Edgar Apperson papers
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At the age of 24, he and his brother Elmer, along with Elwood Haynes, put a gasoline powered marine engine onto a buggy and created one of the world’s first “horseless carriages" for Elwood Haynes. Edgar drove that car on its trial run July 4, 1894 near Kokomo, Indiana. The car is now in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
On May 24, 1898, the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company was created. The first year, the small company sold nearly a dozen automobiles, without advertising. In 1901, the Apperson brothers created their own company, the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company, producing 14,000 to 16,000 cars a year. The most successful model was the “Jack Rabbit” cars, developed in 1908. The brothers sold the company in 1924.
Apperson retired in 1933 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1946, he was installed as a charter member of the auto industry's Hall of Fame in Detroit, Michigan. In 1955, Apperson returned to Kokomo for the dedication of Apperson Way. He died on May 12, 1959 and was buried in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona.
Information found within the collection.
Ancestry.com. "Apperson, Edgar." 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/05. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
FindaGrave.com. "Apperson, Edgar." Find a Grave Index. Retrieved 2015/08/05. http://www.findagrave.com
Indiana State Library. "Apperson, Edgar Landon." Indiana Biography Index Before 1990. Retrieved 2015/08/05. https://www.statelib.lib.in.us/INBiopre1990
"Ex-Hoosier Builder of First Auto Dies." Indianapolis News, May 15, 1959, p. 27, c.5.
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