|Employees at Doherty Manufacturing Company|
|Doherty's elaborate stove designs|
had two pistons in one cylinder and was said to be vibration free. Thomas built Sarnia's first Automobile in 1895, largely from bicycle parts. The 3 wheeled vehicle was powered by a huge coil spring that had to be manually wound every few blocks. His next car was a 5 seater seen here, with 4 cylinders, pneumatic tires and a water cooled engine. This novelty was not well loved in town though - often seen as a nuisance and scaring horses. In fact, his car was banned from the Sarnia & Florence Plank Road by its private owners for spooking a horse and upsetting the carriage. This ban was even upheld in a court of law when Doherty challenged it. "Doherty's Red Touring Car Put Out of Business by a Trolley baggage Car" declared the Sarnia Observer in 1903 when Doherty's Automobile and the baggage car of the Sarnia Street Railway affectionately "kissed" each other.