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Elmer Apperson   1861-1920

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By the Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.


Elmer Apperson collaborated with brother Edgar on the manufacture of Elwood Haynes’ first car. He was a partner in both the Haynes-Apperson’ and the Apperson Brothers Motor Car Companies. Elmer died while watching an auto race at Los Angeles Speedway.


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W.C. Madden
Haynes-Apperson and America’s First Practical Automobile: A History
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Paperback, 2006-02-10
While Elwood Haynes and the Apperson brothers are not as well known as Henry Ford, Ransom Olds and other famous automobile manufacturers, their contributions to the automotive industry are just as significant. They were responsible for one of the first functioning automobiles, if not the first, in the United States. After building their automobile in 1894, the three men formed the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company in Kokomo, Indiana, one of the first car manufacturing companies in the country. Three years after incorporation, a dispute over money caused the partnership to split up and Edgar and Elmer Apperson formed their own company. Both companies lasted until the mid-1920s. This book is a history of these automotive pioneers and their companies: the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company, the Haynes Automobile Company, and the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company. It is richly illustrated with photographs of the factories, automobiles, personalities and advertisements.
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