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

Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis


A. N. Marquis & Company


Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

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Special Thanks to Bonnie Pattok for transcribing these pages .

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ANNIS, Newton, wholesale and retail fur manufacturer; born, Michigan, Oct. 22, 1858; son of Joseph and Berintha (McKee) Annis; public school education; married at Bur Oak, Mich., June 27, 1883, Clara Culver. Came to Detroit from Burr Oak, Mich., 1880; was connected for six years with F. Buhl & Co., furs, etc.; has been in fur business in his own name since 1887. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Fellowcraft, Detroit Golf, Country, Automobile. Recreations: Golf and automobiling. Office: 241 Woodward AV. Residence: 78 Forest Av., E.

ANSCOMB, William H., grocer; born, Wayne Co., Mich., Aug. 22, 1846; son of Aaron and Clara (Coombs) Anscomb; educated in public schools. Raised on a farm; began farming on his own account at 17; came to Detroit, 1876, and became connected with grocery business, in which continued as head of firm of W. H. Anscomb & Co. until retired from business, July 1, 1907. Residence: 19 Myrtle St.

ANTHONY, Howard B., manufacturer brass goods; born, Medina, N. Y., Mar. 22, 1868; son of Benjamin M. and Elizabeth S. (Cole) Anthony; educated in public schools of Detroit and Detroit Business University (graduate); married at Detroit, Jan. 8, 1891, Mary J. Fairbairn. Began active career as bookkeeper for P. H. O. Willebrands and later was stock and shipping clerk Detroit Tobacco Co.; entered employ of Michigan Stone Co., 1883, and filled positions of receiving clerk, entry clerk, timekeeper, and paymaster; was connected with Homer, McGraw & Co., fire insurance, for three years; has been secretary, treasure and director since Feb. 4, 1895 of the McRae & Roberts Co., manufacturers of brass goods, steam, water and gas. Also vice president and director for the State of Michigan of the National Association of Manufacturers. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Presbyterian. Mason; member Palestine Lodge No. 357, A. F. & A. M., King Cyrus Chapter No. 133, R. A. M., Detroit Commandery No. 1, K.T., Moslem Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. Clubs: City, Detroit Fishing and Hunting Association, St. Clair Flats. Recreation: Traveling. Office: The McRae & Roberts Co., 227-235 Campbell Av. Residence: 1216 Cass Av.

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APPLEBAUM, Isaac, wholesale and retail railway supplies; born in Suvolk, Russo Poland, Apr. 19, 1854; son of Harris and Hannah (Burnstein) Applebaum; received education in private school in his native land; came to America, 1868; married at Detroit, Apr. 19, 1874, Ray Jacobs. Landed in New York from Europe without any funds; started to work as butcher (a business he had learned in the old country), but soon abandoned it and began traveling and buying and selling machinery; in 1877 concentrated upon general railway supplies at Detroit and founded the business in which he has since continued under his own name. Also president Detroit, Flint & Saginaw Ry., and Detroit Car Building and Equipment Co. Republican. Hebrew. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Member Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Protective Home Circle. Office: 912 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 116 Alfred St.

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ARMITAGE, Percy T., district passenger agent Northern Pacific Ry.; born, Springfield, O., June 9, 1878; son of Thomas D. and Emma H. (Gillespie) Armitage; educated in public schools; married at Duluth, Minn., Oct. 4, 1905, Miss Rena S. Gray. Entered railway service as fireman Northern Pacific Ry. at Duluth, later engineer up to 1899; was in local freight office, 1899-02; then ticket clerk in passenger depot, city passenger agent, at Superior, and traveling passenger agent until 1905, when he was appointed to present position at Detroit as district passenger agent. Served in Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico under General Miles. Member Masonic order (32 ), Knights Templar, Shriner. Clubs: Transportation (Detroit and St. Paul). Recreations: Hunting and fishing. Office: Suite 428 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 67 Watson St.

ARMSTRONG, Henry I., saddlery hardware; born, Detroit, Dec. 10, 1850; son of Thomas and Catherine (Hopson) Armstrong; educated in Detroit public schools, Olivet College and University of Michigan; married at Detroit, Mar. 21, 1877, Sarah Aikman. Was connected with the chemical laboratory of Parke, Davis & Co., 1871-73; then with Hayden & Baldwin and Glover & Campau; in employ of Buhl, Ducharme & Co., 1875-85; has been member firm of Armstrong & Graham, wholesale manufacturers saddlery hardware, since 1885. Republican. Presbyterian. Club: Detroit. Member Board of Commerce. Office: 128-132 Jefferson Av. Residence: 307 John R. St.

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ASHLEY, Edward H., wholesale and retail coal and ice; born, Richmond, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1846; son of Hiram and Polly (Gilbert) Ashley; educated in public schools and Nunda Academy, N. Y., and at Goldsmith’s Business College, Detroit; married, Detroit, May 22, 1878, Eva J. Belknap. Began active career as clerk in Warner’s Dry Goods Store, Nunda N. Y., 1865; removed to Detroit, 1869, and became connected as salesman with the dry goods house of Newcomb & Endicott, resigning, 1881, to accept a position with Belknop & Drake, wholesale packing and provisions; entered the coal business, 1887, and organized the firm of Hall & Ashley, which was consolidated with Pittmans & Dean Co., 1892, when the latter company was incorporated; is director and secretary of the company. Republican. Congregationalist. Recreation: Enjoyment of "the simple life." Office: 10 Adams Av., W. Residence: 71 Garfield Avenue.

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ASHTON, William J., secretary John Lauer Machine Co.; born, Enfield, Ont., Can., Nov. 28, 1869; son of John S. and Grace Yoe (Westaway) Ashton; educated in public schools of Enfield, 1874-84, Port Perry High School, 1884-87; business university, Chatham; married at Detroit, May 8, 1900, Frances M. Westphal. Began active career as bookkeeper for John Lauer, manufacturer and contractor of special machinery and tools, 1888, containing in the position until 1904, when the company was incorporated and he was elected secretary, a position he has since held. Republican. Member Masonic order, I. O. F. Recreation: Fishing. Office 108-114 Antoine St. Residence: 746 Joseph Campau Avenue.

ASMUS, John A., wholesale coffees, teas and spices; born, Tavistock, Ont., Can., Apr. 28, 1873; son of August and Matilda (Grube) Asmus; educated in public schools of Tavistock; married at Detroit, 1906, Emily Kulewatz. Came to Detroit, 1887; was engaged in tea, coffee and spice business, 1888-96; then was connected for five years with life insurance business; associated with his brother, 1901, and organized the firm of Asmus Bros., teas, coffees and spices in which has since continued. German Lutheran. Mason Office: 402-404 E. High St. Residence: 712 McDougall Av.

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ATKINS, Gaius Glenn, clergyman; born, Mt. Carmel, Ind., Oct. 4, 1868; son of Thomas Benjamin and Caroline (Morris) Atkins; preliminary education, Ohio public schools; A. B., Ohio State University, 1888; LL. B., Cincinnati Law School, 1891; Yale Divinity School, 1892; (D. D., University of Vermont, 1904, Dartmouth College, 1906); married Bellbrook, O., Aug. 24, 1892, Ada Haynes. Teacher Mt. Hermon Fitting School, Mass., 1892-94; ordained minister Congregational Church, 1895; pastor 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield, Mass., 1894-1900, 1st Congregational Church, Burlington, Vt., 1900-06, 1st Congregational Church, Detroit, since May, 1906. Member Beta Theta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Golf. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 1st Congregational Church. Residence 25 Forest Ave.

ATKINS, John P., car service agent Pere Marquette R. R.; born, Fayetteville, N. C., Feb. 28, 1868; son of Thomas S. and Eliza R. (Prior) Atkins; graduate Richmond Baptist College, Richmond, VA., 1886; married at Chicago, Apr.20, 1898, Mrs. Eliza Jane Gray (nee Brierly). Began railway service, 1866, as clerk in car accountant’s office Chesapeake & Ohio R. R., was chief clerk car service department, same road, 1888-93; has since been, consecutively, clerk car service department, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R. R., Illinois Central R. R., Chicago & Eastern Illinois R. R., car accountant Swift & Co., Chicago, chief clerk to superintendent of transportation Pere Marquette R. R., and since Feb. 5, 1903, car service agent same road. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Detroit Transportation, Buffalo Transportation. Recreations: Hunting and fishing. Offices: 3rd Av. and Fort W. Residence: 10 Euclid Avenue.

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ATKINSON, O’Brien, manufacturer of uniforms and society supplies; born, Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 6, 1871; son of John and Lida (Lyons) Atkinson; educated at Detroit college, Detroit Home and Day School, Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, graduating, 1889, and at Clongowes Wood College, near Dublin, Ireland; married, Detroit, Oct 26, 1892, Marie Josephine Viger. Was admitted to the bar, Wayne Co., Mich., Oct. 17, 1892; practiced law, 1892-97; engaged in private banking business, , 1893-1901; has been secretary-treasurer Green wood-Atkinson-Armstrong Co., manufacturers of uniforms, etc., since 1901. Enlisted as private in Co. F, 4th Inf., Mich. N. G., later 2nd and 1st lieut.; maj. 35th Mich. Vol. Inf., 1898; quarter master gen. of Mich., 1900; military instructor Michigan Military Academy, 1901. Republican. Roman Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus, Knights of Equity, Knights of S. John. Recreation: Music. Office: 75 Woodward Av. Residence: 117 Commonwealth Av.

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