Other names on the paperwork are Eva Kapp, R.E. Corners, H.A. Schmitz, Jr. and Charles Champion. The papers said they were going to be Jobbing, Manufacturing and Selling Motors and Machinery of all kinds and descriptions.
Not too many clues but that's all I could find.
This info is from 1920 and it appears they haven't made any motors yet in Appleton.
In the article they claim "turn out at 50 gasoline engines a day" and "has enough orders to keep it rinning full capacity for the next year." But of course we know that never happened.
The article says "The patents, patterns and other essentials to manufacture were secured" but it doesn't say from whom. The article is just full of wild claims and they finnish the article by saying "Prospects for the future of the company have been exceptionally bright since it's inception and it seems that only the question of productive ability has to be considered in making it one of Appleton's leading enterprises."
I wonder how long it really lasted and how many motors were actually made?
That's really interesting information!
Those Lake names didn't ring a bell and then the Appleton connection popped up. Wonder if any info exists on Lake or those people in the Appleton Historical Society? Or in other local newspapers? There might have been a big splash at the time and from the sound of it (wild claims) they sought publicity.
Often, when they made the biggest promises and bragged of huge orders, etc. that meant the outfit was about to fold!
The TRUE beginnings of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
A 1914 Pope Factory Tour. It sounds as though it was a meticulous environment..... (with a little bonus on a mail delivering Yale!)
Last edited by c.o.; 02-05-2012 at 10:34 PM.