Names of Parry Manufacturing Companies
and Years, etc.

1882 C. SPRING CART CO. 1 2 3
DM Parry of Rushville purchased C Spring Cart Co. which he operated with his brother, Thomas H. Parry

In 1884 their factory was destroyed by fire and they immediately sought new quarters and continued the work of "conversion”. 4

A joint stock company was formed between the gentlemen, J.F. Pratt and Addison Byber, who at the time were proprietors of the Great Woodburn Sorom Wheel Company.
Officers: DM Parry, Pres.; St. Clair Parry, V. Pres.; T.H. Parry Gen. Supr.;
E.R. Parry Mgr. of Sales 5

David M. Parry, Pres.

Agricultural implements and road carts. 75 Garden St.
Officers: DM Parry, Pres.; JF Pratt, V. Pres. T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr; and S.C. Parry Sec. & Treas. 8

David M. Parry, designed an electric chair-car in 1892, but the enterprise proved abortive when the sudden death of the would be purchaser cancelled an order for one thousand of these conveyances. 9

1 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of DM Parry, page 7
2 Indianapolis of To-Day, dated 1896, page 165
3 Hyman's Handbook of Indianapolis, page 350
4 Hyman's Handbook of Indianapolis, page 350
5 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of DM Parry, page 7
6 Randy Wilson's original information I Times Roman Type with spelling corrections and presentation changes
7 Resa's additions done in Ariel type
8 Indianapolis of To-Day, 1896, Page 165
9 Anderson, Story of the American Automobile, p 50

His first vehicle, begun in 1892 and completed four years later, was an electric.  The pneumatic tires for which he fashioned from were fits of garden house. It was not produced because of the opposition from his carriage preferring brothers, and also
because it was not much good. 10 11

Indianapolis, IN 12

The Parry Mfg. Co., light wagon manufacturers. Indianapolis, IN., have been experimenting on motor vehicles for three or four years past. They are building several different types of wagons, employing the various methods of power now recommended for the purpose, and expect soon to have something practical to show. 13

DM Parry, of the Parry Mfg. Co, Indianapolis, IN, well-known road cart manufacturers, has recently returned from France, where he inspected the latest improvement in motor vehicles. This company has been at work upon the problem for several years, and expects soon to be in the market with a practical vehicle. 14

D. M. Parry President; J.F. Pratt, V. Pres.; T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr;
S.C. Parry, Sec & Treas. 15

D. M. Parry President; J.F. Pratt, V. Pres.; T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr;
S.C. Parry, Sec & Treas; E.R. Parry, Mgr. of Sales 16

D. M. Parry, President; J.F. Pratt, V. Pres.; T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr,
S.C. Parry, Sec & Treas; E.R. Parry, Mgr. of Sales 17 18

10 American Cars 1805-1942 by Beverly Rae Kimes, page 1153, from Leroy Cole
11 Indian in Transition, 1880- 1920, by Clifton J Phillips, Indianapolis 1968, page3 l 1
12 From a copy of an envelope sent my Parry Manf Co. mailed 1893
13 The Horseless Age, Nov 1895, page 26, from Leroy Cole
14 The Horseless Age, Jun 1896, page 27, from Leroy Cole
15 From letter date 1897
16 From letter dated  1898

The Parry Mfg. Co. has definitely decided to erect its new carriage and automobile factory on a tract of seventy-six acres of land recently purchased by the company just south of the crossing of the Cincinnati division of the Big Four railroad and the Belt.  DM Parry, president of the company, said that the construction of the building will be in the later part of July or the first of August, and that the necessities of the business will require building which, if only one story high and place end to end would be six miles long.  However, he says most of them will be two stories high and 100 feet wide. 19

Parry Bros., the well know buggy manufacturers of Indianapolis, IN., are reported about to erect a $500,000 plant for the manufacture of automobiles. They have been experimenting on a gasoline machine since 1892, and now believe they
have it perfected. 20

DM Parry & Co. of Indianapolis, will soon begin the manufacture of automobiles on an extensive scale. New buildings will be erected at an outlay of $500,000. The firm will make ambulances, prison vans, patrol wagons, platform wagons and runabouts .  21 22

THE PARRY AUTOMOBILE COMPANY, of Indianapolis, has purchased a site of 54 acres and the construction of new buildings will begin at once. One million dollars will be expended. The company, it is stated, is already receiving large
orders from this and foreign countries. 23

Feb 1901 - Reorganization of the Parry Manufacturing Company. Capital stock: $1,200,000, divided in 12,000 shares of $100 each of which 7000 shares were preferred stock.  Directors named in the Certificate of Incorporation: DM Parry,
T.H. Parry, St. Clair Parry, Frank N. Fitzgerald, Lot D. Guffin.

420-506 S. Illinois St.

17 From letter date 1899
18 1899 Parry Manufacturing Co Catalogue, owned by Resa Rivers
19 The Motor Age, March 1, 1900, page 536
20 The Horseless Age, Jan 31, I00, page 14
21 The Automobile Review, Feb 1900, page 30
22 Electrical World and Engineer, Feb 3, 1900, page 197
23 Electrical World and Engineer, May 5, 1900, page 685

420-506 S. Illinois St.
D. M. Parry, President; E.R. Parry V. Pres.; L.D. Guffin, Sec;
T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr.; S.C. Parry, Treas. 24

D. M. Parry, President; E.R. Parry, V. Pres.; Lot D. Guffin, Sec;
St Clair Parry, Treas. T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr.; Vehicle Mfgs, Central Main 67 25

420-506 S. Illinois St.
Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Parry Ave.

DM Parry resigned as President of Parry Manufacturing Co. Succeeded by his brother, Edward R. Parry, according to a newspaper clipping, although the Indianapolis City Directory for 1910 lists St. Clair Parry as President, with Edward
R. as Vice-President. 26

S. C. Parry, President; E.R. Parry, V. Pres.; Lot D. Guffin, Treas;
T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr.; AM. Parry, Sec. 27

420-506 S. Illinois St.
Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Parry Ave.
Officers:  S.C. Parry, Pres.; E.R. Parry, V. Pres.; T.H. Parry, Gen. Supr.; AM. Parry, Sec.; L.D. Guffin, Treas. 28

420-506 S. Illinois St.
Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Parry Ave.

Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Holly Ave.

24 From letter date 1905
2 From Indianapolis Directory
26 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of DM Parry, page 16
27 From letter dated 1910
28 From the inside of a 1911 Parry Mfg. Co. Catalog owned by Leroy Cole and copy sent to Resa Rivers


Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Holly Ave.

Vehicle Manufacturers W. Henry & Holly Ave.

Manufacturers of Horse Drawn Vehicles, Automobile trailers and Commercial Bodies

The Parry Mfg. Co., Indianapolis, which has been producing horse-drawn vehicles for many years, is adding a line of automobile trailers, commercial bodies, on-man tops, close-in winter tops, etc. to it line 29

The Parry Mfg. Co., of Indianapolis, IN, will exhibit several types of commercial bodies at the shows, the newest among these being the No. 218 suburban vestibule panel body. This body is especially adapted for cold weather delivery, as the driver is entirely enclosed ...30

A New Parry Cab--An open cab with one piece, solid bent, rounded front deck and rear curtain with celluloid light.  Corner irons are fitted and the panels are finished neatly. The windshield is of substantial construction and the cab is furnished either separately or in conjunction with the various extension bodies taking cabs, which form part of the Parry line. 31

Builders of Truck and Commercial Bodies

A new truck body known as the Parry universal multi-service body is being made now on a large scale by the Parry Mfg. Co.  It is built in three styles, express, stake, and stock and will fit any make or style of truck chassis whose frame length does not exceed 130 in. back of the driver's seat...32

29 MOTOR, Jan 1916, page 180
30 Automobile Trade Journal, Jan 1917, page 300a
31 The Horseless Age, Sept 1, 1917, page 44
32 Motor Age, Nov 28, 1918, page 36


Manufactures commercial auto bodies.
At a recent meeting of the directors of the Martin Truck and Body Corp., of York and the Parry Mfg. Co., of Indianapolis, a merger of these two large body­ building companies was effected.

The new organization will be known as the Martin-Parry Corp. The consolidation of the two plants will greatly increase production facilities and the combined output of the two plants will approximate 50,000 bodies the first year....

The following directors and officers were elected: Chairman, John H. Watson, Jr., Vice-president, treasurer and director of International Agricultural Corp; Guy E. Tripp, chairman of the board of directors, Westinghouse Electric Mfg. Co; FM Small, president, Martin Truck & Body Corp.; Robert I. Bar, vice-president Chase Securities Corp.; James F. Shaw, of Knauth, Nachod & Kuhne; SE Parry, former president of Parry Mfg. Co; George H. Walbridge, vice-president, Bonbright & Co. Officers were elected as follows: FM Small, President; Henry Hopkins, Jr. Secretary and treasurer. 33 34 35


Stockholders of the Martin-Parry Corp are expected to ratify a proposal to sell the company's truck business to a new corporation.  The chief business of the company is the building of automobile bodies but so many orders for Atlas trucks have been received of late that the President Watson feels the operation should be segregated.

It is expected that a company, known as the Atlas Truck Co. will be formed with 100,000 shares of no par value stock to take over the truck business. It will pay Martin-Parry about $250,000 in cash for materials, etc. and a block of stock.  This stock, it is intended, will be distributed to Martin-Parry holders who will also be given an opportunity to subscribe to additional shares of Atlas Truck stock.  In all about 60,000 shares of the truck company's stock is to be issued and the amount offered for subscription will be underwritten. 36

33 Motor World, June 11, 1919, page 45
34 Power Wagon, July 1919, page 42
35 Automobile Trade Journal, Aug 1919
36 The Automobile, April 15, 1920, page 929



The martin-Parry Corp. manufacturers of light commercial bodies, with plants at York, PA and Indianapolis, have made a second reduction in the price of their commercial and farm bodies for Fords.  This reduction amounts to as much as 10 percent on certain models and becomes effective June 20. 37

Seven new assembling and distributing branches will be opened in the near future by the Martin-Parry Corp. They will be located in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City and Newark. The same number of branches now is in operation. The purpose of opening the new stations is to carry a complete line of commercial bodies, relieving dealers from the necessity of tying up money in body stocks and to satisfy growing demands for sectional bodies. The plant of the company at York, PA is running at capacity and Indianapolis plant on a 50 per cent basis. 38


Martin-Parry Corp. has located a factory branch in Detroit as one of 29 similar branches the company is now operating throughout the country...39

The Indianapolis plant of the Martin-Parry Corp. of York, PA will make the greater part of an order for 40,000 truck bodies of a special type placed by the Willys­ Overland Co. The bodies are equipped with new labor and time-saving devices. It is said that the Martin-Parry Company also has working agreements with Chevrolet and Ford companies and is figuring on a contract with Buick. 40

St. Louis, Jan 28--A portion of the plant formerly occupied by the Union Dairy Co. has been leased to the Martin-Parry Corp., truck body builders, of Indianapolis and York, PA. The St. Louis plant is to be used for assembling and as a distributing base for the South and West. The parts will be shipped to St. Louis nested and crated, in carload lots, and assembled here for distribution and sale. 41

37 Motor Age, June 23, 1921, page 11
38 Motor World, Aug 10, 1921, page 42
39 Automotive Industries, Jan 26, 1922, page 203
40 Automotive Industries, Feb 2, 1922, page 249
41 Motor World, Feb 1, 1922, page 37


The Martin-Parry Corp. announces that it will duplicate in Los Angeles an assembling and service plant recently opened in a new building in San Francisco. Assembling and service plants also have been opened in Omaha, Denver and Salt Lake City. 42


Revised sales methods proving successful --branch system with lower prices moving the product rapidly--Atlas Truck also coming ahead. 43


Martin-Parry Corp.  May add to capital-Stockholders to meet January 26, to vote on proposal to increase outstanding shares by 200,000-there are now 100,000 shares issued. 44 45

Martin-Parry location of the southern plant of the Martin-Parry Corp. in Jackson, MS was announced recently by JA Callahan, Gen. Mgr. and Henry Kawn, Mgr. of the local plant.  Construction is to start at once and the officials expect to have the plant in operation by the middle of the winter. The Martin-Parry Corporation is one of the largest builders of auto truck bodies in the US. The initial plant of the corporation will cover 150,000-sq. ft. and employ 400 or more workmen. 46 47


Martin-Parry financially strong-- Cash of $217,640 shown on balance sheet of August 31 -Notes payable reduced to $225,000-Surplus account is advance to $1,833,541. 48

42 Automotive Industries, Jun 29, 1922, page 1447
43 Automobile Topics, May 12, 1923, page 1228
44 Automotive Industries, Jan 22, 1925
45 Automobile Topic, Jan 24, 1925, page 1059
46 Motor Age, Oct 22, 1925, page 33
47 Automobile Topic, Nov 21, 1925, page 119
48 Automobile Topics, Nov 27, 1926, page 220



Martin-Parry Corp reports for the year ended Aug 31 loss of $620,905 after charges and inventory adjustment.  Profit on sales of the investments in Oakes Co. was $791,574, leaving net profit for the year of $170, 669. This compares with net income of $5,234 in preceding year. 49


Martin-Parry Corp. has reduced its capital from $2,280,000 to $1,000,000, thus permitting the creation of adequate working capital as well as the payment of a liquidating dividend of $4 a share to holders. The management is being concentrated in York, PA and the activity of the company will henceforth comprise of the manufacturing of windshields and other automotive parts...50

The Martin-Parry Corp reports for the three months ending May 31 net loss of $44,027, after expenses, interest and charges comparing with a net loss of $120,663 in the preceding quarter and a net profit of $8.891, in the quarter ending May 31 last
year. 51

Martin Parry Company, Indianapolis, Indiana--Certain of the plant facilities and branch operations of this Company were acquired for the purpose of producing commercial bodies for the truck department of the Chevrolet Motor Division and for coordinating body production with chassis production. As truck and commercial cars form an important part of the business of the Chevrolet Division, this acquisition will enable the Company to establish definite price on the completed vehicles based upon the most efficient and effective manufacturing methods. A cash payment was made for the plant facilities in the amount of
$900,000. 52

49 Automotive industries, Nov 10, 1928, page 681
50 The Golden Age of the Luxury Car, Jan 1930, page 138
51 Automobi le Topics, July  19, 1930
52 General Motors Corporation twenty-second Annual Report, dated Dec 31, 1930


Organized with the following officers: DM Parry, Pres. 53  W.C. Teasdale, V. Pres.;
Warren D. Oaks, Treas.; Maxwell 0. Parry, Sec. 54
Parry announced plans for a factory to be located in this city to cost about $1,000,000.... The new concern will be known as the Parry Motor Car Co. 55

DM Parry disposed of the Parry Auto Co. in favor of his son-in-law, Mr. Teasdale , who reorganized it as the MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURING CO. 56 and later (1915) as THE PATH FINDER CO.  Officers:  W.C. Teasdale, Pres. & Treas.;
G.O. Simons, V. Pres.; W. K. Bromley, Sec.; Directors: F.C. Dorn, Frank H. Teagle 57

The Parry plant is now working 600 men and turning out on an average of 18 cars a day. 58

In addition to touring cars and runabouts, the Parry Automobile Company, of Indianapolis, will begin the manufacture of trucks and delivery wagons, equipped with four cylinder motors, next season. Plans are now being drawn for a four
story building, 700 feet in length, which will be used exclusively for the commercial vehicle department. 59

With the broadening of the facilities at the Parry plant in Indianapolis the Parry Auto Company is bringing out eight 1911 models...60 ..... No charges of mismanagement in the company's affairs are made. It has an authorized capital of $1,000,000, but of this only about $150,000 has been paid in. The trouble is due to the lack of working capital as the company has orders amounting to $3,300,000 on its books for 1911 delivery. Experimenting heavy advertising and the cost of machinery caused the company to operate at a loss during the first year of its existence.

53 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of William C. Teasdale, Jr , page 10
54 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of DM Parry, page 16
55 The Automobile, July 22, 1909, page 159
56 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of DM Parry, page 16
57 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of William C Teasdale, Jr , page 10
58 The Automobile, Jan 27, 1910, page 219
59 Unknown magazine page 357, dated March 2, 1910
60 The Automobile, July 21, 1910, page 108

The receiver will ask permission to continue the business, and later it is probably a new company will be organized to take the business out of the receiver's hands. The company sold about 900 cars this year. 61

Dec 19, 1910 - Creditors of the Parry Automobile Company have practically agreed to ask the Superior Court to authorize the operation of the plant by the Union Trust Company, receiver, and to authorize a limited issue of receiver's certificates for the purpose.

After this is done it is probable the receivers will organize a holding company to take over and operate the plant until the indebtedness has been removed. During the last week the creditors have held a number of meetings here. 62

1911  The MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURING C0. 63 64 65
Officers: WC Teasdale, Jr., Pres.; G.O. Simons V. Pres. & Gen. Supr..; Wayne
K. Bromely , Sec & Treas. Other directors: F.C. Dorn and F.H. Yeagle 66

The Motor Car Manufacturing Company is the name of the new concern, which will operate the plant of the defunct Parry Automobile Company, of Indianapolis, IN.  The new company looks like a strong organization and with the well-known Parry work as a basis for its future operation, it promises to look after the old Parry dealers, and to give to Parry owners the special service to which they have been accustomed .  The line of cars for this year will range in price between $1,350 and $1,750. 67

61 Motor Age, Dec 5 , 1910, page 14
62 THE AUTOMBILE, December 22, 1910, page 1060, from Leroy Cole
63 Resa has ad date 1911, New Parry Car, The Motor Car Mfg Co.
64  Automobile Topics, Dec 10, 1910, page 657
65  The Horseless Age, Dec 14, 1910, page 837

66 The Automobile, January 26, 1911, page 335

67 The Automobile, Jan 19. 1911,

New Parry  

Model 37 - Four Passenger Baby Tonneau        $1350
Model 39 - Two-Passenger Speed Roadster      $1350
Model 42 - Five Passenger Four Door Touring Car  $1350

Karl Eeilcke, formerly connected with engineering staff of the Packard Motor Co., has accepted the position of chief engineer of the Motor Car Manufacturing Co., of Indianapolis, and is now working out design of the 1912 Parry cars. 68

Parry Plant Working Nights--In order to catch up on deliveries, the Motor Car Manufacturing Co., Indianapolis, IN., has put on a night force though out its plant. Deliveries of 1912 models will start July 1. 69

The Motor Car Manufacturing Co., of Indianapolis, IN, which makes the Parry cars, is putting in the new roadsters and phaetons for 1912 what is termed a juvenile seat, although it is of ample size to accommodate an adult. 70

Plans are being made by the Motor Car Manufacturing Co, Indianapolis, IN to build a new factory building for the exclusive manufacture of the Pathfinder. This building will be a modern one-story, brick structure 150 x 150 feet and will cost about $50,000. It is expected that it will be ready for occupancy about December 15. At the present time the company is manufacturing the New Parry and the Pathfinder in the same factory, and it is believed advisable, owing to the crowded conditions of the plant, to erect a separate building for the Pathfinder. 71

*Note: Nothing in the city directory using the terminology Pathfinder or Parry car in 1912


1913 Office and Factory Standard Ave. & Division St.
WC Teasdale Jr. Pres.; G.O. Simmons V. Pres. & Supt.; WK Bromley, Sec. Treasurer
68 The Horseless Age, May 17, 1911, page 879
69 The Horseless Age, May 31, 1911, page 958
70 The Horseless Age, Aug 9, 1911, page 195
71 The Horseless Age, Dec 27, 1911, page 479


1913 MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURING CO. (same as 1912, except)
WC Teasdale Jr. Pres.; G.O. Simmons V. Pres. & Supt.; WK Bromley, Sec. & Treasurer
Office and Factory Standard Ave. & Division St.
"Factory " Division near Morris

"Makers of the Pathfinder'' (same Co Officials)

1136 - 1140 Division St. (same place as above)
Reorganization of Motor Car Manufacturing Co. as The Pathfinder Co., with Mr. Teasdale as Pres. Capital Stock: $250,000, divided into 2,500 shares of the par value of $100 each. 72 On 12 May 1915, the day of Mr. Parry's death a special meeting of the stockholders of THE MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURING CO. was held at the company's offices, 1136 Division St., Indianapolis. Of the 26 stockholders , 5 were present; Mr. Teasdale held the proxies of the majority. It is interesting to note that the following members of the family were among the stockholders : W.C. Teasdale, Jr., 844 shares; Lydia P. Teasdale, his wife, 140 shares; Susan T. Ralston, his sister, 50 shares, Harriet V. Teasdale, his sister, 5 shares; and David S. Ralston, his brother-in-law, 50 shares....Shortly thereafter the new firm was incorporated under the laws of the State of Indiana. Other officers: Karl Feilcke, Crawford Fairbanks, and CJ Root.

1136 - 1140 Division St.

1136 - 1140 Division St.
THE PATHFINDER was dissolved, by bankruptcy proceedings, in Sept 1917.73

72 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of William C Teasdale, Jr , page 10
73 Per Milton Rubincam's Biography of William C Teasdale, Jr , page 10


Now focusing on the Overland....

Claude E. Cox designed and built the first Overlands. The first Overland went for
its test drive on Feb 12th 1903.

D. M. Parry President Purchased the company

More finical backing was required and this came from David M. Parry... The Overland Automobile Co. was incorporated March 31, 1906, with David having 51% of the share and Claude 49%.

In 1907 a short but severe economic depression occurred causing Parry's empire to collapse. It was at this time that John North Willys arrived on the scene as he had ordered 500 Overlands and put down a deposit of $10,000 and was wondering where his cars were. 74

Claude E. Cox, Manager 960 Oliver Ave
Sold Overland to J. N. Willys, who reorganized it as the Willys-Overland
J.N.Willys soon had the company on its feet and Claude left in 1909. 75

John N. Willys, Pres.; Will H. Brown, V. Pres. Percy N Stubbs, Sec. Ezra B. Campbell, Treas. Makers of "THE OVERLAND" General Office & Factory Oliver Av. & Drover St.

Mentioned in the directory about the Pathfinder or the Motor Car Manufacturing Co.

1911 See Willys -
Overland Company (company now goes by Willys - Overland) Same Pres. but different V. Pres.
74 Untitled Document received from AJ Parry, 3/2002
75 Untitled Document received from AJ Parry, 3/2002


1912 Willys - Overland Company (same Pres. different V. Pres.)

1912 The Willys - Overland Co. John N. Willys Pres., Francis J. Sleight Ass., Sec. Herbert G Glitch, Ass. General Manager

Makers of "THE OVERLAND" Automobiles Oliver Av. and Drover St. 1913 Nothing listed on Willys or Overland
Note: 1919 The Overland Motor Car. The Gibson Co. Distributors, See Corner Capital Av. & Michigan

A summary of the companies that David M. Parry, or his relatives, were involved with.

1882 – 1888 C Spring Cart Co.
1886 – 1919 Parry Manufacturing Co.
1888 - Parry Planter Co. C Spring Cart Co.
1900 - 1910  Parry Automobile Co. (Parry Auto Co.)
1906 – 1908 Overland Co. (Overland Auto Co.)
1909 - David M. Parry resigned as president of the Parry Manufacturing Co.
1910 – 1915 Motor Car Manufacturing Co. (The Parry Car)
1912  - Motor Car Manufacturing Co. (The New Parry Car)
1912 - Pathfinder Co.
1914 - 1917 Pathfinder Automobile Manufacturer
1915 - May 12, David Maclean Parry died.