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Studebaker Wagon Company

GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania, was still shy of immortality by some 27 years when native-son John Studebaker built himself three covered wagons,loaded his family and possessions into them, and left the town's environs to go West. A blacksmith and wagon builder by trade, he found the West, as represented by Ashland, Ohio, in 1836, only a little more yielding in his struggle to make a "good living" for his family of seven. He succeeded only because he was a thorough workman, as honest as he was thrifty—and because he had the help of
three husky elder sons. Henry, Clement and John learned their father's trade as soon as they could lift a hammer. They also listened to his advice. When they became of age, Clement and Henry, at
his advice, headed West again. They stopped in the bustling little trading center of South Bend, Indiana, on the south bend of the St. Joseph river.
Clement saved some money teaching school, and then he and Henry opened the blacksmith and wagon building enterprise of H & C Studebaker. Their total resources were $68, two sets of smithy's tools, and father Studebaker's parting counsel: "Always give more than you promise." The latter asset proved by far the most valuable, as father Studebaker lived to see for himself. He died in South Bend 14 years after military wagons built by H & C Studebaker had rolled through the battle of Gettysburg. But, before that happened,he watched his sons labor to rear their business through its first precarious years.



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