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Looking Back: Otto Weber’s and Bill Frasard’s General Store circa 1920s

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 21, 2015


One of the earliest general stores in St. Clair Shores was located on Defer Road (now called Nine Mile Road) near Jefferson Avenue. It was operated by Otto Carl Henry Weber and William “Bill” Frasard. The store was built around 1914. Otto’s wife, Theresa, ran a boarding house on the second floor. Otto Weber’s World War I draft card from 1917 listed his occupation as a merchant in St. Clair Shores. The Weber family was living in Grosse Pointe Farms at that time.

According to William Frasard’s World War I Draft card, he and his wife Rose were living in Grosse Pointe Farms, as well. Rose passed away from pneumonia in 1918. According to the 1920 U.S. Census, William and his sons Robert and Milton were living on Lake Shore Road. He was employed as a hotel laborer. In 1924, William married Alice Marsack and had another son, William Jr., by 1930. (Note: There are many spelling variations of the Frasard name on the Census and in common family usage. This was on his marriage certificate and military form of the 1920s.)

The original building was later divided into apartments, which were occupied until the building was torn down in 2000. This and other historical images of St. Clair Shores may be viewed on the Digital Media Archive at

— Cynthia Bieniek, Archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library