Alanson also had a daughter Frances, DOB about 1844. This is the Frances buried in Dover, not Alvah's daughter.]

*John Franklin Culver a twin son of Alvah Culver was the father of Jennie Irene Culver Pike. Copied by daughter of Jennie, Juanita Pike Anderson.

Information taken from Martha Ellen Culver Crary's Diary.
"I remember going with Grandpa when he hauled the lumber from the Tower Hill hotel to the farm". Dayton Corners is mentioned after Tower Hill so this is probably the location of the farm. "Grandpa sold the farm and moved to Helena Station. I was seven years old then. They lived in the Station a year when Grandpa got pneumonia and passed away Feb. 28, 1885 and was buried the day I was eight years old which was March 2nd and Grandma got pneumonia and passed away first day of May of the same year".


Following prepared by Mrs. B. Clancy from an interview with David Culver.

David was the oldest living pioneer at Old Helena Valley. At the age of two years he came with his parents from Green Bay on a raft of which his father built their hotel home in what is now known as Old Helena.

The shot tower had been started by a Mr. Knapp at Helena which had been named just one year before the coming of the Culver's, originally from New York State.

The father Alvah Culver, was said to have been the first white man to have brought a raft through the Wisconsin Dells. While their home was being built, the Culver's lived in the Shot Tower house. This house and a four story house by the river were the only buildings there when they arrived. It was then as before a camping ground for the indians and their nearest neighbor was a Mr. Whitney, not far from Dodgeville, now the county seat of Iowa County. One thousand Indians camped one winter between the top of the hill and the warehouse. The following winter and summer two thousand Inidans camped on the opposite side of the river on what is known as the High Bank. Mr. And Mrs. Alvah Culver and the older children all learned to speak the Indian language.

Because of the boom the shot tower promised to bring, and because of the river traffic; then of much consequence, Mr. Culver built what in those days was regarded as a magnificent hotel, and later a large store, which became a trading post for the Indians and rver men.

The Indians made rugs of marsh grass, from 6'-8' long about 3' wide and 1/2" thick. These rugs were sewn with cords taken from the deer legs and split for that purpose. The Indians would willingly give a large wooden bowl or a grass rug for a dish of flour or salt pork. Never using salt themselves. The Indians way of freshening the port was to tie it to a string in the river and let the running water remove the salt.

A white baby was the only thing those Indians would steal. A squaw came one day bringing a large fish to the Culver hotel, which she wanted to trade for DeWitt Culver, the 6 month old baby. Failing to strike that bargain, she then wanted wither pork or potatoes for her fish. While Mrs. Culver was in the cellar getting them the squaw snatched the baby from its cradle, ran for the river and was just pushing off in the canoe whne Mrs. Culver, in frantic pursuit, caught at her skirt and recovered the baby.

It was a rule that every Indian child should learn to swim and sometimes the river in front of Old Helena would be black with bobbing Indian heads. David Culver himself was taught to swim by an old Indian.

Shaunts was the name of the man who dug the shot tower shaft and tunnel, the shaft extending through 100' of sandstone and 90' of casing. A Mr. Metcalf of St. Lousi, was the partner of Knapp, the original owner. Knapp died on the Tower Hill and was buried on the east side of "the ridge". His wife and two children came at the time, with an old Indian guide from Green Bay for the funeral. Twenty five years later Mr. Knapp's son came from St. Louis and with the assistance of David Culver, removed the body to the Dodgeville Cemetery.

Due to the Black Hawk war and other disturbances, the shot tower activities were discontinued for a few years. Then Washbrun and Woodman bought it and a man named John Bradford superintended the tower. Some of the shot was taken to St. Louis by boat and lead was brought back from Galena, Ill. Lead was also hauled from Platteville, Mineral Point, and the surrounding country. As a young man David Culver dropped shot for the two before the final closing of the tower. The melted lead was poured through a huge ladle of the tower. The melted lead was poured through a huge ladle with holes of different sizes, dropping down the 190' shaft into the cooling basin of water below. From here it was hauled, first by horse power and later by an engine, through the 90' tunnel, on a level with the water to the finishing house. When Washburn and Woodman took over the enterprise they had a steam engine that did all the work in the finishing house.

Mr. Culver recalled the picturesque days when lead was hauled to the tower in prairie schooners, each drawn by nine yoke of oxen. At times there would be a string of 25 such schooners, extending from Tower Hill to where is now located the Wisconsin River Bridge.

Much to the disappointment of Alvah Culver, the hotel proprietor, they brought their provisions with them and camped out. For two years after the discontinuance of the shot tower activities the Indians used the hill for a camping ground, coming to gather the shot for hunting purposes, from the left over supply, and the fifth generation of Culver's can still gather shot on top of the hill.

Tracy Lockman, who came with his family from New York State, was the last superintendent of the shot tower. The coming of the railroads and the Civil War, which called away so many men caused the shutting down of the tower.


by Jennie Culver Pike.

Shot Tower Hill so called because of a large round hole cut perpendicular in the rocks nearly 200' deep. A tunnel at the foot of the hill directly in front of the river was cut by men back until it ended directly under the perpendicular hole. Then from the top of the hill they poured melted hot lead through the 200' hole. The swirling of the lead falling formed shot. It landed in water in the basin in the tunnel and was cooled. The lead was in large heavy bars so had to be melted. It took several days to transport the lead by oxen. Many years later the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul Railroad built a bridge across the Wisconsin River, about three miles north of Shot Tower Hill so the ferry and hotel were discontinued and Grandfather built a large hotel in the new little town which sprang up as a result of the railroad. A depot was built and the town was named Helena. The little village of Shot Tower Hill was then called Old Helena. A monument to Old Helena is a little cemetery just across from the foot of the hill. Here is where Grandfather and his family and their great-grandchildren lie buried. Charlie, Gracie and Maynard, our brothers and sister are buried there

Old Helena came into the possession of a minister by the Name of Jenkin Lloyd Jones. Lots were sold and cottages were built and services held for people for miles around who found great pleasure in attending all the different entertainments held at this place.

After the minister died the wife donated Tower Hill to the State of Wisconsin as a State Park. The W.P.A. work made it a beautiful place and it is well worth one's time and effort to visit and climb around such a beautiful old historic place. Stone steps have been built from the foot to the top of the hill with a walk and rustic bridge around the hill.

Catherine Foster Culver

Catherine's father, David W. Foster was born Feb. 21, 1783. Date of his death not known. Catherine's mother was born Nov. 11, 1788 and died Feb. 18, 1861. Her name was Abigail Foster. David and Abigail and their family were born and raised in Green County, New York. The family of David & Abigail Foster is as follows:

Name Born Notes
1.Calvin C.13 Feb1808
2.Lydia 26 Jan1810
3.Catherine14 Jan1812Levinston, New York
4.George W.29 Feb1814
5.David 14 Jun1816Helena, Wisconsin
6.Oreson 19 Jun1818
7.Nahemiah 1820
8.William 1822
9.Willis 1824

Robert Lloyd Culver, son of John F. Culver was born in the George Foster house near Hillside, Wisconsin. [George W. was born in Lexington, Green Co., NY. He married Isabel Graham who was born in Delaware Co., and came to Wisconsin in 1864. They had three children: Helen, James, and George H. See CULV007 p. 939]

Catherine Foster married Alvah Culver, Sr.


What we know of Old Helena today is a rural community of homes and farms between Highway 14 and the Wisconsin River, in Iowa County. It is named for another Helena, now a ghost town vanished from the land.

From the Spring Green Weekly Home News, Oct. 20, 1955.

Last week the Home News told the story of Old Helena which was once a flourishing little city at the base of Tower Hill. This week from the Home News file of 1930, we reprint a letter written by Bridgid King Clancy recalling some interesting details of life in Old Helena.

"I have always felt like saying a word for the wonderful pioneer mothers of Old Helena and am so interested in the pageant that I think of little else. Those dear mothers are enshrined in my memory, which goes back to when I was brought from Prince Edward Island to Old Helena, then a thriving village". "The chief occupations of those women were carding, spinning, dyeing, knitting, also making sacks for the tower Hill shot-all this besides cooking and housekeeping for large families. They bought the wool and after spinning the yarn was dyed and knit into socks-then exchanged for provisions at the two more than than busy stores. There was always a sale for the socks to the shot tower men and to the raftsmen. There always seemed to be a pleasant rivalry among the women as to who could make the most shot sacks.

"Mrs. Catherine Culver, one of the most thrifty Yankee mothers, bought a little sewing machine, the wheel of which she turned by hand, and so won the day. 'Lady Catherine' as she was often called after her husband, Alvah, named his steamboat in her honor, knew her psychology and shared it with her hard-pressed sisters. 'Always have your table set, and no matter how far behind you are with your meals, it will have a pacifying effect on hungry men', she secretly advised them.


"Not one of those dear women wore glasses with all that knitting and sewing and work by candle light. Many of them came from Prince Edwards Island and, though young, all wore white musling caps and had special irons with which to 'do them up'. The chief social diversion of these women were their quilting bees. "Because it was so characteristic of her, there are those who laughingly recall how on one of these occasions stern by splendid Mother King startled her gossiping guests with a stinging rebuke, 'Ladies I invited you here to quilt, not to talk about your neighbors'!

"Until I was eight years old I do not recall seeing any other than soft soap made by those wonder women from lye of wood ashes and all available scraps of fat. This same kind of lye was used for hulling corn, for the manufactor of hominy, a staple food product of those days.

"The circulating library--just a neighborly exchange of books, included The Scottish Chiefs, Children of the Abbey, Thaddeus of Warsaw, etc. "Now that they have passed I dare to record that the men of Old Helena seemed to take life rather leisurely. They were all splendid dancers and would shine socially at the magnificent balls given in the spacious ballroom of the then palatial Culver Hotel. As their daughters grew up they had the excuse of escorting them, and I thrill yet at the memory of mounting the winding stairway to that ballroom deluxe where Dave Culver and Bill Purcell were fiddling the toe-tingling tunes of the Money Musk, Fireman's Dance, Virginia Reel, Irish Washer Woman, etc. I used to wonder why our mothers did not join in all this merriment, but as I grew older I realized that they must have been too tired.

"Descendents of King & Mccutchin, pioneer lumber merchants, recalling the exciting days of rafts and river traffic are stirred by all this talk of dragging nine foot channels, etc. to dreams of a revival of a glorified Wisconsin river life. the thrill to children in those days was scampering to the landed rafts, raiding the cook shanty for left over brown sugar in barrels, doughnuts, and other goodies.

Among old landmarks the lumber office still stands intact on the O. K. Farms, a silent and eloquent testimony to the sterling qualities of old-time lumber. Of "sterling worth" especially to the Pioneer Mothers of Old Helena, who so bravely did their part in paving the way for progress.

"The past was good; the future will be better. For progress is the eternal and irresistible impulse and I am for it".

Bridgid King Clancy, Beverly Hills, California.


Notes made by Beverly Pike Lowe on trip to the cemetery July of 1977.

County Road C winds into hilly country. One mile in with heavy shrubs, trees and undergrowth along the road. Old Helena Cemetery to the left just beyond Tower Hill State Park.

Many of the Culver family are buried here.

Name Died Notes
Alvah Culver 28 Feb 1885aged 74 years.
Catherine Foster Culver1 May 1885Wife of Alvah.
DeWitt Clinton Culver 31 May 1920age 82 years. Son of Alvah and Catherine Culver.
Abigail Amanda Culver Beadell Saxton11 Sep 1903age 61 years. Daughter of Alvah and Catherine Culver
Mary Newcomer Wife of Alvah (Bud) Beadell. Abigail Culver Beadell's daughter-in-law.
Charles Clinton Culver 16 Oct 1907Son of John F. Culver. Charlie was killed in an accident
when a bridge collapsed with a tractor he was driving.
Maynard John Culver 27 Oct 1931 age 36 years 3 months 5 days. Son of John F. Culver.
Andrew Culver in infancy. Son of Maynard John Culver.
Grace Culver 13 Oct 1901 age 7 months. Daughter of John F. Culver and Margaret E. Culver.
Alvah Culver Jr. 27 Apr 1921
Mary Jane Lloyd Culver 3 Jun 1923 Wife of Alvah Culver Jr. [b. 1845]

David Williston Culver

Date Notes
Born: 25 Aug1830Tompkins, New York.
Died: 12 Nov1921age 91 years, 2 months and 17 days, Hillside, Wisconsin at the home of his grandson Earl Culver.
Married:3 Sep1860Jane M: Mallalue, daughter of George M. Mallalue, from Mullen, New York. She died Dec. 13, 1898.

Four sons and three daughters were born to them:

  1. George
  2. Frances
  3. Joshua
  4. Amelia
  5. Fred
  6. Mattie
  7. William

One son died in infancy. Surviving of his direct descendants ten grandchildren and fourteen great- grandchildren.

Mr. Culver resided most of his life in Iowa County and the past two years lived with a grandson, close to his childhood home of almost a century ago.

Until a week before his death Mr. Culver enjoyed remarkable health. For past two months it was noticeable he was failing, but he was bedfast only a week. Funeral services were held at Wyoming Church, Nov. 15, conducted by Rev. W. M. Philpott, and interment was made in the Wyoming Cemetery. All children present at his funeral.

  1. George resided in Chicago.
    1. Marie
      1. Edgar
        1. Scott
        2. Wallace
      2. Bill
        1. Maxine
        2. Dawn
        3. Michaelene
        4. Marie
      3. George
      4. Ethel
    2. Ruth Slack
      1. Earl
      2. Horace
    3. Darwin
      1. Doris
        1. Lois Ann
          1. Rickie
        2. Cheryll
      2. Harold
        1. Kenneth
    4. Earl
      1. Evelyn Eisle
        1. Denny
      2. Eugene
        1. John
        2. Paul
        3. David
      3. Everett
        1. Jan Mari
        2. Nancy Roe
      4. George
        1. Curt Stephen
        2. Craig
        3. Georgia
    5. Ester
  2. Frances Mundy (Ed Mundy) Resided in Madison, Wis.
    1. Zola Valee
      1. Phyllis
        1. Jan
        2. Russell
      2. Katherine
      3. Virginia
        1. Barbara
        2. Victoria
      4. Isabella
      5. Betty
        1. John
  3. Joshua, resided Dodgeville
  4. Amelia, married Fred Schloemer and resided in Lone Rock, Wis.
    1. Otto
      1. Patricia
      2. Donald
        1. Scott
      3. William
      4. Georgiana
      5. Robert
      6. Bradley
        1. Susan
        2. Steven
      7. Gloria Bietz
        1. Edward
        2. Lorena
        3. Schery
      8. Carroll
      9. Betty Briggs
        1. James
        2. Carol
        3. David
        4. Betty Lou
      10. Haroldine
        1. George
    2. Cora Rein
      1. Marie Selser
        1. John
        2. Karen
        3. Jane Marie
      2. Ruth Wissbaum
        1. David
        2. Michael
        3. Susan
      3. Margaret Snow
        1. Joyce
          1. Rae Ann
          2. Richard
          3. Ross
        2. Charles
    3. Fred. Married Margaret Higenbothum. Resided Pleasant Ridge.
      1. Nancy [Another source provides more complete information on Nancy: Nancy Lee - m. Edwin MARTIN; 2 children Roberta Rae, Susan Marie.]
      2. Robert[Another source provides more complete information: Robert Leroy - m. Karen RUSIN. Robert d. 1971. Robert and Karen had one son Brett Jay.]
    4. Wilbur
      1. Jancie
    5. Baby
    6. Hubert
      1. Wilber
      2. Robert
        1. David
        2. Robin
        3. Debra
        4. Sheryl
      3. Joan
        1. Michael
        2. Anthony
        3. Marilee
  5. Fred
  6. Mattie Orr [Married DeForest Orr]
  7. William


David W. Culver was born in Tompkins, New York, August 25th, 1830, and died at the home of his grandson, Earl Culver, at Hillside, November 12th, 1921, aged 91 years, 2 months and 17 days. September 3rd, 1860, he married Jane Mallalue, who departed this life December 13th, 1898. Four sons and three daughters were born to them: George, of Chicago; Josh, town of Dodgeville; Fred, Pleasant Ridge; Mrs. Ed Mundy, Madison; Mrs. Fred Schloemer, Lone Rock; Mrs. De Forest Orr, Rockford, Illinois. One son died in infancy. Besides those mentioned above, there survive of his direct descendents ten grandchildren and fourteen great- grandchildren.

Mr. Culver resided practically all his life in Iowa county and the past two years he lived with his grandson, close to his childhood home of almost a century ago.

Until a week before his death Mr. Culver had enjoyed remarkably good health. For the last two months it was noticeable that he was failing, but he was bedfast only a week.

Funeral services were held at the Wyoming church November 15th, conducted by Rev. W.M. Philpott, and interment was made in the Wyoming cemetery. All of the children were present at the funeral.

The following was prepared by Mrs. B. Clancy from an interview with Mr. David Culver:

David Culver was the oldest living pioneer of Helena Valley. At 2 years of age he came with his parents from Green Bay on a raft out of the lumber of which they built their hotel home in what is now known as Old Helena.

The shot tower had been started by a Mr. Knapp and Helena named just one year before the coming of the Culvers, originally from New York state.

The father, Alvah Culver, was said to have been the first white man to have brought a raft through the Wisconsin Dells. While their own house was being built the Culvers lived in the Shot Tower house and boarded the men. This house and a four- story house by the river were the only buildings there when they arrived. It was then, as before, a camping ground for the Indians, and their nearest white neighbor was a Mr. Whitney, not far from Dodgeville, now the county seat of Iowa county. One thousand Indians camped one winter between the top of the hill and the warehouse. The following winter and summer two thousand Indians camped on the opposite side of the river on what is know as the High Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Culver and the older children all learned to speak the Indian language.

Because of the boom the shot tower promised to bring, and because of the river traffic, then of much consequence, Mr. Culver built what in those days was regarded as a magnificent hotel, and later a large store, which became a trading post for the Indians and river men.

The Indians made rugs of marsh grass, from six to eight feet long, about three feet wide and one-half inch thick. These rugs were sewed with cords taken from deer legs and split for that purpose. The Indians would willingly give a large wooden bowl or a grass rug for a dish of flour or salt pork. Never using salt themselves, the Indians' way of freshening the pork was to tie it to a string in the river and let the running water remove the salt.

A white baby was the only thing those Indians would steal. A squaw came one day bringing a large fish to the Culver hotel, which she wanted to trade for DeWitt Culver, the 6 month old baby. Failing to strike that bargain, she then wanted wither pork or potatoes for her fish. While Mrs. Culver was in the cellar getting them the squaw snatched the baby from its cradle, ran for the river and was just pushing off in the canoe when Mrs. Culver, in frantic pursuit, caught at her skirt and recovered the baby.

It was a rule that every Indian child should learn to swim and sometimes the river in front of Old Helena would be black with bobbing Indian heads. David Culver himself was taught to swim by an old Indian.

Shaunts was the name of the man who dug the shot tower shaft and tunnel, the shaft extending through 100' of sandstone and 90' of casing. A Mr. Metcalf of St. Louis, was the partner of Knapp, the original owner. Knapp died on the Tower Hill and was buried on the east side of "the ridge". His wife and two children came at the time, with an old Indian guide from Green Bay for the funeral. Twenty-five years later Mr. Knapp's son came from St. Louis and with the assistance of David Culver, removed the body to the Dodgeville Cemetery.

Due to the Black Hawk war and other disturbances, the shot tower activities were discontinued for a few years. Then Washburn and Woodman bought it and a man named John Bradford superintended the tower. some of the shot was taken to St. Louis by boat and lead was brought back from Galena, Ill. Lead was also hauled from Platteville, Mineral Point and the surrounding country. As a young man David Culver dropped shot for the two before the final closing of the tower. The melted lead was poured through a huge ladle with holes of different sizes, dropping down the 190' shaft into the cooling basin of water below. From here it was hauled, first by horse power and later by an engine, through the 90' tunnel, on a level with the water to the finishing house. When Washburn and Woodman took over the enterprise they had a steam engine that did all the work in the finishing house.

Mr. Culver recalled the picturesque days when lead was hauled to the tower in prairie schooners, each drawn by nine yoke of oxen. At times there would be a string of 25 of such schooners, extending from Tower Hill to where is now located the Wisconsin River Bridge.

Much to the disappointment of Alvah Culver, the hotel proprietor, they brought their provisions with them and camped out. For two years after the discontinuance of the shot tower activities the Indians used the hill for a camping ground, coming to gather the shot for hunting purposes, from the left over supply, and the fifth generation of Culver's can still gather shot on top of the hill.

Tracy Lockman, who came with his family from New York State, was the last superintendent of the shot tower. The coming of the railroads and the Civil War, which called away so many men caused the shutting down of the tower.

DeWitt Clinton Culver

Place Date
Born: Green Bay, Wisconsin March 191838.
Died: Wyoming Valley, WisconsinMay 31 1920.
Married: Mary Ann Donnely Hogan.

Written at the death of DeWitt Culver.

The community is called upon this week to mourn the death of DeWitt C. Culver who had resided in this locality longer than any other person hereabouts.

When Old Helena was a flourishing community, a center of river traffic and a manufacturing town of note, his parents came there from Green Bay, bringing with them the subject of this sketch, who was then six months old. Practically all his life was spent within sight of the Wisconsin river, which he loved, and on which in his young manhood, he spent much of his time in the lumber industry. In the many strange and often harrowing incidents which befell the American Pioneers, Mr. Culver had a part. When the Alvah Culver family came to Helena the country round abouts was thickly populated with Indians. When an infant DeWitt was stolen by an Indian woman. The squaw came to the Culver home wanting to trade a large fish for the baby. Mrs. Culver would not make the trade so the squaw wanted to trade for meat. Mrs. Culver went to the meat barrel in the cellar. When she returned the squaw had left and the cradle was empty. Running outside she saw the Indian running towards the canoe and carrying "Dick" in her arms. Mrs. Culver being young and sprightly ran after the squaw and caught her by the skirts just as she was going to push off in the canoe. There was a tussle one having one end of the baby and the other woman the other end. Those watching were fearful of the child's life but finally the Indian woman let go of the baby and got into her canoe with her meat and rowed across to the opposite bank of the river and to her wigwam.

DeWitt Culver was the second son of Alvah and Catherine Culver, originally from New York State. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1838 and came when a baby with his parents to Old Helena, where he grew up amid scenes of real historic interest. From his marriage to Mary Ann Donnely Hogan were born six children. Although in his 83rd year, his mind was perfectly clear and he gave helpful directions to his devoted attendants to the last when he notified them of the end by saying the word "going". His last illness was of but a few weeks duration, death was caused by cancer of the stomach. He died May 31, 1920. There are left of his immediate family one son George Culver and four daughters. Mammie, Mrs. Overland of Minneapolis; Jennie, Mrs. Mitchel of Dodgeville; Sophrona, Mrs. Ole Oleson of Wyoming and Ann Dodge of Madison.

Funeral services were held at the Oleson home, Wed. afternoon conducted by the Rev. W. E. Shilling. Interment was in the Helena Cemetery. The following tribute was made by a life long friend and read as a part of the service. "That an honest man is the noblest work of God" is brought home to us with fresh meaning today. From the midst of us the death angel has summoned an old and highly honored citizen, one of the last passing pioneers of Helena Valley. After much patient suffering and surrounded by loving relatives and friends to the last, there was much beauty and peace in the passing out and on of "Honest Dick Culver", as he was lovingly called by those who have known him longest and best. It was a fitting close to a clean, laborious and kindly life in which gentleness was a distinguishing trait. Death has a way of stripping from our eyes, for a time, the veil of worldliness and then we see straight and know things at their real and eternal values. The it is, that there is peculiar joy in paying tribute to those rarely wise and simple souls for whom wealth and pomp have little lure and that we do today in honoring the memory of this good man. He possessed that which is more than coronets--a kind heart. He loved peace and lived peaceably among people. He was eminent of those whose rule of life is Do the best you can, and be kind, and because of this he carries with him to the world beyond life's crowning glory, the love and good will of his fellowmen.

  1. George [B. abt 1877 Wyoming, Wisc. D. 3 March 1960 (CULV020). M: Katherine A. (CULV020).]
  2. Phrone Oleson (Sophrona) [1865-1926 Married Ole Oleson (b.1863 d.1930). Both buried in Old Helena Cemetery. Also married Teodore Kincannon (CULV017 Vol. 3 p. 63)]
    1. James
    2. Vivian
      1. Greta
      2. Wanda
      3. Walter
    3. Mabel
    4. Gladys [b.12 Apr. 1902 d.5 Apr 1989. Tombstone reads 'Gladys M. "Glady" Oleson, and she's buried at Old Helena amongst Olesons, so apparently never married.]
    5. Clarence
    6. Alice
      1. Dick, Rovert
  3. Jennie Mitchell [married Ed Mitchell, see CULV017 Vol. 3 p. 229). D. before 1960 (did not survive George (CULV020).]
    1. DeWitt
    2. Charlie
    3. Lelia
  4. Mammie Overland [D. before 1960 (did not survive George - CULV020).]
    1. Nada
    2. Ludwich
      1. Dorothy
      2. Richard
  5. Ann Dodge [D. after 1960 (survived George - CULV020).]
    1. Victor
      1. Noreen
        1. Guy Victor [DOB 19 Apr 1957]
        2. Whitworth [One or both of Whitworth and Georgia Lee DOB is 1 Jun 1949]
        3. Georgia Lee
        4. Deborah Kay [DOB: 26 Dec 1960]
        5. Rhonda Ann [DOB: 27 Dec 1951]
        6. Keith Lewis [DOB: 11 Oct 1954]
        7. Maureen Rae [DOB: 13 Dec 1958]


[A tombstone - not the original - at Old Helena Cemetery reads "Dewitt C. Culver 1838 - 1920"]

Was One of the Earliest
Pioneers Of Iowa County

The community is called upon this week to mourn the death of DeWitt C. Culver, who has resided in this locality ger than any other hereabouts. When Old Helena was a flourishing community, a center of river traffic and a manufacturing town of note, his parents came from Green Bay, bringing with them the subject of this sketch who was then six months old, he having been born March 19, 1838. Practically all his life was spent within sight of the Wisconsin River, which he loved and on which he, in his young manhood, spent much of his time in the lumber industry.

In the many strange and often harrowing incidents which befell the American ioneers, Mr. Culver had a part. When the family came to Helena, the country roundabout was thickly populated with Indians, and when an infant he was stolen by an Indian woman. The squaw came to the Culver home begging and Mrs. Culver went to the meat barrel in the cellar to get a peice of meat for her. When she returned the squaw was gone and the cradle in which the white woman's baby had lain was empty. Running outside Mrs. Culver saw the Indian woman carrying the baby, disappearing through the woods. The mother pursued and grasped her baby just as his captor was taking him into a conoe. Then came a fight for the infant in which Mrs. Culver was successful.

Mr. Culver's last illness was of but a few weeks' duration, his death being caused by cancer of the stomach and he died May 31st, 1920, at the home of his grandson James Olson. There are left survivors of his immediate family four daughters: Mrs. Overland, Minneapolis; Mrs. Jennie Mitchell, Dodgeville; Mrs. Ole Oleson, Wyoming, and Anna of Madison; and one son George of Madison, and nineteen gradndchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Olson home on Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. W.E. Schilling and interment was in the Old Helena Cemetery.

The following tribute from a life long friend was read as a part of the service:

That "an honest man is the noblest work of God" is brought home to us with fresh meaning today. From the midst of us the death angel has summoned an old and highly honored citizen, one of the last of the passing pioneers of Helena Valley. After much parient suffering, and surrounded to the last by loving relatives and friends, there was much of beauty and of peace in the passing out of "Honest Dick Culver" as he has been lovingly called by those who have known him longest and best. It was a fitting close to a clean, laborious and kindly life in which gentleness was a distinguishing trait. Death has a way of stripping from our eyes for a time the veil of worldiness, and then we see straight and know things at their real and eternal value. Then it is that there is a peculiar joy in paying tribute to these rarely wise and simple souls for whom wealth and pomp have little lure and that we do today in honoring the memory of this good man. He possessed that which is more than coronets - a kind heart. He loved peace and lived peaceably among people. He eminently of those whose rule of life is, do the best you can and be kind, and because of this he carries with him to the world beyond life's crowning glory, the love and good will of his fellowmen.

DeWitt Clinton Culver was the second son of Alvah and Catherine Culver from hew York state. He was born in Green Bay in 1838 and came when a babe with his parents to Old Helena, where he grew up amid scenes of real historic interest.

From his marriage to Mary Ann Donnelly Hogan were born six children five of whom are living and have been practically in the constant attendance ministering lovingly to his every comfort. Although in his eighty-third year his mind was perfectly clear and he gave helpful directions to his devoted attendants to the last when he notified them of the end by saying a word "going".

From many directions and long distances have come in the past few weeks brother and other relatives to have a visit with this man who has helped prove to us that there is nothing so royal as kindness and nothing so kindly as truth. (From the Dodgeville Chronicle)

Abigail Amanda Culver

Date Notes
Born: 4 Nov 1841Old Helena, Wisconsin.
Died: 11 Sep 1903Spring Green, Wisconsin in the home of her daughter Nettie Dodge.
Married: 1859Luther Beadell of Lansing, Minn. To them were born two children: Alvah (Bud) Beadell of Lansing, and Nettie Dodge of Spring Green.
[Marriage Records of Iowa County place the date at 26 Sept. 1860. See CULV004 p. 9]
Married: Mar 1883John Saxton.

Abigail Culver was born in Old Helena, Wisconsin on Nov. 4, 1841. Her father Alvah Culver operated a hotel and store in that, then promising town, at the base of Tower Hill called Old Helena.

She spent all her life in the vicinity of Old Helena except four or five years in Monroe and Berlin, Wisconsin. She was a member of the Hillside Lend-a-hand Club and of the Eastern Star of Spring Green. She died of Bright's disease in the home of her daughter Mrs. Guy N. Dodge of Spring Green, Wis., Sept. 11, 1903. Abigail had a stepdaughter Mrs. H. M. McIntyre of Lansing, Minn. and a step-son C. S. Saxton of Blue Earth, Minn.

She was buried at Old Helena, officiating Rev. C. L. Clifford.

Her children are as follows:

  1. Alvah (Bud) married Mary Newcomer. Married again after Mary died.
    1. Mary (raised by Abigail at death of Mary Newcomer Beadell).
    2. Lester
    3. Clarence
      1. Beverly
      2. Helen
    4. Edwin
    5. Don
      1. Bruce
    6. Walter
    7. Helen
      1. Dick
    8. Joyce
  2. Nettie Dodge
    1. Thane (Jimmy)
      1. Shirley Graham
        1. Martha
        2. Pamela
        3. Jennifer
      2. Doris Berndt
        1. Jackie
        2. Doris Deborah
          1. Patricia
    2. Katherine Schoenman
      1. Elizabeth Meyers
        1. Jonda
        2. Paula
    3. Nelia Hayes
      1. Robert
        1. Helen
        2. Bralt
        3. Dennis
        4. Greg
      2. Walter
      3. Jeffry
        1. Ricky
          1. Kathy
      4. Steven
    4. Lorna Peart
      1. John
    5. Edwin
      1. Dick
        1. Patrick
      2. Paige
        1. Sharon
      3. Steven
    1. William W. Culver

      Date Notes
      Born: 22 Jan1843Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 17 Jun Clear Lake, Iowa.
      Married: 7 Apr1870Susan A. Jewell of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Susan died 30 Apr 1932.

      William was raised at Old Helena, Wis., the fourth child of Alvah and Catherine Culver. He enlisted in the 33rd Wisconsin Regular volunteers of Moore's Union Guards and he was mustered out Aug. 11, 1865. April 7, 1870 he was married to Susan a. Jewell of Dodgeville, Wis. In 1872 the family moved to Clay County, Iowa and settled on a homestead where Dickens, Iowa is now located. Here Mr. Culver became a prominent citizen. He retired from the farm and filled most of the town offices at one time or another and held the position of post master at Dickens for nine years. He resigned because of ill health and went to Mason City, Iowa to be near his children. Mr. & Mrs. Culver resided at 1428 N. Jefferson at Mason City and later moved to Clear Lake, Iowa. At the time of his death two brothers and a sister were living. John F. Culver of Yankton, South Dakota and George Culver of Dickens, Iowa. A sister Mrs. Lizzie Mabbot of Montana.

      Mr. Culver was a member of Congregational Church at Dickens and affiliated with G.A.R. Organization. Children of William and Susan Culver:

      Name Notes
      1. Mabel A. Mrs. Fred Cederholm of Ruthren, Iowa.
      2. Maud Mrs. Anderson of Clear Lake, Iowa.
      3. Fred Of Meadows, South Dakota.

      Alvah Culver, Jr.

      Date Notes
      Born: 14 Feb1845Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 27 Apr1921Clyde, Wisconsin.
      Married: 5 Mar1866Mary Jane Lloyd.

      Alvah was the fourth son of Alvah and Catherine Culver. He was raised at Old Helena. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Lloyd March 5, 1866. They moved to their home on a farm in Clyde and ran a ferry across the Wisconsin River to Lone Rock until the Lone Rock bridge was built many years later. They had two children Orphia & Reynold. When Orphia was a young girl she married Frank McKinzie. They had two children Orville and Addie. While still a young man Frank died. After the children were grown Orphia married a farmer Joe Seiders and they moved to Lone Rock. Alvah died at his home leaving his widow, Orville and his family and Addie (Mrs. Ben Brown) and their family. Funeral services held at Congregational Church at Lone rock and burial made in Old Helena Cemetery at Tower Hill.

      Mary Jane Culver (Lloyd) was born in the town of Arena, to Peter and Margaret Lloyd, whose farm was near Arena, on Oct. 17, 1845. She died at the home of her grandson Orville McKinzie in Lone Rock on Sunday June 3, 1923 at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 16 days. Her husband preceded her in death by two years. She left two children Orville and Addie [But Orville and Addie are Orphia's children - see above; Orphia and Reynold were her children.] and five grandchildren. Max and John McKinzie, Kenneth, Bela and Arlene Brown. A brother Peter Lloyd of California and a sister Margaret Lloyd Culver of Yankton, South Dakota [Wife of John Franklin Culver.]

      Services held at Lone Rock Congregational Church, Rev. W.E. Shilling officiating and interment was at Old Helena Cemetery at Tower Hill, Wisc.

      Family of Alvah and Mary Jane Lloyd Culver.

      1. Orphia Mrs. Joe Seiders. First husband Frank McKinzie.
        1. Orville [McKinzie]
          1. Douglas
          2. John
        2. Addie Mrs. Ben Brown
          1. Kenneth
          2. Belma Federman
            1. Bonnie
            2. Michael
            3. Connie
          3. Arlene Marks
            1. Tonia Kay
            2. Susan
          4. Carol
          5. Joan
          6. Reginald
            1. Nancy
              1. Billy
      2. Reynold Rennie or Ren McKinzie [but shouldn't that be Culver, not McKinzie?]
        1. Duane
        2. Gordon
          1. Debra
          2. Bruce
        3. Willis


      Mr. and Mrs. Al Culver purchased the Ferry which was known as the "rope ferry" from George Doty in 1880. The boat was 30' long and 12' wide and was operated on a cable fastened to a stump up on the bluff and to four trees on the north bank of the river. There were two pulleys on the cable and two on each side of the boat, with a bug wheel which was used as a windlass. The boat had to be guided so that it was headed up stream and the current would take it across.

      Around 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Culver quit the ferry business and became tenders for the new toll bridge. The charge to cross was 25 cents.

      At one time the ferry boat was loaded to capacity—two teams and a single rig—when the cable broke and the ferry was swept downstream to about where the Channing Christian farm is today. There were no roads along the river here in those days and they had to cut their way through the underbursh before they could get the teams and wagon back to the ferryboat landing.

      George Watson ("Toot") Culver

      Date Notes
      Born: 1848Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 21 May 1925Dickens, Iowa.
      Married: Melisse
      [Another source provides more information: m. Melisse Powers 3 Aug 1874 in Arreno, Wisc.
      Melisse DOB 1 Feb 1854 Mineral Point, Wisc., DOD 3 Feb 1940, Dickens, Iowa.]

      George, known as Toot Culver, was the fifth son of Alvah and Catherine Culver of Old Helena, Wis.

      He married and moved to Dickens, Iowa.

      The family of George and Melisse Culver.

      1. William
        1. Martha
        2. Glen
          1. Arlene
            1. Susan Jo
          2. Arlan
        3. Neenah
          1. Delores
            1. Jerry
            2. James
              1. James
              2. Jessie
              3. Forsythia
            3. Helen
            4. Dean
              1. Eddy Ray
            5. Denny
            6. Gary
            7. Margaret
            8. Arlene
        4. Bessie
          1. William
            1. Carol
            2. Larry
            3. Danny
          2. Francis
            1. Joe (adopted)
          3. Evelyn
            1. Karol
          4. Ralph
            1. Ralph
            2. Connie
            3. Billie
        5. Ralph
          1. Russel
            1. Larry
            2. Elaine
          2. Wayne
          3. Doris
          4. Harold
      2. Grace Story
        1. Keith (adopted)
      3. Harvey [Another source provides more information here: Harvey Elester, b. 24 Feb 1878, Lone Rock, Wisc., d. 26 Jan 1963, Dickens, Iowa, m. 11 Dec 1901 to Grace James, who was b. 19 Sept 1880, Alta, Ia, d. 11 May 1954, Dickens, Ia.]
        1. Howard [Another source says Howard James, b. 13 June 1907, St. Cloud MN, m. 8 May 1927, Jackson, MN, to Faye Edmunds who was b. 19 Oct 1908, Lake City Iowa.]
          1. Jane [Another source says Jane Ingram b. 20 May 1937.]
            1. Roxanne
            2. Jon
      4. Lenny
      5. Dewey
        1. Gerald
        2. Thelma
        3. Dorothy
          1. Bernice
          2. Bernard
          3. Cleo

      John Franklin Culver

      Date Notes
      Born: 8 Jul 1850Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 13 Mar 1926Yankton, South Dakota.
      Married: Sophia McKinney, born in Andover, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1840. Died in the town of Dayton, Richland County, Wisconsin, March 15, 1880.
      [Her family had, apparently, migrated to Wisconsin. See section on Martha Ellen Culver.]
      Married:13 Jun 1885Margaret Ellen Lloyd, at Clyde, Wisconsin in the home of Al and Mary Jane Culver. Margaret Ellen was born at Old Helena, Wis., June 4, 1863 to Peter and Margaret Lloyd. She died June 18, 1939, Yankton, So. Dak.

      John was born and raised at Old Helena, the son of Alvah and Catherine Culver. He was a twin to Joshua who died in infancy.

      John raised two families. First wife was Sophia McKinney, born in Andover, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1849. Sophia worked at the hotel for Alvah and Catherine Culver. In 1871 John married Sophia. In 1872 a son Charles Clinton was born. Martha Ellen, whom they called Nellie, was born March 2, 1877. Both children were born at the Culver Hotel. In 1879 Sophia was expecting another child and because of poor health she was moved to Dayton, Richland Co., which is now known as Richland Center, Wis., to be near her mother. The third child was born dead in Dec. 1879 and Sophia lingered on until March 15, 1880 when she passed away. They laid her to rest in the Dayton Corners Cemetery about two miles from where she passed away. John took Charlie and Nellie and returned to his parents home in Old Helena. Charlie was eight and Nellie just turned three. They lived there until the deaths of Alvah and Catherine five years later. Nellie then stayed with Nelse and Net Dodge and Charlie went to live with the Henry Levake family in Wyoming Valley where he stayed until he was twenty one.

      John married Margaret Ellen Lloyd, June 13, 1885, at the home of his brother Al in Clyde. They were married by Rev. Evans of Spring Green, Wis. John and Margaret lived first with Al, who was a brother to John, and Mary Jane who was a sister to Margaret. They took Nellie and lived across the river from Lone Rock on a place near Al Culver's. Then they moved to Helena Station. Next John went to Iowa and sent for Mag and Nellie, they stayed with Bill Culver before moving on to the Charles Warren farm. The Warren farm was located about half way between Dickens and Spencer, Iowa. George Culver lived just acorss the field from them. Abigail Jane was born Aug. 16, 1887 at this place. They lived here about 3 years. Al Culver visited them and talked them into returning to Wis. Al Culver had his team of horses with him so they went back to Wis. in a covered wagon. They were 13 days on the way. It was back to Helena Station. Next move was to George Foster's old farm, in Wyoming Township Iowa county. Robert Lloyd Culver was born here Aug. 25, 1890. This was Catherine Culver's brother George's place. John then bought an acre of land from Jim Jones and built a log house and worked for Jones. The log house was just a little ways from Alvah Sr.'s farm Lola Bessie was born on the acreage of the James Lloyd Jones farm at Hillside, Wyoming Township Ia. Co., April 21, 1893. John Maynard was born at the same place July 22, 1895. Mag had typhoid fever while living at the Foster place. She was very ill for five weeks. Nellie took care of her. John sold the log house to Jones and took up some homestead land, across the river from Lone Rock and near Al's. He built a frame house on the homestead. Jennie Irene was born on this place in Wyoming Township, Ia. Co., Wis. N.E. 1/4 of S.W. 1/4 Section 20 T8N, Dec. 19, 1898. Lone Rock. Nellie set up a dressmaking shop in Lone Rock and moved John and family into Lone Rock with her but they could only leave the homestead six months by law so had to move back. Charlie married and John sold the homestead to him and they moved to Lone Rock. Grace Mildred was born in Lone Rock, March 2, 1901 and died at the age of seven months, Oct. 8, 1901. Charlie's wife died and Mag and John took his son Adren to live with them; he was two and a half years old. Mag got pheumonia again having had it while at the homestead place. She was so very ill but pulled through once more. Abbie and Bessie had graduated from Hillside Home School and gone to South Dakota to teach. They and the family came out by train, stayed in a hotel and then on to Bridgewater, South Dakota in 1912. The next move was to Yankton, South Dakota, in 1916. Elmer, the oldest son of Charlie went to live with John's family in Bridgewater and Yankton. Elmer was John's grandson. In Yankton they lived at 505 Pearl, then on Burleigh St. and next Linn St. Abbie had a home built at 1717 College St. and there is where they lived the rest of their lives. John played a violin all his life and played for many dances. He also tended bar in Lone Rock, Wis. and Bridgewater, south Dakota. He was active in the Odd Fellows Lodge.


      John F. Culver, a resident of Yankton since 1916, died at his home in this city, at 11:00 o'clock Saturday morning, March, 13, 1926, at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 5 days. The deceased was born at Old Helena, Iowa County, Wisconsin on July 8, 1850.

      The deceased came to South Dakota in 1912 and lived at Bridgewater until 1916 when he moved to this city. He is survived by his wife and six children as follows; Mrs. C.E. Crary of Richland Center, Wis. Abbie Culver of this city, Lloyd Culver also of Yankton, Mrs. Andrew P. Johnson of Viborg, Maynard Culver of Spring Green, Wis. and Mrs. Ralph M. Pike of Sioux City, Iowa.

      The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Methodist Church with Rev. R. C. Shearer officiating. The pallbearers were James Fickes, H. Halvorson, John Lingo, Levi Forbes, Bert Lilly and H. W. Shipton. Interment was made in Yankton Cemetery.


      All Odd Fellows are to meet at the hall tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to go from there in a body to attend the funeral of our late brother J. F. Culver, which will be held at the Methodist Church at 2:00 o'clock.

      Omitted from Obituary:

      John Culver was also survived by six grandchildren. Elmer Culver of Madison, Wis., Raymond Culver, and Adrian Culver, Juanita and Ralph Jr. Pike and Wendell Johnson. Another grandson Earl Culver.

      Sophia McKinney Culver
      Born: 30 Jan 1849 Andover Ohio
      Died: 15 Mar 1880 Dayton Ohio

      In the town of Dayton March 15th 1880 Mrs. Sophia Culver, wife of John Culver and daughter of William and Susan McKinney; aged 31 years, 1 month and 5 days.

      The deceased leaves a husband, 2 children, a father and mother, brothers and sisters and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She has been an intense sufferer for almost four years and since December has been confined to her bed. But the spirit has at last broken the bonds and the suffering captive is free - it came the unbidden guest, gliding steathily up to my sisters couch, it wound its invisible cords closely around her tender heart, and she faded beneath its icy touch; the grief of those so long subdued now broke forth but it was insufficient to awake the slumbers of the peaceful dead. Peaceful did we say? Yes, Angelic dead; no racking pain disturbs her now, she is resting at last - no more plaintive cries, no more tossing up - on her pillow, no more moans of anguish - All is peace and gentleness and rest.

      It seems a stroke almost too heavy to be borne by those of her absent relatives whom were absent, when we think that in her dying hour we could not be with her, nor lend a hand to relieve her in the last agony of death. But we will ask God to deal kindly with our friends and neighbors for their attention and care over our sister whom we could not be with -

      Mattie A. McKinney

      Two Children

      Charles Culver
      Nellie Martha Culver

      Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver

      Date Notes
      Born: 4 Jun1863Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 18 Jun1939Yankton, South Dakota.
      Married:13 Jun1885John Franklin Culver at Clyde, Wisconsin, in the home of Alvah Culver Jr. and Mary Jane Lloyd Culver. They were married by Rev. Evans of Spring Green, Wisconsin.

      Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver was the daughter of Peter and Margaret Davis Lloyd. Peter Lloyd was born in South Wales, British Isles, Jan. 8, 1810, died Old Helena, March 5, 1880 age seventy years [buried at Old Helena Cemetery]. Margaret Davis was born in South Wales, British Isles, June 9, 1810, died Old Helena, Wisconsin, Aug. 5, 1879, age sixty-nine years two months [buried at Old Helena Cemetery]. Margaret's middle initial was E.

      The family of Peter and Margaret Lloyd as follows:

      Name Notes
      1. Robert Lloyd Born: 8 Jan 1843 Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 22 Sep.1904. [Buried at Old Helena Cemetery]
      Married: Susan P. who was born 16 Jan 1849 and died October 15, 1916. On the tombstone of Robert H. Lloyd, a center stone was G.A.R. 1861-1865.
      Written on bottom of stone was, "Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven can not heal."
      Susan's grave was to the left of Robert's and had Mother, Women's Relief Corp. Wisconsin Corp, 54.
      2. Jack Lloyd Born: Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      3. Peter Lloyd Born: Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      4. Mary Jane Lloyd Culver Born: Old Helena, Wisconsin.[Other information gives DOB 17 Oct, 1845, DOD 3 June, 1923. Other information (see above) also says Mary Jane was born in Arena.]
      5. Margaret Ellen Lloyd CulverBorn: 4 Jun 1863 Old Helena, Wisconsin.
      Died: 18 Jun1939, South Dakota age 76 years


      Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Methodist Church for Mrs. John F. Culver, 76, whose death occured Sunday at her home in this city. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. F. W. Cannon and burial under the direction of Ellerman and Lawrence Mortuary was in the Yankton Cemetery.

      Margaret Ellen Lloyd, daughter of Peter and Margaret Lloyd, was born at Old Helena, Wisconsin, June 4, 1863. She grew to womanhood in that locality and at the age of 22 years married John F. Culver whose death occurred in 1926.

      In 1912 the family moved to Bridgewater and four years later to Yankton which remained Mrs. Culver's home the remainder of her life. In addition to her husband Mrs. Culver was preceded in death by her youngest son Maynard in 1931, and by another child who died in infancy. Surviving are three daughters and one son, Miss Abbie Culver, Yankton; Mrs. Andrew P. Johnson, Viborg; Mrs. Ralph M. Pike, Sioux Falls; and Lloyd Culver of Yankton. In addition to her own family Mrs. Culver was a mother to a stepdaughter Mrs. C. E. Crary of Richland Center, Wis. Also surviving three grandchildren Elmer Culver, Madison, Wis. Raymond Culver, Richland Center, Wis. And Adrian Culver, Fort Peck, Montana.

      Mrs. Culver was deeply in love with South Dakota, active in the work of the church and devoted to her family. She was also a member of, and particularly enjoyed the work of the Women's Relief Corps.

      The following were omitted from the obituary.

      Also surviving were eight grandchildren. By daughter Mrs. Andrew P. Johnson, two grandsons, Wendell and Norman. By daughter Mrs. Ralph M. Pike granddaughters Juanita and Beverly and grandsons Ralph Jr., Laurence, Douglas, Gerald and grandchildren by a son Maynard who were Earl, Bernice, Margaret and Marcella Culver.

      Juanita was staying with her grandmother at the time of her death to help care for her while Abbie was working.

      Charles Clinton Culver

      Date Notes
      Born: 27 May1872Old Helena, Wisconsin. [US Census for 1900 gives DOB as May, 1871, and age as 29.]
      Died: 16 Oct1907Lone Rock, Wisconsin, Wyoming Valley.
      Married:May 1896Emily Tyre, Spring Green, Wis.

      Charles Clinton Culver, son of John and Sophia McKinney Culver. At the death of his mother March 15, 1880 was raised first by his father and paternal grandparents until the age of about 14 when he went to the Henry Levake family until he was 21.

      Charles married Emily Tyre at Spring Green, Wis. May, 1896. She wore a light cream colored cashmere dress, made by Mrs. Jennie Daniels. She was a very pretty girl of about eighteen. She was born in 1877 and died 1906 at Wyoming Valley. [US Census for 1900 gives DOB as Nov. 1876. Elmer Culver related to his son David that she died as a result of a self-induced abortion.]

      Their children were born in Wyoming Valley, Wisconsin.

      Name Born Notes
      1.John Elmer3 Feb 1897Changed his name to Elmer Thomas. He was in World War I, Co. 6-Kansas City, Mo.
      2.Raymond 19 Aug1898
      3.Adrian 15 Aug1902


      Oct. 16, 1907, tractor engine falls through a bridge near Lone Rock and kills Charles Culver and George Smith, crushing the men as it fell.

      A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends attended the funeral of Charles Culver on Friday of last week and on Monday the funeral of George Smith. Charles was laid to rest beside his wife, who died several years ago. *Error on place of burial. Never in the history of Wyoming Valley has such an accident happened and the people are shocked and saddened by such a calamity. One young, the other not an old man, just in the prime of his life and in the very zenith of his usefulness and helpfulness in all public affairs; a kind neighbor and one whose place cannot be filled; one who enjoyed life and his family and home which is left desolated by his sad and sudden death. His dear ones are not alone in their sorrow, for the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy is felt for them and for all who so deeply mourn over this sad affair.


      Two killed on a bridge Oct. 16, 1907. George Smith and Charles Culver go down with engine. Written on Thrusday the 17th.

      George Smith and Charles Culver were killed last night at near the H. J. Schoenman residence in the town of Wyoming. Mr. Smith's outfit had been threshing at Milford Graham's and they were moving the engine and corn shredder to Frank Sliters, where they expected to shred corn today. A bridge across a dry run, which they were crossing gave way and they were pinned in a trap formed by the tender and canopy which covered the engine. Mr. Smith must have been instantly killed as he was squeezed between the fly wheel and the tender. Mr. Culver was standing erect with apparently nothing supporting him except the reverese lever, which was thrust into one of his legs. Both bodies were virtually cooked. The skin peeled off in strips and on the hands and feet the flesh was cooked so that it broke away from the bones. Even Mr. Smith's face was scalded but Mr. Culver's head and shoulders were not.

      The regular engine man, a man named Williams, was away attending a wedding and when they left Graham's, Mr. Smith asked B. F. Davis which he would rather do, drive the team and the tank wagon or run the engine over. The latter said that he would rather drive the team and the tank wagon than steer the engine after dark; which he did and was close behind when the accident occurred.


      Ben, with the tank wagon, was right behnd the engine and shredder when they reached the bridge. On their arrival Mr. Smith stopped the engine, perhaps to get his bearings, as it was dark. He then started and when the crash came the front tracks had cleared the bridge, which is about a sixteen foot span. As soon as the engine fell the steam escaped in clouds, frightening Ben's horses, which turned clear around before he could stop them. He tied them up and ran to the engine, where he endeavored to reach the throttle to shut it down. At the same time he called "Boys are you hurt?" He got no answer and called several times. Then he chopped the pole of the shredder off from the debris. Hitched his team to the rear end and pulled it off from the men. While doing this he heard a cry. An inarticulate sound which he thought at the time was Mr. Smith's voice, but afterwards decided that it must have been Mr. Culver's. Herb Schoenman, who was sitting in his doorway watching the machine, ran up to the scene as soon as he heard the crash and Ben told him to phone for help, saying they were both dead, as he could get no answer to his calls.


      Large numbers from the Wyoming and Spring Green areas rushed to the scene and succeeded in getting the bodies out about three hours later. In falling the engine and tender closed up like a jack-knife and the men were caught in a veritable death trap, the water tanks forming the sides and the engine canopy covering all. Here they were literally roasted by the steam. The heavy fly wheel mercifully crushed Mr. Smith's life out so that he probably did not suffer. His chest was pinned by it against the tender. Mr. Culver, however, unless suffocated by the steam and thus rendered unconcious must have suffered horribly. He was standing perfectly erect with his head turned slightly to one side. Neither body was mangled, but it was necessary to cut the clothing away to prevent flaying the corpses.

      Mr. Culver was about 35 years old and a widower, his wife [Emily Tyre Culver] having died a little over a year ago. Three little children survive him. He was the son of John F. Culver of Lone Rock. His body was brought to the home of his uncle D. C. Culver in Spring Green and the funeral will be tomorrow, Oct. 18, 1907. Buried at Old Helena, Rev. Geo. H. Willet, of the Spring Green, Methodist Church officiating. He leaves his three children Elmer, Raymond and Adrian, his stepmother, Margaret Culver, his father John Culver, a sister Martha Ellen Culver, three half-sisters and two half-brothers.

      Remarks: Charlie played bass viol with his father.


      The funerals of George W. Smith and Charles Culver, the particulars of whose accidental death were given in this paper last week were held.

      Mr. Culver's on Friday and that of Mr. Smith on Tuesday.

      Charles Culver, son of John Culver of Lone Rock was born in Old Helena, Ia. Co., Wisc. May 27th 1872 - Died Oct. 16th, 1907, age 35 years 5 mos. 11 days.

      John Elmer Culver
      Elmer Thomas

      changed to Elmer Thomas Culver
      [however, even the 1900 US Census lists him as Elmer]

      Date Place Notes
      Born: 3 Feb 1897Wyoming Valley, Wisc.
      Married:14 Jun1927Elgin, Ill. Edna Maria Gefke. Edna was born 18 Jan 1899 to Henry E. Gefke and Henrietta Sutcliffe Gefke.
      [Edna's DOB is, in fact, 23 Jan 1899]

      Elmer Culver, son of Charles and Emily Tyre Culver [Elmer's maternal grandmother's name was Mary Ann] was eight years old when his mother died and nine when his father was killed in a tractor accident. Elmer and his brother Raymond went to live with the maternal grandparents then to their Aunt Nellie until she married, then back to their maternal grandparents. When about 14 he went to live with his grandpa Culver in Bridgewater, South Dakota, from their to Yankton, South Dakota. Elmer graduated from high school and went into the World War I, Co. 6- Kansas City, Mo.

      Elmer married Edna Maria Gefke, 14 Jun 1927. He started the Culver Electric Supply Company, Inc. at 637 Washington Ave., Madison, Wis., a distributor of electrical construction materials and lighting fixtures. A very successful business of which his son David took over with Elmer, at the age of 80 an active part of the business. Elmer an avid bowler, has traveled in bowling competition [winning, in the early '70s, the national seniors singles and doubles tournament in Milwaukee, Wisc. He also loved cribbage, winning the all-city championship in 1954], also loved the out-door-life of hunting and fishing. A member of the Hunting and Fishing Club.

      The Children of Elmer and Edna Gefke Culver:

      1. David Sutcliffe
        Born: 16 Oct 1928
      2. Ruth Ann
        Born: 10 Mar 1930
      3. Mary Jane
        Born: 29 May 1932
      4. Carol Susan
        Born: 25 Mar 1938


      Name Notes Date
      A.David Sutcliffe Married: Carol Dreyfus May 18, 1951
      1. Michael David Jan. 8, 1952
      2. Joanne Patricia Apr 27, 1953
      3. Barbara Carol Jun 30, 1954
      4. Joyce Ellen Aug. 5, 1956
      5. Thomas Clifton Apr 15, 1958
      6. Robert James Sep 15, 1964
      B.Ruth Ann Married: Ernest Olsen Aug 28, 1954
      1. Linda Kaye Jul 4, 1957
      2. Diane Ruth Oct 6, 1958
      3. Karen Jean Aug 20, 1960
      4. Alan Michael Aug 29, 1962
      5. Rick Thomas Twin Jul 18, 1964
      6. Mark Edward Twin Jul 18, 1964
      C.Mary Jane Married: Edward Paul Richter, Kodiak Naval Base, Kodiak, Alaska Feb 27, 1960
      1. Joette Yvonne Kodiak, Alaska Nov 26, 1960
      2. Calvin Thomas San Francisco, Calif. Nov 25, 1961
      D.Carol Susan Married: Russell Beem May 26, 1962
      1. Lisa Lynne Madison, Wisc. Dec 30, 1962
      2. Russell Richard Jr.Gold Beach, Ore. May 22, 1965
      3. Laurie Lee Eugene, Ore. Dec 3, 1966
      4. Bethany Ann Eugene, Ore. Mar 3, 1973
      5. Erin Elizabeth Grants Pass, Ore. Feb 13, 1978

      Information received Sept. 22, 1977 on the life of Elmer Culver.

      After his mother's death he stayed with the Crock family. They were farmers and lived in Upper Wyoming Valley. Upon my father's death he stayed with Oscar Levake family in Lower Wyoming Valley. He was nine years old when his mother passed away and ten years old when his father passed away. He then stayed with John Farris family, a sister of his mother, then to Aunt Nellie, when 14 and worked for the Carnation Milk Co. The following year went to his grandfather Culver in Bridgewater, So. Dakota. Stayed with them one year and they moved to Yankton, S. D. and he stayed with the Sample family and ran the movie machine for board and room. He went into U.S. Service in August of 1918 and was discharged June 1919.

      Raymond Culver

      Born: Wyoming Valley, Wisc.
      Married:Barbara Nutter

      Children of Raymond and Barbara Nutter Culver:

      1. Wanda Born: 3 Jan 1922 [Married: Bernard Norman 8 Nov. 1971. He was 19 at the time, born in 1922 to Laura (Janney) and Elmer Norman.]
        1. Myron
        2. Bernadine
          1. Corrina
          2. Cheryl
            1. Keneth
              1. Ronda [This claim to 5 generations in less than 60 years seems suspicious]
      2. Doris Robinson Born: 1923
        1. Terry
        2. Gary
      3. Charles Born: 1925
        1. [A. Richard
          1. Carol Jenae
        2. Donald
          1. David
          2. Ryan]
      4. Orville Born: 1927
        1. Patsy
        2. Debra

      Adrian Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: 1902 Wyoming Valley notes notes notes notes
      Married:1924 Aberdeen, So. Dakota Emma Mehrer, daughter of Theador Mehrer. Their home Lesterville, South Dakota on a farm. He traded farms with a farmer in Mott, No. Dakota. When Emma's family moved to Mott, Adrian and Emma went along. In the trading of farms he got a Hupmobile Sedan and Adrian had to drive his father- in-law's Dodge touring car. The Dodge had a cloth top. They made the trip from Lesterville to Mott in one day. Emma had six sisters and three brothers she being the oldest. Her sisters all living in Calif.
      Married:Apr 29, 1952Reno, Nevada, Methodist ChurchMamie. Died June 1, 1973 at Holy Cross Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
      Married:Jan 8, 1975 widow, first name Vergie. [This line was crossed out and marked as wrong in Calvin Richter's copy of CULV001 by Adrian's son Earl.]

      Children of Adrian Culver

      Name Born
      1. Earl 10 Mar 1926Mott, ND
      2. Betty Lou 1 Jul 1928 Mott, ND
      3. Elmer Ray 1 Jul 1927 Mott, ND
      4. Carmencieta 27 Sep 1935Mott, ND
      5. Sharon Rose 21 Oct 1939Mott, ND
      6. Adrian Jr. 28 Feb 1931Mott, ND

      Remarks taken from a letter to Juanita Pike Anderson from Adrian, Feb. 7 1978. I lived with my very dear Grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Culver in Yankton, So. Dakota and worked as a messenger boy first and then drove a taxie for over a year. Next I went to work Yankton State Hospital where I met Emma who worked there. I worked there for four years, also worked in Hospitals in Nebraska, Wis. and No. Dakota. In Mott, No. Dakota I worked as a clerk in a hardware store when Earl was born, then in the groceries dept. then a mechanic, all for the same Mott Supply Co. I worked for the Government for about 25 years, as heavy equipment operator. I have Classified Permanent Heavy Duty rating, have been to Porto Rico one year, to Alaska three times also to Greenland one year. The last five years

      I worked for Contractors as B. M. K. in Alaska. I retired in 1964.

      Adrian now lives in Cedaredge, Colorado. He has a two bedroom trailer home.

      Adrian has a granddaughter by his son Elmer Raymond [Elmer Raymond was crossed out in Calvin Richter's copy of CULV001 by Adrian's son Earl and Adrian, Jr. was written in], a Mrs. Tim Stotler, 1623 Idylwild, Prescott, Arizona 86301.

      Martha Ellen Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: March 2, 1877 Old Helena, Wisconsin at the Culver Hotelborn to John F. and Sophia McKinney, Culver
      Died: March 21, 1957King, Wisconsin at the Veterans Home
      Married:June 27, 1908 Eugene Crary of Lone Rock, Wis. Gene was born, Bear Valley, Wis. Dec. 23, 1878. Gene died June 7, 1950 at Richland Center Hospital, Richland, Center, Wisconsin.


      Written by herself while in the Richland Center Hospital Sept. 29, 1954.

      Martha Ellen Culver, daughter of John and Sophia McKinney Culver, was born March 2, 1877 at Tower Hill, then known as Old Helena, in the three story hotel of her grandparents Alvah and Catherine Culver.

      The Culver's, besides operating the hotel had several ferries and ferried people coming from Green Bay down the river to where they wished to locate in the pioneer days.

      Marth Ellen, who was nick-named Nellie, grew to womanhood in the vicinities of Tower Hill, Wyoming Valley, Jones Valley (Hillside) Spring Green and Lone Rock. Attended high school in Spring Green.

      On Easter Sunday 1908 she was united in marriage to Calvin Eugene Crary, who preceded her in death on June 7, 1950. Forty-two years later.

      Martha was a member of the United Spanish War Veterans Auxilliary No. 21 of Sauk County at Baraboo and a member of the V. F. W. Auxilliary at Bower-Gunnill-Dalton Post No. 2267 at Richland Center.

      She leaves to mourn her loss, one son Clyde and his wife Alice, a grandson Clyde Jr. and a granddaughter Linda. Four nephews and two nieces of deceased brothers. Elmer Culver and wife Edna and family of Madison, Wis. Raymond and wife Barbara and family of Reedsburg, Adrian and wife and family of Denver, Colorado. Earl Culver, Bernice and Marcella of Arena, children of Maynard Culver. One brother Robert Lloyd Culver of Portland, Oregon, sisters Abbie Culver of Yankton, South Daktoa, Bessie and husband Andrew Johnson and family of Parker, South Dakota, Jennie and her husband Ralph Pike and family of Sioux City, Iowa. Three Uncles, Charles age 90 and the twins Byrd and Boyd ages 88 are all McKinney's. Also several cousins of the McKinney's and several brothers and sisters-in-laws of the Crary's. All of whom she loved very dearly. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

      Martha Ellen Culver Crary passed away 6:30 A.M. March 21, 1957, Thursday at the age of 80 years and 19 days at the G.A.R. Home at King, Wis. She was laid to rest in the Button Cemetery by the side of her husband, Sunday March 24, 1957. Services conducted by Rev. A. E. Dietzman of Richland Center at the Pratt Funeral Chapel. No pall bearers.


      Mag's birthday (Margaret Ellen Culver) [her father's (John F. Culver's) second wife] June 4th she wrote me a letter on that day. June 13, was her wedding anniversary, she would have been married 54 years. Pa died March of 1926. June 13 Mag was quiet and thoughtful all day and she gradually grew worse after that until on Sunday 18th she died, just two weeks after her birthday. I started March 15 taking needle surgery treatments and June 7 took ether and had tonsils out and final and strenuous treatment for hemoroids. Was in the osteopath hospital one week, coming home June 14. Came home on Wed. and on Sun. June 18th received telegram that Mag had passed away. Was unable to go to funeral. Elmer and Raymond went. Nellie lived at King, Wisconsin at the V.F.W. Home from March 30, 1955 until she passed away March 21, 1957.

      A note written to Abbie J. Culver ( I presume March 1, 1957).

      Your sister has been brought to the hospital. She is rather weak. She has an enlarged spleen and there appears to be a tumor on the liver from a leukemia, which is unamendable to treatment. We anticipate her condition will become progressively worse.

      James H. Murphy M.D.
      Mrs. Hannah Hall.


      As I understand it, my mother [Sophia McKinney Culver] worked for Grandpa Culver at the Tower Hill Hotel, when Grandpa and Grandma ran a hotel there and ferried travelers across the river in pioneer days. In 1871 my mother married my father. In 1872 my brother Charlie was born and in 1877 I was born. Both of us in the hotel. In 1879 my mother was to get another baby and her health not being good she wanted to be near her mother, so my father brought his family to a house about four miles west of Richland Center and close to my mother's mother. The baby was born dead in Dec. 1879. My mother lingered on until March 15, 1880 when she passed away. They laid her to rest in the Dayton Corners Cemetery about two miles from where she passed away. I had become three years old March 2, and she passed away March 15. Charlie was 8 years old then. Grandpa and Grandma Culver, Uncle Toot and Aunt Melisse came to the funeral and my father took Charlie and I and went home with them from the funeral. Charlie and I lived with Grandpa and Grandma Culver as long as they lived which was five years. I went to stay with Nelse and Net Dodge until my father was married to Maggie Lloyd in June 13, 1885. Charlie went to live with the Henry Levake family in Wyoming Valley where he stayed until he grew up.


      I do not remember living at Tower Hill or moving to Dayton Corners or of going back after the funeral.

      The first I remember was living there and Uncle Toot's lived just across the field on the same farm and we children, Grace, Will, Harvey, Charlie and I played together. They were Uncle Toot and Aunt Melisse's children. Aunt Abbie and her two children, Bud and Net [Alvah Beadell and Nettie Beadell Dodge], lived near by. I remember of going with Grandpa when he hauled the lumber from the Tower Hill Hotel to the farm. I must have been about four because it was before the first day of school. The teacher pulled my ear because I called Grace a liar out loud and the kids laughed. Charlie told Grandma and she said I was to young to go to school anyway. I was only five so I didn't go any more until Grandpa sold the farm and moved to Helena Station. I was seven years old then. They lived in the Station a year when Grandpa got pheumonia and passed away Feb. 28, 1885 and was buried the day I was eight years old which was March 2. Grandma got pneumonia and passed away the first day of May of the same year.

      That is when I went to Net and Charlie went to Levake's. Pa married Mag [Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver] the next June and the first place we lived was across the river from Lone Rock near Uncle Al's [Alvah Culver, Jr.]. Pa worked for Uncle Al that summer. Then they moved to Helena Station and that is when I got started to really go to school. mag made me study hard because I was so far behind. Then Pa went to Iowa and then later sent for Mag and me. We stayed at Uncle Bill's [William W. Culver] a while then they went on what was called the Warren Farm and that is where Abbie [Abigail Jane Culver] was born. Uncle Toot had moved to Iowa and live just across the field from us. So again Grace, Will, Harvey and I were playmmates but poor Charlie had been left behind. That is when I went to school with Mary Newcomer the girl who married Aunt Abbie's [Abigail Amanda] son Bud Beadell. He brought her back to Wis. and she died a year later when little Mary was born. Bud buried her in the Tower Hill Cemetery then went to Minn. and later married another woman and had another family. Aunt Abbie raised little Mary. When Mary was 13 Aunt Abbie died and Mary went to live with her father who passed away two years ago. Net is gone too. Bud and Net were both in their 80's.

      Well before we lived on the Warren place and before Abbie was born, we lived on winter with a man name Emly. He had a big house and had part of it. I was nine years old that winter. I didn't go to school because it was too far. I remember Mr. Emly had a large library and told us to read any of his books. I read Little Women that winter. When we moved from the Warren farm we went to the Reynolds Farm. I went to school there. That is where Abbie learned to walk. Mag used to take her by one hand and I by the other and walk her around the yard. Then we went to the other side of Spencer, Iowa. I went to school there a while then Uncle Al was out there with his team of horses and wanted us to come back to Wis. with him so we did. We came back in a covered wagon, we were 13 days on the way. Abbie was two years old while we were on our way back. Then we went back to Helena Station to live again. I went to school. We then moved to Uncle George Foster's old house by Grandpa's farm. They had torn down Grandpa's old farm house when he sold it to Owen King. We lived there a few years and Lloyd [Robert Lloyd Culver] was born there. That house was moved down on the Owen King farm by the Clancy place and the house was still there the last time I knew. Next move we made Pa built a log house on an acre of land he got from Jime Jones and Pa worked for Jones then. The log house was just a little ways from the Foster place and joined on to Grandpa's old farm. Maynard and Bessie [John Maynard Culver and Lola Bessie Culver Johnson] were born there in the log house. When Bessie was born I was working for Mrs. John Levake. I went home and stayed a week. That's all the help May [typo? Mag?] had. When Maynard was born I was working in Dodgeville for Ann Hogan. I came home to stay. Bessie had an awful sick spell while Mag was sick in bed with Maynard. I forgot to say that when Lloyd was 14 months old and we still lived in the Foster house, Mag was awful sick with typhoid fever. I quit school to take care of her. She was sick five weeks. She was so weak when she got up she could hardly walk. I had to wean Lloyd and I had to walk the floor with him. Then I went to Jim Phillips to work and Lloyd had gotten so used to me that when I left to work they had to walk the floor with him.

      Well Pa sold the log house to Jim Jones and took some homstead land, across the river from Lone Rock and near to Uncle Al's if we crossed the marsh but quite a ways around the road. Pa built a frame house on the homestead and we landed there. I forgot to say that while we lived in the log house I left home to go to Spring Green to go to school but found out that was a mistake as I was in between two grades, didn't go long and got a job and went to work. I had gone to school in Spring Green once before. Aunt Abbie and Uncle John [John Saxton] ran a hotel there for a year and I went with them to take care of little Mary, wait tables and got to school. They moved into the hotel the day I was 15 and moved out the day I was 16. I think I was working in Spring Green when Pa and Mag moved from the log house to the house on the homestead. That is where they were neighbors to the Daniels and where Jennie was born. I was in Ohio when Jennie was born. Aunt Mattie came out here to visit and I went back to Ohio with her and stayed three years. When I came back Jennie was nine months old. Before I went to Ohio, Maynard had an awful sick spell when he was a baby. While I was in Ohio I learned the dressmaking trade so I rented some rooms and moved the folks to Lone Rock and I sewed out by the day but they could only stay away from the homestead six months by law so then we moved back and I swered around the country 3 or 4 days or a week at a time. Then by that time Charlie [Charles Clinton Culver] was married [married Emily Tyre] and had a family so Pa sold the homestead to him and we moved to Lone Rock. Then I went to Madison to sew but before that we lived in the Towsley house in Lone Rock, little Gracie [Grace Mildred Culver] was born, on the day I was 24 years old. While I was in Madison I got a telegram that Gracie had passed away. She was seven months old. She passed away Oct. 13, 1901.

      When I came home from Madison I went to the Hillside Home School to work. I worked there two years. I took my savings and bought a little house in Lone Rock and moved the folks into it so Mag wouldn't be moving all the time. Then I went to Whitehall for one winter, north of La Crosse. Then I went to Iowa to work in the Post Office for Uncle Bill [William W. Culver]. I was there two years. While I was there Charlie's wife died and left three little boys. Elmer 9, Raymond 7 and Adrian 2 1/2. Charlie took Adrian home to Mag and Pa and they kept him. Abbie had been going to school at Hillside and she was not at all well so she came to Iowa to me. I took her to Dr. Bruce and he told me she had anemia and on the verge of T.B. and she should rest from school a year which she would not do, so I quit my job and came back to Hillside for a year, to work again. That same fall, Oct. 16, 1907 Charlie was killed and the boys were left with no father or mother. I worked until Feb. when I went back to Lone Rock and set up a dressmaking shop and took Elmer and Raymond. The folks always kept Adrian. Then Abbie graduated from Hillside, the later part of June. I was married to Gene [Calvin Eugene Crary] on June 27, 1908. The boys wouldn't stay with me after I was married so they went back across the river to their mother's folks. Well while we still lived in the homestead house Mag had pneumonia awful bad. Jennie was little and I hadn't been back from Ohio long. Now after I was married and Abbie had gone to Dakota to teach Mag got pneumonia again. Lloyd and Bessie took care of her days and I took care of her nights. I was still taking in sewing. She had a hard time of it but she pulled through.

      Then Gene got work up here at Richland Center when the Condenser first started up so we moved to Richland Center on March 13, 1911. We have lived here ever since, now I am left to live here alone. Gene passed away.

      Abbie got Bessie to Dakota to teach after she graduated from Hillside and then they moved the family out there to live. Elmer came back to me and went to school in R.C. a year and then went to the folks in Dakota where he went to school. He made a big success of his life as he is now in business of his own in Madison with a family and grandson [Michael David Culver]. Raymond has a nice family and some grandchildren and lives about 5 miles from R.C. on a farm. Adrian always stayed in the west. He is married and has a family and grandchildren. Bessie and Jennie are married and still live in Dakota, they have families and grandchildren. Abbie and Lloyd live together in the home where their parents passed away.

      When I got married I traded the house to Mag for furniture no that was when I started sewing shop that I traded for a machine, a davenport and chair and rug and $10.00 cash. That was before I was married in June, around Feb. After the folks [John F. and Margaret E. Culver] went to Dakota the house blew away in a cyclone and killed two of the children and hurt the mother that were living there. Lloyd now owns both lots.

      On Sept. 7, 1908 the building where Gene and I lived burned and took all we had. When we first moved to Richland Center we moved into an old house on So. Main St. We lived there twelve and a half years then we moved a block east to So. Cen. Ave. where we lived eight years. Then we bought the house in Central part of town on East Union St. about four blocks from the high school where Gene worked at that time. We lived in that house ten years. We sold that and bought the house where I live now and where Gene spent the very miserable last days of his life. He was ailing for more than two years but clear down from Jan. 1, 1950 to June 7, when he passed away, at the Richland Hospital where he spent the last three weeks of his life. I thought I couldn't live by myself so I went out to Dakota where my brother and sister [Roberty Lloyd and Abigail Jane?] are. I stayed there two weeks and got so homesick I had to come home. I lived alone until I got the downstairs rooms fixed up to rent. Now I have a middle aged couple living down there and they are so good to me and so much company that now I'm as well satisfied and as happy as I ever expect to be again.

      When we first moved up here Gene was fireman at the Condenser then he became night watchman there. He worked there several years when he went to the light plant as engineer. He was there several years when he became Chief of Police. He was that for two years when he went to the high school and was there ten years, when he went to the Post Office as a fireman and caretaker. He was there ten years when he bbecame 65 and retired. They wanted him back at the high school so he went back there for two years at which time he retired for good at the age of 68. Soon after that he began ailing so he never got much pleasure after he retired. I am fortunate enough to be real well except for arthritis. That bothers me quite a bit but I manage to get along by taking half an anacin evertime the pain comes on. Gene was 71 years old Dec. 23, and passed away June 7, 1950. Gene had a son Clyde by a marriage to Amy Cummings, who passed away when Clyde was a week old. Clyde is now married to Alice and lives here in Richland Center. He has two children, Clyde 13 and Linda 11 years old. They come to see me real often.


      The first death message we lived on so. Main, and Mag and Jennie were there visiting us and Pa had stopped at Mason City, Iowa to see Uncle Bill Culver who was ill and who passed away at that time. Pa telephoned the deat message thu to us. Pa came out here from Iowa for a few days before he went back to Yankton but Mag didn't know he was coming so she and Jennie went home a head of him.

      A telegram came about Pa being gone but that didn't come over the phone. Maynard didn't get out to Dak. in time for the funeral but got there the next day. Gene and I went out on the train.

      My brother Maynard died in Madison State Hospital of cancer. he was sick a long time and suffered awful. He was in the hospital at the time that Charlie Crary was and we used to visit them both on the same trip.

      When Mag passed away I was just out of the hospital at that time so I wasn't able to go. Elmer went and took Raymond with him. Gene could have gone but he wouldn't leave me. He was always good that way.

      I had Gene laid to rest in the Button Cemetery in the town of Buena Vista. That is where he wanted to be. His brother Charlie and Carlie's son Raymond was laid there too. Our Maynard was laid in Tower Hill Cemetery by the side of his little baby son and our brother Charlie and Gracie.

      MY YEAR OF 1954

      On March 1, I started to clean house. I took all the paper off from the walls of the living-room and dining-room and patched the walls. Then painted the ceilings with kemtone. Then papered the two rooms just alike. Then painted the ceiling and walls of the front bedroom and walls looked so messy that I got some more paper like the other rooms and papered the bedroom and painted all the woodwork with kemtone. Then painted the ceiling, woodwork and walls of the kitchen. Put up clean curtains all around and cleaned the pictures and furniture. It took me all of March and April to do that. I had to rest a lot. Then when that was all done I took the trip to So. Dak. Then when I came home I mad my garden. Then about the middle of June Amelia Schloemer came to my house. We planned to live together in my house winters and in her house in the summers. On July 11 we went to Amelia's house bag and baggage intending to stay there until after her birthday which was Sept. 11; then go back to my house for the winter. It all worked fine until Amelia got sick and the Dr. put her to bed for a week. Then when she got around I got sick and we had to go back to my house. We went to my house Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 she took me to the hospital in Richland Center and took Amelia to her son Wilbur's. I stayed in the hospital from Aug. 23 to Nov. I went home and in Jan. 1955 I had to go back to the hospital for another month. Making almost three months in the hospital. Abbie came out in Aug. and stayed with me until I came here to King, Wis., a soldiers hospital for Veterans of wars and their wives or widows. Abbie and Elmer brought me here March 30, 1955. Iove been home two times since then. I am still paying my hospital bill at the rate of $25.00 per month. I will finish paying May 19, 1957 if the good lord lets me live that long. Amelia never got any better and she passed away two or three months ago. Abbie went back to her home in Yankton. My sisters and their husbands and Abbie and Lloyd and Beverly all came from So. Dak. to see me when I was in the hospital. Abbie has my Trixie dog with her in Yankton. The Talledges live in my home. It is just as it was when Gene and I lived there. This was written May 28, 1956.

      Nellie wrote many poems, one of which was printed in the Capitol Times, Madison, Wisconsin, called "Wisconsin Centennial". In Voice of the people in Ryme and later presented to "The Historians Scrap Book". To the Soldiers camp in the year 1950. Another poem printed in the Madison, Wis. Capitol Times, "Let Me Live in the Good Old U.S.A." Another "Eighty Years" written sometime between Jan. 8 and March second 1957. This was read at her funeral March 23, 1957.


      At 12:30 o'clock, Sat., May 2nd, Mr. and Mrs. Talledge and I left my home to go to Lone Rock to meet the passenger going west. It should have left Lone Rock at 1:45 A.M. but it was late so it was 2:10 when I left Lone Rock. I stopped off at Ruthren, Iowa over night with my cousins Mabel and Fred Cedarholm. I got there 40 minutes late. I stayed there until 11:40 the next day which was Tue. May 3rd. When I took the train for Canton, So. Dak. where my sister Bessie and her husband Andrew were to meet me but between Inwood, Ia. and Canton there had been an accident and a freight car had derailed so my train was held up at Inwood about ten miles from Canton. Bessie and Andrew motored to Inwood and took me off the train. I was very glad of that because the train had stopped so long at the station and I was getting pretty tired. We got to Bessi's around supper time and it was Tuesday. We went to Yankton on Thursday to Abbie's. The next Sun. was Mother's Day and the only Sun. I would have out there so we all met at Abbie's and ate dinner. I would spend part of my time at my sister Jennie's who also lives in Yankton. My brother Lloyd arrived in Yankton at Abbie's on the Sun. eve. that we all met at Abbie's so he was not at the dinner. We went to Jennie's a lot and watched television. They have an exceptionally good set. Bessie and Andrew got me from Abbie's on Friday P.M., May 14th and Lloyd went too and on Sat. P.M. they took me to Canton to take the train at 4:23 p.m. for Lone Rock. I got to Lone Rock at 5:20 on Sun. morning and Mr. & Mrs. Talledge were at the depot to meet me. I got home just as the town clock was striking six. Trixie was so glad to see me that I could hardly get in the house. I had such a good time and enjoyed the trip a lot. I got more tired going and not so much coming back and it was night traveling and I slept part of the night away. While we waited at the depot at Canton, Andrew and Lloyd were sent to town by Bessie and when they came back they had a watch that the three of them presented to me. I was so pleased with it and made good use of it coming home. I lookedt at it about very hour. It was company. I was 77 years old March 2, 1954.

      Abigail Jane Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: August 16, 1887 Dickens County, Iowa born to John F. and Sophia McKinney, Culver
      Died: February 17, 1973Yankton, South Dakota

      Abigail Jane Culver, the daughter of John Franklin and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver on the Charles Warren farm about halfway between Dickens and Spencer, Iowa. The family went from there to the Reynold's farm for one winter. They were visited by Al Culver and returned to Helena Station, Wisconsin, by covered wagon with him. It took 13 days to make the trip and during this time Abbie turned two years old. Abbie had learned to walk while living on the Reynold's farm, her mother taking one hand and step-sister Nellie the other and walking her around the yard. Her father build a log cabin on an acre of land he purchased from Jim Jones. Abbie entered Hillside Home School after finishing school at Lone Rock, Wisconsin. She worked her way through the Hillside Home School and many years later would talk often of the school with much love. The school was run by two women, one called Aunt Jennie and the other Aunt Nell, the Jones sisters. Hillside Home School is located on the County T Road and is now an architectural school belonging to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. After graduating from Hillside Abbie went to Salem, South Dakota, to teach a country school. She worked for her board and room for the banker in Salem as his wife was ill and he took her back and forth to school in a horse and buggy. The school is still standing but not attended. Some of her schools were at Haywarden, Iowa in 1920, Elk Point, South Dakota and near Yankton, So. Dak. Abbie was a petite person no taller than 5 foot 2, black hair and snappy blue eyes. She was a very independent person and had a quickness of movement and tongue but loved by all especially children. The were always coming to see her. Abbie was the sole support of her family, her parents until their death, because of this refused her marriage propsal and never married. She built a home in Yankton, So. Dak. And remained there the rest of her life. Upon retirement from teaching, she worked at the Yankton College in charge of the dining room and of course being so interested in young people was always doing work for them so they could take part in some of the college activities. Abbie had a strict and firm way with youth but loving and was loved in return by all who came in contact with her. With no retirement pension at that time Abbie had a hard life to keep money enough to take care of her needs. She would never complain and would never take any help from anyone. Abbie loved dogs and always had one for companionship. Her life was a busy one and very active never an idle person. She would do for any yojng person to further their education. Her home was a second home for her sister Jennie's children who spent as much time as they could with her.

      Abbie lived alone and the fall of 1971, she was found in her home by a neighbor suffering from a stroke. When it happened was not known but she had laid on her kitchen floor long enough to have dehydrated and was in serious condition. She was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital and her sister, Jennie was notified. Jennie, her husband Ralph, Juanita and Beverly took a plane, leaving immediately for Yankton to be with her. She was not expected to live but the determined person she was she regained her strength, ability to speak and to walk again to enjoy seventeen more months of life. Juanita and Beverly stayed about a month then returned to their homes in California. Jennie and Ralph stayed with her and cared for her until Feb. 17, 1972, when she suffered another stroke and passed away. She was mourned by not only her family but her neighbors and friends. She had held classes for the children in her neighborhood, which the children loved and always had a special Halloween for them each year. There were people at her funeral that she had taught many years before. Abbie was buried in the Yankton Cemetery on the lots owned by Ralph Pike and where Jennie and Ralph will be buried.

      Remarks: Abbie's first school on Highway 38 east of Salem about 1& ½ mile. Arrived Friday of 1912.

      Robert Lloyd Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Aug. 25, 1890 Wyoming Township, Iowa County, Wisconsinborn to John F. and Sophia McKinney, Culver
      Died: June 7 1967 Beverton, Oregon Burial at Williamette Nation Cemetery
      Married:193? Huron, So. Dakota
      Married: Gertrude. Born: April 27, 1893. Beaverton, Oregon. Nov. 27 1959. Thanksgiving Day.

      Lloyd was born in the George Foster place, to John Franklin and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver. The Foster place belonged to Lloyd's grandmother's brother.

      The only education he received was at a country school in Wyoming Valley near the Chapel of Hillside Home School. Lloyd entered the World War I Co. D – 39th Infantry A. E. F. 1918.

      Lloyd moved with the family from Lone Rock, Wis. to Salem, So. Dakota and Bridgewater, So. Dakota in 1912, then to Yankton, So. Dakota in 1916. While living in Yankton Lloyd belonged to the Drum and Bugle Corps, in which he played the drums. The family had an organ and Lloyd liked playing it. The government started the Civilian Conservation Corps to conserve and develop the countries natural resources, such as forest, soil and water, and at the same time to provide employment. Lloyd joined this project known as the C. C. C. for his employment. He was at Huron, Chamberlain and Leeds, So. Dakota in the thirties. He was able to join because of his being a World War I Veteran. While in the C. C. C. he married a woman with several children which lasted only a short time. Lloyd lived a batchlor life until very late in his years when he went to live in Beaverton, Oregon, there he met and married Gertrude Garretson Nov. 27, 1959 Thanksgiving Day.

      She was very good to him and they led a very happy life until he died in 1967 and is buried in Willamette National Cemetery. While married to Gertrude they belonged to a Senion Citizen group, they had a musical band made up of odds and ends from an old wash board to Gertrude's piano and Lloyd's harmonica. They really enjoyed life. Gertrude had played the piano for the silent movies and retained a happy zest for life type of personality. Their band played for many events.

      Lloyd was a very short man no more than five foot tall. He was called Shorty and Bob by his friends, Lloyd was a family name. He had trouble with his feet and complained of them bothering him. He was slow moving and easy going of personality. He was in an accident (car) at one time and had a steel plate in his head. Lloyd was also a member of the V. F. W.

      Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife Gertrude and looked after by her daughter until he was entered into the hospital and his death.

      Remarks: Gertrude and her family called Lloyd Bob. Fantastic piano player, the last silent movie she played for was with Rudolph Valentino. She could play anything and everything on ythe piano at any rythem or tempo. She had 4 children, two died young. One daughter living in Beaverton, Oregon, Mrs. Robert Myers (Thelma). One son living about 100 miles from Beaverton, in Washington. She had been a widow for 13 years before marrying Lloyd. She met him at one of their Senior Citizen Clubs. Gertrude died suddenly (she had heart trouble) Dec. 13, 1964.

      Note: Lloyd died Beaverton, Oregon, June 7, 1967. Services at Pegg & Paxton Chimes of the Valley Chapel, Beaverton, 10:30 a.m. Rev. John Parish. Organist, Dorothy Turner. Interment Willamette National Cemetery.

      Lola Bessie Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: April 2, 1893 on an acreage of James Lloyd Jones farm at Hillside, Wyoming Township, Iowa Co.born to John F. and Sophia McKinney, Culver
      Died: June 1, 1966 Parker, South Dakota Burial at Williamette Nation Cemetery
      Married:May 27, 1922 Yankton, So. Dakota Andrew Peter Johnson. Andrew was a son of George Johnson and was born on a farm near Center Point, So. Dal, Aug. 27, 1896.

      Bessie was the daughter of John f. and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver. She was educated in Wisconsin and graduated from the Hillside Home School. She taught school in South Dakota, one of the schools being near Center Point where she boarded at the George Johnson home. This is where she met and married Andrew, son of G. Johnson. Bessie was a blue eyed blond of about five foot four. She had a beautiful command of the english language and a very gracious person. She was loved by all who knew her. She and Andrew started farming on a farm given them by Andrew's father, heavily mortgaged and in the depression. Life was not easy but they enjoyed life through their family, church and friends. Bessie and Andrew's home, near Center Point and Viborg, So. Dakota was always open to many friends. They left this farm and moved to Parker, South Dakota where they farmed and lived the rest of their lives.

      Children of Andrew and Bessie Culver Johnson:

      Name Born Location
      1. Wendell George Aug. 2, 1924. Center Point, So. Dakota.
      2. Norman Leslie July 24, 1928 Center Point, So. Dakota.

      Wendell George Johnson, son of Andrew Peter Johnson and Lola Bessie Culver Johnson, married Lentina Schaffer Feb. 20, 1949. S. E. of Menno, South Dakota. Lentina was born Jan. 3, 1924.

      Children of Wendell and Lentina Johnson.

      Name Born Location
      A. George Wendell Jan. 27, 1951 De Smet, So. Dakota.
      B. Steven Eric Oct. 1952 De Smet, So. Dakota.
      C. Mark Eli Sept. 7, 1955 De Smet, So. Dakota.
      D. Leslie Ray Feb. 23, 1959 De Smet, So. Dakota.
      Died: Aug. 12 1975De Smet, So. Dakota.
      E. Carol Marie Dec. 12, 1961 De Smet, So. Dakota.
      F. Margaret Gay Feb. 13, 1963 De Smet, So. Dakota.

      Leslie Ray killed in a motorcycle accident. Services held Friday, 2:00 p.m. American Lutheran Church, De Smet. Rev. Judeen Johnson.

      Norman Leslie Johnson married Helen Alyce Lee, Jan. 30, 1954 at the Mendal Church, near Center Point, s. D. Helen was born Sept. 30, 1932, near Center Point, So. Dak.

      Children of Norman and Helen Lee Johnson:

      Name Born
      A. Ryan Lee July 13, 1960
      B. Myrisa Lee March 5, 1963
      C. Jizele Lee Jan. 5, 1965
      D. Bjorn Lee Oct. 9, 1966
      E. Talis Lee Jan. 28, 1969
      F. Thor Lee Sept. 14, 1970

      Helen gave each of the children her maiden name for their middle.

      Grandchildren of Wendell and Lentina Johnson:

      Children of George and Carol Berens Johnson married Jan. 26, 197 Tonya and Eric twin children of George and Carol Berens Johnson,

      Born: Oct. 12, 1974 24 minutes apart.

      Mark Eli, sone of Wendell and Lentina Schaeffer Johnson married Elizabeth Ann Tellinghuisen, Dec. 10, 1976, 7:30 p.m. American Lutheran Church in De Smet, South Dakota. They were married by her father, Brother H. Tellinghuisen and Pastor Judeen Johnson. A baby girl was born to Mark and Elizabeth June [or July] 17, 1977. Heather Lynn.

      A baby boy was born to Mark and Lentina September 27, 1979 name Raymond Andrew.

      John Maynard Culver

      Date Place Notes
      Born: July 22, 1895 Hillside, Wyoming Township, Iowa Co.son of John F. and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver
      Died: Oct. 27, 1931 Madison General Hospital, Wisconsin.age 35 years, 3 months and 5 days, at He died of Cancer.
      Married:1919 Maud LaBounty of Wyoming Valley

      Maynard was born to John F. and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver, in a log house his father had built. The moved to Lone Rock when he was young. What education he received was in Lone Rock, Wis. He was a member of State Militia and served in World War I—5th Div. T. M. B. A. E. F. After the war he married Maud LaBounty and their children were as follows:

      Name Born Notes
      1. Earl May 10, 1920
      2. Margaret Dec. 1926. Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Margaret died 1927 age 5 months.
      3. Bernice DavenportFeb. 7, 1929
      4. Andrew Died in infancy
      5. Marcella July 15, 1930

      Maynard died of cancer of the throat, which had been through his system during the war. The Army Doctor operated while in Texas, taking a tumor from the side of the neck. He recovered and was sent to war. When he returned to the states it returned and he spent most of his life in Madison General Hospital.


      John Maynard Culver was born July 22, 1896 near , Wisconsin: died Oct. 27, 1931 at the age of 35 years, 3 months and 5 days.

      He is survived by his wife and three children, Earl, Bernice and Marcella of Wyoming Valley: his mother Mrs. J. F. Culver, brother Lloyd of Yankton, So. Dakota and four sisters, Mrs. C. E. Crary of Richland Center, Wis. Abbie Culver of Yankton, So. Dak., Mrs. Andrew P. Johnson of Viborg, So. Dak. And Mrs. Ra.ph M. Pike of Sioux city, Iowa and other relatives and friends.

      The funeral was held from the Congregational Church last Friday. Rev. S. H. Smith officiating. Interment at the Old Helena Cemetery. On account of sickness his mother, brother and sisters, in the west were unable to attend.

      The relatives of Mr. Culver thank their relatives and friends for sympathy and floral offerings.

      Maynard and Maud were married at the office of the County Clerk on Wed. in 1919 by the Rev. A. H. Schoenfeld of Spring Green, Wisconsin.

      Jennie Irene Culver Pike

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Dec. 19, 1898 Wyoming Township Ia. Co., Wisconsin near Lone Rock Wisconsin.Born on her father's land, N.E. 1/4 of S.W. 14 Section 20 T 8 N.
      Died: July 31, 1976 Alamitos Belmont Convalescent Hospital, Long Beach, Calif.after entering Long Beach Community Hospital, suffering a severe stroke June 11, 1976. Burial was made at Yankton Cemetery, Yankton, South Dakota. Aug. 5, 1976.
      Married:Dec. 25, 1920 Ralph Morgan Pike. Ralph M. Pike was born Sioux City, Iowa, March 7, 1900 to Ernest L. and Nora Morgan Pike.

      Jennie Irene Culver was raised in Lone Rock, Wisconsin until the age of 14 when her family moved to Bridgewater, South Dakota. In 1916 they moved to Yankton, So. Dak. She continued her education in Yankton and then taught school in a German community. Jennie was a quiet person and being the youngest in her family was very dependent on them and soon became terribly homesick. She returned to Yankton and worked in the office of the cleaners and then went to work at the telephone office. Jennie was brown haired and brown eyed girl of five foot two, small boned with beautiful carriage. She loved music and dancing.

      Jennie Irene Culver married Ralph Morgan Pike, Dec. 25, 1920 at the home of parents John F. Culver and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver, Yankton, South Dakota.

      Newspaper notice read as follows: Marriage license issued late Friday evening for Christmas wedding. Jennie I. Culver age 22. Ralph M. Pike age 20 at Yankton, So. Dakota. Ralph Morgan Pike of Sioux City, Iowa, brakeman on the Milwaukee Platte line and Miss Jennie I. Culver, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John F. Culver of Yankton were married at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, Christmas Day, at the home of the bride's parents, 505 Pearl, by Rev. C. S. Lyles of the Methodist Church. The ceremony was followed by a sumptuous wedding dinner.

      Children of Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike:

      Name Born Place
      1. Juanita Bernice Nov. 17, 1921Yaknton, So. Dakota
      2. Ralph Morgan Jr. Dec. 22, 1924Yankton, So. Dakota
      3. Laurence Duane June 18, 1927Sioux City, Iowa
      4. Douglas Eugene Nov. 12, 1928Sioux City, Iowa
      5. Gerald Keith Oct. 13, 1932Sioux City, Iowa
      6. Beverly Eileen Sept. 22, 1934Sioux City, Iowa

      Two sons born dead, buried Yankton Cemetery John and Ernest no records of birth or death or burial. Twin boys, born dead in Sioux City, Iowa.

      Obituary of Jennie I. Culver Pike
      Mrs. Ralph M. Pike

      Rites for Mrs. Ralph (Jennie Irene) Pike, who died July 31, 1976 at Alamitos Belmont Convalescent Hospital, will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Schenk Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery.

      Visitation will be at the Chapel from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday.

      Mrs. Pike, a longtime Yankton resident, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Phil Kearney Women's Relief Corps No. 5, Navy Mother's Club, Past Noble Grands, Fountain Rebeka Lodge No. 12 and Past President of L.A.P.M. Southwest No. 12.

      Survivors are the widower, Long Beach, California and six children, Mrs. Maynard (Juanita) Anderson, Long Beach, California, Ralph M. Jr., La Mirada, Calif., Laurence D. Pike, Cypress, Calif., Mrs. Richard (Beverly) Lowe, La Palma, Calif., Gerald K. Pike, Kernersville, No. Carolina, 24 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

      Memorials are being received for the heart fund.

      Remarks: From childhood Jennie had the nickname of Babe and it fit her. Her family called her Babe until her later years.

      During her membership of the Rebeka Lodge she was Inspector for the Grand Lodge of South Dakota. She traveled all over the state of South Dakota.

      her heart always remained in Wisconsin and had hoped to make one more trip there.

      Bernice Waneta Pike Anderson

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Nov. 17, 1921 Yankton, South Dakota. Sacred Heart Hospital11:10 a.m. Thursday
      Married:June 16, 1943 Vallejo, Calif. Methodist Church7:15 P.M.

      Juanita, daughter of Ralph Morgan and Jennie Irene Culver Pike. Raised in Yankton, So. Dak., Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux Falls, So. Dak. and Yankton again before going to California.

      Children of Maynard and Juanita Anderson:

      Name Date Place Notes
      A. Sharon Diane Born: Dec. 8, 1944 Vallejo, Calif.
      Married:April 9, 1965 Bruce Towle Hutton
      1. Eric Towle Born: July 16, 1970Long Beach, Calif.
      2. Jennifer DianeBorn: Aug. 26, 1971Long Beach, Calif.
      B. David William Born: July 8, 1951 Long Beach, Calif.
      Married:May 24, 1974 Tacoma, Washington Gloria Marie Fry

      Juanita lived in Yankton, So. Dakota until the age of 4 & 1/2. Raised with parents, very doting Grandpa and Grandma Culver and Aunt Abbie. Moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Attended school from kindergarten through junior eleventh grade and then moved to Sioux Falls, So. Dakota, graduating from Washington High School 1940. Juanita was the oldest of six children and was placed in the position of an adult at a very young age. She was very independent and I'll do it myself disposition. She was taught to sew at a very early age by Grandma Culver and many handcrafts by Aunt Abbie. Crocheting, knitting and home decorating beign of the most interest. From 5'2", 93 pounds at graduation from high school to 5'3" & 1/2", 104 pounds at age 21. Brown eyed brunette.

      Was trained for assistant manager for J.J. newberry Co., also stenographic work for Fox Jewelry in Yankton, So. Da. Left Yankton June 1943 and married June 16, 1943 to Maynard William Anderson in Methodist Church, Vallejo, California.

      Returned to Yankton after the war, for a short time, returning to California June 1946, making a home in Long Beach and Lakewood, California. While children still at home active in P.T.A., Scouts, Dons and Debs (a dance and finishing class for young people> in DeMolay Mother's Club and many other activities. A member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Lakewood from its beginning in 1952.

      Sharon Diane Anderson Hutton

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Dec. 8, 1944 Vallejo, California
      Married April 9, 1965Lakewood, CaliforniaBruce Towle Hutton, son of Howard and Frances Towle Hutton. Bruce T. Hutton born Oct. 14, 1943, Long Beach, California. Bruce and Sharon were married at Sharon's home church, St. Timothy Lutheran of Lakewood, California by Rev. Alfred O. Storvick. Pastor Storvick baptised, confirmed and married Sharon.

      Sharon D. Anderson, daughter of Maynard and Juanita Pike Anderson. Sharon's first home was on Diable St. in Chabot Terrace, Vallejo, California. At the age of 9 months went with her parents to Yaknton, South Dakota to stay with her maternal grandparents and great aunt Abbie until 1 1/2 years old when she and her parents moved to Long Beach, California. Sharon is the granddaughter of Jennie Irene Culver Pike.

      Sharon started school in Lakewood Village, a part of Long Beach, at Mark Twain School. At the time she entered kindergarten she was 4 years and 9 months. At the age of 5 1/2, moved to 4713 Eastbrook, Long Beach, later became the city of Lakewood. She attended Bancroft Jr. High and Lakewood High School. Her home from 1956 was 4831 Briercrest, Lakewood, California until she was married. Sharon was active in Church, Brownie and then changed to Campfire Girls, Rainbow Girls, Lancerette at High School and from sixth grade until ninth belonged to Dons and Debs a dance group, of which Bobby Burgess and Barbara Boyln a dance couple for Lawrence Welk, were two of her teachers. Sharon had one of the highest ratings in typing throughout all of Long Beach Schools. She played the piano well. She had a teacher by the name of Marguerite Le Grand, a well known pianist who still played at the Hollywood Bowl. She had made her first concert at the age of five in Germany. She wanted Sharon to become a concert pianist but Sharon would not dedicate her life to the piano. Sharon had a very bubble personality, who loved everyone and too eager to live a diversified life to settle just for the piano. Sharon had very dark brown eyes, freckles and red hair until her hair started turning dark at the age of fifteen. She grew to the height of 5'4". Sharon attended Long Beach State College now a University. She married Bruce before finishing college but went on to graduate, receiving her B.A. in Speech and Business.

      Sharon and Bruce first lived in Grandmother Towle's own-your-own apt. on Second St. in Long Beach. Bruce became a policeman for Compton, Calif. Sharon went to work for three doctors as a private secretary two being surgeons. They bought a home in Lakewood, Calif. on Conquista St. and while living there Eric Towle was born, July 16, 1970 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Jennifer was born three days before they bought a home and moved to 14041 Brenan Way, Tustin, Calif. Jennifer was born Aug. 26, 1971 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

      Bruce was injured oon the police force in apprehending a man and was left with a dislocated knee. He was retired from the police department at the age of 31. He went into business for himself as a paper-hanger.

      Sharon was made Demolay Sweetheart during her time as a Rainbow girl and went to San Diego for further competition. She played the piano for many installations for Rainbow, DeMolay and for the Grand Marshall in Eastern Star.

      Bruce has curly dark brown hair and large blue green eyes, stands six foot. His hobby is gourmet cooking.

      David William Anderson

      Date Place Notes
      Born: July 8, 1951 Long Beach, California Bixby Knolls Hospital. Born on Great Grandpa Culver's birthday.
      Married:May 24, 1974 Tacoma Washington. Gloria Marie Fry. Trinity Lutheran Church 2 o'clock. Gloria is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mervin and Millie Fry of Billings, Montana. Married by Rev. Gordon Lathrope and Rev. Jim Beckman.

      David the son of Maynard and Juanita (Pike) Anderson. The grandson of Jennie Irene Culver Pike.

      David's first home was at 4713 Easbrook, Long Beach, California. This section of Long Beach later becoming a city called Lakewood. David attended Gompers Elementary School, Bancroft Jr. High and Lakewood High School. During these years David was active in sports, Cub Schouts, played Alto Saxophone, DeMolay Scrive, Church and when in high school played in Concert Band, Band, and Stage Band. He was also President of Key Club. He was a straight A student until receiving two B's. He received four of the highest honors graduating with the gold cowl over his robe. He received the honor of Life Membership in Honor Society, Seal Bearer in Calif. Scholarship, Honors and Entrance for Colleges and Universities and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor. David was always very active in his church. He was baptised by Rev. A. O. Storvick, confirmed under Rev. Mosbo.

      David attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating Cum laude. He took a two years masters at the same university. While attending P.L.U in Tacoma, Washington he met and married Gloria. David was Head Resident during the time he was taking his masters degree, having an apt. education paid for and a wage. David received a job one summer through recommendation of the Univ. for the Gov't. as an evaluator of jobs for the telephone Co.

      David and Gloria had a very large wedding, planned completely by themselves, while going to school and Davi'ds chores as Head Resident. The wedding being away from home and the last day of school we did not plan on too many but the church was packed.

      Gloria's family: Dr. & Mrs. Fry, her sissters, Pamela Fry Strong, Cheryl and Melissa, and an aunt on her mother's side.

      David's family: Grandpa & Grandma Pike; father and mother, Maynard and Juanita Anderson; sister Sharon and her husband Bruce Hutton and their children Eric and Jennifer who were the ring bearer and flower girl; Aunt Beverly, Uncle Dick Lowe and their children, Leslie, Jeff and susan and Cathy. David had gotten the V.I.P. apt. in Tinglestead Hall for his parents and an adjoining apt. for his grandparents. The rest of the family stayed at motels. The reception followed in the U.C. building with cake, coffee, punch, candies and cookies. David's Mayfest friends danced at their wedding getting him into one of the dances. This was followed by a dinner in the lounge at David's dormitory, Hinderli Hall, for family and close friends. We had a delicious dinner and were enteretained by friend who sang and playe dthe mandolin, Jim Johnson. It was raining and they left for their honeymoon to an ocean resort in Oregon.

      David and Gloria moved to Dubuque, Iowa. David to begin his seminary work to become a Lutheran minister and Gloria to become a second grade teacher. They lived at Blair House in an apt. first then renting a small house at 1469 Old Mill Rd., Dubuque, Iowa. The next move being to Denver, Colorado to interne at American Lutheran Memorial under Pastor Grams, 501 Raleigh. A nice apt. is furnished them plus a salary. Gloria is working as a dental assistant to an orthodontist in Denver.

      David and Gloria made a trip to Europe the summer of 1975. David was very blonde with black eyes. he grew to the height of 5'11 & 3/4. His hair turned brown around the age of 19. He has a very friendly loving personality.

      Gloria is brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5'3" tall. She has a beautiful smile earning the nickname Glo. She loves to cook and sew and teaching. Gloria Marie Fry Anderson born March 3, 1953, Billings, Montana.

      Ralph Morgan Pike, Jr.

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Dec. 22, 1924 Yankton, South Dakota
      Married: Nov. 17, 1944 Shirley jean Rounsavel. Shirley was born Jan. 31, 1928, Little Rock, Arkansas.
      Married: Dec. 8, 1957 Lakewood, California in the home of Beverly and Richard Lowe by Rev. Alfred O. Storvick. Sharon Anderson played the piano and Beverly Lowe sang.

      Ralph son of Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike Sr. First home 710 Mulberry St. Yankton, So. Dak. Received his education at Riverview Elementary school Sioux City, Iowa, and next moved to Sioux Falls, attended Washington High School and then finished high school in Yankton, So. Dakota. Ralph left Yankton March 18, 1943 at 6 o'clock by bus to Omaha for physical exam for World War II. he passed and was sworn into the Navy Sat. 3:45 p.m. and left Omaha Sa.t night 10:15 for N.T.C. at Farragut, Idaho. Bud called home from Omaha.

      Comments by Jennie Culver Pike on Bud's leaving for service. "Dad and I talked to Bud by phone from Omaha, so Dad had a chance to say goodbye to him. Bud sent us a note by Liney O'shea telling us he might not be home. Then Mon. we received a post card from Bud sent from Omaha giving us an address which would reach him at Farragut, Idaho. We all wrote and sent a letter to Bud at that address. Sunday March 28, 1943 received Bud's civilian clothing. Mon. March 29, we received first letter from Bud."

      His training address:

      1st. Camp Hill Co. 196-43 N.T.S. Farragut, Idaho. Furlough June 5th Sat. arrived home. Left home June 10th arrived his destination on June 12, 1943.

      2nd. Camp Scott Co. 196-43 O.G.U. Barracks 20 N.T.S. Farragut, Idaho.

      3rd. Co. 196-43 Barracks G-8 U.S.N. Receiving Station Puget Sound Navy Yards, Bremerton, Washington.

      4th. C.V.E. 36 A.C.V. Pre. Com. Det. Seattle, & Tacoma Ship Bldg. Corp. Tacoma, Washington.

      5th. Ralph M. Pike S 2/C
      P.S.N.Y. Receiving Station
      Bremerton, Washington.

      6th. Ralph M. Pike
      Personal Separation Center
      Barracks 21 N.A.P.T.C. Memphis, Tenn.

      Children of Ralph M. Pike Jr. & Shirley Jean Rounsavel Pike:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Ralph Morgan III (Mike) Nov. 10, 1946Little Rock, Ark.
      B. Terrance (Terry) Nov. 15, 1947Little Rock, Ark.
      C. Patrick Gerald June 7, 1953 Little Rock, Ark. Twins
      Eugene Dudley June 7, 1953 Little Rock, Ark. Twins
      D. Evelyn Theresa Jan. 23, 1957Little Rock, Ark.

      Children of Ralph M. Pike, Jr. and Beverly Hill:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Bradley Keith Sept. 25, 1958Long Beach, California
      B. Karen Sue Aug. 31, 1959 Long Beach, California
      C. Michael Lloyd Oct. 16, 1961 Long Beach, California
      D. Richard Andrew Nov. 19, 1963 Long Beach, California

      Ralph works for the United States Post Office and resides in La Mirada, California. Ralph was a blue eyed blonde and grew to the height of 5'9-1/2". He had beautiful curly hair, a very friendly winning personality.

      Laurence Duane Pike

      Date Place Notes
      Born: June 18, 1927 Sioux City, Iowa St. Vincent Hospital
      Married: July 1953 Yankton, So. Dakota, Methodist ChurchBetty Withee Pike born Oct. 19, 1929

      Laurence Duane, son of Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike, Sr.

      Pat attended school in Sioux City, Iowa at the Riverview and Hawthorne elementary schools. Moving to Sioux Falls, So. Dakota and then to Yankton, So. Dakota attended school at each of these places. Entered the World War II service before graduation so after returned he then graduated from Yankton High School.

      Pat's address during World War II:

      Laurence Duane Pike
      Sec. 400 Service No. 4
      Brooklyn, New York.

      Later Stationed;
      Catalina Island
      Avalon, California.

      Laurence D. Pike married Betty Withee in Methodist Church, Yankton, So. Dakota. July 12, 1953. Pat a brown haired brown eyed man of 5' 11" tall. Betty, brown eyes, brown hair and 5' 4" tall. A very soft spoken quiet person. Her hobby cake decorating and sewing.

      Children born to Laurence and Betty Pike:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Garrett Eugene (Gary March 18, 1957Long Beach, California
      B. Thomas Duane March 29, 1958Long Beach, California
      C. Laura Jean Aug. 13, 1959 Lakewood, California
      D. David Ernest July 20, 1963 Garden Grove, California
      E. Linda Marie July 5, 1965 Garden Grove, California

      Their first home was at 12341 Pentagon, Garden Grove, California. Selling their home they bought a home at 11621 New Zealand, Cypress, California.

      Laura Jean Pike married Donald E. Stein II Las Vegas, Nev. 1977. Had 1. Donald E. III called Trey. Born Aug. 1977, Garden Grove, Calif.

      Pat has been employed at Douglas Aviation, Long Beach, Calif. as a Leadman in Upholstery Dept. He has been with them since 1948. He was sent to Denmark by this company in 1977 on business and has turned down all other abroad assignments except one time he was sent to North Carolina to help start a small plant for Douglas. He is very much a home person and does not care to be away from his family.

      Betty was the daughter of Bernard Leslie Withee and Maude Elaine Bice.

      Douglas Eugene Pike

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Nov. 12, 1928 Sioux City, Iowa Home 116 So. Fawsett St.
      Married: Janet Jacobs
      Married: Rita
      Married: July 1957 Nadine Voges Sweet. Nadine born Feb 2, 1923.

      Douglas born to Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike Sr. Douglas started school in sioux City, Iowa. Riverview and Hawthorne Elementary schools in Sioux City. Elementary school in sioux Falls, and Yankton, So. Dakota. Graduated from Yoankton High School. Moved to California, staying with his sister Juanita in Long Beach. Became an employee of Douglas Aircraft. Returned to Yankton to marry Janet Jacobs. Enlisted in United States Army. While at Colorado Springs, Colorado received a broken back in a car accident. Douglas was on his way back to his and Janet's apt. when a woman hit the car he was riding in. He was in the back seat asleep. janet being so young couldn't bear up under the care he needed and their marriage broke up. He returned to California and the Douglas Aircraft. Married Rita. Rita was well liked by Doug's family. She was a nurse and wanted a family and home of her own very badly. Because of illness she was unable to have children of her own and their marriage broke up also. Doug married again, marrying Nadine Voges Sweet who had been married before and had lost her husband. She was an employee of Douglas Aircraft.

      Children of Nadine & Douglas Pike by adoption:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Jonn Douglas Feb. 23, 1960 Long Beach, California
      B. Donn Eugene March 13, 1962Long Beach, California

      Doug was a handsome 6'3" tall, dark brown eyes, curly blonde haired as a child and turning brown as an adult. He loved to bowl, play golf and became very active in Boy Scouts with his boys. Jonn earned the Eagle Scout Award.

      Gerald Keith Pike

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Oct. 13, 1932 Sioux City, Iowa Home 2120 McKinley St.
      Married: Aug. 7, 1954 Omaha, Nebraska Clara West. Clara born Feb. 21, 1932. North Carolina.

      Gerald youngest son of Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike Sr. Educated in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, So. Dakota, moved to Yankton and completed his eduation there graduating from Yankton High School. Jerry active in choir in high school and had leads in school musicals. His music teacher wanted Jerry to go to New York and study voice but Jerry went into the U.S. Air Force in 1952. Spring of the year. He received his training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Met Clara there while she was visiting friends.Jerry was stationedat Adak, Alaska. he was in special work, cryptography.

      Jerry and Clara were married in a double ceremony with friends. Children of Gerald Keith Pike and Clara West Pike:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Vicky Lynn Feb. 5, 1956 Omaha, Nebraska
      B. Ronald Keith April 16, 1957Kernersville, North Carolina

      Vicki married Stephen Ray Frye, Friday, June 17, 1977. First Baptist Church, Kernersville, No. Carolina.

      Keith married Donna Marie Fulton, Saturday Aug. 16, 1977, Bethel Church Rd., Kernersville, No. Carolina. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John F. Fulton.

      Jerry was a very quiet person, dark brown eyes and very curly blonde hair as a child with his hair darkening as an adult. he grew to 6'. After his marriage and completion of his service in Omaha, Neb. he and Clara returned to Kernersville, No. Carolina and made this their permanent home.

      Beverly Eileen Pike

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Sept. 22, 1934 Sioux City, Iowa Home 2120 McKinley St.
      Married: Dec. 7, 1952 Volin, So. Dakota, at Dick's church Richard Vern Lowe. Dick was born May 11, 1932, irene, So. Dakota. Son of Annette Allen Hanson and Lloyd Peter Lowe, of Volin, So. Dakota.

      Beverly the youngest child of Jennie Irene Culver Pike and Ralph Morgan Pike Sr. Beverly started school in Sioux Falls, So. Dakota on moving to yankton, So. Dakota when seven received most of her eduation in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School. Beverly had a beautiful voice and sang at special occasions and took leads in operettas and school musicals in high school. She also had exceptional talent in drawing. Beverly grew to her full height at an early age of 5'7". She was a blue eyed blonde and very beautiful skin coloring, tall and slender. Beverly played the piano. She could have had a scholarship in either art or music but instead of going on to college she married Richard Lowe. Richard's church was the Tronjhem Church near Volin but because it being struck by lightning and burning, they were married in the Zion Lutheran. They made their first home in Yankton, So. Dakota. Richard enlisted in the service Mary 1953 to Dec. 1954. Sent to Korea in fall of 1953. Armistice was signed for Korea as Dick was halfway across the ocean. On Dick's release from the service he and Beverly moved to Long Beach, California in 1955. dick went to work for Post Ofice as a carrier. He then went to work for the Air National Guards at Compton. He has been the receiver of many honors and awards. They bought a home on Loomis St. in Lakewood, Calif. sold and bought on Knoxville in Lakewood, next bought a home in Norwalk, Calif. and then in Lapalma, California. Recently have bought a home in Moonridge at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains.

      Children of Beverly E. Pike Lowe & Richard V. Lowe:

      Name Born Notes
      A. Leslie Lynn Jan. 16, 1956 Long Beach, California
      B. Jeffrey Alan Apr. 2, 1957 Long Beach, California
      C. Catheryne Irene June 2, 1958 Long Beach, California Twin
      Susan Annette June 2, 1958 Long Beach, California Twin

      Cathy and Susan were identified as identical twins but never grew up to be. Cathy is fairer and taller than Susan.

      Name Date Place Notes
      Leslie Lynn LoweApril 2, 1977 St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Lakewood, CaliforniaSteven Donald Lykins, son of Mr. & Mrs. Donald Lykins of Los Alamitos, now of Tustin, Calif. Married by Rev. Elmer E. Christiansen. Twin sons born to Leslie and Steve Lykins, Dec. 22, 1977. Premature birth, Leslie had difficulty carrying them.
      Cathy I. Lowe Jun 26, 1977 Cameo Wedding Chapel, Anaheim, Calif. Richard Lee Dickinson. One o'clock. Richard the son of William Dickinson of Fort Worth, Texas and Mrs. Bobbie Rush of Mission Viejo, California.

      Dick and Beverly Lowe gave their daughters large weddings and receptions.

      Remarks: Dick's mother was born in Oslo, Norway. She came to the United States at the age of 16 with an older sister. She worked for a family on a farm near Volin. This area she has said looked very much like her land in Norway. Allen was her first name but went by Annette or Nettie. She was born March 28, 1895. Lloyd P. Lowe was born March 17, 1898, died May 8, 1950 at age 52.

      Remarks: Beverly has accumulated credits toward her B.A. degree at Cerritos Jr. College and Cypress Jr. College.

      Leslie Lynne Lowe

      Date Place Notes
      Born: Jan. 16, 1956 Long Beach, Calif Weight 8 pounds.
      Married: April 2, 1977 Steven Donald Lykins, son of Joan Hawkins Lykins and Donald Lykins of Los Alamos, California.

      Leslie, the daughter of Beverly E. Pike and Richard V. Lowe. Granddaughter of Jennie Irene Culver Pike. Leslie's first home was at 2551 Loomis Ave., Lakewood, California. Her parents sold this place and bought at Knoxville, Ave., Lakewood, Calif. The next move was to Norwalk, Calif. where Leslie started school. next move was to Festival Circle, LaPalma, Calif., where she attended Buena Park High School. Leslie was very active in drama and had leads in many plays. her interests were many scouting, knitting, sewing, singing and cooking, in fact she had to learn everything. She graduated from Buena Park High School with honors and gave the girls speech for the class. She enrolled in Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. Leslie attended for two and a half years, quitting to marry Steve, who was employed as a flight engineer for Hughes Air West Air Lines in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had a large church wedding at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, Lakewood, California officiating was Rev. Elmer E. Christiansen, Associate Pastor. Leslie closed the wedding ceremonies with singing a song which she had recorded for her wedding. The catered reception followed at Buena Park Recreation Center with a dance combo. The catering was by the Cameo Wedding Chapel which Leslie had worked during the summer. This reception was followed by a more personal reception at the home of her brother Jeff in LaPalma, Calif. They honyemooned at Lake Arrowhead, and then to their new two story home in Las Vegas, Nev.

      Twin boys were born to Leslie and Steve Dec. 22, 1977. They were premature as were expected Feb. 11, 1977. Leslie was confined from Nov. on so as to carry them as long as possible. Both babies were healthy and very fiar, not identical.

      Leslie is 5'7", very blond, blue eyes and slender. She has a strawberry birthmark on her chest center below neck. Steve is 6'5" tall, slender, blonde and blue eyes. He loves flying and will become a pilot spring of 1978. His hobby is free falling, karote, and sports.

      Remarks: Leslie is enrolled at the University of Nevada to complete her B.A. degree in Drama. This will be done on a part time basis due to her marriage and arrival of the twin boys.

      Jeffrey Alan Lowe

      Date Place Notes
      Born: April 2, 1957 Long Beach, Calif Weight 11 pounds 4 oz.

      Jeff, son of Beverly E. Pike Lowe and Richard V. Lowe. First home 2551 Loomis, Lakewood, California. Live at Knoxville, Lakewood, Calif., Norwalk, Calif., where he started school, Festival Circle LaPalma, Calif. where he attended Buena Park High School and graduated. Jeff was a very mature young man and started a business of leasing and selling cars at the age of nineteen, Aug. of 1976. Opened his second office April 1977, Anaheim Town & Country Auto Sales & leasing, on Katella in Anaheim, California.

      Jeff is 6'5" tall, large boned, very fair complexion with blue eyes and red blonde hair. He is quiet of personality and very close to his family, overly protective with his sisters.

      Catheryne Irene Lowe

      Date Place Notes
      Born: June 2, 1958 Long Beach, Calif Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz.
      Married: June 26, 1977 Cameo Wedding Chapel, Anaheim, Calif.Richard Lee Dickinson of Fort Worth, Texas. Richard is the son of Mrs. Bobbie Rush of Mission Viejo, Calif. and William Dickinson of Fort Worth, Texas.

      Cathy a twin daughter of Beverly E. Pike Lowe and Richard V. Lowe. Cathy was given her maternal grandmother's middle name, Jennie Irene Culver Pike. Cathy has a birthmark on the inside of her right arm, her smallpox vacination on inside of left arm also a mark on her upper part of right foot. Cathy is 5'7" tall, blonde with large blue eyes.

      Cathy's education began in Norwalk, California and graduated from Buena Park High School, June 1976. Her graduation was marred by the severe stroke her grandmother had the day of her graduation. Cathy was employed as a bank teller.

      Cathy married Richard Lee Dickinson of Fort Worth, Texas. He had spent most of his life in Calif. and a close friend of her cousin Gary Pike. Richard had gone to Fort Worth where his father lived and was employed there. Cathy and Richard had a beautiful wedding. Her sister Leslie was the vocalist and also the Matron of Honor and her twin a bridesmaid. The wedding was followed with a reception at the Cameo Wedding Chapel and another reception at the home of her brother Jeff's in LaPalma, Calif. They are making their home in Fort Worth, Texas.

      Remarks: Cathy was the only one of her Confirmation Class who put in over one hundred hours of volunteer work at the Los Alamitos Convalescent Hospital. She had much compassion for the elderly.

      Susan Annette Lowe

      Date Place Notes
      Born: June 2, 1958 Long Beach, Calif Weight 6 lbs. 15 oz.

      Susan a twin daughter of Beverly E. Pike and Richard V. Lowe. Susan was given her paternal grandmother's middle name Annette.

      Susan began her education in Norwalk, California. She graduated from Buena Park High School while living in LaPalma, California. She was interested in scouting, baseball and was a cheerleader at her high school. Susan has blue eyes, dark blonde hair, skin somewhat on the olive coloring and 5'4" tall. She has more of her father's looks and coloring.

      Susan was a hostess for Huff's Hut Restaurant and then worked for her brother Jeff as a receptionist.

      Reynold Culver

      At 79 Culver recalls heyday of Wisconsin River Lumber Rafting

      Operated Lone Rock Ferry by himself at age 12. The old Culver house, still stands up river from the Lone Rick Bridge on the Joe Nooyan farm. It looks out on a scene far different than when the big lumber rafts passed by on their way to St. Louis.

      Ren would hurry to the top of the hill as soon as he would hear the first creaking of the oars. He was 10 years old, the year was 1888, and the big lumber rafts were still parading down the Wis. River on the way from Wausau to St. Louis.

      There would be from 8 to 12 rafts in each fleet, two men on each raft. These river men wore bright red and blue flannel shirts. The cook's shanty would be one of the rafts. Ren said the rafts were 50 - 60 feet long and 35 - 40 feet wide.

      The stems of the big oars would be nearly 18' and had a 12' blade. These blades would be wedge shaped and made out of a board.

      Ren Culver says he guesses he was just about born a riverman. His parents bought the Lone Rock Ferry when he was two years old and by the age of 12 he could operate it himself.

      Alvah Culver and Mary Jane Lloyd Culver, Ren's parents were married at Old Helena where Alvah's father operated the Inn. Alvah worked in lumber camps up around Merrill and rafted on the river before buying the ferry at Lone Rock.

      There was still plenty of river traffic in those days. Ren recalls letting the cables down in water so that one of the big double-stack steamboats could get through. The rafts were not likely ot tie up at Lone Rock. The river there was only 200 feet wide and terribly swift and there was that rock cliff, called the Devil's Elbow to watch out for.

      They were more likely to go on down to old Richland City, where there was a distillery that made of brand of rye whisky labeled O.F.C.

      Once in a while one of the big rafts would smash up on a snag. Then some farmers would pull out from shore in a row boat and salvage what he could of the lumber. In time he might have enough for a new barn or house.

      Sometimes a man would go up north and work in the woods and take lumber for his pay. He would raft this lumber down river and haul it to the site of his new home.

      Ren Culver was 15 when the toll bridge was built, 8 top 10 rods up stream from the present day Lone Rock Bridge. That ended the ferry business and his parents became the bridge tenders for $25.00 a month. River traffic was becoming a thing of the past.

      Ren Culver is 79 now and lives in Lone Rock but the old Culver house still stands on the Clyde side of the river looking out on a scene far different than when the big lumber rafts passed on their way from Wausau to St. Louis.

      Taken from the History of the Village Lone Rock, July 4, 1976.

      In Memory of Little Gracie

      Martha Ellen Culver

      Tis so hard to part with our darling
      Whom God has called to his throne
      Our beautiful, dear little Gracie
      The light of our life and our home.

      As the sunbeams brightened the flowers
      She birghtened our weary way
      But soon Oh soon, was our darling
      Called and taken away.

      With a smile our little angel
      Passed from darkness into light
      But our babe is ever with us
      Though she has passed out of our sight.

      It was God who called our darling
      Who has gone to lead the way
      And with beckoning hands she will greet us
      On that Resurrection Day.

      Gracie was the youngest child of John F. Culver and Margaret Ellen Lloyd Culver. Born March 2, 1901 and died at the age of seven months, Oct. 13, 1901. I believe it was pneumonia. She was the half-sister of Martha Ellen Culver Crary.

      Letter from Bev to the Culvers

      April 18, 1978

      Dear Edna and Elmer,

      I haven't written for so long as I hoped to get this copy ready to send to you. I had thought of writing to Salt Lake City and tracing more of the Culver history or verifying it but decided I might as well send what I have. This is what I have and if you have any corrections or additions let me know.

      We have had a couple good days now, sure hope we have no more rain for awhile. Beverly is living at Big Bear Lake now and I have wanted to go up again. It is so beautiful, but with such rainy weather we have put it off but hope to go up this week end.

      Did you ever go on your cruise? If you ever get the urge to come this way we would love to have you stay with us. Beverly and I remember Wisconsin with such good thoughts especially our last trip there and our stay with you.

      I wrote to Adrian and received a nice letter from him, must write to him again soon, also wrote to Raymond's but never heard from him. Beverly & I felt bad to think we were so close and never even tried to see he and Barbara. I guess we thought we would see them at the reunion.

      Since I started this letter Maynard and I have spent a couple days at Bev's and Dick's in the mountains. It is so beautiful, we tok some nice walks. Pat and Betty were looking at lots to buy but they are so high, fifteen and sixteen thousand for a lot 80' by 140'.

      I so have some more questions, was the Earl Culver whose wife Nellie was in the home, Adrian's son or who was his father? Was one of Amelia's son Hubert Schloemer or was this a grandson?

      David and Gloria are still in Denver serving his internship. They will go back to Dubuque in August, Gloria hoping for a position in the school she taught while there. It looks slim but her principal she had promises her the first opening they have and if no opening he will try to help her get another school. She had been working in Denver as a dental assistant to an orthodontist.

      My daughter Sherry is still having problems from the accident she was in last Oct. when a woman hit her from behind while she was waiting for a red light to change. Her doctor is just now deciding she should see a neurologist. She was thrown around in the car with the back and forth motion pretty hard.

      Greet David and his family and Mary and her family for me. It was nice to get to know them better.

      Think about maybe a trip to see us.

      Love, Juanita & Maynard

      Elmer I forgot to tell you about the hand written sheet I enclosed in the history. It is a letter written by your Mother's sister so thought you might like it have it. I copied it for our information. As an after thought, Bev. and I believe this was written by your aunt but copied by Jennie Culver Pike. It looks like our mother's hand writing.

      Beverly and I are interested in smeway marking the spot where Alvah Culver Sr. had the hotel. Don't you think there should be something there?

      [The following was added by hand to the above typed letter:]

      May 10[?] - Some sad news [illeg.] went to the hospital for a gall bladder operation and they found it was cancer of liver & [illeg]8 months to live. She has never been sick before & no pain until now. She is a special person she has taken it so well [illeg] unable to accept it. [illeg] She is 64 years old.

EGC-GEN-002 Jane Coldwell Sutcliffe's Write-up



By Mrs. Blakey Sutcliffe

Sarah Ann Blakey Sutcliffe

Today we are gathered together not for a time of hilarity, but in a sacred reverence to the memory of Charles Wolstenholme Sutcliffe and Sara Ann Blakey Sutcliffe, his wife from whom most of those attending this reunion descended. Charles W. Sutcliffe was one of a family of 7 brothers and 4 sisters. George, Harry, John, William, Robert, Dean and Charles. Susie Mary, Maria and Henrietta[ 1] were born to John Sutcliffe and Henrietta Wolstenholme Sutcliffe. Charles was born December 24, 1820 in Leeds, England.

His father was employed in a silk manufacturing plant at Leeds. His work was to see that all machinery was kept in perfect order by those assigned to the different phases of the work, and all men employed were under his direct supervision. A very particular and painstaking man everything had to be done right, and kept immaculately clean. This is where Charles was employed, his work being to keep the engines wiped clean, free from dust, and oiled. He often used to say you could see your face in any of them all over the plant.

He began to tire of this work and with a growing unrest he severed his connections with it, and after hearing many glowing accounts of America, became interested and decided to cross the ocean with much opposition from his loved ones there. He finally won out and bought his land, before leaving England, from the British Temperance Emigration Society in the spring of the year 1846[ 2]. (He had now reached the age of 26 years) Coming to his new home, in the fall of the same year, at Blue Mounds Creek, Town of Arena, Iowa County, Wisconsin, to his little log hut that was built by the society for the new settlers. It was a great disappointment to find conditions in such a primitive state so different to what he left in England that he wished himself back many times. How often have we heard him tell of crying himself to sleep for many weary months, night after night, as he lay on his bed made from two saplings. The head was made by boring holes in the logs of the house and inserting the poles in the holes, and for the foot of the bed another small tree with holes bored in at each end, and logs inserted. The slats were young small saplings laid across and covered, thickly, with prairie grass. His coverlets such of his wearing apparel as he could spare. He had two blocks from a log for chairs and a packing box for his table, and his lighting equipment was a rag in an old tin can with grease, when he could get it, to feed the flame.

Supplies were very hard to get and were brought from Milwaukee, Mineral Point, Blue Mounds, and Rowes Mill (now Sawles Mill), and the means of travel was mostly on foot. Some having Ox teams, went to Milwaukee for flour and corn meal, which was a three day trip there and back, but few had the means to buy the necessary provisions and many ground their corn meal in the coffee mill. This is what he did. Later a little store started in Dover, now Doverville, where a few supplies were kept which helped the settlers a little.

Mail coming from England came to Rowes Mill. How eager they all were to hear from their loved ones left behind in the Fatherland. What a change leaving a home where poverty was unknown. We of today cannot imagine (even in this time of so much depression) the heartaches and privation he, with many others, suffered. After a time things began to grow brighter. The land was producing a little to help the food problem. It was slow work without the necessary implements to break the virgin soil. It took time and muscle, and finally all was conquered.

Charles began to look around and get acquainted with his neighbors and he soon fell in love with a pretty neighbor girl whose father, William Blakey, and family had come from England the same year - 1846[ 3]. After a short courtship of one year, he was united in marriage (1847) to Sarah Ann Blakey. Her family consisted of her father, a stepmother - Mary Nichols Blakey, her brother, John; sister, Mary Hannah; and a half sister, Eliza Jane Blakey. Sarah Ann was born February 27, 1826 at Gildersan Armsley, Yorkshire, England. She and her sister Mary Hannah, and brother John Blakey were left in early life without a mother's care and love. Their mother is laid to rest in Armsley England Cemetery. William Blakey's second marriage was to Miss Mary Nichols, who was born in Leeds, England in 1802. She died July 12, 1848 and is buried in the Mazomanie Cemetery beside her husband. They had one daughter, Eliza Jane.

Mary Hannah, after coming here, was married to William Coldwell[ 4], January 24, 1853. His home was in Sheffield, England. This is where the relationship to the William Coldwell family comes in.

Her Brother, John Blakey, married a Miss Ivy of Shullsburg, Wisconsin. There remains of that family one son, John Blakey, Jr., a lawyer and brilliant man, who chose a life of single blessedness. His parents are laid to rest in a Shullsburg, Wisconsin cemetery.

Her step[24] sister, Eliza Jane, was married to Tom Wilson[25] of Mazomanie.

Sarah Ann's father, prior to coming to America, had an interest in a woolen mill at Armsley, England, where he was employed.

Grandfather William Blakey was married three times. His third wife[26], after his death, was married to a widower by the name of George Cutler, of Mazomanie, Wisconsin; a prominent Justice of the Peace to Mazomanie.

These are all laid to rest, except her brother John (buried in Shullsburg), in the Mazomanie cemetery, where most of our loved ones are sleeping.

After digressing we will return to our main subject. This little History was request to show future generations to be proud of what they originated from and to hold aloft the banner of the virtuous living of Charles W. Sutcliffe and Sarah Ann Blakey.

After their marriage they went immediately to their little home and things were soon transformed there, and there were no more lonely times. He often said it was a Paradise and no castle, with it could compare.

As time passed along an addition came to complete the happiness in their home. It was a little son, born July 11, 1849 and christened Robert William Sutcliffe. Their joy knew no bounds. I have often heard the holder people say that it was an event that brought great rejoicing all over the settlement. The first baby born, and I believe theirs was the first marriage consummated in that Section. He was loved by everyone and grew to manhood, a loved and honored Father of many here today.

Time passed rapidly and the little children became of school age, and a little log schoolhouse was erected not far from his home. Chas. W. Sutcliffe was elected their first instructor and many amusing tales he used to tell of that early time and how he would have liked to tan their hides. Many other prominent places he filled. One was Justice of the Peace and he was known as Squire Sutcliffe[ 5]. Many disputes arising among the settlers he tried to iron out, maybe not to the satisfaction of all.

He was more than blessed in his choice of a life partner. A girl without any schooling whatever; her thrift and frugal economy was wonderful in a marked degree.

A new log addition to their home was erected and land broken. Ox teams were discarded and I think William Blakey and Chas. Sutcliffe had the first horses among the settlers. Land produced wonderful crops. The wheat had to be hauled to a mill in Milwaukee to be ground into flour.

Babies were coming, not one this time, but two. They were John Henry and Eliza Ann Sutcliffe born December 15, 1851. Next came George Sutcliffe, February 21, 1854; Dean Sutcliffe July 21, 1856; Henrietta Sutcliffe August 19, 1859; twins Blakey Hodgson Sutcliffe and Charles Wolstenholme Sutcliffe on May 21, 1862; Mary Elizabeth Sutcliffe June 26, 1864; and Maria Sutcliffe November 21, 1867. This family now totaled twelve with the parents.

How well I can remember, when I was a little child, seeing them all going to Church and Sabbath school at the little Primitive Methodist Church. The parents were ardent adherents of that faith after leaving England where they were raised in the Episcopal Church. A whole wagon load of children from one end to the other and all were neat and carefully groomed, and a healthy, happy, jolly lot who were raised to honor their Father and Mother.

How they worked and toiled together to feed and clothe that bunch can better be imagined than described. They never went without good wholesome food and warm clothing. I have often heard it said by neighbors dropping in for an evening's visit, they would find Charles knitting stockings and rocking the cradle. The wool was taken from the back of his own sheep and spun into yard by his own hands. Their shoes were repaired by his own hands. Need you wonder that they prospered? Yet there were many drawbacks encountered along the way.

He also kept many swarms of bees and was very successful with them, and they became quite a help to the income. At the present time we see so many uses for honey for this and that. My mind wanders backward, when I was a very little girl, and I well remember the goodies that their eldest daughter, Eliza Ann, used to make; cake, cookies, currant bread and seed bread; yes, and many other delicacies made from honey, taking the recipes out of her noodle. She was adept in the culinary arts, second to none.

Many little honey items of interest I have seen in an old account book. Some in particular would be nice re-told again. One was, "Took a box of honey to town, that was Mazomanie, 20 lbs. at 10 cents per pound. Bought our Ettie[ 6] some Sunday shoes, 2 lbs. brown sugar, one spool of coarse, black thread." Now I want to tell you, I think those were the first pair, for best, Ettie ever had. I well remember her telling me at school that her Father had brought her a pair of Sunday shoes. I still remember how delighted she was and how those pretty eyes sparkled. I felt quite a back number, for I still had mine to shine up on Saturday night. If not done right, I was made to give them another dab until it was done right. And believe me I was not the only one that had only one pair, many a good many years older than I, had it to do.

Just another item: "Went to town, took 10 lbs. honey stopped at Dover to see the blacksmith. Sold John Jones the honey and got a clevis made and tires set, and still had a little coming for next emergency."

Now I will tell you who this John Jones was; a fine looking Welshman, Grandfather to our loved Eve, wife of our nephew Charles V. Sutcliffe[ 7]. If Grandpa and Grandma Sutcliffe could look back, me thinks I would hear him say, "It do beat all, Sarah Ann, how the lads and lassies have us all mixed up" with his little peculiar grunt and A-hem.

I could go on with many pages that I like to recall in retrospection, but state of mind forbids. But the point I tried to bring uppermost was that they never went beyond their income and ability to pay (the chief cause of today's depression when the innocent have to suffer for the wrong doings of the other fellow.)

Charles had always planned to visit his loved ones he left behind in England. Now after many years of hard toil, building farm buildings and a good solid frame house, and the older ones in the family were all grown up, his plans materialized and he, in company with Thomas Hodkinson, set sail on Friday, July 2, 1873. He reached Liverpool July 16th and found nephews Dean Sutcliffe and Thomas Owen[ 8] waiting for them, by their waving white handkerchiefs.

He had a glorious welcome and went to their home at Crewe, and stayed overnight. The next day on to Leeds where he had a brother William and a brother John. It was very affecting to hear him describe the meetings of so many loved ones after an absence of 27 years; many nieces and nephews having been born after his departure from England. One brother, Henry had passed away and he visited his widow[ 9], and many, many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family; besides his brothers John and William Sutcliffe, and sisters: Susy, Mary and Marie[10]. He visited with all of them and all of their families. They had their happy reunions, all together once more, but with the sad thought uppermost in their minds that the time must soon come for the final sad farewells, never to meet on Earth again.

He had a wonderful time never to be forgotten while he lived. He went to the cemetery where his Father and Mother were laid to rest in Adle Church yard, near Leeds, England. The time came for the final goodbyes to his numerous relatives and he left Liverpool for America his home on September 30, 1873, and got to Mazomanie October 18th where his wife and family were all awaiting his return with thankful hearts that he had returned safely to them. He thanking his Heavenly Father for His protection and care over him on his hazardous journey and his safe return to his loved family; fervently thanking the Giver of all good that he had his home on American soil.

They were all so happy to be all together again, but it was not for long. Death invaded their home and claimed their dear little daughter, Mary Elizabeth, at the age of twelve years[11]. This was a sadness that the whole neighborhood shared with them, the grief in the loss of sweet little Mary, loved by everyone that knew her.

That was not all. After they had raised their nine remaining children to manhood and womanhood they took two little grandchildren; Ralph and Mamie Sutcliffe, children of John M.[12] and Alice Knight Sutcliffe. The Mother died in Spencer, Iowa, at the age of 21 years when little Mamie was an infant only a few days old. Alice Knight Sutcliffe, the Mother, is laid to rest in the Mazomanie cemetery.

After a couple of years when Mamie had become a sweet, little toddler, her tragic death[2] occurred from choking to death on seed corn she had put into her mouth while playing in the granary, while Uncle Charley[13] was fanning seed wheat. Imagine the grief of those Grandparents. And this was not all. A few years later their son, George's wife, Emma Gould Sutcliffe[14], passed away after the birth of their little daughter, Emma, only a few days old. Again poor Grandmother opened her heart and arms and took two more little motherless ones to her bosom and mothered them for many years.

Now for some bright spots along the highway of their lives, was Grandfather's birthday. It came on December 24th, but was always celebrated on Christmas Day. It was a most joyous event and was looked forward to, not only their sons and daughters and their families, but also by the nephews and nieces. How they loved to go to Uncle Charley's not only them but whenever opportunity afforded it. In my mind's eye I yet see that big, long table loaded with all manner of good things. today's menu does not compare with it.

Oh! yes, I knew where I had to sit for I belonged to that tail end of the crowd. They sat at the table according to their ages; Robert and Amelia next to his Father. Sometimes I have seen a Divine drop in his place, and how Robert hated to be moved a peg down the line, and I knew his dinner did not taste so good.

I wish I could tell you of all I see in my mind's eye. How vividly I see those dear ones; Mary Ann and Thomas Hodkinson, Will and Lilly Downs, Sutcliffe and Arlene Parkin and their numerous progeny.

Right here, before I forget, I want to tell you that Charles Sutcliffe's sister, Henrietta Sutcliffe, married Benjamin Parkin[16]. They had four children that I know; Miss Lilly Parkin who married William Downs, Robert Parkin who married Miss Sarah Jane Brady, Sutcliffe Parkin married Miss Arlene Downs, and Thomas Parkin who married Miss Emily Hodkinson[15]. This is how the relationship to the C.W. Sutcliffe family comes into the Parkin's family.

Thomas Hodkinson bought a farm from the Government in 1824[17], in the neighborhood of the Charles Sutcliffe homestead. He was a farmer and an ordained minister serving as pastor of the Mounds Creek Primitive Methodist church. He and his wife, Sarah[18], had four children: Mary married to Charles Rowley, Emily married to Thomas Parkin (son of Henrietta Sutcliffe Parkin), and John, and one daughter Martha who died at the age of 22 years. She is buried with her mother in the Mazomanie cemetery. After the death of Thomas Hodkinson's first wife he returned to England with Charles Sutcliffe in July 1873. There he married Charles' niece, Mary Ann Sutcliffe, and daughter of John Sutcliffe. She was the widow of George Sutcliffe [We have no record of Mary Ann's husband, George Sutcliffe.][19], of Leeds, England. She has a son, Ernest, and a daughter, Harriette, by her first marriage. Mary Ann and Thomas Hodkinson had three children: Ada Hodkinson Winch (Philip), Anna Ester, and Wilfred Hodkinson. The children of Mary Ann Hodkinson and their families are all descendants of John Sutcliffe, brother of Charles W. Sutcliffe.

Charles W. also had a brother, George Sutcliffe who came to America. He married and had one daughter, Henrietta Sutcliffe Blomily, who had two sons. Their home was in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nothing has been heard of them for many years. I think brother George was buried in an Ohio cemetery long, long, ago, when a very young man.[20]

I must bring this little narrative to a close. After their well-spent lives, each striving for the common good of all, Charles and Sarah Ann passed to the Home Over There, their deaths occurring only a few days apart[21]. They are leaving one of the best farm homes in the southern part of Wisconsin, and to many a source of sorrow that it could not remain in the family for all time[22].

To this meager little sketch, I will add, in the year 1884, April 23rd, I became a member of the Sutcliffe family. A few days after our marriage I went to the Parental home. There I was met at the door of him whose name I bare, with a hug and kiss and I never went to that home during his life time, that I missed that welcome. They gave me the best I had in life, a loyal husband, Blakey Sutcliffe, the father of my three children: Harry Charles married to Norma Stubley, Harold B. and Jennie Adele Henning (Albert). May God grant they, with all of the other grandchildren, never disgrace the name of Sutcliffe, but try to live honorable lives, and be just men and women for all generations to come.

Blakey's parting words to me, on the eve before his death[23] were, "Jennie (Jane) me lass, I love thee. I would rather have thy word than any man's note." Those were sacred words to me, the last he ever spoke. I hope no act of mine will ever cause a Sutcliffe to be ashamed of me, and I thank God from the depths of my heart that Charles W. Sutcliffe was my father-in-law.

Our families are like a book
Our children are the leaves,
We parents are the covers
That proceeding beauty gives.
At first the pages of the book
One blank and purely fair,
But time soon writeth memories
And painteth pictures there.
Love is the little goden clasp
That bindeth up the trust,
Oh break it not lest all the leaves
Should scatter and be lost.
Mrs. Blakey H. Sutcliffe
Black Earth, Wisconsin


  • [ 1] Jane gets the names slightly wrong: she omits Betty and adds the unattested Harry.

  • [ 2] In fact, immigration records show Charles arriving in May of 1845.

  • [ 3] Arriving August 20, 1846 aboard the SS Sheridan.

  • [ 4] William Coldwell (1828-1906), son of John and Harriet (Knight), was uncle to Jane Coldwell Sutcliffe.

  • [ 5] There is in the 1868 Letter from John to Charles a congratulatory note on Charles' appointment.

  • [ 6] That is, likely, Henrietta, Grandma Edna's mother. As an adult she was often known as Etta.

  • [ 7] Charles V., son of Robert Sutcliffe, married Eva Jones in about 1921. Charles' obituary is here.

  • [ 8] The name here seems to be in error. Charles' journal entry for July 16th says Thomas Cam.

  • [ 9] Robert Henry Sutcliffe married Mary Hunt in 1844. He passed in 1867. His memorial card has been preserved.

  • [10] Sic. Maria.

  • [11] Died Nov. 7, 1876. See Sutcliffe Genealogy 1, p.6.

  • [12] That is, John Henry, second son of Charles and Sarah, who married (1) Alice Knight, and (2) Marion Baxter.

  • [13] Charles Wolstenholme, Jr., who would pass away in Colorado in 1896 at the age of 34.

  • [14] George Sutcliffe married Emma E. Gould in 1879. According to Sutcliffe Genealogy 1, p.5, she passed away in 1886. In 1891 George remarried.

  • [15] Daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hodkinson.

  • [16] The Parkins also emigrated to America, living for a time in Ohio, before joining Charles in Wisconsin.

  • [17] The date is obviously in error. Wisconsin land records show Thomas Hodkinson purchasing forty acres on 1 November 1855, but it is unclear whether this is the purchase to which Jane is referring here.

  • [18] The former Sarah Copley died in 1873.

  • [19] The parenthetical comment is Jane's. There is no record of George. He is likely a fiction, invented by Charles and Thomas to provide a cover of legitimacy for Mary Ann, whose first two children appear to have been illegitimate.

  • [20] It would appear that George may initially have accompanied Charles to Wisconsin. A George Sutcliffe appears next to Charles in the ship's passenger lists in 1845. And in the 1847 Letter from John to Charles, Charles' father addresses himself to his "Dear Sons", which John later echoes with "Dear Brothers". John also conveys a wish from their father, who has just paid off Charles' BTES shares, to "let our George have a part or else join" the BTES.

  • [21] Charles passed away on June 26, 1896; Sarah on July 6 or 7.

  • [22] By 1895 a portion of the northwest section of Chares' property had been sold, but the rest passed to eldest son, Robert, who was still in possession of it (together with a larger adjacent property) in 1915. It was sold at auction to satisfy a bankruptcy sometime in the late 1920s to early 1930s.

  • [23] Blakey passed away in 1932, the year this talk was presented.

  • [24] Actually half-.

  • [25] Thomas W(hite) Wilson (1835-1898). Married 16 Nov 1859. Both are buried in the Mazomanie Cemetery.

  • [26] Sarah Mason.

  • [27] Per her headstone, she died on 8 June 1883 at the age of 2 years, 1 month and 14 days. She is interred in Mazomanie Cemetery.

  • Three Gefke Trees


    Three hand-drawn Gefke family trees. The hand appears to be that of Edna G. Culver.

    Culver Family Trees


    Three Culver family trees.

    • The first appears to be the hand-writing of Edna Culver.

    • The second is THE family tree grandma drew, displayed at every family reunion and kept up until late in life. It is presented here in two versions, one black and white, one colorized.

    • The third is typed by an unknown compiler and includes information on the immediate Edna and Elmer Culver family.

    Britton Genealogy


    Four typed pages of information on the heirs of James Britton, compiler unknown. Based on the ages supplied, this seems to date from ca. 1931. Susan Britton (1848-1908; see p.4) was mother to Sophia McKinney, wife of John F. Culver and mother of Charles Culver.

    Sutcliffe Genealogies


    Three compilations of Sutcliffe genealogical information by an unknown compiler, indentifiable only as a grand-daughter of Charles W. Sutcliffe.

    • The first consists of several pages of handwritten genealogical information together with a two-page cover letter. The author is only identifiable as a grand-daughter of Charles W. and Sarah Ann Sutcliffe.

    • The second is a three-page type-written copy of the genealogical information in the hand-written version.

    • The third is two more type-written copies. The second of these has extensive hand-written amendations and additions.

    The Culver Family Bible


    Once upon a time, there was a Culver family Bible, purportedly with information on the Culvers and Fosters of Delaware Co., NY. The Bible was last reported in the possession of the "Earl Culver family" in 1967. This particular Earl Culver, a grandson of Alvah and Catherine's eldest child, David W., left more than his share of family skeletons, and in the ensuing squabbles the Bible has, apparently, been lost. The images here, digitizations of badly faded mimeograph copies of the Bible from the 1970s, were not part of grandma's papers, but were supplied to me by Jane Ingram, and represent all that remains of the family Bible.

    Also included is a copy of Bernard Culver's efforts to decipher the images.

    Guided by other sources, here's my attempt to tease information out of the images:

    Page 1 - The Culvers

    Left Column:

    Alvah Culver was born at Bainbridge in Chenango County N.Y., March 23rd 1811
    Alanson Culver was born at Tompkins Deleware County State of N.Y. March 11th 1813
    Francis Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County State of N.Y. Dec 24th 1817
    [???] Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County State of N.Y. April 17th 1820

    Right Column:

    Walter Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County State of N.Y. Feb 25th 1822
    Melinda Climona[?] Culver was born at Tompkins Deleware County State of N.Y. March 24[?]th 1832[?]
    Alphonse Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County N.Y. Jan[?] 27th 1826
    Joshua Becker Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County State of N.Y. Sept 12th 1828
    John Almond Culver was born at Tompkins Delaware County State of N.Y. April 15[?]th 1831[?]

    Page 2 - The Fosters

    [This page is faded largely to the point of illegibility; only a little of the information can be salvaged]

    Left Column:

    John Culver and Mary Slighter were married in the Town of Tompkins in the County of Delaware and State of New York, on the 5th Day of April A.D. 1811[1810?]
    Abigail Foster was born [illeg.] 11 178? and [died?] February [illeg.] 18?1
    David W. Foster was born February [illeg.] 17?? [illeg. -- and died?] March [?] [illeg.]
    Calvin C. Foster was [illegible]
    [illegible entry]

    Right Column:

    Catharine [illeg. - Foster?] was born the [illegible]
    Geo F[?] [illegible - Foster?] in [illeg. must be Lexington] [illeg. must be Greene] [illeg.] February the 27[?] 1814[?]
    David [must be Foster] [illeg.] [illeg. must be Lexinton Greene] June[?] [illeg.] 181?
    [illeg., perhaps Orison] Foster [illeg.] 9[7?] day of [illeg.] age 9 months [illeg.] days
    [illeg. but perhaps starts with Nehemiah]
    [2 or 3 entirely illeg. entries]
    Mr George A. Culver [illeg., perhaps "son"] John[?] Culver was married to [illeg. --mont] of Michigan J[illeg. but short; possibly June or July] 30th 1887. quarter to ten

    Information from Ancestry.com's OneWorldTree shows the following family:

    David Willis Fosterb. abt 1784 Lexington, Greene, New Yorkd. 4 Mar 1834
    m. abt 1807 Lexington, Greene, New YorkAbigail Chaffee
    (b. 11 Nov 1788 in Thompson, Windham, Connecticut
    d. 18 Feb 1861)
    Calvin C Foster b. 13 Feb 1808Lexington, Greene, New York
    Leydia Foster b. 26 Jan 1810Lexington, Greene, New York
    Catherine Foster b. 14 Jan 1812Lexington, Greene, New York
    George W Foster b. 20 Feb 1814Lexington, Greene, New York
    David Foster b. 14 Jun 1816Lexington, Greene, New York
    Oreson Foster b. 9 Jun 1818Lexington, Greene, New York

    Genealogical Scraps

    These are miscellaneous genealogical scraps on Culvers, Sutcliffes and Gefkes. Each scrap has information on more than one family.

    026 01-04
    026 05-08
    026 09-12
    026 13-16

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