- Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick posing with an early FIAT.
This set of photos is part of a series of images showing cars that were driven by Peter Christian Wick, during his carreer as a professional chauffeur. His Grandson Peter Wick, has determined that he worked for four different men in the New York City area and in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where at least one of them had a home.
He first worked for Richard P. Hart from March 1, 1903, to September 1, 1906, and drove a White Steam car for him. Wick next piloted two other White Steam cars for George Howe for one year and three months until January 3, 1908. It appears that he may have begun his work early in 1908 for Mr. Wiggin, who was the chairman of the Chase Bank. Earlier we looked at a photo of Wick posing with a circa 1906 Rainer.
- Wiggins family members and Peter Christian Wick posing with the FIAT.
While working for Mr. Wiggins, one of the two or more cars that he drove was this circa 1906 or later roadster with a mother-in-law seat. We have been able to identify it as being a Fiat, and possibly as a 24/40 h.p. model. The left-hand photo above shows L to R: Muriel Wiggin, the youngest daughter, her sister Marjorie and Mrs. Wiggins probably in front of the house in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
The center image above shows Wick behind the wheel and the FIAT plaque can be clearly seen on the right-hand top corner of the dashboard; we are hoping a reader can date the license plate and possibly the car with state registry information. The right-hand photo may again show Marjorie and Mrs. Wiggin; this photo is in front of the carriage house.
The Scott & Lewis Garage seen below was on Main Street in Ridgefield, and we see the Fiat with Wick and a group of gentleman. On the left, can be seen a formal-looking town car with a collapsible top. Some of these men may have worked for the garage or may have been chauffeurs for other families in the well-to-do town sixty miles to the Northeast of New York City. We will return with more of the Wiggin’s cars in the near future.