The first electric car
Dr. Deacon 1903 Stratford-Perth Archives
Baker Eectric 1910. Dr. Deacon's home at 101 Brunswick is the house on the right of the photo. Stratford-Perth Archives
Deacon Street was named for Dr. George Reginald Deacon, who practised medicine from 1896 to 1925. He was a leading Stratford physician and surgeon, and official doctor for the Grand Trunk Railway. His father, Rev. Daniel Deacon, was the first rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church. The Deacons lived at 157 Church St. (see Church Street).
The doctor's wife , Jeanette (Dimmick) owned the first electric car in Stratford. She was the envy of many as she drove around town in that car, though some were unhappy because the quiet car could frightened horses. The car was given to her by her father Benjamin Dimmick before her marriage.
In an interviews in 1959 Mrs. Deacon said the car was quiet and dependable and never ran out of power. She even ventured as far as the Embro Road and back safely. In the 1930s the car was still traveliing along at 20 miles per hour. The batteriess were running out and it would have cost $300 to replace them. She sadly turned her Baker Electric over to a new owner. A new owner converted the car to gasoline. The car was a collectors item even then and found its way to the Thompson Museum.
The Baker Electrics were produced in Cleveland, Ohio from 1899 to 1916. The company there was one of the more popular producers of electric vehicles and was successful for many years. The first Baker vehicle was a two-seater with a selling price of $850. One of them became Thomas Edison's first car. Edison also designed the nickel-iron batteries used in some Baker electrics. The batteries had extremely long lives. By Stanford Dingman
This 1910 Baker Model V Electric Victoria had a General Electric four-pole series-wound electric motor with two braking systems. One of the braking systems worked the rear hub, the other the motor. There were six speeds forward and three in reverse. The Victoria was one of many body styles sold by Baker in 1910. It offered seating for two and a folding top for protection against the elements. One sold for $77,000 in 2008. TV host and comedian Jay Leno owns one. Source: Wikipedia
* See Jay Leno talk about his Baker Electric
Dr. Deacon's home, built 1907
Deacon House, 101 Brunswick St.