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”