In 1905, a Swedish immigrant by the name of Martis Jerk came to America from Dalarna, Sweden. He changed his name to Eric Carl Wickman when entering the country which was a common pracitce among immigrants at the time in fear of being labeled as a “foreigner.” He then dropped the first name of Eric and went simply by Carl Wickman.
In 1914, Carl Wickman was laid off from the Alice mine where he worked as a drill operator. In his free time, he noticed that many miners had a problem getting to and from work. An idea sprung up in his head that if he were to sell a vehicle that would be reasonably priced as well as effecient in getting the miners to and from work on time, he would not need to go back to the underground mines where it was often dangerous. So in 1914, Wickman became a salesman for the Hupmobile and also a partnership owner in the company. The Hupmobile never sold well.
In 1915, after seeing the failing sales of the seven passenger Hupmobile, he tried to show his clients what a great product the Hupmobile was by literally giving them rides to and from work for a cheap fifteen cents a ride. When he found out that giving the miners transportation was more profit producing, Wickman created the Mesaba Transportation Company. Carl Wickman did have a partner int his business that little is ever talked about named Andrew “Bus Andy” Anderson.
Three years after starting the company, Wickman was running 18 buses and was making $40,000. In 1922, He sold the company for $60,000.
In 1933, the company was formally named The Greyhound Corporation and was running nationally.
In 1954, Carl Wickman passed away and it made national headlines appearing in the New York Times in the February 6, 1954 edition.
Today, Hibbing is the home to the Greyhound Bus Origin Museum but that museum’s history is a story in itself which we will get to in a bit. The museum is believed to be located right on the original path that Wickman used to run his transit lines.
Source: Greyhound Bus Origin Museum & Wikipedia; 1 & 2