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Donations sought to restore rare buggy donated by Tosch family


July 12, 2017
CAPAC — Work has begun on the restoration of a unique buggy and the Capac Historical Society hopes the community can contribute toward the cause.

A 1910 two-person Hercules buggy, donated to the Historical Society by the Tosch family one year ago, is now in the hands of an Amish craftsman who will restore it to its original state. The buggy was one of many modes of transportation once sold by Capac's own Lang Brothers.

"It will cost about $2,500 to restore the buggy. So far, they've stripped the paint and removed the seat," said Society President John Grzyb, who checked in on the progress recently.

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The rare buggy, shown in its original condition (bottom), dates back to 1910. An Amish craftsman has begun the restoration process (shown above) by removing the seat and stripping the paint.

The craftsman specializes in upholstery repair but will perform the entire restoration.

"He looked it over very carefully and was very interested in doing this project," Grzyb said.

It's believed that the work could take another four months to complete. It will eventually go on display at the depot.

The buggy is considered to be quite rare. It bears the name of both Hercules, a buggy manufacturer based in Evansville, Indiana, and Lang Bros., the Capac business that sold buggies, wagons, farm implements and more from it's facility at Main and Meier streets. It's believed the purchase price in 1910 was between $40 to $75.

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The business closed in the 1980s.

According to a 1920s company invoice in the museum's collection, Lang Bros. Vehicles and Farm Implements also sold oils, twine, rope, wind mills, pumps, sleighs, cutters, scales, stock food and ladders and were agents for McCormick binders, mowers and rakes.

To make a donation toward the buggy restoration, contact the Historical Society at 395-2859 or mail a check to 401 E. Kempf Ct., Capac, MI 48014.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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