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AC298_HERBERT_HERMAN_FIEDLER_PHOTOGRAPH_COLLECTIONTyrrell Historical Library Finding Aid for the Herbert Herman Fiedler Photograph Collection, 1909-1920 Accession AC -298 Finding aid created by Tyrrell Historical Library staff Summary I nformafion Title: Herbert Herman Fiedler Photograph Collection, 1909-1920 Creator: Fiedler, Herbert Herman, 1886-1982. Inclusive dates: 1909-1920. Extent: 2 boxes; approximately (.75) cubic feet Abstract Herbert Herman Fiedler was the personal chauffeur of Mrs. Frances Ann Lutcher of Orange, Texas. The Lutcher family owned vast tracks of timber in and around the Orange area and ran the Lutcher Moore Lumber Company. As prominent citizens of Orange, the Lutcher family owned two Pierce -Arrow touring automobiles and traveled extensively on sight-seeing trips throughout the United States, Canada, and western Europe. Many of these early road trips were documented in photographs by Mr. Fiedler. The photographic images depict the lack of good roads during the early 1900s and the difficult terrain and conditions that automobile drivers faced in cross-country excursions. One photograph of particular importance is Mr. Fiedler as the honorary chauffeur driving President William Howard Taft in a Houston (Texas) parade on the date of October 24, 1909. Call number: 11-2-G; AC -298. Language: The material is in English. Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library 695 N. Pearl St Beaumont, TX 77701 Phone: 409-833-2759 Home Page: http://www.beaumontlibrary.org/tyrrell_historical_library.htm Access and Use Acquisition Information: This collection was donated by C. L. (Larry) Manley of Beaumont, Texas. Arrangement: This collection is organized into 25 folders in 2 flat boxes with photographs numbered consecutively. Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions. Copyright: The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for many of its collections. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws. Related Material: No known related archival collections; only a Lutcher-Stark Museum booklet with history remarks and an article in the Tyrrell Historical Library Association "Journal' about Francis Ann Lutcher. Separated Material: This collection has no separated material. Preferred Citation: [item], folder, box, Herbert Herman Fiedler Photograph Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library. Biographical/ Historical Note Herbert Herman Fiedler was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 26, 1886, son of Herman and Pauline Fiedler, German immigrants of twelve years at the time of his birth. At the age of thirteen he had the occupation of messenger while living with his family in New York. His father was a night watchman at one of the New York factories. By 1910, Fiedler, age 23, had gained employment as a chauffeur and his younger brother was a delivery boy for a drug store. By 1920, Fiedler had made his way to Orange, Orange County, Texas. At this time, he gave his occupation as machinist or mechanic at a private home. He had met and married Ruth, a Texas born woman, in about 1915. In 1909, Fiedler was chosen to drive President William Howard Taft during his visit to Houston, Texas. Then, shortly after that, Herbert Herman Fiedler was hired by Frances Ann Lutcher to drive her and her friends from Orange to Austin, Texas, to visit her grandson Lutcher Stark, graduating from the University of Texas. After Henry Lutcher's death in 1912, Herbert drove Mrs. Lutcher on several trips including the cross country trip in the United States which he photographed. (1900 United States Census.) (1910 United States Census.) (1920 United States Census.) (World War I, Draft Registration Card, 1917.) (The Orchid Lady, Frances Ann Lutcher, 1841-1924 / Ellen Rienstra and Jo Ann Stiles, The Journal; newsletter of the Tyrrell Historical Library Association, Inc., Beaumont, Texas.) Collection Scope and Content Note This collection contains the photographs taken by Herbert Herman Fiedler during his automobile travels across several states, from Orange, Texas, to Denver, Colorado, to New York, New York, and then back to Texas again. As he drove Mrs. Francis Ann Lutcher of Orange, Texas, and her companions, he made contact with city and town newspapers who reported of the road travel hardships and advertised the reliability of the Pierce -Arrow automobile. His photography includes diverse scenery and documents the difficult travel of the automobile in the early 1900s. The accompanying newspaper articles report Mr. Fiedler's route progress and road conditions encountered. Subject Terms Subjects: • Automobile travel. • Automobiles—Pierce- Arrow. • Mountain bears. • National parks and reserves. • Roads. • Views. Persons: • Achenbach, Helen. • Achenbach,lda. • Fiedler, Herbert Herman (1886-1982). • Lutcher, Frances Ann Robinson (1841-1924). • Sorgo [Sorgi], Charles. • Taft, William Howard (1857-1930). Locations: • Buffalo, N. Y. • Denver, Colo. • Emporia, [Kans.] • Europe. • Houston, Tex. • Mineral Wells, Tex. • New York, N. Y. • Orange, Tex. • Syracuse, N. Y. • United State of America. Genres: • Newspaper clippings. • Photograph. • Picture postcard. • Scrapbook, loose-leaf. Contents List Box/ Folder Title Box Folder Title / Description 1 1 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobile, automobile wreckage, small town buildings, cistern, grassy prairie, dirt roads, stick -em -up scene, "101 Ranch Store", crossing the river, "The Texas traveler seeing America" canopy, church or Mexican mission, snow)(AC298.001.001 to AC298.001.021)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 2 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobile, leaf -less trees, grassy prairie, dirt roads, city and Oriental Drug Store, Texas city and city people, [Fiedler] in automobile, "Orange Texas to New York via Denver Colorado", crossing bridge, crossing river, automobile wreckage, large wagon "from Death Valley 20 mule team Borax Soap and Soap Powder", valley snow, city people gathered around automobile, buildings, hill -side writing) (AC298.001 .022 to AC298.001.040)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 3 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobile, building with ivy growth, dirt roads and wooded terrain, Fiedler and his boots, rock terrain, river white water, rocky cliffs, automobile stuck in mud, railroad track building, [Fiedler] posing with "Death Valley" wagon, petrified tree trunks, "Cedar Rapids, Iowa." sign) AC298.001.041 to AC298.001.057) see Ty rrell digitized images). 1 4 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (Death Valley.. two wagon, automobile on cliff ledge bird's eye, [Fiedler] and automobile on hilltop, underpass, wooded terrain, automobile wreckage, beside park, grassy prairie, dirt roads, automobile stuck in mud, rocky cliffs, mountain roads, water falls)(AC298.001.058 to AC298.001.078)(see Tyrrell di itized ima es). 1 5 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (mountain roads, rocky terrain, hot springs, geyser, cars passing on narrow mountain road, cliffs, mountain range, water fall, [Fiedler] in chauffeur driving apparel, [Fiedler] in western clothes, cabins)(AC298.001.079 to AC298.001.099)(see Tyrrell di itized images) 1 6 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobile in pieces in dirt terrain, geyser, dirt road beside river, crossing bridge, beside a park, dirt road in grassy prairie, wooded terrain, [Francis Ann Lutcher] in passenger car seat, [Fiedler] in mechanic clothing, wooded hillside, man on burrow (mule), man on burrow with mule team and dogs, mountain cliff road, man beside automobile before tunnel, tunnel and white water river, cabin)(AC298.001. 100 to AC298.001.119)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 7 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobile , dirt road in open prairie, cliff and white water river, Carrizozo New Mexico town buildings, railroad train, [Fiedler] and three ladies, valley roads, river and [hot water springs?], canyon, [Fiedler] photographed in suit with hat and coat, geyser, [Fiedler] in mechanic clothing, rocky hill terrain, shady country road, city people gathered around automobiles, automobiles on barge or ferry on waterway) (AC298.001.120 to AC298.001.139)(see T rrell di itized images). 1 8 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. ([Fiedler] driving automobile in desert past "I.E. Carter Groceries" store, horse team and covered wagon, "Ross Dollarhide, on Tracy, Elk's Rodeo. c. Miller Photo Company", petrified tree trunks, cabin, waterway in mountain cliffs, crossing stream, horse team and buggy with automobiles, grassy prairie, town people gathered around automobile, railroad bridge crossing waterway, road bridge, automobiles on narrow mountain road) (AC298.001 .140 to AC298.001.158)(see Tyrrell di itized images). 1 9 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobiles, dirt road with open grassy prairie and telegraph poles, brick city street and buildings, [Fiedler] in automobile on ferry crossing waterway, rock structures, dirt road on open prairie, automobile wreckage, family in automobile, "Orange Texas to New York via Denver-Omaha and Chicago. Return via Cincinnati-St. Louis and Oklahoma City. 10,000 miles complete", crossing bridge, crossing stream, snow, stuck in mud "to Raton, New Mexico, 1918")(AC298.001.159 to AC298.001.179)(see Tyrrell di itized ima es). 1 10 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. ([Fiedler] in western clothes, cabins, automobile stuck in mud, open prairie road, town, large automobile with smaller circa 1905 "roadster" beside, posing with American flag on automobile, hard-top automobile at "Pahaska, Buffalo Bill's Hotel in the Rockies", muddy terrain, automobiles at "Seabee" [hotel?], [Fiedler] with woman and dog [Collie], cistern atop [living quarters?], open prairie, rocky cliffs and river, rock structure, white water and water fall) (AC298.001.180 to AC298.001.200)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 11 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (black bear in wooded area, geyser or hot springs, rocky terrain and underpass, automobiles, rocky cliffs, [Fiedler] posing on boulder, open prairie, [Fiedler] older circa 1920s, automobiles at "City Garage", [Fiedler] in Pierce Arrow shirt, "The Road in Shoshone Canyon. c. 1922 by F. J. Hiscock-Cody.", automobile wreckage)(AC298.001.201 to AC298.001.218)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 12 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (railroad station "Texline" F. W. & D [Fort Worth & Dallas?], automobile crossing stream, "Cedar Rapids Iowa" sign, [Fiedler] beside automobile, automobile wreckage, posing with automobile "Herb" and "Me", [Fiedler], automobile stuck in mud, [Fiedler] drinking water in desert terrain, shooting pistol, [Fiedler] on horse, cabin) (AC298.001.219 to AC298.001.238)(see T rrell di itized images). 1 13 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (men on horses, making preparations at [ferry?] on waterway, automobile, automobile stuck in mud, petrified tree, men posing in automobile, [Francis Ann Lutcher] with binoculars at [canyon edge] with others, [Fiedler] photographed in western clothes, cabin, [Fiedlerl on ferry boat or pier looking over water, black bear in [National Park], rocky terrain) (AC298.001 .239 to AC298.001.257)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 1 14 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (rocky cliffs, rocky terrain, tunnel, hot springs, canyon river and [electric power station?], rock structures, geyser, wooded terrain, automobile at tunnel, open prairie, [Fiedler] and second man posing on rock cliff)(AC298.001.258 to AC298.001.278)(see T rrell di itized images). 1 15 Photographs, cross country road trip of the United States. (automobiles on train flatbed car, cliff river, rock formation, automobile wreckage, automobile without tire, open prairie, automobile lodged in dirt, [Fiedler] in western clothes holster and pistol, man on horse herding cattle, crossing bridge, distant town with canal and railroad tracks and electricity poles, river dammed in rocky cliffs, dammed river at "Shoshone Canyon. by F. J. Hiscock. Cody, Wyoming.", cottage in town [Orange, Texas?])(AC298.001.279 to AC298.001.303)(see Tyrrell digitized images). 2 1 Newspaper article copies, circa 1912. (Herbert Fiedler and Charles Sorgo trip Denver to New York; Herbert Fiedler and Charles Sorgi stop off in Syracuse on the way to New York; Mrs. Lutcher's [traveling] party returns to Orange with 1600 miles on the odometer; Touring Europe in Pierce -Arrow, traveled over 21,000 miles since purchased in 1911, Fiedler chosen in 1910 over all [chauffeurs] in Texas to drive President Taft in Houston; 2 2 Biographical information. (Fiedler and Lutcher information: obituary, census pages, draft registration, etc.). 2 3 Scrapbook page, circa 1912. (news article: Santa Fe Trail to Emporia; photographs: [Fiedler] posing in [San Antonio? , rapids, Pierce -Arrow). 2 4 News and magazine original articles, circa 1912. (stop- over in Mineral Wells, [Texas], sandy terrain Pierce - Arrow endures; The Pierce -Arrow Salesman, "Seeing American First: An Account of One of the Recent Lutcher Tours"). 2 5 Scrapbook page (oversize), circa 1912. (Fiedler's snaps t images on page in a ublication). 2 6 Scrapbook page (oversize), circa 1912. (Buffalo New York newspaper with Fiedler's images of the Pierce - Arrow on its tri 2 7 Photograph, 1909. (W. H. Taft being driven by Herbert Fiedler in Houston). 2 8 Photograph (oversize), circa 1912. ([Fiedler and second man posing in automobile on city street). �2 9 1 News article (original), circa 1912. 2 10 News articles (original), circa 1930s. (Mrs. Lutcher's travels).