PARK 81 – OSCAR B. MARX

BEGINNINGS OF A TRADITION:  THE DETROIT CITY CHRISTMAS TREE 

Oscar Marx was born on July 14, 1866 in Detroit.  His parents, Stephen Marx and wife Eleanor [Busch] were German immigrants turned dairy farmers living on the cusp of Hamtramck Twp. and Detroit.

The Marx farm faced Gratiot Road with acreage running north along Mount Elliot. It was quite close to the small town of St. Anthony which was annexed by Detroit in 1891.   Image:  Wayne County Atlas, 1876.
Stephen Marx makes front page news.  Apparently vehicle theft has always been a Detroit problem. Source:   1.31.1868, Detroit Free Press.

The hard work and discipline of his farm based upbringing along with a touch of seminary school gave Marx the determination needed to become a successful civic leader and Detroit businessman.   Continue reading “PARK 81 – OSCAR B. MARX”

Bruce Wark, Sr. – Park 54

STRIKING IT RICH

Bruce Wark as featured in the City of Detroit Vol 5 1701-1922.
Bruce Wark as featured in the City of Detroit Vol 5 1701-1922.

Sometimes when you search far and wide, you end up finding your future right in the place where you began.  Ontario born Bruce Wark (b.1874-1944) came to Detroit in 1894 and began selling typewriters.  Without result, he chucked that career and spent the last two years of the nineteenth century as a prospector in the Klondike seeking a gold rush fortune.  Pardon the pun, it didn’t pan out.  When he returned to Detroit in 1900, he would find his fortune was waiting for him. Continue reading “Bruce Wark, Sr. – Park 54”