Our Prodigious Pickle Producing Past

William Bros. & Charbonneau catalog, c. 1900

William Bros. & Charbonneau catalog, c. 1900

Pickle packers have always been a prosperous presence in our part of Michigan. Local production of pickles is presently popular given the public’s passion for Perkin’s, McCLure’s, Topor’s and Suddenly Sauer. However, a century ago, Detroiters procured packages of pickles prepared by William Bros. & Charbonneau, headquartered at 19th Street and Grand River Avenue. They had eleven factories from Pinckney to Perry, with others scattered in places like Waterford, Manchester, and Grass Lake. Patrons could pick a pickle style for any palate, including French, English, or American, and pack their pantries with parceled portions of pickles from petite to profuse.

Pickle Pine Pails

Pickle Pine Pails

Pickle Picnic Pints

Pickle Picnic Pints

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