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 147 - 149

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DOUGLAS, H. Arnett; born, Arnett, Ark., Aug. 13, 1875; son of William C. and Martha (Arnett) Douglas; graduate Central University of Kentucky, 1899; married, Detroit, 1901, Miss Grace Gilmore. Began active career at Tiptonville and Memphis, Tenn., in cotton and cottonseed oil business; came to Detroit, 1903, and became secretary and treasurer of the Sanilac Sugar Refining Co., which was consolidated with the Michigan Sugar Co., 1906; now treasurer Michigan Sugar Co., which represents six sugar refineries in Michigan. Methodist. Member Phi Delta Theta. Office: 909 Union Trust Bldg. Residence: 707 Euclid Av.

DOUGLAS, Samuel Townsend, lawyer; born, Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 2, 1853; son of Silas H. and Helen (Wells) Douglas; educated in public schools of Ann Arbor; graduate University of Michigan, 1873, post-graduate course in chemistry and medicine, same university; entered law offices of Douglas & Bowen, of which his uncle, Judge S. T. Douglas, was senior member, and was admitted to the bar, 1879. Married, Detroit, 1891, Miss Marion Dwight. Has practiced in Detroit since 1879, first as junior member of the law firm of Douglas, Bowen & Douglas, later, upon retirement of Judge Douglas, in 1884, as Bowen, Douglas & Whiting, and during the last few years as Bowen, Douglas, Whiting & Murfin. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Club: Detroit (one of the organizers). Office: 614 Moffat Blk. Residence: 473 Jefferson Av.

DOW, Alex, vice president and general manager Edison Illuminating Co. of Detroit. Member Board of Commerce, American Society Civil Engineers, American Society Mechanical Engineers, American Institute Electrical Engineers. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Detroit. Office: Washington and State St. Residence: 50 Garfield Av.

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DOWLING, Zelner; born, Alpine Tp., Kent Co., Mich., Aug. 1, 1871; son of William C. and Fanny S. (Bird) Dowling; educated at Fenton (Mich.) Normal School, winter of 1886-87; Rockford (Mich.) High School, 1887-90, graduating, English and commercial course, June, 1890; unmarried. Began active career as school teacher, 1890; spent over a year in lumber woods of Houghton Co., Mich.; entered railway mail service, Aug. 30, 1891, and served on Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie R. R. until 1896, and then upon St. Paul & Duluth R. R. until Jan. 2, 1899, when left the service; engaged in bookkeeping for mail order and canvassing agency house, January, 1899-November, 1900; entered employ of Commercial Credit Co., Grand Rapids, Mich., as solicitor, November, 1900, and was manager collection department, April, 1901-June, 1903, and as bookkeeper until Nov. 28, 1904; has been manager Commercial Credit Co., Detroit, since Nov. 28, 1904, and Commercial Credit Co., Ltd., Grand Rapids, since April, 1907, both companies engaged in credit reporting and collections. Member Detroit Credit Men's Association, Commercial Law League of America. Member Knights of Pythias, D. O. K. K., I. O. G. T. Clubs: Peninsular (Grand Rapids); Fellowcraft, Detroit Yacht and Detroit Motor Boat (Detroit). Recreations: Boating and fishing. Office: 1438 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 63 Lafayette Av.

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DOWNEY, John J., superintendent of police; born, Portland, Me., Jan. 1, 1844; son of Bartholomew and Johana Downey; educated in district school; married at Detroit, Aug. 15, 1866, Isabella Nicoll (now deceased); again, Oxford, Mich., Aug., 1878, Ella Vliet. Lived on farm from age of 11 until 1861; served as private in Co. K, 8th Michigan Infantry, Sept. 23, 1861, until expiration of three years' service; wounded and taken prisoner at battle of Chantilly, Va., Sept. 1, 1862; wounded at battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864; clerk in Detroit postoffice, 1865-72; in private life and farming until 1884; engaged in commission business, 1884-5; has been connected with Detroit police force since June 20, 1885; superintendent Metropolitan Police since Aug. 10, 1901. Office: Police headquarters. Residence: 436 Lincoln Av.

DOYLE, Edward H., retired manufacturer; born, Quebec, Can., Apr. 20, 1849; son of Lawrence and Bridget (Gahan) Doyle; educated in public schools; married at Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 9, 1872, Sarah J. Walsh. Began active career in saw mills of Bay City, Mich., continuing until 1870; was connected with B. B. Buckhout, hardware, Saginaw, 1870-75; in lumber business with Thomas Nester, 1875-80; was identified with banking interests of J. Seligman, Saginaw, 1880-85, and in general charge of his affairs, 1885-97, manufacturing cooperage stock at Wyandotte, Mich.; was engaged in completion of Majestic Bldg., of which he is a half owner, Detroit, up to July 1, 1907, when retired from active business; secretary and treasurer Majestic Co.; director Peninsular Savings Bank. Republican. Roman Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus. Clubs: Country, Bankers'. Recreation: Walking. Office: 801-3 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 383 Jefferson Av.

DRAKE, Earl F., lawyer; born, New York City, Feb. 17, 1878; son of James H. and Nellie B. Drake; educated at Academy of University of Chicago, Morgan Park, Ill., 1894-97; Williams College, Mass., 1897-01, degree of A. B., 1901; Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1901-03; unmarried. Associated with Dickinson, Stevenson, Cullen, Warren & Butzel, 1903-04; was admitted to the bar Mar., 1904; practiced alone June, 1904 - Nov., 1905; has been member law firm of Moore, Standart & Drake since Nov., 1905. Member Wayne County Bar Association. Republican. Member Zeta Psi. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Fellowcraft. Recreations: Rowing and tennis. Office: 610 Wayne Co., Bank Bldg. Residence: 63 Alfred St.

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DRAKE, Fred S.; born, Galesburg, Ill., May 28, 1859; son of Lyman C. and Mary Ann (Hyde) Drake; educated in Galesburg High School and Knox College, graduating, degree of B. S., 1883; married at Altona, Ill., Apr. 5, 1898, Winona Edgerton. Acted as traveling salesman for Callaghan & Co., law books, Chicago; organized the Drake Law Book Co., Detroit, established Feb. 20, 1906, publishers and sellers of law books. Member Ferry Av. Baptist Church (deacon, treasurer, and chairman board of trustees). Mason. Office: Wayne Co. Bank Bldg. Residence: 139 Haigh Av.

DRAKE, Harlow, B., physician; born, Fremont, Ill., Nov. 27, 1848; son of Elijah H. (M. D.) and Cornelia R. (Blakeslee) Drake; educated in public schools of Detroit; Boston Institute of Technology, graduating, 1869; Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, M. D., 1873; married, Detroit, Apr. 22, 1874, Eleanor C. Swain. Began practice in Detroit, Apr., 1873; member firm of Dr. E. H. Drake & Son, Apr., 1873 - Nov., 1874, and of Drs. Drake & Miller, 1875-77. Went to Oregon and practiced there, 1885-1900; returned to Detroit, 1901. Homeopathist. Member staff of Grace Hospital. Member Detroit Homeopathic Practitioners' Club, Homeopathic Medical Society of State of Michigan, American Institute of Homeopathy, Homeopathic Society of State of Oregon. Mason. Recreation: Driving. Office: 32 Adams Av., W. Residence: 800 The Pasadena

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DRAKE, John Walter, lawyer; born, Sturgis, Mich., Sept. 27, 1875; son of Alfred G. and Anna M. (Patrick) Drake; educated in public schools and at Detroit College of Law, graduating, LL. B., 1896; married, Detroit, Sept. 27, 1900, Martha Myler. Began active career as a school teacher; has practiced law in Detroit since 1896. President Detroit Shade Tree Co.; secretary and treasurer Briggs Dental Co. Served at time of Spanish-American War as member Michigan Naval Brigade on board U. S. S. Yosemite. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Episcopalian. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 726 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 129 Webb Av.

DRESSKELL, Frederick S.; born, Wooster, O., Sept. 5, 1861; son of Dr. Dennis and Mary (Smith) Dresskell; educated at Worcester University. Began active career as salesman for Cleveland Paper Co., continuing until 1886, when he became manager of the Sheffield Manufacturing Co., Chicago; was manager of Chatfield & Woods Co., Detroit, 1890; associated with George F. Kenny under firm name of Dresskell & Kenny; has been at head of F. S. Dresskell & Co., since 1905, dealers in paper, etc. Office: Shelby and Larned St. Residence: 61 Euclid Av.

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DRIGGS, Frederick E., lawyer; born, New York City; LL. B., Poughkeepsie (N. Y.) Law School. Admitted to the bar before the Supreme Court of Michigan. Member American Bar Association, Detroit Board of Commerce. Club: Detroit. Office: 3 Buhl Blk. Residence: 36 Alfred St.

DuCHARME, Charles Albert, 2nd vice president and secretary Michigan Stove Co.; born Detroit, Sept. 22, 1858; son of Charles and Elsie Elizabeth (Bartholomew) DuCharme; of French and English descent; educated in public schools, Patterson's Private School, Detroit and Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Mich.; traveled nearly a year in Europe after leaving academy; married, Detroit, June 8, 1881, Miss Caroline B., daughter of Elbridge G. Philbrick; children, Charles B. and Harold. Began active career as clerk in employ of the Michigan Stove Co., 1879; elected purchasing agent of the company, Sept., 1882, secretary, Jan., 1887, 2nd vice president, Jan., 1903. Director Union Trust Co., People's State Bank, Detroit Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ireland & Matthews Manufacturing Co. Member Sons of American Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars (one of the organizers of the Michigan branch, and served as its secretary for several years). Clubs: Yondotego, Detroit, Automobile, Country, Huron Mountain (director). Office: Michigan Stove Co. Residence: 725 Jefferson Av.

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