Lewis W Kiker 2

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Lewis W Kiker 2 - wash rack at the back. Kiker recalled that...
wash rack at the back. Kiker recalled that "Roaring Twenties" automobile owners liked to dress up their cars, al-especially Model T's, which came from the factory with the bare necessities for operation. He recalled "loading" a 1925 model Model T touring car be- longing to Dyer Slaton of Plain- vi ew wi* extras that cost Sla- *°? about ? 30 °, tne approximate ~~'~ original cost of the car. • Fender Braces Placed From his stock of accessories and a spor t y exterior appearance. . He insta u ed an outside oiling system which oper ated off pres- sure provided by the flywheel to rep i ace the Ford splash sys- tenjj A Bosch ignition system and foot operated accelerator to rep i ace the lever control on the steering column were added. Addition of an over-size steer- w}leel gave t^ Model T a dignified, "up-town" air. Kiker( ^m Jan _ 18> 1898i in for first employment here was scooping grain for Texas Land & Development Co. The newcomer "outlasted" the job for one month. Plainview Fireman On Oct. 1, 1920, he went to work as a driver for the Plainview fire department, one of three paid firemen. For the next several years Kiker moonlighted as a garage mechanic, employment he could engage in and still fulfill his duties as a fireman. In 1923 he went to work for the Hudson-Essex dealer as mechanic and shop foreman. "I drew $40 a week on that job and $85 a month as a fireman," Kiker said. "The city council offered me the fke chief's job at $125 a month, but I would have to quit my garage job and that would mean a big cut in salary. They asked me to recommend one of the firemen for chief. I did and they hired him," Kiker recalled. Appreciation Shows It was not.long until the new chief showed his "appreciation" Green's Creek community in view Eratn County, came to Plain- recommendation. "I was going with Mary (Miss Mary Smylde of Silverton, now Mrs. Kiker) and the chief IT WAS A GAS—L. W. Kiker of Piainview looks back on 47 years in the service station business. (Correspondent's Photo) I a a

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  1. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,
  2. 16 Oct 1972, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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