Sam and Andy, Catherine’s Little Lambs, finally met William J. Olcott, as other guests did, in the home’s large library. When guests arrived, the butler would show them to the library and close the solid mahogany doors. There, they would wait to be greeted by the Olcotts.
When the house was built in 1904, Mr. Olcott had worked his way up to President of the Oliver Mining Company (a subsidiary of US Steel), the largest iron ore mining company in the region. Over 40,000 men worked for the company. When John D. Rockefeller visited his holdings in Minnesota, he stayed at the Olcott home.
The other photo is of the iron ore carrier “William J. Olcott”. The Olcott family had special quarters on the ship. Their two daughters loved to travel the great lakes on the mighty ship. Trains might have been faster, but not everyone had a ship named after them.