Floyd Spikings

April 16, 1916 – February 17, 1991

Kalamazoo resident Floyd James “Jim” Spikings was born in Lawton, worked for the railroad in Chicago, and served in the Army during World War II.  He later worked as an assembler for the Kozy Coach Company in Kalamazoo and for many years was employed by Musselman’s apple orchards cooperative in Paw Paw.  Spikings was also a correspondent with the homophile organization ONE.

Paw Paw Courier-Leader, February 22, 1991

Max Toy

Max Toy pic

August 3, 1925 – June 11, 2008

Max Edward Toy was schooled in Lansing and graduated from Albion College.  He served as a sonar operator in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Before his retirement, Toy was employed at Michigan Employment Security Commission offices in Niles and Detroit.  Toy was a subscriber to ONE magazine in the 1950s.

Lansing State Journal, June 13, 2008

Duane VanderYacht

March 12, 1925 – January 11, 1980

Duane Andrew VanderYacht attended Holland Public Schools, graduated from Hope College, and lived most of his life in Holland before moving to Muskegon.  He worked as a salesman, janitor, and later in life was self-employed as a consultant.  During the 1950s, VanderYacht was a subscriber to ONE magazine.

Muskegon Chronicle, January 14, 1980

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

Joan Corbin

May 21, 1921 – March 4, 2004

Joan Jeanette Corbin was born in Armada, grew up in Richmond, and moved to Los Angeles in 1946.  With her then-partner Irma Wolf, Corbin was a founding member of the board for ONE Incorporated, publisher of ONE magazine.  She served as art director for ONE under the pseudonym Eve Elloree from 1953 to 1963.  Corbin continued to draw into her 70s, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

No known obituary

Joan Corbin papers at the ONE Archives

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

Floyd Bull

July 19, 1891 – November 15, 1972

Floyd Bull worked as a machinist at Hastings Manufacturing Company until retiring in 1956 and lived his entire life in Hastings.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and the Barry County Historical Society.  In the mid-1960s he was in contact with the homophile group ONE in Detroit.

Hastings Banner, November 22, 1972