Historical Albion Michigan
By Frank Passic

Return to the Frank Passic
Home Page  

Return to the Albion Michigan Home Page

Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.

TRINE & SONS PROMINENT MASONRY FIRM

Morning Star, March 16, 2008, pg. 11

Jean (Trine) Ralston recently sent me a photo of her father Clarence (1882-1956) Trineís family working at their masonry business. The Trine family was well know for their plastering, tile and brick laying jobs during the early 20th century. Through the years they worked on countless homes and businesses in Albion. The patriarch of the family, David Lewis Trine (1857-1939) was a stone mason by trade. He helped lay the first brick on Superior and Erie Sts. at the beginning of the 20th century. He also laid the foundations of numerous downtown Marshall buildings. Lewis as he was known, would walk 10 miles to Marshall to work 10 hours, and then would walk back to Albion at the end of the day. He taught his sons his skills, and the Trine & Sons firm (David Lewis, and sons: Clarence, Clyde, Dayton, Floyd, and Leon) was one of the very few which could to stucco, cement work, plastering, lay brick, and lay block and tile, according to a family history.

One lasting evidence of their work is the kellastone that was applied over the brick on the George Bullen Company building, now the building housing Sanderís Furniture on the NE corner of Superior & Erie Sts. Some of the other places the Trines worked at were Starr Commonwealth, the George Dean home (now Bellemont Manor) (1926), Albion College gymnasium (1922), Parker Inn (1925), Bohm Theatre (1926), Sheldon Memorial Hospital (1924), Albion City Hall (1933-35), and the Kalamazoo River retaining wall during the 1930s.

The Trines were also involved in projects throughout Michigan. They laid the tile in the lobby of the state capitol building in Lansing. By 1926, the Trines had done some $750,000 worth of work and materials.

From our Historical Notebook this week courtesy of Jean (Trine) Ralston and Jacquelyn (Trine) West is a photo circa 1910 showing the Trines at a bricklaying job. Notice they are all wearing white overall outfits. Left to right: Clyde, father David Lewis, Clarence holding a bricklayerís hod, and Floyd. Floyd soon after moved to Oregon. In back is Frank Bentley. How many of our readers remember the Trines?


The Trines at a bricklaying job circa 1910

Next: MORE ON GWEN DEW


Back to the Top of this Page

All text copyright, 2016 © all rights reserved Frank Passic

Did you enjoy this page?

If you've enjoyed learning about Albion history from this site, please write us a note in the Albion Guestbook. We hope you will take the time to share your interest and stories related to Albion history, especially if you have any ancestors from Albion, please let us know.

Learn more about Albion Michigan!
Visit the Albion home page.

Search the AlbionMich.com website

Albion History Articles

Historical Notebook  |  From the Archives  |  Subject List  |  100 Years Ago


Kept current by: Robin James

Indices Unlimited Indexing Services


And now a word from our sponsors

See prints of Albion Michigan , by Maggie LaNoue, the owner of the Albion Home Page.

Help to sponsor these web pages and this site.

Albion Design and Carlson Craft have worked together to offer an amazing selection of wedding invitations online. From invites, to rsvps, gifts and more, Carlson Craft has an outstanding 60 year history of creating wedding stationery packages designed to the personal tastes of each bride and groom. With their easy online ordering service and quick turn around, you will appreciate the ease of ordering and the prices also! You can order a sample card of any invitation to see the quality, and proof the wording of the invitations online.
View wedding invitations online: Design.carlsoncraft.com

wedding invitations michigan