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Solon Center – Velzy

Does anyone know anything about this photo?

Len Allington, of Solon Township, passed on a photo to us from his mother, Donie Allington, 86, also of Solon Township. It is of a group of men with pitchforks that looks like it may have been taken around or just before the turn of the century. She said it was taken at Solon Center (Algoma and 19 Mile Road), which was known as Velzy at the time.
“I was told it was a group of ‘modern woodsman.’ They harvested potatoes for a farmer that was too ill to do it,” she explained.
She added that her grandpa, Virgil Weller, is in the photo, possibly the first or second one from the left in the bottom row. There is a Virgil Weller buried in Solon Cemetery, with a birthdate of 1844, and death date of 1912.

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