May 05, 2017

Meet ‘The Cookie Man’ Wiswell

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Every week, Plymouth Village resident Frank Wiswell gets on his red electric tricycle and delivers homemade baked goods to his neighbors and employees at the retirement community, where he has lived for the past five years.

“I love it here,” Wiswell said in a recent interivew with the Redlands Daily Facts. 

“People wait on me and all the residents are nice," he told the newspaper on a recent baking day, placing rounded mounds of cookie dough onto a baking sheet. "So that’s why I like to cook and give to them to show my appreciation of how everybody is so nice here.” 

Originally from Massachusetts, Wiswell was a cook in the U.S. Navy during World War II, when he spent time on the USS Wisconsin and USS Missouri. After he was discharged, Wiswell took a job at a paper mill. But, looking for warmer weather, he and his wife moved to Lone Pine, where he worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass.

When the plant closed he turned down a position in Sierra Leone, Africa, and instead went to work as a maintenance foreman for Foote Mineral in Silver Peak, Nevada. He moved up to general superintendent, and after 17 years with the company, Wiswell retired at age 56. 

At age 89, Wiswell has found love in many different hobbies. To learn more about Frank and his busy lifestyle at Plymouth Village, click here to read the Redlands Daily Facts article.

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