George D. posted another thread in which Dutee W. Flint was listed as the Ford agent (dealer) involving a wireless set in a Model T:
I've been researching Dutee W. Flint, and instead of drifting that thread, thought I'd add a few things concerning Mr. Flint, an interesting early Ford character in his own right.
According to my friend Mr. Google, D. W. Flint became a Ford agent in 1904 at the age of 21. A several page article printed in 1918 reported that in 1906/07 Mr. Flint sold 43 Model K and 300 Model N. By Model T and today's standards not many cars, but when divided by total Ford output for those years, he was responsible for selling almost six percent of Model K and four percent of Models N and R produced by Ford Motor Company:
In December 1908, according to this April 1, 1909 "Ford News" article, Mr. Flint delivered at least one Model T Landaulet to a customer (I wasn't aware any two pedal two lever 1908 built Landaulet were produced). The customers letter about the Model T says he has put on over 4000 miles:
I believe Dutee Flint came "from money," however it appears owning a large Ford dealer network worked out well for him. This 1912 article appeared in the magazine "MotorBoating" and shows a diagram of an ocean going vessel he commissioned:
This 1915 photograph shows Dutee in California with the Ford's, Edison's and several others (from "Clara" by Ford R. Bryan):
However, the reason Dutee W. Flint may be remembered by Ford enthusiasts today may not concern his accomplishments as a Ford dealer, but for the donation of an engine to Henry Ford in 1929:
The Corliss engine at "The Henry Ford:"
YouTube video of the Corliss engine operating: