Madison Trivia: Bascom Clarke And The Car Siren
I talked to my cousin Tim over the holidays. He said grandpa (Hiram Hynum) used to talk about Uncle Bascom. He doesn’t remember him being a chauffeur but he was a young man when he came up from Texas so he probably did a variety of tasks. He said grandpa said Uncle Bascom had a car early on and told him a story about Uncle B’s dislike of slow poke drivers. He was so annoyed that he went and got a siren put on the car. However, that displeased a number of people including some on the city council. There wasn’t a law against regular citizens having sirens at that time so they started working on writing one. So Grandpa sneaked in one night, removed the siren and put on a long, loud horn. Uncle Bascom was angry at first but then decided he liked the horn better. I asked my cousin if he knew what year this took place and he said no.