Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cars on the Wabash


AUTHOR LARRY REYNOLDS WILL BE THE FEATURED SPEAKER AT
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE LAWRENCE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

            Former Lawrenceville resident Larry “Deedee” Reynolds, will discuss his latest book, Drums Along the Wabash, at the next meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society this coming Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m., at the museum in Lawrenceville.

            Reynolds’ book blends history and fiction to tell the story of the 1815 Cannon Massacre, the last known Indian attack in Wabash County. 

            Reynolds is a graduate of Lawrenceville high school and Cincinnati Christian College.  For many years he wrote a column for the Mt. Carmel Daily Republican Register.  Drums Along the Wabash is Reynolds’ fourth book.  He is also written a biography of Brace Beemer, the long-time radio voice of the Lone Ranger, who spent many of his boyhood years in Lawrence County.  Reynolds’ books will be available for purchase, and the meeting is open to the public. 

                       Cars on the Wabash
In 2012 we published this photo on the blog and indicated we did not know the exact date but it was probably in 1912.  When John K was researching floods in the county as well as the use of Steamboats on the Wabash  for our upcoming Smithsonian exhibits he located a newspaper article in the Vincennes Commercial dated March 28, 1912:

Coming Back by the River
Maxwell Motor Company will Bring Automobiles Back from Mt Carmel on a Barge.

The Maxwell Motor Company which took eight automobiles to Mt Carmel Illinois last week for the Mt  Carmel Automobile Show by the Wabash River route is preparing to bring the exhibit back by water. The company  intends to profit by its downstream experience with small motorboats and has chartered the steamer Clarence Thorne to shove the large barge up the river. The outfit is expected to arrive here today.  (Vincennes)  The cars that are to be taken back to the Lawrenceville garage are to be taken from here overland. As the Embarras is out of the banks, these cars will probably have to stay in the local garage for some time. 

(Ed Note: We can now date this photo...Thanks John.)