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Harry Groomes

Dies At Age 70

Formerly Owned Whitmore Lake Beach

Harry M. Groomes, 70, former-

ly associated with the Groomes

Bathing Beach at Whitmore Lake,

died last night at St. Joseph’s

Mercy Hospital following a heart

attack yesterday at his home, 1315

S. Seventh St.

In 1912, he established and op-

erated a monument works in Ann

Arbor. He placed the Soldier’s

Monument near the old Court-

house. The monument was re-

cently moved to a cemetery.

Mr. Groomes was born Dec. 2,

1885, in Zanesville, O., a son of

Samuel and Rosaltha Wills

Groomes. He came to Ann Arbor

in 1907 with his family.

He was graduated from Boys

College in Philadelphia, Pa., and

had attended the University of


On May 26, 1921, he was mar-

ried to Rosa Haisch of Ann Arbor.

In 1919 he entered into part-

nership with his father and estab-

lished the Groomes Bathing

Beach at Whitmore Lake. In 1923

he sold his interest to his father.

In 1929 he re-entered the busi-

ness with two brothers, retiring

in 1954. His brothers continue to

operate the private beach.

He was a member of Fraternity

Masonic Lodge No. 262, F&AM,

the Zal Gaz Grotto and the West

Side Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife and

three daughters, Mrs. Carl E.

Hainen of Ann Arbor, Mrs. Ro-

land Edmund Wooster and Mrs.

John M. Parisho, both of Ypsi-

lanti. Six grandsons and three

brothers also survive. The broth-

ers are John H. of Whitmore

Lake, I. William of Ann Arbor

and Dr. Charles A. of California.

Funeral services will be held at

3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mueh-

lig Chapel, with the Rev. Edwin

J. Weiss officiating. Graveside

services at Washtenong Memorial

Park will be conducted by mem-

bers and officers of Fraternity

Masonic Lodge.

Friends may call at the chapel.