Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Piece Of General Motors Purchased In 1902

General Motors founder, William C. Durant, and his partner, Josiah Dallas Dort, purchased property at Harriet Street & Industrial Avenue in Flint, Michigan, that was eventually used for the company (which was founded on September 16, 1908).

Genesee Co., MI, Deeds
Liber "169", Page 121
4 January 1902

The Canton Pole & Shaft Company, of Canton, Ohio
William C. Durant, et al

Canton Pole & Shaft by Samuel Ake, President & T. E. Keplinger, Secretary and William C. Durant and J. Dallas Dort of Flint of the second parties...
Beginning northwest corner of Harriet Street at its intersection with the east line of Industrial Avenue running thence north along the east line of Industrial Avenue 450 feet and thence east and right angle with Harriet Street 210 feet - to west line of land heretofore deeded to the W. F. Stewart Company, thence along west line of said Stewart Company land to north line of Harriet Street thence west along north line of Harriet Street to place of beginning point of Block #26 of Oak Park Subdivision of a point of Sections 1 & 2 of Smith's Reserve__, Genesee Co., Michigan...
Witnesses: George Wake and Charles J. Lorichot
Notarized in Stark Co., Ohio

A picture of Dort & Durant can be found here. The Harriet Street location courtesy of "Google Maps" can be found here. The AC Spark Plug division of General Motors was located at the Harriet Street / Industrial Avenue site in Flint, Genesee Co., Michigan. A biography of Dort can be found here.

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