Reber (automobile)

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The Reber was a make of American automobile manufactured at Reading, Pennsylvania from 1902 until 1903. It was made by the Reber Manufacturing Co, a company was founded in 1901 by James C. Reber.

Background[edit]

James C Reber[edit]

Reber was admitted to Reading Boys High School in 1883 at the age of 15.[1] He became Secretary of the Young Men's Society of Christian Endeavour in 1886.[2] He was also Noble Chief of Fraternity Castle No 302 of Reading and in 1891 a Deacon of St Andrews Reformed Church.[3][4] In 1890 he was the travelling agent for hardware merchants Bard, Reber, and Co, his fathers company.[5] He married Mary Uhrich in September 1891 and the couple lived at 1852 Minieral Springs Road.[6] In 1895 Reber was a timer at the Penn Wheelmen bicycle races.[7]

Acme Machine Company (bicycle manufacturers)^[edit]

In February 1894 Reber's father James T Reber founded the Acme Machine Company with capital of $40,000 and was its President. Reber was appointed as its General Manager.[8] The company was set up in Court Street to make bicycles and cigar-making machinery.[9]

On 1 July 1899 the Reber's resigned their interest in Bard, Reber, and Co (which first became Bard, Schlott, and Co and then in 1902 Bard Hardware Co) to concentrate their effort on Acme. Acme was making bicycles at that time.[10] Later in the month Acme joined, along with 44 other firms, the American Bicycle Company.[11]

Reber Manufacturing Company[edit]

On 15 July 1901 Reber announced that he retiring from the American Bicycle Company and was constructing an automobile manufacturing plant at Wyomissing, east of the Montello brick plant. He had already constructed and tested a prototype which he believed would be popular.[12]

Reber Manufacturing made a number of different models. One of the earliest is held in the Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Canada. The final model, the MkIV Model A tonneau, was powered by a vertical-twin engine from 1902 to 1903. This car was the crossover model with Acme. Reber's transmission was said to be used by Henry Ford in his first car.[13]

In June 1903 Reber acquired the old Acme Machine Company's bicycle factory on the corner of Eighth and Elm Streets, Reading for US$47,000 at a receivership auction of the American Bicycle Company. Reber stated that he was going to use the factory to manufacture automobiles under the Reber Manufacturing Company name.[14] With the purchase of this site Reber also announced that Reber Manufacturing was changing its name to the Acme Motor Car Company.[15]

The Reber Manufacturing Company of Pottsville is a later company.

See also[edit]

  • Acme - successor to the Reber

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Boys High School". Reading Times. June 28, 1883. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Christian work among young men". Reading Times. October 12, 1886. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Fraternity Castle's officers". Reading Times. March 20, 1891. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "St Andrews Reformed Church organised". Reading Times. January 30, 1891. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "West Leesport". Reading Times. May 8, 1890. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "The Reber-Uhrich wedding". Reading Times. September 21, 1892. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Todays big event". Reading Times. September 19, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "New business enterprises". Reading Times. February 17, 1894. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "New Reading Companies chartered". Reading Times. February 9, 1894. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "New hardware firm". Reading Times. July 3, 1899. p. 1. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Bicycle Trust formed". New York Times. July 19, 1899. p. 7. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Business notes". Reading Times. July 15, 1901. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ The Reber automobile, retrieved 11 June 2015 - a better source is needed though
  14. ^ "A quick sale". Reading Times. June 11, 1903. p. 3. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  15. ^ "Acem Motor Car Company". Reading Times. June 12, 1903. p. 5. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read

David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles.