The Influence of the Automobile
on Wabash County
Welcome to “The Influence of the Automobile on Wabash County”.
We hope you will enjoy some of the highlights of our exhibit:
automobiles of yesterday and today and the economic impact of
automotibles in today’s economy.
From July 12, 1926 Daily Republican Register

Many Cars Pass Street Corner in Period of Hour : Count for An Hour Kept at Corner of Ninth and Market

Count kept for an hour last night between the hours of 6 and 7 o'clock by John Coleman revealed that a total of 567 cars passed the corner of Ninth and Market street.
Mr. Coleman figures at an average of four persons to the car this is a total of 2,800 people, and the cars represent an investment of half a million dollars.
Mr. Coleman has been informed by President H. A. Russell of the A.P. (Atlantic-Pacific) highway that a thousand tourists a day are going east out of St. Louis. Though many of them are coming through this city not all that number are passing here and a campaign to show tourists that this is the direct route east is being considered.
The immense traffic at the corner of Ninth and Market reveals that there is need of a traffic signal at that corner. Such a signal has been considered but it is indicated that the state will take care of this matter.

The Kolb Family (above) in their 1907 Mitchell automobile. This photo was taken in front of 422 Chestnut Street, across the street from St. Mary's Church in Mt. Carmel, IL. In the rear seat, left to right are Mrs. Anna Eve Kohlhouse Kolb, Margaret Kolb (Talley) age 5 and Mrs. Helen Frederick Kolb. In the front seat the driver is Peter Joseph Kolb holding Walter Kolb (age 1) and Adam Kolb.
The Stillwells (left) in front of their home in Allendale. In the back seat are Mary Lou (the mother) and Edna B. Stillwell. In the front seat are father Lewis G. and Junior Stillwell. Notice the kerosene lanterns. Imagine traveling by the light of these lanterns at night!
This DX station was typical of many gas stations around the country. The pumps out front used a crank or handle to pump the desired amount of gas into the glass tank at the top which was marked into gallons. It flowed into the car's gas tank by gravity.
Ron Calvery with his truck on the left and Ralph Andrews and his truck on the right. Ron was the DX distributer in Mt. Carmel and Ralph covered the Allendale area. The year was 1947.
This Shell station (left) is at the southeast corner of 9th and Main Streets in Mt. Carmel.
Judging from the cars this was taken in the late 1930's or early 1940's.
Notice the oil drilling rig in the background.
American Legion 1940's
The American Legion was a popular place in the 1940's. Notice the parking log in front of the building and the unpaved alley.
Kamp Motor Company personnel in 1956
First Row: Ray Keepes, shop foreman; Bobby Hughes, sales; Charles G. Campbell, president; unknown; Thelma Meriwether, head bookkeeper; R. E. "Shine" Schultheis, secretary-treasurer; and West Stewart, sales
Back Row: Perry Rosignol; Leo Peters; unknown; Bob Lynch; Ted Frye, Herb Stoltz; Lester Moore; Charlie Lewis; Elba (Doc) Compton; Walter Weir; Bob Davis; Bob Weir and unknown
The front end pit at the old Kamp Motors on Market Street in Mount Carmel.
Kamp Motors Used Car Lot located on the east side of the 600 block of Market Street. Between the present locations of First Bank and law office.
More Kamp Motors, Local Auto Related Businesses, Maintaining the Roads in the 1800's, The Impact of the Automobile on Wabash Couny's Economy, Service Stations, Automobiles of Yesterday, Atlantic to Pacific Highway passes through Mt. Carmel