Anton Hirzy’s Pope Toledo, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, ca. 1905.
In 100 Years of Pictorial & Descriptive History of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1934), the city’s mayor recalled his ride in one of the first locally owned cars, a Pope Toledo belonging to Anton Hirzy.
Hirzy offer[ed] to give him a ride from the Library towards the Catholic church. The steering wheel worked on a chain and not a worm-gear and it took a lot of turns to move the front wheels to the right, and then as suddenly, a hurried lot of turns to make it tack about. That one time he thought they would land in the river, and then by some magic they turned and it looked very much as if they would land in Arpin’s lawn.
via: McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
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