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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Karl's New Chevy

Thats my Dad's uncle Charlie (Karl) Hobetzeder in his new 1928 Chevy. Cousin Ivy in the back seat. It was a big step up from horse and democrat travelling the 12 miles to town. It would have been a big expense on a small farm but I'm guessing part or all of the money came from an inheritance from a relative in England. 
"Aunt King" as she was referred to , Harriet King as her name appears in the will, (yes I have a copy of it). Quite interesting to read how the estate funds were divided up in various fractions to all the surviving relatives and descendents. I should look it up to get the actual numbers . Although it would be in British pounds which would not mean much to me. 
Anyway, Charlie had good service out of the Chevy right up to the post war years when he replaced the tired old 28 with a 47 Chev. I think the old 28 was showing it's age by that time. It had survived at least one roll over with no major structural damage. In fact the story goes that they were able to get it back on it's wheels and continue the journey. Tough old car. 
This photo shows Ivy and her dad beside the 28 Chev sometime during the war years. Can't quite read the license plate. 


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  1. Those maple trees down each side of the the Hobetzer driveway were absolutely majestic.

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    1. Yes, really nice driveway but a real pain to keep clear of snow in the winter. In fact they were black or russian poplar trees.

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  2. Back in the day when you could easily repair any car. The transmission module went out on my Dodge the other day (at 238k miles) and when I went in to pick it up, the guy told me that if it was two years older, they would not have been able to replace it because the electronic were no longer supported by Dodge. Truck would have been junked. A nice way to force you to get a new one. OR, an older one, without the new electronic controls.

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    1. So true. The new ones are so nice and simple to operate as long as they are new and everything works. Once they break there is nothing we can fix. Unlike the 28 Chevrolet.

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