Clipped From Detroit Free Press
Tiipk-rtay, Landmark Clock and Eagle Come Down After 33 Years Passing of Traub Timepiece and Its Bird Leaves Void at Woodward and State Without exactly knowing what It was, many Detroiters, finding themselves themselves In the neighborhood of Woodward and Grand River Aves. Monday, sensed that something was missing at the southwest corner. Monday others knew that the missing missing something was the massive clock which Jutted out above the sidewalk before Traub Brothers jewelry store. Detroiters had good and sufficient sufficient reason to miss that clock, for It had been marking the hours at that corner since the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Above it was an eagle, wings outstretched, ready for flight. That eagle was preparing to leave that corner when young blades and their prospective prospective brides scorched up to the door under the clock on bicycles built for two and emerged later with blushes on the blades' whiskered whiskered cheeks and thick gold-banded gold-banded gold-banded rings in "weskit" pockets. Hands Stopped Sunday The hands of the clock continued harvesting hours, the scenes changed around the corner, the thick wedding rings were replaced by slim and daintily tooled "orange blossom" bands which were invented invented at that corner, and that eaglo did not take flight until Sunday, when the hands were stopped end workmen pulled the clock down preparatory to the removal of Traub Brothers to a new location at Washington Blvd. and Clifford St. When the workmen started removing removing the clock they discovered that It was occupied. Two pigeons were inside, engaged In the very serious business of "blessed eventing." eventing." As they refused to get off their nests, the workmen had to he especially careful about handling their home. The clock was removed to storage, and at the latest report, report, the pigeons were still sitting on their nests. Pigeons Take Their Tlma Like the eagle, they intend to take their time about flying away. Unlike Unlike the eagle, they will not be able to take the same length of time to reach a decision, for those wings were outstretched for many years before the clock hung at that corner. Once it was at the corner of Jefferson Jefferson and Woodward Avei, over the door of the M. S. Smith Co. jewelry store. How long It hung there is a mattr which grandmother grandmother and grandfather Detioiters may perhaps know. That was 'way hack in the Fifties, when Christian Trauh established a gold and silver plating business on Jeflerson Ave., next to the old Fiddle Hour.e, did a thriving contract Business for the Pullman Car Co.. and nhnred business business quarters with one Duncan, a tobacconist. When the Smith store moved Into new quarters at State St. and Woodward Ave., the clock was discarded discarded for one that chimed the hours. Then, until the turn of the Century, the eagle sprcit its wings over the marching hou-s hou-s hou-s before the Grand Trunk ticket ollice at Larned St. and Woodward Ave. ( lock May Appejir Again According to Robert Trauh, the old clock will be renovated after Its earned rest, and may be put In place over the new location. Meantime, Meantime, some time this summer, when the Sallan Jewelry store moves into the vacated Traub store another clock, not so anci.-mt anci.-mt anci.-mt but just as historic, will replace it. That will be the Sallan clock, the first electrically operated clock to be seen In Detroit. When it appeared appeared 20 years ago it was a momentous momentous occasion. Before it was installed, according to S. E. Sallan, there was a continuous disagreement disagreement as to the exact time on Woodward Woodward Ave., and the owners of the dissenting clocks were the recipients recipients of dally complaints from businessmen businessmen who blamd them for missed engagements and tardy employees. employees.