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Abstract Henry Scripps Booth and Carolyn Farr Booth, lovers of art, music, and travel, were lifelong advocates of Cranbrook, dedicated to its development, both physically and organizationally. Henry (1897-1988) was the fourth child of the founders of Cranbrook, George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth. Carolyn (1902-1984) was the daughter of Merton E. Farr, president of the American Shipbuilding Company. While an architecture student at the University of Michigan, Henry helped his father design the...
Dates: 1897 - 1988; Majority of material found within 1909 - 1988
Abstract Henry Scripps Booth, youngest son of the Cranbrook founders, developed the idea of organizing an auxiliary for the purpose of helping to preserve and improve the gardens surrounding Cranbrook House. The inaugural meeting of the Cranbrook Gardens Auxiliary took place the 4th of March, 1971, at Cranbrook House. The success of this organization led to the creation of the Cranbrook House Auxiliary in 1975 to organize the use of Cranbrook House for receptions and provide information about the house...
Dates: 1950 - 2002
Abstract The history of the Vettraino family in America links inextricably to Cranbrook Educational Community. Michael Vettraino began working for the Booth family on their farmland in Bloomfield Hills and helped shape Cranbrook's landscape under the direction of founder, George Gough Booth. Michael and his wife Michela, raised six children on the grounds of Cranbrook. Michael’s sons, Dominick and John, both worked at Cranbrook for over 50 years, raising their own families on the grounds. John...
Dates: 2004 - 2005
Abstract Betty Trost was an avid gardener, whose love of gardening extended beyond her own home to Cranbrook, where she became one of seventeen charter members of the Cranbrook Gardens Auxiliary in 1971. Trost was interested in researching and documenting the history of the gardens and the auxiliary. In 1994, she began gathering information regarding the history and development of the individual garden areas, in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the auxiliary. From 1996 to its completion in 1998,...
Dates: 1951 - 2005
Abstract Dominick Vettraino grew up at Cranbrook helping his father Michael, who as grounds superintendent, planted most of the trees and gardens that adorned Cranbrook’s early years and helped shape the campus that is seen today. Dominick formally began working for Cranbook as one of his father’s handymen in 1931. He would also later serve as chief of the Cranbrook Fire Department, building its first fire truck, and head of Cranbrook Police Department, while also succeeding his father as grounds...
Dates: 1949 - 1988; Majority of material found within 1953 - 1960