The Caption for this photograph reads: Poised and chic, the epitome of the sophisticated flapper, Suzette Dewey, daughter of the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, steps out of her roadster. Photo credit: The Library of Congress. From This Fabulous Century, 1920-1930, Time-Life Books, 1969, p.31.
The tradition of women as drivers and devotees of the Ford Model T was perhaps not celebrated earlier in the history of the automobile, but their abilities and style and elegance in and around the Model T is a matter of fact and of record. The Southern Nevada Model T Club is proud to spotlight the women members of the club. The photographs and profiles of the SNMTC women will appear here as they become available.
Our dear friend and long-time member, Marion “DeDe” LaGrow was laid to rest Saturday, March 19th in Boulder City. DeDe and her husband Frog have been Southern Nevada Model T Club members since the beginning. DeDe served in many board positions, but was best known for the What’s Under DeDe’s Hat columns and all her work for our picnics and Christmas parties throughout the years. There were many kind words spoken at DeDe’s eulogy, but none as important as Gary Cooper’s reminder to all of us that what we have best is our friendship. DeDe LaGrow and the Southern Nevada Model T Club are the definition of friendship. DeDe’s arms were open to everyone. She will be thoroughly missed by all.
“Till we meet again in that road in the sky”
Since early automobiles rolled onto the scene in the late 1800s, the entire industry has been considered a masculine endeavor. That’s far from the truth. A little peek under history’s hood shows how much influence women have on automotive innovation and the rise of the industry through the years. Currently, in many households, it's women who tend to be the decision-makers when it comes to buying a car. A whopping 80% of vehicle buying decisions are made by a woman. From the very beginning of the automobile craze, decades before women would get the right to vote, women were in the driver's seat of vehicle innovation. Many of the features that improve vehicle safety, comfort and driveability are the product of a female’s brainchild whose innovation improved through the years:
Courtesy of Katherine Asher