Source: North Manchester Journal, June 12, 1902
The First Automobile. Olinger & Warvel, the bicycle men of the city, are the first to tackle the automobile proposition here. Last week they purchased a three-wheeled runabout made by the Crescent Bicycle company and have been putting the machine to good use ever since. It is propelled by a gasoline motor and is essentially the same as the larger automobiles run by the same force as far as the motor power is concerned. We are informed that the boys have purchased this rig for the purpose of familiarizing themselves with the mechanism and operation of automobile engines for repair work. It is a neat little outfit and will no doubt give the boys considerable satisfaction and pleasure. One thing seems sure and that is the boys deserve the credit for having the "sand" to tackle a proposition of this kind.
Source: North Manchester Journal, March 16, 1905
New Automobile Law.
The new automobile law will be satisfactory to all concerned. The bill regulates speed to eight miles an hour in the built up portion of the cities and towns, fifteen miles in the suburbs, and twenty miles in the open country. It requires the driver of the automobile to stop on signal from the driver of a horse and to signal any vehicle he is overtaking. It requires that he give half the road, but grants him half the road. One state license and one city license in the town where the machine is owned and one tag complete the requirements.
Source: North Manchester Journal, July 13, 1905
An automobile shod with iron tires passed through town Friday. It had one advantage over the rubber tire kind, for it did not need a horn or "tooter." It made more noise than a traction engine, and seemed to ride about as easily.
Source: North Manchester Journal, July 27, 1905
There were more strange automobiles in town Monday than had been here in a week before. There were all kinds from a little dinky red one about six feet long to a big grayhound as long as a locomotive and nearly as heavy.
Source: North Manchester Journal, August 31, 1905
SHOD WITH IRON
An Ohio Automobile that is Proof Against Punctures.
An automobile that looked for all the world like a long express wagon with the tongue taken out dashed into town Monday morning, its iron shod wheels making noise enough to drown the voice of its big brass horn. The machine was owned and driven by Zachariah Arnold, of Darke county, Ohio, and was of his own manufacture. He had made all of it except the engine, and the handiwork showed a marked ingenuity. Its long bed was mounted on strong springs, and while he had but one seat on, yet there was room for one or two more seats. Dust guards shaped like the bows on a hay rack and covered with oil cloth and fastened over the wheels kept the dust from bothering the occupants. The front wheels rigged with toggle joints, and connected with the steering device. There were two driving chains, one for each of the hind wheels, and the machinery part ran along without a jolt or a jar.
"It makes lots of noise when I get it on a paved street," said Mr. Arnold, and he smiled as he gave this unnecessary bit of information. "but I can climb hills that the other fellows can't go up, and my tire expense is practically nothing. I have no reason to fear a puncture, and I don't need to spend a hundred dollars or more each year for a new set of tires. And as for riding, well, on country roads and pikes I can't see but what it goes nearly as easy as the other kind, for my big, heavy springs take off most of the jar. My only trouble is that I have not enough power. My engine is only seven horse power and I ought to have had one twice as big." Mr. Arnold had been attending the Saints meeting at Yellow Creek and was on his way to his Ohio home.
Source: North Manchester Journal, November 11, 1909
Dr. D. Ginther received a new five passenger automobile of the Auburn make last week, having traded his old car of the same kind as partial payment. The new machine is up to date in every particular and one of the best in town. Dr. Ginther accompanied by A.G. Lautzenhiser and J.W. Domer went to Auburn Friday and brought the new car home, making the trip by way of Fort Wayne.