William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
Finding aid for
Hazel L. Sloan Motorcycle Journal, 1914
Duane Norman Diedrich CollectionFinding aid created by
Katie Heddle; Mary Parsons, July 2009; and Meg Hixon, October 2011
Hazel L. Sloan motorcycle journal
Sloan, Hazel L., b. 1898
The Hazel L. Sloan motorcycle journal chronicles six trips taken near Youngwood, Pennsylvania, by the young woman and several of her friends in the summer of 1914. The journal is accompanied by a pencil sketch of an Indian motorcycle.
The material is in English
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Hazel L. Sloan Motorcycle Journal, Duane Norman Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Hazel L. Sloan was born in September 1898 in Pennsylvania. She was the only child of Samuel Francis Sloan (b. 1874) and his wife Laura J. (b. 1876). When Hazel was very young, her family lived in Pittsburg where her father worked for the railroad as a locomotive fireman. By 1910, the family had moved southeast of Pittsburg to Westmoreland County, settling in the Youngwood area of Hempfield Township. Hazel's father had become a railroad engineer with the Penn. R.R. Co., by this time. She married before 1920.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Hazel L. Sloan motorcycle journal chronicles six trips taken near Youngwood, Pennsylvania, by the young woman and several of her friends in the summer of 1914. During that summer, the fifteen-year-old rode out on both Indian and Thor motorcycles, accompanied by her friends Ralph, Mabel, and Lawrence, and she cheerfully related their adventures in her notebook. Tire blowouts and other mechanical failures plagued the riders throughout their adventures, and the riders often found themselves additionally hampered by the weather or by poor road conditions; despite these mishaps, however, Hazel maintained a happy attitude and fully relished "the good times of the summer of 1914" (November 8, 1914). She recounted six day-long trips taken between September 20, 1914, and November 8, 1914, when a light snowfall forced an abrupt end to the journey and, moreover, signaled the conclusion of the riding season. Based in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, the cyclists visited Derry, Bear Rocks, Connellsville, Ligonier, New Stanton, Ruffsdale, and Jeannette, and postponed an October 25 venture due to a broken machine. The small, cloth-bound pocket notebook originally belonged to Samuel Francis Sloan, Hazel's father, and bears an illustration of a man and a steer on its cover. The journal is accompanied by a pencil sketch of an Indian motorcycle.
- Indian motorcycle.
- Pennsylvania--Description and travel.
- Drawings (visual works)