Here’s a story out of left field to spice up your day.
A Canadian man from Sarnia, Ontario, (Michigan border city with a population of 72,000) claims he is the illegitimate great-grandson of the founder of General Motors Canada. Ladies and gents, meet 56-year-old Karl Shiffer.
As with all stories like this, Fisher has no concrete evidence to back up his claims, though he says he’s dug through the roots of his family tree for the past four decades.
Shiffer believes he stumbled upon some evidence that would indicate that he has ties to the affluent McLaughlin family. Patriarch Robert Samuel McLaughlin started the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1904, near Oshawa, Ontario, and that company eventually morphed to form the backbone of General Motors Canada.
Shiffer claims that McLaughlin’s wife, Margaret Wilson, bore a girl out of wedlock in 1893, sometime after splitting with her first husband, Marshall Pickle.
It’s that woman, Mary Pickle, whom Shaffer believes to be his grandmother.
Though there’s archival proof Margaret Pickle did in fact have a child out of wedlock, there are no documents indicating Shiffer to be Pickle’s grandson. Either way, Shiffer says he’s not looking for money. He only wants to get to the bottom of his family tree.
Whether true or not, this story comes to us from The Toronto Sun, which is one of Canada’s most-maligned newspapers (yours truly wasn’t allowed to source the Toronto Sun in journalism school… true story).
So, we’ll take this one with a big grain of salt and wash it down with a tall glass of skepticism.