One truck holds decades of community history and a local business owner plans to restore the truck to its former glory.

A 1937 International Model D was owned by brothers Mike and Jack Smith, owners of Smith Bro’s General Store in Trinidad. While the store is no longer in business, the building still stands and has changed many hands over the years and is now Shelton’s Antiques.

The Smith brothers sold the truck to Jack Tobin, who changed the bed of the truck and used it for his family’s business, Tobin Electric, for many years. Tobin then sold it to Jim Weitzel, who passed it on to John Hoersch and finally to Rob Sole, owner of Chet’s Honda.

Sole said he tried to buy the truck for years from Hoersch. It wasn’t until more recently that Hoersch gave in and sold him the piece of Quincy’s history.

Sole said the plan is to restore the truck and donate it to the Quincy Valley Historical Society and Museum. He wants it to be a project that, once done, the community can enjoy.

“This community has done so much for me, so this is my way of giving back,” Sole said.

According to Sole, the project will take at least a couple years to complete because it will take time to track down parts and order them for the restoration plus labor time.

“It will be wonderful to see it come full circle to its former glory,” said Harriet Weber, Director of Operations at Quincy Valley Historical Society and Museum.

So far seven local men have donated time or money into the project:

Rob Sole, Wayne Smith, John Hoersch, Dave Wilson at Quincy automotive, Russ Cole, Murray VanDyke and Ryan VanDyke.

If you would like to help out with the project by donating time or money, please contact Rob Sole at Chet’s Honda (509) 787-3617 or by email at chetshonda@nwi.net

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