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 158-163

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EDDY, William J.; born, Port Oram, N. J., June 16, 1872; son of James and Mary (Penluna) Eddy; graduate Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Mich.; holds teachers' state life certificate diploma; married at Saginaw, Mich., Aug. 20, 1902, Miss Jean B. Claxton. At 12 years of age began working on farm, studying common and high school branches without a teacher, evenings, and began teaching school at 19; was principal Gagetown (Mich.) schools 4 years, and superintendent schools, Croswell, 4 years; entered real estate business at Croswell, Mich., 1905; removed to Detroit, 1906; treasurer Real Estate Trust Co. Republican. Episcopalian. Mason; member Maccabees. Recreation: Study of languages. Office: 1014 Chamber of Commerce. Residence: 69 Ash St.

EDGAR, Clinton Goodloe, merchant; born, Detroit, Dec. 21, 1873; son of James and Mary (Goodloe) Edgar; educated in Detroit Seminary; Detroit Home and Day School; graduate Michigan Military Academy, 1892; graduate Cornell University, degree B. Sc., chemistry, 1897; married at Washington, D. C., Dec. 5, 1900, Mary McComas. Began business career with Detroit Gas Works, 1897; has been member of firm of W. H. Edgar & Sons since 1898, sugars, syrups, molasses and glucose. Also director First National Bank, Michigan Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Hargreaves Manufacturing Co. Member American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Kappa Alpha fraternity. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, University, Country, Detroit Boat, Automobile. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 72 Jefferson Av. Residence: 188 Iroquois Av.

EDWARDS, Allen Fullton, railway official; born, Crawford, Ga., June 14, 1876; son of James M. and Elizabeth (Scudder) Edwards; educated in public schools of Memphis, Tenn., private school, Charlotteville, Va., and Columbia University; married at Detroit, Jan. 21, 1904, Christine Muir Russel. Began active career as cashier in offices of the Yonkers Railroad, Yonkers, N. Y., 1896, and became superintendent and general superintendent of the road; went to Petersburg, Va., 1898, as general manager of electric light and railway properties; removed to Detroit, 1900, to become general manager Toledo & Monroe Railway, also, in 1900, was made general manager Detroit & Toledo Shore Line R. R., of which became receiver, 1902; has been purchasing agent Detroit United Railway since 1904. President National Pipe and Hose Coupler Co., Monroe Roller Coaster Co.; treasurer Detroit, Jackson & Chicago Ry.; director Detroit, Monroe & Toledo Short Line Railway, Newport Stone Co., Monroe, Piers & Park Resort Co. Republican. Presbyterian. Clubs: Detroit, Country, University. Recreations: Golf, shooting and fishing. Office: 12, Woodward Av. Residence: 212 Seminole Av.

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EDWARDS, George W., merchant; born, New Bedford, Mass., July 20, 1842; son of William G. and Emeline (Coffin) Edwards (both born in Nantucket, Mass.); common school education; married, New Bedford, 1866, Harriett P. Brown. Has been engaged in merchandise business since March 12, 1869; senior member firm of H. D. Edwards & Co., dealers in rubber goods, mill supplies and ship chandlers. Also vice president Detroit Oak Belting Co. Member Board of Commerce. Republican in politics. Presbyterian in religious affiliations: president board of trustees Westminister Presbyterian Church. Clubs: Detroit, Old Club of St. Clair Flats, Country, Detroit Book. Recreation: Fishing. Office: 18-24 Woodward Av., Detroit. Residence: 539 Cass Av., Detroit; summer residence: Nantucket, Mass.

EGAN, Frank William, railway official; born, Amboy, Ill., Jan. 31, 1862; son of Frank E. and Ann (Lanihan) Egan; educated in public schools; married at Slater, Mo., June, 1889, Miss Adah Mann. Entered railway service as telegraph operator, Chicago & Alton Ry., 1877, and became train despatcher and chief despatcher same road; was train despatcher Wabash Ry., 1893-94; trainmaster Kansas, Pittsburg & Gulf Ry., 1895-98; trainmaster Grand Trunk R. R., 1898-99, and superintendent Middle division, 1899-01, and Western division, 1901-02; general superintendent Denver & Rio Grande Ry., 1902-03, and Colorado & Southern Ry., Jan.-Aug., 1903; general manager Fort Worth & Denver City Ry., Aug-Dec., 1903; assistant superintendent transportation Grand Trunk R. R. at Island Pond, Vt., 1904-05, and superintendent Western division same road since Jan. 1, 1905. Republican. Catholic. Recreation: Hunting. Office: Brush St. Depot. Residence: 123 Forest Av., E.

EGLE, William; born, Baden Baden, Germany, Mar. 15, 1867; son of John and Mary (Schleit) Egle; educated in Germany; came to the United States, 1881; married at Detroit, 1894, Miss Elizabeth Zimmerman. Entered United States Army as musician and was stationed at Fort Custer, Mont., 1881-91, becoming sergeant 1st Cavalry Regiment Band; came to Detroit, 1891; invented and patented a china kiln, and with his brother, Henry, organized the Egle Brothers manufacturing Co., 1897 (incorporated, 1902), manufacturers of china kilns; has been in sole charge of the business since death of his brother, 1904. Also president Eureka Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of manhole doors. Republican. Recreations: Boating and river diversions. Office: 169-171 Sylvester Av. Residence: 939 Bellevue Av.

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EISEN, Adolph, architect; born, Switzerland, Mar. 18, 1878; son of Gottlieb and Albertine (Leimbacher) Eisen; came to America with parents, 1882; educated in public schools of Andrews, Ind., married at Chelsea, Mich., Oct. 15, 1905, Lettie Wackenhut. Began studies in Detroit, 1894; has been member of firm of Mildner & Eisen since Nov. 1, 1906. Member Architectural League of America, Detroit Architectural Club. Member German Evangelical Church. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 1018 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 162 Leverette St.

EKHARDT, August; born, Bavaria, Germany, Apr. 18, 1846; came to America, 1854; educated in Canada; married at Cincinnati, O., 1872, Miss Matilda Hiler. Learned brewer's trade in Cincinnati, where he lived, 1863-72; came to Detroit, 1872, and in 1883 associated with Herman Becker and entered the brewing business on his own account, incorporating, 1891, as Ekhardt & Becker Brewing Co. Republican. Protestant. Mason. Member Harmonie Society. Office: 482 Orleans St. Residence: 212 Sherman.

ELDRIDGE, William A.; born, Port Huron, Mich., Oct. 15, 1847; son of Gustavus A. and Ellen Eldridge; common school education; married at Jefferson, Ill., Oct. 15, 1872, Florence Bean. Began active career in forwarding and coal business, at Port Huron; was made freight and passenger agent of the Star Line Steamers, Detroit, 1883; became associated with the Parker & Millen Steamboat and Insurance Agency, 1887, and has since had charge of its fire insurance department, the firm name being changed to Parker Bros., and upon incorporation, 1903, to Parker Brothers Co., Ltd., fire and marine insurance, coal, coke and foundry supplies, wrecking outfits and cartage agency. Also secretary and treasurer Michigan Association of Fire Insurance Agents. Mason (32), Shriner. Club: Detroit Underwriters' (president). Recreations: All outdoor sports. Office: 33 Fort St., W. Residence: 748 2nd Av.

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ELLIOTT, Clifford, wholesale grocer; born in West India Islands, Feb. 1, 1852; son of John and Rosalin (Smith) Elliott. Began business career in employ of Farrington, Campbell & Co., wholesale grocers, and has continued with the house through various changes to date; became partner in the business, 1877; the name of the firm was changed to B. F. Farrington & Co., and on death of Mr. Farrington, 1882, the title became Sinclair, Evans & Elliott, and later, C. Elliott & Co., which has been a branch of the National Grocers' Co. since 1902. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Club: Country. Office: 119 Larned St., W. Residence: 111 Eliot St.

ELLIOTT, Edgar; born, Detroit, may 2, 1865; son of Richard R. and Ellen (McCarthy) Elliott; educated in private school and Detroit College; unmarried. Began active career in employ of the Michigan Stove Co., 1883; became connected with the Peninsular Stove Co., 1890; was manager Caille Bros. Co., 1904-06; has been director, secretary, treasurer and manager of the Sun Stove Co. since June 20, 1906. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Commercial, Country. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 1305-1319 Bellevue Av. Residence: 57 Piquette Av.

ELLIOTT, George H.; born, Lorain Co., O., Aug. 4, 1862; son of Hiram and Amelia (Benson) Elliott; educated in public schools of Lorain Co.; married at Bridgeport, O., 1883, Alice M. Chapman. Began active career as telegraph operator on the Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling Ry. (now part of B. & O. Ry. system); was connected with wholesale grocery business at Bridgeport, O., for 8 years, and for 7 years was identified with preserving and packing fruits and vegetables, in Wheeling, W. Va; came to Detroit, 1898, and established his present business as manufacturers' agent. Methodist. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 82 W. Woodbridge St. Residence: 124 Seward Av.

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ELLIS, Griffith Ogden, publisher; born, Urbana, O., Nov. 19, 1869; son of Griffith and Jane Hoge (Woods) Ellis; educated in Urbana public schools, Urbana University, Columbian University and University of Michigan; married, Detroit Apr. 21, 1897, Ellen Winifred Scripps. In government service at Washington, 1890-91; became connected with the Sprague Publishing Co., 1891, and has been vice president of the company since 1894; also vice president Sprague's Correspondence School. Republican. Presbyterian. Member Beta Theta Pi. Clubs: Detroit Boat, Fellowcraft. Office: 733-744 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 30 Kirby Avenue, W.

ELLIS, Robert G.; born, Ireland, Nov. 25, 1868; son of Kennedy and Sarah (Adams) Ellis; educated in public schools; came to America, 1886; married at Detroit, Sept. 2, 1897, Miss Edith E. Baisch. Began active career at Detroit in employ of M. M. Stanton, wholesale furnishings, and spent 7 years in the store and 8 years on the road as traveling salesman for the house; remained with this firm until he began for self in 1902 as importer of linens and handkerchiefs. Member Masonic order, Knights Templar. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: Hodges Bldg., 121 Jefferson Av. Residence: Jefferson Apts.

EMERSON, Justin Edwards, physician; born, Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii, Aug. 11, 1841; son of Rev. John S. and Ursula Sophia (Newell) Emerson; graduate Williams College, A. B., 1865 (A. M.); graduate Harvard Medical School, 1868, married at Kalamazoo, Mich., Dec. 26, 1877, Wilimena H. Eliot, A. M., M.D.; assistant physician Michigan Insane Asylum, Kalamazoo, 1870-7; traveled in Europe, 1878-79; in practice in Detroit since Oct., 1880; consulting neurologist Harper Hospital, and of Children's Free Hospital, Detroit; attending physician St. Joseph's Retreat, Dearborn, Mich. Fellow American Academy of Medicine (president, 1893); member American Medico-Psychological Association, American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, Detroit Academy of Medicine, S. A. R., Detroit Association of Charities. Republican. Mason. Member Sons of the American Revolution, Society of the Colonial Wars. Club: Old Club. Recreations: Study of alphabets of different languages; searching genealogies. Address: 128 Henry St.

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EMMERT, John Harley, auditor; born, Hedgesville, W. Va., Aug. 31, 1858; son of John and Louise (Burkhart) Emmert; educated in public schools of Maryland and at Fort Scott, Kan.; married Kansas City, Dec. 6, 1883, Cynthia H. Finney. Began active career at Fort Scott as telegraph operator of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Rd., now part of the Frisco system, and became assistant to the general manager and later division superintendent and general superintendent of the road; was assistant to the president of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Ry., at Prescott, Ariz., 1899-1905; came to Detroit, 1905, and has since been auditor of estate of Simon J. Murphy; also auditor and director Simon J. Murphy Co., Murphy Power Co., Murphy Heating Co. and Murphy Storage & Ice Co. Republican. Member Board of Commerce. Clubs: Detroit, Detroit Golf. Recreations: Golf and other outdoor diversions.

EMMONS, Harold Hunter, lawyer; born, Detroit, June 30, 1875; son of Marcus A. and Alma M. Emmons; graduate Detroit high School, classical course, Feb., 1893; University of Michigan, degrees of A. B., 1897, LL.B., 1899; unmarried. Has been engaged in practice in Detroit since July 1, 1899; member law firm of Maybury, Lucking, Emmons & Helfman, orginally established 1878, present firm, Jan. 1, 1903. Lieutenant, junior grade, Michigan State Naval

Brigade. Republican. Member Delta Chi. Club: Detroit Boat. Recreations: Baseball, football, handball, tennis and rowing, at different periods. Office: 511 Moffat Blk. Residence: 635 2nd Av.

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ENDICOTT, John, treasurer The Newcomb-Endicott Co., wholesale and retail dry goods and carpets; born, Beverly, Mass., July 12, 1867; son of Robert R. and Anna W. (Sheldon) Endicott; educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, N. H., and Harvard University, graduating with degree of A. B.; married at Detroit, Aug., 1893, Elizabeth Watson (now deceased); again at Detroit, Aug. 9, 1902, Miss Mary Elizabeth Booth. Was with Union Pacific Ry. Co., at Omaha, Neb., and Sioux City, Ia., 1889-91; came to Detroit, 1891, and became connected as head bookkeeper with the house with which he has since continued; admitted as member of the firm, 1896, and has been treasurer since incorporation, 1903. Owner of large stock farm near Birmingham, where he breeds Hackney horses. Republican. Unitarian. Recreation: Breeding fine horses. Office: 190-206 Woodward Av., Detroit. Residence: Detroit; summer residence: Birmingham, Mich.

ENGLE, Seth Eldridge, lawyer; born, Sharon, N. Y., Mar. 14, 1840; son of Martin and Louisa (Seeley) Engle; educated in Sharon Springs up to 1855; at Kisco Institute to 1857; Lombard University, Galesburg, Ill., to 1861; University of Michigan, 1863-64; married, Pittsfield, Mich., 1866, Amelia A. Crittenden. Enlisted in 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, 1862, and was wounded at battle of South Mountain, Sept. 14, 1862; was in general practice in Washtenaw Co., Mich., 1866-75; removed to Detroit, 1875, where he has continued in practice alone. Republican until nomination of McKinley. Member G. A. R., Knights of Pythias, National Union. Recreation: Travel. Office: 705 Whitney Opera House Bldg. Residence: 82 Lincoln Av.

ENGLISH, William R.; born, Adrian, Mich., Feb. 14, 1860; son of Richard and Catherine (Leonard) English; educated in public schools of Adrian; unmarried. Engaged in farming until 1895, when he removed to Milwaukee and remained there for 3 years not engaged in any business; came to Detroit, 1898, and has since been operating in real estate in all its branches. Member Detroit Real Estate Exchange. Republican. Member Knights of Maccabees, Knights of Pythias. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 905 Chamber of Commerce Bldg. Residence: 468 4th Av.

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EPSTEAN, George G.; born, Detroit, Sept. 21, 1874; son of Isaac and Bloome (Epstean) Epstean; educated in public schools of Detroit, 1881-88, Detroit Business University, 1890-91; married at Detroit, Feb. 5, 1902, Anna Frankenstein. Began active career as bookkeeper for McLaughlin Bros., real estate; has been in general real estate business on his own account since 1892. Secretary Real Estate Board, 1905-06, and member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 311 Moffat Blk.  Residence: 221 E. Hancock Av.

ERDMAN, Charles; born, Silesia, Germany, May 14, 1845; educated in orphan school in Germany; came to America, 1873; married at Saginaw, Mich., 1891, Emma Wilhelm. Learned carriage making trade in Germany; located in Detroit, 1873; associated with Henry Sievers, 1875, as Sievers & Erdman, and organized firm of Sievers & Erdman. Lutheran. Republican. Member Masonic order. Recreation: Music. Office: Cor. Jefferson Av. and Beaubien St. Residence: 81 Erskine St.

ERICHSEN, Hugo, physician, author; born, Detroit, June 22, 1860; son of Claus Detlef and Elise (Ruslaub) Erichsen; on father's side of Danish extraction, on mother's Russian; educated German-American Seminary, Detroit; Realschule, Kiel, Germany; Detroit Medical College, graduating Mar. 6, 1882; graduate Medical Department, University of Vermont, June 26, 1882, and from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Kingston, Ont., 1883. Married at Detroit, June, 1, 1886, Emma Amelia Eggeman. Practiced in Detroit since 1882; city physician, Detroit, 1888-90; professor diseases of the brain and nervous system Quincy, Ill., 1883-85. Assistant editor Detroit Clinic, 1883, and subsequently associate editor Western Medical Reporter; for many years has been contributor to medical journals and standard popular magazines. Author: "Medical Rhymes," St. Louis, 1884; "The Cremation of the Dead," Detroit, 1887. Honorary member cremation societies of Milan, Italy, and The Netherlands, and of the Detroit Florist' Club. Founder of Michigan Cremation Association and Detroit Crematorium. Mason. Recreations: Amateur photography and gardening. Office: Parke, Davis, & Co. Residence: 240 Chandler Av.

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