A Richmond story.
- From: dcharlesnichols
Subject: CCOC membership.
I am a rather new member of CCOC and my father, Carl E. Nichols, was the production manager in Richmond, IN. He and my mother were
married in 1929 when dad was a storeroom foreman at Crosley. She
thought he was rich as he was making $18.00 a week. I suppose in those days he was.
We transfered to Richmond in 1938 from Cincinnati and watched the
factory being built and the first car roll off of the assembly line.
We celebrated that event by having a family picnic lunch under a tree
at the back of the plant property.
My father would often bring home a Waukesha Shaker to test drive. I remember once when driving into the Cole Brothers Circus grounds, a
dwarf ran across the field to see the car. We took him for a ride
around Richmond while my dad told him how blocks could be put on the
pedals and the seat raised. This was several years before Clown
Crosleys. My favorite was the two cylinder, 1939 yellow convertible.
My brother and I learned to swim using Crosley inner tubes as flotation. We had a Crosley Shelvador and a floor model Crosley
Radio that my dad fished out of the water in the 1937 Cincinnati flood.
Dad woked for Vernon Prentice Birtley, Plant Manager. VP, as dad
called him, was transfered to the Marion plant at the start of WW II
and dad left Crosley to become V.P. of a manufacturing plant in
I was the proud owner of a 1947 convertible that had a Cobra combo
gasoline engine/water pump when the copper brazing seam let go on number one.
However, I am a very active, just retired, 72 and don't have much
sitting-around time, so, I wish you and your friends well. You do
this country a great service by keeping the Crosley name alive and