Thomas J. BIGLEY was the third generation to live on the family farm. He was born April 1, 1851 and married Sarah Jane BENEDICT
October 13, 1875. She was born February 4, 1851, the daughter of
Aaron BENEDICT and Rose (WELKER) BENEDICT. Her father, Aaron
BENEDICT, lived in Maxinkuckee and operated a saw mill around 1863. He also owned considerable acreage north of the lake along
Aubbeenaubee Bay, 83 acres along the lake front and 200 acres thence north. He built a home approximately a half mile from the
lake and planted pine trees around it. He never lived there, but rented it to his daughter, Augusta, and husband William WARNER
and family. Later the house burned but the pine trees stand to this day; the site is historically known as the Pine Tree House.
His land holdings were later acquired by Henry H. Culver for the Culver Military Academy.
Thomas and Sarah had three children: Guy T., born July 31, 1876; Chester, born June 21, 1880; and Mary (BIGLEY) MARTIN born November 28, 1889.
Guy and his wife, Mabel VANSCHOIACK, born December 27, 1884, were the parents of John F. BIGLEY. They lived in Chicago in the winter months and at Lake Maxinkuckee in the summer. Although John was born in Chicago, he disliked living there and spent most of his youth on the farm with his grandparents. His grandfather was a farmer and stock buyer. He always had high spirited horses. He liked to race and when a neighbor came along and asked if he’d like to race, he was happy to comply. When they were ready, Grandfather would loosen the reins and that was the signal for the horses to "go". The other racer would invariably resort to the whip. Grandfather always won. He loved his horses and was kind to them. I, John, used to ride one to take the cows out to pasture and to bring them in. Aunt Mary also used it on the buggy. When Grandfather Tom sold his horses and bought a car, he said it was the saddest day of his life. He never drove the car. Finally their son, Chester, drove for them.
Guy married Mabel VANSCHOIACK October 1, 1904. She was born on the Louden T. VANSCHOIACK farm on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Her father was William VANSCHOIACK. Louden VANSCHOIACK owned half a mile of lake front and over 200 acres adjoining to the east. My father, Guy, was unable to do farm work due to a leg injury suffered in a bobsled accident when he was eight years old. After grade school he attended Valparaiso Business Institute and graduated as a public accountant. He did accounting in Chicago and in the summer months operated a store at Maxinkuckee Landing. With their father’s help Guy and brother, Chester, built a two story brick building in 1907 on the northwest corner of the Landing and East Shore Road. Their father owned the one acre plot which extended to the lakeshore. They sold groceries, meats, gasoline, and kerosene, also had an ice cream parlor. A large water wheel powered by an artesian well supplied water for the store and the upstairs living quarters. A few years later Guy bought out Chester’s interest and his wife operated it. The telephone company occupied two of the upstairs rooms and two other rooms were rented out . The front part was their living quarters. The store was a pop ular place for lake side residents and visitors coming by public launches to the Landing. They could partake of refreshments at the store and if staying overnight the Spangler Allegheny House was but a short distance up the road in Maxinkuckee, or Sarah Jane RECTOR’S house for meals and lodging. My parents kept me busy soliciting orders and delivering groceries.
My grandfather, Thomas BIGLEY, died December 20, 1925 - by John F. BIGLEY -
History of Marshall County, Indiana 1836 - 1986 pg. 92-3 Copyright 1986 by Marshall County Historical Society, Inc. and other Bigley biographies concerning this family precede on pages 90-1 Guy T. Bigley, age 79, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home on the east side Of Lake Maxinkuckee shortly afternoon Thursday. SEPTEMBER 7, 1955