I’ve been saving this charming photo for a while. I received it from my constant source of old local photos, Charlie Fox, several years ago. He wrote:
“I found another old photo you might like. The three people are Alfred Mapes, member of the Walkerville Police Department, and later town assessor, his son Calvin, and his wife Bessie, my father’s sister.”
Wow! That corset looks like it hurt!
A quick Google search on “Marratt” led me to the photo at right of Dr. Chandler, who looked after Hiram Walker’s farm animals. This photo was taken at the studio of Bragy, Diehl & Co. Artistic Photographers Gabinet, 35-39 Munroe Avenue, Detroit, Mich.
I had never heard of the doctor before, but I had certainly heard of Hiram Walker and his farms. Dr. Chandler looked after the cattle at Walker’s farm when it was located at Seminole and Walker Roads, site of the General Motors Transmission Plant (read more about it in my story “From Cows to Cars”). Walker had an extensive farming industry in and around Walkerville and further south. Mash from Walker’s distillery on the Detroit River was pumped south through a cyprus wood pipeline to feed his cattle.
You may enjoy a story I wrote several years ago called Walker Farms: A Wonder Among Farms.
Both these stories and many more about Hiram Walker, his company town of Walkerville, and his world famous Canadian Club whisky, can be found in our award-winning local history book, “Best of The Times Magazine” available through our website, walkervilletimes.com, or at Indigo Books in St. Clair Beach or Juniper Books on Ottawa Street in Walkerville. You can also email me: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like an autographed copy for $40 plus tax and shipping. (Pssst…. we are almost sold out!)