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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BATCHELDER, Charles L., cut stone contractor; born, Vermont, 1864. Has been a resident of Detroit since 1882 and has been identified with stone business since the beginning of his active career; member firm of Batchelder & Wasmund since 1895. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Club: Commercial. Office: 70 E. Water St. Residence: 1166 Alexandrine Av., W.

BATES, George Williams, lawyer; born, Detroit, Nov. 4, 1848; son of Samuel Gershom and Rebecca (Williams) Bates; educated in public schools of Detroit and at University of Michigan, graduating, degree of B. A., 1870, and M. A., 1875; married at Detroit, Apr. 26, 1887, Jennie Marie Fowler. Entered law office of Newberry, Pond & Brown, fall of 1871, and later that of Meddaugh & Driggs; was admitted to the bar, 1874, and since practiced alone. Member Detroit and Michigan State Bar Association, American Bar Association; member of The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Legislation; Commissioner from Michigan on Uniform State Law. Member Society of Colonial Wars, American Historical Association, American Institute of Archaeology, National Geographic Society, Detroit Archaeological Society (president), Michigan Society Sons of American Revolution, National Society of Sons of American Revolution (ex-historian general), New England Society, Detroit, University Alumni Association, Detroit. Republican. Mason. Clubs: University, Detroit. Office: 32-33 Buhl Bldg. Residence: 53 Bagg St.

BAUMGARTNER, Frank William, men's furnisher; born, Altoona, Pa., June 14, 1865; son of Caspar and Barbara (Tremmel) Baumgartner; educated in public schools and at St. Vincent's College, Latrobe, Pa.; married at St. Paul, Minn., June 11, 1890, Anna B. Connolly. Began as clerk in clothing store at Altoona, Pa.; later in same line at Cleveland and St. Paul; came to Detroit in 1891 and was with J. L. Hudson until entered business for self, 1895; president and treasurer of the Baumgartner Fashion Shop. Republican. Catholic. Member Board of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Elks. Club: Fellowcraft. Recreation: Baseball. Office: 12-14 State St. Residence: 94 Delaware Avenue.

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BAUMGARTNER, Fredolin, J., clergyman; born, Connors Creeks, Mich., July 28, 1850; son of Wendelin J. and Frances (Anselm) Baumgartner; educated at St. Frances Seminary, Milwaukee, Wis. Ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church, June 9, 1876; first charge, Lady of Help, Detroit, June 13, 1876-Nov. 26, 1876; in charge of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Pontiac, Mich., Nov. 26, 1876-Mar. 4, 1906 (the new St. Vincent de Paul Church was built during his pastorate); has been chancellor and secretary of Diocese of Detroit since Mar. 4, 1906; active in erection of the new St. Francis Home for Boys and in erection of buildings of the House of the Good Shepard in Detroit. Address: 31 Washington Blvd.

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BAWDEN, George, produce; born, Cornwall, Eng., June 28, 1854; son of William and Rowena (Faull) Bawden; received collegiate education in England; married, London, Can., 1877, Emma Bryanton. Engaged in furniture business in London, Ont., where he lived for twenty-five years, 1864-89; came to Detroit and was in produce business under title of George Bawden & Co., 1889-93; has been identified with firm of A. Jacobs & Co., wholesale fruit dealers and commission merchants, since 1893. Member Detroit Produce Co., of which he is 2nd vice president. Republican. Methodist. Member National Union, I. O. F. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 22-24 Woodbridge St., W. Residence: 171 15th St.

BAXTER, Charles R., shoe merchant born, Dayton, O., Dec. 6, 1847; son of William J. and Margaret J. (Ramsay) Baxter; educated in public schools of Ohio and Connecticut; married at Detroit, Nov. 3, 1875, Ella Wright. Came to Detroit, 1863, and has identified himself with R. H. Fyfe & Co., retail boots, shoes and rubbers, since 1869; partner of the firm since 1882. Member Ohio Society of Detroit. Club: Fellowcraft. Recreations: Hunting and fishing. Office: 183-185 Woodward Av. Residence: 940 Cass Av.

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BAYLEY, Volney Pearsall, pianos; born, Troy, Mich., Apr. 28, 1843; son of James and Dorcas N. (Pearsall) Bayley; educated in home district school until 17; State Agricultural College, Lansing, 1860-62; Union School, Ypsilanti, 1863; Michigan State Normal School, three years, 1864-66, graduating, 1866; married at Philadelphia, Nov. 27, 1872, Miss Martha E. Mack. Entered employ of C. J. Whitney, music dealer, Detroit, 1866, and continued with the house until 1895, since which time he has engaged in piano business on his own account. Republican. Club: Rushmere. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 58 E. High St. Residence: 56 E. High St.

BAYLISS, Thomas, Michigan state agent Commercial Express Line; born, Wolverhampton, Eng., June 24, 1854; son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Crockett) Bayliss; educated at Browning Bros. College, Weston, Bath, Somersetshire (Associate of Arts); married at Montreal, Can., August, 1878, Elizabeth Rice. Arrived in New York at age of 18, winter of 1871; removed to Montreal, winter of 1872; entered service of Grand Trunk R. R. Co., spring of 1872; was transferred to Detroit to succeed chief clerk in freight office, May, 1882, became connected with Commercial Express Freight Line, July, 1882; and was traveling agent for the line over ten years; has been Michigan state agent since June, 1896. Former member Garrison Artillery, Victoria Rifles and 5th Fusiliers, Montreal. Liberal Republican. Episcopalian. Member Detroit Lodge No 2, F. & A. M. Club: Detroit Transportation. Recreation: Outdoor life. Office: 69 Newberry Bldg. Residence: 64 Chope Pl.

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BEACH, Elmer H., publisher; born Memphis, Mich., Nov. 11, 1861; son of Joseph M. and Jane M. ( Mansfield) Beach; educated in public schools of Mephis; married at Wyoming, O., June 10, 1905, Emily W. Woodruff. Began in publishing business, 1888, and is treasurer and manager of the Business Man's Publishing Co., publishers of The Business Man's Magazine and The Bookkeeper and Home Study, and general book publishers. Also secretary and treasurer Beach-Kauffman Manufacturing Co. President International Accountants' Society. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Automobile (Detroit); Transportation (New York); Chicago Athletic (Chicago). Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 61-69 W. Fort St. Residence: 107 Eliot St.

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BEAL, Alexander William, wholesale dealer in coal; born, Detroit, Feb. 3, 1864; son of William and Elizabeth (Stockdale) Beal; educated in public and high schools of Detroit; unmarried. Began active career in employ of Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., became connected as bookkeeper with Smith & Campbel, wholesale coal dealers, 1882; and in 1887, when firm became Stanley B. Smith & Co., was admitted as partner. Republican. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Boat, Detroit Golf, Fellowcraft. Recreations: Golf, travel. Office: 52 Newberry Bldg. Residence: 39 Charlotte Av.

BEAL, Frank Edwin, vice president National-Fulton Brass Manufacturing Co.; born, Detroit, Aug. 24, 1861; son of William and Elizabeth (Stockdale) Beal; educated in public and high schools of Detroit and at Detroit Business College. Entered employ of Fulton Iron and Engine Works, 1880, was admitted to the firm and since reorganization in 1902 as the National-Fulton Brass Manufacturing Co., has been vice president. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Presbyterian. Mason. Club: Detroit, Old Club, Country, Detroit Boat, Harmonie. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 22 Brush St. Residence: 39 Charlotte Av.

BEAMER, William H., proprietor Library Park Hotel; born, Detroit, July 4, 1861; son of Daniel W. and Jennie (Downs) Beamer; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, Aug. 16, 1880, Miss Florence G. Turner. Began in hotel business in Detroit, 1885, and has been proprietor of the Library Park Hotel since 1885. Also director and member executive committee Northern Assurance Co. of Michigan; president Leamington Oil Co., Ltd. Member Board of Commerce, Republican; represented 1st ward in common council,1894-02 (president, 1899). Mason. Clubs: Fellowcraft (member board of governors), Automobile, Detroit Golf. Recreations: Motoring, bowling, golf. Office: Library Park Hotel. Residence: 83 Piquette Av.

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