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Raymond Elione Van Syckle (1868-?)
Born in Bay City, later years was a lawyer in Detroit.

Biography (1914). - Added December, 2011.

The Book of Detroiters, by Albert Nelson Marquis (1914)

VAN SYCKLE, Raymond E., lawyer; born, Bay City, Mich., Aug. 24, 1868; son of Givens E. and Sophia D. (Clemens) Van Syckle; graduated Bay City High School, 1887; B. S., University of Michigan, 1891, post-graduate course, 1893-95, M. S., 1895; unmarried. Was secretary G. E. Van Syckle Co., Bay City, 1877-95; member of faculty St. Cyrillus and Methodus College, Detroit, 1886-1905; teacher and principal Detroit public night schools, 1900-6; principal Central Evening High School, since 1906. Engaged in general practice of law since 1895; now practicing alone. Member Association Bar City of Detroit, Michigan State Bar Association. Republican. Member Wayne County Republican Committee, Second Ward Republican Committee (chairman), Board of County Canvassers; has been delegate to state and county conventions. Member Sons of American Revolution (secretary and member board of managers Michigan State Society). Clubs: Fellowcraft, University of Michigan Club (treasurer), Lawyers' (secretary). Office: Ford Bldg. Residence: 856 Cass Ave.

Biography (1918) - Added December, 2011.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biology, Vol. 16 (1918)


Lawyer, was born at Bay City, Mich., Aug. 24, 1868, son of Givens E. and Sophia Diantha (Clemans) Van Syckle, and a descendant of Fordinaudus Van Syckle in New Amsterdam, at Flatlands. His wife was Eva Antonis Jansen son Reinier Van Sycklin and his wife, Jannette Van Hooren; their son Reinier Van Sickelen, his son Renier and his wife, Maayke Langstraat; their son Richard Van Syckle and his wife, Mary Cain; their son Reinier Washington, who setted at Clarkston, Oakland co., Mich., married Margaret Buckley, and was the grandfather of Raymond Elmoine Van Syckle. Van Siclen avenue, Brooklyn, marks the site of the original home of Ferdinandus Sycklen. His father was principal of public schools at Bridgeport, Saginaw and Bay City, Mich., and was long prominent in commercial circles in Bay City and Detroit. The son was graduated B.S. At the University of Michigan in 1891, and after two years in Bay City with the G. E. Van Syckle Co., of which he was secretary during 1887-95, he entered the Law School of the University of Michigan in 1895, receiving also that year the degree of M.S. from the graduate department of the University. He began the practice of law in Detroit and at once became a leader in the civic, political and educational life of the city, and in social movements, particularly among the foreign population and working classes. He has been largely responsible for the development of the public night schools; was principal of Trowbride Night School for foreigners during 1900-06, and inaugurated the evening high schools by acting as principal of Central high school from its inception in 1906 to 1914. He was a member of the faculty of the Polish Seminary during 1896-1900, and 1903-06. In 1901 he passed the examination for the Philippine departmental service, but declined the offer of a position from Gov. Taft. He has served on election boards, the board of city canvassers, the central counting board, the board of county canvassers and was a member of the Detroit board of estimates for 1915-17, the Republican county committee precinct and ward chairman. He is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of Detroit, Detroit Society for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, secretary Michigan Society for Sons of the American Revolution, secretary Detroit chapter of that society, member University of Michigan Alumni Association, president University of Michigan Law Class of 1895, past treasurer University of Michigan Club of Detroit, past secretary Lawyers' Club and a member of the Fellowcraft Club. He is unmarried.

Revolutionary lineage. - Added December, 2011.

Sons of the American Revolution, National Yeak Book, 1905.

RAYMOND ELMOINE VAN SYCKLE, Detroit, Mich. (15650). Son of Givens E. and Sophia Diantha (Clemans) Van Syckle; grandson of Isaac Turner and Diantha (Dodge) Clemans; great-grandson of Jennison and Susan (Corbin) Dodge; great-grandson of Timothy Corbin, private Fifth Worcester County, Mass. Regt., pensioned.

Given E. Van Sycle, fathers biography. - Added December, 2011.

The Book of Detroiters 1914.

VAN SYCKLE, Givens E.; born, Warren Co., N. J., June 28, 1843; son of George W. and Margaret (Buckley) Van Syckle; educated in public schools of Oakland Co., Mich., and Clarkston (Mich.) Academy; married at Webster, Mass., June 19, 1867, Sophia D. Clemans. Removed with parents from New Jersey to Oakland Co., Mich., 1847; taught school, 1864-73; began in music and sewing machine business, in Bay Cty, Mich., 1873; removed to Detroit, 1887, and organized, with C. J. Whitney, the corporation of C. J. Whitney & Co.; sold out, 1893, and in 1895 began sales of pianos, organs and sewing machines; after leaving Bay City, still conducted store there until 1895, incorporating as The G. E. Van Syckle Co., of which was president,1887-95. Republican. Member Zion Lodge, F. & A. M. Office 228 Woodward Av. Residence: 856 Cass Av.

  • Note Givens die Oct. 6, 1911.

    Additional Notes.

      1868 Michigan Births: Bay City, Bay Co.

    • Raymond Elmoine Van Sycle, born Aug. 24, 1868, son of Givens Eliot Van Syckle and Sophia Diantha Clemans.

      1870 Census: Bridgeport, Saginaw, Mich.

    • Van Syckle, Givens b. 1843, N.J.
    • Sophia, wife b. 1846, Mass.
    • Craddock, Mary b. Virginia.
    • Raymond, son b. 1869, Mich.

      1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Van Syckle G E & Co. (Capital $20,000 paid in; Incorporated July, 1891), G E Van Syckle Pres, R. E. Van Syckle Sec and Treas, Pianos, Organs, Sewing Machines, 208 Center Ave.
    • Van Syckle, Raymond E. - sec. & tres. G E Van Syncle & Co., rms 507 N Grant.

      1900 Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

    • Van Syckle, Givens E. - Jun. 1843, N.J.
    • Sophia S., wife b. Sep. 1844, Mass.
    • Raymond E., son b. Aug. 1868, Mich.
    • Maud L., daughter b. Oct. 1873, Mich.

  • Reference Notes & Pages

    Related Pages:
    Fisher, Spencer O.
    Wenona Beach
    People Referenced
    Buckley, Margaret (g-mother)
    Cain, Mary
    Clemans, Isaac T. (g-father)
    Clemans, Sophia D. (mother)
    Corbin, Susan (gg-mother)
    Corbin, Timothy (gg-father)
    Craddock, Mary
    Dodge, Diantha (g-mother)
    Dodge, Jennison (gg-father)
    Jansen, Eva A.
    Langstraat, Maayke
    Van Hooren, Jannette
    Van Syckle:
    - Fordinaudus
    - George W. (g-father)
    - Givens E. (father)
    - Maud L. (sister)
    - Raymond E. (subject)
    - Reinier
    - Richard
    Taft, (Gov.)
    Whitney, C.J.
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Bridgeport, MI
    Brooklyn, NY
    C.J. Whitney & Co.
    Clarkson, Oakland Co. MI
    Detroit, MI
    Detroit Public Night Sch.
    G.E. Van Syckle & Co.
    New Amsterdam
    New Jersey
    Polish Seminary
    Saginaw Co., MI
    St Cyrillus Methodus Col.
    Univ. of Michigan
    Webster, MA
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