Roosevelt in Fawick Flyer
Photo courtesy of Siouxland Heritage Museums

     Thomas Fawick was born in 1889 in Sioux Falls. At the age of seventeen, he went into business for himself. He was an inventor who designed cars. He built cars in Sioux Falls and called them Fawick Flyers. President Theodore Roosevelt rode in one when he was in Sioux Falls. His cars were some of the first to have four doors. They could go sixty miles an hour. They were said to be "quiet" cars, even though they could be heard four blocks away. When his cars did not sell well, Fawick left Sioux Falls to work for a company in Wisconsin. There he became known for his new designs for farm tractors. Later he invented a clutch that was used by the United States Navy and rubber grips for golf clubs. A Fawick Flyer can be seen at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls.