1908-1912 Model P
This automobile was purchased in 1909 by the Cook family of Hio Ridge and presented to the Bridgton Historical Society in 1985. It was used by the Cooks until then.
This model cost $500 and was shipped via Bridgton Narrow Gauge Railroad in crates, assembled at the station, gas and oil put in, and off it went. Some time was required before "local nags" accepted this obviously "horseless" carriage. The Cook family name it "Old Betsy".
"Old Betsy" made trips into the mountains, with the rear seat removed to accommodate the camping equipment. Although tops were available, this car never had one; a thunderstorm meant a race for the nearest barn.
In 1933 it won first prize in "The Horribles" Class in Bridgton's Old Home Days parade.
From the company's sales brochure:
"This model can be used on weekdays for farm business, but on Sunday, with the extra seat, it can be converted into a four-passenger touring car for driving the family to church or taking a long trip in the country."