Fred Nagle – Park 74

Here’s one from the GONE file.. Fred Nagle’s life and efforts stretched to many parts of Detroit – a boyhood home on High Street in Corktown; residence in the Madison – Lenox hotel; a boy’s club off Fenkell Avenue and  a long gone rec center and playground in the Elmwood neighborhood –  all of those haunts are gone.  The only thing left to his Detroit legacy is his burial marker in Mount Olivet Cemetery.  When I find it.. I will post a photo.

INVESTED IN DETROIT

Location:  Gone – Rec Center and playground formerly at Congress and Larned; Boys Boxing Club north of Focus Hope.

Fred George Nagle [1885- 1954] was a lifelong Detroiter and Corktown native who graced the halls of the Trinity School and Detroit College [now University of Detroit].  Nagel crafted a successful 25+ year real estate career with an office located in the Penobscot Building.  He managed his cadre of rentals, business locations and developed local strip shopping malls in the 1950’s.  The confirmed bachelor lived with his two sisters in the long gone Madison – Lenox Hotel off Harmonie Park.  

Fred Nagle
Fred Nagle was camera shy and a man of few photos. Photo: Detroit Parks and Recreation Annual Report for 1940.

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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”