Battle Creek Enquirer 16 Mar 1952

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Battle Creek Enquirer 16 Mar 1952 - 1952 the has for as the also finger-lings is...
1952 the has for as the also finger-lings is the to to Travels By Thumb Hitchhiker Has Toiired VERMONTVILLE Fred Ryd-holm, Ryd-holm, Ryd-holm, teacher and assistant coach in the Vermontville Rural Agricultural Agricultural school, has hitchhiked enough miles to have taken him around the world. He kept track of his mileage for the first 24,000 miles, but has made many trips since that time. .In fact, Mr. Rydholm has traveled through 44 of the 48 states, visiting Yosemlte National park, the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, the Dakota Dakota Badlands, the Everglades, Key West, Oiympia, Tallahassee and Tampa, to mention a few. Hiking Since 12 He experienced his first hitchhiking hitchhiking when 12 years of age. He comes originally from Marquette, and Is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Eber F. Rydholm. As a boy he went on hikes through the woods. Indulged In snow shoe shoe hikes during the winter months, and, always a great admirer of basketball, used to hitchhike to basketball games. It's quite possible he Inherited some of his like for travel from his great-grandfather, great-grandfather, great-grandfather, Dower Phil'-lips, Phil'-lips, Phil'-lips, who died in Africa while seeking seeking diamond mines. . When Mr. Rydholm was 14 he secured a job at the Bay City health camp for undernourished and crippled crippled children. He did everything from scrubbing floors to entertaining entertaining the children with his magic tricks, which he still performs. In high school he was an adept football and basketball player, and was champion in the low hurdles for the upper peninsula. Joined the Nary After a year at Albion college he joined the navy, where he served from June. 1943. to May. 1946. He served six months with the hospital corps In Oregon, and his location afforded him many opportunities to travel to nearby points of scenic beauty. In fact, it was while he was in the navy that he did most of his hitchhiking. Once hi headed for Alaska, got as far as Canada, but his leave was nearly over, so he headed back. He hopes some day to complete this venture. During his trips he found persons 1 1 3l -i.s.;.".i -i.s.;.".i ' FRED RYDHOLM anxious to help him in any way they could. When asked If he has some special special "pose " to hook a ride, his answer was no, but he stated he was always honest with everyone; he told them he was out to see the country. He never refused a ride with anyone, although some of the circumstances In which he found himself proved amusing. Drivers Were Obliging Drivers have driven hundreds of miles out of their way to show Fred some historical place, a park, or perhaps to view a mountain range, or maybe just to take him where he wanted to go. They have bought him meals. Invited him into their homes, taken him to church with them, and given him valuable gifts. He has been offered, he estimates, close to a thousand dollars In money from wellwishers. He has accepted their hospitality, but never their money. Fred has been a guest of campers campers touring the country; has been asked to baby sit after being Invited home with travelers; has, on more 24,000 Miles than one occasion, found runaway boys whom he has been able to help, and upon on occasion was asked by a couple to take their little four year old girl. 'for keeps." It was in Milwaukee, Wis, that he persuaded some runaway boys to return home, and again in Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. And in Portland. Oregon, Oregon, a filthy paper boy who was roaming the streets at 2 a. m. was persuaded to remain at home, after Fred bought him a warm meal. Caafht la Downpour Pouring rain and wet clothes are no inducement for travelers to pick up hitch hikers. Once, just outside a college town In Michigan, Fred was caught in a downpour. He had been walking several miles when a college student, his wife, ' and a number of small children riding in an old beat-up beat-up beat-up Ford picked him up. The young husband and father had been attending college on the ,G. L bill, had completed his, course and was moving out. He drove all night, and the following morning insisted that Fred eat breakfast with them. Fred has accepted rides from per-'' per-'' per-'' sons of every color and creed. His shortest ride was 60 yards, when a farmer picked him up thinking Fred was a neighbor of his, and dropped him off when the farmer turned Into his own driveway. His longest ride was 800 miles from Florida up through Tennessee. When Ffed drives his own car-yes, car-yes, car-yes, he sometimes drives he never passes up a hitch hiker. While coming coming back from Florida last summer he picked up a young couple and their four-year-old four-year-old four-year-old four-year-old four-year-old daughter who wanted to join up with a circus at Pine Knot, Ky. They were typical hill people, and flat broke. He gave them money, his shirt and his shoes which he took off his feet, continuing continuing his trip in his Romeos. The little girl was very hungry, but instead instead of food the parents would give her a cigaret. Any one of his trips is worth several several hours' good listening, and Fred highly recommends hitchhiking as a splendid means of travel. in of to a

Clipped from Battle Creek Enquirer16 Mar 1952, SunPage 12

Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, Michigan)16 Mar 1952, SunPage 12
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