Background of William T. Walker.
|This was the first factory built in the Oak Park Industrial Complex, which would later become the largest grouping of factories for the sole purpose of building automobiles (BUICK) in the world. Later to be surpassed by the Ford Rouge complex in Detroit Michigan. Flint Motor Axle Link.|
|The spot that this factory occupied would later become a parking lot and is still vacant as of this posting. This view is facing north east.|
|The Flint Journal article was supplied by Steve Weiss Grandson of Fred J. Weiss.|
|This is how the factory looked after Walker-Weiss took over control of the Flint Axle works and built numerous additions. In my time James P. Cole blvd. would be routed directly through the location where this factory once stood. Hamilton Avenue would cross the Flint river just behind this addition to the south end of the factory. In the foreground is the old original St. Johns Street which would be relocated farther east towards the Flint river and actually run directly through the center-line of this factory. Only a small parking lot would exist here in my time. I only parked in it a few times when the other lots were full. Link to view new street routing. August 21 1920 addition announcement.|
|This 1922 advertisement shows the name and product changes.|
|Fred J. Weiss.|