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Building the Vision: 'Let's get the walls up' on N-B/Civic Center plan

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Again, I find myself most gratified to have received a call last week from a mother inquiring about the possible completion date of the Civic Center. Her daughter is planning her wedding and will actually consider planning the reception in accordance with the availability of the Center. That says to me that there is a definite need for the Center and a desire to get into it ASAP. Let's do it, people ... .let's get the walls up. Please continue to donate to the project, whether as a one-time gift or a pledge. We appreciate your support. We are applying for grants and hope to receive word about several of them soon. There are still NAPS credits available, and your contribution is tax-deductible.

Now, on with the history that makes up our aviation heritage here in Marshall, Mo. ...

On March 13, 1928, The Marshall Democrat-News published the following article about the new Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Factory. Read this, then drive by the location to see what remains.

"Nicholas-Beazley Commences Work on New Factory

"This Part of the Airplane Plant Will Be

"80 by 140 Feet along West North Street

"Preliminary work for construction of the new airplane factory building of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company started yesterday. This preliminary work is the tearing away of some wooden structures on the site of the new building.

"The factory building will be placed just west of the present new structure of this company, along West North Street. It will be 80 by 140 feet, and will be of the same material as the structure completed last fall, brick with the solid steel metal sash of the side. The new building will extend west from the present building to Ellsworth Street. While a wall will separate the two structures, an appearance will be given of a continuous building for the whole block.

"Later, according to Russell Nicholas, president of Nicholas-Beazley, a 300-foot building will be erected along the south side of this lot, this filling the whole block. This future building probably will be put up in the summer or fall.

"We expect to be ready to sell monoplanes within ten to twelve months," Mr. Nicholas said. "In the meantime, while we are waiting for machinery and other equipment for manufacturing our all-metal plane, we will construct five test ships of our new monoplane. These five ships will not be for sale."

"The monoplanes will be equipped with Nicholas-Beazley's own motor," Mr. Nicholas said. One of the large machine shops of the United States now is building these motors in quantity. This is an air-cooled engine suitable for the type of monoplane the company is building. Within six or eight weeks the first of these motors will be received for careful testing. Upon final approval one thousand of them will be made up at once.

"There is no other airplane manufacturing concern in the United States which supplies its own ships and motors," Mr. Nicholas said. All the others buy separate motors.

"The Nicholas-Beazley Company yesterday filed 148 orders, the largest number in a single day. Orders average about one hundred a day, it was said.

"A restaurant building 20 by 16 feet is being erected on the flying field. Frank Duggins will have this café. The building is being placed just east of the gasoline filling station owned by George T. Duggins. The structure is of brick and stucco and carries out the orange and green color of the filling station."

Check this out ...

As a youngster, I can remember the excitement throughout town when someone would climb the pole on the courthouse to fix the lights. Look at this article from The Marshall Democrat-News, dated March 27, 1924:

"Marshall Has Cranitis Now

"Chief Sport in the Business Section These Days

"Is Watching "Birds" on the Courthouse Dome

Marshall residents have the cranitis these days. This comes from craning their necks upward watching the work of fixing the lights on the pole on top of the Courthouse and on the dome.

"Schieberl, Donahue, and Mistler are the "birds" doing the work. Donahue seems to have a great liking for the pole, probably because he is a parachute jumper. At any rate, Donahue, who is generally known as "Jimmy," sat the other day on the ball that has topped the pole for so many years and holding on only with his knees and feet threw kisses out to Saline County. Jimmy certainly gave the spectators a thrill.

"This ball, which has now been taken down to make a place for the big light that goes on the top of the pole is 14 inches in diameter. It is of copper and is hollow. The ball was made by Henry Patterson and is said to have been the "top" of the Courthouse for forty-two years. The ball shows dents in it, believed to have been caused by big hail storms. A small hole was made in the top and through this al lightning rod projected.

The pole has a total length of 51 feet 8 inches. Of this, 26 feet is above the roof, leaving the pole extending down 25 feet and 8 inches into the building. The base, which is on big beams just above the clock works, is 12 inches square and tapers to 6 inches in diameter at the top."

Building the Vision appears on Wednesday.

Building the Vision