XENIA — When automobiles became popular, Paul Hawkins wanted to manufacture a car and so encourage several investors to back his project of a narrow gauge auto complete with a deluxe two cycle air cooled engine. He stated that the little car had run at two cents per mile. In 1914, the Hawkins Cycle Car Company began to produce a car which was about 40 inches wide and eight feet long. About 100 people entered the contest to name the new car. The wining name selected was Xenia Cycle Car.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and weekly historical columnist.