NEUMANN, William Frederick Valentine, president and general manager Neumann Lane Co., automobiles; born, Minonk,
Ill., Feb. 26, 1872; son of John and Matilda (Metzger) Neumann; educated Ann Arbor public and high schools; B.S.
in Electrieal Engineering, University of Michigan, 1897; married, Mar. 6, 1893, Lydia Dittman, of Romeo, Mich.;
2 sons: John, Carl. Began active career in electrical railway construction; was with Chase Construction Co., building
electric roads in Ohio, later public electric lighting service in Grand Rapids, Mich.; U. S. harbor inspector,
building breakwaters on Lake Michigan for 2 seasons under Grand Rapids jurisdiction, 1898-99; then for 4 months
in Paris, installing Electric Exhibit, Paris Exposition, 1900; in automobile business, Detroit, since 1900. Began
as manager William E. Metzger, retail automobiles, continuing, 1900-6; organized, 1907', the Neumann Lane Co.,
distributors Pierce Arrow, Chalmers and Ranch Lange Electric cars, and now president and general manager same.
Republican. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, Detroit Automobile Dealers' Association (president, 1912-13), Detroit
Engineering Society. Member Corinthian Lodge, A. F. & A. M. Clubs: Wolverine Automobile, Detroit Athletic,
Harmonie, Detroit Motor Boat, Underhill Fishing, of North Branch Au Sable River, and Parker's Perpetual Paradise
Club, Au Train, Upper Peninsula, Mich. Recreations: automobiling, fishing, hunting. Office: 1342-1352 Woodward
Ave. Residence: 147 Delaware Ave.
The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit
Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Wayne County, Michigan Biographies
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