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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BEAUMONT, John W., lawyer; born , Elizabeth, N. J., July 20, 1858; son of Wallace and Margaret (Belshaw) Beaumont; educated in Elizabeth public schools up to 1874, and public schools of Hart, Mich., to 1877; Michigan Agricultural College, Lansing, Mich., 1878-82, graduating, B. S., 1882; studied law in office of Wood & Joslin, Saginaw, Mich., 1883-86; admitted to the bar at Saginaw, 1886; married at Saginaw, June 21, 1899, Alice Lord Burrows. Has engaged in general practice of law in Detroit since 1886. Professor Detroit College of Law since 1895; subjects: negotiable paper and suretyship, 1895-97; equity jurisprudence, 1898-1905; legal ethics since 1906. Served as seaman aboard U.S.S. Yosemite, Spanish-American War, April-Aug., 1898; judge advocate Michigan National Guard with rank of major, 1904, 1905 and 1906. Member American Bar Association, Michigan State Bar Association, Detroit Bar Association, American Historical Society. Republican as to politics. Attendant at Presbyterian church. Member Gilbert Wilkes Command Spanish-American War Veterans. Clubs: University, Detroit, Detroit Boat, Prismatic, Acanthus, Green Bag, Detroit Golf. Recreations: Horseback riding and golf. Address: Detroit, Mich.

BECH, George, president and manager Michigan Beef and Provision Co.; born , Tiverton, Devon, Eng., Aug. 27, 1843; son of William B. and Anna (Lee) Beck; educated by home study; married at Detroit, 1863, Minnie A. Miller (now deceased); again Detroit, 1895, Jennie M. Smith. Entered employ of Smith & Coles, butchers, at age of 10; began in business for self, buying and selling country produce, at age of 19; entered Chicago live stock market as cattle buyer for Detroit, Buffalo and Albany markets, 1863; changed buying point to St. Louis, 1874, where he continued until 1892; organized the Michigan Beef and Provision Co., wholesale dealers in meats and provisions, 1886, of which he has since been president and manager. Alderman 8th ward, 1892-94 and 1896-98, president Board of Aldermen, 1894 and 1897. Treasurer National Protective Butchers' Association, 1888-89; member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Member Masonic order, Royal Arcanum. Clubs: Michigan, Fellowcraft, Detroit Bowling, German Salesmen, Detroit Wheelmen. Recreation: Bowling. Office: 138-140 Bates St. Residence: 383 Trumbull Av.

BECK, George, president Beck Cereal Co., born, Preston, Ont., Can., Aug. 9, 1854; son of Jacob and Charlotte (Hespeler) Beck; educated in public schools of Preston; married at Ingersoll, Ont., 1884, Louisa M. Bland. Began business career, 1877, with his father, who founded the Beck Cereal Co.; became member of the firm, 1880, and since death of his father, Mar. 21, 1906, has been president of the company (incorporated, 1900). Also president Detroit Barrel Co. Member Detroit Board of Trade (vice president), Board of Commerce. Republican. Episcopalian. Mason. Club: Old Club. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 575-581 Fort St., W. Residence: 258 Lafayette Av.

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BECK, Howard C., accountant; born, Irvington, N. J., Aug. 4, 1868; son of Rev. Charles A. and Sarah Amanda (Cossart) Beck; educated in public schools of Milford, N. J., Haverhill, Mass., and Kittery, Me.; graduate scientific course, Portsmouth (N. H.) High School, June 26, 1884; married at St. Clair, Mich., June 17, 1891, Flora Gray McElroy. Began active career in office Bradstreet Mercantile Agency, Detroit, Oct., 1884; held various positions in the office and resigned Sept., 1892, to became warrant clerk in office of City Controller C. A. Black; was promoted to chief clerk by Controller C. W. Moore, May, 1894, and appointed deputy controller by F. A. Blades, July 1, 1895; resigned June15, 1907, to engage in business as public accountant under title of Beck, McElroy & Bullock. Secretary National Association Comptrollers and Accounting officers; member committee on uniform accounting National Municipal League; chairman committee on Uniform Accounting League of Michigan Municipalities; director Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Oriental Lodge A.F. & A. M., Sons of American Revolution. Office: McGraw Bldg. Residence: 630 Cass Av.

BECKER, William H., secretary and treasurer the Ekhardt & Becker Brewing Co.; born, Detroit, Oct. 25, 1879; son of Herman and Getrude (Ludwig) Becker; educated in Detroit public and high schools, Detroit Business College, and Detroit College of Law, graduating, LL. B., 1904; married at Detroit, Oct. 20, 1903, Miss Dora Lyon. Began as clerk, 1897, in brewing business, of which his father was one of the founders; became bookkeeper and upon death of his father, in January, 1907, succeeded to his interests in the business. Republican. Mason. Office: 482 Orleans St. Residence: 358 Orleans St.

BEE, William Edward, mechanical engineer; born, Wyandotte, Mich., June 30, 1870; son of Isaac and Emma (Newman) Bee; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, Oct. 20, 1891, Susie M. Leckie. Began active career as machinist's apprentice with Detroit Steel and Spring Works, 1885 and continued until 1890, advancing to position of assistant foreman; in employ of Gates Iron Works, Chicago, as draughtsman, becoming mechanical engineer, 1891-96; with the Webster Manufacturing Co., Chicago, as chief engineer and superintendent, 1897-03; has been treasurer and manager Palmer-Bee Co., manufacturing and selling power transmission and elevating and conveying machinery, Detroit, since 1904. Republican. Congregationalist. Member Masonic order, I. O. O. F. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Club: Commercial. Recreation. Outdoor sports. Office: 39-41 E. Atwater St. Residence: 96 Josephine Av.

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BEECHER, Harry E., wholesale paper; born, Detroit, Mar. 12, 1874; son of Marshall W. and Josephine (Schars) Beecher; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, June, 1896, Miss Georgia Etta Horner. Began active career in wholesale paper business with his father, 1886; has been identified with Beecher, Peck & Lewis as member of the firm since 1899. Also treasurer and general manager Detroit River Transit Co. Republican. Episcopalian. Recreations: Yachting and other outdoor sports. Office: 134-136 Jefferson Av. Residence: 128 N. Grand Blvd.

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BEGLE, Howell Llewellyn, physician; born, Saginaw, Mich., Feb. 12, 1877; son of Charles A. and Sarah (Griffith) Begle; educated in public schools; U. S. Military Academy, 1895-96; University of Michigan, degree of B. S., 1900; Medical Department, University of Michigan, M. D., 1905; post-graduate course at University of Vienna; married, Jackson, Mich., June 29, 1907, Isabell Parnell. Began practice at Calumet, Mich., 1905, as physician in hospital of Tamarack Mining Co., and after travel abroad located in Detroit. Director The Yielding Cement Co. Republican. Congregationalist. Member Wayne County and Michigan State Medical societies, American Medical Association. Office: 32 Adams Av. Residence: 51 Gladstone Av.

BELANGER, Harvey Francis, insurance and real estate; born, Detroit, May 22, 1874; son of Joseph and Madeleine Askin (Peltier) Belanger; educated at Detroit College and Detroit College of Law; unmarried. Upon leaving college became associated with his father in general insurance, loan and real estate business and has been a partner of the firm of Joseph Belanger & Sons since 1905. Republican. Member Knights of Columbus, Alumni of Detroit College. Club: Detroit Yacht. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 610-611 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 505 Congress St., E.

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BELANGER, Joseph, insurance and real estate, consul of France; born, Province of Quebec, Can., Oct. 8, 1848; son of Francois Stanislas Alfred and Marie Louise (Doyon) Belanger; educated at College of St. Marie, Beauce; graduate of first class from military institute at Quebec, 1865; married at Detroit, Feb. 16, 1873, Madeleine Askin Peltier. Studied law before coming to Detroit, Feb. 1, 1868, and continued to study for a year afterwards; entered insurance office, 1869, and began business for himself, 1871, admitting his son to partnership, 1903. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, Detroit Fire Underwriter's Association. Appointed consul of France, Mar. 27, 1889; appointed by French government to represent France at Bi-centennial of foundation of Detroit by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, 1701; received decoration of the Palmes Academiques for service performed. President d'Honneur of L'Alliance Francaise, comite de Detroit, since its foundation, 1902; honorary member Detroit Light Infantry since 1887; member Wayne County Historical and Pioneer Society since 1893. Democrat. Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus, St. Jean-Baptiste Society (ex-president), Lafayette Society (ex-president), C. B. A. Recreation: Reading. Office: 610-611 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 505 Congress St., E.

BELL, Harry C., railway official; born, Cleveland, O., July 19, 1865; son of Samuel H. and Emily E. (Lankester) Bell; educated in public and high schools, Cleveland; married at Cincinnati, Mar. 22, 1893, Edith May Weeks. Began railway service as clerk in claim department Lake Shore Rd., at Cleveland, June 19 1881, continuing until 1888; in claim department Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Rd. (now the Big Four), Cleveland 1888-89, and at Cincinnati, 1889-95; rate clerk same road, 1895-99, chief tariff bureau, 1899-July, 1901; chief clerk freight department Detroit Southern Rd., at Detroit, 1901-04; assistant general freight agent Detroit, Toledo & Ironton R. R., 1904-1907, general freight agent same road since May, 1907. Protestant. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 623 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 684 Brush St.

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BELL, James Hendrie, secretary and treasurer Detroit Conservatory of Music; born, Detroit, Jan. 22, 1871; son of James and Annie E. (Pomeroy) Bell; educated in public schools and Detroit Business University; married, Detroit, June 25, 1902, Cora T. Esperon. Purchased Detroit Conservatory of Music, 1902, incorporated, 1904 (founded by J. H. Hahn, 1874). Mason (Palestine Lodge, Peninsular Chapter, Detroit Commandery Knights Templar). Address: 530 Woodward Av.

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BELL, John, manufacturer; born, Brookline, Mass., May 12, 1851; son of Robert and Susan (Spears) Bell; educated in Detroit public schools; married Detroit, Apr. 20, 1876, Sarah Wright. Has been a resident of Detroit since 1854; began active career as bookkeper in grocery store and engaged in the grocery business until 1900; was for 291/2 years with G. & R. McMillian (six years as partner) and for five years partner in the firm of Wallace, Bell & Co., grocers has been sectary and treasurer The Bell-Graham Co., manufacturers of dress skirts and petticoats, since organization of the firm, 1900. Republican. Congregationalist. Recreation: Outdoor diversions. Office: 11-17 W. Woodbridge St. Residence: 25 Hendrie Av.

BELL, John N., physician and surgeon; born, Gelanallan, Ont., Can., Sept. 14, 1865; son of Erasmus and Agnes (Shaw) Bell; educated in public schools in Canada; graduate Ontario College of Pharmacy, Toronto, Can., Phm. C., 1884; graduate Detroit College of Medicine, M.D., 1892; married at Detroit, 1897, Vida Patterson. Has been engaged in practice in Detroit since Mar., 1892; adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Detroit College of Medicine, and gynecologist to Harper Hospital Polyclinic. Fellow American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; member Wayne County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society, American Medical Association. Mason (Junior Decon Kilwinning Lodge, A.F.&A.M., No. 297). Recreation: Fishing. Office: 505 Washington Arcade. Residence: 418 4th Av.

BENNETT, Charles D., general agent casualty insurance; born, Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 11, 1868; son of Joseph H. and Lydia (Roberts) Bennett; educated in Grand Rapids High School; married, Detroit, Apr. 30, 1895, Maie H. Clark. Was engaged as salesman in jobbing lines from time of beginning his active career until 1893, when he entered casualty insurance business in Chicago; removed to Detroit, 1894, and has since been general agent of the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation of London, Eng. Member Detroit of Commerce. Vice president and librarian American League Library. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Masonic order, Knights of Pythias. Clubs: Detroit Golf, Detroit Boat. Recreation: Golf. Office: 1021 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 24 Longfellow Av.

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