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Wednesday, 25 August 2021 16:37

These Companies in Gardner, MA, Were First to 'Drive' Up Local Interest

Written by Mike Richard, The Gardner News
Gardner Auto Sales at 578 Main St. in shown in the early 1900s. Gardner Auto Sales at 578 Main St. in shown in the early 1900s. Provided photo

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Dirt roads formed the confines of Gardner, MA, back in the 1800s, and if you sought transportation, it was primarily via the horse and wagon.

There was also a trolley system taking you as far west as Athol or eastward to Fitchburg. However, as the 20th century neared, the horseless carriage first made its appearance in Gardner.

 

In March of 1899, Guy W. Skinner announced plans to open the first automobile sales agency for Gardner. The hope was the businesses of the town would be among his first customers, so the purchase of a delivery wagon could aid them.

 

The rationale was a simple one. The owner of this new vehicle would not have the fear of it running away from him. In addition, according to The Gardner News at the time, “The keep of an automobile is trifling. Automobiles don’t eat hay and they don’t require oats to be frisky.”

 

To read more, see The Gardner News.

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