Backbone of the Packard: An Appreciation of Former Employees

Check out these great historic photos of work life at the Packard Motor Car Co. We wanted to take a moment to highlight these former employees, the backbone of the plant.

The two photos were sent to us by Michael Finley, showing his grandfather, Frederick Lyon. Lyon started working at the Packard Plant in 1910. He moved his family to a house on Medbury St. only a couple blocks away. In the photo below Lyon is on the far right, 2nd row from the top with a dark shirt and suspenders.

Frederick Lyon 1910
Photo: Frederick Lyon, ca 1910

In the photo below Lyon is in the back row near the middle between the two men with bowler hats.

Photo: Frederick Lyon, ca 1915
Photo: Frederick Lyon, ca 1915
The next photo is from our Executive Director, Kari Smith. The image, courtesy of Anna Smith’s estate includes her grandfather¬†Russell A. Smith who worked at Packard from 1927-52, Executive Steel Buyer for the last ten years of his employment. He is seated in the front row, second from the right.
Photo: Kari Smith, courtesy of Anna Smith's estate
Photo: Kari Smith, courtesy of Anna Smith’s estate

Let’s not forget the ladies of the Packard! The photo below is of the office staff located in building 13, former Administration Building.

Photo: Kari Smith, courtesy of Anna Smith's estate
Photo: Kari Smith, courtesy of Anna Smith’s estate
Thank you so much for sharing! We welcome all Packard stories and/or photos at any time, we would love to hear from you. If anyone recognizes a family member in these photos, please let us know.

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