Sunday, November 8, 2015
The 365 Story on March 3rd highlighted Jeanne Stine, the first woman to serve on the Troy City Council and as Mayor. Throughout her public career Jeanne’s husband, Jack, was nearby. Jack was a local man, born and raised in Troy Township, the son of John Henry and Blanche Stine. He attended Log Cabin School in Clawson, which was actually a substantial four-story brick building, and graduated from Royal Oak Dondero High School.
Jack served in the US Army during World War II and then attended Michigan State University before working as a steel broker with Great Lakes Steel and as a teamster. He also earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed anything that went fast– cars, boats, motorcycles, and planes.
Jack Stine brought his young bride to Troy Township. Jeanne, a self-described city girl was initially wary of life in a farm community. But Jack was passionate about his community and an active volunteer. He was a member of the Clawson-Troy Elks; a volunteer Troy firefighter for twenty years; the president of the Poppleton Homeowners Association; a 50-year member of the American Legion Post No. 167 in Clawson; a member of the Teamsters’ Union; and a member of the Oakland County Board of Supervisors.
Jack was also Jeanne’s biggest advocate. He encouraged her to run for City Council and for Mayor and helped organize her campaigns. But Stine preferred to work behind the scenes and to stand in the back of the room, while Jeanne, the consummate public speaker, stepped up to the podium.
Jack F. Stine passed away on May 4, 2007 at the age of 78.
Troy Historic Village obituary files
Interviews with Jeanne Stine
To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org