Stacey Hinks: "A Buster Brown Wagon was a very strong child’s coaster wagon. It was a good size in the era in which it was built, 1910 - 1925, (and was) constructed of good, well-selected wood. The wheels had steel hubs, wooden spokes and rims, and (were each fitted) with a steel tire that was applied hot in the same manner as with the agricultural wagons of the day. The secret of the wheels was that they rolled on roller bearings. The wagon was one of the fastest of the day. ... I still have (my) wagon and celebrated my 80th birthday last year."
Arnold Kennedy: "The . . . wagons could also be used for hauling around town. They were a light yellow varnish colour with red wooden-spoked wheels, roller bearings, cotter pins (to hold in the bearings), caps on both ends (of the axles). The box was about 4 inches deep with a curve at the front with a tongue to swing on. A young lad often was called Buster as a nickname, hence the name of the wagon."
Extra Information From Quiz Committee:
Ski attachments were also available that could replace the wheels, allowing the wagon to be used as a toboggan in winter. The wagon was made by Woodstock Wagon & Manufacturing Co. Ltd, located on the west side of Ingersoll Road, between Cedar Creek and the present Feed Mill. The Company was founded in 1895, with Arnold Henry Clynick as its Secretary and Manager. It made horse-drawn farm wagons, dump-trucks and farm sleighs, and later the Buster Brown Wagon. After cars came into use, business fell off and the factory closed before 1930. But by 1928, branching to another line of work, A.H. Clynick and Sons already owned 2 of the 10 Service Stations then newly operating in Woodstock.
- Woodstock Museum - history archives
- Doug M. Symons, ‘The Village That Straddled A Swamp’, page 45 (Oxford Historical Society)
- Burgessville Museum School: Buster Brown Wagon on display