Transport: Diesel into Auburn

In 1918 a Columbus, Ind. banker named William G. Irwin had a chauffeur named Clessie Lyle Cummins. When Mr. Irwin went to Canada for the summer, Chauffeur Cummins decided he ought to "do his bit" to help the U. S. win the War. He converted the Irwin garage into a workshop, began turning out wagon hubs for the Government. By the time Mr. Irwin got back to Columbus, Chauffeur Cummins had the garage running as a full-fledged factory with three eight-hour shifts.

Mr. Irwin, who is now a director of the U. S....

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