Pictured in 1915 is the Wright Motor Company, a Ford dealer, in Guin. It was opened in 1913, and closed in 1933. President of the company was Robert Raymond Wright Sr., a native of Calhoun County, Ala., who also remembered selling his Model T in 1913 to Ivy Thompson, mail carrier of the Star Route from Guin to Hamilton. According to Wright, the title of the owner of the first car in Guin was Gus Hallmark, who purchased one in Birmingham one month before Wright opened his business.
Wright was a prominent resident of Guin, as he had also served as chairman of the board of deacons for Guin First Baptist Church, served in the Alabama House of Representatives, a judge of probate in Marion County, owner of Guin Hardware Company, served on the board of trustees for Guin schools, taught Sunday school class for more than 50 years and was a banker. He came to Guin in 1908, and passed away Nov. 4, 1971. He is buried at the Guin City Cemetery.
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