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Brick Author Pens Book on NJ Automotive Pioneer, Will Appear at Brick Library

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Around the World in 1909 - Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile
Around the World in 1909 – Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile

An author from Brick Township has released her latest title, a biography of New Jersey transportation and automotive pioneer Harriet Fisher.

Lisa Begin-Kruysman’s Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile, will also appear at the Brick library June 16 to discuss the book, which chronicles the remarkable journey of the fiery and intrepid New Jersey anvil industrialist, Harriet White Fisher, who set her sights on experiencing the world in a motor car.

In July of 1909, after purchasing a state-of-the art Locomobile, Fisher embarked on a journey accompanied by her driver, Harold Brooks, British butler Albert, Italian maid Maria, and a young Boston bull terrier named Honk-Honk.

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During the course of their 13 month-long, 22,000 mile voyage, Fisher and her companions explored remote corners of the earth where no man, woman or domesticated house pet had ever ventured. Whether camping in the wilds of India, or relaxing in the posh palaces owned by royal dignitaries, the brave band of unlikely travelers met new challenges during each leg of their trip.

Begin-Kruysman will discuss her collaboration at the library appearance with a descendant of one of the trip’s automotive explorers. A Brick resident, she has has authored several popular books, including Something’s Lost and Must be Found (a collection of dog-centric short stories inspired by her blog), Full Snow Moon (a young adult novel), When We Fostered Furley (grades 3-5), and Dog’s Best Friend: Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week. All titles are available through the Ocean County Library System.

The library appearance will take place Tuesday, June 16th at 7 p.m. at the Brick Township Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    Revisionist history at best. Before the party line was blacks were deprived of fighting for their country in World War Two…now all the books say we couldn’t have won it with out them. Then in Viet Nam they were sent to the front in higher disproportionate numbers than whites. I have had enough of the white men on TV being portrayed as the goofy putz unable to think for themselves while other races or sexes are elevated at their cost.