Joseph Perrien – Park #45

Location:  Warren, Hancock, Grandy, Chene Street

THE WEALTHY MILLER

Joseph Dominick Perrien (1833-1896) was born in Loraine, France and immigrated to St Louis, Missouri in 1847.  Eventually his father brought the family to Detroit and erected a steam mill on Gratiot Avenue. Joseph and his brothers inherited the business named Fort Gratiot Mills.  They built a larger mill and began grinding wheat for flour.  The brothers lived behind the mill on Catharine Street and offered boarding to a few immigrant workers.  

Joseph was a bachelor investing his profits into real estate on Gratiot Avenue ultimately increasing his wealth.  Newspapers of the day described him as a half-millionaire.    Continue reading “Joseph Perrien – Park #45”