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In 1899, Gilbert S. Waters, a buggy manufacturer in New Bern, built one of the first gasoline cars in the country. His 1903 car still runs at about 30 MPH and gets 30 miles to the gallon. He couldn't create enough interest to obtain financial backing for his automobile ideas; otherwise North Carolina might have become a great auto manufacturing state.
This interview, conducted by a sixth grader, was with Donald Paul, whose father owned a local general store. Donald Paul’s observations related life as it was on both sides of the counter, particularly during the period of widespread economic hardship. Topics that betrayed the time period included what his father charged for gas and snacks, the lack of child labor laws, and cars that the interviewee purchased new for under a thousand dollars.