|My father and mother, the year they married, on a camping/hunting trip in Texas. Not sure if this is a Studebaker.|
I don't know when they first came about, but before I was born, the Rogers guys were driving Studebakers. OK, to be a good historian, I'll check over on the web.
The Studebaker family had originally made wagons after immigrating from Holland in 1736.
|The brothers Studebaker|
|My father in center, with Ada Phillips Swasey Rogers and George Elmore Rogers Sr. in front of their car. They drove to Dallas Texas from either San Antonio or Houston when my sis and I were born in 1942 and 46.|
After making an electric car, the Studebakers switched to gas, and for about 50 years made the cars that were well known for quality. The troubles of car companies didn't miss theirs, even when they merged several times with others, and they closed in 1966.
|Studebaker Champion first generation, 1939|
|Barbara's eighth birthday, Aug 23, 1950, St. Louis, MO|
|Studebaker four-door sedan|
This was probably our last Studebaker, around 1957, St. Ann Missouri. I'm on left, and dear Dad on right.
1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner, showing the streamlined design of the 1950s Studebaker
Since I didn't learn to drive until 1958, that meant I learned on a car that was several years old, and by the time I was in college, my father had found another brand to drive, but I learned on a Studebaker.
So when my friend, Phil, posted this picture on FaceBook of an old (not refurbished) Studebaker in New Jersey, I had moments of my early car memories!
I also included the family Studebaker in a picture last week from our visit to Wisconsin cousins.