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by Tom Hyland
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Another NON-Poem - well, the first Verse does rhyme!

How many times have you been doing a nice cross-word puzzle and the three-letter answer was a REO?

And you thought - DUH?

Read on MacDuff ...





Mobile AUTOS

© - Tom Hyland - 02-24-09


They could be those hanging -
From a young boy’s ceiling -
But, I propose those with a different feeling -
Real, Old Classic Ones - pinging and panging.

REO stood for a man’s initials -
Ransom Eli Olds - Born Geneva, Ohio -1864 -
His Father, Founder of The OLDS Company.
Ransom designed Steam Engines - 1886-1892 -

His First Steam Powered Vehicle - 1887 -
First Exported Automobile to India in 1891 -
His First Gasoline Powered Car in 1895 -
A Month After Frank Durya!

A later partnership with Samuel Smith in 1897 -
Started the Olds Motor Vehicle Company -
Smith’s Capital insisted on a plant in Detroit -
Fire destroyed plant 1901 -

Only One Car Survived!
Henry Leland designed the engines -
He later helped found Cadillac and Lincoln -
John and Horace Dodge made the transmissions!

The Dodge brothers later produced -
The First Half-Million Model T’s for Henry Ford -
Before starting their Own company!
Only 425 cars that First year - 1901 -

Roy Chapin, later Head of Hudson Motor Company
Drove an OLDS 800 miles to New york City in 1901
This car later was First to travel 1 Mile in 1 Minute!
Ransom left Oldsmobile in 1904 -

REO Motor Car Company Incorporated Lansing, Michigan - 1904 -
First REO’s shipped to customers January, 1905!
By 1905 - 5,000 cars produced -
REO Out-Sold both Olds and Ford in 1906!

By 1908 - Out-sold OLDS -Four-to-One!
Started making REO Trucks - 1909 -
REO Speedwagon Produced: Fire trucks, Tow trucks, Dump trucks, Delivery trucks, Busses, Hearses, Ambulances -
All with the indestructible Gold Crown engine!

When most other engines needed major work every 10,000 miles -
REO’s BRAGGED AT 100,000! - This was in 1927 -
The REO Royale - a Luxury car was Beautiful -
But the Great Depression virtually Killed the Company in 1931.

Ransom Eli Olds retired as President in 1923 - And Died in 1950 -
White Truck bought out REO in 1957 -
REO Nameplate Retired in 1974!

As Paul Harvey used to say:
“Now you’ve heard The REST of the Story”
of both “The Merry Oldsmobile” and REO!

For more info and pictures see:
http://jliptrap.us/Reo.htm


© - TKH
 



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Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
As always its such a pleasure to read you sweetie..I have missed you and your wonderful writing..hope you are doing ok...Hugsss,much love to you TK
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Hey Tom! This is quite a lesson for me. Thank you! Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
This is very interesting and informative. Reminds me reading about autos which did not include planned obsolescence. Have you seen the video/documentary "Whatever Happened to the Electric Car?" Well worth seeing. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
I like to learn somethin new every day if I can, and you just allowed me to. Thanks!
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