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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Things I found while looking for other things...

triv·i·a   [triv-ee-uh]
plural noun
matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles;

If you have read Thomas Williamson’s history booklet of The Detroit Curling Club you know that in the early 1900s The Club was located at Forest & Fourth Avenues in Detroit.  In 1906 the old original building was replaced by “substantial and commodious quarters”. 

Recently, we found a copy of The American Architect and Building News dated June 30, 1906.  There was a short article:

“Detroit, Mich. – Architects Grylls & Gies, 520 Wayne County Savings Bank (Bldg), have prepared plans and are ready to take figures for a club-house for the Detroit Curling Club, B.F. Guiney, secretary, 230 Jefferson Ave.:  to be a 2-story, 97 x 101 ft., of frame and brick, composition roof.”

Then we discovered a copy of The Plumbers Trade Journal dated July 1, 1906:

“J.W. Partln, 56 E. Congress St., has secured the plumbing contract for the new Detroit Curling Club…”
(Did he supply the original classic wooden toilet seats?  The same seats gone missing during the move from Detroit to West Bloomfield – rumored to have been taken to Windsor, but that’s another story.)

I wonder what happened to Grylls & Gies and if the original plans still exist somewhere in a file cabinet.

We are not sure how to use this information in an after-curling bar bet.  We are confident that someone in The Club will figure out a way to use this trivia.

Lang may yur lum reek.

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