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 143 - 146

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DODGE, John F., member of firm of Dodge Bros.; vice president Ford Motor Co. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Office: 232 Monroe Av. Residence: 33 Boston Blvd.

DOHANY, Frank H., lawyer; born, Farmington, Mich., Nov. 11, 1874; son of William and Bede (Egan) Dohany; educated in public schools of Southfield, Mich., Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, 1891-92, and Detroit College of Law, graduating, degree of LL.B., 1895; married at Detroit, Apr. 30, 1898, Blanche O'Neill. Admitted to the bar, 1895, and practiced alone until 1899, when he admitted his brother, Charles E., to partnership as Dohany & Dohany, which still continues. Member Detroit Bar Association, Detroit Board of Commerce. Democrat. Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus: Club: Y. M. C. A. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 908-910 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 739 Trumbull Av.

DOHANY, J. Walter, lawyer, first assistant corporation counsel of the city of Detroit; born, Farmington, Mich., Nov. 30, 1875; son of John and Mary (Fayne) Dohany; graduate Detroit College, A. B., and A. M.; Law Department, University of Michigan, LL. B., 1895; post- graduate work Yale University Law School, 1899; unmarried. Began practice in Detroit, 1900; has been assistant corporation counsel city of Detroit since July, 1903 (appointed by Timothy E. Tarsney), and has full charge of all damage and personal injury cases and claims against the city; also attorney for the Board of Education of the city of Detroit. Member Detroit Bar Association. Member for six years of Michigan State Naval Brigade. Democrat; secretary Democratic Congressional Committee 1st District of Michigan, 1900-05. Club: Rushmere. Recreation: Yachting, automobiling and all outdoor sports. Office: 301 City Hall. Residence: 1199 14th Av.

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DOHRMAN, Paul William, railway official; born, Germany, July 3, 1873; son of August and Sophia (Bergman) Dorhman; came to America, 1881; educated in Germany and in Detroit public schools; married, 1st, Detroit, 1889, Miss Anna Beck (died 1904); 2nd, at Detroit, 1905, Marie Betzner. Began active career in Detroit as a tow boy driving the extra horses on the old horse car lines; then became timekeeper, and in 1888 was appointed foreman of the car barns of the company; was made assistant division superintendent, division superintendent, and since 1904 has been assistant general superintendent of the Detroit United Railway. Republican. Presbyterian. Mason. Club: Detroit Transportation. Recreations: Boating and athletic sports. Office: 12 Woodward Av. Residence: 352 Helen Av.

DONALD, J. Walker, district passenger agent Chicago & Alton R. R.; born, St. John, N.B., Dec. 22, 1857; son of Rev. William (D. D.) and Louisa A. (Wilson) Donald; educated in public schools; married, Boston, Dec. 22, 1880, Mary Martin. Entered service of Grand Trunk Ry., 1877, and was traveling passenger agent, St. John and Bangor, Me., 1877-81; was traveling passenger agent Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe Rd., Boston, 1881-87; general agent passenger department Chicago & Alton Ry., Boston, 1887-1901; district passenger agent, Buffalo, 1901-04; same position at Detroit, in charge of Michigan and Ontario territory, since January, 1904. Republican. Mason, Knight Templar (Boston Commandery). Clubs: Transportation (Buffalo and Detroit), R. R. and S. Be. Agents, Boston. Recreation: Reading. Office: 1302 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 30 Winder St.

DONALD, William McI., physician; born, Allanburg, Ont., Can., Dec. 15, 1860; son of James and Martha (Oxboro) Donald; educated in Ontario public and high schools, McGill University and Detroit College of Medicine, graduating from the latter, degree of M. D., 1887; married at Detroit, April, 1890, Maude Douglas. Has been engaged in practice in Detroit since May, 1887; professor of practice of medicine, Detroit College of Medicine; attending physician St. Mary's Hospital and Protestant Orphan Asylum. Member Wayne County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society, American Medical Association. Democrat. Presbyterian. Member Foresters. Club: Detroit Boat. Office: 979 Jefferson Av. Residence: 970 Jefferson Av.

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DONALDSON, George, lawyer; born, Livingston Co., Mich., Sept. 29, 1867; son of Samuel and Mary E. (Merrill) Donaldson; educated in public schools and High School, Bay City, Mich.; graduate Detroit College of Law, LL.B., 1898; married at Lansing, Mich., 1895, Miss Jessie McGrath. Has been a resident of Detroit since 1885; official stenographer Recorder's Court, 1894-99; official stenographer Wayne Circuit Court, 1899-1907; has practiced law in Detroit since 1900. Member Detroit Bar Association. Republican. Congregationalist. Club: Detroit Boat. Office: 1018 majestic Bldg. Residence: 81 Hazelwood Street.

DONALDSON, John M., architect; born, Sterling, Scotland, Jan. 17, 1854; son of John W. and Isabella (McNaughton) Donaldson; came to Detroit with parents, 1856; graduate Detroit High School; studied in architect's office, Detroit, in Polytechnic and Art Academy, Munich, and in Atelier "Andre," Ecole des Beau Arts, Paris; returned to United States, 1876. Married at St. Clair, Mich., Nov. 30, 1882, Mrs. C. G. Brush (nee Grosvenor). Was associated in profession with Henry T. Brush, Detroit, until his death, 1879; member firm Donaldson & Meier since 1880, designers and supervisors of Union Trust Bldg., Penobscot Bldg., Washington Arcade, St. Clair Hotel, etc. Member of the board of directors American Institute of Architects (Michigan Chapter), Architectural League of America, National Institute of Fine Arts, American Civic Association, Detroit Museum of Arts (board of Trustees), Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Boat. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 1314 Penobscot Bldg. Residence: 852 Vermont Av.

DONNELLY, Edward, lawyer; born, Detroit, July 2, 1878; son of John C. and Anna H. (Minton) Donnelly; educated in public schools of Detroit; Jesuit College, Detroit; Yale University, 1897-01, degree of A. B., 1901; Law Department, University of Michigan, 1902-04, degree of LL.B., 1904. Unmarried. Admitted to bar, 1904; member law firm of Brennan, Donnelly & Van De Mark. Catholic. Clubs: University, Detroit Boat. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 516 Moffat Blk. Residence: 24 Peterboro, St.

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DONNELLY, John C., lawyer; born, Plympton, Can., Nov. 27, 1851; son of William and Elenor (Boulger) Donnelly; educated in public schools of Canada, private schools of Canada and Michigan and University of Michigan (Law Department), 1871-73, degree of LL. B., 1873; married at Alpena, Mich., Sept. 1, 1875, Anna Minton. Began practice in Detroit, July 1873; became member of firm of Brennan & Donnelly, Oct. 1, 1873, firm becoming Brennan, Donnelly & Van De Mark, 1891, which still continues. General counsel Detroit United Railway Co.; director and counsel Peninsular Savings Bank; director Tecumseh Salt Co., and counsel for a number of corporation. Member Michigan State Troops for eight years, successively as 2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant, adjutant of regiment, and captain. Democrat. Member state legislature, 1878-80. Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus. Clubs: Detroit, Yondotega, Country, Racquet and Curling, Turtle Lake Club. Recreations: Horseback riding, golf, hunting and farming. Office: 516 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 24 Peterboro St.

DONOVAN, Edmund W.; born, New York, Feb. 4, 1853; son of P. James and Julia Desmond (Sculley) Donovan; educated in public schools of New York; married at Flint, Mich., Feb. 25, 1884, Minnie E. Sullivan. Began active career as a fruit and produce shipper and with the proceeds became a dealer on the New York Stock Exchange; removed westward and took up contracting and building, later becoming interested in the real estate and hotel business; began in the life insurance business in Detroit, 1887, and since 1899 has been general manager of the Ideal Reserve Life Association, with home offices in Detroit. Catholic. Member Royal Arcanum, A. F. A., I. O. F. Office: 1401-1404 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 51 Hendrie Av.

DONOVAN, Joseph Wesley, jurist; born, Toledo, Ohio; educated in public and union schools, graduate of Jonesville Academy; took lectures at Hillsdale College, Ohio Law School and Commercial College; later studied in office of Hon. Fred A. Baker; admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court, 1870; married at Waterville, Ohio, Nettie L. Brainard. Began practice in Detroit, 1870; upon bench of Circuit Court since 1894. Office: 305 County Bldg. Residence: 32 Bagley Av.

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DORAN, Charles V.; born, Wayne Co., Mich., Oct. 21, 1868; son of Michael and Phoebe (Gates) Doran; educated in schools of Detroit and at University of Michigan; married at Detroit, 1905, Jennie Lumsden. Spent early years on farm in Wayne Co.; entered Detroit Brass Works, 1895, and has been treasurer of the company since its incorporation, January, 1903. Catholic. Recreation: Home. Office: 1304 Brooklyn St. Residence: Cor. 2nd Av. and Ferry St.

DOREMUS, Frank E., lawyer, controller city of Detroit; born, Venango Co., Pa., Aug. 31, 1865; son of Sylvester and Sarah (Peake) Doremus; educated in public schools, Portland, Mich., and Detroit College of Law; admitted to bar before the Supreme Court of Michigan; married at St. Johns, June 26, 1890, Elizabeth Hatley. Established newspaper, 1885, The Portland Review, at Portland, Mich.; postmaster, Portland, 1895-99; came to Detroit, 1899, and has practiced law since 1901, disposing of his newspaper interests, 1905. Member Michigan legislature, 1890-92; assistant corporation counsel, Detroit, 1903-07; city controller since June 1, 1907. Democrat. Member Wayne County Bar Association, Detroit Board of Commerce. Member of Knights of Pythias, Maccabees, Foresters, Harmonie Society. Recreation: Fishing. Office: City Hall. Residence: 93 Philadelphia Av.

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DOUGLAS, Benjamin, civil engineer; born, Detroit, Dec. 10, 1859; son of Samuel T. and Elizabeth (Campbell) Douglas; educated in public schools and at University of Michigan, B. S., 1882; married at Grosse Ile, Mich., May 1, 1890, Margaretta Biddle. Began active career as assistant engineer with Detroit Bridge and Iron Works, continuing, 1882-85; bridge engineer, Michigan Central Railroad, 1885-1905; has acted as tunnel engineer for Detroit River Tunnel Co. since 1905. Member school board, Grosse Ile, 1896-1907. Democrat. Member American Society Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, Detroit and Michigan Engineering societies. Club: Detroit. Recreation: Farming. Office: Michigan Central Passenger Station, Detroit. Residence: Grosse Ile, Mich.

DOUGLAS, Charles, physician; born, Toronto, Ont., May 5, 1843; son of Peter and Rosannah (Bowles) Douglas; educated in public and high schools of Streetsville, Ont., to 1864; Toronto University, 1860-64, degree of M. B., 1864; Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, degree of M. D., 1870. Practiced in Oil Springs, 1864-67, and later in Toronto township; came to Detroit, 1876; professor of children's diseases and clinical medicine, Detroit College of Medicine; consulting physician to Harper Hospital. Member American Medical Association, Association of American Teachers of Diseases of Children, Michigan State and Wayne County Medical societies, Ohio State Pediatric Society. Republican. Office and residence: 959 Jefferson Av.

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