Before there was a UDMercy McNichols campus-some of the early residents and workers

Back in the early 1800′s, the site that is currently the McNichols campus of University of Detroit Mercy, was a swamp surrounded by tamaracks, willows and cranberry bushes. The land was drained and cleared to be converted into truck farms. These are some of the early residents and workers in the area before some of the land was purchased by Father McNichols for $120,000 back in 1921. Other sections of the campus were either gifted or purchased a bit later.


John Eugill, one of the original settlers of the University districts. His farm of 40 acres adjoined the present campus. Picture taken July 26, 1925 on his 90th birthday.

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