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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BOOTH, Ralph H., president The Jackson Citizen Co., Jackson, Mich.; born, Toronto, Can., Sept. 29, 1873; son of Henry Wood and Clara L. (Gagnier) Booth; educated in public schools of Canada and Detroit; married at Chicago, May 23, 1906, M. Mary Batterman. Removed with parents to Detroit, Apr., 1881; began active career with Detroit National Bank, Jan., 1888; with The Detroit Tribune as cashier and later business manager, 1892-95; removed to Chicago, June 25, 1895; with Chicago Journal as secretary and manager, and later became editor and publisher until Apr. 1, 1904, when returned to Detroit, as editor and publisher The Detroit Tribune, later president and publisher The Grand Rapids Herald; now president and publisher The Jackson Citizen-Press; director Pressed Steel Sanitary Manufacturing Co. Republican. Member Reformed Episcopal Church. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Detroit Boat, Y.M.C.A. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 450 Franklin St. Residence: 433 Jefferson Av.

BORGMAN, Henry P., banking; born, Detroit, Mar.13, 1865; son of Charles H. and Pauline (Purlier) Borgman; educated in public schools, 1871-74, German-American Seminary, 1874-80, Goldsmith's Business College, 1880-81; married at Detroit, Nov. 20, 1889, Anna Kremer. Left school to became clerk in law office, continuing for three months; was bookkeeper for Robinson Bros., wholesale liquors, for three years, then worked at carpenter trade three months, at the end of which time returned to office employment; after an experience of one year in insurance office, became connected with State Savings Bank, June 20, 1885, and has since been cashier of the savings department. Also secretary and treasurer McLaughlin Bros. Real Estate Co.; secretary Valpey Shoe Co., Ltd.; vice president Springwells Brick Co. Served for six years in Michigan National Guard. Clubs: Bankers', Detroit Yacht, Harmonie Society (treasurer). Office: The People's State Bank. Residence: 132 Horton Av.

BORNMAN, Charles F., printing and book binding; born at Detroit, Aug. 11, 1866; son of John and Mary (Holstein) Bornman; educated in public schools of Detroit and at business college; married at Holden, Mo., Apr. 17, 1895, Myrtus Daniels. Began active career, 1883, by learning printing trade with O.S. Gulley Bornman & Co.; was taken into partnership and firm became John Bornman & Sons, 1892, which still continues; vice president German-American Loan and Trust Co. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Mason. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Detroit Curling. Office: 12-18 Larned St., E. Residence: 134 Delaware Av.

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BORNMAN, John, printer and book binder; born near Neustadt, Germany, Aug. 18, 1836; son of Dietrich and Elizabeth (Immel) Bornman; came to America with parents early in life and was educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, 1862, Martha A. Hollstein. Learned printer's trade with old Detroit Advertiser, beginning 1857; entered employ of O.S. Gulley, printers, 1864, and was admitted to firm of O.S. Gulley & Co., 1875; organized firm of John Bornman & Son, 1895, of which he has since been the head. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, Detroit Typothetae. Republican as to politics. Evangelical in religious belief. Charter member German Protestant Home for Orphans and Old People. Member National Fraternal Union. Recreation: Culture of flowers (amateur). Office: Cor. Larned and Bates Sts. Residence: 108 Alexandrine Av., W.

BOSS, Cyrus, cashier Detroit Savings Bank; born, Scituate, R.I.; son of Samuel and Lucinda (Joslin) Boss, and grandson of Captain Benjamin Boss, a soldier of the Revolutionary War; educated in public schools of Rhode Island; married at Detroit in 1893, Genevieve M. Shear. Came to Detroit, 1880, and studied law in office of Sidney D. Miller; entered employ of The Detroit Savings Bank, 1887, was elected cashier, 1905, and still continues in that position. Republican. Office: Detroit Savings Bank. Residence: 66 Hazelwood Av.

BOTHFELD, Charles Clarence, consulting and inspecting engineer; born at New York City, 1863; son of Herman Federick and Julia (Ferguson) Bothfeld; educated in public schools of Boston and Newton, Mass.; S.B., Civil Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institue of Technology, 1884; unmarried. In Employ of Edge Moor Bridge and Iron Works, Wilmington, Del., 1885-86; with Keystone Bridge Co., Pittsburg, 1886-87; in private practice as consulting and inspecting engineer since 1887. President Detroit Pneumatic Tool Co.; secretary and director American Concrete Steel Co., Detroit. Republican. Unitarian. Member Detroit Engineering Society. Clubs: Detroit, Yondotega, Detroit Country, Old Club. Recreations: Golf, Tennis. Office: 1218 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: Detroit Club.

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BOURKE, Michael Patrick, lawyer; born, Detroit, May 31, 1874; son of Patrick and Margaret (Scanlan) Bourke; educated in public schools; Detroit College, graduating, A.B., 1897; Detroit College of Law, LL. B., 1900; unmarried. Began practice in Detroit, 1900; appointed assistant attorney general and spent three years (1903-1906) in Lansing; resumed practice in Detroit as member of the firm of Navin, Sheahan & Bourke. Secretary Marmola Co. Republican. Roman Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus, Knights of Equity. Recreation: Baseball. Office: 703 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 406 Trumbull Av.

BOURNE, John Hill, clergyman, publisher; born in Shillaly, Ireland, Apr. 3, 1870; son of Henry and Emma (Hill) Bourne; came to America with parents, 1873; educated in public schools of Newark, N.J., South Jersey Institute, Bridgeton, N.J., and at Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pa.; married at Bridgton, N.J., Dec. 25, 1896, Mary Carll. Ordained to ministry, of Baptist Church, 1896; pastor, Worcester, Mass., 1896-1901, Las Vegas, N.M., 1901-02, Woodward Av. Baptist Church, Detroit, 1902-06; publisher, manager and treasurer Michigan Christian Herald (Baptist state paper) since 1906. Mason (Corinthian Lodge No. 241). Recreation: Farming. Office: 88 Grisworld St., Detroit. Residence: Royal Oak, Mich.

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BOUTELL, Alexander A., president Detroit Graphite Manufacturing Co.; born, Avoca, N.Y., Jan. 13, 1840; son of Samuel and Caroline (Billsen) Boutell; educated in common schools and high schools of Milford and Ypsilanti, Mich.; married at Ypsilanti, July 20, 1868, Harriet J. Carpenter (now deceased). Began active career in Detroit as bookkeeper for Mowry & Co., tobacconists, Aug., 1867; acted as executor of estate of J. Mowry, 1871-Jan. 1, 1874; in banking business with Bowen & McGowan, Coldwater, Mich., 1874-76; in employ of Walker McGraw Co., Detroit, 1876-78; became secretary-treasurer Globe Tobacco Co., Windsor, Ont., 1878, and was secretary-treasurer and manager of the company at Detroit, 1880-Jan. 1, 1892, when he resigned after having built up an extensive business; was for 4 years secretary of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce; began manufacture of paints, Dec. 1892, as the Detroit Graphite Manufacturing Co., in which has since continued. Enlisted in 1st Michigan Lancers, fall of 1861. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: Detroit, Wayne, Detroit Boat, Old. Recreations: Social life of the club and traveling. Office: 10 12th Residence: 423 2nd Av.

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BOWEN, Herbert, lawyer; born, East Aurora, N.Y.; studied law and was admitted to the bar before the Supreme Court of the State. Has practiced in Detroit since 1869; member of firm of Bowen, Douglas, Whiting & Durfin. Office: 614 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 33 Forest Av., West.

BOWEN, Lem Warner, treasurer and general manager D.M. Ferry & Co.; born, Green Bay, Wis., July 12, 1857; son of Charles Clark and Julia M. (Hard) Bowen; educated in public schools of Detroit; Kalamazoo (Mich.) College (freshman year); entered sophomore class University of Rochester and was graduated, A.B., 1879; married at Rochester, May 10, 1881, Grace M. Woodbury. Came to Detroit after leaving college, 1879, and entered employ of D.M. Ferry & Co., seedsmen; was elected treasurer, 1887, and general manager, 1900, which positions he has since held. Also president Cadillac Motor Car Co.; president Standard Life and Accident Insurance Co. of Detroit, Mich., vice president Security Trust Co.; director Edison Illuminating Co., Michigan Savings Bank. President Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican as to politics. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Old Club. Recreation: Traveling. Office: D.M. Ferry & Co. Residence: 54 Peterboro St.

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BOWER, Seymour, general superintendent Michigan Fish Commission; born, Clarkston, Mich., Apr. 3, 1855; son of Charles and Margaret (Spencer) Bower; educated in public schools of Oakland Co., Mich.; married at Deerfield, Mich., Oct. 12, 1880, Miss Exene M. Taft. Engaged in drug business at Clarkston and elsewhere, 1873-80; was connected with United States Fish Commission, 1880-93; general superintendent of the Michigan Fish Commission since 1893. Secretary American Fisheries Society, 1899-1901; president Village of Northville, Mich., for two years. Republican. Member Masonic order, Knights Templar. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: Peninsular Bank Bldg. Residence: 307 Meldrum Av.

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BOWLES, George C., dentist; born, London, Eng., Mar. 2, 1868; son of John and Sarah E. (Lee) Bowles; came to Detroit with parents, 1871; educated in public schools of Detroit; Pennsylvannia College of Dental Surgery, 1888-91, D.D.S., 1891; married at Maple, Mich., Aug. 15, 1891, Lillian A. Hopkins. Began practice at Schenecas, N.Y., 1891; returned to Detroit, 1898, where he has since practiced. Member Michigan State Dental Society, 1st District Dental Society (president, 1906-07). Recreation: Reading. Address: 32 Warren Av., W.

BOWMAN, Charles J., secretary, treasurer and general manager American Butter and Cheese Co.; born, Gang Mills, N.Y., Aug. 31, 1873; son of Lucius S. and Elizabeth Ann (Hurd) Bowman; educated in common schools; married, Indianapolis, Ind., July 22, 1903, Olive F. Pursell. Has been engaged in butter, cheese and egg business since 1893 and has been executive officer of the American Butter and Cheese Co. since Feb. 22, 1904. Also president American Butter and Cheese Co., Cleveland; member firm Sakewitz, McMillan & Bowman, and the Michigan White Clover Honey Co., both of Detroit; director American Butter and Cheese Co., Louisville, Ky., and American Dairy Co., Indianapolis. Member Chistian Church. Office: 31-33 Griswold St. Residence: 192 Westminster Av.

BOYDELL, J. Frank, president The Boydell Bros. White Lead and Color Co.; born, Detroit, July 9, 1866; son of John and Mary (Gliddan) Boydell; educated in public schools of Detroit and at Michigan Military Academy; married at Detroit, Oct. 16, 1893, Florence E. Dixon. Has been connected with The Boydell Bros. White Lead and Color Co. since Jan. 9, 1892, and since death of father in 1907 has been presidnet of the company, manufacturers and jobbers in paints, leads, colors, window glass, varnishes and painters' supplies. Member Masonic order (32), past master Palestine Lodge No. 357, A.F. & A.M., and past potentate Moslem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 40 Champlain St. Residence: 458 John R St.

BOYER, Joseph, president Burroughs Adding Machine Co., manufacturers of adding machines; born, Canada, 1848. Learned machinist's trade early in life and followed it in St. Louis, Mo., for 31 years; inventor of the first successful pneumatic hammer, such as are used for riveting on steel constructed buildings, steamships and boilers; associated with William S. Burroughs in the construction of the first Burroughs adding machine, the work being performed in his shop; has been actively identified with the construction and distribution of the machines since the beginning, and has been at the head of the company since 1902 (plant removed from St. Louis to Detroit in 1904). Member Detroit of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Old Club, North Channel Fishing Club. Recreations: Fishing, hunting and motoring. Office: Cor. 2nd Av. and Amsterdam St. Residence: 637 Woodward Av.

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