Electric Autolite Company, Inc.
Both of my parents worked at the Electric Autolite Company in
Bay City, Michigan. My father
came up from Toledo in 1936-1937 to start the factory with many other Maumeeans. He use to
say that there was only one stop light in town when he came. My mother came "into town"
from her parents farm in Garfield Township to work for the company. The following, are photos
that I found while cleaning out my mother's drawers after her death in October of 2003. If you
have pictures, information, or can identify any of the people in the photos,
please contact me, Donna Hoff-Grambau.
Some of the mens names that I remember are Paul Haas, Paul
Gilmore, R. "Doc" Wineman
(Ruth's father), Bruno Leinert (from Argentina, who also worked as a manager at Bay
City Mercy Hospital), Henry Webb, Dick Zielinski, Dick Spencer, JohnW. Lee,
Lee Massey and his son Stanley Massey and Cliff Legacy. Many others whose names have
receded in my memory. I am particularly interested in identifying the women in the pictures,
who were friends of my mother's. I hold many fond memories of these people who shared a
community built around the factory. If you have stories to tell, photos or anything else
to share, please do!!!
Seniority Dates, Job Category and Addresses for 8-D
Electric Autolite, 1936-37.
This list comes from a "little black book" that I found among my father's papers.
"While looking thru the family album ELSIE MUND ran across
picture, which brought back memories to her. This photo was taken during
D.G.I. Days at a weenie roast. Several of the girls are still with us. They
are EVA HOFF, ELSIE MARY AULENRITH, DEE NELSON, MARIE
MAARLEVALD, DOROTHY DOWDEN, ELSIE GAGNER, LEONA
MORISSETTE, MARY NEUMANN, HELEN MUSWSKI, IRENE
SWARTZ, LOUELLA WUEPPER, ARLIENE BOUMAN AND
The above quote is from a Prestolite Newsletter. The newsletter was most
likely published between February 1946 and September of 1948.
The following appear to be at a picnic, no date given.
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25 Year Employees from a 1960 Edition of The Spotlight.
Doser Studio, Bay City, Michigan
February 1952, Electric Autolite Company, Bay City, Michigan
Cars by Tom Tupper, Inc. probably 1952
This looks like the same car as in the picture above. Circa 1952.
Employees of the Electric Autolite Company, circa 1950's or late 1940's.
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