Did You Know?

Did You Know?

With the interest in the preserving of the Nabors Trailers Sign headed up by David Calhoun it appears appropriate for a historical article to be written about W.C. Nabors, the owner and founder of the Nabors Trailers Company. W.C. (Will) Nabors was born in Naborton, La. on Dec. 16, 1877. There aren’t many people living today that knew Mr. Nabors personally. This writer knew him but not on a social level.

W.C. Nabors was one of the earlier DeSoto students attending L.S.U. and received an accounting degree. He was employed as an accountant in Shreveport at the time he bought the Ford Agency and moved back to Mansfield, La. He built his first home at the S.W. corner of Martha Ave. and First St. This home was moved to Grand Cane in 1919. He built his next home on the east side of U.S. Hwy 171 and kept the name Briarwood. He had married Cara Rives who was the daughter of Albert Rives and he had already named that location Briarwood. It is interesting to note that this is the location at the bottom of Hungerbeller Hill was the last location that a family of American Indians had occupied near Mansfield.

W.C. Nabors realized if he was going to be able to sell Ford trucks that a trailer would be needed to haul logs to the sawmill. Until this time logs were hauled by wagons pulled by mules or oxen. To develop a trailer company he took Willard D. Benson as Vice President and Earnest L. Martin as Secretary/Treasurer. Nabors and Martin developed the trailer hookup called a “5th Wheel” which revolutionized the trucking industry. It was agreed between them that the survivor of the two would own this successful patent. Mr. Nabors ended up with the patent because Mr. Martin predeceased him.



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