The Burton Collection at the Detroit public library has provided me with great insight into the previous owners. Especially the first century of the houses existence. But strangely the Burton was missing city directories beyond 1970. A tip from a reader and excellent resource informed me that Dearborn public library contained the Detroit directories as well. She was very right!
And since I work literally a 1/4 mile from the library, i have finally gotten around to filling out more of 'the matrix'.
Something very startling but expected happened though as i made my way from the 1970's through the 90's. It confirmed what my neighbor had told me. And that was that the house sat empty AT LEAST from 1971-1997.
So the 1985 picture is about the dead middle of the house being empty.
I've also become confident that "xxxy" is the other half of my 'duplex'. I will have to double check with some ariel photographs vs, the house next door. I'm going to start including it in the matrix.
I apologize for the strange formating. I'm too lazy to try and investigate...as you know i have other stuff going on.
Now, To the matrix!
|1850||x||Woodbridge Farm?||This is the last available directory before the 1865 directory where the house first appears. So the build date for the house is 1851-1865|
|1865||Joseph Kingston||104 Baker||first time the house appears in Detroit directories. Joseph is listed as a "dray man". Which is one who drives a "dray" or a flatbed cart for moving heavy items.|
|1867||Joseph Kingston||132 Baker||Address changes from 104 to 132|
|1899||Eliza Kingston||132 Baker||Owner changes to Eliza, this leads me to discover Josephs death entry in Michigan records. Eliza is a "housekeeper".|
|1904||Charles E. Rhodes||132 Baker||Charles is a carpenter. In earlier directories he lives in Delray, which is a place I have a lot of interest in. In Delray he is only a "Laborer"|
|1922||Charles E. Rhodes||xxxx* Baker||The entire city is renumbered and the address changes to it's current 4-digit address|
|1920's||Charles E. Rhodes||xxxx* Bagley||The street is renamed "Bagley" after Governor John Judson Bagley, who served Michigan from 1873 to 1877|
|1932-1933||Charles E. Rodes||xxxx* Bagley||It appears at this point the house was a duplex also listing a now non-exsisting address between my neighbor and I. There is also mention of a "MO&I Express Inc. Operating out of the back.|
|1941||Charles E. Rodes||xxxx* Bagley||Last listing for Charles E. Rhodes|
|1949-1950||Freda McCreary||xxxx* Bagley||the phone number is WO5-0497|
|1953||No owner is listed||xxxx* Bagley||vacant?|
|1958||James "Alma" T. Slater||xxxx* Bagley||He is a porter at a dealership Chevrolet (1960), Royal Pontiac (1964),|
|1970||James "Alma" T. Slater||xxxx* Bagley||Last listing for James T Slater.|
|1971||NP "no phone" or "no people"||xxxx* Bagley||First year the house is empty (1977-1995)|
|NP||xxxy* Bagley||believed to be the duplex (lower half of house)|
|NP||xxxy* Bagley||last year for xxxy*|
|1995||NP||xxxx* Bagley||empty from 1977 to at least 1995|
|late 90's||Anne||xxxx* Bagley|
|2005-2006||Bank of New York||xxxx* Bagley||Who I bought it from|
|2006-2007||This guy!||xxxx* Bagley|
*omission of the current address is only to protect the quietness of my project. Anybody who has been near Corktown knows what house it is.