Jeptha H. Wade II’s Hybrid Car
Though the advertisement above is for the 1920 Owen Magnetic Car, Jeptha H. Wade II (1857–1926) bought his a couple of years early. In June 1918 he makes a quick decision to buy the hybrid of the day.
June 13 Citizens [Bank] meeting. Morning & afternoon in office. At 4 Fred White called & showed me his Owen Magnetic I drove it about our grounds and liked it.
June 14 Spent morning (after walk with Mother) in town trying out Owen Magnetic & ordered one….
June 15 Walked & drove about farm with Mother, then pruned & sawed limbs. Fred White brought out my magnetic car. Mother & I motored in to the cem. [Lake View Cemetery] …
[Journal excerpts from MS. 3292 The Jeptha Homer Wade Family Papers (Box 007, Folder 048) Series 1, in the library/archives of the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society]