Our 1926 OAKLAND
My Father and Mother bought a new 1926 Oakland Four Door Sedan, with 113" wheelbase and four wheel mechanical brakes. The 278 CID 6-cylinder L-head engine had a vacuum feed fuel tank and had a 5.0 to 1 compression ratio, 2-7/8" x 4-3/4" bore and stroke and produced 45 horsepower @ 2600 RPM. Price was around $1,200. It was the pride of the neighborhood.
In 1932, my father took ill and passed away leaving my mother with four very small children to raise. She worked at many different jobs thru the years doing different things. Her first was selling Watkins Products around Jackson and Cass counties in and around Kansas City, Missouri. She used to park the Oakland in the creek by the house because the wooden spoke wheels got loose and squeaked so bad they had to be soaked for the next week's driving. She worked at a steel mill in Kansas City for years. In 1938, she traded the old Oakland for a 12 tube Philco radio so her children would have somthing to do beside running the streets while she was at work. She raised three men that served in the U.S. Marines in two different wars and a daughter that started and operated a hospital for birth defect babies, getting awards from two different Missouri Governers. Our Mother never remarried until all her children were grown and had left home. She passed away in May of 2006 at the age of 102 years. We had many good thoughts about the old Oakland thru the years. It had held up very well and given good service.
I worked for Delco Remy Division for 31.5 years. I started as a Tool Crib Inspector and worked my way to Plant Superintendant when I retired, in 1985. I have very good feelings about General Motors and hope we last another 100 years.
Richard Haynie, 2605 Spunkmeyer Way, Fort Mohave, Arizona