Philippe: Norm Ringhand was a gentleman of the old school |

Philippe: Norm Ringhand was a gentleman of the old school

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Norm Ringhand. (See obituary, Summit Daily News, April 17, 2014.)

Over many years he and I wrestled back and forth with issues involving my developments on Old Main Street Frisco. He was a gentleman of the old school and always able to reach a compromise, ending a conversation with a smile and word of wisdom.

About his Model T. That 1921 Model T Ford coupe he bought and donated to the Frisco Historic Society is in my possession today. You can see it, you can touch it and you can get behind the wheel as it is on display at 313 Main St., The Frisco Emporium.

It is my honor to own it, and each day I look at it I am reminded of the many old Friscoites — some now long gone — who helped shape this community: like Helen Foote, the Gibersons, Sue Chamberlain, Jody Anderson, the Wilkinsons, the Drakes, the Zdechliks, the Thompsons and more.

But in true Frisco fashion there is a quirky side to the early-day automotive story. Norm bought the Model T from an associate who needed the money for a sex change operation! That’s the real story.

Robert S. Philippe


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User