- Author: Susana C. Bruzzone-Miller
A Marmon, Thelma Hansen’s personal vehicle, was endowed to the University in 1993 as part of the Hansen estate, a major funding source for UC HAREC (http://ucanr.edu/sites/hansenagcenter/). The car with an interesting history including being remodeled into a pickup truck, fire, theft, and abandonment in a storage shed for 50 years, was needless to say, in disrepair and barely recognizable. A talented Moorpark rancher and auto enthusiast by the name of Charles Bedford Schwabauer came to the Marmon’s rescue. Charles volunteered countless hours to meticulously restore the antique car to its original grandeur worthy of the reputation as a reliable, speedy, and upscale means of transportation of the era. The gleaming 1917 Marmon Model 34 Cloverleaf Roadster is currently housed and on display at the Murphy’s Auto Museum located in Oxnard http://www.murphyautomuseum.org.
The staff of the UC Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Schwabauer and would like to acknowledge his generous contribution to the University.