On October 11, 1911 my great-grandfather, John T. Bressler, started an automobile company in Wayne, Nebraska with two other men, William E. Von Seggern, and Fred G. Philleo. This handwritten agreement was in a ledger labelled “The Von Seggern Auto Co.”
1911 is pretty early to be starting a car company in Nebraska, but they did it. William Von Seggern’s son, William, married John Bressler’s daughter, Kate, in April 1911. I don’t know any connection to Fred Philleo. The pages of the ledger relating to the car company have been torn out. My grandmother used the rest of the pages for her household accounting from 1937 to about 1965.
In 1926 John Tannehill Bressler sailed on the S. S. Belgenland from the United States to Egypt with a few stops in between. From Nice France he sent a postcard to his 10 year old grandson, George Claycomb. I find it an interesting choice of cards – one featuring women in the gymnasium on board the ship. Young George probably loved it.
March 9 – 1926
I have not had a letter from you but will write a card just the same. Love to you all.
This story was done to salute my great grandfather, John Tannehill Bressler, for his 85th birthday. It was published in the Wayne Herald (Nebraska) 1 February 1934. John Bressler died the following year on 23 October 1935.