By Kathy Warnes
Police Open Second Precinct Police Station at 13th and Salliotte
History was made this week as Ecorse opened its ultra-modern second precinct police station at 13th and Salliotte roads.
Although the new building will be officially dedicated with appropriate ceremonies on February 2nd. It was put into use as an addition to the police department Monday at midnight.
Chief of Police Alvin Gillman revealed that twelve men would be assigned to the precinct although other officers from main headquarters would work out of the new station from time to time.
At a meeting of the Police and Fire Commission Monday night a veteran officers was promised to sign and will be assigned to the station.
Promoted to a higher rank was Sgt. Peter Johnson, a veteran of nearly twenty years service. Rosco Bobo, veteran detective lieutenant, asked to be transferred back into uniform.
Chief Alvin Gillman named the following me to operate the new station for the time being: Lieutenant Willie Campbell, Rosco Bobo and Peter Johnson; and Patrolman Maynard Wallace, Joseph Smith, LeRoy Lawson, Rufus Underwood, Charles Taylor, Ernest Molnar, Fermon Fleming, Rosco Simmons, and James Cosbey.
The building, designed to give the heavily populated west side of Ecorse additional police protection, was built entirely by city workers, saving the taxpayers a considerable sum.
Constructed of block and face brick, the new station is equipped with the latest types of furnishings for a police building.
Telephone communication is provided by means of phones connected with the switchboard at headquarters where all calls are received and then relayed. A remote control transmitter permits the officer in charge of desk operations at the new station to broadcast messages to any car in the downriver police network.
Inspector Woodrow Dameron has been working for several weeks ironing out problems found in the opening of the precinct and is expected to remain at the new building until it is in full operation.
Ecorse’s new precinct station is the first of its kind in this area. Other municipalities operate out of old and cramped main headquarters.
Mayor William W. Voisine Adds Ecorse to Cities Asking Mill Study Ordinances
Great Lakes Steel officials this week will be asked to study model smoke ordinances drafted for use by cities plagued with smoke and fly ash blown into the atmosphere from large industrial furnaces.
Mayor William W. Voisine last Wednesday instructed City Attorney Victor T. Mitea to forward the ordinances to company officials asking for an opinion regarding them – one in general use throughout the nation and another adopted by Pittsburgh. They will be used as guides in the drafting of a smoke ordinance to be adopted by Ecorse within the next two weeks.
“Cooperation with the mill should result in our drafting one of the best smoke ordinances in the country,” Voisine said, “one that will prove workable for the steel mill and still give the people of Ecorse the protection to which they are entitled.
“Although Number Two Bessemer has been closed down, the smoke laden air from the other furnace is still creating a bad situation. Something must be done to correct this and we have hopes the mill will take steps to remedy the condition.”
Last month council passed a resolution ordering the steel company to take steps to curb dust, soot and dirt emanating from its furnaces.
VFW Presents Award to Monks
The citizenship award presented annually to an outstanding citizen of Ecorse by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5709 was awarded to Harry Monks, Jr. of 53 West Westfield, last Saturday night.
An engraved plaque was presented to Monks, secretary of the Police and Fire Commission by Judge W. Newton Hawkins, master of ceremonies at the post’s ninth anniversary dinner.
Mayor William W. Voisine was principal speaker, and Councilman Robert G. Neal was an honored guest at the affair attended by some 250 members and friends.
Traverse draperies for the post hall were presented to the post on the occasion of its anniversary by the women’s auxiliary.
Father-Son Banquet at Presbyterian Church
With a program designed to please all boys from six to sixty, the Ecorse Presbyterian Church was the scene of the annual Father and Son Banquet on Thursday, February 17, 1955.
The Woman’s Bible Class staged the big affair which was held in the Youth Center building, President Ruth Robson was in charge of the decorations and named the following committee to assist her: Mrs. Wm. Thomas and Mrs. Mattie Strohm, kitchen; Mrs. Beverly DuHadway, dining room.
William Jones and Eric Urich of the Men’s Group have arranged for a varied program. The Rev. Leonard Duckett addressed the assembled fathers, while the youngsters were entertained by two Disney cartoons and a troupe of six giant boxer dogs, trained by Fay Saysnider.
As in past y ears, various prizes were awarded for the youngest and oldest father present as well as the father with the most sons present.
Mrs. Duwain Larkin of 4260 Sixth, Ecorse, was honored at a stork shower on Sunday at 2 p.m. given by Jo Anne Schmitt of 41 Cora for 35 guests. They played bunco and won prizes and later served a buffet luncheon.
Private First Class Harry C. Wiggins Returns to Duty
Fort Campbell, Kentucky. March 8, 1955.
Private First Class Harry C. Wiggins, son of Mrs. Jessie Gills of Ecorse, has just returned to duty after a well earned seven day leave.
Pfc. Wiggins is serving a third hitch in the army. He took his basic training at Fort Knox and served overseas in Germany with the 1st Infantry Division. Pfc. Wiggins having volunteered for the airborne, was sent to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he received his “Wings” in June of 1953.
At the present he is assigned to Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the famous 11th Airborne Division.
School Three Wins Eighth Safety Award
For the eighth year the School Three Safety Patrol has won the annual safety award in Ecorse presented by the Automobile Club of Michigan for school safety patrol activity.
Miss Alma Tourangeau, School Three sixth grade senior teacher, has won repeated praise or her excellent work as director of the school’s safety patrol from the Automobile Club, the Ecorse Police Department and Ecorse public school authorities.
Frank Kennedy, Ecorse School Three principal, credits the outstanding safety record of the school to the excellent cooperation of the teachers. Ecorse police, pupils, parents, and to Miss Irene Lowney, director of the girls’ safety service squad and William Fine, boys’ safety playground patrol director.
Frank Macalello, 14 year old captain of the school’s safety patrol, has been selected to join 120 Michigan patrollers on an Automobile Club sponsored trip to Washington D.C. May 5-8.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Macalello of 4267 Sixth, Frank, a sixth grader, has been on the patrol for two years. He was elected captain by his fellow patroller.
St. Anne Rosary Altar Society of St. Francis Xavier Church Celebrates 70th Birthday
It will be a happy birthday time for members of the St. Anne Rosary Altar Society as they celebrated their 70th anniversary at their annual Mother and Daughter Banquet on Thursday, May 12, 1955, at 6 o’clock in St. Francis School auditorium. At this time past presidents of the organization will be honored. A brief history written by the society’s president, Mrs. Mary Ann Price, will be reviewed by the program chairman, Mrs. Mildred Wieging.
The society was founded in 1885 by a mere four or five members. Today it numbers a total of 530 members.
Past president who will be honored will include Mrs. Rank Burke of Wyandotte, Mrs. C.J. Miller and Martha Law of Lincoln Park, Mrs. Uila Farley of California, Mrs. Agnes Goodell, Mrs. Eleanor Dufour, Bertha Goodell, Ruth LeBlanc, Irene Montry, Constance Lesner, Grace Maurice and Beatrice Kilenow.
Janice Hoffman Chosen 17eenth Rowing Queen on 17teenth Birthday
Coincidence played a major role in making what would have been a memorable day under any circumstances, doubly so for Janice Hoffman. A willowy, honey blonde beauty, she was chosen last Friday, June 23, 1955, on her seventeenth birthday as Ecorse’s seventeenth Rowing Queen.
One look at her radiant smile and sparkling eyes and a latecomer to the judging in Ecorse High School auditorium would have spotted Janice as the winning contestant. She has lived all of her 17 years in Ecorse and in September will be a senior at Ecorse High.
The 1955 Rowing Queen is a winner scholastically also. In her junior year she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Proof that she is not lacking in the personality category is the fact that she’s a cheerleader at Ecorse High. Janice is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hoffman of 25 Knox.
At an informal ceremony following the judging, Janice was crowned queen to reign over Ecorse Days by Mayor William W. Voisine. On July Fourth, Governor G. Mennen Williams will preside at the official crowning ceremony.
The two runners-up in the judging will comprise the Queens Court of Honor. They are Mary Toth, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Toth of 30 W. Goodell, and Kathleen Durocher, 18, daughter of Mrs. Jack Taylor of 3975 High, and Dr. N.E. Durocher of Pontiac.
Mary, a senior at St. Francis Xavier High School, came from Czechoslovakia to Ecorse in 1946 with her parents and brother. Throughout high school she has earned a place on the honor roll every quarter. She, too, is a cheerleader.
Kathleen graduated from St. Francis Xavier in June. Her plans include going to work, but she has not decided upon a definite career as yet.
The trio of beauties will be taken, via American Airlines, to New York on an all expense paid weekend trip. They will be accompanied by Corky Poppa, president of the Ecorse Merchants Association and Mrs. Poppa.
Ecorse Patrolman Rufus Underwood Tracks Down FBI Fugitive
Because of the memory of Rufus Underwood, 26, Ecorse patrolman, Willie James Hawkins, 29, wanted by the FBI on suspicion of murdering a policeman in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last January 13, is being held in Wayne County jail in default of $50,000 bond set by Federal Judge Arthur a. Koscinski Monday afternoon.
Hawkins was arraigned on an Alabama fugitive warrant charging him with the murder of the police officer. Examination is set for August 18.
The arrest was made Saturday at 10:30 p.m.in front of the Elks Club, 599 Elliott, River Rouge, by FBI agents, Underwood and Patrolman Joseph smith. The Ecorse patrolman handcuffed Hawkins who was working as a doorman, and brought him to the Ecorse Police Department and booked him as a fugitive. When arrested, he was carrying two knives.
School Nurse, Teresa Murphy, Retires After 32 Years Service
Ecorse was a village and teenage students were acquiring their high school educations in what is now School One when Miss Teresa Murphy was hired in 1923 by the Ecorse Public School system as a classroom teacher.
Shortly afterwards she became Ecorse’s first public school nurse, and eventually as school enrollments grew, relinquished her teaching duties and served solely as school nurse until her retirement on June 30, 1955.
Thousands of young people who benefitted from her experience and training during her 32 years as a school nurse remember Miss Murphy as a counselor, consultant and friend.
Known throughout the Downriver area for her interest and participation in all phases of social service work, Miss Murphy was instrumental in the organization of the Downriver Council of Social Agencies, the dental clinic that served so many Ecorse children and a variety of health and social service clinics.
In cooperation with city, county, and state departments of health, she rendered outstanding service to multitudes of needy persons in Ecorse.
When she announced her intention to sever her connection with Ecorse Public Schools, she received many offers to continue her nursing services. Miss Murphy on July 11 elected to join, temporarily, the staff at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit.
City Officials Inspect Anti-Aircraft Battery
Just how an antiaircraft battery would go into action during an enemy air attack was demonstrated for a group of officials headed by Mayor William W. Voisine Friday at the anti-aircraft installation, 100 E. Westfield. The location of an Army anti-aircraft battery for several years, the defense of the area is now in the hands of the Michigan National Guard. The unit of 50 men is commanded by Lt. William P. Shelton.
The part that radar plays in the defense of this section and in the operation of anti-aircraft guns was brought out during the inspection. The inspection started during a heavy rain, but Mayor Voisine decided against postponing it, asked man questions, and was much impressed by the equipment and training of the unit. He said that despite the rain, he felt that the inspection should continue since the defense of the community and the entire country is on a 24 hour per day basis.
Mayor Voisine as a result of his recent Fort Knox visit with a group of other mayors is familiar with defense installations, said that he was pleased with the situation here. He said that Ecorse and nearby places are well represented in the overall defense and readiness program.
Ann Starr Operates Dancing School and Participates in Community Activities
Starting her eleventh year as a teacher of dancing in the Downriver area, Ann Starr has not only provided instruction for hundreds of youngsters, but she has contributed a great deal to community activities. Operating the Ann Starr School of Dancing on West Jefferson Avenue near Southfield Highway, Ecorse, Miss Starr has two big scrap books of clippings and printed programs of community affairs in which she and her students have taken part as entertainment features.
During the more than a decade she has operated the school, Miss Starr has trained over 1,500 children in tap, ballet or acrobatic dancing. Many of these pupils have gone on to win recognition for themselves in the entertainment field. She had extensive experience as a dancing instructor both of children and adults before opening the school.
Many of her students have appeared on television programs. Joanne Frankhouse is one of the better known dancers who have been on TV programs while Mary Ann Lajoie is making good as an entertainer in California. Miss Lajoie, a niece of Mr. and Mrs. William Lajoie of Ecorse, credits much of her success for getting started in the entertainment field to her old dancing instructor, Miss Starr.
Recent students who have been making good as entertainers in the Detroit field are Bonnie Priest and Delores Molner.
Her students have entertained VFW and American legion, Kiwanis Club, Ecorse Boat Club, Eagles and other fraternal groups in addition to many other organizations.
Miss Starr is a member of the advisory board of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists. She spent some time on the stage appearing in dancing acts prior to entering the field of dancing instruction
Grade Three Pupils at School Two in Rosy Haze
When 28 third graders at School Two grow up and turn their memories back to cherished moments of childhood, one eventful day will be recalled above all others…the day they received a thank you card from President Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie.
Their teacher, Miss Lugenia Richards will also not soon forget the occasion when she read the message on the engraved card and watched the expression on the well scrubbed, shining faces of her pupils.
When the President was in the hospital each children sent him a get well card. Last Wednesday, the mailman delivered the President’s thank you message.
After each child had held the card and examined it closely, Miss Richards placed it on the bulletin board. For several days traffic was heavy in the third grade homeroom as children in other classes trekked to the board to see the impressive piece of pasteboard.
The card will remain on display throughout the school year, Miss Richards said, but she doesn’t know yet what she will do when June rolls around…perhaps the pupil with the very best citizenship record will be privileged to keep the card.
Carry On Good Work Says Chief
Police Chief Alvin Gillman said Tuesday he has instructed his police officers to follow through on the “excellent job by State Police” who conducted a raid early Sunday morning on an alleged gambling room at 4480 West Jefferson.
“I was not aware the place was being used for gambling purposes,” the chief said. “It’s closed now and we’ll make certain it stays that way.”
“Just last week I announced a “get tough” policy is in effect at both precincts. We’re cracking down on vice in Ecorse and the city will be cleaned up and kept clean.”
Gillman has ordered nightly checks by patrolling policemen of all buildings where gambling games have been operated in the past. Reports that illegal games are being run will be checked, he said, and the premises investigated.
“I did not know they were operating a game in that spot,” Mayor Voisine said following the raid. “It was a complete surprise to me. Chief Gillman is on the move now, and woe befall illegal operators if they’re caught,” he said.