Julian R. Trojanowski, 86, known as "Trojy" by thousands of University alumni and local residents whom he barbered in the 40 years before his retirement in 1929, died this morning in Chicago. He had been ill for several weeks.
Mr. Trojanowski had been residing in Chicago with a daughter, Mrs. M. J. LaCroix, since 1941.
He began his trade here in 1889, long before barber poles began to revolve.
The pole he put in front of his shop at 208 E. Washington St. that first morning was portable and had stationary stripes. He took it in that night to protect it from pranksters.
Had Seven-Chair Shop
His next shop was just across the alley at 210 E. Washington St. From there he moved in 1893 to 322 S. State St., where he had a seven-chair shop with a beauty shop on the second floor.
Fourteen years later he transferred his barber shop to a building constructed for him at 1110 S. University Ave. There he remained in business until retiring.
He became known to his many patrons as a friendly man, not especially talkative but with a salty sense of humor.
His business had family aspects too. His wife, Mina, whom he married in Jan. 10, 1885, in St. Louis, Mo., was a hairdresser. She died May 6, 1930.
A brother, John, who died last Oct. 14, was associated with him in some of the shops.
Mr. Trojanowski was born in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 30, 1862. He was a son of Peter and Augusta Trojanowski.
Moved To St. Louis
His parents brought him in 1880 to St. Louis, Mo., where he began his barbering. Nine years later he came here.
In Ann Arbor, he was prominent in a movement to adopt the city commission form of government, serving on a study committee as a representative of the Sixth Ward.
He was a member of several Masonic orders, the Maccabees and various German groups.
His Masonic affiliations were with the Golden Rule Lodge, the Ann Arbor Council, the Washtenaw Chapter, the Ann Arbor Commandery of the Knights Templar, and the Shrine.
He was president for one year of the Germania lodge, No. 476, of the D. and H., and served as the organization's state president from 1900 to 1902. He also headed the Arbiter Frein Society from 1920 to 1921, and was a trustee for 15 years. He had been a treasurer of the Stradaverand Society. He was once president of the Harigaria, a male choral organization.
Lived On E. University Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Trojanowski resided at 832 E. University Ave. After her death, he continued to live there until he went to Chicago.
Surviving besides the daughter are two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The body will be brought to Ann Arbor for funeral services to be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Muehlig Chapel. Rev. William P. Lemon will officiate.
Graveside services will be conducted at Forest Hill Cemetery by the Knights Templar. Friends may call at the Muehlig Chapel on Friday night and on Saturday until the services.
Golden Rule Masonic Lodge
Ann Arbor News
Rev. William Lemon
Julian R. Trojanowski
John P. Trojanowski
Ella Trojanowski LaCroix
832 E. University Ave
322 S. State St
210 E. Washington St
208 E. Washington St
1110 S. University Ave