top of page



I found your e-mail on the Crooked Lake website. This story was among the personal items that I "inherited" from my grandfathers' (Harrison Shearer) older sister Jennie. Jennie died in 1968 at the age of 92. She and her husband, Burton C Shenefield  had no children. Jennie, it seems, was an aspiring writer and this was one of the stories I have of hers.

The original is in long hand, and I have transcribed it here. Some background. Jennie and Burton were in their mid forties at the time of this trip. Burton was an educator, and at the time of his death in 1933, was the principal at Studebaker Elementary School in South Bend. It seems they were vacationing with Ann, RHL (not sure of name) and their son John Longfield. I believe that they drove their car for the 6 1/2  hour drive from South Bend to Crooked Lake.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Gerald Shearer

Report about Crooked Lake by Indiana Commissioner’s of Fisheries and Game 1907-1908
Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Fisheries and Game for Indiana 1913-1914
Some notes sent from Crooked Lake in the early 1900's
NEW: A First for Crooked Lake
NEW: Hollywood Inn

If you have an old photo, postcards, narrative or story from the history of Crooked Lake, we will post it here to share with everyone. Please send them to

bottom of page