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Dean Byus speech on Prest-O-Lite Company

 Collection — Folder: S0465
Identifier: S0465

Scope and Contents

This collection includes carbon copies of a typed excerpt from a speech given by Dean Byus, Prest-O-Lite factory manager, at the International Acetylene Association on April 1, 1952, though the copies may have been created in 1954, regarding the Prest-O-Lite Company and Carl Fisher.


  • 1952/04/01; 1954


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Carl Graham Fisher was born January 12, 1874 in Greensburg, Indiana, to Albert H. and Ida (Graham) Fisher; he was one of at least three children. Fisher quit school at the age of 12 to help his mother sell candy. He was 50 percent blind. Fisher became a champion bicycle racer and stuntman in his teens before getting into automobile racing, setting a world automotive speed record of 2 miles in 2:02 minutes in 1904. He was instrumental in the founding of the Prest-O-Lite Storage Battery Company in 1904 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909.

Fisher married Jane Watts (1887–1968) on October 23, 1909 in Marion County, Indiana and they lived on their estate, Blossom Heath, until 1922, which is now part of Marian College in Indianapolis. The Fishers built a new mansion in Florida, where he promoted development of Miami Beach and the Dixie Highway. The couple divorced in Paris in July 1926 and Fisher married Margaret Collier the following year in 1927. He also developed real estate in Long Island, New York. Fisher died on July 15, 1939 in Florida and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sources: "Carl G. Fisher." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 15, 2014. "Carl G. Fisher." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed December 15, 2014.

"Carl Fisher." Obituary. Indianapolis Star, July 16, 1939. "Carl Graham Fisher." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 10, 2022.

Greiff, Glory-June. "Fisher, Carl Graham." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, pp. 572-573). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains copies of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frances Hoss on 1954/04/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2022/05/10 by Brittany Kropf.


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