Artists, Writers & Newspapermen of the Boston-Edison Historic District

Ernest Harrison Barnes

Ernest Harrison Barnes painting: A Shady Tree

Ernest Harrison Barnes was born in 1873 in New York state. He was educated at Hillsdale College in Michigan and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1915. He showed at the Cinncinnati Art Museum, the Boston Art Club, the COnnecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and teh Corcoran Biennial. His work was purchased for permanent collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the state of Michigan, among others. Ernest Harrison Barnes lived at 676 Chicago Boulevard.

Malcolm W. Bingay

Malcolm W. Bingay

Malcolm Bingay was born in 1884 in Ontario. His parents moved to Detroit soon after, and Malcolm was edicated in Detroit until he was expelled from school for sassing a teacher. He went to work for the Detroit News as a printer's devil, then graduated to office boy, and at age 17 went to work as a reporter. When he was 21, he was made sports editor, and at 24 city editor. Five years later he was managing editor, a post he held until 1928 when the News fired him.

After a year as a PR council, Bingay was hired as the managing editor of the Detroit Free Press, a post he held for years. While managing editor, Bingay masterminded a story on an American Legion parade that won five Free Press reporters the Pulitzer prize. He wrote a daily column called "Good Morning" and a sports column under the nom de plume of "Iffy the Dopester." His columns are collected in multiple books, including He who went about doing good, Two candidates, Landon and Roosevelt: Common sense versus theatrics, Of Me I Sing and Detroit is My Hometown.

Malcolm W. Bingay lived at 1732 Longfellow from the 1920s through the 1940s.

Alfred R. W. de Jonge

Alfred Robert Willy De Jonge was born in 1885 in Berlin and emigrated to the United States in 1909. De Jonge became a newspaper editor in Boston. However, he later attended Columbia University, earning a PhD in 1927. After attending Columbia, de Jonge joined the faculty of Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and then in 1930 joined the University of Detroit as an assistant professor of German. De Jonge joined the US Army, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel, and during WWII acted as the assistant Military Attache at the American Legation. After the war, de Jong returned to Detroit and became an editor for the Detroit Free Press. Alfred R. W. de Jonge lived at 1666 W. Boston Boulevard in the 1950s and 1960s.

Corinne Finsterwald Rowe

Lily by Corinne Finsterwald Rowe

Corinne Finsterwald was born in 1894; she was the daughter of Charles A. Finsterwald. She attended the Wicker School of Fine Arts and married artist Guy Rowe in 1919. The two co-developed an encaustic printing process. Corinne was known for her drawings of Greek heads and ruins, encaustic flower prints, street scenes, and landscapes. She exhibeted in the Corcoran Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, and the New York Academy of Design, among other places. Her work is in the permenent collection of of the Library of Congress. Corinne lived with her father Charles at 1239 Chicago Boulevard (now demolished), the home built for J. B. Webber

Delmar Driscoe Spellman

Delmar Driscoe Spellman

Delmar Spellman was born in 1868 in Ohio. He opened his own photography studio at age nineteen in Sidney, Ohio, and in 1898 moved to Detroit to open a photography studio in the city. Delmar Driscoe Spellman lived at 713 Edison from the 1910s through the 1940s.