Many of the early car makers had originally been bicycle, or wagon, or farm equipment, or sewing machine manufacturers. Some additional names that fit these categories were:
Winton (bicycles), Pope (bicycles), Rambler (bicycles), Holsman (wagons), Case (farm equipment), White (sewing machines) and Lozier (bicycles AND sewing machines!).
The Winton has the distinction of being the impetus for the origin of the Packard!
James Ward Packard bought a Winton automobile, and after taking it back to the factory numerous times for repairs and adjustments, Mr. Winton–in a fit of picque–told Packard, “If you think you can make a better car, why don’t you?”. Within a few years, Winton was out of business, and Packard was established as the maker of superior automobiles.
David Dunbar Buick made his first fortune as a bathtub manufacturer, and he also designed an improved lawn sprinkler before he entered the auto business.
The Stanley brothers became wealthy as manufacturers of photographic plates before they began to design a steam-powered car. They later built a huge hotel in Colorado which was the scene of the filming of the movie, “The Shining”.
Incidentally, while I am also unable to add anything additional on the fascinating city of Kenosha, I can regale you with some info about Cleveland’s role in the auto industry!