NATMUS founder John Martin Smith and his wife Bobbie were both
killed in an automobile accident on 10/5/2011 near Auburn, IN.
John Martin, an attorney, served on
numerous boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations. He is
the founder of the DeKalb County Historical Society, the Auburn Cord
Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and the National Automotive & Truck
Museum of the United States, Inc. (NATMUS).
1998, John Martin,
Bobbie and others from NATMUS developed an agreement with Don Mayton
and his crew to loan them Futurliner #10 to restore and show around
John Martin served on the Board of
Trustees and as President of the Indiana Historical Society, on the
Board of Directors of the American Truck Historical Society, and on
the Board of Directors of Indiana Landmarks. He also held several
public offices, including the Board of Trustees and President of the
Eckhart Public Library, Auburn City Attorney, and as DeKalb County
Historian from 1982 until his death
language arts at the Martinsville Junior High School and then taught
English at Auburn High School. She then worked part time as a
secretary and bookkeeper in the law office for several years. In 1976,
Bobbie founded Smith-Cornell, Inc. to manufacture and sell plaques and
markers for historic properties across the nation. She sold that
business in 1991 and then went to work for the NATMUS museum in Auburn
until her retirement.
They will both be missed.