"Our first car was a National, a 1915 touring car made by Vichi Motor Vehicle Company in Indianapolis."
"One crisp morning at 6 a.m. my parents, two sisters and myself at the wheel set out to visit our sister Helen, who was working in Sault Ste. Marie. I was 18 years old and did all the driving. The states had not yet begun to post any numbered routes. The rule of thumb was to follow the most traveled road when confronted with four corners or a fork in the road. Highways were gravel. There was always the threat of a nearby forest fire (it was a dry summer). We relied on instinct and asking. The first day brought us to Cadillac after twelve hours and two hundred miles. We did get to Sault Ste. Marie safely and had a wonderful couple days picnicing with Helen. The return to Watervliet was arduous and challenging."
The details of this trip were written by Henry in the magazine Michigan History, issue Novenber/December 1985. It was entitled "A Car and a Camera" and was described as an odyssey from Southwestern Michigan and back. His sister Helen later married Tracy Shane. The Shanes had six children.
My note: Back in May I serialized the entire Michigan History article and worked out how their route could be followed using today's highways and roads. If anyone who was not on the original Email list wants to see all or a sample, let me know.
The Wisconsin River flows 430 miles across the state from Lac Vieux Desert in northern Wisconsin to its junction with the Mississippi River ar Wyalusing State Park in southwestern Wisconsin. Known as "the nation's hardest working river," it has many power dams and resevoirs, mainly on its upper and middle portions along the lower stretch with beautiful scenery and numerous islands.