83 years of service

The Pontiac name was first used in 1906 by the Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works. The name was taken from Chief Pontiac, an American Indian chief who led an unsuccessful uprising against the British shortly after the French and Indian War. Wikipedia

The first Pontiac Vern remembers is the 1947. He was 12 then and they were sold in his home town of Fennville, MI at Bale's Pontiac. The logol for that year is that above.  The dealer sign can be see on the left in a 1960 image.
April 27, 2009
Pontiac brand to be phased out

Vern has two reasons to post this page.
1. Display the four Pontiac's he has owned.
2. Two Native American Icons are disappearing.

Vern's 2nd new car but his 1st Pontiac. He had a 57 Chevrolet but was making more money so he up graded.
This photo was taken at his fiancees house in Temperance, MI. He gave Letha her ring in this car at a drive in movie.

1958 Pontiac 4 Dr Catalina

Vern and Letha traveled on their honeymoon in this black Pontiac which they kept for a several years.
Letha paid off Vern's loan on the car.

1959 Pontiac 2 Dr Hardtop

Vern was working near Moline, Illinois when they purchased this little white car.
It lasted until until they moved south to Belleville, IL

1963 Pontiac 4 Dr Tempest

Vern and Letha's children were born while they built their 1st home east of Belleville by New Minden.
So it can be said the Bryan and Kelly's 1st ride in a car was in a Pontiac.
When they moved north to Hector, Minnesota, Vern was trying to get the car out of the snow;
he dropped the transmission. Now being low in funds they purchased a less expensive Ford :(

1965 Pontiac 4 Dr Star Chief

eautifully engraved RARE historic certificate from the
Pontiac Spring & Wagon Works dated 1907. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item has the signatures of the Company's President ( Albert North ) and Secretary ( Harry Hamilton ) and is over 102 years old.

The Native American; the subject automobile was named after; is CHIEF PONTIAC (c. 1720 - April 20, 1769). Pontiac is famous for his struggle against the British military occupation of the Great Lakes region.

The war began in May 1763 when Pontiac and 300 followers attempted to take Fort Detroit,
(clickmap below).

Native Americans existed in groups called councils and like today's world, were troubled by the influx of immigrants from other contents. Their councils had rules they lived by and many of these rules were acknowledged and used in the United States Constitution.

Chief Pontiac
known as Obwandiyag

Despite being a prominent figure, many historians are still unsure as to whether or not Pontiac was truly a leader rather than a mere follower. In 1769, Pontiac was assassinated by a member of the Peoria tribe in Cahokia, Illinois.


The thought of TWO ICONS disappearing, could mean we are loosing our freedoms?
The admendments to the U. S. constitution must remain in place and be practiced.
This is reguardless of what changes are being made in other countries.
ICON #1.  The Pontiac automobile; which will always remind us of the Native Americans
ICON #2. The naming of
U.S. Navy Oilers ; using rivers named after Native American Saying's.

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