Thursday, April 5, 2012

The further adventures Mrs. Ola Gammon and her 1913 Hudson.

Friends recently gave me a book called "My Automobile," which turned out to be the logbook/scrapbook of a Kerrville woman, Mrs. Ola Gammon, who faithfully recorded her adventures with her new 1913 Hudson.
It turns out Mrs. Gammon bought her car from a very young Hal Peterson, the Kerrville entrepreneur for whom Hal Peterson Middle School is named.  At the time Hal "Boss" Peterson sold the car to Mrs. Gammon, he was only 13 years old.  That would make him about the age of the students now attending the school which bears his name.
We've been scanning the book (there are over a hundred images), and I'll be sharing them with you here over the next few weeks.
Mrs. Gammon was around 35 when she bought her automobile.  It is no exaggeration to say this car meant freedom.  Freedom from hitching a team of horses to a carriage, caring for them, and plodding along behind them.  Freedom to take trails the railroads failed to find.  Freedom to explore.  And explore she did.
Here are some of the many camping shots found in the little book.  I'll post the details of one particular trip in the next few days.
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As you know, I love picnic photos.
Car trips often meant picnics and camping for Mrs. Gammon.
A fishing trip to Dripping Springs
Perhaps my favorite camping photo.  Note the fishing poles, car,
tent, and Victrola. 

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that a wind-up grammaphone in the 4th picture? They were partying down!


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