Kaiser Frazer  Family Photos
 

Betty is the child in the right corner of the picture.  Betty's Uncle George is standing with Vera, his wife-to-be.  Uncle George bought this 1947 Frazer brand new in LaCrosse from Betty's "one-day-in-the-future" father-in-law, Wilbur Hucker.  Now that is quite a coincidence!

Uncle George put 50,000 miles on the Frazer driving it to work from the San Pierre farm to Michigan City. He then traded it at LaCrosse Motor Sales for an all yellow 1949 Kaiser with 20,000 miles.
 


 

This is Betty's parents,
Helen and Milton Gundlach
with their dark green 1947 Frazer.

Purchased April 7, 1948.

They were living near North Judson,
Indiana, at the time.



1947 Frazer

Helen and her
1947 Frazer Manhattan.

Purchased on May 21, 1951
with 41,800 miles.

 

 


This is Betty, her older brother, Ron, and their baby sister, Nancy.
Is this the '47 Frazer on the right?
This must be the winter of 1948/49.

 


Here is Betty and her little sister, Nancy, again - with the '47 Frazer?
Did their dad add the three "Buick ornaments" on the fender?

 


This might have been taken at the Pulaski County, Indiana, racetrack.

 


These photos were taken on the farm in rural Starke County.
This 1951 Henry J was owned by Chuck's brother, Wilbur, Jr.
To the right is their dad's 1949 Kaiser,
and to its right is the "outhouse," a common sight years ago!
 

 


 

Chuck's brother, Wil, sitting in Chuck's latest purchase, another 1955 Kaiser!

 

Wil and Rich, Chuck's two older brothers, have many stories about their dad's Kaiser Frazer dealership.  The two brothers are older than Chuck and both worked at LaCrosse Motor Sales.
 

Here is an interesting tale by Chuck's brother, Richard:

One day in the early 1950s, while Dad was uptown eating at Ray’s Grill, a young man in his mid-30's stopped in at our Kaiser Frazer dealership. He was driving a black "35" Ford in really good condition. He was towing an aircraft with U.S. Military markings with the tail wheel up on the hitch and it was running on the main gear. The wings were removed or folded and attached to the fuselage. It was a low wing monoplane with a closed canopy and resembled an AT-6 which the military used as a Trainer.  He called it a Douglas "Skylark". I was not familiar with this particular aircraft and through the years have not found any information on that model.  Douglas produced a number of aircraft for the military with "Sky" in the name. Such as Skyraider, Skynight, Skystreak, Skyshark, Skywarrior, and others. And . . . there were prototypes and variations of a model to meet the needs of the different branches of service.

This young man wanted to trade the Ford and the aircraft even up for a 1946 Lincoln on the used car lot that Dad had taken in on trade from a fellow named Bud Cummings from San Pierre. The Lincoln had push button doors, and I know it had an L head with something like 10-12 cylinders in a row.  When Dad came back from the restaurant, I tried to convince him that this was a really good deal. An airplane sitting on a used car lot would draw a lot of attention and probably sell more cars - so I told Dad. However, Dad wasn’t convinced. He knew that I was intensely interested in aircraft and at age 15 I was old enough to train for my pilot's license. He reasoned (correctly) that the aircraft wouldn't be sitting on the used car lot very long before it made the trip out to our farm. We had a very nice pasture to accommodate this plane.

That was in the spring and the Lincoln sat there all summer. He finally sold that monster for something like $600.00. The Lincoln turned out to sit on the lot for a much longer time than Dad had hoped. Dad had figured when I was relating the message that I had no intention of the plane sitting on the lot - but rather it would end up on our 20 acre farm in San Pierre! Dad was right!!

I often wondered about that plane. It was fabric covered and painted silver with the military markings. It had a small 3 cornered tear in the fabric on the rudder which I pointed out. The young man said he had the patching materials in the car. Since it was fabric . . . I think it is fair to say it was a training aircraft or a prototype and not a fighter aircraft.

Years later I visited the Aircraft Museum in Wichita, Kansas and asked around about the Skylark with no results. For Douglas History see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Aircraft_Company   

I also did a little research at the Air and Space Museum in Washington with the same results.

 

 

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