The Greentown Grapevine – 1995-07, 02:07 - Page 1
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The Greentown 4- c4* 7? J Fe& l[ @& J @+@$* Volume 2, Issue 7 " a paper for the people" July 1995 ~~~~~~~~~ FOURTH OF JUW TO BN OBfERYZD WITH FI For the first time in about forty years, a big fireworks display will be presented in Greentown. Through the sponsorship of R. G. Enterprises and the Greentown Lions Club, a fireworks show will be held at the Fairgrounds July 4, beg- inning at dusk. For best viewing, it is recommended that t h e p u b l i c sit in the grandstands at the northwesl corner of the Fairgrounds. I1 driving in, enter from Nortk Meridian St.: across - from Century Villa Health Care There will also be fireworks shows two nights during the Howard County Fair. On July 24 and 29 the shows will begin at 1O: OO p. m. Those spectacular$ are in celebration of the 50th year the Greentown Lions have hosted the Howard County Fair. The opening barrage will consist of 150 one and one- haU inch titanium salutes with rising silver tail. The main program progresses from three inch to four inch to five inch display shells. These carry such intriguing names as " twinkling white chrysanthemum", " tigei tail to purple", " howling hailstorm", " spider to strobe"( " blue chandelier", " battle in clouds", " Jupiter ring", and " purple crown crossette." The Grand Finale will include 60 bombshells with red, white, and blue; 36 titanium salutes with tail; and one 300 shot multiple colored dragons. Is a " First" A lways THE First? Most residents of Howard County are aware of Elwood Haynes' place in automotive history. But how many have heard of Orlie Scott of Fairmount and his contribution to Haynes' invention? An article in the Marion Chronicle- Tribune of December 15, 1974, tells the interesting story of how Haynes obtained the Scott car. Orlie Scott arrived in Fairmount when it Was a " boom town" and made his living as a blacksmith, working on oil well drilling tools. When the paying jobs were caught up, Scott, along with helpers Charles Payne and Nathan Armfield, set to work on a horseless carriage. It was fitted with a small gas tank, with only enough capacity for a four- mile run. Several test runs were made around Fairmount to work the bugs out of the new machine. In 1891, Elwood Haynes was in Fairmount working for the Indiana Natural Gas Co. office in Greentown. He was working on a use for gasoline as fuel to power an engine, and was intrigued by the Scott carriage. What may have been the world's first traffic accident set a course which resulted in Ko komo, not Fairmou n t, becoming a major automobile manufacturing center. while on a test run north of Fairmount, Scott discovered one major flaw in his invention - he'd forgotten the brakes. As the vehicle ran down an incline, it hit a rock and tipped over. Scott sold the wreck to Haynes, who moved to Kokomo with it in 1892 and worked out the flaws. Haynes hired Elmer and Edgar Apperson to help build the redesigned Scott buggy. On July 4, 1894, Haynes made h i s h i s t o r i c r u n down Pumpkinvine Pike and into the history books. So, did Elwood Haynes invent the first commercially- built car? According to Dave Griffey as quoted in Kokomo Magazine Vol. 18, " there were others who were working on cars and engines around the world at the same time. Haynes used the tag line, ' America's First Car.' When challenged, he took it to court and legally won the right to continue using the phrase." Orlie Scott dropped from sight. Charles Payne retired into obscurity and died in 0 klahoma. Nathan Armfield stayed in Fairmount, working for nearly 30 years at Fairmount Grain Co. and later as a school janitor. His daughters said he often talked about his work with Scott, the wreck, and the sale of the car to Haynes. A city to the west of Greentown will soon be having a Haynes- Apperson Festival. If you attend the festival, it would seem appropriate to take a moment to remember Scott, Payne, Armfield, and other unsung inventors and worknien. Another " First" American Au tomob i le The Kokomo Daily Tribune, October 28, 1905, contains a line rendering of an early vehicle with the following narrative: " The cut is made from an old photograph found recently at Racine, Wis., and is an illustration of t h e f i r s t automobile ever made in America. This strange looking horseless carriage was built in 1870, and the designer was Rev. J. W. Carhart, who is now living in Texas. It was a four wheeled machine and resembled a buckboard, with a vertical engine on the rear axle. It was a noisy and erratic contrivance, throwing a shower of sparks into the air a distance of sixty feet. Horses were terrified at its approach, and it was banished from the public highway after a famous race horse became so frightened that it jumped upon a barbed wire fence and was killed, while its driver was injured seriously."
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1995-07, 02:07|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
|Technical Metadata||Digital images captured by Imaging Office Systems 2008|
|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Fourth of July To Be Observed With Fireworks; Is a "First" Always THE First?
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, July 1995, Volume 02, Issue 07|
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