Studebaker ranked 28th amongst United States companies within the value of wartime manufacturing contracts. An assembly plant in California, Studebaker Pacific Corporation, built engine assemblies and nacelles for B-17s and PV-2 Harpoons. After cessation of hostilities, Studebaker returned to constructing cars. The excessive caliber Kissel vehicles have been manufactured in Hartford 1906 – 1931, making Kissel the second longest car producer in Wisconsin. Of the 27,000 produced fewer than a hundred and fifty are known to exist today, with 27 at present exhibited at the museum. The most well-known Kissel model was the two passenger Speedster, nicknamed the “Gold Bug.” Gold Bug owners included celebrities of the day such as Amelia Earhart, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Greta Garbo, and Fatty Arbuckle.
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Once the Studebakers discovered this, John Mohler Studebaker enforced a primacy clause, forcing Garford back on to the scheduled production quotas. The choice to drop the Garford name was made and the final product rolled off the assembly line by 1911, leaving Garford alone until it was acquired by John North Willys in 1913. In 1747 Peter Studebaker constructed a highway through his owned properties often known as Broadfording Wagon Road. The road he built carried heavy traffic to Bakers Lookout’s wagon and forging providers that were instrumental to broaden the west. The Maryland Historical Trust WA-I-306 writes 04/03/2001, that this highway was “One of Washington County’s earliest thoroughfares, Broadfording Road was already in existence in 1747.” The … Read More