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Sheckles Travel Diary

Identifier: RH-A-3636

Scope and Contents

This travel diary is written by the mother of the Sheckles family. The Sheckles family left Dowagiac, Michigan, on May 26, 1950 and traveled in their car nicknamed the chief. The family would either camp or stay in a motel each night on their trip. On this trip it is the mother Marguerite Sheckles, the daughter Backus, and two sons Loyd nicknamed Loydie and John nickname Johnnie. They travel down to Texas to visit their grandmother who is Marguerite’s mother. The grandmother owned a 650 acre ranch. The Sheckles family spent a few days with Grandmother Williams before they left to visit friends, the Gingrich family and the Carpenters family. The family travels through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas on their way down. The family also stopped at the Onandaga caves and the Ozarks on the trip down. On their journey home they traveled through Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and back to Michigan. They visited Mammoth cave in Missouri. They returned to Michigan on June 16, 1950. The father of this family, Loyd W. Sheckles did not go on this trip.


  • Creation: 1950



1 Volumes

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Physical Description

This journal is 44 pages of written accounts, photos and postcards from this family’s trip. The book is in good condition. A few holes in the pages but it is still legible.


This collection is a single travel diary from the Sheckles trip from Michigan to Texas to visit their grandmother and various other people. This trip was in the year 1950.

Sheckles Travel Diary Finding Aid
Stephanie Davis
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

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