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Kokomo Rubber postcard Photo provided by Elwood Haynes Museum

Kokomo Rubber Co. was founded in 1895 by David C. Spraker. Before Kokomo Rubber, he helped create Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Co. As the president of Kokomo Rubber for 22 years, Spraker oversaw the manufacturing of bicycle, buggy, automobile and motorcycle tires. Originally Spraker was not interested in making tires for automobiles; however, his friend Elwood Haynes asked him to construct a tire that would help to soften the ride of his automobile. Therefore, Spraker created what some believe to be the first pneumatic tire, which consisted of three-ply rubber, canvas and vulcanized rubber mounted on a 36-inch spoked rim. During the company’s height, Kokomo Rubber Co. produced around 500 tires a day and had branch offices in Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio. This prosperity, though, did not last forever. When Haynes Automobile Co. went out of business in 1925 and then the stock market crashed in 1929, Kokomo Rubber Co. finally closed its doors in 1930 after 35 years of business.

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