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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
including Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Lochmoor, Grosse Pointe Township, Lake Township
Mayors, Village Presidents, Postmasters, Township Supervisors


Mayors of Grosse Pointe, 1934-2013 (may be incomplete!)
Herbert B. Trix 1934-37 Joseph M. Fee 1938 Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. 1938-39 Mason P. Rumney 1939-44 Chester F. Carpenter 1944 Hugh L. Dill 1944-45 Ralph B. Netting 1945-53 Frederick W. Parker, Jr. 1953-59 Kenneth F. Bergmann 1959-60 Alonzo C. Allen 1960-63 David E. Burgess 1963-70 John L. King 1970-78 Susan Wheeler 2000-01 Dale N. Scrace 2001-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1937 Nov 2: Joseph M. Fee, elected unopposed.
  • 1938 Apr 15: Joseph M. Fee, died in office.
  • 1939 Nov 7: Mason P. Rumney, elected.
  • 1941 Nov 4: Mason P. Rumney, elected unopposed.
  • 1943 Nov 2: Mason P. Rumney, elected unopposed.
  • 1944 Jan 20: Mason P. Rumney, died in office.
  • 1945 Nov 6: Ralph B. Netting, elected unopposed.
  • 1947 Nov 4: Ralph B. Netting, elected unopposed.
  • 1949 Nov 1: Ralph B. Netting, elected unopposed.
  • 1951 Nov 6: Ralph B. Netting, elected unopposed.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Frederick W. Parker, Jr., elected; D. Robert Colegrove, defeated.
  • 1955 Nov 1: Frederick W. Parker, Jr., elected unopposed.
  • 1957 Nov 5: Frederick W. Parker, Jr., elected unopposed.
  • 1959 Nov 3: Kenneth F. Bergmann, elected unopposed.
  • 1960 Nov 1: Kenneth F. Bergmann, resigned.
  • 1960 Nov 21: Alonzo C. Allen, appointed.
  • 1961 Nov 7: Alonzo C. Allen, elected unopposed.
  • 1963 Nov 5: David E. Burgess, elected unopposed.
  • 1965 Nov 2: David E. Burgess, elected unopposed.
  • 1967 Nov 7: David E. Burgess, elected unopposed.
  • 1969 Nov 4: David E. Burgess, elected; Walter G. Huber, defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: David E. Burgess, died in office.
  • 1970 Nov 16: John L. King, appointed.
  • 1971 Nov 2: John L. King, elected unopposed.
  • 1973 Nov 6: John L. King, elected unopposed.
  • 1975 Nov 4: John L. King, elected unopposed.
  • 1977 Nov 8: John L. King, elected unopposed.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Dale N. Scrace, elected unopposed.
  • 2003 Nov 4: Dale N. Scrace, elected unopposed.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Dale N. Scrace, elected; Steve Sholty, defeated.
  • 2007 Nov 6: Dale N. Scrace, elected unopposed.
  • 2009 Nov 3: Dale N. Scrace, elected unopposed.
  • 2011 Nov 8: Dale N. Scrace, elected unopposed.


    Village Presidents of Grosse Pointe, 1901-34 (may be incomplete!)
    Richard P. Connor as of 1919-34

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1901 Mar 11: Frank R. Cadieux, elected unopposed.
  • 1924 Mar 10: Richard P. Connor, elected; Julius Neff, defeated.
  • 1925 Mar 9: Richard P. Connor, elected unopposed.
  • 1926 Mar 8: Richard P. Connor, elected; Ernest E. Brown, defeated.
  • 1930 Mar 10: Richard P. Connor, elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Mar 9: Richard P. Connor, elected unopposed.
  • 1932 Mar 14: Richard P. Connor, elected unopposed.
  • 1934 Mar 12: Richard P. Connor, elected unopposed.


    Postmasters at Grosse Pointe, 1871-1903 (may be incomplete!)
    Proctor B. Weaver as of 1871 Alexander Michie as of 1881 R. W. Kirby as of 1883-87 F. L. Cadieux as of 1891 Annie Cadieux 1899-1903


    Grosse Pointe Farms
    (incorporated as village 1893, as city 1949)

    Mayors of Grosse Pointe Farms, 1951-2013 (may be incomplete!)
    William F. Connolly, Jr. 1951-66 William G. Butler as of 1968-75 James H. Dingeman as of 1978 Edward Gaffney as of 1999-2003 James C. Farquhar, Jr. 2002-

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1966: William F. Connolly, Jr., resigned.
  • 2003 Nov 4: James C. Farquhar, Jr., elected; Perry Davis, defeated; Therese M. Joseph, defeated; Joseph T. Leonard, defeated.
  • 2005 Nov 8: James C. Farquhar, Jr., elected unopposed.
  • 2007 Nov 6: James C. Farquhar, Jr., elected unopposed.
  • 2009 Nov 3: James C. Farquhar, Jr., elected unopposed.
  • 2011 Nov 8: James C. Farquhar, Jr., elected unopposed.


    Village Presidents of Grosse Pointe Farms, 1901-49 (may be incomplete!)
    Theodore Beaupre 1924-26 Kenneth L. Moore as of 1929-30 Michael C. Beaupre 1931-32 Theodore H. Hinchman 1933-36 James K. Watkins 1943-49 William F. Connolly, Jr. 1949

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1901 Mar 11: Joseph H. Berry (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1924 Mar 10: Theodore Beaupre, elected; Edward J. Tucker, defeated.
  • 1925 Mar 9: Theodore Beaupre, elected; Edward J. Tucker, defeated.
  • 1926 Mar 8: Daniel G. Allor, elected; Arthur W. Vernier, defeated.
  • 1930 Mar 10: Kenneth L. Moore, elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Mar 9: Michael C. Beaupre, elected; Joseph W. Snay, defeated.
  • 1932 Mar 14: Michael C. Beaupre, elected unopposed.
  • 1934 Mar 12: Theodore H. Hinchman, elected unopposed.
  • 1936 Mar 9: Theodore H. Hinchman, elected unopposed.
  • 1936 Jul 16: Theodore H. Hinchman, died in office.
  • 1937 Mar 8: Paul H. Deming, elected unopposed.
  • 1938 Mar 14: Paul H. Deming, elected unopposed.
  • 1942 Mar 9: Paul H. Deming, elected unopposed.
  • 1943 Jan 18: Paul H. Deming, resigned.
  • 1943 Feb 11: James K. Watkins, nominated; Joseph W. Snay, nominated.
  • 1943 Mar 8: James K. Watkins, elected; Joseph W. Snay, defeated.
  • 1944 Mar 13: James K. Watkins, elected unopposed.
  • 1945 Mar 12: James K. Watkins, elected unopposed.
  • 1946 Mar 11: James K. Watkins, elected unopposed.
  • 1947 Mar 10: James K. Watkins, elected unopposed.
  • 1948 Mar 8: James K. Watkins, elected; John R. Sutton, Jr., defeated.
  • 1949 Mar 14: William F. Connolly, Jr., elected unopposed.


    Postmasters at Grosse Pointe Farms, 1901-11 (may be incomplete!)
    Francis R. Cadieux as of 1901 William L. Barker as of 1903 James F. Locke as of 1911


    Grosse Pointe Park
    (incorporated as village 1907, as city 1950)

    Mayors of Grosse Pointe Park, 1950-2013 (may be incomplete!)
    Homer C. Fritsch 1950-57 Kenneth W. Cunningham 1957-64 Matthew C. Patterson 1964-78 Palmer T. Heenan 1983-

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1950 Dec 11: Homer C. Fritsch, elected unopposed.
  • 1953 Apr 6: Homer C. Fritsch, elected unopposed.
  • 1955 Apr 4: Homer C. Fritsch, elected; Edmond T. Neeme, defeated.
  • 1957 Apr 1: Homer C. Fritsch, elected unopposed.
  • 1957 Apr 8: Homer C. Fritsch, died in office.
  • 1959 Apr 6: Kenneth W. Cunningham, elected; Stephen Walker, defeated.
  • 1961 Apr 3: Kenneth W. Cunningham, elected; Hamilton F. Kotcher, defeated.
  • 1963 Apr 1: Kenneth W. Cunningham, elected unopposed.
  • 1964: Kenneth W. Cunningham, resigned; Matthew C. Patterson, appointed.
  • 1965 Apr 5: Matthew C. Patterson, elected; William M. Fritz, defeated.
  • 1967 Feb 20: Matthew C. Patterson, nominated; William R. Filbin, nominated; Theodore F. Feldman, defeated in primary.
  • 1967 Apr 3: Matthew C. Patterson, elected; William R. Filbin, defeated.
  • 1969 Apr 7: Matthew C. Patterson, elected unopposed.
  • 1971 Nov 2: Matthew C. Patterson, elected unopposed.
  • 1973 Nov 6: Matthew C. Patterson, elected unopposed.
  • 1975 Nov 4: Matthew C. Patterson, elected; Douglas G. Graham, defeated.
  • 1977 Nov 8: Matthew C. Patterson, elected unopposed.
  • 2003 Nov 4: Palmer T. Heenan, elected unopposed.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Palmer T. Heenan, elected unopposed.
  • 2007 Nov 8: Palmer T. Heenan, elected unopposed.
  • 2009 Nov 3: Palmer T. Heenan, elected unopposed.
  • 2011 Nov 8: Palmer T. Heenan, elected unopposed.


    Village Presidents of Grosse Pointe Park, 1907-50 (may be incomplete!)
    Thomas W. Corby 1907-09 Herman Kreit 1909-10 Robert Trombley 1910-12 Louis N. Hilsendegen 1912-15 Julius W. Berns 1915-18 George Defer 1918-27 Alfred J. Garska 1927-38 Karl B. Goddard 1940-44 Howard P. Parshall 1946-48 Homer C. Fritsch 1948-50

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1915 Jan 11: Julius W. Berns, appointed.
  • 1919 Mar 10: George Defer (People's), elected; Christian H. Haberkorn (Citizens), defeated.
  • 1924 Mar 10: George Defer (People's), elected; Adelbert H. Lindley (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1925 Mar 9: George Defer (People's), elected; Adelbert H. Lindley (Progressive), defeated.
  • 1926 Mar 8: George Defer (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1930 Mar 10: Alfred J. Garska, elected; John Bery, defeated.
  • 1932 Mar 14: Alfred J. Garska, elected unopposed.
  • 1934 Mar 12: Alfred J. Garska, elected unopposed.
  • 1936 Mar 9: Alfred J. Garska, elected; Harry C. Hanley, defeated.
  • 1938 Mar 14: Alfred J. Garska, elected unopposed.
  • 1942 Mar 9: Karl B. Goddard, elected unopposed.
  • 1944 Mar 12: Ward S. Van Deusen, elected; Louis B. Ver Wiebe, defeated.
  • 1946 Mar 11: Howard P. Parshall, elected unopposed.
  • 1948 Mar 8: Homer C. Fritsch, elected unopposed.
  • 1950 Mar 13: Homer C. Fritsch, elected; Carl Schweikart, defeated.


    Grosse Pointe Shores
    (incorporated as village 1911, as city 2009)

    Mayors of Grosse Pointe Shores, 2009-13 (may be incomplete!)
    James M. Cooper 2009-11 Ted Kedzierski 2011-

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 2011 Nov 8: Ted Kedzierski, elected; James M. Cooper, defeated.


    Village Presidents of Grosse Pointe Shores, 1923-2009 (may be incomplete!)
    George Osius as of 1923-26 Ernest C. Putnam as of 1950-51 James M. Cooper 2002-09

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1924 May 20: George Osius, elected unopposed.
  • 1925 May 19: George Osius, elected unopposed.
  • 1926 May 18: George Osius, elected unopposed.
  • 1943 May 18: Elroy O. Jones, elected unopposed.


    Grosse Pointe Woods
    (renamed from Lochmoor 1939; became city 1950)

    Mayors of Grosse Pointe Woods, 1950-2013 (may be incomplete!)
    Leon D. Ratcliffe 1950-52 Paul W. Rowe 1952-54 Waid H. McKnight 1954-55 Ken Koppin 1955-56 Ken Koppin as of 1960 Kenneth R. McLeod as of 1967 Benjamin W. Pinkos as of 1974-78 Robert E. Novitke 1990-

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1950 Dec 11: Leon D. Ratcliffe, elected; Paul W. Rowe, defeated.
  • 1952 Apr 7: Paul W. Rowe, elected unopposed.
  • 1953 Apr 6: Paul W. Rowe, elected; Louis C. Calcaterra, Jr., defeated.
  • 1955 Apr 4: Ken Koppin, elected; Waid H. McKnight, defeated.
  • 1973 Nov 6: Benjamin W. Pinkos, elected; Marvin R. Boutin, defeated.
  • 1975 Nov 4: Benjamin W. Pinkos, elected unopposed.
  • 1977 Nov 8: Benjamin W. Pinkos, elected; William Wilson, defeated.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Robert E. Novitke, elected; Edwin Framalino, defeated.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Robert E. Novitke, elected; Patricia Kukula Chylinski, defeated.
  • 2009 Nov 3: Robert E. Novitke, elected unopposed.


    Grosse Pointe Woods
    (renamed from Lochmoor 1939; became city in 1950)

    Village Presidents of Grosse Pointe Woods, 1942-50 (may be incomplete!)
    Alois A. Ghesquiere as of 1942-50

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1942 Mar 9: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
  • 1943 Mar 8: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
  • 1944 Mar 13: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected; Arnold Diesing, defeated.
  • 1945 Mar 12: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected; Albert Beaver, defeated.
  • 1946 Mar 11: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
  • 1947 Mar 10: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
  • 1948 Mar 8: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected; Earl C. Mohan, defeated.
  • 1949 Mar 14: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
  • 1950 Mar 13: Alois A. Ghesquiere, elected unopposed.
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