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

Pages 47 - 49

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BARKER, H. B., retail house furnishings; born near Lockport, N.Y., July 15, 1850; son of Joseph and Rachel (Brett) Barker; educated in public schools; married at Detroit, 1869, Linda J. Lee. Has been a resident of Detroit since his boyhood; in business with his brother, 1872-97; has been in partnership with his son, W. A. Barker, as H. B. Barker & Son, house furnishings, since 1897. Republican. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 102-104 Michigan Av. Residence: 1065 3rd Av.

BARLOW, Walter, lawyer; born, Wayne Co., Mich., Sept. 20, 1854; son of Caleb J. and Margaret (Spaun) Barlow; educated in public schools, State Normal School, Ypsilanti, and Law Department, University of Michigan, degree of LL. B., 1881; unmarried. Has practiced in Detroit since Sept. 8, 1882; served in 32d Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Spanish-American War; now lieutenant-colonel 1st Infantry, Michigan National Gaurd. Democrat. Member Detroit Bar Association, Detroit Camp No. 10, U. S. War Veterans. Office: 712 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 282 Park St.

BARLUM, John J., meats and provisions; born, Detroit, Apr. 14, 1866; son of Thomas and Bridget (McNamara) Barlum; educated in public schools of Detroit; married, Detroit, Apr. 26, 1893, Jula M. Lewis. Has been connected since the beginning of his active career with the wholesale pork packing, meat and provision business established by his father, 1865, and is manager of the firm of Thomas Barlum & Sons. Director Stewart Transportation Co. Member Michigan National Gaurd for four years. Club: Fellowcraft. Office: 354 Grand River Av. Residence: 319 Lincoln Av.

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BARLUM, Thomas, meats and provisions; born, Co. Limerick, Ireland, November, 1841; son of Patrick and Catherine Barlum; came to Detroit, 1852; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, 1860, Bridget McNamara. Has been identified with meat business since the beginning of his active career, and his own name since 1862; head of the firm of Thomas Barlum & Sons, wholesale and retail dealers and packers. Member Pool Commission since 1899. Democrat. Catholic. Member B. P. O. E. Recreation: Travel. Office: Central Market and 350 Grand River Av. Residence: 550 12th Av.

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BARNES, Claire L., secretary Detroit Steel Products Co.; born, Comstock, Mich., July 6, 1880; son of Stephen C. and Irene L. (Campbell) Barnes; educated in public schools of Michigan; married at Chicago, June 5, 1901, Annie J. Smith. Began active career at age of 17, in employ of the Kalamazoo Spring and Axle Co., continuing, 1897-99; was next identified with American Radiator Co., Chicago, 1899-1901; returned to Kalamazoo and re-entered employ of the Kalamazoo Spring and Axle Co. as secretary, continuing until organization of the Detroit Steel Products Co., 1904, manufacturers of motor car springs and drop forgings. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Royal Arcanum, K. O. T. M. of the World, Illinois Commercial Men's Association. Clubs: Cleveland Automobile (Cleveland); American Motor League and American Automobile (New York). Recreations: Automobiling, hunting and fishing. Office: Chene St. and North Grand Blvd. Residence: 190 Frederick Av.

BARNES, Edward Arthur, lawyer; born, Mason, Mich., Nov. 8, 1862; son of Orlando Mack and Amanda Watson (Fleming) Barnes; educated in public schools of Mason and Lansing, Mich.; Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Mich., 1879; graduate Literary Department, University of Michigan, degree of A. B., 1883; student Harvard Law School, two years, 1883-85; married at Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct. 21, 1886, Julia Mott, daughter of Judge John Morris. Has been engaged in general practice of law in Detroit since 1886, has practiced alone except 1895-1905, when he was in partnership with U. Grant Race under firm name of Barnes & Race. Jeffersonian Democrat. Mason; member Sons of American Revolution, Psi Upsilon (college fraternity). Recreation: Fishing. Office: 55 Home Bank Bldg. Residence: 612 Jefferson Av.

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BARNETT, Thomas R., expert accountant; born London, Eng., Feb. 25, 1847; son of Thomas and Sarah (Evans) Barnett; public school and private collegiate education; married at Windsor, Ont., Sept. 3, 1882, Mrs. Catharine Breimer. Began active career as apprentice, dry goods, London, 1862, and continued for eighteen years as bookkeeper and cashier in wholesale and retail dry goods lines; came to America, May 27, 1873; was with Hull Bros., grocers, Detroit, four years; Detroit Free Press, five years; began as expert accountant, June 1883; was with Calvert Lithographing Co. sixteen years; has been secretary, treasurer and general manager Breitmeyer Bldg. Co. since time of its organizations, Feb. 18, 1905. Also secretary-treasurer John Breitmeyer's Sons; secretary The Barton-Netting Co., Detroit; also secretary of The Barton-Netting Co., Windsor, Ont., Can. Recreation: Cultivation of flowers. Office: Room 201, Breitmeyer Bldg. Residence: 1263 3rd Avenue.

BARTLETT, Charles L., lawyer; born, Battle Creek, Mich., Dec. 18, 1871; son of Charles E. and Mary (Loughead) Bartlett; graduate of high school, business college and Law Department, University of Michigan, LL. B., 1897; married at Detroit, Sept. 14, 1895, Lillian Sowle. Has practiced in Detroit since 1897; attorney for Michigan Federation of Labor, Detroit Federation of Labor and a number of business organizations; in general practice but makes specialty of trial cases. Admitted to practice in circuit and supreme counts of Michigan and United States court. Served as private in 32d Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Spanish-American War. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Masonic order, Knights of Pythias, I. O. O. F., Detroit Command Spanish War Veterans. Recreations: Boxing and wrestling. Office: Suite 611, Hammond Bldg. Residence: 143 E. Adams Av.

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BARTON, Frank G., merchant and manufacturer; born, Youngstown, N. Y., Mar. 27, 1852; son of Alexander B. and Elizabeth (Totten) Barton; educated in publis schools of Youngstown; married, Youngstown, N. Y., 1877, Ida R. Emerson. Began active career as clerk in general store, became manager and later proprietor; removed to Detroit, 1882, and successively became office manager, manager and partner, P. A. Billings; sold interest and associated with Arthur McBean in the firm of Barton & McBean, gas and electric fixtures, continuing until 1898, when Mr. McBean retired and firm became F. G. Barton & Co.; in 1904 retired from active business on account of health, traveled for a year and a half and again engaged in business; is now president Detroit Mantle & Tile Co. (organized 1895 and incorporated 1907). Societies: Mason (32), Shriner. Recreation: Fruit farming. Office: 114-116 Broadway. Address: 27 Delaware Av.

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BASSETT, Arthur, loan agent; born, Lenawee Co., Mich., Jan. 17, 1851; son of Nehemiah and Mary (Foster) Bassett; educated in district schools and East Saginaw High School; married at Detroit, November, 1883, Elizabeth C. Fancher. Began active career as clerk in drug store, East Saginaw, at fifteen years of age; was connected with wholesale drug house, later in banking institution three years, and was in drug business for himself nineteen years; has been special loan agent Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. at Detroit since 1895. Republican. Baptist. Member K. O. T. M. Office: 809 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 105 Hancock Av., E.

BASSETT, Jay, general agent The Provident Life and Trust Co. of Philadelphia, Pa.; born, Novi, Oakland Co., Mich., Jan. 21, 1848; son of John and Ervilla (Coomer) Bassett; graduate State Normal School, Ypsilanti, Mich., June, 1873; married at Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 23, 1876, Mary A. Baker. Taught school for two years after leaving normal school; studied law in Detroit for three years, was admitted to the bar and practiced until 1885; entered life insurance business and became general agent of the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Boston, June, 1887, continuing for ten years; became general agent of The Provident Life and Trust Co. of Philadelphia, October, 1899, and six months later formed partnership with N. Resse, as Bassett & Reese, the firm since acting as general agents of the Provident Life and Trust Co. Member Detroit Life Underwriters' Association. Independent Democrat in politics. Universalist in church affiliation. Mason, Knight Templar. Recreations: Farming and forestry. Office: 44-45 Home Bank Bldg. Residence: 96 Canfield Av., W.

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