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
Friends may call at the chapel.
Groomes Bathing Beach
Fraternity Lodge No. 262 F&AM
Zal Gaz Grotto No. 34
West Side Methodist Church
Washtenong Memorial Park
Muehlig Funeral Chapel
Ann Arbor News
Samuel W. Groomes
Rosa Haisch Groomes
Carl E. Hainen
Rev. Edwin J. Weiss
Rosaltha Wills Groomes
Elinor Groomes Hainen
Roland Edmund Wooster
Mildred Groomes Wooster
I. William Groomes
Dr. Charles A. Groomes
Virginia Groomes Parisho
1315 S Seventh St