1878 – 1938

Autograph signed in 1918

 

 

 

This photograph was taken at Norton, Kansas after "Dad" set a new track record there in 1926.  Notice the water wagon and its tow vehicle that are visible in the background above.  Part of a number "8" race car can also be seen behind "Dad" at left in this photograph.  That is believed to have been a Frontenac that was driven by Al Koepke of Topeka, Kansas – David Harrier collection

 

 

 

Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier was born on March 5, 1878 in Vermillion County, Indiana, the third of four children born to Phillip Marion Harrier (1846-1881) and his wife, Rebecca Jane (Voorhees) Harrier (1854-1931).  The Harrier family moved to Jackson County, Kansas in 1880 and Dad’s father passed away there in 1881.  Dad’s mother was remarried in 1883 to James M. Thompson (1842-1884) and again in 1890 to Stephen J. Shay (1851-?).  Dad learned the blacksmith trade and had moved to Netawaka, Kansas by 1900.  The Harrier family’s next move was to Hiawatha, Kansas and then to Horton, Kansas before settling at Netawaka, Kansas in 1902.

 

By 1911, Dad had purchased a Yale motorcycle and joined the Topeka Motorcycle Club.

 

Dad was married to Effie Blanche (Cochren) (1876-1962) on July 5, 1915 at his mother’s home in Netawaka, Kansas and the couple left for a new machinist job in Nowata, Oklahoma in Dad’s racing car he called the Bluebird but they became stuck on a muddy road near Cherryvale, Kansas and they had to abandon the car there.  Dad and Effie became the parents of three children:  Ruth Elizabeth (Harrier) Cashman (1917-1996), Commodore Phillip “Bud” Harrier (1919-2003) and Orville Norvin Harrier (1923-2003).  By 1918, the Harrier’s had moved from Nowata, Oklahoma to rural Topeka, Kansas where Dad was employed as an auto mechanic in a garage owned by J. R. Johnson.  In October of 1919, Harrier took a job as a mechanic at the Hiawatha Buick Company in Hiawatha, Kansas so the family soon moved there with him.

 

Late in September of 1922, Harrier used his foot on the crank of a Ford in an attempt to get it started.  Instead, the engine kicked backward with the crank striking him on the leg and laying him up for more than 3 months.  His injuries included broken bones in his foot and a paralyzed muscle below the knee in his leg which was the source of constant pain.  In January of 1923, the Business Men’s Assurance company of Kansas City, Missouri paid Harrier’s claim of $400 as he had not been able to work in the Hiawatha Buick Company garage in Hiawatha since his accident the previous September.

 

Dad Harrier was an inventor and quite an innovator with his race car.  One of his innovations was an extra fin hinged at the tail of the car that folded flat with the tail.  He could open it by means of some pulleys and a rope attached to his knee.  The fin would act like the tail on an airplane and help keep the car out of a skid in the turns.

 

Dad Harrier’s incomplete driving record follows: 

 

 

1914½ mile dirt oval Fillmore County Fairgrounds at Geneva, Nebraska

Car:  Harrier’s own Ford

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

December 7, 1915 – ½ mile dirt oval Forest Park (now named Walter Johnson Park) in Coffeyville, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own Ford he called the “Blue Bird special”

 Finish:  Harrier finished 4th in the 5-car, 20-lap feature race behind Ed Lauer of Cherokee, Iowa; Eddie Reed of Orioles, Iowa in a Chevrolet #21 and Ray Hebert of Sioux City, Iowa who was driving the “Oh See special”.

 Feature race winner:  Ed Lauer of Cherokee, Iowa who was driving an Emden automobile that had placed 11th in the 1915 Indianapolis “500”.

 

 

October 6, 1916 – ½ mile dirt oval Katy Park at Chanute, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own Ford he called the “Blue Bird special”

            Finish:  Harrier finished 2nd in the 4-car, 5-mile, 1st heat race behind Wilbur D. Mercer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving his own Dewey Kid special.

                                   Harrier finished 3rd in the 4-car, 5-mile 2nd heat race behind Wilbur D. Mercer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving his own Dewey Kid special and _____ Mayfield in his own Ford.

                                   Harrier finished 2nd in the 4-car, 5-mile, 3rd heat race behind Wilbur D. Mercer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving his own Dewey Kid special.

            Feature race winner:  Wilbur D. Mercer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving his own Dewey Kid special.

 

August, 1919½ mile dirt oval Andrews County Fairgrounds at Savannah, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  All that is known of these races so far is the name of the feature race winner.

Feature race winner:  Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas in his own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

 

August 28, 1919½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  It was reported in the Brown County World newspaper that Harrier “cleaned” up in these races although the specific race results were not given.  They did report that his winnings totaled $190.

Feature race winner:  Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas.

 

September 4, 1919½ mile dirt oval Woodland Park at Lawrence, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Total purse:  $500

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

September 5, 1919½ mile dirt oval Woodland Park at Lawrence, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Total purse:  $500

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Frank Howard who was driving a Chevrolet.

 

September 29, 1919½ mile dirt oval Oswego Fairgrounds at Oswego, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October 11, 1919½ mile dirt oval Coffey County Fairgrounds at Burlington, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6 referred to as the Topeka special in prerace advertising.

Finish:  Harrier’s Topeka special “jumped the track in an early heat race, crashed into the fence at 40 m.p.h. taking out 7 new hedge posts and Harrier was scratched up some.”  Since only 4 cars entered these races, the crowd had to wait through a half-hour delay but repairs were made and the races continued with Harrier in the competition.

 

 

October 24, 1919 – ½ mile dirt oval Katy Park at Chanute, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6 referred to as the Topeka special in prerace advertising.

Finish:  Harrier had the 4th fastest 2-lap time trial of 1:25.6 which was slower than the time trials run by Ed Lusk of Dewey, Oklahoma in a Ford known as “The Oklahoma Kid”; Lieut. Perry McWhorter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma driving a Peugeot and Roy Mudget of Joplin, Missouri who was driving a Hudson.

  Harrier did not finish the 4-car Australian Pursuit due to mechanical trouble.  That race was won by Ed Lusk of Dewey, Oklahoma in “The Oklahoma Kid” Ford followed by Lieut. Perry McWhorter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving a Peugeot.  Roy Mudget of Joplin, Missouri also dropped out of this race with a burned-out bearing in his Hudson.

                                Harrier won a 2-mile match race with Ed Lusk of Dewey, Oklahoma in “The Oklahoma Kid” Ford in 2:50.4.

                                Harrier finished 2nd in a 2-mile match race with Lieut. Perry McWhorter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma in a Peugeot in 3:02.4.

                                Harrier finished 2nd in the 2-car, 5-mile, Free-for-All race behind Lieut. Perry McWhorter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma in a Peugeot.

            Feature race winner:  Lieut. Perry McWhorter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma who was driving a Peugeot.

 

July 30, 1920½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas – Sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Total purse:  $980

Finish:  Harrier ran the 5th fastest 2-lap time trial of 1:20.0.  That was only slower than the times turned in by Larry Stone of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving a Duesenberg #8; Jimmie Costa of Anthony, Kansas who was driving a Fiat #28; an unidentified driver of an Essex and R. Ray Rountree of Portland, Oregon who was driving a Rajo Ford.

              Harrier won the 1st 6-lap heat race in 4:07.0 for which he collected $240 from the purse.  R. Ray Rountree of Portland, Oregon finished in 2nd place in a Ford.

                  Harrier got off to a poor start and then dropped out of the 20-lap Liberty sweepstakes “Free for All” race one lap later contending that the racetrack was too dusty to continue safely.  The race was won by Jimmie Costa of Anthony, Kansas followed by Earnie Fosnaugh of Indianapolis Indiana in a Severen special #34; R. Ray Rountree of Portland, Oregon in a Rajo Ford and Larry Stone of Tulsa, Oklahoma in a Duesenberg #8.

Feature race winner:  Jimmie Costa of Anthony, Kansas in a Fiat #28.

 

August 21, 1920½ mile dirt oval Andrews County Fairgrounds at Savannah, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the feature race behind Lew Reynolds of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a Studebaker, and a Dodge, the driver of which has yet to be learned.

Feature race winner:  Lew R. Reynolds of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a Studebaker

 

August 27, 1920½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier finished 4th in the 3-mile race behind _____ Rotter of Salina, Kansas who was driving a Ford; Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in his own Ford Frontenac #8 and George McClelland of St. Joseph, Missouri in a Dodge special.  Rotter won even though his Ford suffered a broken axle during this race.

  Harrier finished 5th in the 10-mile race behind _____ Rotter of Salina, Kansas who was driving a Ford; Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in his own Ford Frontenac #8; Lew Reynolds of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a Studebaker and George McClelland of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a Dodge special.

Feature race winner:  _____ Rotter of Salina, Kansas who was driving a Ford.

 

July 4, 1921½ mile dirt oval Saline County Speedway at Marshall, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  These races were canceled due to rain.

 

August 26, 1921½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Attendance:  1,500

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

Feature race winner:  Johnny Mais of Salina, Kansas in his own Dodge.

 

 

September 23, 1921 – ½ mile dirt oval Cloud County Fairgrounds at Concordia, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the feature race behind W. W. Brown of Kansas City, Missouri and Johnny Lee of Salina, Kansas in a Dodge-powered “J.H.L. special.”

            Feature race winner:  W. W. Brown of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Peerless 8.

 

October 7, 1921 – ½ mile dirt oval City Park Racetrack at Council Grove, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Harrier’s Fronty Ford special broke an axle and ost a wheel causing him to coast to a stop near the woven wire fence around the racetrack in the 10-mile “Free for All” race that was won by Johnny Mais of Salina, Kansas.

            Feature race winner:  Johnny Mais of Salina, Kansas who was driving his own Dodge special #24.

 

 October 9, 1921 – ½ mile dirt oval Independence Fairgrounds at Independence, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October, 1921 – ½ mile dirt oval Hamilton Fairgrounds at Hamilton, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October, 1921 – ½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 9-car, 10-mile feature race to win $75 from the purse.

 

September 1, 1922½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Attendance:  2,000

Finish:  Harrier won the 5-mile race finishing in front of C. L. Richards of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving his own “Black Hummer.”

                   Harrier won the 10-mile race in 14:9, finishing in front of C. L. Richards of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving his own “Black Hummer.”

Feature race winner:  Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas.  His total winnings for these two races was $175.

 

September 4, 1922 – ½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in a heat race.

                                   Harrier finished 2nd in the feature.

 

August 31, 1923½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier lost a novelty race against Glenn Neibling who was a star runner for the Hiawatha High School track team.  Harrier was to run four laps in his 1913 Fronty Ford special #6 before Neibling could run one lap of the ½ mile dirt racetrack but Neibling completed his one lap before Harrier completed four.

                                   Harrier finished 4th in the 3-mile Free-for-All race behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas; John Gerber of Meridian, Kansa who was driving a 490 Chevrolet special and _____ Briech of Kansas City, Missouri.

                                  Harrier finished 2nd in the 5-mile Free-for-All race behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in his own Ford Frontenac #8.

 

September 3, 1923½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Attendance:  500

Finish:  Harrier ran the fastest 2-lap time trial and set a new track record in the process.

                                Harrier finished in 3rd place in the 10-mile feature race but nothing more has been learned about these races.

 

October, 19231 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

July 3, 19241 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

     Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

July 4, 19241 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Attendance:  6,000

Total posted purse:  $1,700

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          Finish:  Harrier finished in 2nd place in the Class B race behind Furlong Clark who was driving a car owned by _____ Kinney.

          Feature race winner:  King Rhiley of Oshkosh, Nebraska who was driving a Hudson “Super-Six”.

 

August 14, 19241 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

          Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

          Finish:  Few results of these races have been located to date.

          Feature race winner:  Walter Higley of Longmont, Colorado who was driving a Rajo Ford.

 

August 15, 1924 1 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

            Finish:  Harrier’s name was published on a list of race winners on this day but nothing more is known about his performance.

            Feature race winner:  Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas who was driving his own Kerbs special Ford.

 

August 16, 19241 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

          Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

          Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in a 10-mile race behind J. K. McFadden of Walsenburg, Colorado in a Ford special and Ralph Furlong of Agra, Kansas.

          Feature race winner:  Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas who was driving his own Kerbs special Ford.

 

August 22, 1924½ mile dirt oval Phelps County Fairgrounds at Holdrege, Nebraska

Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Attendance:  10,000

Finish:  Harrier won the 5th heat race in 5:59.0.  E. J. Voboril finished this race in 2nd place.

Feature race winner:  Noel Bullock of Madrid, Nebraska

 

August 24, 1924½ mile dirt oval Phelps County Fairgrounds at Holdrege, Nebraska

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier won the 5th heat race in 5:55.0.  E. J. Voboril finished this race in 2nd place.

Feature race winner:  Noel Bullock of Madrid, Nebraska

 

August 31, 1924½ mile dirt oval Nemaha County Fairgrounds at Seneca, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier drove his Fronty Ford special for four laps of the racetrack in a novelty race while Glenn Nibling of Hiawatha, Kansas; Charles Rumold and John Shannon of Holton, Kansas all ran one lap on foot.  Nibling completed the distance 1st followed by Rumold in 2nd place.  Harrier finished 3rd and John Shannon dropped out and did not complete the race.

              Harrier won the 1st two heats of the Sweepstakes race.  Bob Tyner finished in 2nd place in a Rajo Ford special and Edwin Rochel finished 3rd in a Dodge.

Feature race winner:  Phineas Comador “Dad” Harrier of Hiawatha, Kansas who was driving his Fronty Ford special #6

 

September 12, 1924½ mile dirt oval Brown County Fairgrounds at Hiawatha, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd winning $25 in the 5-mile Class “A” race behind Harley Wells of Miami, Oklahoma who was driving a Durant and Rex Edmonds of Houston, Texas who was driving a Ford.

Feature race winner:  Harley Wells of Miami, Oklahoma who was driving a Durant

 

October 9, 1924½ mile dirt oval Cloud County Fairgrounds at Concordia, Kansas

          Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

             Finish:  Harrier entered these races but became one of two drivers who got stuck on muddy roads in route and were not able to arrive.

          Feature race winner:  Harold Roller of Abilene, Kansas in his own Fronty Ford #7

 

November 6, 1924½ mile dirt oval North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Finish:  Harrier finished in 2nd place in the 10-lap Professional Class B race behind a car driven by “Nesmith & Waugh.”

           Feature race winner:  Lew Reynolds of St. Joseph, Missouri

 

July 4, 19251 mile dirt ovalFranklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Total posted purse:  $1,575

           Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

           Feature race winner:  Guy Duelen of Sioux Falls, South Dakoda who was driving a Ford special

 

September 11-12, 1925½ mile dirt ovalKiowa County Fairgrounds at Hobart, Oklahoma

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #7.  Note that Harrier had to change his car number for these races as the Poole special #6 was entered as well.

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

September, 1925½ mile dirt ovalCarter County Fairgrounds at Ardmore, Oklahoma

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #7.

           Finish:  Few results of these races have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  Phineas Comador “Dad” Harrier of Hiawatha, Kansas who was driving his Fronty Ford special #6.

           

October 3-4, 1925½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Finish:  These races were postponed until October 10-11, 1927 due to rain.

 

October 10, 1925½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

           Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

October 11, 1925 ½ mile dirt oval Lake Contrary Amusement Park at St. Joseph, Missouri

            Car:  Harrier’s own white 1913 Fronty Ford special #6

           Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date.

           Feature race winner:  Hampton L. Cox of St. Joseph, Missouri who was driving a LaMont special owned by Eddie LaMont.

 

May 30, 1926½ mile dirt oval Frontier Park at Cedar Rapids, Iowa

            Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Total purse:  $15,000

Finish:  Harrier ran the 16th fastest lap in time trials of 33.9 seconds.  That was slower than the laps run in time trials by Billy Arnold of Chicago in a 16-valve Fronty Ford (30.0); John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas in his own 490 Chevrolet special #15 (30.2); Gus Schrader of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in a Dodge (30.2); Leslie “Les” Allen of Chicago in a Frontenac (30.2); Duane Dike “D. D.” Morris of Chicago in the Woodbury Frontenac (30.4); Bert Ficken of Sioux City, Iowa in a Dodge (30.7); Frank Schenk of Keokuk, Iowa in a Chevrolet (31.2); Ralph Eckstrom of Chicago in a Fronty Ford (31.3); Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in a Fronty Ford (31.5); V. W. Peterson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in a Dodge (31.6); M. J. Miller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in a double ignition Fronty Ford (31.6); Harley Wells of Miami, Oklahoma in a Fronty Ford (31.8); Sam Hoffman of Sioux City, Iowa in a Fronty Ford (32.0); Glen Hiett of Rock Island, Illinois in a Saxon-Duplex (32.3) and Floyd Bobzien of Marengo, Iowa in a Dual Overhead Fronty (32.7).

              The feature race was shortened due to rain.

           Feature race winner:  Leslie “Les” Allen of Chicago, Illinois in his own Frontenac.

 

August 6, 1926½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, Missouri

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Harrier won the 5-mile Class “B” race in 5:43.0.  Charles “Buck” Carroll of Scammon, Kansas finished in 2nd place.

                           Harrier won the Australian Pursuit over John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15.

  Harrier finished 4th in the 6-car, 5-mile “Southwest Sweepstakes” race behind John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15; Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own Chevrolet and Bill McMahon of Los Angeles, California.  [Note:  This running of the “Southwest Sweepstakes” race had originally been scheduled as a 10-mile race but the race was shortened to 5 miles after the race was stopped to clear up wreckage from a wreck involving Ralph Scott of Miami, Oklahoma and Max Rayan of Mankato, Kansas.]

           Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15.

   

August 19, 1926½ mile dirt oval Iowa County Fairgrounds at Marengo, Iowa

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date but we do know that Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas and Dad Harrier worked late into the evening under a shade tree fitting a Hudson carburetor onto a Ford Frontenac intake manifold for Harrier’s new Fronty Ford engine.

           Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15.

  

1926 ½ mile dirt oval Elmwood Park at Norton, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  All that is currently known about these races is that Harrier set a new track record.

 

September 30, 1926 5/8 mile dirt oval Limestone County Fairgrounds at Groesbeck, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Harrier finished 2nd in the 18-lap feature race behind Bill McMahon of Los Angeles, California.

Feature race winner:  Bill McMahon of Los Angeles, California

 

November 11, 1926 5/8 mile dirt oval Limestone County Fairgrounds at Groesbeck, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15.

   

November 14, 19265/8 mile dirt oval Limestone County Fairgrounds at Groesbeck, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date.

   

1926½ mile dirt oval Harlingen Fairgrounds at Harlingen, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

   

1926½ mile dirt oval Harlingen Fairgrounds at Harlingen, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

   

1926½ mile dirt oval Harlingen Fairgrounds at Harlingen, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

January 2, 19272 mile dirt oval San Antonio Speedway at San Antonio, Texas Sanctioned by the Texas Speedway Alliance (T.S.A.)

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date but his windshield was broken by small dirt clods during the race and he decided that this was the last time he would race on a speedway this big and fast.

Feature race winner:  Eddie Neva of San Antonio, Texas in a Ford Frontenac Wells-Brooks special #7-11 owned by Maxie L. Brooks & M. T. Wells

 

September 2, 1927½ mile dirt oval Allen County Fairgrounds at Iola, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  2nd in the 3-car, 5-mile “free for all” race won by  Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas.  “Ducky” Scott* of Topeka, Kansas finished in 3rd place in his Scott special #9.  [Note:  Harrier was also entered in the races at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas on this date but he obviously did not compete in those raced.]**

Feature race winner:   Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in his Ford Frontenac #8

 

September 14, 1927½ mile dirt oval Mid-America Fairgrounds at Topeka, KansasSanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the limited results of these races that have been located to date.

Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15 that he called a Whippet special.

 

September 16, 1927½ mile dirt oval Forest Park (now named Walter Johnson Park) in Coffeyville, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 4-car, 5-lap 1st “Class B” heat race behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac and Dusty Deines of Topeka, Kansas in his own Deines special.

                 Harrier finished 2nd in the 4-car, 10-lap 2nd “Class B” heat race behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac.

  Harrier fell behind at the start and steadily fell farther behind until he withdrew from the 4-car, 20-lap “Free-for-All” race, finishing behind John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet #15 that he called a Whippet special; Albert “Mike” Koenitzer of Meriden, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet special and Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own Ford Frontenac.

Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own Chevrolet special #15 that he called a Whippet special

 

September 27, 1927½ mile dirt oval Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  These races were postponed until October 1, 1927 due to rain.

 

October 1, 1927½ mile dirt oval Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  These races were canceled due to rain.

 

October 10, 1927½ mile dirt oval Dewey Fairgrounds at Dewey, Oklahoma

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier finished in 2nd place in the 1st heat race behind John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas.

              Harrier finished in 2nd place in the feature race behind John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas.

           Feature race winner:  John Gerber of Topeka, Kansas who was driving his own 490 Chevrolet special #15 that he called a Whippet special.

 

July 28, 1928½ mile dirt oval Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier won the 6-car, 8-lap consolation race in 4:46.0.  Forest “Blackie” O’Bannon, a.k.a. R. F. Dutton, of Arkansas City, Kansas finished in 2nd place in his Hutch special #45.

  Harrier finished in 5th place on the lead lap in the 12-lap “Grand Final” race behind James Floyd “J.F.” Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas; Marvin Wesley “Mack” McAnally of Winfield, Kansas in the Superior Special Hisso #1434; Duclay “Ducky” Scott* of Topeka, Kansas in the Front-Wheel-Drive #571 and Forest “Blackie” O’Bannon, a.k.a. R. F. Dutton, of Arkansas City, Kansas in his Hutch special #45.

Feature race winner:  James Floyd “J.F.” Pickens of Arkansas City, Kansas who was driving the #440 Ford special owned by Joe Hutchinson of Arkansas City, Kansas.

 

August 3, 1928½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, MissouriSanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

           Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

August 18, 1928 1 mile dirt oval Missouri State Fairgrounds at Sedalia, Missouri

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier won the 2nd 7-car, 10-mile heat race in 9:23.8.  The 2nd place finisher was  Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas.

               Harrier finished 3rd in the 1st 5-car, 5-mile heat race in behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas and C. E. Timmins of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

               Harrier finished 3rd in the 50-mile feature race behind Ray Munsell of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and C. E. Timmins of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Feature race winner:  Ray Mausell of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

August 25, 19281 mile dirt oval Missouri State Fairgrounds at Sedalia, Missouri

           Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 10-mile Straw Hat Derby behind Rex Edmonds of Houston, Texas in his Chevrolet special and Rea Bray of Hutchinson, Kansas in his Fronty Ford special.

                  Harrier finished 2nd in the 50-mile feature race behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas.

Feature race winner:  Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas in his own Ford Frontenac

 

September 4, 1928½ mile dirt oval Cass County Fairgrounds at Atlantic, Iowa

           Car:  Chevrolet

           Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 5-mile race behind John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska and Lawrence O. ”Hughie” Hughes of Beatrice, Nebraska.

                  Harrier finished 3rd in the 10-mile feature race behind John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska and Lou Fenno of Rock Island, Illinois.

Feature race winner:  John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska who was driving a Fronty Ford

 

September 7, 1928½ mile dirt oval Cass County Fairgrounds at Atlantic, Iowa

           Car:  Chevrolet

Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 5-mile consolation race behind Jack Baker of Jefferson, Iowa who was driving a Rajo Ford and Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving a Chevrolet.

Feature race winner:  John Bagley of Omaha, Nebraska who was driving a Fronty Ford

  

September 17, 1928½ mile dirt oval Kansas State Fairgrounds at Hutchinson, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier finished 2nd in the 4-car, 10-lap Class “B” heat race behind Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas who was driving his own White Special Frontenac #28.

                  Harrier finished 3rd in the 4-car, 6-lap “Kansas Championship Dash” behind Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri in a Frontenac #7-11 owned by Roy O’Laughlin of Hutchinson, Kansas and Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving a Frontenac special #8.

           Feature race winner:  Rex Edmonds of Houston, Texas in a Chevrolet special #77 owned by Harold Edward “Red” Grange.

  

September 21, 1928½ mile dirt oval Kansas State Fairgrounds at Hutchinson, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier finished 3rd in the 4-car, 6-lap “Kansas Championship Dash” behind Albert “Al” Koepke of Topeka, Kansas who was driving a Frontenac special #8 and Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph, Missouri in a Frontenac #7-11 owned by Roy O’Laughlin of Hutchinson, Kansas.

               Barney Oman of Lon Angeles, California led the 1st 5-laps of the Straw Hat Derby in his Miller #101 only to lose his hat on the final straightaway.  Harrier assumed the lead at that point and won the 6-car, 6-lap race in 3:49.2, collecting $75 from the purse for his efforts.  2nd place went to Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas who was driving White Special Frontenac #28 and he collected $25 from the purse for that finish.

           Feature race winner:  Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas who was driving his own White Special Frontenac #28.

 

October 27, 19281 mile dirt oval American Legion Racetrack at Oakley, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier tied with Tom Holden of WaKeeney, Kansas for 5th place in time trials with a lap of 48.0 seconds.  That lap was only slower than the laps run by Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado; Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas; Willard Prentiss of Denver, Colorado and Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas.

   Harrier finished in 4th place in the 7-car, 15-mile race behind Vic Felt of Deer Trail, Colorado; Leonard Kerbs of Otis, Kansas and Willard Prentiss of Denver, Colorado.

Harrier, Colorado in his own Marathon special Frontenac #99

 

July 4, 1929½ mile dirt oval Red Cloud Fairgrounds at Red Cloud, Nebraska **

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier won the 8-mile race followed by Clarence “Speed” Haskell of Lincoln, Nebraska.

               Harrier won the 5-mile race followed by Harold “Red” Kinser of Lyndon, Kansas who was driving a Laurel Ford special.

              Harrier won the 10-mile race followed by Harold “Red” Kinser of Lyndon, Kansas who was driving a Laurel Ford special.

              Harrier and Clarence “Speed” Haskell of Lincoln, Nebraska finished in a tie in the Feature race.

Feature race winners:  Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas and Clarence “Speed” Haskell of Lincoln, Nebraska.  [Note:  Harrier was also entered in races at Geneva, Nebraska and Oakley, Kansas on this date but it is obvious that he did not make it to Oakley.]

 

July 4, 1929½ mile dirt oval Fillmore County Fairgrounds at Geneva, Nebraska **

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Bud Hersford of Grand Island, Nebraska; Dad Harrier of Topeka, Kansas and Clarence “Speed” Haskell of Lincoln, Nebraska were named the winners of these races but just which won which race(s) is currently unknown.  [Note:  Along with the races at Red Cloud, Nebraska, Dad Harrier was also entered races as the American Legion Racetrack at Oakley, Kansas on this date but he obviously did not make it to Oakley.]

 

July 27, 1929½ mile dirt oval Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier ran the 7th quickest lap in time trials of the 15 cars entered to take time trials.  His lap of 35.0 was only slower than the laps run by Louis J. “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford; Art Hutchins of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving a Laurel special; Harold “Red” Kinser of Lyndon, Kansas who was driving a Laurel Ford special; Fred Littleton of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Fronty Ford; Larry Steele of Glendale, California who was driving a Fronty Ford and Slim Ellison of Ascot Park, California who was driving a car known only as the “Mystery X” car.

              Harrier finished 3rd in the 4-car, 8-lap 2nd heat race behind Louis J. “Speed” Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving a Fronty Ford and Larry Steele of Glendale, California who was driving a Fronty Ford.

              Harrier won the 5-car, 6-lap Straw Hat Derby in 3:41.1.  J. Chester White of Oklahoma placed 2nd in this race in a front-wheel-drive car.

              Harrier finished 2nd in the 8-car, 15-lap sweepstakes race behind Art Hutchins of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Feature race winner:  Art Hutchins of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving a Laurel special.

 

August 3, 1929½ mile dirt oval Cherokee Fairgrounds at Cherokee, Iowa

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier got lost in the dust and took out 30-feet of the fencing around the racetrack.  He also brook most of his ribs in the accident.

 

August 9, 1929½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, Missouri

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

           Finish:  Harrier ran the 3rd fastest lap in time trials of 34.0 which was only slower than the laps run by Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma and Larry Steele of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Fronty Ford.

                           Harrier finished 2nd in the 5-car, 8-lap preliminary race behind Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma.

                           Harrier won 3-car, 4-lap Three-corner race in 2:17.0.  Fred Littleton of Kansas City, Missouri, driving the D & L special #76, finished in 2nd place.

                           Harrier passed 3 cars on the final lap of the feature race to finish in 2nd place behind Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma in the 7-lap event that was shortened due to a threat of rain.

           Feature race winner:  Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma who was driving a blue Whippet special.

 

August 13, 1929½ mile dirt oval Marion County Fairgrounds at Knoxville, Iowa

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier competed in the 10-lap consolation race but nothing else has been learned about these races to date.

 

August 16, 1929½ mile dirt oval Adams County Fairgrounds at Corning, Iowa

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Total posted purse:  $663.47

           Finish:  Harrier won a 4-lap race and placed 2nd in another race but nothing more has been learned about these races.

 

August 29, 1929½ mile dirt oval North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas **

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty Ford special #5

Finish:  Harrier ran the 5th fastest time in time trials running one lap in 30.3 seconds.  That was only slower than the laps run by Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph Missouri in the B&B special supercharged Ford Frontenac #700; Lawrence O. “Hughie” Hughes of Beatrice, Nebraska in the #101 Hughes special; _____ Ojers in the Ojers & Robare special and W. D. Lyons in the Lyons special.

              Harrier placed 2nd in the 10-lap Class B heat race behind Lawrence O. “Hughie” Hughes of Beatrice, Nebraska.  Harrier collected $40 form the purse for that 2nd place finish.

           Feature race winner:  Pat Cunningham of St. Joseph Missouri in the B&B special supercharged Ford Frontenac #700

 

August 29-30, 19291 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska **

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races but we know that he was racing at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas on August 29, 1929.

Feature race winner:  Jim White of Sharon Springs, Kansas in his own White special Ford Frontenac #28.

 

August 29-30, 1929½ mile dirt oval Dawson County Fairgrounds at Lexington, Nebraska **

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

August 30, 1929½ mile dirt oval Allen County Fairgrounds at Iola, Kansas **

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

           Feature race winner:  H. D. Smith of Chanute, Kansas driving his Over Head Cam Ford “Bug.”

 

September 2, 19291 mile dirt oval Franklin County Fairgrounds at Franklin, Nebraska

           Finish:  Although Harrier entered these races, it is obvious that he could not have competed in them as he was racing at Carthage, Missouri.

 

September 2, 1929½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, Missouri

 Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

            Finish:  Harrier ran the 3rd fastest lap in time trials of 34.0 which was only slower than the laps run by Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma and Larry Steele of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Fronty Ford.

                            Harrier finished 2nd in a 5-car, 8-lap preliminary race behind Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma.

                            Harrier won 3-car, 4-lap Three-corner race in 2:17.0.  Fred Littleton of Kansas City, Missouri, driving the D & L special #76, finished in 2nd place.

                            Harrier passed 3 cars on the final lap of the feature race to finish in 2nd place behind Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma in the 7-lap event that was shortened due to a threat of rain.

            Feature race winner:  Art Hutchins of McAlester, Oklahoma who was driving a blue Whippet special.

 

September 13, 1929½ mile dirt oval Fillmore County Fairgrounds at Geneva, Nebraska

            Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

 Finish:  Harrier won the 5-mile Class A race followed by Clarence “Speed” Haskell of Lincoln, Nebraska.

                            Harrier won the 10-mile Class A race in 11:00.0.  He was followed by Speck Heminger of Lincoln, Nebraska in 2nd place.

            Feature race winner:  Phineas Comador “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas.

 

 

 

July 4, 1930 2 mile oiled dirt oval Dodge City Speedway northeast of Dodge City, Kansas

            Car:  His own Fronty Ford #5

 Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

August 8, 1930½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, Missouri

           Car:  Bobtail Ford Frontenac #52

Finish:  Harrier ran the 4th fastest lap of 33.8 seconds in time trials which was only slower than the laps turned in by Tullio M. “Toots” Campo of Kansas City, Missouri who was driving a Deauchenan (or Deschano) #38-2 powered by a Frontenac engine; Fred Littleton of Kansas City, Missouri in the D & L special #76 and Larry Steele of Tulsa, Oklahoma who was driving a Laurel Ford.

                           Harrier finished 3rd in the 3-car, 5-lap 2nd heat race behind Major Cline of Knoxville, Tennessee in a Chevrolet and Happy Fox of St. Louis, Missouri who was driving a Davis special.

                           Harrier won the 5-car, 8-lap 3rd heat race in 4:47.8.  Happy Fox of St. Louis, Missouri finished in 2nd place in the Davis special.

                           Harrier won the 8-car, 10-lap sweepstakes race in 6:05.8 despite losing a wheel on the 7th lap of the race.  Phil Cline of Knoxville, Tennessee, who was driving a Laurel Ford, finished in 2nd place.

              Feature race winner:  Phineas Comador “Dad” Harrier of Topeka, Kansas who was driving a Frontenac #52.

 

August 28, 1930½ mile dirt oval North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas

           Car:  His own Ford Frontenac

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

            Feature race winner:  Vern McComb of North Chicago, Illinois who was driving the Palmer special #500.

 

August 23, 1931½ mile dirt oval Ozark State Fairgrounds at Carthage, MissouriSanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (I.M.C.A.)

           Finish:  Harrier ran the 4th fastest lap of 33.5 seconds in time trials.

                           Harrier finished 4th in the 1st heat race.

                           Harrier finished 6th in the 2nd heat race.

 

September 3, 1931½ mile dirt oval North Central Kansas Fairgrounds at Belleville, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Harrier’s name does not appear in the published results of these races.

            Feature race winner:  Lew Irwin of Iola, Kansas who was driving the Lawhon special #X3 which was owned by George Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri.

 

 

 

September 8, 1931 ½ mile dirt oval Kossuth County Fairgrounds at Algona, Iowa

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

 

 

September 22, 1931½ mile dirt oval Jasper County Fairgrounds at Newton, Iowa

Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  These races were postponed until September 26, 1931 due to rain.

 

 

 

September 26, 1931½ mile dirt oval Jasper County Fairgrounds at Newton, Iowa

            Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

  Finish:  Harrier finished 2nd in the 2nd 5-mile heat race behind Phil Cline of Knoxville, Tennessee.

                             Harrier finished 2nd in the 3rd 5-mile heat race behind Phil Cline of Knoxville, Tennessee.

            Feature race winner:  Phil Cline of Knoxville, Tennessee

 

 

 

October 3, 19312 mile oiled dirt oval Dodge City Speedway northeast of Dodge City, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

  Finish:  Harrier placed in 2nd place in the feature race but no other results of these races have been located to date.

 

 

 

October 7, 1931 – ½ mile dirt oval Cowley County Fairgrounds at Winfield, Kansas

            Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

 Finish:  Results of these races have yet to be located.

 

 

 

1931 – ½ mile dirt oval Anthony Downs at Anthony, Kansas

           Car:  Harrier’s own Fronty special #5

Finish:  Actual results of these races have yet to be located but Dad Harrier was involved in a serious accident in these races.

 

Dad Harrier was known to be an honest man and fair in all of his dealings with his competitors.  He was a conservative race driver who was seldom involved in accidents.  He was also a master mechanic and a sought-after traveling companion by his competitors, although he would not put up with any foolishness.  His hair had turned prematurely white which he was sensitive about until he learned to embrace it.  He was given the nickname “Dad” (or occasionally “Pop”), as a way the racing community acknowledged that he was known as the oldest driver racing on the midwestern auto racing circuit.  He probably was the oldest although he was not as old as most others thought he was.

 

The injuries Harrier suffered in the accident at Anthony, Kansas in 1931 necessitated his retirement from the sport.  He eventually succumbed to those injuries on December 1, 1938 at his home at Netawaka, Kansas and he is buried in the Netawaka Cemetery at Netawaka, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

"Dad" Harrier in his 1913 Ford Frontenac during prerace ceremonies on the racetrack before the start of the races at Hobart, Oklahoma on either September 11, 1925 or September 12, 1925.  Note that Harrier changed his car number from its usual #6 for these races as the Poole special #6 was also entered.

Jeff Adams collection

 

"Dad" Harrier of Hiawatha, Kansas in his 1913 Ford Frontenac right after a race in 1926.

David Harrier collection

 

This is one of "Dad" Harrier’s earlier cars.  Note the #8 car in the background as well.

Jeff Adams collection

 

This is a publicity photo taken of “Dad” Harrier in one of his Fronty Ford race cars.

Page 9 of the August 17, 1929 issue of the Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa

 

"Dad" Harrier’s personal racing salvage yard behind his home on United States rural mail route #27 at Topeka, Kansas in 1930.

Mike Cline collection

 

"Dad" Harrier in his #52 bobtail at Carthage, Missouri on August 8, 1930.  He won a race that day while finishing on only three wheels.  Note that the car number was also his real age at the time although press reports of the day incorrectly gave his age as being 67.

Mike Cline collection

 

 

 

Netawaka Cemetery on the west edge of Netawaka, Kansas.

I visited this cemetery several years ago in search for this grave.  It is a rather large cemetery and I had no idea where to start looking but, after driving slowly around the cemetery, I stopped and started walking from grave to grave reading the names on the tombstones.  After all, I had the entire day to search.  As it turned out though, I had parked my car less than 50 feet from the grave.  When I began walking from grave to grave, I even wound up choosing the right row of tombstones to begin my search and located the tombstone within just seconds after I left my car.  If you known anything more about Phineas Comadore “Dad” Harrier, please contact Bob Lawrence at:  sprintguy @ cox.net

Bob Lawrence photo

 

 

 

 

 

* After his race driving career, Topeka, Kansas dairyman, Duclay “Ducky” Scott (c1906 - after 1937), said to have been a promoted Topeka dairyman, promoted several auto races in Kansas before going east to promote auto thrill shows with his “Congress of Daredevils” a.k.a. “American Daredevils” in the eastern states.  If you know anything more about “Ducky” Scott, please contact Bob Lawrence at: sprintguy @ cox.net

 

** Note that Harrier was entered in races at more than one racetrack on this date, although he most likely did not compete in all of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You:

Darren Galpin and David Harrier