Looking Back: Richard Maison Farm

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 17, 2015


Richard and Rose Maison’s farm was located in the Grossedale subdivision near the northern boundary of St. Clair Shores. This photograph was taken around 1900. According to the U.S. Census at that time and from notes on the image, Benjamin was 6; Rosa was 8; mother Rose was holding 2-year-old Archie; and Matilda (known as Tillie) was 4. An older daughter, possibly identified as Mary, stood near her father, Richard, who was holding the reigns of his horse. The man seated on the horse at the right may be one of the older brothers who lived at home — Edmund, George or John. Brothers Jessie, Henry and Fred, who were ages 8 to 13, were not in the photograph. Another son named Frank had previously died in infancy in 1888.

A survey of the family’s genealogy using ancestry and other genealogy databases revealed that Richard was the son of Michael Maison, and his wife, Rose, was the daughter of Frank St. Aubin and Sarah Forton. They died in 1923 and 1914, respectively. Their sons, Fred and Benjamin, married Agnes and Edna Beste; Henry and Jessie married Mable and Gertrude Champine. Son Edmund was working at a Mount Clemens bath house in 1917. He married Louise La Forest there in 1906. Many of the Maison family members are buried in St. Gertrude Cemetery on 12 Mile Road.

To view more historical images, visit the Digital Media Archive at www.scslibrary.org. If you want to explore your own family tree, visit the Local History Center for assistance during scheduled hours of operation.

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