Governor J. C. B. Ehringhaus accomplished many things during the Great Depression, including the state takeover of public schools. His means of transportation was another story. During the hard times he made do with a 4-year-old Lincoln with a 190,000 miles on its speedometer. He achieved national fame, however, when his car broke down on the way to Fayetteville to make a speech, and he had to hitchhike 25 miles to arrive on time. He was known all over the country as America's number-one thumbing governor.