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He was named Person of the Century by the Kalamazoo, Michigannewspaper. Upjohn was one of twelve children born to Dr. Inhe graduated from the University of Michigan medical school.

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Upjohn practiced medicine for 10 years in Hastings, Michigan. In his home, Dr.

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Upjohn experimented with ways to improve the means of administering medicine. He invented the easily digested friable pill, for which he received a patent in Inhe founded The Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in Kalamazoo to manufacture friable pills and served 40 years as company president. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company. One of the original buildings on the property was a creamery, which he soon converted to a summer cottage for himself and his family. This peaceful country retreat eventually became his preferred location for private and business entertaining.

InTwenty-four years after Dr. Upjohn's death, the Upjohn Company purchased Brook Lodge from the family estate and began its transformation into a full service conference center for the exclusive use of Upjohn employees.

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Its beautiful surroundings make it a perfect place to hold social events and meetings for guests and employees. The history of how the buildings on the grounds evolved is just as interesting. During the time that the creamery was being converted to family living quarters, Dr. Upjohn erected a combination garage and guest house in the spot where the Conference Hall now stands.

When the Conference Hall was built, the guest house now the Carriage House was moved to its present location. In Brookside Cottage was built by Dr.

Upjohn for his gardener. Though Dr. Upjohn found his Brook Lodge retreat an ideal location for doing business, he did not like the smell of cooking interfering with his work. So inhe built the Dining Hall which he used for both private and business entertaining. The original carpet in the Dining Hall has since been replaced with a custom design incorporating Dr. The original landscaping of Brook Lodge included a swimming pool, tennis court, and walking paths.

Upjohn also planted thousands of trees and flowers. Though iris were his first love, he turned his attention to peonies which flourished in the local soil.

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According to varying reports, Dr. Alongside the mill pond, also part of the original landscaping, is a lovely Japanese garden.

Ina Japanese guest who was particularly pleased with his stay at Brook Lodge, sent an authentic temple lantern as a token of his appreciation. With the help of a Japanese architect who insisted that every element "feel right" in order to "look right," the temple garden came to life. Brook Lodge Conference Center occupies acres 2. Brook Lodge Hotel and Conference Resort closed at the end of Since then, the resort has been vacant and closed to public with warnings of prosecution when people entered any property of the former Brook Lodge.

Upjohn helped establish the commissioner-manager form of government in Kalamazoo. He provided the seed for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, established the W.Editor's note: This is the first of three parts from Linda S.

Mah's interview with Martha Parfet about her new book chronicling two of Kalamazoo's most renowned families, the Upjohns and Gilmores. The Gilmore Brothers Department Store. The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

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For Martha Gilmore Parfet, these are not just Kalamazoo institutions, pieces of civic history. This is family. Upjohn, the founder of The Upjohn Co.

James Gilmore, one of the founders of Gilmore Brothers Department Store, and his wife Carrie, who ran the store after his death, were her other set of grandparents. Irving S. Gilmore, the man who everyone called "Uncle Irving," really was her Uncle Irving.

Parfet has written a two-volume family history, which was officially released Jan. Proceeds from the book sales will support those institutions. It also will be sold at Irving's Marketplace, which is located in the building that used to house Gilmore's. The proceeds from those sales will benefit the KIA. Throughout the book, Parfet documents business growth and development at The Upjohn Co.

Parfet, 89, now finds herself one of the oldest members of her family. She's hoping to share her family history to help younger generations feel some connection to the past and to help the community understand some of its history. It's hard to believe. Maybe that had a part to play in it. I just wanted people to know what my relatives did. The family archivist. Parfet was aided in her research and writing by Mary Corcoran, who had just graduated from Kalamazoo College inwhen she responded a college job posting: "Job helping older woman in Kalamazoo research husband's family for 2 weeks.He was named Person of the Century by the Kalamazoo Michigan newspaper.

William Erastus Upjohn was one of twelve children born to Dr. An graduate of the University of Michigan medical school, he practiced medicine for 10 years in Hastings, Michigan.

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In his home, Dr. Upjohn experimented with ways to improve the means of administering medicine. He invented the easily digested friable pill, for which he received a patent in Inhe founded The Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in Kalamazoo to manufacture friable pills and served 40 years as company president.

He married Rachel Babcock, who gave him four children. She died after twenty-seven years of marriage. Gilmore, one of the founders of the Gilmore Brothers department store. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company. Will, as he was known, bought the acrem2 farm in One of the original buildings on the property was a creamery, which he soon converted to a summer cottage for himself and his family.

This peaceful country retreat eventually became his preferred location for private and business entertaining. InTwenty-four years after Dr. Upjohn's death, the Upjohn Company purchased Brook Lodge from the family estate and began its transformation into a full service conference center for the exclusive use of Upjohn employees. Today, it is owned by Michigan State University as a full service conference center. Its beautiful surroundings make it a perfect place to hold social events and meetings for guests and employees.

The history of how the buildings on the grounds evolved is just as interesting. During the time that the creamery was being converted to family living quarters, Dr. Upjohn erected a combination garage and guest house in the spot where the Conference Hall now stands.

When the Conference Hall was built, the guest house now the Carriage House was moved to its present location. In Brookside Cottage was built by Dr. Upjohn for his gardener.Ray T. Parfet Jr.

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He was The cause was acute respiratory distress syndrome, said his son, Donald Parfet. Parfet, known as Ted, led Upjohn through significant international expansion as its chairman and chief executive from until He retired from the board inshortly before the company merged with the Swedish drug maker Pharmacia. Upjohn is now part of Pfizer, whose operations in the Kalamazoo area still employ about 4, The couple brought professional hockey to western Michigan in when they started the Kalamazoo Wings, which played in the International Hockey League.

They owned the franchise until it closed in Inthey acquired the United Hockey League team that adopted the Wings name after moving to Kalamazoo from Wisconsin. It was intended to be a larger site for the Kalamazoo Boxing Academy, which Mr. Parfet helped to found, but became better known for hockey. When the Wings disbanded inthe Parfets sought to donate the arena to Western Michigan University to ensure that it would remain open for public use.

Ray Theodore Parfet was born Oct. He was hired at Upjohn in as an accountant and held several executive positions, beginning in Before retiring, Mr. Parfet was chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. He is survived by his wife as well as his sons, William and Donald; his daughters, Sally Williams and Jane Parfet; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A racehorse that Mr. Parfet and his wife raised, a colt named Horse Greeley, is considered a potential competitor in the Kentucky Derby next year.I started to prepare a post about the Bosman branch of the Remine Remijnse family, but then one character in the drama led to another, and I realized I need to do more work on it before I can post. So instead I offer you a photo from a collection I have not yet shared. She has a lot of photos of the good time the family used to have at Brook Lodge, outside of Kalamazoo.

In this photo, taken at Brook Lodge, the boy is most likely my grandfather. The date isand my grandfather was born in The boy looks to be about six, and the facial resemblance is there.

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Upjohnfounder of the Upjohn Company. He converted the old creamery to a summer cottage for his family. Grandpa told me that the family was invited often to relax at Brook Lodge. This photo was taken two years after Dr. Upjohn married the widow of James F. Gilmore, a founder of the Gilmore Brothers Department Store.

People from the area will recognize both the names Upjohn and Gilmore. Update: My uncle believes that the woman in the photo is Alice who would have been about 18 at the time of this photo.

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Post to Cancel.Mark Bugnaski MLive. Martha Gilmore Parfet remembered. Upjohn's 11 grandchildren, will be celebrated today during a memorial service at the Gilmore Car Museum. Parfet's generosity is one of the reasons Kalamazoo is known as a city of givers. The granddaughter of both the founder of The Upjohn Co. Emily Monacelli emonacel mlive. Memoirs chronicle family history.

In her memoirs, Parfet wrote that W. Upjohn wasn't just a very successful capitalist. He also held "socialist" ideas, according to Mary Corcoran, who helped Martha Parfet with the research and writing for the book project. This photo shows the original Upjohn Co. The Upjohn Co.

The Upjohns and Gilmores: Martha Parfet book chronicles storied Kalamazoo families

William E. Upjohn founded the Upjohn Co. Upjohn invented the "friable pill," which meant it was easily crushed to a powder, to compete with the bitter and insoluble pills at the time. Upjohn served as president of Upjohn for nearly 40 years.

He was known as "Kalamazoo's First Citizen" and his death in left the community in mourning. Upjohn merged with Pharmacia in It's now a part of Pfizer.

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The Kalamazoo Wings are saddened to learn of the passing of former owner Martha Parfet. Thank you for bringing pro hockey to Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Wings. Martha and Ted Parfet brought professional hockey to Kalamazoo. They founded the Kalamazoo Wings in and owned the team for many years. Mark Bugnaski. Upjohn M. Campus of the Homer Stryker M. School of Medicine. Upjohn has another connection to health care in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation. The Kalamazoo Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the United States, was started with a donation from W.

Martha Gilmore Parfet served several terms on the foundation's board, including as chair. Kalamazoo Nature Center. In the early s, Martha Parfet was asked by Dr.It came to be known as Brook Lodge because of the stream running through the estate. Rachel Upjohn died of cancer in and James Gilmore died in InW.

Three years later, a year-old Donald Gilmore married his year-old stepsister, Genevieve Upjohn. Genevieve recalled the Upjohn family summers in her book, "Memories," writing, "With a lovely new wife and a thriving business, my father became more interested than ever in Brook Lodge.

He had something to live for and to love once more. The peony fields grew and became more and more numerous. He had to buy extra land to take care of them. Upjohn suffered a heart attack and died in the Main Lodge at age At his request, the posh estate in Ross Township was left to his daughters.

InLouis and Grace Markley were hired to manage Brook Lodge, where they lived in the caretaker's cottage across the stream from the other buildings. When the Upjohn Company took over the property inthey were hired to stay on as the managers as the estate transitioned into a full-service conference center for Upjohn employees.

I could play in the swimming pool all summer, skated all summer on the pond, threw parties for the kids All of the greenhouses were still there and I could be Jane swinging from the irrigation pipes.

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I was Cleopatra on the pond. It was a great childhood. Walt Disney was among the notable guest to visit Brook Lodge. Nick Buckley can be reached at nbuckley battlecreekenquirer. Follow him on Twitter: NickJBuckley. Nick Buckley Battle Creek Enquirer.

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