Von Seggern Auto Company

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.”

von seggern auto agreement 1911

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.
vsac ledger

John T. Bressler Postcard to Grandson

jtb to gec pc 1926 picIn 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.
jtb to gec pc 1926 message

March 9 – 1926
I have not had a letter from you but will write a card just the same.  Love to you all. 
Grand Pa