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Col Sidney D. Waldon

Col Sidney D. Waldon

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 20 Jan 1945 (aged 71)
Fairfield, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Burial Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 100331854 · View Source
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Sidney Dunn Waldon was born in London, England, and emigrated to the United States in 1892.

On June 27, 1928, Waldon had married Helen Rentschler, his second wife. She was a sister of George A. Rentschler, who in 1945 was president of the General Machinery Corp.; Frederick B. Rentschler, chairman of United Aircraft Corp., Hartford, Conn.; and Gordon S. Rentschler, chairman of the National City Bank of New York.

"Sidney D. Waldon was one of the first people involved with Packard Motor Company, serving as vice-president and general manager. During WWI, Waldon was a Colonel involved in preparation of aircraft manufacturing for the war effort, and was instrumental in creating a viable US air force. Waldon was also director of engineering for Cadillac Motor Car Co."

In 1924, James Couzens, then mayor [of Detroit], appointed Waldon to the Detroit Rapid Transit Commission. The commission developed a plan for a system of superhighways and rapid transit, which Waldon advocated for the rest of his life. Colonel Waldon lived at 160 Longfellow in the 1910s and 1920s (Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit, Michigan)."

Desiring a place to live where he could escape the outside world, Colonel Waldon purchased 840 acres of land in Clarkston, Michigan, in 1927. He hired H. A. O'Dell to design a home for him, which he called Pine Knob. The result was a nineteen-room English Manor located atop the highest point in Southeastern Michigan (the elevation is 1221 feet). The Carriage House was constructed several hundred feet away from the mansion for the caretaker and his family. Behind this home were barns that housed his fine thoroughbreds and exquisite carriages. The grounds and gardens were designed by Chicago-based landscape architect Jens Jensen.

"The Waldons resided at their estate, Pine Knob, near Detroit, until moving to the Hamilton [Ohio] area in 1941. They occupied the former Gordon S. Rentschler estate, northeast of Hamilton and east of Ohio 4 and Millikin Road in Fairfield Township.

Colonel Waldon, then 72, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 1945, at the Rentschler Farm. His funeral was held at the home. Edward Deeds and Orville Wright were among the honorary pallbearers as Waldon was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton. Mrs. Waldon resided at the 349-acre Rentschler Farm until her death Sept. 10, 1967.

The Walden Ponds housing and golf complex—constructed on the former Rentschler property—opened in June 1997. Previous owners had called it Maplewood. The Rentschlers and Waldons called it The Farm."

Source: Bulter County Aviation History




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100331854
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Sidney D. Waldon (29 Jan 1873–20 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100331854, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) .