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Shelby Charter Township in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Vincent Family

Home at the Proving Grounds

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
1. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker
Inscription.  
It wasn't just an industrial testing facility.
The Proving Grounds was also home to superintendent Charles H. Vincent and his family, from its opening in 1928 to 1942. Charlie and his wife Lucille raised three daughters in the Lodge at the Proving Grounds — Cornellie, Dorothea, and Roberta. Charlie was the brother of Packard Chief Engineer Jesse Vincent, and he once joked that his brother Jesse designed and built the automobiles and Charlie would do his best to break them at the Proving Grounds.

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Charlie Vincent set up a golf driving range at the Proving Grounds for his recreation and for visiting dignitaries.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 39.68′ N, 83° 2.091′ W. Marker is in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on South Proving Grounds Boulevard west of Van Dyke Avenue
The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - far left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
2. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - far left image
Charlie Vincent with his foot on the running-board of a 1935 Twelve sedan.
, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Utica MI 48317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Quality First" (a few steps from this marker); Base of Operations (within shouting distance of this marker); Packard Proving Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Packard Motor Car Company / Packard Proving Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); In Times of War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Packard Takes Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Extreme Testing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Made for Speed (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelby Charter Township.
 
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The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - near left image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
3. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - near left image
Roberta, the youngest of the three Vincent daughters, at the main gate.
The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - near right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
4. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - near right image
Lucille Vincent with baby Roberta in a stroller in front of the Lodge garage.
The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - far right image image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of The Packard Motor Car Foundation.
5. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker - far right image
Charlie Vincent was an early ham radio buff and had a complete radio setup in his upstairs study in the Lodge.
The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 3, 2019
6. The Vincent Family: Home at the Proving Grounds Marker
This marker is the one on the left, next to the gate on South Proving Ground Boulevard.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 6, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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