THE BOOK OF DETROITERS

A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of Detroit

Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis

Chicago

A. N. Marquis & Company

1908

Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

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Special Thanks to Bonnie Pattok for transcribing these pages.

PERSONAL SKETCHES

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ABBOTT, Charles Stewart, lawyer; born, Lapeer, Mich., Nov. 3, 1872; son of Austin and Mary J. (Ostrum) Abbott; educated in public schools of Lapeer, Ann Arbor High School and University of Michigan, graduating, LL. B., 1897; married at St. John’s Mich., 1894, Merrie Hoover, who was prosecuting attorney of Ogeman Co., Mich., 1898-1901. Began practice in Ogeman Co., Mich., 1897; removed to Detroit, 1899, and has since continued in practice as member of the firm of Abbott & Abbott; general counsel and director National Casualty Co., Phoenix Preferred Accident Insurance Co., Imperial Casualty Co. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Detroit and Michigan State Bar associations. Member I.O.O.F., Knights of Pythias. Recreation: Horseback riding. Office: 823-825 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 84 Piquette Av.

ABEL, Frederic Laurence, musical director; born, Huron Co., O., Aug. 29, 1857; son of Frederic and Nancy (O’Cleary) Abel; educated in public schools of Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit; was instructed in music by his father, Frederic Abel, and at Dr. Hoch Conservatory of Music, Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany; married at Detroit, Feb., 1895, Mary Leggett. Served as clerk in office of R.G. Dun & Co., Milwaukee; removed to Detroit and acted as shipping clerk in wholesale grocery house of John Stephens, 1873-75; entered upon an extended course of studies in music and spent several years in Europe, returning to Detroit, 1881; instructor Detroit Conservatory of Music, 1881-1900; assisted in organizing the Michigan Conservatory of Music, Sept., 1900; of which is director, secretary and treasurer. Enlisted as a member of Co. A, 1st Battalion, Michigan National Guard; has been continuously in the service and holds rank in the guard of major, and adjutant general, 1st Brigade; served in Spanish-American War as 1st lieutenant and adjutant 31st Michigan Infantry. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Music Teachers’ National Association. Mason (32 ), Knight Templar, Shriner. Member Society of Foreign Wars. Recreations: Automobiling and farming. Office: 113 Washington Av. Residence: 1477 Grand River Av.

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ABT, Peter Jesse, lawyer; born, New York City, June 8, 1869; son of Peter and Theresa (Holt) Abt; educated in public schools of New York City until 1885; U.S. Army Schools, Columbus, O., 1888, and U. S. Army Schools, San Antonio, Tex., 1889; Detroit College of Law, 1898-01, graduating, LL. B., June 14, 1901; graduate of National First Aid Association of America; student of special subjects at medical college and graduate Ontario Veterinary College, degree of V. S., Feb., 1907; married, Nov. 2, 1892, Margaret Reed. Began active career as newsboy in New York City; at age 12 was cash boy in dry goods store; then became messenger in one of the New York courts; passed civil service examination and was appointed letter carrier at Detroit, attending law school between working hours; passed examination and established in practice before resigning from postal service; has been in practice of law in Detroit since June 14, 1901. Member Detroit Bar Association. Owner and manager East End Ambulance Co. Served as private to 2nd lieutenant, Co. D, 2nd Infantry, Illinois National Guard, 1886-87, on duty during riots in Chicago; private and sergeant 19th U. S. Infantry, Columbus and San Antonio; honorably discharged at Detroit, character excellent with recommendations, Dec. 31, 1891; 2nd lieutenant Detroit City Greys (crack company), Michigan National Guard, 1892; has held rank of captain, major, colonel, and brigadier general of various civic and military organizations, viz.: lieutenant Regular Army and Navy Union, Detroit, 1892; captain Canton No. 41 Patriarchs Militant, Odd Fellows; brigadier general and adjutant general Uniform Rank, Maccabees, 1893-98. Republican. Candidate for alderman 17th ward, fall of 1896, defeated by 30 votes; deputy sheriff, 1901-04. Candidate for delegate State Constitutional Convention, 1907. Episcopalian. Member I.O.O.F., Maccabees, Woodmen of the World. Recreation: Military tactics. Office: 47 Buhl Blk. Residence: 491 Kercheval Av.

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ADAMS, Elbert Clinton; born, Valley Mills, N. Y., Mar. 26, 1869; son of Clinton and Mary (Savery) Adams; common school education; married at Oneida N. Y., July 18, 1893, Jennie M. Ayres. Began active career at age of 14 in china and glass store of Henry Rivenburgh, Oneida; was with the firm 8 years, from office boy to traveling salesman; then went upon the road for George H. Wheelock & Co., china and glassware, South Bend, Ind., and continued with the firm 12 years; has been sales manager The Garlock Packing Co. since Jan. 1, 1904. Republican. Presbyterian. Member B.P.O.E. Office: 1305 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 141 Forest Av., W.

AILES, James W., furniture manufacturer; born, Alliance, O., Apr. 22, 1858; son of Amos and Mary A. (Allman) Ailes; was the first graduate of Alliance High School, June, 1874; married at Brampton, Ont., June 11, 1879, Frances H. Bradley. Began active career as a representative of Teal & Sargent, photographers’ supplies, Cleveland, O., continuing, 1875-77; removed to Detroit, Jan. 1, 1877, and associated with C. D. Widman & Co., manufacturers of mirrors, hall furniture, buffets, etc.; has continued with the house to the present time and is now president of the company; for a third of a century he has traveled over a territory extending from Portland, Me., to Denver, and from Duluth to Galveston. Member of Masonic order, Detroit Commandery K.T. No. 1. Republican. Methodist. Recreation: Fishing. Office: Cor. Trombly and Orleans St. Residence: The Addison

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AIPLE, Joseph, president Union Brewing Co., born, Germany, Feb. 7, 1857; son of Max and (Waldpurga) Aiple; educated in Germany; came to America, 1885; married at Detroit, 1890, Miss Anna Eichbracht. Learned brewer’s trade in Germany; located in Detroit after arriving in United States but spent a short time in Milwaukee; was connected with the Stroh Brewing Co., 1887-89; acted as a foreman for the Goebel Brewing Co., 1889-98; established the Union Brewing Co., 1898, of which has since been president and manager. Member Concordia Society and various other societies. Recreations: Music and hunting. Office: 24 Mitchell Av. Residence: 714 McDougall Av.

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ALBRECHT, Albert August, contractor and builder; born, Detroit, July 5, 1853; son of William and Caroline (Gutenschwager) Albrecht; educated in public schools of Detroit and Detroit Business Collage; married at Detroit, 1879, Louise M. Prompe. Began business career by assisting his father, who began as builder and contractor in Detroit, in 1857; name of firm became William Albrecht & Son; from 1877 to 1904 the business was conducted under the name of Albert A. Albrecht; in 1904 it was incorporated as The Albert A. Albrecht Co., of which is president and general manager. The firm of William Albrecht & Son built the Public Library building, Detroit, the State House of Corrections, at Ionia, Mich., and the Wayne Co. Savings Bank, previous to 1877; since then the company has built the following important buildings: The Union Trust Co’s building, the Penobscot building, the State Savings Bank building, the Masonic Temple, the Washington Arcade, the Stevens Block, the Morgan & Wright plant, Murphy Power plant, Edison Power House No. 1, and in course of construction, Edison Power House No. 2, Lee & Cady’s building, Gas Office building, and others. President Builders’ Association of Detroit, 1905-08; member Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Harmonie, Rushmere. Recreations: Summer outing and fishing. Office: 1212 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 57 Martin Pl.

ALDRICH, Fred H., lawyer; born, Wauseon, O., Sept. 11, 1861; son of Joseph D. and Julie E. (Carter) Aldrich; educated in public schools of Wauseon and at Adrian College, Mich.; studied law and was admitted to the bar, 1883; married, Delta, O., Aug. 21, 1884, Sarah Corine Isbell. Taught school previous to entering upon practice of law at Cadillac, Mich., 1883 served as judge of 28th judicial circuit, 1887-99; has practiced in Detroit since 1899; director and general counsel Northern Assurance Co. of Michigan. Republican. Congregationalist. Member American Bar Association, International Law Association. Mason. Office: Majestic Bldg. Residence: 272 Ferry Av.

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ALEXANDER, Charles Towne, lawyer; born, Detroit, Oct. 5, 1866; son of George W. and Martha (Arnold) Alexander; educated in Detroit High School and University of Michigan, graduating, B. L., 1890, LL.B., 1891; unmarried. Was admitted to the bar, 1892, and began practice in Detroit with Miller, Bissell & Sibley, later as member of firm of Alexander & Paddock, the firm now being Miller, Smith, Alexander & Paddock. Member Michigan Bar Association, Detroit Bar Association. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Loyal Legion (by inheritance). Club: University. Recreations: Hunting, fishing and boating. Office: 1124-1132 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: Grosse Ile, Mich.

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ALEXANDER, Edward Woosley, furrier; born, Detroit, Oct. 9, 1869; son of Edward C. and Delia (Woolsey) Alexander; educated in public schools and at University of Michigan; married at Caro, Mich., Aug. 23, 1899, Miss Henrietta Ladd. Began active career in 1889 as traveling salesman for C. Lingemann, with a line of umbrellas, covering territory in the middle West until 1895; bought out the Lingemann interest and conducted the business himself until Jan. 1, 1907, when company was incorporated as Edward W. Alexander & Co., of which is director; has been identified with the Newton Annis Fur House since Nov., 1907. Congregationalist. Mason (32 ), Shriner. Clubs: Golf (president), Fellowcraft, Detroit Boat, Automobile. Recreation: Golf. Office: 237 Woodward Av. Residence: 4000 Woodward Av.

ALEXANDER, George William, railway official; born, Lightcliffe, Yorkshire, Eng., Sept. 10, 1859; son of Andrew and Harriet Newell (Hayward) Alexander; educated in public schools; came to America, 1871; unmarried. Began in railway service at Hamilton, Ont., with the Great Western Ry.; became identified with the Grand Trunk System at Port Huron, Mich., Dec. 1, 1879, and has filled positions of secretary to general manager, assistant to treasurer, paymaster and since Dec., 1906, has been secretary and treasurer Grand Trunk Western Ry. Also secretary and treasurer Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Ry., Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon Ry., Grand Rapids Terminal Ry., Grand Trunk Milwaukee Car Ferry, Detroit & Toledo Shore Line R. R.; secretary Chicago, Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Junction Ry., Michigan Air Line Ry., St. Clair Tunnel Co., International Bridge Co. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Country, Detroit Boat. Office: Foot of Brush St. Residence: The Palms.

ALEXANDER, Kirkland Barker, newspaper editor; born Grosse Ile, Wayne Co., Mich., Dec. 28, 1874; son of George Watts and Martha (Arnold) Alexander (of Scotch and Welsh parents, respectively) graduated Cass School, Detroit, and Detroit High School, Jan., 1893; entered University of Michigan, Feb., 1893, and graduated, June, 1896, with degree of Ph. B. Unmarried. Entered newspaper work as suburban reporter, Mar., 1900, on staff Detroit Journal; became connected with Detroit News, Sept., 1901; returned to Journal after it passed into new hands, as dramatic and literary editor, May, 1902, was transferred to editorial writing department, 1903, and is now chief editorial writer. Writer of several satirical comedies, played by University Club, and three-act comedy. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Phi Chapter of Psi Upsilon, University Club, Detroit Racquet and Curling Club, Detroit Athletic, Elliot Street Tennis Club. Recreations: Tennis, racquets, baseball, golf. Office: Detroit Journal, Detroit. Residence: Grosse Ile, Mich.

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