Source: N. Manchester Journal, May
AUTO DRIVERS FORM A CLUB
Local Owners Form Club for Pleasure and Protection
There was a meeting of automobile
owners at the garage of Olinger & Warvel Wednesday night of
last week at which there was a goodly representation of the
local automobilists. The result was the organization of a
club for the mutual pleasure and protection of the members.
Dr. G.L. Shoemaker was elected president; C.H. Olinger, vice
president; Dr. F.S. Kitson, secretary, and James Peabody,
treasurer. The automobile question was discussed in all its
local bearings and it is expected that every owner of a
machine in this locality will become a member.
As stated above the purpose of the
organization is not only for pleasure but for the protection
of the members. It is the intention of the club to create a
better feeling between the owners of the machine and other
people, especially farmers. It is a recognized fact that the
automobile has come to stay, the same as the bicycle, and
that the owners have certain rights both in law and justice.
While there has never been any feeling between the owners
and the public in this community, it cannot be denied that
there are those who look upon the automobile man as a sort
of outlaw and are not disposed to grant him even the rights
conferred by law. The principal purpose of this club is to
eradicate this feeling by education and fair treatment. It
will be the aim of the organization to compel its members to
give respectful treatment to the public and in return demand
the same. The general road rules that custom has brought in
force generally governing the driving of automobiles will be
insisted on by the organization and the members will be
expected to cultivate a friendly feeling with the country
people. The club will put a ban on reckless driving and
ungentlemanly conduct on the roads, and will also insist on
their vehicle rights to the roadway. The club will also
prosecute all attempts to damage or wreck machines.
Altogether the objects of the club are good and the
organization will no doubt be a great success. For social
and pleasure features club meetings and trips will
occasionally be arranged for and other organizations of the
kind will be entertained.
There are quite a number of automobiles
owned in this locality and it is expected all of them will
join the club. Following is a list of the automobile owners:
V.L. DeWitt, Dr. D. Ginther, George
Burdge, Dr. G.L. Shoemaker, John Isenbarger, Olinger
& Warvel, A.G. Lautzenhiser, Fletcher Kroft, Dr. W.H.
Shaffer, J. B. Peabody, Allen Heck, A.E. Naber, Harmon Naber,
Jacob Wolfe, Dr. L. H. Tennant, Thomas Berry, Dr. Z.M.
Beaman, Ed Rittenhouse, Dr. J.L. Warvel, Tom Peabody, Lewis
Naber, C.A. Harris, Dr. G.D. Balsbaugh, Dr. Ira Perry, Frank
Pinney, Aaron Ulrey, Logan Ulrey, John Snyder, Melvin
Haines, Dr. F.S. Kitson, H. Kinsey, Oliver Fox, Jordan