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[MI] 99 Y.O. DIARY REVEALS WELL-KNOWN DETROIT NAMES

I FOUND MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER'S DIARY (WHICH SHE ALSO USED AS AN ADDRESS BOOK)THAT IS DATED 1903-1906. IT REVEALS IMPORTANT DETROIT - CANADIAN NAMES.
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MY GRANDMOTHER, EMMA WILLIAMS, (AGE 15) AND HER MOTHER, JULIA (HALL) WILLIAMS LIVED AT 67 GARFIELD IN DETROIT IN 1903-1909. GRANDMA'S DIARY WAS GIVEN TO HER BY HER FRIEND, MISS MILLS, AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT IN 1903.

MANY NAMES FOUND IN HER DIARY I FOUND LISTED IN THE "MICHIGAN MANUAL OF FREEDMAN'S PROGRESS":

-EARL CONWAY, 473 BEAUBIEN, DETROIT
-ROSE WILLIS, 51 SUPERIOR, DETROIT
-MRS. H. TOLLIVER, 226 WATSON, DETROIT
-ANDREW CRUZETT, 292 ERSKINE, DETROIT
-FANNIE WHITE, (AN EXHIBITOR AT THE MICHIGAN EXHIBIT OF FREEDMAN'S PROGRESS AT THE NATIONAL HALF CENTURY EXPOSITION AT CHICAGO, IL. - HELD IN CONNECTION WITH THE CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEGRO EMANCIPATION.
-WALTER G. COLLINS, ONE OF THE HONORARY VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE OFFICERS OF FREEDMAN'S PROGRESS COMMISSION, ORGANIZED APRIL 21, 1915.
-GEORGE WELFORD GOLDEN, DETROIT - EXHIBITOR, LANDSCAPE.

THE NEXT LIST REALLY PEAKED MY INTEREST IN THAT SHE HAD IT LABELED -
"THE BOYS OF DETROIT AND WINDSOR":
-WALTER COLLINS
-ANDREW CRUZETT
-JOHN EDDY
-WALTER FRANKLINS
-GEORGE GOLDEN
-ROBERT PULLEY
-CLEARANCE TURNER (YES, THE SPELLING IS CORRECT)
-CHARLIE WATTS
-ELMOR WINBURN

IN THE DIARY THERE WERE NOTATIONS:
"JULY 15, 1904 - FRANCES WHITE AND ETHEL HARRIS CALLED TO SEE ME."
"EMMA WILLIAMS, SAXORINA COTTAGE. GROSSE ILE, MICHIGAN, JULY 21, 1905.

I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE NAMES - AND ESPECIALLY -
"THE BOYS OF DETROIT AND WINDSOR."


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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