The Home for the Friendless dates back to May of 1860 when the Ladies’ Christian Union was organized. It took in homeless women and children and “stray old ladies”. Some of the children that were there were the children of inmates in jail or in the Detroit House of Correction. In 1866, the home took in as boarders the children of widows and persons in service.
DSGR has a publication on the Home and a number of the residents that passed through: Record of the Juvenile Inmates of the Home for the Friendless, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI 1862-1868. This book lists the admissions and departures of the children housed there. Soft bound, 99 pages, indexed, published in 1995. Patricia Ibbotson; Indexed by James N. Jackson.
1903 Detroit Police Captains (L – R) – Back Row: James McDonnell (Chief of Detectives); Third Row: Alfonso Baker, Lemuel Guyman, Pierce Hanrahan, & William Nolan; Second Row: William Thompson, Jesse Mack, Edmund F Culver, & A.H. Bachmann; Front Row: C.C. Starkweather, John T Spillane, Joan Martin, & Andrew J Rogers
Our boys in blue! If you had family members in the DPD, you’ll be happy to learn that some staff records are available in the Burton Historical Library and at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing.
Burton Historical Library
Detroit Police Department records, 1867-1907
Archives of Michigan
Police Force Pay Rolls
1887 – 1896
1902 – 1903
1907 – 1915
1921 – 1924
1931 – 1934
1943 – 1947
Did you know…
Detroit’s first police cruiser (late 1910) was a souped-up Oldsmobile that sped to crime scenes with up to 15 officers clinging to its doors and running boards.
This snazzy car replaced the Flying Squadron’s motorcycles.
(L – R) Capt. Alphonse Baker, Sergt. John C Staples, and patrolmen Williams Fields, Fred Raymond, William Fisher, and Ora Tuttle
Have you ever mentioned “blind pig” outside of Michigan and received nothing but blank stares?
Detroit had blind pigs before the prohibition era (1920 – 1933).
Christmas has come early for Detroit researchers!
Detroit News Article: Historic Detroit News Items Go To State Archives
I wouldn’t have believed it either. Here’s a small piece of the 11 July 1912 Detroit Free Press article.
Family History Fair Tomorrow!
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Woodward Avenue (37425 Woodward) in Bloomfield Hills.
There will be 3 live classes with the remainder of the instruction being videos from the latest RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City in February 2014. Following the event, a light dinner will be available.
The Family History Fair is free, however registration is requested.
This program is from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Family History Center in Bloomfield Hills.
I enjoy coming across obits of lesser known Detroit pioneers while researching. This nice obit about Michael Boehnlein put a smile on my face. He spent more than half his life in Detroit, had a passion for books, and was loved by his community.