Julie Schlesselman, Local History and Genealogy Department manager at Franklin County Public Library District, did a review of materials regarding new car dealerships in Brookville and came up with the following information.

There has been a new car dealership in Brookville since at least 1908.

That continued for more than a century until Jim True Ford and Mercury shut its doors in 2019 (see related article).

In the March 19, 1908 issue of the Brookville Democrat, “The Democrat takes pleasure in announcing that Mr. (Charles) C. F. Robinson has just received two brand new Buick Autos, which he will take pleasure in demonstrating to parties who are interested in a high grade car at a reasonable price. Don't fail to stop in for a free inspection before purchasing the car. They are fully guaranteed.”

Another announcement in the Brookville Democrat was dated Nov. 11, 1909. “The celebrated Studebaker line of automobiles, that the public has been keeping an eye on, will now be handled at C.F. Robinson's Garage. Call and place your order for an early delivery.”

Schlesselman said it is her conclusion, by reviewing the historic information currently available, Robinson was the first car dealer in town to build a specific building for that purpose – a car dealership.

He built the Robinson Building at 7th and Main in 1913. Michele Russell's Cutting Edge is now in that building.

Prior to that building's construction, Robinson worked out of an old livery as his primary profession was that of a blacksmith. Robinson died Sept. 26, 1935 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.

By May 1910, L. Kirsch-baum and J.W. Brockman were advertising new cars for sale in Brookville. Kirschbaum was selling Buicks and Oaklands while Brockman was selling Studebakers.

Kirschbaum's car business was in the building behind George's Pharmacy, which was torn down for the construction of Valley House Flats. The last business in that location was Vonderheide's Garage. It started out as an old livery. Kirschbaum modernized the livery by putting the Riedman concrete block face on the building about 1910.

Some of the other new car dealers in town included, but were not limited to:

*Clark's Auto Inn operated in the 1910s.

*Albert C. (Bert) Morin bought the old Crist Livery. He eventually sold Hupmobiles and Stude-bakers – this was referenced in Reifel's History, but no dates were given as to when he sold cars – but it had to be before the 1915 publication date of the county history book.

*Rusterholz Car and Truck dealership operated from about 1923-1951.

*Brookville Auto Company – was managed by E.E. “Red” Horn during the 1920s.

*The Riedman Brothers sold cars at the Brookville Motor Company starting in the mid 1920s through about 1936, which, at that time, Harry Riedman started Dependable Motors on his own. Dependable Motors was open between 1959-1976.

*Otto Sales Inc. announced its appointment as a Studebacker dealer in 1949.

*McEntee Auto Sales operated from about 1959 through the mid 1980s.

*Renaker Chevrolet was in Brookville from 1956-1968.

*Bauer Ford was in Brookville from the 1980s until Jim True took over around 2007.

Note Wayne Bauer, owner of Bauer Ford, said there were no new car sales during World War II, years 1942-1946, because automobile manufacturers were building equipment and munitions for the war effort. He said they did sell a few trucks for business use.