IRON MOUNTAIN - "Wheels: The Horseless Carriage Era - Part 2" will be the featured program at the Thursday, May 22, meeting of the Dickinson County Genealogical Society held at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose Room of the Dickinson County Library.
Local historian Bill Cummings will present a Power Point program discussing what life was like during the early years of motorized transportation locally and beyond.
Using period photographs, many from his personal collection, Cummings will show historic views containing early automobiles on the streets of area communities from Dickinson County, Iron County and Florence County, as well as from other areas.
Early automobiles and other motorized modes of transportation will be featured in the PowerPoint presentation “Wheels: The Horseless Carriage Era – Part 2,” the program for the Dickinson County Genealogical Society meeting on Thursday, May 22, at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Dickinson County Library. This unused postcard, dating from about 1910, shows an automobile decorated for a parade headed south on South Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain. Note the Iron Mountain pennant across the spare tire and the paper flower decorations through the spokes of the wheels. The City Lumber Yard in the background was located at 114 East Fleshiem Street and was owned by Festus C. Cole. The railroad crossing would have been at the Chicago & Northwestern Railway tracks. Note the other early automobile in the background at the far right. The smokestack left of center in the background and the tramway to the right of the telephone pole were located at C Ludington Shaft of the Chapin Mine, where the Cornish Pumping Engine still stands. Identification of the driver and passengers is sought.
Material showing the transition from the horse and buggy era to the horseless carriage era, such as adapting wagon maker shops and blacksmith shops to automobile garages, will be discussed.
Advertisements from early city directories and newspapers, as well as colorful excerpts from early newspaper accounts, will help tell the story of life with motorized transportation from the early twentieth century.
Local newspaper accounts regarding early purchases of automobiles, automobile accidents, arrests for infractions such as speeding, not using the dimmer during night driving and more will provide informative and entertaining material.
A special feature on Ford's Fabulous Flivver, complete with comic postcards of the era depicting the Ford Model T positively and negatively, will be included.
A brief business meeting will precede the program. Members are reminded to bring their grocery slips. The May and August issues of Dickinson Diggings, the Dickinson County Genealogical Society quarterly publication, will be available to members.
Visitors are welcome to attend.