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Sylvester Barbret

-Posted on May 3, 2018

Along with his growing family, Sylvester Barbret made Macomb his home in 1921.  He had a small farm west of Gratiot off 11 Mile in what became the City of Roseville.  In addition to having a couple milk cows, the family raised pigeons, chickens, rabbits, and goats.  As a young man, he worked as a skilled tradesman for Briggs Manufacturing, a supplier of automobile bodies for Chrysler and Ford.  One of the more famous auto bodies he worked on became a limousine for Pope Pius – a car used (and shown in a famous WWII picture) after the Pope’s Mercedes broke down.  He was a volunteer fire fighter and eventually retired from Chrysler Missile Division, where he worked on special projects, including the Redstone rockets that eventually lifted the first American astronauts into orbit.  Nearly 100 years later, many of his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren continue to make Macomb their home.