A expert vehicle mechanic with 20 many years of expertise, George Hemmings left his West Virginia residence in 1920 to get the job done for the American Equipment Corporation in Chicago. When the organization determined to shift to Jackson, Michigan, 3 years later, Hemmings made 1 of the most critical choices of his everyday living: Beginning his very own auto parts keep in Quincy. In an job interview with Hemmings Motor News, his son, Ernest, reflected: “My father figured out the point that each individual good-sized town concerning Chicago and Paducah, Kentucky, experienced an vehicle pieces keep, one providing elements for a large assortment of automobile versions, and determined to open up 1 in Quincy.”
Hemmings adapted a storefront at 1036 Hampshire Street for “Standard Auto Parts” and applied the upper story as a home for himself and his spouse, Ida May. His new business enterprise carried substitute merchandise for Design T and Design A cars, along with Rusco Brake Lining and gear sets designed to maximize automotive speed and ability. Hemmings’ store—the first 1 of its kind for this region—drew company from a 75-mile radius of Quincy, and shortly he hired a touring salesman and a mechanic for the machine store. Regular Automobile Areas promised 24-hour shipping and delivery on sections not in inventory and “liberal discounts” to buyers.
Joseph Newkirk is a neighborhood writer and photographer whose perform has been widely released as a contributor to literary publications, as a correspondent for Catholic Situations, and for the past 23 a long time as a writer for the Library of Congress’ Veterans Background Challenge. He is a member of the reorganized Quincy Bicycle Club and has logged more than 10,000 miles on bicycles in his existence.
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County is preserving the Governor John Wood Mansion, the Heritage Museum on the Sq., the 1835 Log Cabin, the Livery, the Lincoln Gallery displays, and a selection of artifacts and paperwork that notify the tale of who we are. This award-winning column is composed by associates of the Society. For far more facts visit hsqac.org or email [email protected].