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Automobiles Manufactured in 6 Iowa Cities Near Turn of Century By RICHARD SHACKLETT DES MOINES — A Waterloo or a Dubuque will never threaten Detroit's place in automotive history. But Iowa manufacturers have made some interesting contributions to the world of horseless carriages. Near the turn of the century, lowans could choose one of many cars manufactured in Des Moines, Bettendorf, Davenport, Hampton, Grinnell or Muscatine. A Des Moines man is credited with constructing the world's frist electric car. William Morrison started Iowa's wheels rolling in 1888 when he exhibited his invention, complete with steel tires and studs. The front-wheel-drive Morrison Electric carried 12 passengers and was powered by 24 storage cells under the seats. It took 10 hours to charge the batteries; then Morrison could dart about Des Moines at the incredible speed of 20 miles per hour. By 1891, Morrison had built two electrics, and he sold one to J. B. McDonald, president of American Battery Co. of Times Herald, Carroll, la. C Wednesday, Aoril 10, 1974 ** Chicago. But Morrison was more interested in experimenting with electricity than becoming an automobile tycoon. He was disenchanted with cars in general, saying, "I wouldn't give 10 cents for an automobile for my own use." The Adams Co. of Dubuque marketed the Adams-Farwell in 1904 after six years of experimentation. The cars didn't sell well but were ahead of their time with features like CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES TO SHERI HACKER who is engaged to be married to Marty Leiting on April 27. Sheri has registered her bridal preferences at our shop SHOPPE At FRANKS PtBG. ft HTG. 309 N. Clark fuel injection, a movable steering wheel and a closed body. The three-cylinder, rotary radial engine pumped out 20 horsepower and was mounted under the rear seat. Power was transmitted to the wheels by a single chain to the rear axle. The 1904 line included a convertible brougham in which the driver's seat in front could be closed up and control devices transferred inside for driving from the rear seat. A 40-horsepower, five-cylinder engine was added in 1906, and the forward-control model was dropped two years later. By 1912, the price of the 40-horsepower tourer reached $3,500. The Waterloo Duryea, a product of Waterloo Motor Works, was made during 1904-05, and the T. K. Nelson Motor Co. of Harlan produced the Nelson in 1905. Waterloo was also the birthplace of the Summ.it in 1907 and the Galloway in 1908; both were gone two years later. More successful was the Mason, brainchild of the Mason Motor Car Co. of Des Moines, It began as a five-seater, powered by a 24-horsepower, two-cylinder engine. Two- and four-seat versions were added in 1909, and prices ranged from $1,250 for the runabout to $1,640 for the doctor's coupe. The cars came in gray, green or wine and included leather upholstery and side lamps. A change of ownership in 1910 moved the company to Waterloo, but the only alteration to the car was the Summer Ceremony .. .Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kennebeck of Breda announce the engagement of their daughter Marilyn to Glenn Koster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Koster, also of Breda. An August 2 wedding is being planned. Now kid scan look it up in their own Funk&Wagnalls After 60 years of making encyclopedias for adults, Funk & Wagnalls has learned enough to make one for children. It's called the Young Students Encyclopedia. And it's designed to do something more than just get them through the next homework assignment—to make them want to learn on their own. Instead of burdening your children with tons of forgettable detail, it appeals to their native curiosity. The article on Airplanes, for example, illustrates an experiment children can perform at home showing how things fly. There are hundreds of other drawings, games and puzzles that not only teach but provoke, involve and entertain in the process. In other words, it's an encyclopedia children will actually use.They'll also use it a long time. It's designed to be simple enough for children just learning to read and comprehensive enough to serve until they're ready for an adult encyclopedia. They can't outgrow it the way they do shoes. Which brings up another nice point about the Young Students Encyclopedia: it's intended exclusively to help children, but it helps grown-ups too. First, it doesn't put much of a dent in your budget. Since it's sold direct to you through us, you can buy the complete 20-volume set a volume or two a week for only $1.89 each. And the first volume for the introductory price of twenty nine cents. Second, it helps prevent you from doing what you shouldn't be doing anyway—your children's homework. It provides the answers; you just provide the encouragement, So instead of just shopping for things to nourish growing bodies, come in and pick up a Young Students Encyclopedia. And nourish their minds as well. SAFEWAY name — the Maytag. The machine was known nation-wide as the "Premium Hill Climber" and developed a reputation as a powerful automobile. In demonstrations across the nation, a model "C" Maytag would run up a 50 per cent grade, start and stop in the middle and carry as many as 14 people in the process. No other car could match it. Another Maytag boast was that the car could climb the steps of the State Capitol. One driver parked his 1,850-pound car at the front door. Testimonial letters from satisfied Maytag owners said the car could be driven as much as 4,000 miles with maintenance costs ranging from 40 cents to $10.25. The reputation and performance of the Mason-Maytags can be attributed to the engineers, Fred and August Duesenberg. The Mason was the first Duesenberg effort in automobile design, and Fred superintended the Mason-May tag Motor Co. for a short time in 1911. The more discriminating buyer might have selected a Meteor, built in Bettendorf from 1907-09 and in Davenport for an additional year. Differing from most Midwestern cars, it was powered by a 50-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and the price hit $4,000 for the seven-seat limousine. Hampton's contribution was the Hobbie Accessible, a high-wheeler with solid rubber tires. The two-cylinder, air-cooled engine was mounted under the body, and tiller steering and double chain drive completed the package. Variety was the strong suit of the Spaulding Manufacturing Co. of Grinnell. Its cars, made from 1910-16, had four-cylinder, water cooled engines, and as many as 13 different models were offered one year. A Spaulding set the world speed record for dirt roads with a cross-state run in 1914 — covering 337.8 miles in 9 hours and 14 minutes, or 36.6 miles per hour. Iowa also had a manufacturer of cyclecars — small, two-passenger vehicles |which bear a visual " resemblance to today's people-powered vehicles (PPV). The Zip Cyclecar Co. of Davenport would put a Zip in your driveway for $395. The V-twin, air-cooled powerplants cranked out 10 horsepower, and the final drive was delivered by belt. Sporty wire wheels were standard equipment. The only other effort in the state which lasted more than one year was the Littlemac, a product of the Thompson Motor Co. of Muscatine. The few that were built had short wheelbases and were equipped with Star Four engines and artillery wheels. For $438 you could buy a Littlemac in 1930-31. J 4-H News The regular meeting of the Carroll Jollyettes 4-H Club was held at the farm Bureau building on April 8. Roll call was answered by 15 members, who displayed the patterns and fabrics of garments they are making. Hostesses were Gail Oswald and Mary Knoblauch, assisted by their mothers. Talks were given by Cathy Loneman on availability, cost and features of sewing equipment, Carlo Boes on fabric selection, Kim Boulware on seams, and Tammy Boulware on interfacing. Demonstrations were "Cutting Out and Marking a Garment" by Gail Oswald and "Make Patch Pockets" by Mary Boulware. Engaged . . .Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Daniel of Lidderdale announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Janice to Michael Boes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Boes of Carroll. The couple plans an Oct. 12 wedding at Holy Family Church in Lidderdale. Miss Daniel is a stenographer and her fiance, an auditor, both for Mutual of Omaha in Omaha. 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