Clipped From The Kokomo Morning Times
and to post this Russiaville, made automobile history By'SPENCE HUFFMAN Morning Times Columnist Jonathan Dixon Maxwell is another name associated with early local automobile Mstory. Maxwell was born near Russiaville in Howard County on Sept. 3,1864. He received his early education In the public schools, and at the age of 14, began learning the machinist trade In the Star Machine Works In Kokomo, where he served Ms apprenticeship. He worked at the Riverside Machine Works and the Haynes-Apperson Comi pany until about 1899, and then worked for a Canadian syndicate building gasoline motors and for Olds Motor Works. By 1902 Maxwell and two other men were forming the Northern Motor Car Company to build a car of Ms design. In 1903 he began designing a new car to bear his own name. J.D. Maxwell and Benjamin Briscoe organized the Maxwell - Briscoe Company, and they began to build Maxwells in the Tarry- town, N.Y. , plant in 1904. Over 500 two-cylinder cars were built the first year, to be sold retail for about $750. In the latter part of 1906 a new plant was established in New Castle, Ind. This is the present Chrysler plant tonred by the participants of the antique car group on the WFBM Indiana tour tMs year. In 1910 MaxWell-Briscoe and several other manufacturing companies were merged into the United States Motor Co. This company went into receivership In September of 1912. Later Mr; Maxwell's name was carried on by the Maxwell Motor Car Co., an organization wMch prospered. Theirproperties and business. were taken over by the Chrysler Corp. in 1925 and it was then that the Maxwell was discontinued. JJX Maxwell had married Nora Cockley of Peru in 1887, and they had two sons, Jess Dixon and Elmer Joseph. Mr. Maxwell died at Ms home in Jonathan D. Maxwell Worton, MD., on March 8,1928. The recent Mr. Cockley of Cuneo Press told me about the time Mr. Maxwell drove Into Peru in a new Cadillac. Upon being questioned as to his identity and his reason for car choice, he replied, "We build the Maxwell to sell, and I bought the Cadillac tv. ride in!"