Thomas C Bigley
Thomas C Bigley, Sr Birth: Mar. 25, 1912 Marshall County Indiana, Death: Feb. 10, 1978 Garland Brook Cemetery
Columbus Bartholomew County Indiana married 1st Rebecca Elizabeth Sharpnack Birth: Nov. 14, 1913 Columbus
Bartholomew County Indiana, Death: Dec. 6, 1956 Garland Brook Cemetery Columbus Bartholomew County Indiana
daughter of Julian Sharpnack and Nora Trent They had:
Thomas C. Bigley Jr.
married 2nd Eleanor Clay (Dr) Birth: Aug. 24, 1919 Buffalo Erie County New York, Death: Jan. 23, 1998
Burial: Garland Brook Cemetery Columbus Bartholomew County Indiana
Thomas C. Bigley, Culver Native, State Bar Head
Columbus, Indiana Lawyer Honored
A very great legal honor came to Thomas C. Bigley, a native of Culver, when the well known
Columbus, Idnaian lawyer ewas chosen president-elect of the Indiana State Bar Association at
the organizatyion's recent annual meeting in Fort Wayne
The Citizen first learned of Mr. Bigley's forthcoming honor last spring from Theodore L. Locke, a
prominent Indianapolis lawyer who for many years has been a Lake Maxinkuckee summer resident
at 1412 East Shore Drive. At that time Mr. Locke wrote: "He is an ethical, upstanding, and competent
lawyer and is highly deserving of the distinguished honor for which he is slated."
As president-elect, Mr. Bigley will serve until the end of 1959 ammunl meeting as State Chairman of
DIstrict meetings and Institutes programs and will appoint local committees, probably in each
Congressional District, to plan and supervise the Inditute programs on a local level.
At the close of the 1959 annual meeting Mr. Bigley automatically ascends to the presidency of the
Mr. Bigley is a partner in the law firm of Sharphackand Bigley at Columbus
Mr. Bigley was amitted to practice law in Inidiana in 1938. He received his B.S. degree from Indiana
University in 1934 and his L.L.B. degree from Indiana Law School in 1938. Whilw at Indiana he
became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.
Mr. Bigley has engaged in the general practice of law at Columbus sicne 1943. before moving to Columbus
he lived in Indianapolus where he was employed at First Bancredit Corporation and later as an attorney
at RCA Manufacturing Coprortation.
In 1947 Mr. Bigley was State Chairman of the Junior Bar Conference of the American Bar Associationa
and State Chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. From 1949 to
1953 he was a member of the State Board of Financial Institutions.
He is a member of the Methodist church and a former president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce
and Columbus Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the Columbia Club of Indianapolis and the Harrison Lake
Country Club of Columbus
Born at Maxinkuckee
Tom Bigley's roots in Culver are very deep. He was born 45 years ago on the second floor of the now rather
ancient two story building at Maxinkuckee Landing which is now occupied by Mrs. and Mrs. S. J. Rossa's
grocery store. The flowing well at that location is a priceless childhood memory to him
Mr. Bigley's sister is Mrs. Josephine Rector, popular owner of
. His twin sister, Thelma is the wife of Charles H. Reed, sales manager of the
special porducts division of the National Biscuit Company in Detriot. The Reeds line in Royal Oak, Mich.
His aunt Mrs. Gut T. Bigely, claims Culver as home but spends most of her time in FLordia. John Bigley,
his first cousin, is the owner and operator of Bigely's famous Maxinkuckee orchards.
This past summer, Mr. Bigley, a widower since 1956, wass married to Eleanor Clay, M.D., who specializes in
internal medicine in Columbus, Ind., The former Dr. CLay was graduated from DePau and the Yale University
Father of Two Sons
Mr. Bigley's son, John Jr., 18 is now a junior at Indiana University after two years at Standofrd University. His
yyounger son, Stephen, 13, is a 9th grader in Columbus schools.