MICHIGAN TRAVEL TIPS
THE HOLOGLOBE PRESS
(The 171st Edition)
Victor Edward Swanson,
RULES OF USE
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To all "liberals" and "communists" and "socialists"
and "fascists" and "Shariaists," I state--I promote hate toward
Barack Hussein Obama (a killer), all Democrats, most
of the high-level people in the Republican Party, and people
who are tied to Islamic law or Sharia and Allah
(the piece of shit idea created by men). One reason for
that is they support the "Shared Responsibility Payment." It is
a federal tax on people for not buying federal-government
approved health-care insurance and
for not helping to pay for other people's health
care, such as foreigners who are illegal aliens (whether or not
they are children) and defects of nature like Caitlyn Jenner who
want to change their outward appearance from one sex type to
another sex type. I do not pay for others who do not care
for themselves, especially under threat, coming for rotten
politicians. It is not my "responsibility" to promote and support
rottenness! A good person must learn the skill to hate on
demand to protect the self. Hate is power to destroy
rottenness and rotten people fully. Learn the skill!
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Historic homes or houses exist all over Michigan. Consider some of them--The Alden B. Dow Home, The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, The Hackley House, The Hume House, The Moross House, The Singapore House, and The Turner-Dodge House. In Detroit, near Wayne State University, there is a house that has been tied to United Sound Systems (5840 Second Avenue), where, for one, records were recorded and produced, and, by the way, in the middle of the 1970s, I saw the inside of the United Sound Systems when it was yet being used a little to make records, and one reason for that is I was a student at Wayne State University and a member of a student radio station at the university, which was known as WAYN-AM. By the way, in addition, several times I walked to the home of WJR-AM 760, Detroit, which was in the famous Fisher Building, when I was a student at Wayne State University. The United Sound Systems house and WJR-AM are not far from each other, and they are both a little north of the campus of Wayne State University. Also, incidentally, I often walked by the Maccabees Building, which was located on the campus of Wayne State University; it was located on Woodward Avenue near Putnam Street, and the building was, in the 1930s and the early 1940s, the home of WXYZ-AM, the radio station that put famous radio show on the air, such as The Lone Ranger [Note: In 1948, the studios were located in a building at 8415 East Jefferson, and a friend of mine, who is living today, was at the building one day to see an actual broadcast of The Lone Ranger. In 1948, the new television station--WXYZ-TV, Channel 7--was in the Maccabees Building, and it would be for a few years.]. Now let me get back to the main subject, which is historic homes. In the previous edition of Michigan Travel Tips, I reported that this edition of Michigan Travel Tips would go to one of the most famous houses in Detroit related to entertainment history--if not the most important--and I only learned of the true importance of the place in late May 2018, even though I had spent six years of my life at the place.
The place no longer exists!
The place to which I refer was the house that existed at "672 Putnam" between 1971 and 1977 when I was a member of WAYN-AM, a student-run radio station on the campus of Wayne State University. The house existed for more than six years. The house was torn down about ten years after I had left the place or the radio station and the university. In June 2018, I learned the house was built in 1894, and I determined the building sort of had a 90-year span of history tied to the entertainment field, almost none of which I was aware of in the 1970s.
When I was at the radio station--the building--I did not think much about the building. I knew it was a building that was probably constructed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. It had what I considered three floors and a basement. Over the years, I sort cleaned up the place, especially the basement, which was like a fire-danger place (in the middle of the 1970s) before I tackled it. At one point when I was in the station, I discovered a forgotten dumbwaiter. I had the feeling the building could have been set up for use by at least a fairly well-off person, such as a banker or the owner of a business. Oh, the third floor was not used, having been sort of condemned [Note: In 2018, I would learn the third floor was considered an attic.].
For about 14 years, I have had a document on the Internet that tells the story of WAYN-AM from--mostly--1971 to 1977, but it was only on June 1, 2018, that I decided to see if I could track down more history of the building that was the home of WAYN-AM, and it was a search that lasted through June 3, 2018, and the researching was done through the Internet, and I got some help from a man named Sean Marshall, who was then associated with the Burton Historical Collection at the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library [Note: In the 1970s, I spent many hours in the Music and Performing Arts section of the Main Library, looking at editions of, for example, TV Guide and Variety to learn about television history.] I never used the Burton Historical Collection, but I saw it or was at it a few times.
Sean Marshall sent me two emails of information on June 2, 2018, responding to questions that I had posed to him through an email on June 1, 2018. One piece of information that Sean Marshall sent me was a graphic image--a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Polk's Detroit City Directory of 1920. That gave proof that the original address for the building was "152 Putnam." The other main piece of information from Sean Marshall was an article from the Detroit Free Press entitled "New Number Plan Effective Aug. 1." ("New Number Plan Effective Aug. 1." Detroit Free Press, 16 April 1920, p. 7.), and the article noted that people had to use the new building numbering system on August 1, 1920, and not remove yet old address signs from buildings.
Before I got the information from Sean Marshall, I had already spent time looking for information about the building when it was considered a building at "672 Putnam", and when I got the information noting that the original address was "152 Putnam", I did more researching, and, in total, I came up with a "Big-Bang History Story."
Let us take a break so you can catch your breath, imagining what type of "Big-Bang History Story" I might have.
Warning announcement! Because of incidents at schools for children and incidents at other places for people in general tied to "Sharia" or "Islamic Law" or even the religion/political system known as "Islam," I now regularly have this paragraph as a part of each edition of Michigan Travel Tips. The governmental system of the United States of America based on The U.S. Constitution and "Sharia" or, informally, Islam law, are not compatible and cannot co-exist, and one reason is "Sharia" (et cetera) is a political system, in which there is one-party rule, and that one party is basically made up or controlled by religious leaders who base all the ways of their culture or society on "Sharia" or "Islamic Law." Those who uphold and practice "Sharia" have no tolerance for the existence of Christianity or Buddhism or Hinduism or non-religion, and that is a fact, and "Sharia" is a political system in which women are second-rate human bodies and in which clergy can be involved in determining business transactions, and there is no "freedom of speech" tied to politics in a society related to "Sharia." When you travel around Michigan and in other states of the country, watch for signs that rotten people are trying to teach you or family members, especially children, that "Sharia" is good and "Allah" is good and teach you or family members that the United States of America is bad and that, for instance, Christianity and Buddhism and Hinduism are bad, which I have evidence is happening and which is being brought about by people who are clearly working to make "Sharia" and "Islamic Law" a dominant political system in the world (it is a political system as rotten as socialism and fascism and communism are, since it promotes violence and thuggery and coercion and killing under the face of religion). By the way, a society based on "Sharia" really creates nothing in the long run and does not advance the human society as a whole since it is too busy suppressing the ideas of people and keeping that ideas of the society based of ways of only a few minds up front (the political leaders), whose main purpose is too keep themselves enriched through the work of others, the many--it is a gang-run society really. Yes, if you run across people pushing the idea that Muslim stuff--particularly the true The Quran and not the translations of The Quran that are faked to hide the true nature of Islam--is better than U.S. is, especially to little children, go public and make it known to other good people and fight back against it.
I return now to the story of the building at 672 Putnam or 152 Putnam.
One of the things that I did in researching the building as "672 Putnam" was to look at the "1940 Census" (which is tied to the federal government). At the time of the "1940 Census," eight family groups were living in the house--it was a boarding house or rooming house. One family group was a woman living by herself--Sylvia Turppa, who was an adding machine operator for an adding machine company--and yet another person living alone was a man named Joseph Donis, who was a milkman working for a creamery. Another family group was made up of Walter Covert and his wife (Barbara), and he was a laborer at an auto factory, and Barbara was a beautician at a beauty parlor. Another family group was made up of William Kendall and his wife (Martha), and he was a salesman for a baking company, and Martha was a proprietor of a rooming house (maybe that which was 672 Putnam). Another family group was Donald Tannehill and his wife (Evalena) and Donald's brother (John), and Donald was shipping clerk for motor products, and Evalena was domestic at a hospital in the city, and John was a coal miner. Another family was Harry Khory and wife (Mary), and Harry was a staffer at a playground, and Mary was not working. Another family was the Paul W. Roberts family, having Robert and his wife (Betty), and he was an apprentice tool maker for an auto-body manufacturer, and Betty was a soda-fountain attendant. It was eighth family in the group of families that really sparked a bit of fun in me. The family was the Lester Hutstunson family, having Lester and his wife (Aenone), and Aenone was a sales lady at a department store, and Lester was (as noted on the page of the "1940 Census")--a "radio engineer" for "radio" (probably meaning a "radio station"). I had to chuckled.
Some thirty years before I was at 672 Putnam, the house was home to a "radio engineer" of the Detroit area. Of course, I did not know what radio station. WJR-AM was close to 672 Putnam, and WXYZ-AM (in the Maccabees Building) was even closer than WJR-AM was. Lester Hutstunson could easily walk to either WJR-AM or WXYZ-AM. However, Lester Hutstunson could easily walk to Woodward Avenue to get to a street car that could take him to downtown Detroit, where WWJ-AM was.
Whatever the radio station was, I had now in mind that 672 Putnam was home to a radio station the 1970s or so and had a real "radio engineer" as a resident around 1940, and I can say that it was one of those--Wouldn't-you-know-it moments.
Around the hour that I was looking at the "1940 Census" information, I was looking in the Detroit Free Press for information about "672 Putnam" through word searching. Between 1927 and 1948, I found a number of advertisements indicating that rooms were for rent at 672 Putnam. At least between 1927 and 1948, the place was a rooming house or boarding house.
For now, I can only say that Wayne State University got the property in the 1950s.
Once I had "152 Putnam" as the first address, I was able to hunt for articles in newspapers and other publications (in digital form) in relation to "152 Putnam", and what I found was astounding. The building was built in 1894, and the first owner was Owen Stanley Fawcett. Who was Owen Stanley Fawcett? I had no idea. I went looking. I quickly found Owen Stanley Fawcett (or Owen S. Fawcett or Owen Fawcett) was a famous actor, and, in fact, he had a 50-year career, and he was a big-name actor in Detroit in the late 1800s and very early 1900s. Owen Stanley Fawcett performed throughout the country, often at Opera House-like places, from New York to San Francisco, and he was considered a comedian mostly, and he appeared in ten productions on "Broadway" at the time, the first of which was a production of Hamlet (from 1864 to 1865) and the last of which was Robert Emmet: The Days of 1803 (in 1902). Often he performed in touring companies, such as a member of the Lyccum Theater (New York) touring group. And he appeared in Detroit productions. It can be said that Owen Stanley Fawcett was part of an acting dynasty, the history of which when back to the 1700s. Charles Fawcett (1771-1836) lived in England and was an actor, and his wife was a stage performer, too, and they had a son, and the son took Owen Stanley Fawcett to the U.S. to live when Owen was about two years of age (Owen was born in 1838), and Owen Stanley Fawcett was raised in Philadelphia. It was on December 7, 1853, when Owen Stanley Fawcett first appeared on stage, and that took place on a stage in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Owen Stanley Fawcett played George Shelby in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Owen Stanley Fawcett married a woman named Mary, and she appeared on stage in the 1800s, and they had a daughter, Mary, who ended up on the stage, and the daughter's son named Owen, appeared on stage. Incidentally, three generations of the Owen Stanley Fawcett family--Owen Fawcett, Mary (his daughter's daughter), and Owen (his grandson)--performed in A Kiss in the Dark at the Empire Theater in Detroit on June 6, 1898. In late 1903, Owen Stanley Fawcett was in a touring production of Emmet Roberts: The Days of 1803, and it was his last production; by early January 1904, he was at his country home in Flat Rock, Michigan, after having to retired from acting because of illness, and Owen Stanley Fawcett died at his country home on February 21, 1904.
Owen Stanley Fawcett did not spend much time at the house at 152 Putnam, because he often was touring and because of other reasons. I discovered an advertisement in the Detroit Free Press for July 31, 1896, and it noted that 152 Putnam was a house that could be rented, and it was noted that the place was "complete in ever way," having shades, a furnace, a laundry, a billiard room, six bedrooms, gas, and electric lights, and it was close to a new high school. I know not who rented the place, but I know John C. Shaw was living in the place in 1902 or so; John C. Shaw was a lawyer, was the first "commodore" for the Detroit Boat Club (which had been founded in 1899), and was involved in making what became a famous yacht of 1901--The Cadillac. John C. Shaw left the house behind in late 1902 or early 1903, and someone else came in, but I know not who came in. Between 1906 and at least 1910, a man named Seaman Leggett Bird was living in the house; Seaman L. Bird was in the clothing business, and around the time that he lived in the house, he was associated with a store in downtown Detroit called Traver-Bird Co. (which, at least by 1917, would be known as S.L. Bird and Sons and would exist till at least 1940), and, by the way, in 1917, he was living with his wife in Pine Lake, Michigan [Note: It can be said that Pine Lake is in the West Bloomfield area of southeastern Lower Michigan and near Detroit).
That is about the only main information that I know about "152 Putnam" or "672 Putnam", but I have a bunch of pieces of information in my files, some of which I will pass along to you here. Some one living in the house on May 15, 1914, had an advertisement in the Detroit Free Press of that day noting that a reward was being offered for the return of a "small silver bonbon box" that had been lost in downtown Detroit on May 13, 1914. In December 1931, August Martin was one of the persons living at 672 Putnam, and that month he was injured in a traffic accident at Second Avenue and Warren Avenue, a location not far from 672 Putnam--it was talking distance. On March 20, 1944, Mr. M. Voal, who was living at the place, had an advertisement in the Detroit Free Press, and the advertisement noted that Mr. M. Voal lost his billfold with important cards in it and he was hoping that it and the cards would be returned to him. In December 1946, Francis Cunningham, who was living at 672 Putnam, was seriously injured in a traffic accident about seven miles west of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
WAYN-AM was housed within 672 Putnam from roughly the late 1960s to the early 1980s, and a short time after 1985 (when I know the station was gone from the building), the building was torn down to make way for new stuff for Wayne State University.
You cannot visit what in the end was called the house at "672 Putnam" of the Wayne State University, but you can see the building, if you wish. It is possible to find a photograph of it from either 1976 or 1985 on the Internet. I have a PDF document with photographs about the building, but I am not putting that document on the Internet, but a version exists with the Burton Historical Collection of the Main Branch library of the Detroit Public Library system (Detroit).
Since "152 Putnam" or "672 Putnam" had ties to a famous stage performer--Owen Stanley Fawcett--when it was built in 1894, had a "radio engineer" living in it around 1940, and was the home to WAYN-AM when the building was shut down in the 1980s--which was about a 90-year span--I think the house rates as an important historic house in Detroit, if not the most important.
You have to understand how famous Owen Stanley Fawcett was and how his history goes back to the entertainment world of England in the 1700s, and, in a way, the history of "152 Putnam" or "672 Putnam" involves things that happened from the late 1700s to 1980s, which could make the span of time some two-hundred years.
If you feel I am stretching things a bit, I say--"So what!" to you.
In a way, you have just taken a "virtual" history tour of a historic house in Michigan, and I name the house--The Historic Owen Stanley Fawcett House of 1894 in Detroit, Michigan.
By the way, I do have a PDF document that shows WAYN-AM of the late 1960s and 1970s through photographs, and it is available to past members of WAYN-AM through special request to me (The Hologlobe Press).
Enjoy your traveling in Michigan!
P.S. #1: Remember: While you travel in Michigan, remind your children or grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any politician or sing the praises of Barack Obama, and to help you remember other matters that you should teach children about bad politicians, such as Barack Obama (who can be described as an "enslave"), see such other documents of mine as Conservatism for Children and What Conservatism Means (which can be reached through this link: Conservatism) and Lessons for Children about Politics and Dangerous People (which can be reached through this link: Children). (Note: I first passed along the subject of not being a "servant to Obama" and the like in the publication entitled T.H.A.T. #58, which can be reached through this link: T.H.A.T. #58.)
P.S. #2: While you travel in Michigan, it is easy to come across evidence of rotten people or to meet rotten people. One really rotten man is Richard Bernstein, who is a new member to the Supreme Court for the State of Michigan. Evidence of his rottenness can be found in my document entitled Richard Bernstein--A Man Who Hopes You Are Blind to His Rottenness, which can be reached through this Bernstein link. Yet, on Monday, January 12, 2015, the Detroit Free Press did a story about Richard Bernstein to sell Richard Bernstein as something good, though he is not (Ahern, Louise Knott. "State's 1st blind justice aims to be inspiration." Detroit Free Press, 12 January 2014, p. 4A.). I report--I urge anyone who runs a business and loses a court case in which Richard Bernstein was one of the presiding judges to have the decision thrown out or killed through another case, since Richard Bernstein, while running to be elected to the Supreme Court of Michigan, made it clear that he was going to be biased against businesses if he were to be elected to the Supreme Court of Michigan, and that is a fact. Richard Bernstein is a rotten man!
Your unusual travel tip in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is:
The House at 152 Putnam (between 1894 and 1920) or the House at 672 Putnam (between 1920 and about 1986) or, maybe, The Owen Stanley Fawcett House, Detroit, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.
P.S.: I was in the house for six years, and I washed and waxed floors, and I cleaned up the basement well, and I rewired 'Studio A", and I repaired radio equipment, and I resturctured the "rack" (which had radio equipment, such as the amplifier that send the feed to the ABC Radio network to WDET-FM, which still exists), and I made a sales brochure, and I taught the basics of "Top 40" radio and more, and I found the dumbwaiter (which had been forgotten), and I had no idea that I was in a truly historic house. [Note: To learn more about WAYN-AM, use this WAYN-AM link.]
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