King David's Bakery
King David Bakery- Effie (?), Hank Wolfrum, unknown?
King David Bakery, 11
Mile Road, 1940's
Bake Shop and WEXL Radio
David Bake Shop has always been a remembrance from my youth. Comments
made by my dad, along with a photo of my father as a young man in his
"whites" have always peaked my interest about this
former Royal Oak bakery.
that the bakery was owned by J.B. Sparks. He was my father’s employer,
when he ran the bakery for him in the 1940s, and twenty years later, in
my teens, was my employer as a young engineer. I worked
for WEXL/WOMC in the early 1960's when it, along with WHGR in Houghton Lake,
Michigan were both owned by the Sparks Family.
Sue and I cared for my father for the last two years under home hospice
care. This allowed time for many stories about his life and the bake
shop. On one Saturday trip with dad to the Royal Oak
Farmers Market he pointed to the small building across the
street from the Market and said "that was the bake shop." I had
building had been torn down, but what I knew as the WEXL Radio
Studios of the 1980's, was
formerly the King David Bake Shop. Seemingly, I had walked the same
floors as my father when I was helping Gordon Sparks, Jr. build and
install new broadcast equipment for WEXL. What was even more
interesting to learn was that the WEXL studios, and the bakery at one
time shared the building. WEXL radio novices like Porter Bourne and Bob
Maxwell, who became radio giants on major networks, once stole my
father’s donuts from the King David Bake shop next door.
my dad would get up early (4am) and then spend long hours at the
bakery. Something that he was still doing, in the 1980's, when we would
visit him at the last bakery that he owned in Hessel, Michigan.
rewards of dad's profession for me were great bread, good pastries and
cookies and the knowledge of what
fresh, scratch made bake goods should be.
had truly retired when he began sharing his methods and "secrets" with
Sue and now, she carries on some
of the traditions of the King David Bake Shop at home. Dad died in
October of 2007 but passed on some of the lore of Royal Oak's many
bakeries before his passing.
be interested in any stories or photos others may have about the early
years of the King David Bake Shop, WEXL radio, or any other historic
businesses in Royal Oak.
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