The first garage in Saginaw to repair and maintain automobiles was started by Alfred W. Norris in 1902 on South Washington. A few months after starting his business he partnered with the Wicks brothers and Eddy brothers to form the Saginaw Auto Co. They converted a building on the corner of Tilden (which I think is now Water Street) and Genesee. The business was so successful that after a year Mr. Norris bought out the Wicks and Eddy brother’s share of the business.
he sold a variety of automobiles with electric cars being very popular. He had one of the few facilities in Saginaw that could charge an electric car. Eventually, he sold Ford cars exclusively and retired shortly after. I am thinking that was when it became Hubbell Ford Auto Sales which was in the building that was recently demolished. You can see my post about it HERE
I was visiting my friends in Texas recently and a commercial for a car dealer came on the TV and they bragged about how they were the area’s oldest dealer and had been in business for nearly 50 years. I thought it was rather comical because living in Saginaw I am used to working with dealerships who have been selling cars since the Big 3 have been building cars. In some cases, the dealerships were even around before they started building cars.
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