Ritzville Auto History
by Harland Eastwood

Non-Fiction, Historical: 148 pages, 356 photos and advertisements, 22 color photos.

A lighthearted look at the trials and triumphs of early day motoring in and around Ritzville.  This work contains early day advertisements of all auto dealers, gas stations and repair shops from 1910 to 1940.  Included are many interesting pictures and stories of the misadventures of local residents.  This unique book was originally written to document to author's grandfather, John Peter Koch, who started selling the Maxwell car in Ritzville in 1915 and after several mergers became Big Bend Motors Company.  At its peak the Big Bend Motors Company was the largest automobile sales company in Adams county, both in terms of the number of employees, number of different makes sold and total sales.  The firm also sold Hupmobile, Chalmers, Chandler, Haynes, Paige, Cleveland, Cadillac, Star, Chevrolet and others. Includes an index.

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