Friday, May 31, 2013

LHM: Ferol and her Automobiles


Ferol Tibbetts sitting on car
ca. late 1910s
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Seomtime around 1915 Ferol Tibbetts' father, George Wilson Tibbetts, purchased and ran an auto shop and garage. For Ferol, this meant constant interaction with automobiles. There are accounts in her journals of she and her father driving somewhere to pickup a vehicle, presumably for someone who had purchased a car through their shop. With her knowledge of cars, and how to drive them, came a sense of freedom. Just as teenagers find today, Ferol had the ability to hop in a car with friends and drive either to a dance, Seattle, or somewhere completely random.

Ferol's dog Max in front of the Tibbetts garage
ca. late 1910s
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The following are excerpts from Ferol's journals:

Went to Renton with Walter and then drove the Pierce home. Sure felt fine driving it.” – Book I, Sunday, July 29, 1923.
 

Went party way to Olympia with Dad. Drove the Durant over and brought back a Star.” – Book I, Wednesday, August 1, 1923.
 

Put on my overalls and rode on the gravel truck with Vic from 10 until 12.” – Book I, Sunday, August 19, 1923.
 

"Unloading Apple Boxes"
Most likely Ferol Tibbetts in driver seat
ca. late 1910s
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Minnie Archembault and I went for a ride with Mr. Kinnybru in a Studebaker Six. We went to Preston, Fall City, and Tolt. I drove home from Tolt. Sure like to drive a Studebaker.” – Book I, Thursday, October 25, 1923
 

We went to the dance in Geo Abriams car. Eleanor Burke, Francis Harris, Blaine Boyden also went. Had a dandy time. George got drunk. Sure was scared coming home, but he wouldn’t let Jim drive. Got home all O.K. tho.” – Book I, Monday, December 31, 1923.
 

Jim got his new car, a Cleveland 2 door Sedan. Sure is swell. He came down and we went for a ride. He let me drive.” – Book I, Thursday, April 3, 1924
 

Opening of Snoqualmie Pass
ca. 1915
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The Chevrolet Company is running an endurance test of a 100 hrs. Clyde [Powell] was to drive from 2a.m. to 8a.m. Ruth was going with him so they asked me to go. I went to bed over to Ruth’s. It is about 10:45 when we went to bed. Got up at 1:15, had coffee and toast and got started about 2:15. Thurs 9. It was raining and blowing like everything and was pretty cold. He went to Renton, Newport, Kirkland, Bothell, Redmond, Fall City, North Bend, back to Issaq. Then from here to Newport, Renton and then home again. It was then 6:30. Clyde went to Renton and then Kirkland and handed the car over to the Chevrolet man there.” – Book II, October 8-9, 1924.


Ferol Tibbetts sitting on hood of a car
ca. late 1910s
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