Journeyman Mechanic

Journeyman Mechanic

As a journeyman mechanic, Walter P. Chrysler traveled from town to town working in different machine shops. He left his initials in the water towers of towns where he worked. He started by hitching a railroad ride to Wellington, Kansas where he worked in the Santa Fe line shops. As he described the lifestyle in his autobiography, "…until another train came along, we would be thrown together in the free-masonry that embraces any group of wayfarers." His journeyman wages started at 27.5 cents per hour; by 1919 he was making one million dollars a year as President of the Willys Corporation.

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