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Charles Rowe collection

Identifier: c-00664

Scope and Contents

The Charles Rowe collection contains photographs related to the REO Motor Company. The photographs include a row of cars at Harold Square in New York City lined up to welcome Percy F. Megargel and David Fassett back from their 12,000 mile double cross-continent auto tour in their 16 horse power REO Mountaineer. There is also an image of members of the New York Press cheering Megargel and Fassitt who are sitting in their car.

There are also photographs of men at a tug-of-war contest during an REO company picnic at Waverly Park in Lansing, Michigan. Charles Rowe appears in two of the images. Also included is a photograph of the employees of the Shipping and Receiving Office at the REO Service Station in Lansing. Samuel Rowe is listed as being in the image.


  • Creation: 1906, circa 1920, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Joe Charles Rowe (1888-1924) worked as a laborer in an automobile factory in Lansing, Michigan. His father, Samuel I. Rowe (1864-1951), worked as a receiving clerk for the REO Motor Company in Lansing.

Frieda Rowe (1891-1977), the donor, was married to Aquilla Rowe (1982-1960), another son of Samuel's.


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Custodial History

Donated to the MSU Museum. Transferred to University Archives.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Charles Rowe Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
J. Makowski
August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US