Woodrow W. and Ann Woody papers: 1931-1998
Summary Information
Title: Woodrow W. and Ann Woody papers
Creator: Woody, Woodrow W.
Dates: 1931-1998
Extent: 0.6 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Owner of Woody Pontiac Sales, Inc. in Hamtramck, MI and lifelong Republican and proponent of peace in the Middle East; correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Call number: 2010069 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Shelley Hayreh, 2010

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated in February 2010 by Howard George (donor no. 10320).

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Woodrow W. and Ann Woody papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Woodrow Woody was born Woodrow William Shikany in Bejdarfel, Lebanon on November 15, 1907. His family immigrated to the United States in 1912, settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While living in Minneapolis, Woody went to school, sold newspapers, and organized the St. Maron Athletic Club.

By 1929, the Shikany family had moved from Minneapolis to Detroit. During this time, Woody began his first job in the automobile industry working for the Hudson Motor Car Company installing axles. After a few years of assembling automobiles, Woody decided he would rather be responsible for selling automobiles. Woody got his opportunity in 1936 when the Mack-Gratiot Chevrolet Company hired him for a sales position. After less than two years of selling Chevrolets for Mack-Gratiot Chevrolet, Woody left the company to go into business for himself. He purchased a used car lot on Vernor and Mt. Eliot in Detroit and opened Liberty Motor Sales.

Soon after, in 1939, Woody applied for a Pontiac franchise in Hamtramck. Woody Pontiac Sales, Inc. was established on January 2, 1940. The dealership remained open for six decades until Woody closed the store 2000. During his many years as the senior Pontiac Dealer in Michigan, he also served as president of the Hamtramck Auto Dealers Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Pontiac Dealers Association. In 1994, Woody received the Automotive Hall of Fame's Distinguished Service Citation Award.

Along with the opening of Woody Pontiac Sales in the 1940s, Woody also served in the United States Army during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1945 at the conclusion of the war, Woody married Ann Martes, a Polish-American from Hamtramck.

Besides his many accomplishments and responsibilities as an auto dealer, Woody was also the president of the Hamtramck Rotary, president of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, owner of Hillcrest Country Club in Mount Clemens, and the recipient of the St. Ursula Award for Humanitarianism. Additionally, Woody was a lifelong Republican and tireless proponent of peace in the Middle East.

Woodrow Wood died on April 3, 2002 at the Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan at the age of 94.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Woodrow and Ann Woody papers are organized into two series: Correspondence and other papers and Photographs. The collection consists primarily of correspondence with public figures; newspaper clippings, photographs, and other materials from scrapbooks relating to the Hillcrest Wolverine Open golf tournament; photographs of Woody and his wife Ann with various public figures and attending different social occasions.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Arab Americans -- Michigan.
  • Automobile dealers -- Michigan.
  • Golf -- Tournaments -- Michigan.
  • Hamtramck (Mich.)
  • Automobile dealerships -- Michigan.
  • Golf -- Michigan.
  • Golfers -- Michigan.
  • Hamtramck (Mich.)
  • Hillcrest Golf and Country Club (Macomb County, Mich.)
  • CD-ROMs.
  • Photographs.
  • Hillcrest Wolverine Open (Golf tournament)
  • Woody, Ann.
  • Woody, Woodrow W.
  • Hillcrest Wolverine Open (Golf tournament)
  • John Paul, Pope, 1920-2005.
  • Woody, Ann.
  • Woody Pontiac Sales (Hamtramck, Mich.)
  • Woody, Woodrow W.
  • Woody, Ann.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence and other papers [series]

Correspondence and other papers series documents Woodrow Woody's life, politics, and association with Hillcrest Country Club in Mount Clemens, Michigan. The series consists of correspondence between Woody and various political figures primarily from the Republican Party, as well as newspaper clippings about Woody and his Pontiac dealership in Hamtramck. Additionally, the series contains two scrapbooks documenting the Hillcrest Wolverine Open during the years 1960 to 1964. The photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials have been removed from the scrapbook and re-housed in folders.

 
Correspondence (arranged alphabetically) (2 folders)
 
A-C
Box   1  
Abraham, Spencer 1998
Box   1  
Atwater, Lee 1989
Box   1  
Bonior, David 1993-1994
Box   1  
Bouhabib, Abdallah 1988
Box   1  
Bush, George H. W. 1989-1992
Box   1  
Cohan, Leon S.
Box   1  
Conyers, John 1987
Box   1  
Cynar, Walter P. 1989
 
D-W
Box   1  
Engler, John 1995-1996
Box   1  
Fisher, Max M. 1998
Box   1  
Kattouf, Theodore H. 1990
Box   1  
Kojelis, Linas 1988
Box   1  
Lahoud, Nassib 1991
Box   1  
Levin, Carl 1989
Box   1  
Nixon, Richard 1971, 1990
Box   1  
Nunn, Sam 1989
Box   1  
O'Connor, John Cardinal
Box   1  
Pell, Claiborne 1989
Box   1  
Quayle, Dan 1989
Box   1  
Reagan, Ronald 1982-1983
Box   1  
Riegle, Donald W. 1989
Box   1  
Romney, George 1989
Box   1  
Sfeir, Nasrallah-Pierre 1991
Box   1  
Siv, Sichan 1990
Box   1  
Solomon, Anthony J. 1989
Box   1  
Super, Katherine L. 1992
Box   1  
Vander Jagt, Guy 1989
Box   1  
Wilcox, Philip C. 1987
Box   1  
Address of Woodrow W. Woody to the American Arab Council, Hall of Nations International Institute 1967
 
Hillcrest Wolverine Open Scrapbooks

(includes photographs)

Box   1  
Volume 1 1960-1964 (4 folders)

(includes a photograph of Jack Hoffman with others and a news article on Joyce Ziske and Betsy Rawls in an oversize folder)

Box   1  
Volume 2 1963 (11 folders)

(includes a news article on the Hillcrest Bridge collapse in an oversize folder)

Box   1  
Macomb County Distinguished Citizen Award Program 1979
Box   1  
Newspaper Clippings
 
Photographs [series]

Photographs series contains images of Woodrow and Ann Woody with friends, politicians, or other prominent persons, including Presidents Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, Michigan Governors George Romney, William Milliken, James Blanchard, and John Engler, Pope John Paul II, as well as automobile executives, Michigan Congressmen, and Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. The series also contains photographs of the former Hillcrest Country Club in Mount Clemens and of the Woody Pontiac dealership in Hamtramck. There are also signed portraits of various public figures.

Box   1  
Ann Woody 1960s-1970s
Box   1  
Woodrow W. Woody 1931-1980s
Box   1  
Woodrow and Ann Woody 1946-1990s
Box   1  
Woodrow Woody with friends and family 1942-1994
Box   1  
Woody with politicians and prominent figures 1950s-1990s (3 folders)

(include Richard Nixon and other political figures, Pope John Paul and other religious leaders, automobile company executives, sports personalities)

Box   1  
Woodrow Woody's 82-birthday celebration 1989
Box   1  
Hillcrest Country Club 1960s-1970s

(includes oversize photograph)

Box   1  
Woody Pontiac Sales Store 1950s-1990s

(also includes CD-ROM of images)

Box   1  
Signed Portraits of public figures 1960s-1980