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100 years ago: Car population in Lawrence reaches 135

May 18, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 18, 1911:

"A string of farm horses, drivers, bronchos, draft animals, and all other breeds of equines standing in double line extending from the Kaw bridge to Haskell, with a side string from Massachusetts to McCook field and once around the track, would just about equal the horsepower contained in the Lawrence battery of automobiles. According to the recent census Lawrence has a motor population of 135 cars. These chug-chug wagons average just slightly less than 30 horse power each, which is equivalent to a double row of horses extending over forty blocks. The Ford seems to be the most popular car in Lawrence, according to the records of the city clerk's books. The Maxwell and Buick divide honors for second place with the E.M.F. cars following closely in popularity. There are two electric coupes in the city with several prospective purchasers of the 'juice-power' almost persuaded. The motor population of Lawrence includes everything from a single cylinder Brush 'peanut' to seven passenger touring cars, and the elegantly silent running Packards."


Smarmy_Schoolmarm 7 years, 1 month ago

I didn't know what the Bush Peanut was....thanks so much for the link Weiser.

Sarah St. John 7 years, 1 month ago

Thanks weiser! I couldn't find the peanut either.

I did look up the E-M-F cars... here's a wikipedia excerpt that might explain why the company didn't last:

"The E-M-F Company was an early American automobile manufacturer that produced automobiles from 1909 to 1912. The name E-M-F was gleaned from the initials of the three company founders: Barney Everitt (a custom auto-body builder from Detroit), William Metzger (formerly of Cadillac), and Walter Flanders (who had served as Henry Ford's production manager).... E-M-F vehicles were known in their time for their notoriously bad build quality. Detractors soon began stating the E-M-F name stood for 'Every Morning Fix-it', 'Every Mechanical Fault', and 'Every Miss Fire'. Internal fighting between the partners did nothing to help solve the problems."

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