The newspaper article confirms some of the events, fills in some details about other events and corrects my memory of other events. I would not have known that we left midweek. The article states that we arrived in Chicago at 12:30 pm which does not explain why I have memories of changing trains when it was dark.
On a side note, I didn't know my dad was a track star. I vaguely remember some talk about track but no details. And it is too late to ask my dad.
Thanks again, Rick.
1. "Family from Coast Here for Fourth." Columbus Evening Dispatch, July 2, 1955. pages 1,2