I know many people wish they knew the history of their car. Does add just a more interest. Last week I bought a Model AA truck up in Scottsbluff Nebraska. It's 95 percent all there and very orginal. I am lucky enough to get the complete history of this truck. I just thought I would be fun to pass it along.
1930 - The Scottsbluff sugar company bought the truck. The truck was used to haul sugar beets from the field to the plant. The truck bed was a dropside.
1936 - An employee bought the truck from the factory to use on his ranch. This guy had a family of four kids. Two girls and two boys. The story has it that when ever the family went anywhere, when cold, they would all get in the cab. The girls always sat in the seat and the boys had to sit on the floor. In the summer months, the boys had to ride outside on the bed. The family did not own its first "family" car until the early 50's.
The truck was still being used on the ranch and was being kept for a son who was away in the Koren war. Prior to the sons return, the windows got shot out and someone stoled the mainfolds. They suppected kids next door but could never prove.
When the son returned from Korea he did not want the truck and did not want to repair it.
1981 - The dying father signed over the tittle of the truck to the son who had been in Korea. The son wanted to restore it but never got to it.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 - I became the forth owner of the truck. I will resore it and pass it and its story to my kids or more like my grandson.
An interesting story.
Interesting history. Wish I knew where my Dad's '23 Roadster went.
My late parents lived in the Scotts Bluff area until late 1933. In fact, my Dad had a delivery truck and would haul milk from the farms to the creamery in town, and haul groceries back. My oldest brother is pretty sure it was a Dodge Brothers truck, though. Dad sold the business for $300 in 1929, and they lived on that until the end of 1933, when they moved to southern Oregon.
This was one of the few cars he bought new:
Thanks for sharing your parents story. Believe me, if they came from Scotts Bluff, they were some tough people. That is some barren land out there. The Bluffs are beautiful but man there ain't much there and its dry. I love photos like that.
The only history I have on my touring is the title from Pennsylvania. The car was owned by Ervin Skelton in Albion, anyone know of him?
When I was going through all the stuff I got with my 26 Roadster Pickup, I found a bill of sale dated 4/28/84 transferring ownership from a Cameron Dunbar 208 Grover Ave W, Massapequa, NY to a Earnest J. Graboske of Wilkes Barre, PA
These name sound familiar to any of you folks. I have triend finding either of them unsuccesfully. I was attempting to see how much of the history of the truck either of them may have known.
A Google search on the second name (the more unusual one) turned this up, but it's buried in a listing from the Pennsylvania Bulletin:
Church Universal Life Rev Ernest J Graboske 26 Myrtle Ave Wilkes Barre Pa 18702
I am just beginning a search on the 1927 TT that my neighbor gave me. What I know so far is that it belonged to a fellow named Joe Campiglia in Las Vegas and he sold it to Faith Center, Inc. in 1988. I looked up Faith Center, Inc. in Glendale, Ca. and have their phone number but no one answers the call yet.
An interesting point is that Faith Center is the name of the company that the Tell-evangelist Dr. Gene Scott started. Gene Scott was the fellow that would chat on and on, smoking a cigar, late at night.. been on TV for years, passed on now. He bought a ranch in Indian Valley near where I live up here in the Sierras, and he was a friend of my friend Merle Haggard.
It appears that the truck went from Joe to Gene to a guy in Greenville that bought it after Gene died, then to my neighbor within a year and that was two years ago. The TT is in incredible original shape and the thought is that it has low miles. Ron Patterson said that the magnets that I sent to him were a rare sight in that they were in such good shape.
I hope to learn more!