WILLARD VELIE grandson of JOHN DEERE graduated from Yale in 1888. He followed Horace Greeleys admonition to "Go WEST YOUNG MAN" and took the journey to Montana. There he met and married his college roommate's (William Flowerree) sister Annie Flowerree. Within fifteen years he would form
the Velie Motor company in Moline ILL.The Velie Car Co. became a leader in quality, not size. Today the Velie is remembered only by automobile buffs, but in its day it was prized for its combination of quality and low price.
In 1922 the U.S. Navy Dept. in New York tested 76 foreign and domestic cars. Its goal was to select the best features of automobiles motors for the adaptation to aircraft.Only eight passed thetest. Duesenberg, Fiat, Packard, Brewster,