Richard Beaubien (deceased), who in his lifetime was one of the leading ice and coal dealers of Detroit, was born in that city in 1821, and for years was a marine surveyor. He owned a large dockage along the river, and for many years was in the tug business with Anthime Moisan, under the firm name of the Beaubien Tug Company. The firm name remains unchanged, as, since the death of Mr. Beaubien, his widow has continued to hold his interest and to take an active part in its management. The firm known as the Beaubien Ice Company now has for its president Mrs. Beaubien; S.P. O'Brien, vice-president, and John R. Long, secretary, and under the wise control of these parties does a large and lucrative business.
In 1866 Mr. Beaubien was united in marriage with Miss Frances S. Coquillard, of South Bend, Ind., and of this union were born three children, one of whom is now deceased. Those living are: (1) Josephine, wife of S.P. O'Brien, vice-president of ice company, by whom she has three children - Maurice B., Richard B. and Henriette J. (2) Edna Blanche, wife of John R. Long, secretary of the ice company, by whom she has three children - Carlisle R., Beatricia Ellenor and John Cornelius.
Richard Beaubien was a Democrat in his political faith, and in religious belief accepted the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. He passed to his last rest June 21, 1896, honored and respected by all.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.