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Walter Flanders / Flanders Garage

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 13, 2021
1. Walter Flanders / Flanders Garage Marker
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Walter Flanders
During his career, automotive pioneer Walter Flanders was considered a genius of production and management. He was one of the first men to develop the moving automotive assembly line in Detroit. In 1907 he implemented production methods at the Ford Motor Company's Piquette Avenue Plant, which produced 10,000 cars in one year. Flanders left Ford in 1908 and with B.F. Everitt and W.E. Metzger formed the E-M-F Company in Detroit. Flanders led several automobile companies, including the Studebaker Company which purchased E-M-F in 1911. In 1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson called Flanders to Washington D.C. along with Henry Ford, William C. Durant, and John Dodge, to determine how the automobile industry could assist in winning World War I. Flanders died in an automobile accident in 1923.

Flanders Garage
Automobile entrepreneur Walter E. Flanders (1871 ~ 1923) was born on a Vermont farm. At the peak of his success during the 1910s, he owned a 1000-acre estate, which included all of Green Lake, large farm outbuildings, a greenhouse, this garage and the adjacent Craftsman-style house.
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 13, 2021
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Flanders owned a variety of livestock and at times he employed 300 to 400 men on his farm. The garage, which he used for entertaining, had an automobile turntable, a billiard room, a ballroom, and a two-lane bowling alley. Flanders moved to Virginia in 1919. The Aviation Country Club purchased the estate in 1920 and used the garage as a clubhouse. The lakefront land and golf courses have been developed as subdivisions. The Green Lake Association purchased the garage in 1949.
 
Erected 2004 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0683.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 35.585′ N, 83° 24.659′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on the grounds of Villa at Green Lake Estates. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6470 Alden Dr, West Bloomfield MI 48324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orchard Lake Chapel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Four Towns Methodist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); An Advocate for Parks (approx. 2 miles away); Settling the Dust
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 13, 2021
3. Flanders Garage
(approx. 2 miles away); The Great Blues (approx. 2.1 miles away); Go in Peace (approx. 2.2 miles away); Emmendorfer House / Francis A. Emmendorfer (approx. 2.6 miles away); Chief Pontiac (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake.
 
Also see . . .  Walter E. Flanders Inducted 1994. Automotive Hall of Fame
Walter Flanders found a way to make machines work better. A knack for mechanics and a youthful apprenticeship in a sewing machine factory helped Flanders learn his way around machinery and prove himself useful to auto pioneer Henry Ford.
(Submitted on May 14, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
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By Public domain - James Rood Doolittle, 1916
4. Walter Flanders
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 14, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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