The idea of Dodge trucks and their legacy of being able to do almost anything didn't spring from the mind of either Walter P. Chrysler or even the Dodge brothers. (Indeed, Dodge Brothers never made a truck while the brothers were alive.)
Dodge trucks actually began with three brothers named Graham.
Ray, Robert, and Joseph Graham were born in the 1880s in Washington, Indiana. They got their start with a successful glass factory in Evansville in 1907; after they sold it, the glass factory became Libbey-Owens-Ford.
In 1916, seeing the need for a good, dependable truck to serve people such as themselves, the Graham brothers entered the truck body business. By 1919, they had produced the Truck-builder, which today would be a called a glider, a basic platform from which a customer could spec a truck according to his or her needs. The Truck-builder consisted of a frame, cab, body, and a Torbensen internal gear drive; this allowed customers to build their own trucks, often using engines, t...