Frank B. Ansted

Lexington Motor Company and Ansted family genealogy.
Question
I am researching a guestbook that contains the following entry for 1924:
Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Ansted, President
Lexington Motor Co., Connersville, Indiana
Francis Dale Ansted

This guestbook was developed at a roadhouse above the Columbia River near Portland,
Oregon, and a number of names associated with the auto industry are found therein.

Would you have any idea how these two Ansted’s relate to E.W. Ansted, of Lexington?

Answer
Probably, the best resource regarding Lexington Motor Company is The Lexington Automobile: A Complete History, by Richard A. Stanley, ISBN 0786425423.

Here is some information from the book. In 1898, E.W. Ansted one of Connersville’s leading industrialists founded Central Manufacturing Company for the manufacture of vehicle woodwork. In 1903, the firm began manufacturing auto bodies for the Cadillac Motor Car Company. Later the firm’s business enlarged to include metal bodies, springs, axles, and engines.

In 1910, the Lexington Automobile Company was lured to Connersville by a group of businessmen. Two years later the firm was purchased by E.W. Ansted. For several years the Lexington Motor Company enjoyed success.

In 1920, president Frank B. Ansted announced formation of the United States Automotive Corporation. It was a $10 million merger of the Lexington Motor Company, the Ansted Engineering Company, the Connersville Foundry Corporation, and the Teetor-Harley Motor Corporation of Hagerstown, Indiana.

The Lexington star descended about as rapidly as it had ascended. On May 10, 1927, E.L. Cord purchased Lexington and Ansted Engineering. The facilities were later used to produce Auburns, Cords, Packard-Darrins and U.S. Army Jeeps. Ansted descendants remained in the automotive business into the 1960’s. William Ansted was a part owner in A.J. Foyt’s 1964 Indianapolis 500 winning car.

I hope this helps.

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