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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Ralph Waldo Strickland, April 18, 1980. Interview H-0180. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

First sighting of an automobile

Strickland recalls the first time he saw an automobile.

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Oral History Interview with Ralph Waldo Strickland, April 18, 1980. Interview H-0180. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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I know Papa, he lived on the Alabama side. Mama lived over here on, it was just about eight miles from Abbots Ford, Georgia, a little bitty crossroads though it was. It was eight miles across the Georgia line over into Alabama. Horse and buggy days, before they had … I can remember when I was a little boy, the first automobile that ever come to my part of the country. It was a 2-cylinder Brush. A fellow, Elmer Heinz, he was wealthy, had a lot of land and stuff. He was rich, considered rich by everybody. He went over to Atlanta and bough that thing. It didn't have no steering wheel in it. It was a lever. He come driving up. It was just like an old-fashioned rubber tire buggy with a lever, you guide it with a lever. Two cylinder brake, it come up down the road, chug, chug, chug, just a coming down with his lever and everything, just like a buggy. Had on leather gloves and goggles on his eyes, all that kind of stuff. That was 1909, 1910. I was born in 1903. I was quite small, but I can remember. I can remember the things that happened all along since I was four and five years old.