One of our earliest (and best) discoveries at the G.A.R. building came during the initial clean-up phase. On the second floor, buried under 30 years of dirt, was a small riser where someone could stand and speak to a larger crowd of people. Our work crews were tearing it apart when they uncovered a marble plaque that once hung above the stage on the wall. At some point, someone had the “smarts” to take it from the wall and hide it beneath the stage to protect it. It rested there for decades until our team pulled it back out.
As written here previously, it honored six veterans who were closely involved in getting the G.A.R. built at the turn of the last century. They were:
William C. Claxton William H. Fisher
Edgar A. Shook Richard W. Allen
Charles F. Brown Samuel B. Dixon
Please meet William C. Claxton. Past Commander of Fairbanks G.A.R. Post # 17.
We had the great fortune to have his great-great Grandson, Dan, in Republic last week for dinner. After a conversation with our server and a few emails we received this awesome photo of the first of the men listed on the plaque. William is a large reason Detroit has a castle.
William is pictured here with G.A.R. medals on his chest… and a crazy cool beard.
And the C. in his middle name… it stands for “Christmas”, of course.
Thanks Dan for bringing your ancestor back to the castle!!!