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Early Automobiles


Posted By: Clarence Milburn (email)
Date: 2/25/2012 at 12:26:18

Mr. H.M. Schamel,grandfather of Helen and John Rhinehart, purchased a "Thomas 40" in 1908 which was one of the first cars in Dallas Center. The following excerpts have been taken from the Dallas Center Times:

"It is a model of perfect workmanship in every detail, finished in royal blue and bright red trimmings. It is a 40 horsepower furnished by 4 cylinders. The transmission is of sliding gear type with which most high grade cars are equipped. With its long wheel base of 112 inches, large tires and extreme weight, something over 2500 pounds, it glides along with no more jolt than a pullman car. As the contract with Mr. Schamel was void after Saturday, the company proceeded to do business in double quick order and a driver reached here with it before midnite.

Mr. Schamel was pleased with his car and well might he be.

The car arrived on October 22, 1908, but bad weather prevented him from using it according to a note in the Times dated November 5, 1908.

"H.M. Schamel's new car came just the day before the rainy season and after its long rest he has been exercising it some this week. It behaves admirably.

From - Remember how it was--- Dallas Center, Iowa - 1869-1976


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