Re: Help With Wabash Tank Car ID


Jim Gates
 

That history is available here:


https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b661737;view=1up;seq=1

According to this the name was borrowed from the German-American Provision Company. The implication is this is the company from whom Epstein obtained his original cars.

Jim Gates
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On Mon, 3/18/19, Steve and Barb Hile <shile@mindspring.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Non-DoD Source] [RealSTMFC] Help With Wabash Tank Car ID
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Date: Monday, March 18, 2019, 8:06 PM

Max Epstein found a freight car leasing company in 1898 and in 1902, changed the name to German American.  During WWI, the name changed, again, to General American, at least partly due to anti-German sentiment at that time.  See http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2681.html for some more details.  There was a 50 year history book published in 1948 that shows up from time to time on eBay or other used book sites.

Steve Hile

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