Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

I think one of these two young men might be my father-in-law, but I’m not 100% sure. (Update, my husband says he is the one on the right!) The picture unfortunately isn’t the best, but it is a treasure all the same. And just look at that monster cake they are decorating! The Gibbons Bakery in Mt. Clemens, MI was opened in the 1920s by Albert Henry Gibbons and his wife Christine Schultz Gibbons. Born in 1891 in England, Henry emigrated to the US in 1913. Henry and Christine married in 1920 and must have opened the bakery around that same time. Sons William (1922) and James (1923) soon arrived, followed by daughter Roseann (1930) and finally son Albert Raymond (1932). By the time Raymond was working in the bakery it was a well established business that has a long legacy in Mt. Clemens. I have another photo I will share soon of Roseann and her kids in front of the bakery. By 1957, Henry and Christine lived in Florida and Bill, Jim and Ray kept the business running. Eventually, all the kids had moved on to various other locations, and by 1988 the bakery was owned by Djurdja “Julie” Bogojevski. Gibbons Bakery was located at 84 Macomb Place near the corner of Pine St for quite a long time, enjoying at least one resurgence in the early 2000s by an entrepreneur who wanted to bring a nice bakery to Mt. Clemens. The building is still there and looks basically the same as it did way back when.

At some point, Ray and my mother-in-law Marie opened the Ray Marie Bakery, also in Mt. Clemens. Marie told me some stories of the early days of their marriage when Ray had to get up at 3 a.m. to be at the bakery and she would get up to make his breakfast, all while suffering morning sickness and the smell of bacon and eggs made her extra queasy! It was in that first apartment that Marie was given the recipe for carrot cake that became one of the recipes at their bakeries. It is a family treasure that I have made for birthdays and special occasions over the years. She shared that her neighbor offered her a slice of cake, but all she could think was “why would anyone make a cake out of carrots?” Fortunately for all of us, she liked it. By 1971 they were working on building The Cake Shop in Whittier, CA. which became another family owned and operated bakery, with Steve, Paul, David & Joe working alongside their parents.

The most recent version of the Gibbons Bakery in Mt. Clemens, MI operated from around 2010 to 2015, at the historic location of 84 Macomb Place. The owner at that time had personal ties to the bakery, having worked for Bogojevski shortly after emigrating to the US.

Here’s a great vintage photo I found showing a firefighter poking his head out of the window of Gibbons Bakery after a fire in the adjacent building. The irony here is that The Cake Shop burned down many years later, fire once again damaging a Gibbons owned bakery.

Here’s more about the “new” Gibbons Bakery:

Gibbons Bakery Facebook Page

Article about the reopening from Oakland Press News

9 thoughts on “Gibbons Bakery

  1. lmmn says:

    Dear Mrs Marvel and WhoWereThey,

    Thanks so much for this! Bill Gibbons was my godfather; he grew up with my dad, and my grandfather worked at the bakery. He had come from Scotland and apprenticed with his father, who was also a baker. I remember the bakery so well. The last time I was there was in the 1990s, and I was bowled over as I entered, because the smells and sights were still so close to the 1950s and 1960s, when I knew it.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, which I shared with my husband. It is great to hear good memories of the family business.


  2. Tiffany says:

    Hello, I came across this article and was wondering if you knew Steve Gibbons. I assume he’s family. If you could email me it would be much appreciated. Kinda of hard to go into detail here of why, but I’ve been searching for him for a long time



  3. Cynthia DONAHUE says:

    My husband and I rented an apartment from Mrs. Gibbons in 1973. It was the back upper apartment at 104 Lincoln Street in Mount Clemens, and the rent was $90 per month, a reduced rate because we cut the grass. One of us would drop off a check at the bakery every month. Wonderful smells, and the best cinnamon twists around!


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      This might have been Jim or Bill Gibbons – the other brother had moved out of state by 73. Thank you so much for your comment!


  4. Pam Martus (née Van Dusen) says:

    Mrs. Marvel & WhoWereThey, Thanks for sharing this history! I worked as a sales clerk at Gibbons Bakery 1973-1976 when I was a teenager. Jim & Bill Gibbons owned and operated it at the time. I am wondering if either of Jim & Dorothy’s daughters are still with us. I had worked with Chris (married to Jim Mack?!?) and met David, her brother-in-law, a couple of times. He baked donuts & bread on the midnight shift with another older gentleman, Frank…maybe, at that time. Great bread and baked goods. I remember hand-wrapping & labeling a lot of small pies they sold to caterers. I am sorry I didn’t accept Jim Gibbons’ offer to learn how to decorate cakes. I was working there when The Time Shop next store was robbed. Scary time. I worked with some great people there – Nola, Laurie, Kathy, Teri & Greg. Would love to reminisce with them if ever possible to! 💖


    1. Joseph Gibbons says:

      Hi I’m Joe Gibbons. Christine passed away I was told by her daughter Andrea Mack who I met on ancestry. I’m not sure about Shelly.


  5. Joseph Gibbons says:

    Nice article, I’m Joe Gibbons the son of Ray and Marie. Thank you


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