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Rose Cab Company – Fageol Truck Hauls Enormous Log

The Rose Cab Company was located Worthington, Minnesota, a small city situated in the southwestern corner of the state. This image, taken in 1928 shows the five car Rose fleet decorated with roses, banners, and flags, apparently ready to take part in a parade. Billy Rose, dressed in a cowboy costume and his father Fred Rose are next to the taxi cab on the far-left. Another photo taken in 1926 of the Company’s cars (the captions have been swapped) can be seen in a photo courtesy of Minnesota Reflections.

The image below contains a heavy-duty Fageol tractor and trailer loaded with a 32-foot long log. The truck was operated by the Snellstrom Brothers of Eugene, Oregon. The high-quality vehicles built by the Fageol Company on the west coast in Oakland, California, are noted for being one of the first high-capacity commercial vehicles capable of carrying large loads constructed in the US. Learn about the cars and trucks that Fageol built here.

18 responses to “Rose Cab Company – Fageol Truck Hauls Enormous Log

  1. The B on the license plates for the taxis means the vehicles weighed more than 2,000 pounds. Minnesota used an A/B weight designator on plates from 1921-1939. The 1928 plates themselves were black-on-tan.

  2. I wonder what the axle loading was on the Fageol with the big log. Here in NZ I think our allowable axle loadings a re lower than in the US. Nowadays most big trucks here have twin steer and dual rear axles on the tractor and up to four axles on the trailer for a semi, or five axles per trailer on a truck and trailer unit. Allowable gross load of up to 53 metric tonnes.

  3. Regarding the three Chryslers, the one on the left is a later model (1927?) – note the different head lights and different body mouldings. Hard to say from this angle whether these are four or six cylinder cars.

    • It might be the angle on the photo, but the one on the left also appears to be slightly wider.

      I also noted that the one in the middle has three windows per side, while the others have two, so all three Chryslers appear to be unique as far as model and year go (the one in the middle is also the only taxi with a front bumper).

  4. Part of the fun of coming here, for me, is having to research the things in these photos. I knew Maxwell became Chrysler, but have now discovered that Fageol became Peterbilt in much the same way.

    David, I just wanted to thank you for your site.

  5. The Chrysler was a 6 cylinder car with hydraulic brakes on all four wheels. The cars above look like they have only 2 wheel brakes or tiny ones on the front. This is why I suggested they were rebadged Maxwells. The Maxwell was a 4 cylinder car.

    • I hadn’t noticed the brakes – or lack of them. That means they are all the basic four cylinder model. The two on the right are the 1926-27 Model 50 and the one on the left is a 1927-28 Model 52, the forerunner of the Plymouth. Production of these ran mid year to mid year, leading to the ongoing arguments about dating cars. When they were new it was logical that the owner would want ‘next year’s model’, but to day they tend to be dated as old as possible.

      The previous season’s four cylinder Model 58 was a redesigned Maxwell but the Model 50 and 52 were changed quite a bit – shorter wheelbase and shorter stroke engine. The Model 58 was replaced by the new six cylinder Model 62, which was on the same 109″ wheelbase, a size that was used for quite a few different Chrysler Corp models in subsequent years.

      • The Maxwell 4 would be used until 1932 with the same bore but different stroke lengths:
        3.625×4.500 for the Maxwell 25 and Chrysler 58
        3.625×4.125 for the Chrysler 50 and 52 and Plymouth Q
        3.625×4.250 for the Plymouth U
        3.625×4.750 for the Plymouth U (1930), PA, and PB, and the 1932 Dodge DM

        A 4 cylinder of roughly the same dimensions had been in use by Maxwell since 1914, but Chrysler had it redesigned by Zeder, Skelton, and Breer for the 1925 model and increased its output from 34 to 38 horsepower. The Maxwell name was considered a liability and the Chrysler Six was a hot commodity on the auto market, so the Maxwell Model F became the Chrysler Four (and later Chrysler 58 for its “effortless cruising speed” of 58 mph).

  6. I did know the Chrysler/Maxwell/ Plymouth genealogy/ heritage, but my observations are less about the years, mechanicals, and specifications but the differences and sameness, years not withstanding, of the 5 vehicles… as follows… only the 5th has a windshield that can be folded forward and “S” bars which indicates it could be an open tourer, the others , all “fixed head”. The 4th ‘pears to have diffeent front fenders, and smaller; also 4 of the 5 appear to have the same advertising or celebration banners tied over their hoods, each of them have american flags secured to their Moto-Meters. Only the 2nd and 5th of the 5 have 4 doors, the rest obly 22… all in all, very festive wonder what the ocassion was?

  7. The Nash taxi (far right) is a 23 or 24 690 series. I am currently restoring a 24 692 which is a 7 passenger touring so very familiar!

  8. Please tell Doug Noel that I know where some 1925 Nash Touring car parts are., in W.V. The Fageol Truck was a brand that was one earlier “fore-runner” of Peterbuilt.

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