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

Bide-A-Wee Hotel - 2673 East Shore Lane

Another spelling found is Bida Wea. Also known as Bide-a-Wee Lodge and Bide-a-Wee Inn

Section 27 - 264.35 acres - Aub-be-naub-ee's Reservation

Section 27
    Section 27 Lot 1 - 49.70A
    Section 27 Lot 2 - 34.31A
    Sect 27 Lot 3 _.31A
    Section 27 Lot 4 - 40A

James F. D. Lanier of Jefferson county, Indiana on 30 June 1837 was issued the certificate #7339 the East half of Section twenty; Fractional Section of Twenty One; Fractional Section of Twenty Seven and Fractional section of Twenty eight containing 793 32/100 acres.
1872 - Section 27
    L. T. VanSchoiack Lot 1 - 49.70A (Res. & Barn noted)
    L. T. VanSchoiack Lot 2 - 60.10A; also 120A non lake front
    F. Edwards - 70.30A (Res. & Barn noted)
    J. Bozarth 68.40A
    L Foss 40 A non lake front


1880 - L. T. Van Shoiack [Louden T. Van Shoiak] 105.80. The Van Schoiack Farmhouse is incorporated in the present Miller cottage. Part of the Van Schoiack farm was subdivided as "Sea Beach Place"

1898 the farm land is labeled J. T. Vanshoiak; and the lake front property has been sub-divided off and sold By this a J. T. Vanshoiak had: 45.70 +59.98 +80.00 = 185.68 in 1911 the Vanschoiak farm of 207 was to be sold a 21.32 is unaccounted for for is the Vanschoiak subdivisions/additions to the lake


c.1906 - 1919, Sep - Scott & Rebecca (Stover) Foss
    It sat actually on Edwards Lane. The cropped section from the 1908 Plat map shows the area. There is a lot marked "S. Foss.:

    1912 - Oct 24 - Scott Foss is addiing a dining room and porch to his poplar "Bide-A-Wee" on the East Side

    1919 - Sep 34 - Scott Foss has sold the Bide-A-Wee summer resort to Thomas Monesmith of Rochester Consideration not stated 24 Sep 1919

    Veda Foss Fitterling wrote in the biography of "Fitterlings of Culver " in the 1986 Marshall County history pg. 169: "...I only remember my great Uncle Scott who with his wife Rebecca Stoever, owned and operated the Bide-a-Wee Hotel. He taught school for a short period of time..."

1919, Sep 24 - 1922- ? - Thos. Monesmith
    Scott Foss has sold the Bide-a-Wee summer resort to Thomas Monesmith of Rochester. Consideration not stated. -Sep 24, 1919 - Citizen

1920 - May 30 - Maxinkuckee Lake, east side. Bide-a-Wee cottage, board and rooms; rates made of application. Tom Monesmith, Proprietor, Culver Indiana - Indianapolis Star

By 1922 the plat map indicates that the property was owned by Thos. Monesmith.

1920 - Apr 28 Ad

1923 - Conrad & Margaret Hansen 1925 May 24 - Enjoy your vacation at Bide-a-wee cottage (Lake Maxinkuckee) Conrad Hansen, Prop. Phone 162-F8 Culver, Ind. - Indianapolis Star.

1948 - Became the East Shore Inn


Jason Sturman writes of this property -
    My family owns the homes that are between what was the Bide-a-Wee and the lake. My great grandfather, Karl Sturman, purchased 5 buildings and two lots at the end of East Shore Lane in 1952. One of the lots (now with a house) and two of the smaller cabins are still owned by our family.

    The last occupant of the Bide-a-Wee was "Sarge" Hudson. He ran CMA's riding facilities for many years. Until his death he lived in the Bide-a-Wee. When he did died, the building had reached a condition of significant disrepair and was purchased by a group of East Shore Lane residents (led by Richard Ford) and torn down.

    Here is an interesting story: Sometime in the 1960s or 1970s (I can get the date if you're really interested), Hudson cut down a tree across Edwards Lane to make his home more private. Until the late 1980s, Edwards Lane was closed and totally overgrown. At some point (for reasons that escape) in the late 1980s, the county decided to re-open Edwards Lane and cut through the woods that had overtaken.

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