Back in the March 2014 issue we published a story about Ruth Ann Fruehauf and her labor of love – a book about her famous family and their forward-thinking business, the Fruehauf Trailer Company, which she had been working on for years. Compiling the history her famous grandfather August Fruehauf made after inventing the first semi-trailer in his blacksmith shop in Detroit, MI in 1914, the book tells about the subsequent trailers Fruehauf made for special applications and how they moved America when it needed it the most. Now, 100 years after the invention that is an integral part of transportation history, Ruth Ann Fruehauf, along with Darlene Norman, have completed the book and it’s ready for the masses to enjoy and see where the trailers we pull today got their start. The book has 90 pages of original photographs, along with 39 pages of historical text. It describes the ups, downs and finally the downfall of the company that her father, Roy Fruehauf, had ran through some of the toughest times. Good, bad and otherwise, Ruth included many stories that makes this a great read for every truck and/or history enthusiast! The book, “Singing Wheels: August Fruehauf & The History of the Fruehauf Trailer Company” is available from the Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society (www.singingwheels.com) or on Amazon (www.amazon.com). Priced at $29.95 for a soft-cover book and $39.95 for the hard-cover edition, this book would be an excellent addition to your trucking library and/or a great gift.
Kim Grimm has had a license to drive a truck since April of 1978 and has driven millions and millions of miles ever since. Living in Wisconsin with her beloved cocker spaniels, Kim, who is a long-haul owner operator, has been a regular contributor to 10-4 Magazine since 2003.