St. Clair Shores
Looking Back: Frank Trombly Farmhouse
October 22, 2013
In the late 1890s, the area of Macomb County that we now call St. Clair Shores was named Erin. It was an agricultural community with summer cottages, one-room schools and long, narrow farms extending from Lake St. Clair. The Frank Trombly (Francis Trombley) farm was located near the northern border of Erin on the old Private Claim No.199, according to the 1895 Standard Atlas of Macomb County. Their neighbors were the William Meldrum and August Prell families. There are various spellings of the surname on different documents.
This photograph has been dated with the help of the 1900 U.S. Census and notes on the image. From left to right are: Nettie (age 16), Pauline (48), Albert (12) and William Trombly (22). The woman with the baby in the carriage is tentatively identified as Mrs. Prell and her child. August Prell owned property on Private Claim 556 near Masonic Boulevard and Jefferson.
This photograph and other images are available to view through the Digital Media Archive on www.scslibrary.org.
Source: Cynthia Bieniek, Archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library, St. Clair Shores Historical Commission Photograph Collection
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