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NEW CAR AGENTS & DEALERS


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Circa 1903
Schenck Carriage Company
Ford Dealer - had sales agents
Exact address unknown

Schenck Carriage Company sold the Model F for $1000
Photo #1 - 1903,1904,1905 Ford Model F
Photo #2 - 1903, 1904, 1905 Ford Model A




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Circa 1903
Wyeth Auto & Supply Company
Cadillac Authorized Dealer
316-324 North 3rd Street

The original building was replaced by the American Electric building
Photo #1 - 1903 Cadillac Model A Touring
Photo #2 - 1905 Cadillac Model E Four Seater






Circa 1906
H. D. Todd & Company
Ford Dealer - had sales agents
Exact address unknown

In 1906 Schenck Carriage sold the company to H. D. Todd & Company
Photo #1 - 1906 Ford Model N




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Circa 1910
Wyeth Auto & Supply Company
Hudson Authorized Dealer
316-324 North 3rd Street

The Hudson motor cars were made in Detroit from 1909-1954
Photo #1 - 1910 St Joseph News-Press advertisement for 1910 Hudson Touring Car
Photo #2 - 1910 Hudson Model 20 Roadster




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Circa 1915
Aniser-Trachsel Auto Company
Willys Overland Authorized Dealer
607-611 South 7th Street

The Willys motor cars were made in Toledo Ohio from 1908-1963
The company name was changed in 1963 to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation
Photo #1 - 1915 Overland Model 80 Touring
Photo #2 - 1915 Willys Overland Model 83 Touring




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Circa 1915
Charles R. Kirk Motor Sales Company
Maxwell Authorized Dealer
7th & Jule Streets
Exact address unknown

The Maxwell motor cars were made in Tarrytown, NY & Detroit from 1904-1925
Photo #1 - 1915 St Joseph News-Press advertisement
Photo #2 - 1915 Maxwell Touring car




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Circa 1915
International Harvester Company of America
International Harvester Truck
Authorized Dealer

4th & Mitchell Avenue
Demolished during I-229 construction

International Harvester made light trucks from 1907-1975
International Harvester is still in business today
Photo #1 - 1915 St Joseph News-Press International Harvester advertisement
Photo #2 - 1915 International Harvester Peerless TC4 4-Ton Open Back truck




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Circa 1915
Studebaker Authorized Dealer
8th & Sylvanie
Exact address unknown

Studebaker was a wagon & automobile manufacturer from 1852-1967
Photo #1 - 1915 St Joseph News-Press Studebaker advertisement
Photo #2 - 1915 Studebaker automobile




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Circa 1915
Farmer Automotive Company
11th & Frederick
Lawler Motor Company
1917-1928
Ford Motor Car Authorized Dealer
13th & Frederick Avenue
Exact address unknown

After a brief one-year period housing the Farmer Automotive Company, the Lawler Motor Company occupied the building and operated as the city's exclusive Ford dealership from 1917 to 1928

As the popularity and availability of automobiles greatly increased, so did the need for spaces to display and service these large machines

By 1930, Lawler Motor Company joined forces with the Grant Motor Company, authorized Lincoln dealers, and moved to a larger building at 1002 Francis

The Lawler used car department still operated across the street at 1217 Frederick venue

The period of significance, 1913-1941, reflects the date of construction and the date when the building ceased to be in continuous use in connection with the automotive industry, Michael P. Lawler was the owner or Lawler Automotive

The Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford on June 16, 1903
Photo #1 - 1915 St Joseph News-Press Ford advertisement
Photo #2 - 1915 Ford 5 passenger Prototype C coupelet automobile
Photo #3 - 1915 Ford 5 passenger touring car - Price $530 FOB Detroit
Photo #4 - Current rear view of the Lawler Motor Company building




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Circa 1916
Charles R. Kirk Motor Sales Company
Paige Authorized Dealer
7th & Jule Streets
Exact address unknown

Paige luxury cars were built in Detroit from 1908-1927
Photo #1 - 1916 St Joseph News-Press Paige advertisement
Photo #2 - 1916 Paige 6-38 Fleetwood
Photo #3 - 1916 Paige Fairfield & Fleetwood advertisement




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Circa 1916
Diamond Motor Company
Dodge Brothers Authorized Dealer
11th & Frederick Avenue
Exact address unknown

Dodge cars were originally built in Detroit from 1915-present day
The Dodge brothers died unexpectedly in 1920, was sold to Chrysler in 1928
Photo #1 - 1916 St Joseph News-Press Dodge advertisement
Photo #2 - 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring car
Photo #3 - 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring Car




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Circa 1916
Robinson Cadillac Company
Cadillac Authorized Dealer
814-816 Felix Street

Cadillac cars were originally built in Detroit from 1902-present day
Photo #1 - 1916 St Joseph News-Press Robinson Cadillac advertisement
Photo #2 - 1916 Cadillac Type 53 Town Cabriolet
Photo #3 - 1916 Cadillac 7 Passenger Touring Car
The building is gone, it is now a St Joseph News-Press parking lot




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Circa 1920
Grand Center Motor Car Company
Cole & Velie Automobiles Authorized Dealer
1628 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1920 St Joseph News-Press Grand Center Motor Car advertisement
Photo #2 - 1920 Cole Aero-Eight Tourister 870 automobile
Photo #3 - 1920 Cole Aero-Eight Toursedan 874 automobile
Photo #4 - 1920 Velie Model 34 Touring automobile
Photo #5 - 1920 Velle Touring automobile




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Circa 1920
Trachsel Motor Company
Nash & Willys Automobiles Authorized Dealer
305-311 South 8th Street

Photo #1 - 1920 Nash
Photo #2 - 1920 Willys Overland Model 4 Touring automobile
The building no longer exists




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Circa 1920
French Motor Company
Oldsmobile & Saxton Automobiles Authorized Dealer
216 North 6th Street

Photo #1 - 1920 Oldsmobile Series 37B Sedan automobile
Photo #2 - 1920 Saxton Cleveland Roadster automobile
The building no longer exists, currently a parking lot is at this location




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Circa 1920
St Joseph Motor Company
Buick Authorized Dealer
1221-1227 Frederick Avenue

The building no longer exists, currently is a concrete parking lot
Photo #1 - 1920 Buick Touring Sedan automobile
Photo #2 - 1920 Buick Roadster automobile




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Circa 1920
Burger Motor Company
Chaimers, Liberty, Briscoe & Allen
Authorized Dealer

1800 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1920 Chaimer automobile - Chaimer failed in the 1920's
Photo #2 - 1920 Liberty Liberty Belle automobile
Photo #3 - 1920 Briscoe automobile advertisement - NOTE: only has 1 headlight
Photo #4 - 1917 Allen automobile advertisement
The building no longer exists




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Circa 1920
Robidoux Motor Company
Studebaker Authorized Dealer
1125 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1920 Studebaker President automobile
Photo #2 - 1920 Studebaker EJ6 Touring automobile
Photo #3 - 1920 Studebaker Studebaker Big Six automobile
The building no longer exists, a parking lot is at this location




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Circa 1920
Willis-Lucas Cadillac Company
Cadillac Authorized Dealer
814-816 Felix Street

Photo #1 - 1921 Cadillac Suburban automobile
Photo #2 - 1921 Cadillac Coupe Deville automobile
Photo #3 - 1921 Cadillac Victoria Coupe
The building is gone, it is now a St Joseph News-Press parking lot




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Circa 1920
Timberlake Motor Company
Maxwell Authorized Dealer
1217 Frederick Avenue

Maxwells were made in Detroit from 1904-1925
Photo #1 - 1920 Maxwell 25 Town Car
Photo #2 - 1920 Maxwell automobile
The building is gone, it is now a parking lot




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Circa 1925
W. C. Howard Motors
Hupmobile Authorized Dealer
1125 Frederick Avenue

The Hupmobile was built from 1909-1940 by the Hupp Motor Company
Photo #1 - 1925 Hupmobile "E" Sedan
Photo #2 - 1924 Hupmobile RRS Special Roadster
The building no longer exists, a parking lot is at this location




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Circa 1925
St Joseph Rickenbacker
Rickenbacker Authorized Dealer
7th & Charles Street
Exact address unknown

Rickenbacker motor cars were built in Detroit 1922-1927
Photo #1 - 1925 Rickenbacker advertisement
Photo #2 - 1925 Rickenbacker 8 Cylinder Sedan
Photo #3 - 1923 Rickenbacker Roadster




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Circa 1925
Hudson-Tedlock Motor Company
Hudson Authorized Dealer
915 Felix

The Hudson motor car were made in Detroit from 1909-1954
Photo #1 - 1925 St Joseph News-Press Hudson advertisement
Photo #2 - 1924 Hupmobile RRS Special Roadster




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Circa 1925
Calkins Motor Company
Willys Authorized Dealer
9th & Frederick Avenue
Exact address unknown

Photo #1 - 1925 Willys Whippet
Photo #2 - 1925 Willys-Knight Great Six




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Circa 1925
Tanner Buick
Buick Authorized Dealer
1805 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1925 Buick
Photo #2 - 1925 Buick




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Circa 1925
Hudson-Tedlock Motor Company
Hudson Authorized Dealer
915 Felix Street

Photo #1 - 1926 Hudson
Photo #2 - 1926 Hudson Super Six




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Circa 1955
Kaiser-Frazer Motor Supply Company
915 Felix

This building still resides across the alley west of the Library
The building still exists but it has been slightly remodeled




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Circa 1930
Arnold-Strong Motor Company
Dodge & Plymouth
Authorized Dealer

1822-1824 Frederick Avenue

The building is currently occupied by Missouri Glass
Photo #1 - 1930 Dodge
Photo #2 - 1930 Plymouth, Model 30-U Sedan




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Circa 1936
Burger Motor Company
Oldsmobile Authorized Dealer
2002 Frederick Avenue

The building is currently occupied by the Carpet Center
Photo #1 - 1936 Oldsmobile Series F Coupe
Photo #2 - 1936 Oldsmobile L-36 sedan




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Circa 1936
Breon Motor Company
Chrysler Authorized Dealer
1316 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1936 St Joseph News-Press Chrysler Advertisement
Photo #2 - 1936 Chrysler C7
Photo #3 - 1936 Chrysler 4-Door Sedan
Photo #4 - 1936 Chrysler Airflow dash & interior
Photo #5 - 1936 Chrysler Imperial Airflow C10




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Circa 1938
Gene Miller Motor Company
Oldsmobile Authorized Dealer
2002 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1938 Oldsmobile Series F 4-Door Touring Sedan
Photo #2 - 1938 Oldsmobile Series L-38







GIRNER OLDSMOBILE, INC.
302 South 8th Street




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Circa 1946
Consolidated Motors
Kaiser-Frazer Authorized Dealer
Exact address unknown

Kaisers were made from 1945-1953
Frazers were made from 1946-1953
Photo #2 - 1953 Kaiser
Photo #3 - 1953 Frazer




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Circa 1938
M. B. Roys Motor Company
Dodge Authorized Dealer
1102 Frederick Avenue

Photo #3 - 1938 Dodge D8 4 door sedan
Photo #4 - 1938 Dodge Pickup Truck
St Joseph Surgical Supply later occupied the building



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Circa 1953
20th Century Motors
Lasker Olds
Oldsmobile Authorized Dealer
Dishon Tire Service
1502-1508 Frederick

In 1953, 20th Century Motors was at this address
In later years it became Lasker Olds
The office & showroom was located at 1502 Frederick Avenue
Their used car lot was located at 1516-1526 Frederick Avenue
It later became Dishon Tire, an Authorized Kelly Springfield tire dealer



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Circa 1950
Beckley Motors
Hudson Authorized Dealer
Atlas Auto Parts
Beckley Auto Supply
513 South 8th Street

In 1950, Beckley Motors was listed as a new Hudson car dealer
The last Hudson rolled out on June 25, 1957
The Beckley building was razed in late 2014
American Electric is currently building a new building at the location
Photo #4 - 1957 Hudson Hornet Hollywood



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Circa 1955
Blue Town Nash
Nash Authorized Dealer
1005 South 10th

The Metropolitan was also sold as a Hudson when Nash and Hudson merged in 1954 to form the American Motors Corporation (AMC)
Photo #3 - 1955 Nash
Photo #4 - 1957 Metropolitan
Photo #5 - 1959 Nash Rambler Ambassador
The building is gone, an empty cement lot remains




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Circa 1955
Blue Town Packard
Packard Authorized Dealer
1014-1020 South 10th

Packards were built from 1899-1958
Blue Town Packard was located at 1014-1020 South 10th Street
The original buidling has been replaced
Adam's Printing currently occupies the location

Photo #8 - Blue Town Packard advertisement
Photo #9 - Blue Town Packard advertising paper weight
Photo #10 - Blue Town Packard advertisement



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Circa 1955
Carnes Motor Company
Studebaker Authorized Dealer
317-319 South 9th Street


It would be interesting to know just what year the dealership began at this location
The business was located in a brick building across Sylvania street, just north of Barbosa's Mexican Restaurant
The building is still standing. On the rear of the building, there is a garage door with access to a very large cement floor which covers the entire 2nd floor
Maybe storage and/or repair shop for the Studebakers
Many companies have occupied this building since Studebaker was here
Studebaker was in business from 1852 making wagons until 1967 when they went out of business
Photo #5 - 1955 Studebaker
Photo #6 - 1961 Studebaker Silver Hawk



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Circa 1950
Miller-Day Pontiac
Pontiac Authorized Dealer
1202 Faraon Street


Currently the home of the Dillion Company
The building has been slightly modified but is still standing
Photo #3 - 1950 Pontiac Catalina



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Circa 1955
Clint Coons Pontiac
Pontiac Authorized Dealer
1202 Faraon Street

Currently the home of the Dillion Company
The building has been slightly modified but is still standing
Photo #3 - 1957 Pontiac Star Chief
Photo #4 - 1959 Pontiac Catalina



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Circa 1955
Cooper-Day Motors Inc.
Chrysler & Plymouth
Authorized Dealer

1316 Frederick Avenue

Photo #1 - 1955 Chrysler C-300
Photo #2 - 1955 Plymouth Savoy



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Circa 1955
Dill-Wood Motor Company
Buick Authorized Dealer
1701 Frederick

Later became the Polsky Lincoln-Mercury Dealership
Currently the home of the ACME Music
Photo #4 - 1956 Buick
Photo #5 - 1960 Buick



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Circa 1946
Hansen-Mead Motor Company
Desoto & Plymouth
Authorized Dealer

2025 St Joseph Avenue

Also known to sell motor scooters in 1946
Photo #1 - 1946 DeSoto Deluxe 2 door Coupe
Photo #2 - 1946 Desoto Dash & interior
Photo #3 - 1946 Desoto Hood Ornament
Photo #4 - 1946 Plymouth De Luxe 4-Door Sedan



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Circa 1955
Hansen-Mead Motor Company
Desoto & Plymouth
Authorized Dealer

424 South 8th Street

Located on the northwest corner of 8th & Angelique
The building is still standing, Hansen-Mead is still visible on the front wall
Photo #3 - 1955 DeSoto FireDome
Photo #4 - 1955 Desoto Fireflite interior & dash
Photo #5 - 1955 Plymouth Savoy
Photo #6 - 1955 Plymouth Belvedere




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Circa 1955
Miller Chevrolet
Chevrolet Authorized Dealer
901 Jule Street


Located between 9th & 10th streets on Jules Street where it meets Frederick
This structure once was a Miller Chevrolet dealership in the 1950's
In 1980, it was a Buick dealership
No dealerships occupy the location anymore
Photo #6 - 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Photo #7 - 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan
Photo #8 - 1955-1959 Chevrolet Pickp Truck

Photo #1 - Current view
Photo #2 - 1980 photo of Buick dealership
Photo #3 - Miller Chevrolet
Photo #3 submitted by Brooke Hickman



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Circa 1946-1955
Modern Motors
Ford, Lincoln & Mercury
Authorized Dealer

1002 Francis Street

The building no longer exists
Photo #2 - 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria
Photo #3 - 1955 Ford Sunliner Convertible
Photo #4 - 1955 Ford Customline Coupe
Photo #5 - 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Photo #6 - 1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
Photo #7 - 1946 Ford
Photo #8 - 1953-1955 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck interior
Photo #9 - 1955 Lincoln Capri
Photo #10 - 1955 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon
Photo #11 - 1946 Modern Motors Advertisement



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Circa 1955
M. B. Roys Motor Company
Dodge Authorized Dealer
1102 Frederick Avenue

Photo #3 - 1955 Dodge Coronet
Photo #4 - 1955 Dodge C-3B Pickup Truck
St Joseph Surgical Supply later occupied the building



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Circa 1949
Swafford Motor Company
Lincoln-Mercury Authorized Dealer
320 South 8th Street

Located on the northwest corner of 8th & Sylvanie
The building still exists
Photo #4 - 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
Photo #5 - 1949 Mercury Coupe



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Circa 1955
Trachsel Motor Company
Willys Overland Authorized Dealer
829 South 10th Street

Located on the northeast corner of 10th & Olive Street
The original building is gone, it has been replaced with a modern structure
Vaughn's Machine shop currently occupies the location
Photo #1 - 1955 Willys-Overland
Photo #2 - 1955 Willys-Overland Jeep



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Circa 1955
Willis-Lucas Cadillac
Cadillac Authorized Dealer
801 South 8th Street

The dealership was located on the southeast corner of 8th & Patee Street
The original building has been replaced with a modern structure
Currently occupied by the Recycling Corporation
Photo #3 - 1955 Cadillac Eldorado
Photo #4 - 1955 Cadillac Coupe de Ville



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