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HIGHWAY TO ELL1COTT CITY, MD., LEADS TOURISTS TO ROYAL TIME
ANCIENT NEGRO IS
TAKEN ON INITIAL
'Just Like a Ride to
Heaven,' Says George
SEE QUAKER HOUSE
Rockville. Marriage Center,
Holds Little for Married
Br ARGYLE N. FINNEY,
George Washington Johnson,
colored, about 87 years old, was
basking In the sun in the rear of
his ancient and tumble-down
/hanty when a group of Washing
ton motorists passing along tha
pike to Oalthersburg. Md., caught
a glimpse of this dreaming old relic
and*dVlded to speak to him.
Tlws 'party crossed the road and
approached the old man. He was
sitting In an abject posture on the
v. orn boards of what appeared to
b?> a pump; his face indicated that
of a dreamer of some half-forgot
t? n happiness. His eyes, half hid
den in an aged and wrinkled face,
held and caught the party.
"Good morning, uncle." one. of
"the party spoke.
The old man made an effort to
raise his faded hat but failed.
Both his arm? were paralyzed.
You all come In a oughtomobileT'
he managed to ask.
The party nodded. Here was an
man. it was thought, whose
as? had seen old "Dobbin" at his
best during the sunny years when
the "horseless wagon" was a mere
dream. With this thought the old
figure took on the. form of a living
, sage. He had seen so much. He
had seen American ingenuity in its
infancy at the time when the au
tomobile was a spluttering defect.
He was living when horses were
the only means of transportation, j
1 Ho had seen the Inevitable prog
on the street
Capital City Garage Co.
Salesroea Service Station
1818-14 418 8th St.
On the Way to Ellicott City, Md.
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Photos by Harris Swing
(Upper left). Old George Washington Johnson and his great-grandson, who live about two miles past Rockville, Md., on the road to
Gaithersburg. George took his first ride in an automobile, a Studebaker Big Six, when the tourist party discovered him last week. (Upper
right). Picturesque scene at Rockville, Md., showing the Courthouse and a unique statue'dedicated to the heroes of the civil war. (Cen
ter). In front of the Hotel Nelson, Ridgeville, Md., "Joe" McReynolds is seen standing here in front of his Big Six Studebaker. In the
rear is a Studebaker Coupe which the party met on the road. (Lower left). The Old Quaker meeting house, located at Sandy Spring, Md.,
was built in the year 1817. This ancient place was one of the many delights experienced by the motorists on the trip to Ellicott City. (Lower
right). Just outside of Ellicott City, the tourists stopped to delight in the surrounding scenery.
ress of the automotive Industry
with old "Dobbin" looking on with
The party was silent. Unconsci
ously. all turned to the machine on
the highway. Its long and glowing
lines suggested a rare product of
modern-day invention. Standing in
all its splendid immobility. reAdy
to sweep forward at the slightest
human touch, the motor car seemed
a symbol of American progress.
Hi* First Trip.
George Washington Johnson,
whose name the party learned
"Kin you take me for a ride? I
ain't never bin in one of dem
Fine, the party thought. And
the old man was tejiderly raised
and carried to the machine. Seat
ed snugly in the frpnt seat, old
George was ready for his first ride
in an automobile.
Have you ever seen a child look
ing for its first time at a huge
steam engine. You will remember
how its small face was profused
with that terrible awe, that wildest
excitement and that fearful happi-1
ness. Poor George looked like that.
His gray beard quivered as
though to speak the Ineffable. The
machine swept forward: Its delight,
ful "purr," so familiar to the party,
fell upon old George's ears with a
He was moving. There was no
horse to direct. Reins were lack - !
ing. It was all so strange to him.
It was George's first ride.
"How do you like it." Joseph Mc? |
Reynolds, who directed the party, j
Old George was speechless but
his eyes spoke volumes.
"Marsa, it's jest like a ride to
Heaven," he finally said.
Then old George was taken home.
The party left him as they found
him. sitting on the remains of an
old pump gazing with dreamy eyes
at a warm sun.
The party heard his great grand,
son, little George Washington, Jr.,
ask. the venerable old man this
"Say, granddaddy. if de crops cum
out all right kin we get one of dem
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swer to thin, but the little negro
gave a whoop after old George
Washington Johnson grunted some*
thing in his strange argot.
This novel experience happened
to a group of Washington motorists
last Tuesday when a trip was taken
to Ellicott City, Md., by way of
Ridgeville. thence returning home,
ward over the route to Sandy
Spring.-"The tour was under the
direction of the Commercial Auto
and Supply Company in conjunc
tion with The Washington Herald.
Joseph McReynoMa, prominent auto
veteran of this city and president
of the Commercial Auto and Supply
Company, supervised the trip. A
hi^ six Studebaker. one of the most
popular cars of this year, was used
on the journey.
leaving Washington at 10 o'clock
in the morning, the party left the
Commercial Auto and Supply Com
pany. 817-19 Fourteenth street
northwest, and drove to Norbeck,
Md.. by way of Sixteenth street out
to Forest Glen and passed Wheaton.
"Joe" MoReynolds. who has been in
the automotive profession here for
the last twenty-five years, was at
the wheel. The party felt safe
with this veteran directing the
The road from Norbeck to the
city was like glass. Indeed, so ex
cellent was the highway that the
party paid spoken tribute to the
State Roads Commission of Mary
land. Over roads like these in a
big roomy car mere man can easily
forget his city worries.
You know, companionship Is the
nectar of a motor journey. "Joe"
MoReynolds was the life of the
party. His stories proved the lubri
cant for a royal time. "Old Man
Conversation" was In the best of
spirits and the party awoke to new
life. Perhaps it was the pungent
air. maybe it was the efficiency of
the car and perchance It was "Joe's"
stories that made the party a com
plete success. Anyway, what a
Finally, "that little town of ro
mance." Rockville. Md.. wan sighted.
It was here that so many of Wash
ington's noble youths break into
the gentle chains of matrimony.
All members of the party with the
exception of one. however, were
married. The single one. "Buck"
May. asked numerous questions
about this marriage center. Evi
dently, "Buck" contemplates a
"Rockville rush." "Buck" takes
snappy pictures for Harris and
Ewing and has agreed to "snap"
"the dear one" and himself as soon
as the marriage locks are keyed.
One of the most picturesque
statues of this town lies directly
in front of the Courthouse. A
splendid replica of a civil war vet
eran is marked thus:
"To our heroes of Montgomery
County, that we through life may
not forget to love the thin gray
It was just about three miles out
of Rockville when old George
Washington Johnson was met. Per
haps. If you take a trip today and
pass that way you will see old
George sitting at the ancient pump
with a dreamer's mien, waiting and
waiting. Perhaps, for death.
As the car rushed over the high
way. several Studebakera wer*
passed. It was remarked that this
year Indeed will be a "Studebaker
year." "Joe" McReynolds. It is
known, has a wager with the Baltl.
more agent for Studebakers that he
will sell more cars of this make
than his Baltimore brother. "Joe"
Is determined to win the bet. So
far he has a big gain on the Baltl*
Party la Refreshed.
Passing through the towns of
Gaithersburg. Hendersons Corners.1
Damascus, the town of Ridgeville
was approached. It was here that
"a feast fit for the Goda" was en
joyed by the party. During the
course of the meal, a well-known
Washington Studebaker salesman
drove up and joined the party. He
was driving a Studebaker coup*?.
After the party was "refreshed" the
tourists left Nelson's Hotel at
Ridgeville and turned their way to
It was noticed all the way on the
trip that the Studebaker big six
1s all that she is reputed to be.
The way the car ran. the manner In
which ahe held to the roads and the
extensive comfort which marked
both the front and rear seats, com
pelled the party to believe that this
year will really be one of the
After reaching Ellicott City, one
of Maryland's thriving towns, the
car turned her nose homeward
over the route to Sandy Spring.
Off to the right of Sandy Spring
stood what is called the Meeting
House, a worn and rustic abode
where the Quakers of that section
are wont to meet.
You will recall the great bank
robbery that took place at Sandy
Sprlng not so long ago. Well,
the bank looks about the same,
only now It has a wire fence
around its aged walls. The rea
son for this wire arrangement was
never discovered by the party.
The map appearing in this sec
tion was furnished by the A. A. A.
The route to Ellicott City is all
that tourists can want for an ideal
motor car trip.
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In response to the popular demand
among those that find it difficult to do
without their cars during the day, we have
inaugurated a "Night Service*' and will
be Open for Business until 12 o'clock
midnight (Except Sunday).
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391 14th St N. W. Washington, D. C.
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Road Illumination and
A new headlight lens recently
perfected by the. Ford Motor Com
pany, 'Detroit, for use on its cars
and trucks has received formal of
ficial approval in each of the forty
eight States now having: specific
regulations and provisions for
Ford engineers state that the
two requirements of any headlight
are sufficient road Illumination and
isck of gl*re. To achieve this re
sult ft is necessary to develop a
lens which throws a elrong light
over the r<5iad. b*t which ao weak
ens the rays on a level with the
eyes of an approaching motorist
that there Is an absence of glare.
When testing the new Ford lens,
even in those State* whose head
light laws are the most exacting,
it was found that it produced three
times the required illumination of
the road, and that the glare was
reduced to one-half of that al
State, officials were Impressed
with the Ford lens, many statiq-^
that it would set s new and higher
standard for automobile head
lights and commending the Ford
Company for the progress that had
been made. Although they are now
included as standard equipment on
all Ford cars the new Ford "H"
lenses were so designed that they
would be adaptable to all head
lamps now in use on Ford cars.
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Immediate attention They claim
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problem of Introducing me tat air
Into th* conbuatlea chamber of a
motor. Enrfheera have Ion* con
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complished that motor trouble
caused by carbon accumulation
would be eliminated
Thta much la true about the
Motofttlll. Thoee who have had It
Inatalled In their care are a. nutty
about It aa the avcrare radio fan
I* over catching a concert Yeu
say "Mou>8tlH" to him and for
the next half hour you ?o ?l pa
tent of the llitentn*.
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