Angola, Indiana 46703

Crooked Lake History


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

And if you have a narrative or story from the history of Crooked Lake we would be excited to also add it to our history page.


New Article and photos from Bruce Hamilton about St. Joseph Valley Traction Co. Railroad Line




Below is a wonderful  story as part of the history of Crooked Lake.



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"           [Open the story in a PDF format]


Crooked Lake Greeting 1920


Reverse Side of Card

Train 152 (NYC) Head East -underpass US 27N


St. Joseph Valley Line-Car 173

St. Joseph Valley Line-Car 172


St. Joseph Valley Line-Car 173

Map of Steuben County rail lines


St. Joseph Valley Line-Car 174

Open Cars 151&152 ready to depart for Crooked Lake


St. Joesph Railway-Adams Express


Robey's Tinker Shop

1909 View of Long Point


Reverse Side of Post Card


Captain's Cabin


Captain's Cabin


Old Point Comfort


Old Point Comfort

Sheets Ice Cream Parlor


Ice Cream Parlor Another View


3rd View Ice Cream Parlor


4th View with St. Joesph Valley Locomotive 


Interurban making a stop at Valley Line Station

Lakeside Drive




Richordsn Dance Hall


Another View of Dance Hall


Pebble Beach


Handcolored Pebble Beach

Sheets Hotel Ad


Sheets Hotel


Sheets Dining Room


Sheets Hotel


Sheets Hotel


More Unidentified Shoreline


Sunset Hotel


Sunset Hotel

Hollywood Landing


Jim Unger

Hollywood Landing


Hollywood Landing 

Grocery Store?



Long Beach


Amsbaugh Landing

Richardson's Grocery Store


Cassie's Point 

Red Top and Old Hickory 


Oakgrove Grocery

Oak Bluff Hotel  


North Shore

Crooked Lake Beach 


Road Between second and third basin 



Sunset Inn


The mission of the Crooked Lake Association is to maintain and improve the quality of lake living for all properties that surround our beautiful lake community. We are a group of individuals, moms and dads, old and young, employed and retired, that strive to achieve this mission by volunteering our time and talents to the association.


Crooked Lake Association
P.O. Box 573
Angola, Indiana 46703
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