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Home, James: 1910

Home, James: 1910

Grosse Pointe, Michigan, circa 1910. "F.M. Alger residence." The home of banker-industrialist Frederick Moulton Alger. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Are these really the Alger children?

Frances would have been about six (born 1904) while Frederick (born 1907) would have been about three. The children in the photo are almost exactly opposites of what I expected.

[We're not sure who they are or when the photo was taken. But probably 1910 or earlier based on the license plates. - Dave]

Fred's Chauffeur

As the title suggests, I don't think that's the elder Fred at the left of the photo. The gentleman is wearing the proper attire of a professional driver, and perhaps he's getting ready to take the car out of the garage for a trip (but first taking a few moments to play with the dogs/kids and pose for the photographer).

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Before the Three Freds

The father of Fred the First was Russell Alexander Alger (1836–1907). Orphaned at 13, he worked on a farm to support his younger siblings. From those humble origins, he rose to become a Brevet Major General, Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of War. In his spare time, he made a fortune in lumber and railroads.

A story of three Freds (and a Frances)

To the right of Fred, and between the two pooches, are Miss Francis Alger and Master Fred Alger Jr.. Fred Jr., like his father, would enter politics, ultimately serving as an Ambassador to Belgium during the Eisenhower Administration. His two sons - Fred Alger and David Dewey Alger - were the first and second CEOs of Fred Alger Management, a fund investment firm with principal offices on the 93rd floor of the World Trade Center. The September 11 attacks killed David and most of the firm's analysts, but Fred (who had moved to Switzerland) returned to rebuild the company.

The oldest Fred served in the Army in the Spanish-American War and World War I. In World War II, Frances served in the Red Cross and Fred Jr. served in the Navy. His son Fred served in the Marines.

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