The Kissel Motor Car Company of Hartford, Wisconsin was founded in 1906 by Louis Kissel and his sons. He owned the firm until 1930. In addition to motor cars, they also manufactured trucks, hearses, fire trucks, taxis and utility vehicles.
In a World War I news article in Motor West (Oct. 15, 1917) W.L. Hughson (President of the Pacific Kissel Kar branch) said that he had donated his famous Kissel Military Scout Car, recently used to blaze the "Three Nation Run" to the government department which deals with camouflage.
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