616 Union Street



    Style:                        Folk House      

    Description:              This turn of the century house is a two-story wood frame structure with vinyl siding and a contoured concrete block foundation.  The roofline is primarily front gabled with a low pitch.  A side gable on the east extends over a short wing.  A small porch on the east side has a hipped roof, new square wood posts, and wood railing. 


Significant Period:

    Construction Date:     circa 1880’s

    Architect/Builder:       Unknown

    Context:                    Many residents lived at this address over time.  The first documented resident was Earl Fitzsimons in 1883.  He was a painter for Port Huron and Northwestern Railway.  Next were Miss Adda Tudhope and Alice M. Tudhope, dressmakers, in 1887.  In 1888, a Miss Belle Cavanaugh, also a dressmaker, lived with them.  George Petrie, a miller, lived there in 1893-94.  William H. Trea, laborer for F & P M Railwy, lived there in 1899-00.  Wilber P. Boynton, marine engineer, lived there in 1901.  The Simon Miller family lived there from 1902 to 1904; son George was a drug clerk, while daughters Pearl and Mabel were tailoresses for the Flint Pant Co.  Edward Carey, employed at the water works, lived there with his wife Mary in 1906.  George W. Silver, a laborer, and his wife Margaret were there in 1907.  Henry J. O’Dell, engineer for Grand Trunk Railway, and his wife Emma L. lived there from 1909 to 1919.  Frank I. Kendrick, a marine engineer, and wife Margaret E. lived there from 1920 to at least 1940.  Their children were Janet I., John F, and Rosemarie M.