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 77 – 79

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BREISACHER, Leo, physician; born, Detroit; son of Leo and Sophie (Benoit) Breisacher; educated in public and preparatory schools, University of Pennsylvania and University of Berlin, Germany, Medical and Philosophical departments, graduating, 1892; unmarried. Has practiced in Detroit since 1892; clinical professor of Gastro-Enterology, Detroit College of Medicine; consulting physician Harper Hospital, member staff Farrand and St. Mary's Training schools. Held full professorship of physiology at University of Pennsylvania two years. Member American Society of Physiologists, American Medical Association, Michigan State and Wayne County Medical societies, American Men of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Naturalists, Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, University. Recreation: Fond of country life. Office: 71 Washington Av. Residence: 233 Seminole Av., Detroit; summer residence: "Oakwold," near Pontiac, Mich.

BREITMEYER, Martin, vice president C. Pfeiffer Brewing Co.; born, Detroit, Mar. 19, 1874; son of Frank and Emma (Cramer) Breitmeyer; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, 1897, Miss Hattie Groehn. Entered employ of the C. Pfeiffer Brewing Co. in 1891 and passed through various departments until 1903, since which time he has been vice president and treasurer of the company. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Club: German Salesman. Office: 930 Beaufait Av. Residence: 1052 E. Grand Blvd.

BREITMEYER, Philip, florist; born, Detroit, May 13, 1864; son of John and Fredericka (Schneider) Breitmeyer; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Philadelphia, Mar. 19, 1886, Katie Grass. Has been closely identified with cultivation and sale of flowers since his childhood and is president of John Breitmeyer's Sons, florists. Also president Breitmeyer Building Co., Michigan Cut Flower Exchange, Detroit Regalia Co., American National Life Insurance Co. of Detroit; vice president German American Bank; member firm Lohrman Seed Co. Park commissioner City of Detroit. Mason; member Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, Royal Arcanum and other organizations. Republican. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Boat, Detroit Yacht, Rushmere, Harmonie Society. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office. Broadway and Gratiot. Residence: 116 Watson St.

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BRENNAN, Frank M., lawyer; born, Detroit, Mar. 8, 1882; son of Michael and Margaret F. (Healy) Brennan; educated in public schools of Detroit; Detroit College, 1894-01, graduating, degree of B.A., 1901; Law Department, University of Michigan, 1901-04, degree of LL. B., 1904; unmarried. Was admitted to the bar June, 1904, and began practice; member of law firm of Brennan, Donnelly & Van De Mark, since Jan. 1, 1906 (firm established, 1873). Democrat. Catholic. Member Sigma Phi. Clubs: University, Detroit Boat. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 516 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 70 E. Forest Avenue.

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BREVOORT, Henry Navarre, lawyer; born, Grosse Ile, Mich., Apr. 3, 1848; son of Henry (Jr.) and Jane (Macomb) Brevoort; educated in public schools of Detroit and private school of W.O. Bacon, Detroit; married at Metropolis, Ill., Apr. 21 1898, Neele E. Davis. Engaged in merchandise business at Denver, 1870-71; engaged in mining in Utah, 1871-73, and built a quartz mill; came to Detroit and entered law Office of Van Dyke, Brownson & Moran and was admitted to bar, Nov. 4, 1874; has been engaged in practice in Detroit since 1874 and also developed a lucrative fire insurance business. Prosecuting attorney Wayne Co., 1877-81; circuit judge, 1887-93. Democrat. Catholic. Office: 7-8 Campau Bldg. Residence: Pasadena Apts.

BRILL, Daniel, manager Swift & Co.; born New Hamburg, Ont., Can., 1867; son of Peter and Margaret (Ritz) Brill; educated in public schools of Canada; married at Rochester, N.Y., 1901, Miss Minnie Jacobs. Learned trade of butcher in New Hamburg and later worked at Preston, Ont.; located in Cleveland, O., 1887, and entered meat business on own account; removed to Chicago, 1892, and entered employ of Swift & Co.; came to Detroit, 1896, as manager of Detroit branch of the company. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Schiller Lodge, No. 263, A.F. & A.M. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 541-559 Gratiot Av. Residence: 450 St. Aubin Av.

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BRILL, Joseph E., manufacturer of egg biscuits; born in Italy, 1862; came to America in infancy; educated in public schools, New York state; married at Buffalo, 1883, Ida A. Richardson. Located in Detroit, 1883 and engaged for 14 years in baking business; founded the Epicure Baking Co., 1890 manufacturers of egg biscuits, of which he has been president and manager from time of organization. Republican. Member Masonic order, B.P.O.E., K.O.T.M. Office: Cor. 4th and Michigan Avs. Residence: 298 Kirby Av., W.

BRINKERHOFF, Warren E., manufacturer; born, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1859; son of Henry V. and Hannah (Robb) Brinkerhoff; educated in public schools of Tiffin, O.; Heidelberg College, Tiffin; special study at Ohio State University; married at Tiffin, Nov. 24, 1904, Kate Van Buskirk. Began active career as teacher in Tiffin public schools, continuing for two years; came to Detroit, 1883, and entered employ of Detroit Bridge and Iron Works Co., remaining with the company until March, 1904; has been secretary and manager American Wood-Grain Co. since 1904, manufacturers of wood-grain flooring and wood-grain paper for wainscot, ceiling and wall paneling. Independent Republican. Member Detroit Engineering Society. Recreation: Use of the Camera. Office: Bouevald and Orleans St. Residence: 69 Maybury Av.

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BRISCOE, Frank, president Briscoe Manufacturing Co.; born, Detroit, May 31, 1874; son of Joseph A. and Sarah (Smith) Briscoe; educated in public schools of Detroit; graduate University of Michigan, A.B., 1895; post graduate studies at Berlin, Germany, 1895-97, and Paris, France, 1897-99; married at Briddeford Pool, Me., 1900, Florence Durand. Since 1903 has been president of the Briscoe Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of sheet metal automobile parts, also president Eclipse Manufacturing Co.; general manager Brush Runabout Co. Member Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Clubs: Detroit Golf, Detroit Boat, Detroit Automobile, Commercial; Graduate (New York). Office: Woodward and Baltimore Avs. Residence: 123 Alger Av.

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BRODERICK, Henry J., railway official; born, Caledonia, Ont., Apr. 1, 1866; son of David E. and Jane (Moshier) Broderick; educated in public schools, Caledonia high school and collegiate institute, St. Thomas; married at Niagara Falls, Ont., Dec 26, 1887, Eva E. Wilson. Began active career as clerk in general office, advanced to night ticket agent and was city ticket agent, Canada Southern R.R. Co., St. Thomas, 1882-85; became clerk in general office Chicago & Northwestern Ry., at Muskegon, Mich., September, 1885; resigned, April, 1887, and returned to St. Thomas to engage in clothing business with father as Broderick & Sons; reentered service of Chicago & West Michigan Ry., at Muskegon, Apr. 1, 1888, removed to Grand Rapids, with same company, Mar. 1, 1889; appointed ticket accountant same road, and Detroit, Lansing & Northern Ry., Feb. 1, 1890; removed to Detroit, with general offices, June 22, 1900; resigned Feb. 1, 1903, to accept position of auditor passenger accounts, Michigan Central R.R. Co. Baptist. Member Masonic order, Knights of Pythias, National Union Woodmen. Club: Fellowcraft. Recreations: Trout fishing and cricket. Office: Gen'l Offices Mich. Cent. Ry., Detroit. Residence: 307 W. Grand Blvd.

BRODIE, Benjamin Pitcher, physician and surgeon; born, Detroit, Apr. 6, 1859; son of William and Jane (Whitfield) Brodie; educated in public schools of Detroit; A.B., University of Michigan, 1882; M.D., Michigan College of Medicine, 1884; married in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14, 1907, Mrs. Anne Tallant Tubbs. Has engaged in practice in Detroit since 1884; member staffs of Harper Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Woman's Hospital, Infants' Home and the Solvay General Hospital; chief surgeon Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railraod and of the Detroit United Railway; assistant chief surgeon Grand Trunk R.R.; surgeon Detroit Fire Department. Democrat. Episcopalian. Member Wayne County and Michigan State Medical societies, American Medical Association. Was member Pelouse Cadet; was assistant surgeon Michigan State Naval Reserve. Clubs: Detroit, Yondotega, University, Country, Detroit Boat, Harmonie Society. Recreation: Life in the country. Office: 408 Washington Arcade.

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