W. Hawkins Ferry

Hawkins Ferry pic

November 18, 1914 – January 27, 1988

William Hawkins Ferry grew up in Detroit and attended Cranbrook before studying at Harvard University.  The grandson of a founder of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Ferry became a noted collector, patron, and champion of 20th century art.  An expert of architectural history, as well, his modernist 1964 home in Grosse Pointe Shores was featured in House Beautiful and Interiors magazines.

New York Times, January 28, 1988

Hawkins Ferry: The Original A-Gay

Eugene Gallop

April 24, 1914 – June 21, 2000

Lifelong West Branch resident Eugene G. Gallop worked as a hotel clerk after high school and served in the Air Corps of the U.S. Army in World War II.  Following the war, he attended Michigan State Normal School, served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was later employed as an office worker.  In the 1950s, Gallop subscribed to ONE magazine.

Ogema County Herald, July 6, 2000

Leon DeMeunier

Leon DeMeunier pic

August 15, 1914 – December 23, 1985

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Leon DeMeunier grew up in Detroit and earned a degree in business administration from the University of Detroit, after which he operated his own tax and accounting service.  He chaired the Detroit Congress of Racial Equality in the early 1960s and was active in the early gay organization ONE in Detroit.

No known obituary

Leon DeMeunier papers at the Bentley Historical Library

Stennis Ousley

Stennis Ousley pic

November 4, 1914 – January 18, 1991

Pianist Stennis Ousley accompanied Bramwell “ChiChi” Franklin at the Golden Slipper and other venues in the 1950s.  She performed solo at various straight and gay bars into the 1980s, including the Willis Show Bar, the Tryst Club, and the Deck.

No known obituary.