While I was writing it though, I ran across one of my first finds. Someday I will tell the story of the research side of the project, but for the purpose of this post I will share with you, that I wasn't quite sure what I was looking for when I started, because of that, I was on a pell-mell hunt. One afternoon, while I was reading the History of Carbon County, I ran across this piece (at the time I wasn't sure how prominent Thomas Fitzgerald really was in Price's history.) This clarified it for me.
The next paragraph states,"Dr. Frank F. Fisk was one of the first people in Carbon County to own an automobile. In December 1907 Thomas Fitzgerald built a new barn to accommodate his roadster."
Doesn't that sound like the Pape we meet. In fact the opening chapter of The Great Brain says,"The roads were rutted and in rainy weather were muddy, making for very slow traveling either with a carriage coach or a new automobile."
I can just picture Papa finding out Dr. Fisk had a car. Immediately he'd get one, too, but he'd do better - he would build the first garage to house his automobile. I can also see every kid in town paying a nickel to see the car, a dime to honk the horn."If there was one man in all of Adenville who would order the first water closet ever seen in town, that man had to be Papa."
I have to say I just love this family.