E-M-F Company Outing 2018: A Plain and Fancy Tour
An early E-M-F Company Outing, for the factory workers, took place at Orion, Michigan on July 15, 1910. This year's revival of the E-M-F Company Outing began exactly 108 years later on July 15, 2018 in Walnut Creek, Ohio. The E-M-F Registry of the HCCA revival outings brings together owners of E-M-F, Flanders, and related vehicles every two years including Wayne, Northern, Everitt, Tudhope, and brass-era Studebakers.
A few highlights of the week-long tour included a tour of the Amish Stutzman's Wheel Shop, time at the Canton Classic Car Museum, an organ concert and silent movie at the Palace Theater, a tour of Warther's Carving Museum, a visit to Dr. John McAnlis' car collection and the Stan Hywet (Seiberling) mansion.
Also included were some evening events. Most memorable was the presentation on Monday evening by Charles Noyd about the history of the baby
E-M-F (present at the tour) and the story of its restoration by Bob Atkinson. Lee Wolff, owner of the baby E-M-F, presented Charles Noyd with a few original parts that were replaced during restoration of the car, to take back to Stromsburg for their museum. Another evening Daryl & Kathy Kemerer provided a musical interlude, playing piano duet arrangements of old songs in the lobby of the Inn. On Wednesday evening tour participants brought out Show and Tell items to share. This was really interesting and a great way to get to know our fellow tourists.
The closing banquet was an Amish dinner served family style, and was followed by the presentation of the LeRoy Award. The award is named for LeRoy Pelletier, noted for his flamboyant advertising skills, and was presented this year to Jim Gorel for his imaginative, poetic jingle expressing the joy of owning an E-M-F Company automobile. Jim also volunteered to host the next E-M-F Company Outing. Really folks, no arm twisting or bribery was involved!
Daryl & Kathy Kemerer