William H. Calbreath was born in Detroit, Michigan back in 1850. He was a slave that was freed about 15 years before the outbreak of the Civil War. After the war, he worked as a cook in Detroit. His skills as a chief earned him a stint at New York City’s famed Delmonico’s.
He spent his last years in Struthers, Ohio. Until his retirement he worked as a coal dealer. He died in 1944, he was 93.
What you may not know about William is that his claim to fame was he claimed he served as the model for the original Cream of Wheat trademark from the early 1900’s to about 1925. His claim has never been officially confirmed but it has never been disputed.
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