Fall 2005
  “The Information Place”
Volume 7   #3


As you may have read in the last newsletter, the HCFI Library has plans to scan the most used books and documents into a computer.
While the completed scanning project may ease the research at the Library, the major concern of the HCFI Board and Library staff is the deterioration of the library material. Even with the greatest care, every time the copier is used, there are telltale pieces of brown paper left on the machine.

Obviously this cannot continue. As shown in the above pictures some of the books are literally falling apart. The HCFI must either cut back on research or find some way to preserve this irreplaceable material. The Board believes scanning the literature into a computer is the best

The Board has submitted two proposals to sympathetic Foundations for the total cost of the initial phase of this rather large scanning project. Unfortunately to date, neither have been successful. However both Foundations indicated they would favorably consider a revised approach if the HCFI was to find a matching source of  funds.  This is most encouraging and of course the Board will pursue other sources of matching funds most aggressively. 


On October 22, 2005 the Board of Directors of the HCFI will meet and decide the best way to accomplish our goals. 

Just to recap on the current approach the Board is pursuing.  The proposal is to hand scan all the periodicals, from the earliest until those dated around to 1924.  This will include seven major periodicals, 3,300 issues with a total of about 330,000 pages.  This could take a little while!!!  The Board has found a scanner that will allow scanning with the books only opened to 90º so as not further damage the books.  In addition, some 3,000 pieces of manufacturer’s literature will be scanned as part of the project.  Also to be scanned, in time, are the serial number books, wiring diagrams, owners manuals, motor repair books, sales catalogs, technical books, advertisements, photos, auto supply books, accessory files, and more 


Auto Wiring

One great suggestion that has been made is to use a character recognition program during scanning.  From the recognized characters, a complete index of the contents of the book can be electronically generated.  This electronic index could be added to the web site of the HCFI, allowing anyone to search the library contents over the internet without any contact with the research staff.  To get copies of the actual periodical, the user would have to contact the research staff, who could make the required pages available, either electronically or on paper.  This procedure preserves the integrity and requires no physical contact, of any the library material.  

Of course all this scanning cannot be done without some additional expense over normal library operations.  Besides the labor of the copying, the HCFI will need to acquire an additional computer, special scanner and we will need to utilize a much larger storage media and central server which will greatly assist coordination of the project.  The estimates for scanning the 330,000 pages of approximately 3,300 periodicals and the 3,000 sets of manufacturers literature, is about $66,000.  If we can raise one third or half of this amount from within the HCFI, then we are confident one or both the Foundations we applied to, will come through with the rest.

So watch for the next HCFI Newsletter and see how you can help the Library achieve their goal of preservation and research ability.  We will need all of your help to achieve our goal

Jed Johnson Donates Audio Tapes on History of Cadillac.

These reel to reel tapes were recorded in the late 1950s by his Uncle, Russell Ferris Johnson. Russell was planning to write a book about the early history of the Cadillac Motor Car Company and the role that his father, Frank Johnson, played in the creation of the company and the car.

His Uncle Russell died in the early 60's from a heart attack and the book didn't happen. Jed's father, Wauen Johnson, ended up with all of the materials that Russell had gathered and, unfortunately, over the years most of the mate­rials have been lost or destroyed. Approximately half of the tapes were lost in a flood while Jed's father had them.

Jed believes there is a complete set at the Ford Archives but he is not sure that they are accessible to the public.

The following is a list of gentlemen that were interviewed by Russell Ferris Johnson.

Ben H. Anibal
Jim Becker
J,W. Brown
L A. Danse
Forrest Ellis
William Guy
Dan Holgrave
Robert Jack
W. Rex Johnson
W. C. Leland
Charles Martens
Wm Mrock
Robt Neiff
Clair Owen
Edward Priebe
Ernest Sea holm
Hartley Shaffer
Manly Smith
Herbert Twomley
Don Webster
Robt Welborn
Wilbur Wallace

Jed copied all of the reel tapes onto cassette tapes several years ago and has donated the tapes to the Library in hopes that they would be available to those with an interest in the histories of the Cadillac and Lincoln companies.

The Library wishes to thank Mr. John­ son for donating this wonderful piece of history to the Library.

These tapes will be available at the Library.


From the Dyke’s Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia, Eleventh Edition, covering 1911– 1920

Auto Club of America

On Wednesday, January 7 1899, a public meeting was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, and as a result the National Auto Club of Amer­ica was chartered on the following Au­ gust 6. Six hundred machines were produced in 1899.

Earnings of Racing Drivers.

During 1915, Resta earned $37,750; Anderson, $37,000; Cooper S31,750; De Palma, $24,600; and Ricken- backer, $24,000.

Right Side of an Automobile

The right side of an automobile is al­ways understood to be the right of the driver when seated in the car not of the person standing in front of the car.

First Rubber Tire

The first mention of rubber was in 1525, when the Spaniards in Mexico saw the native playing with balls of a remarkable elasticity.

In 1770 it was suggested as an eraser for pencil marks. In 1323 Macintosh of Manchester, England, found that rubber would dissolve in benzene and be­gan making waterproof fabrics.

In 1832 the Roxbury Rubber Company was formed in Massachusetts to en­gage in this work and Charles Good- year was one of its employees. Good- year discovered vulcanization in 1635 In 1842 he began producing rubber shoes. The first use of rubber tires was when Dietz in 1835 patented a rubber cushion applied to an iron ring or tire. R. W. Thompson, ar\ English­man, patented trie first pneumatic tine on December 10, 1845.

First Pneumatic Tires

The honor of inventing pneumatic tires is disputed between two claimants: R. W. Thompson, a Scotchman, and John Dunlap, an Irishman. The former devised an automobile rubber tire in 1839, but it never came into use as it was a very crude affair and seemed of not practical service. Thompson's tire was a single tube appliance and was invented in 1845. The solid rubber cushion tire and tfie single-tube air tire was u&ed consid­erably in 1899 and 1900. The double-tube pneumatic tire did not come into general use on automobiles until 1902. Single-tube pneumatic tines were generally used up to 1903. Double-tube tires were in use in 1902 and were generally used up to 1903. For a 30x 3 1/2 inch single-tube flres the price in 1900 was $28; in 1901, $25; in 1903 the double-tube tire casing and tube cost $41; 1913, $21.95; 1915, $14.30.

Tag States "No 6B Lehman's Healer Manufcture by Lehmans Bros New York"


Dr. Merl & Joy Ledford have donated a beautiful lap robe arid fool warmer to the Library. They would like the items to be auctioned off at the HCCA convention in 2006.

We would like to thank the Ledfords for their generous donation and their contin­ ued support of the Library


HCFI Wish List

Funds (o purchase items needed at the Library.

Television for showing Tapes/DVD $300
Adobe Acrobats Software $300

Adobe Photoshop Software $600

Fire Proof Files $800

Funds for Scanning Books New Location Buy/Share/Donated


Mr & Mrs, Robert Hopkins have made a generous donation to the Library to enable us to purchase a new black & white laser printer. They checked out our wish list and were kind enough to help us update our equipment.

We wish to thank them for their generosity

Con Fletcher and Eva Morrison sent a very generous donation to the Library.

They opened up their museum to tfie Model T National Tour in Colorado and the Mile High Cyliner Club.

The Library is very grateful to Con and Eva for all their work and their continued support of the Library,


Cash Donation:

Conrad Fletcher
Eva Morrison
Robert C Hopkins
Don Holthaus
Robert Swarms

Member News

In Memory Of From
Jess Blaker Modesto HCCA
Kay Green State of Jefferson HCCA
Jack Me Quown George & Francis Sherman,  Jack & Gail Garrison
Roy E, Watkins Jr. Allen & Eliane Johnson Les & Deloris Von Nordheim Les & Barbara Von Nordheim Jay & Roberta Watkins

Gifts in Kind

Jack Robinson      Ed Johnson
Bill Cuthbeii          Don Dechant
Rich Anderson      Greg Tocket
Chuck Berryman  Jerry Miller
George & Francis Sherman
Thomas & Kris Kettenburg Fredrick
Scott Johnson 
Merl & Joy Ledford

New HCF Members

Bryan, Winter, Ml
lanuario, Paul,  SC
Glen Fogelstrom, OR
Cleta Fuller, IA William Shields, VA
David Wolfe, MD Beverly Rae Kimes, NY

Can You Identify This Automobile???

Click to see a larger image

This picture was mailed in by a member for identification. We know what it is not but not what it is. The photo was taken at a birthday party in September of 1911 in Buffalo NY. It resembles a lot of makes of the era but there is always something that does not match up like fenders, hood or wheels. Any suggestions please call or e-mail Roberta at the Library.


Trailer Recovered by
La Mesa Police.

The Wells Cargo trailer which was stolen out of the back parking lot has been recovered and is parked in a safer place.

The trailer was recovered by the La Mesa Police Department one month after it was removed from the Library premises. The locks were cut off but the trailer was undamaged and the stored items were still inside.

The trailer was found less than a mile away from the Library behind a gas station’s block wall. It was concealed behind the wall so it could not be seen from the street

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