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 80 - 82

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Special Thanks to Linda Bakken for transcribing these pages.

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BROMLEY, Frank L., president Detroit Stoker and Foundry Co.; born, Detroit, Jan. 1, 1866; son of William and Caroline Frances (Latham) Bromley; high school education, Detroit; married at Detroit, May 2, 1900, Kate Agnes Thompson. Began active career in employ of Michigan Stove Co., Detroit, 1884, continuing until 1902; started the Detroit Foundry and Manufacturing Co.,1902, the name being changed later to Detroit Stoker and Foundry Co., of which he is president and treasurer; also secretary and treasurer Pilling Air Engine Co. and Detroit Hoist & Machine Co. Veteran active member Detroit Naval Reserves. Republican. Baptist. Member Ashler Lodge, No. 91, F. & A.M., Peninsular Chapter No. 16, R.A.M. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Detroit Boat Club Yachtsman. Office: N. Grand Blvd. and Riopelle St. Residence: 142 Putman Av.

BROOCK, Max, real estate, insurance and loans; born, Toronto, Can., Oct. 20, 1870; son of Julius and Marie (Schober) Broock; educated in public schools of Detroit; married June 7, 1897, Detroit, Elizabeth Forkel. Began active career at age of 10 as cash boy with Newcomb, Endicott & Co.; then was with C.R. Mabley & Co. and other Detroit houses; entered real estate business for himself, 1892, and has continued. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, Detroit Real Estate Board. Republican. Member Harmonie Society, Concordia Society, German Salesmen's Association, Turner Society. Clubs: Detroit Yacht, New Mervue. Recreations: Outdoor sports and music. Office: 204 Breitmeyer Bldg. Residence: 73 Erskine St.

BROOKE, Flavius L., lawyer; born, Simcoe, Ont., Oct. 7, 1858; son of John and Sarah (Mann) Brooke; educated in common schools of Canada; Albert College, Belleville, Ont., Osgood Hall, Toronto; married at Stratford, Ont., Nov. 27, 1884; Miss B. Reidy. Began active career as school teacher, 1874, continuing until 1877; matriculated in Albert College and took two years' course in arts, 1877-79; studied law, Toronto, Can., 1879-83, and admitted to bar, 1884; removed to Detroit, 1885; entered law office of Colonel Atkinson and Judge Marston, firm becoming Atkinson, Carpenter & Brooke, 1887; was member of firm of Brooke & Spalding, 1892-96, and has practiced alone since 1896. Republican. Supervisor of census, 1st district of Michigan, 1900; judge of circuit court since November, 1900. Club: Detroit. Recreation: Fishing. Office: County Bldg. Residence: 31 Flynn Court.

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BROOKE, Howard, manager E.B. Cadwell & Co., bankers and dealers in investment securities; born, Montgomery Co., Md., Nov. 22,1867; son of Edmond H. and Fanny (Ingle) Brooke; educated in public schools of Detroit; married at Detroit, Apr. 14, 1903, Helen Clark. Began business career, 1880, in employ of James E. Davis & Co., wholesale drugs, Detroit, continuing until 1890; was with Commercial National Bank, 1890-92, National Linseed Oil Co., 1893-94, Cresent Transportation Co., 1895-96, and with J.T. Wing & Co., 1897-02; organized and was vice president of The T.W. Noble Co., 1902; organized the Detroit Bag and Manufacturing Co., 1902, and was its president and general manager until 1904, when the business was disposed of; was connected with Detroit Terminal Ry. Co. (Outer Belt), 1905-06; became manager Detroit office E.B. Cadwell & Co., June, 1906, and was admitted to partnership in the company, July 15, 1907. Also secretary American League Library; assistant treasurer Detroit Brokers' Association. Episcopalian. Member Loyal Legion (by inheritance). Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Boat. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 202 Baldwin Av.

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BROOKS, Alanson Sheley, wholesale druggist; born, Detroit, Jan. 7, 1862; son of David W. and Emma (Sheley) Brooks; educated in Patterson's Private School; married , Detroit, Sept. 29, 1887, Zaidee Hubbard. Has been engaged in the drug business since the beginning of his active career, September, 1877; secretary Williams-Davis-Brooks & Hinchmann Sons (established, 1819) and The Michigan Drug Co., jobbing druggists and manufacturers Dabrook's perfumes, also a line of proprietary medicines. Member Society of Colonial Wars (treasurer for Michigan branch). Republican. Club: Yondotega, Detroit, Detroit Boat, Country. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 26-38 E. Congress St. Residence: 708-710 Pasadena Apartments.

BROOKS, Frank Wilks, constructing engineer, railway official; born, Cherokee Co., Texas, 1864; son of Joseph Wilks and Frances Josephine Brooks; married, at Ruston, La., Mary Pauline Neilson. Entered railway service as assistant in engineering corps, Texas & Pacific Road, 1882, and was identified with various departments of Queen & Crescent and Illinois Cental roads up to 1895, became associated in electric railway enterprises, in and around Detroit, 1895, and has been general manager Detroit United Railway since 1901. President Detroit, Jackson & Chicago Railway; vice president and general manager Rapid Railway System; vice president Detroit, Monroe & Toledo Short Line Railway. Member Board of Commerce. Mason. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Detroit Boat, Harmonie Society. Office: 12 Woodward Av. Residence: 51 Alfred St.

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BROOKS, Fred S., fire insurance adjuster; born on farm in Oakland Co., Mich., Nov. 18,1856; son of Alexander Simpson and Amanda (Leonard) Brooks; educated in country school until 1874 and two years at State Normal School, Ypsilanti, Mich.; unmarried. Taught country school three winters; began in fire insurance business in Missouri, 1884; after two years' experience in local office, went on road traveling as state agent and adjuster, continuing for various companies for seventeen years; has maintained office in Detroit as independent adjuster since July, 1900. Republican. Congregationalist. Recreations: Golf, billiards. Office 502 Whitney Bldg. Residence: 51 Alexandrine Av.

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BROOKS, James R., treasurer and general manager National Realty Co.; born, Southfield, Mich., July 22, 1859; son of Cornelius and Mary A. (Robb) Brooks; educated in district schools; married at Franklin, Mich., Nov. 15, 1883, August M. Pickering. Farmed until 23 years of age; was foreman and superintendent, Newbury Furnace Co. two years; farming eight years and was with the Union Creamery Co., 521 Grand River Av., eight years; conductor on Pontiac Electric R.R. two years; salesman for City and Suburban Home Co. four years; manager real estate department Lambrecht, Kelly & Co. one and one-half years; has been treasurer and general manager National Realty Co. since 1907. Was treasurer Southfield Township, 1889-90, and supervisor same, 1891-92. Independent in politics; Methodist in religious affiliation. Member Masonic order, Chapter, Commandery. Recreations: Outdoor sports, Office: 172 Griswold St. Residence: 1070 Hudson Av.

BROOKS, Walter, wholesale coal; born, Detroit, Sept. 18, 1870; son of David Wheelock and Emma (Sheley) Brooks; graduate Harvard University, degree of A.B., 1894, and Olivet College, B.S., 1895; married at Burlington, N.C., Apr. 25, Florence E. Holt. Was connected with the Michigan Drug Co., 1894-95; began in coal business, March, 1895, and is secretary Jewett, Bigelow & Brooks, producers of coal; J.B.B. Colleries Co., Twin Branch Mining Co., Maher Coal and coke Co. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Boat, Country, Automobile. Recreations: Rowing, automobiling. Office: 1109 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 255 Burns Av.

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BROSSY, Francis E., president L.C. Brossy Dyeing Co.; born, Detroit, Oct. 9, 1869; son of Louis C. and Louise (Guilloz) Brossy; educated in German-American Seminary and public schools, Detroit, and at Detroit Business University; married at Detroit, Feb. 4, 1895, Carolyn Eccleshall Gray. Began active career as apprentice in Farther's dyeing and cleaning establishment (L.C. Brossy), 1887; firm incorporated as L.C. Brossy Dyeing Co., 1891, of which was made secretary and treasurer, becoming president upon death of father, 1893, and still continues in that office. Also president Du Brei Motor Co., manufacturers of gasoline engines; director United States Savings Bank. Clubs: Detroit Motor Boat, Bankers'. Recreation: Boating. Office: 71 E. Larned St. Residence: 197 Burns Av.

BROWN, Cullen, real estate and insurance; born, Detroit, Oct. 2, 1876; son of Cullen and Elizabeth (Leach) Brown; educated in Leggett School, 1884-87; Detroit public school (Irving), and Detroit High School, 1888; Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, 1880-90; married at Cleveland, O., Oct. 25, 1895, Grace Wesley. Entered real estate business with Homer Warren in spring of 1891, under firm name of Homer Warren & Co.; later additional firm was organized and fire insurance added, the name of the firm becoming Warren, Burch & Co.; purchased Burch interest after his death, which took place 1894, and name of firm was changed to Warren, Brown & Co., fire insurance; has built up the insurance business to a large scale and also manages buildings for clients. Stockholder National Bank of Commerce. Republican. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Automobile Country. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 202 Chamber of Commerce Bldg. Residence: 1441 Champlain Street.

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