The Duesenberg Automobile Co first established

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18 Jan 2013 23:04 #24335 by hessacres
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Here is a test for all you budding Duesenberg historians when did Fred first establish a Duesenberg Automobile Company?

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23 Mar 2013 16:56 #24832 by hessacres
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Fred started the Duesenberg Automobile Company in DesMoines Iowa in late 1905. This is documented in Motorage magazine 11/9/1905 pg 29 and Motorway magazine December 1905. The "Marvel" was the sole car built. This prototype car was the basis for the Mason Motor Car. The car referred to as "old number one" was around for several years beforing disappearing.

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24 Mar 2013 18:10 #24850 by Chris Summers
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So does this mean that this year's celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Duesenberg automaking are somewhat...inaccurate?

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24 Mar 2013 21:19 #24854 by hessacres
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There is alot of miss information about the Duesenberg's early years. This is only one of many. Another is that they went to St Paul in 1913, which I know is also not true.

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08 Apr 2013 17:11 #24955 by West Peterson
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You've piqued my interest. Are you suggesting they never set up shop in St. Paul? My records show they moved there in 1914.

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09 Apr 2013 00:45 #24964 by hessacres
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The brothers did go to St Paul. The Minnesota Historical society has some documents donated by James Markoe. Some of the documents relate to Mr Markoe applying for a job. The November 1914 letters came from Fred in Des Moines with discussion of moving in December 1914 to St Paul. A later letter indicates the move was postponed to January 1915. The first St Paul shop was at 2654 University Avenue. Then in September the Duesenbergs moved 3 miles east down University to Griggs Street. They did not stay long here however as by mid 1916 they had set up shop at the Loew Victor Engine Company, 2259 Oakdale Avenue in Chicago.

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