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Herbert Herman Fiedler was the personal chauffer of Mrs. Frances Ann Lutcher of Orange, Texas.  The Lutcher family owned vast tracks of timber in and around the Orange area and ran the Lutcher Moore Lumber Company.  As prominent citizens of Orange, the Lutcher family owned two Pierce and Arrow touring automobiles and traveled extensively on sight-seeing trips throughout the United States, Canada, and western Europe.  Many of these early road trips were documented in photographs by Mr. Fiedler.  The photographic images depict the lack of good roads during the early 1900s and the difficult terrain and conditions that automobile drivers faced in cross-country excursions.  One photograph of particular importance is Mr. Fiedler as the honorary chauffer driving President William Howard Taft in a Houston (Texas) parade on the date of October 24, 1909.

 
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