Automobile Races

Cowley County Fairgrounds

Winfield, Kansas

Friday  –  October 15, 1909

  

The program consisted of automobile races, motorcycles races, and bicycle races.

 

 

 

Results of the Automobile races:

 

 

 Time Trials – 4 Laps

Place

Driver

Hometown

Car Owner

Hometown

Make

Time

1

Dr. Lemuel B. Kimball

Arkansas City, KS

Dr. Lemuel B. Kimball

Arkansas City, KS

REO

 2:51.5

 

 

 

Free-for-All – 2 Laps

Place

Driver

Hometown

Car Owner

Hometown

Make

Time

1

 Dr. Lemuel B. Kimball

Arkansas City, KS

Frank Brandenburg

Arkansas City, KS

Hudson-20

 1:28.0

 

 

 

Judy Hall collection

 

            There was also a race for two miles between one motorcycle and two automobiles.  Ray Weishaar of Wichita, Kansas won that race on his motorcycle in 2 minutes, 31.0 seconds to collect the $100 challenge prize money.  One of the automobiles is believed to have been driven by Dr. Lemuel B. Kimball but nothing is currently known about the second car or its driver.  It is known that at least Buick, REO, and Hudson automobiles were entered in these races at Winfield but nothing more is currently known about those cars including who drove them or even how many of them there were.  It is also unknown which, if any, of those automobiles were entered in this particular race.

            Dr. Lemuel Blondel “L. B.” Kimball (1877-1941) was a Jeweler and an optician from Arkansas City, Kansas.  He entered his own 2-cylinder REO as well as a Hudson-20 owned by Frank Brandenburg who was the fire chief of Arkansas City, Kansas.  Dr. Kimball qualified the REO through time trials but then drove Brandenburg’s Hudson-20 in the free-for-all race.  Dr. Kimball’s fastest time in time trials and his victory in the free-for-all race won him a pair of “Thermos & Morocco bound case valued at $25.”  The thermos bottles were placed on display in Winfield for a time before they were sent to car owner Brandenburg.  It is currently not known what automobile he may have driven in the race against Weishaar’s motorcycle.

            Dr. L. B. Kimball is buried beside his wife in the Sunset Lawns Cemetery at El Dorado, Kansas while Frank Brandenburg is buried in Hope Cemetery southwest of Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

Race Officials

Judge – John Parman of Arkansas City, Kansas

Judge – Wilmer H. Billings of Arkansas City, Kansas

Time Keeper – W. N. Harris of Arkansas City, Kansas

 

 

 

 

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