By Vern Parker
During the automotive brass era of more than a century ago many manufacturers began with something familiar -- a horse-drawn carriage only without the horse.
One of the early cars was made by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The name Jeffery gave his car was Rambler. Eight models were offered and advertising for the 1904 Model "L" Rambler rear door canopy tonneau boasted that the right-hand drive Rambler was "a car that stands wear without constant repair -- a car that you can rely upon year in and year out."
Records show that Milton Stocking evidently was convinced the Rambler was the car for him. He reportedly took a train to Kenosha where he bought a 1904 Rambler Model "L" and drove the 1,725-pound car home. Leaf springs on all four corners of the car assisted in smoothing the rutted roads of that time.
Since then the car has had two other owners, the current one is Reggie Nash of Richmond, Virginia.