Fremont Metal Body Co. - 1920s - Fremont, Ohio


October 12, 1925, Sandusky Star Journal (Ohio):

“Swint New Head of Fremont Co.

“Freemont Metal Body Co. Reorganized After Capital Increase

“Freemont, Oct. 12 – Reorganization of the Fremont Metal Body Co. took placed during the past week when the capitalization of the company was increased to $150,000.

“The following officer will head the reorganized company: President, F.J. Swint; vice-president, Frank Nagel; secretary and office manager, C.F. Walton; general manager and treasurer, M.H. Bixler; and sales manager, Lawrence Freen. M.H. Bixler, Frank Nagel, Jacob Gabel, Dr. C.L. Fox, and H.H. Haubert compose the board of directors.”

October 18, 1925, Sandusky Register:

“Palace On Wheels Built in Fremont For Pennsy Man

“Fremont, O., Oct. 17 – The Fremont Metal Body Co. has just completed for J.P. Dobler, of Girard, Pa., a palace on wheels, an auto bus that is much different than the ordinary. The interior is equipped with davenport and seats handsomely upholstered, the davenport being so made that it can be converted into a bed. There is a clothes press and full length mirrors, cupboard and a cook stove in which charcoal is burned. There is also a refrigerator, lavatory and toilet and electrical equipment as well as many other features. Mr. Dobler, the owner, plans to travel extensively in the palace on wheels with his wife.”


In the summer of 1924, FitzJohn designed and built a 22-passenger sedan-type parlor bus body, which was also mounted on the REO model W chassis, though it is not clear whether quantity production of this body was ever undertaken. (Reo parlor cars of the period generally had Fremont bodies.)


Known body builder, a few company records exist in the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center which is located at the corner of Hayes & Buckland Avenues in Fremont, Ohio.


Also located in Fremont was the troubled Fremont Motors Corp. who manufactured a small number of automobiles from 1921-1922. Fremont was housed in the former plant of the HG Burford Company who manufactured the Taylor Motor Truck in Fremont.



For more information please read:

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Archives - Hayes & Buckland Avenues, Fremont, Ohio, 43420

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