One of the things I like about being an automotive historian is uncovering the story behind the business or events. A couple of times, I’ve been contacted by descendants of auto executives and workers wanting to share or learn information about their relatives.
I was contacted by the granddaughter of Dr. J. C. Flowers, a prominent physician and financier in Joliet, IL, who was the chief financial engineer of the syndicate that purchased Premier Motor Car Company in 1915. She further elaborates that her grandfather was president and general manager, as well as a member of the board of directors. She also notes the re-incorporation by her grandfather and the original syndicate of the Premier Motor Corporation on October 23, 1916. She referred me to Moody’s Analyses of Investments as an additional research resource.
This is all new information to me that was not reflected in my information resources or writing about Premier. She adds new light to the story about sharing our history.
One of the grandsons of Charles P. Henderson, president and sales manager of the Henderson Motor Car Company, contacted me wanting to know more about the company. I’ve found Henderson reference material to be scarce. I have a few copies of Henderson Bulletins and a couple photos, that’s about it.
But, while researching the Indianapolis Star digital archives at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library website, I found information about the plant location and the company’s efforts to aid victims of Indianapolis’ March 1913 flood.
His inquiry prompted new discoveries that add to sharing his and our story.
I believe it is important to share the story of our ancestors whoever and whatever they did. In the past year I tried to piece together the story of my paternal grandfather, but the story was short because no one shared it in writing and photos.
So, what can we do for those who come after us? I suggest we write stories and collate photos of our fathers and mothers so that our descendants have some idea about their ancestors.
Everyone has a story. Let’s all contribute a small part in the story of life.
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