Community bids farewell to auto icons

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The first automobile came to Greencastle in 1901. According to William P. Conrad in his book Conococheague, the earliest owners were J.W. Homer and C.E. Omwake. The first public garage was established in 1910 by George Lininger on South Jefferson Street. At that time there were 14 automobiles in Greencastle, according Conococheague. The cars ranged from a one-cylinder Cadillac to a three-wheeled motorette. The prices of the automobiles Lininger sold ranged from $475 for a Grant to $1,350 for an Underslung Regal.

Homer, Omwake and Lininger were some of Greencastle’s pioneers of the new mode of transportation. The automobile has come a long way since then. The post World War II years brought many changes to the nation and the Greencastle-Antrim community, including the need for automobiles. It was that era that saw the establishment of two businesses that continue today.

In recent years and just last week the community lost two of its modern-day pioneers of the automobile industry. We said goodbye to the namesake of a longstanding Greencastle business, Alvin Hicks, at the age of 94 in 2007 as Old Home Week began. As another Old Boys Reunion approaches three years later the founder of Antrim Way Honda, Warren “Puff” Weaver passed away at the age of 87.

Alvin Hicks founded Hicks Chevrolet in 1950 and it flourishes to this day. In 1955 Warren “Puff” Weaver started Antrim Way Motors, that underwent a major expansion in 2008. Both Hicks and Weaver stayed involved in their businesses even after handing the reigns to younger generations.

We salute their investment, commitment and service to the Greencastle-Antrim community. Thank you Mr. Hicks and Mr. Weaver.