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 86 - 87

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BUHL, Arthur H., wholesale hardware merchant; born, Detroit, Feb. 11, 1878; son of Theodore DeL. and Julia Elizabeth (Walker) Buhl; educated in Detroit public and high schools; married, Detroit, 1902, Miss Clara E. May. Began active career, 1895, in same house with which he has been identified; formerly secretary and general manager, since April, 1907, vice president, Buhl Sons Co., wholesale hardware, cutlery, sporting goods and manufacturers of iron, steel, nails, etc. Also president Buhl Malleable Co.; director Buhl Stamping Co., Detroit Copper and Brass Rolling Mills. Member B.P.O.E. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Commercial, Detroit Boat. Recreations: Yachting, hunting, automobiling. Office: 103-119 Woodbridge St., W. Residence: 154 Lafayette Blvd.

BUHL, Willis E. president Buhl Sons Co., wholesale hardware; born, Detroit, Jan. 26, 1875; son of Theodore De Long and Julia Elizabeth (Walker) Buhl; educated in Detroit High School; married at Chicago, June 6, 1900, Miss Louise Ziegfield. Entered house of Buhl Sons Co., 1893, and became vice president, 1900; his father, Theodore DeL. Buhl, died, Mar., 1907, and in April following he became president of the company, a position he has since held, the company having been founded more than fifty years ago by Christian Buhl. Also president Buhl Stamping Co.; director Buhl Malleable Co., National Can Co., Old Detroit National Bank, Parke, Davis & Co., Detroit United Railroad Depot and Station Co.; also identified with a number of other business organizations. Active Veteran of Michigan Naval Reserve; was petty officer during Spanish-American War, on board U.S. auxiliary cruiser Yosemite. Member Spanish-American War Veterans' Association. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Detroit Boat. Recreations: Hunting and all outdoor diversions. Office: Buhl Sons Co. Residence: 115 Ferry Av.

BULKLEY, Harry Conant, lawyer; born, Monroe, Mich., Mar. 7, 1870; son of John M. and Mary (Cole) Bulkley; educated in public schools, and University of Michigan, graduating, A.B., 1892; Law Department, University of Michigan, LL. B., 1895; married, Monroe, Aug. 13, 1898, Cora Strong Flint. Has practiced in Detroit since 1895 as member of firm of Russel, Cambell, Bulkley & Ledyard. Member Detroit and Michigan State Bar associations. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Detroit, Yondotega, University, Country. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 604 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 165 Seminole Av.

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BULLEN, Harry, general superintendent Detroit United Railway Lines; born, Norfolk, Eng., May 31, 1864; son of Miles and Ellen (Clark) Bullen; came to America, 1872; educated in public schools of Toronto, Can.; married at Toronto, Aug. 25, 1884, Miss Charlotte E. McLellan. Began in railway service in 1881 as driver on horse car line, Toronto Street Railway, and later engaged in construction work for the same company, came to Detroit, 1888, and entered employ of Detroit City Railway as truck layer, and became dispatcher, assistant division superintendent, division superintendent assistant general superintendent, and since Jan. 1, 1904, has been general superintendent Detroit United Railway. Republican. Presbyterian. Mason, Knight Templar (Detroit Commandery). Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Recreation: Hunting. Office: 12 Woodward Av. Residence: 117 Hazelwood Av.

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BULLOCK, Harry, hardware; born, Paris, Ont., July 18, 1864; son of Joseph and Fanny (Hersee) Bullock; educated in public schools of Ontario; came to Detroit, 1883; married at Detroit, 1893, Louise P.F. Fittig. Began active career with The T.B. Rayl Co., hardware, 1883, continuing until 1885, and was with Ducharme, Fletcher & Co., 1885-87; entered retail hardware business in his own name, incorporating, Mar., 1906, under title of the Bullock-Green Hardware Co., of which he is president; vice president Fletcher Hardware Co. (wholesale) since Aug., 1906. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Episcopalian. Member Masonic order, B.P.O.E. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Commercial. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 61 Woodbridge St., W. Residence: 450 Vinewood Av.

BUNCLARK, Alfred, insurance and real estate; born, London, Eng., May 22, 1845; son of William and Mary (Blacker) Bunclark; educated in public schools of London; came to America, Sept.,1869; married at Detroit, Sadie McEldowney (now deceased); again, Detroit, 1878, Sarah Johnston. Entered fire insurance business at Detroit,1869, and has since been continuously engaged in the business; also has operated in real estate and building. Republican. Methodist. Mason (32), Shriner. Club: Saturday Night (secretary). Recreation: Fishing. Office: 86 Home Bank Bldg. Residence: 193 Avery Av.

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BURCH, Edwin Augustus, wholesale liquors; born, Westminster, Ont., Can., Jan. 12, 1857; son of Charles P. and Eliza A. (Javis) Burch; came to Michigan, 1867; educated in public schools of Lambeth, Ont., Ovid, Mich., and Lansing (Mich.) High School; married at Detroit, Oct. 13, 1879, Mary A. Healy. Began active career at age of 15 as clerk in jewelry and stationery store; was connected with grocery business at 17, bookkeeper wholesale liquors at 18, and has been partner in the business since age of 23. Member firm of C.H. Ritter & Co., established 1882. Also president Detroit Metal Spinning Co.; vice president German-American Bank. Episcopalian in church affiliation. Member Masonic order, Knights Templar. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Detroit Boat, Rushmere, Country, Harmonie Society. Recreation: Travel. Office: 142-144 Jefferson Av. Residence: 43 Davenport St.

BURGESS, Frederic Seth, manager life insurance; born, Clarkston, Mich., Nov. 19, 1871; son of Simeon D. W. and Chloe (Richards) Burgess; educated in public schools of Flint, Mich., and at University of Chicago; married at Flint, June 7, 1893, Melva Smith. Began in life insurance business at Marquette, Mich., 1891, in office of Peter White, continuing until 1897, when removed to Milwaukee as superintendent of agents; was in Chicago, 1899, as special agent of the Northwestern Life Insurance Co. of Milwaukee; came to Detroit, 1900, as agent of the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Philadelphia; has been member of the firm of Waite & Burgess since Mar., 1906, manager of department of Michigan for the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co. Also secretary Burdick-Corbin Co. of Hartford, Conn. President Michigan Association for the Protection of Fish and Game; member Michigan National Guard for eight years. Republican. Episcopalian. Mason (32) Shriner; member B.P.O.E., Knights of Pythias. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Harmonie Society. Recreations: Fishing and hunting. Office: 415 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 73 Bethune Av., E.

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