with a presentation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Singing Wheels strikes again as I head to my Michigan for a presentation on the history of the Fruehauf Trailer Company. Please join us Sunday, February 12th at the Bloomfield Hills Public Library, Lone Pine and Telegraph at 3pm.
Ruth Fruehauf and Darlene Norman are delighted to announce the release of their new book, The Fruehauf Engineering Story. This illustrated history of the Fruehauf Trailer Company chronicles the innovations, inventions and engineering achievements of a great American Company using photographs, advertisements and other anecdotes to bring this lost information to life. 81 pages of photographs and text will entertain you and your family.
The Detroit Historical Museum is exhibiting a large display of memorabilia from the heyday of Fruehauf Trailer, and a 1916 Fruehauf semi-trailer that was built using the blacksmith tools of that time is on display at the nearby Piquette Street plant where Henry Ford once produced Model T cars.
Former Fruehauf employees will be visiting these two facilities this summer during a reunion June 10-12. A slide presentation at the Piquette Street Plant by Ruth Fruehauf, daughter of Roy Fruehauf, will feature many of the company’s inventions, product developments and manufacturing techniques. Read more......
By Tom Berg - Trailer Talk
Students of trucking history are well aware of Fruehauf trailers, as that Detroit-based company once dominated the industry. They know the story of its origin by August Fruehauf, as recalled last year by his granddaughter, Ruth:
“It has been 101 years since Frederick M. Sibley, a Michigan lumber tycoon, walked into August Fruehauf’s blacksmith shop in Detroit with a problem. Sibley had an 18-foot boat he needed to haul to his summer cottage. He’d put the boat on a wagon, and he wanted to use his Model T Ford instead of a horse team to pull it. Could that be done? Read more........
What a great article posted in the Swedish publication, Klassiska. The layout is terrific and I love that they used so many photos. The author Sven-Erik Lindstrand is a super pro editor/writer who I met at MAT's in Louisville last year. It's too bad I can't read Swedish.
In 1956 Post Cereal Company offered a free collection of toy Fruehauf Trailers manufactured by the F&F Mold and Die works of Dayton Ohio. The collection included five varieties of Fruehauf truck trailers, freight van, moving van, tanker, gooseneck and flatbed. All five models were produced in four different colors; yellow, orange, red, metallic aluminum. Each Model also came with either black or white wheels. The entire collection in the series totaled forty vehicles. All of these models could be found inside Post Grape-nuts Flakes boxes.
By Michelle Moran - DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.
When lumber industry leader Frederick M. Sibley needed a way to haul an 18-foot boat to his lakefront Michigan summer home with a Ford Model T in 1914, he turned to the inventive minds of blacksmith and wagon maker August “Gus” Fruehauf and his business partner, Otto Neumann. A horse-drawn wagon would take days to make the trip, but Fruehauf and Neumann were able to modify the Model T and attach a trailer that could handle this heavy load. Thus was born the semi-trailer, an invention that paved the way for interstate and international trade as we know it today. Read more.......
By popular demand we have produced the old logo mudflaps and will have them for sale at the ATHS show in Salem, Oregon. If you would like to buy them from our website, the price includes shipping.
Harry Rudolph from Truck News reviewed our book and discusses the Fruehauf History. To read the article click here..........
Barely making it into the freight elevator with inches to spare, volunteers at the Ford Piquette plant museum in Detroit breathed a collective sigh of relief when they managed to maneuver the 1916 Fruehauf semi-trailer into the cramped enclosure. Gently the trailer was transported from the Detroit Historic Museum storage to be displayed on loan at the Ford Piquette Plant Museum for the next five years.
The loan was made possible because of truck collector, Randy Shelton who is a long time supporter of the Ford Piquette plant and a new enthusiast of the Fruehauf Trailer history. Mr. Shelton's beautifully restored Smith Form A Model T was the perfect companion for the Fruehauf semi-trailer. In 1914, when August Fruehauf and Otto Neumann invented the semi-trailer it was paired with a Ford Model-T. Mr. Shelton has become an expert on early Fruehauf trailer engineering and now owns four trailers, which he is in the process of restoring.
The advancement of transportation accelerated the economic growth of all industries in the industrial booming United States. The Fruehauf Trailer Company contributed to the advancement of American industry.
Ruth Ann Fruehauf and Darlene Norman have dedicated hard work, determination and intuition to bringing this project to life. This is the ongoing investigation and reporting of their efforts.
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We are Social
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.
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