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EDITION (Times-News, ML Pulask/, D.L) THURSDAY, ED SCHROTH FIRST AUTO R OF FAIR SEX IN COUNTY Fi Car She Jvehicle__ I sat----watchingvery close UrOve Was Now ly the maneuvers of driving a lod Jackson car, and after about two months' time watching my dad drive on hnterview with Mrs. Ed- of Chestnut vicin- Clara Suedmeier, of the late Henry J. of that comunity, an story is told about her ; as the first lady auto- Logan county. year of Mount a most appropriate Schroth's account experience: people of Mount and surround- would be inter- about the first driver in Mount all Logan county. the usual shopping tour to Mount Pulaski, I asked him if I could drive the auto, and he answered: 'q'hink you can?" That was all I needed, and very thrilled, I got behind the wheel, and with dad and mother, started the trip to Mount Pulaski. Being very cautious as to what my dad had told me, and know- ing that I had to keep the car under control, I made the trip successfully, even to driving into the Stoll Bros. garage, stopping with all four wheels on the turn- table. When the men folks standing around, saw me behind the wheel they did not scatter, and soon came up to me saying, "a fine my father, Henry job". Well, that was it for me. near Chest- i was greatly thrilled because I an automobile, the had done so well, and from then ' a Jackson. As I al- on I took over. I was 15 years old the front seat of any at the time. W. Maxheimer, John Opardt, Au- REAR gust F. Yagow. VIEW Michlgml---(5) John H. Damarin, John M. MHOR Downing, Martin Grathwohl, H. A. Shellhammer Richner, T. A. Waddell. MoUn--(5) Farmer published George F. Beckers, Charles of the cars Logan Brooker, E. L. Conway, Charles A. were driving in Culp, C. W. Downing. Mt. Pulaski com- Chalmers---(4) following names ap- conclusion, even many people go by[ S. Bowers, M. Buehler, William H. Cooper, A. J. Davis, C. L. Donnan, R. E. Ely, Fred Eiese, 7 Finke, W .... Geyer, George H. G. Hanslow, Abner Howe, M. Leimbach, , O. j. Lucas, J. P. 4. Maurer, Eldo Mill- R. L. Nelson W. C. Peddicord, C. L. Reiterman ister, Elmer T. Ed- E. Schlach- Wilford K. Shrader, J. W. T. Turley, , Henry Volle, T. Walker, John )ut, O. P. Bau- Birks, Frank T. Cowan, H. W. Dittman, W. C. W.L. L. Harmon, D. J. R. Moore, Louis Waddell, Samuel J. W. Birks, S. N. Downing, G. W. Vaughan, W. H. Williams. Oaklmsd.--(4) John Clendenen, L. W. Gasa- way, Benjamin Schroth, Charles Schroth. Apperson--(3) W. E. Birks, Louis Leimbach, P. Simcoe. Haynes---(3) George R. Batterton, C. G. Hughes, Christ Schroth. Hudseam(3) J. B. Harrison, Benjamin Rowe, Louis Stolz. Jackson--(3) John Grathwohl, H. J. Sued- meier, August Unland. Vel/e---(3) Emil Buehler, Oran Scroggin, Mrs. E. Stolz. Dodge---(2) L. H. Buehler, B. A. Stennett. Maxwell--(2) Isaac Gupton, L. C. Laughery. Moon---(2) John R. Beggs, H. P. Suedmeier. Stayers(2) William Buescher, Michael Voile. CaxrtegcmrmH. F. Ely. [ Case--Corge A. Tomlinson. I CheroletAlvin Geyer. i Cole,..-T. P. Gasaway. Crow--W. A. Maxheimer. Dorb--Grant Caudle. JULY 13, 1961 Cars had to be cranked in those days. My mother bought me a duster and cap and gauntlets, like the men wore. I wore the cap with the bill in the back and the gauntlets were always on my 3ands as I drove. Men sitting on the curbing around the luare in Mount Pulaski would always like to watch me crank the car. If it didn't start on one-half turn, I would spin it until it did. I never needed any help. I also pumped-up and changed many tires. I enjoyed driving, and never had any fear. One day I had a scare as my sister Amelia and I were driving home from Mount Pulaski. The accelerator stuck, and giving it all the gas, away we went quite fast. Never get- ting excited I turned off the switch and slowly applied the brakes. We stopped just a mile from home, and walked the rest of the way. My big thrill was in October, 1914, when Mount Pulaski was holding their annual Horse Show, and I drove my uncle Henry Mayer's decorated Studebaker. He designed and decorated the car E. M. F--Oscar R. Beaver. FuUez--Edward Schweigckhardt Paige---William Milner. Regrge W. Wilham. Rb:hmcmd--Ed Schaffenacker. WUIys.Knight--Arth ur M. Scroggin. in the auto parade, and to be ask. ed to drive was tops. I was ac- companled by Edward Sehroth who is now my husband. In the canopy at the back of the car were Louise Mayer, daughter of Uncle Henry, and Wilbur Stoll, who were little folks at that time. This ear won first prize of $25. In 1916 my uncle, Harry Wells, asked me to join him and Aunt Dena, on an auto trip to Nebras. ka to visit the Ben Scroggin faro. fly0 and I was to do all the driv. ing. That was quite an experi- ence to drive 700 miles on all dirt! roads, and climb steep hills, with bridges between them. It took three days to make the trip. My cousin, Nellie Suedmeier, went a- long with us. Going along on the trip in their auto, were Mr. and Mrs. William G. Whittle and sons, Harry, John, and William. It wasn't too diffi- cult driving together, as there weren't too many cars those days. I must mention here that I must have been the only lady driver in that part of the west, too. No driv. er's license was required in those days. I am still driving, and love it! Clara Suedmeier Schroth. Open Air Fish Market On Square In Old Days 125 YEARS IS A LONG TIME And Mount Pulaski has come a long way during that time . . . from a little settlement of log cabins on the top of a lonely prairie hill to a fine, modern city in the center of a fine agri- cultural area. Each generation has put in a lot of hard work to build our city.. Now, as we celebrate the Sil-Tennial, we pause a moment to pay tribute to everyone--past and present--who has had a part in the building of Mount Pulaski. BAYER'S BAKERY RETAIL OUTLET AT ZIM'S MARKET P. Crane, H. Hahn, Frank Leirnbach, ft. H. Herman Ran- Charles F. Fred Stoll, Henry G. Tendick, J. C. Harry Down- $. D. Samuel Horn, Fred T. Lachen- Elmer Mier, Reiterman, George E. E. G. Bau- Henry M. Leim- Ted Ro- William F. Orville Schaffe- J. A. Voile. Baker, H. Donnan, V. Schmidt, B. F. C. Downing, Hartwig; W. Livestock Hauling a Specialty OLBURN for TRUCKING PHONE 31 BEASON, ILLINOIS