Traverse City Record-Eagle

Historical Photo of the Week

January 9, 2012

Readers identify men at desk

Bill Votruba recognized his father, William Votruba, as the man pictured on the right in the Jan. 2 History Center of Traverse City archive photo. Votruba said his father was owner of the Opera House and Votruba Leather Store in downtown Traverse City. He also added that his father was an early secretary at the Traverse City Rotary Club.

John McGuffin also identified the men in the Jan. 2 photo. He said the man holding the paper is his father, C.C. "Doc" McGuffin. He said the other man is William Votruba. He noted that his father was president of Michigan Mutual Insurance and that William Votruba served on the board. The insurance company was located in downtown Traverse City.

Community section History Center of Traverse City archive photos can be found online at

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