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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BOYNTON, Herbert Eugene, born, Essex Co., N.Y., Jan. 29, 1864; son of Henry D. and Amanda M. (Bartlit) Boynton; educated in St. Clair (Mich.) High School up to 1878; Somerville Academy, graduating, 1883; University of Michigan, degree of B.A., 1886; unmarried. Has been engaged in practice in Detroit since May 2, 1887; member of law firm of Angell, Boynton, McMillan & Bodman, organized, 1892. Director and member executive committee Union Trust Co.; director Pontchartain Hotel Co., New York Car Wheel Co. Republican. Member Psi Upsilon. Clubs: Yondotega, Detroit, Country, Detroit Boat, Old Club. Recreation: Boating. Office: Union Trust Bldg. Residence: Detroit Club.

BRABB, Roy C., diamond merchant, jeweler and silversmith; born, Romeo, Mich., Mar. 21, 1879; son of M.I. and Louise (Collins) Brabb; educated at Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Mich.; married at Detroit, 1904, Miss Vera Lucking. Associated with his father in lumbering, banking and other lines of business upon leaving school; secretary W.A. Sturgeon & Co., 1902-07, and has been treasurer of the company since July 1, 1907. Democrat. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Detroit Yacht, Detroit Golf, Detroit Automobile Club. Recreations: Automobiling, yachting and golf. Office: 237-241 Woodward Av. Residence: 651 Woodward Av.

BRACE, William Henry, teas and coffees; born, Cleveland, O., Apr. 3, 1833; son of William and Lucy (Reynolds) Brace; educated in public schools and Janesville (Wis.) Academy, graduating, 1852; married, Sinclairville, N.Y., Mary Edmunds. Began active career, 1855, in wholesale grocery of W. Phelps & Bro., Detroit; became partner in the house, 1862, incorporated, 1886, and was president of Phelps, Brace & Co. until 1907, when the business was disposed of to Lee, Cady & Smart. President W. W. Krag Co., importers of tea and coffee, Standard Pure Food Co.; director Detroit White Lead Works, Michigan Wire Cloth Co., Michigan Mutual Life Insurance co. Was member of the Detroit Light Guard for 7 years. Republican. Methodist. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Mason. Club: Old Club. Recreations: Boating, fishing and baseball. Office: 43 Jefferson Av., W. Residence: 132 Bagg St.

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BRACE, William V., vice president the Commercial Milling Co.; born, Detroit, Oct. 5, 1861; son of William H. and Mary F. (Edmunds) Brace; educated in Detroit public and high schools and Mayhew's Business College; married at Richmond Hill, Ont., Sept. 30, 1891, Sarah Elizabeth Morgan. Began active career, 1881, in employ of Phelps, Brace & Co., wholesale grocers, Detroit; became member of the firm and later an officer in the corporation; purchased interest in The Commercial Milling Co., Oct, 15, 1906, and has since been manager of the company. Director Michigan Fire and Marine Insurance Co. Republican. Methodist. Club: Detroit Boat. Recreations: Fishing, shooting and camping. Office: 33-55 Randolph St. Residence: 42 Kirby Av., W.

BRACKETT, Charles H., vice president Federal Casualty Co.; born, Hannibal, N.Y., Oct. 30, 1855; son of William W. and Sarah A. (Teller) Brackett; educated in public schools of Hannibal; married at New Albany, Ind., Feb., 1895, Minnie Belser. Lived on farm and was engaged in mercantile business until 1880; traveling salesman for Empire Drill Co., Jackson, Mich., 1880-83, and had charge of the Louisville (Ky.) office of the company until 1896; was secretary and manager Columbia Insurance Co., Indianapolis, until Jan. 1, 1907, when the company was merged into the Federal Casualty Co., of which he was elected vice president. Also vice president Wood-Carnahan Co., Indianapolis. Republican. Methodist. Member M.A.W., Ben Hur. Club: Marion (Indianapolis). Office: 533 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 179 Merrick Av.

BRADBEER, George J., manufacturer furnace pipe, oak belting, etc.; born, Cobourg, Ont., Dec. 13, 1848; son of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Bradbeer; educated in public schools of Cobourg and at Victoria College; married, London, Ont., 1897, Nellie Lenox. Lived in Cleveland, O., 1865-75; engaged in bookkeeping until he entered business for himself, 1889, as secretary of the Safety Furnace Pipe Co., in which he still continues. Also president Climax Oak Belting Co. Member Masonic order. Club: Detroit Boat. Recreations: Hunting, fishing, boating. Office: 27-29 Bates St. Residence: 60 Lincoln Av.

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BRADWAY, Ira J., real estate, insurance and loans; born, Birmingham, Mich., July 27, 1882; son of Albert and Mary (Render) Bradway; educated in Birmingham High School, 1898-1900; University of Michigan, 1900-02; Detroit College of Law, 1903-06, graduating, LL. B., 1906; unmarried. Was employed in wholesale millinery house, Detroit, for four months after leaving University of Michigan; entered real estate business, 1902, in which he continues, being engaged in building houses and in subdivision enterprises. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Member Phi Delta Theta. Club: Detroit Golf. Recreation: Golf. Office 511 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 420 Woodward Av.

BRADY, James J., 2d vice president and factory manager E.R. Thomas Detroit Co., automobile manufacturers. Residence: 1684 Helen Avenue.

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BRADY, John H., president and manager J.H. Brady Auto Co.; born, Detroit, Mar. 10,1873; son of James and Elizabeth (O'Neill) Brady; educated in public schools of Detroit; unmarried. In the bicycle business, 1899-1904; began in auto business with the Packard Motor Co. in 1904; organized the J.H. Brady Auto Co., and has since been its president. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Democrat. Catholic. Clubs: Detroit Golf, Detroit Yacht, Detroit Automobile. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 334 Jefferson Av. Residence: 120 Gladstone Av.

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BRADY, Mathew, physician; born, St. Thomas, Ont., Aug. 8, 1856; son of Patrick and Bridget (Doyle) Brady; educated in public schools, collegiate instates at St. Thomas and Hamilton, Ont., St. Michael's College, Toronto, graduating, 1879; attended University of Michigan one year, and Bellevue Medical College, New York City, two years, receiving degree of M.D., 1883; married at Detroit, June 15, 1886, Josephine E. Collins. Spent his earlier years on his father's farm; has practiced in Detroit since 1883; gynecologist on staff St. Mary's Hospital. Member Wayne County and Michigan State Medical societies, American Medical Association. Member Rainbow Fishing Club. Office: 607 Washington Arcade. Residence: Charlevoix Apts.

BRADY, Robert McClelland, manufacturer; born, Detroit, May 3, 1868; son of George Nexsen and Augusta (McClelland) Brady; educated in public schools and St. Paul's Grammer School, Detroit; Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., graduating, B.S., 1890; married, Detroit, Oct., 1897, Mary Belle Holland. Has been engaged in manufacturing business in Detroit since 1898, and is president and treasurer of the Hygeia Filter Co., manufacturers of water filters of all capacities; U.S. jury commissioner Eastern district of Michigan. Independent Democrat. Episcopalian. Member Psi Upsilon fraternity. Clubs: University, Detroit Boat. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 142 W. Larned St. Residence: 249 Seminole Av.

BRATT, Willis Sinclair, commercial agent Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry.; born, Dunleith, Ill., Apr. 10, 1861; son of Nelson M. and Julia E. (Sinclair) Bratt; educated in Clinton (Ia.) High School; married, Clinton, Nov. 16, 1887, Mary Gillis. Began active career as telegraph operator Chicago & Northwestern Ry., at Clinton, continuing, 1877-81; entered service of Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Ry., 1881, and has been successively cashier ticket office at Clinton, agent at Anamosa and Cedar Rapids, Ia., division freight and passenger agent at Mason City, Ia., and commercial agent at Detroit since Jan., 1903. Republican. Member Masonic order, Knights Templar. Club: Transportation. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 212 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 38 Mt. Vernon Av.

BRAZIER, Edward George, life insurance; born Stratford, Can., May 17, 1865; son of George and Sarah A. (Atkinson) Brazier; educated at Stratford High School; Shaw's Business College, Stratford; Ontario College of Law, Toronto, 1883; married at Windsor, Can., Oct. 23, 1897, Bertha C. Davis. Began active career in Tononto, Can., as life insurance agent and continued for 15 years; secretary, general manager and one of the original promoters of the American National Life Insurance Co., established Jan. 1, 1907; also 2nd vice president United States Casualty Co. Formerly connected with Canadian army. Office 504 Breitmeyer Bldg. Residence: 505 Canfield Av., W.

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