My History

My History

In this series, we seek to discover the men whose accomplishments and contributions to the auto industry were overshadowed by Buick Motor Co. Even David Dunbar Buick seems to be lost in the shadows; how much more so men like Walter Marr, Eugene Richard and others? In our last issue, we discussed David Buick’s halting entry into the automobile market and subsequent move to Flint, under the direction of James Whiting.

The Shadow Men of Buick Part II: Getting their Buicks in a Row

James H. Whiting was born in Torrington, CT in 1842. He served in the 23rd Connecticut Infantry during the Civil War and afterwards made his way to Flint. In 1882, he became manager of the Begole, Fox & Company lumber mills, whose anemic outputs resulted from the severe depletion of timber surrounding the town. Whiting…

March 1, 2014

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A Stained-Glass Mystery

A Stained-Glass Mystery

Recessed within the main sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is an alcove called The Five Sisters Chapel. Light shines through a large stained-glass window depicting five women preparing to enter a door to Christ, who stands waiting. A plaque on the wall dedicates the Chapel to the memory of Margaret McFarlan, Eliza Henderson, Almira…

March 1, 2014

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Perspective From Our Past Presidents

Perspective From Our Past Presidents

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines…

February 17, 2014

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Reaching Our Roots Flint Genealogical Society follows the threads of family

Reaching Our Roots Flint Genealogical Society follows the threads of family

Family trees are often drawn depicting one’s ancestors in the branches above a living descendent; however, that visual is rather misleading. A more accurate version would show our forefathers as roots, for each of us has a family that grounds us, orients us, and makes us who we are. The further you search backward, the…

February 1, 2014

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The Shadow Men of Buick Motor Co.

The Shadow Men of Buick Motor Co.

The American auto industry was built haphazardly, in leaps and bounds, regressions and sudden spurts of innovation. The whole nation became fascinated with automobiles and worked concurrently, almost feverishly, to be the first to begin producing this machinery. Early automotive companies were named after the men who began them: Franklin, Oldsmobile, Marmon, Ford, Chrysler etc….

February 1, 2014

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Josiah W. Begole A Portrait of the American Spirit

Josiah W. Begole A Portrait of the American Spirit

Flint Governor Series Part Two Michigan’s 19th governor was born far from the state in which he spent the majority of his life. Like many early Michigan settlers, he came from New York. Josiah Begole witnessed a number of radical changes in American life during the span of his life, and his political career encapsulates…

December 1, 2013

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A Jolly Ole Bunch

A Jolly Ole Bunch

The Flint Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks is part charity, part social club, part professional development, and all living history. The men and women who make up this organization are Flint’s wise and involved community members who wish to pass along their accumulated knowledge and bless those in need in…

November 1, 2013

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Henry Howland Crapo A Governor with Grit

Henry Howland Crapo A Governor with Grit

Flint Governor Series Part One Henry Howland Crapo (pronounced cray-po), when he is mentioned at all by Flint historians, is often reduced to a footnote in W.C. “Billy” Durant’s biography (the C stands for Crapo). Although Durant is well-known in Flint for revolutionizing the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his grandfather,…

November 1, 2013

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Glenwood Cemetery A Place of Peace

Glenwood Cemetery A Place of Peace

An article about a cemetery in October may seem banal at first, but bear with me. Perhaps I felt compelled to save my cemetery chronicle for the month usually dedicated to spooks and spirits because I felt that in any other month, interest in cemeteries is roughly on par with interest in drying paint. Personally,…

October 1, 2013