Ruth Fruehauf and Darlene Norman created an organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Fruehauf Trailer Company and the Fruehauf family legacy. The society has created historical books and a traveling exhibit rich with Fruehauf memorabilia and archival materials. Planned for 2016 are 3 books, “The Fruehauf Promotional Story, 1926-1960” "Fruehauf and World Wars and the Military" and “Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation” an in-depth analysis of the company’s history.
Introducing our new book - The Fruehauf Engineering Story
Our New Book
The historical perspective of an American industry and its technological innovations illustrated by advertising, 1914-1997 this charming book captures the engineering developments as they were announced by the company tracing them back through the golden era of a great American company. Read executive anecdotes, tidbits of history illustrated with photographs, original advertisements and other details to delight the reader.
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The Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of August Fruehauf's invention of the semi-trailer with our first book, "Singing Wheels"
To commemorate the centennial in 2014, we present a biographical essay on August Fruehauf and the history of the company he created. It includes 90 pages of original photographs from our archives, 39 pages of text. The book is available in hardcover and softcover.
Singing Wheels, 90 pages of original photos and 39 historical text.
Following is an excerpt of Singing Wheels "August Fruehauf & the History of the Fruehauf Trailer Company" Their solution was to remove the back seat!
In mid-1914, Frederic M. Sibley, Sr., a Detroit lumber dealer, came to the shop looking for a carriage or method of transportation for a newly purchased boat. It was a fateful visit for Sibley was to change the company’s destiny and carry it far beyond the horse and into the motor age.
Sibley had acquired a summer place on a lake in upper Michigan. He had a large 18-foot long sailboat he wanted to transport there, but a horse and wagon would take several days. He wanted to know if August thought he could rig a contraption to hook onto Sibley’s Model T Ford roadster to haul the boat.
August and Otto thought they could and asked Mr. Sibley to give them a few days to work on a solution. Brainstorming, they discussed the details of weight, width, height and specific length. Otto began drawing sketches of the carriage bed. Their solution was to modify the back end area of the Roadster by removing the back seat.