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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2004/11 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/05 by Edythe Huffman.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes materials ranging from 1928 to 1955 concerning Edgar "Ed" and Elmer Apperson and Apperson cars from Kokomo, Indiana, including typed articles from the South Bend Tribune on June 24, 1928, a mimeographed copy of the article "Ed Apperson and the Horseless Carriage" by Robert E. Pinkerton in True Magazine, March 1952, and a souvenir ticket for the dedication of Apperson Way in Kokomo on October 20-22, 1955.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Edgar Apperson papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
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 or Historical Data:
Edgar "Ed" Landon Apperson was born on October 3, 1870 in Howard County, Indiana, the son of Elbert S. and Anne Eliza Landon Apperson. He was the youngest of three brothers, including Oscar and Elmer. They were cousins of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst and great-grandsons of Daniel Boone. Ed was a hunting enthusiast and owned a long rifle made for his grandfather in 1811. He played on the Kokomo Elks baseball team into his 30s and was also a car racer.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. Sources: Information found within the "Apperson, Edgar." 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/05. "Apperson, Edgar." Find a Grave Index. Retrieved 2015/08/05. http://www.findagrave.comIndiana State Library. "Apperson, Edgar Landon." Indiana Biography Index Before 1990. Retrieved 2015/08/05."Ex-Hoosier Builder of First Auto Dies." Indianapolis News, May 15, 1959, p. 27, c.5.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Landon on 1967/11.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Apperson, Edgar Landon 1870-1959.
Apperson Brothers Automobile Company.
Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company.
Automobile industry and trade.
Kokomo (Ind.)
Genre: Clippings.

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