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  • Nancy Lou Webster: A Short Story

    Elgin history spotlight – Nancy Lou Webster This is the story of longtime Elgin resident/artist Nancy Lou Webster and her 1935 Straight 8 Buick Coupe with suicide doors named “Katie.” The story begins with Nancy Lou as a teen in Oxford, Mississippi. “Miss Kate Skipwith was a philanthropist who lived on Main Street in Oxford, Mississippi. She wanted a car so she ordered a new car to be shipped by rail to her. A 1935 Buick Series 40 Coupe. It arrived by rail in Oxford with five miles on the odometer. Miss Kate was a notoriously bad driver. Everybody in town knew that when Miss Kate came out of her driveway you had better get out of the way for she did not know how to steer the car very well,” said Webster. “Oxford, Mississippi has a square (which is round) at the center of town. Miss Kate would come down to the square and park while she had some shopping and running around. When it was time to go she would hail a passer-by to come put the car in reverse. Shifting into reverse was something Miss Kate never quite learned how to do. As is the way in small towns, people knew to help Miss Kate. They would get her backed up and leave the car in neutral. Shifting into drive, one thing she did know how to do, she would drive back home,” explained Webster. “I knew of that car for a very long time. The banker who took care of Miss Kate’s business also took care of Miss Kate’s decision making as she grew much older. She had gotten to be such a terror driving her Buick, the police…

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  • Oldsmobile Silhouette Case Study

    Impossible Survival of 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette A fact which is well known to the entire automobile industry as well as the fans of Oldsmobile is the demise of the brand within a very short span of time. The last batch being produced by this brand of all the cars and the models was in the year 2004, and after that the company completely withdrew from producing anymore vehicles. Same thing happened with the Oldsmobile Silhouette which was a well known minivan entered in the markets by the year…

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  • 1920s Cars Essay

    The Ford Model-T had been an inspiration to inventors, even though the race for building automobiles started in the eighteen-ninetys Henry Ford’s model was a masterpiece. The twenties were kind of like the space race in a way. Henry Ford, Ransom Olds (founder of Oldsmobile), the Dodge brothers, and many others were going strong in the race. In nineteen-twenty the United States alone produced two-million three-hundred thousand cars, which means the United States were home to ninety-six percent…

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  • Shoplifting: Misdemeanor Crime

    At this point in the pursuit two other officers’ locations were being approached. One officer was ordered to attempt to block the suspect by driving into his path. This officer did as ordered, but rather then stopping, Mr. Tipsy crossed the center lane and drove toward on coming traffic to get around the officer. Tipsy then collided with a red Oldsmobile, resulting in a major crash. Two occupants in the Oldsmobile, and both Tipsy and his passenger were killed. A lawsuit was initiated against the…

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  • Assembly Line History

    that needed to be handled. This process removed the movement of workers and overall hassle that was not necessary to operate. Even a simple assembly line saves money and allows for the production of more goods. In 1901, one of the first people to use an assembly line, (more sophisticated than trolleys and chains), was Ransom E. Olds, of Olds Motor Works. The workers of his factory put car chassis on wooden platforms that had casters underneath so they could roll them from one work area to…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Upcoming Electric Vehicles

    consume more than 60 percent of the energy used for transportation (Source). Due to the rising prices of oil in the US, many Americans have been cautious on their oil consumption. Many people have even resorted to buying smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Government even offers extra Tax incentives to consumers who purchase efficient vehicles, and even higher Tax incentives to consumers who purchase Electric Vehicles, also known as EV’s. Electric Vehicles are not a new concept; they…

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  • Character and Point of View in “The Red Convertible” Essays

    Character and Point of View in “The Red Convertible” “The Red Convertible” is a short story by Louis Erdrich, in which two native American brothers named Marty and Henry decide to buy a red convertible Oldsmobile together. The two brothers spend much of the summer travelling around together in the car until the older brother, Stephan, is deployed to Vietnam. When Stephan returns, he is not the same and Marty tries desperately to recover their past relationship. The round, static, perseverant…

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  • General Motors: Company Analysis

    only when they purchase a new vehicle, but for as long as the own a general motors product. General Motors strives to earn the loyalty of their customers by making better, safer, higher quality vehicles. GM credits themselves by stating that they employ the finest workforce in the world assembled by a richly diverse and dedicated team. GM employees over 215,000 employees, serving six continents across 23 time zones while speaking 70 different languages. Today GM is one of the largest automakers…

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  • The Car Crash By Lazzaro Analysis

    even got there or why, he already sees the next and last car coming to pick him up. He knew that something is about to happen but unaware of its source. “Still recouping from the drugs, the narrator describes the effects of the pills he had taken and the narrator states he “sensed everything before it happened (Johnson 6).” (Lazzaro) "You are the ones," he thinks as he climbs into the backseat of their car, knowing through drug and alcohol-enhanced powers of prophecy that they will get in a car…

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  • Automobile Industry In The 1900's

    of the day it helped woman go into town and get their groceries and bring them back while also helping farmers plow their fields. People could now have jobs and live a couple of miles away enjoying not always being in the city. The Model T was in such a big demand that it was the only car being made in the company. In 1910 Henry had hired 3,000 employers to work for him. The Model T’s had become so popular in the need for parts that they became mass produced for the world. Production would be…

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