It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
Remember the days when we could gather in crowds? We hope to get back to fun events soon. In the meantime, do you know what’s happening here? Or when? (Photo courtesy of the Baker Collection at Muskoka Heritage Place)
Here are two additional photos provided by Doppler readers:
Last week we shared this photo:
The first car appeared on the streets of Huntsville in 1910, owned by Dr. Hart. A year later, R.J. Hutcheson bought the second. Here, the Lorenzo Howell family is pictured in Hutcheson’s car in about 1912. To gas up, cars drove to the Huntsville Hardware store (later Hern Hardware), which kept fuel primarily for motorboats. “We dashed outside and unlocked the door to the gasoline house,” Sam Forsythe later recalled. “The barrel was set up like a vinegar barrel you have seen in the corner grocers. We filled a gallon measure, grabbed a funnel and a chamois cloth and strained the gasoline into the car through the chamois cloth. I suppose we could put five gallons into the doctor’s car in from 20 minutes to half an hour.” Hern Hardware received council’s permission to put up the town’s first gasoline “hydrant” on March 3, 1914, assuming all liability for damage or accident. (Details from Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve; photo courtesy of Janet and David Fisher.)
Reader David Johns shared these details about the car: “The car is a 1911 E.M.F. The initials are the builders: Everitt, Metzger and Flanders. R.J. Hutcheson was the owner.” Thanks, David!
And Franklin Newhart shared this tidbit about R.J. Hutcheson: “Back in the 1980s I did some calligraphy for R.J. Hutcheson. He was in his very senior years and he had a Geneology book that he was keeping. Everything in it was in Calligraphic writing. He needed new entries done. I felt very privileged to do the work.” That would be so interesting book to read, Franklin!
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