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Building the Vision: Postal clerks hear about Nicholas-Beazley plant

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

I suspect this finds you still digging out from the surprisingly deep snowfall of last Thursday and Friday. It seems like it has been a long time in Marshall since we have had such a large amount of snow which pleases children (and teachers, too) with a "Snow Day" and the material with which to build snowmen, igloos, and forts. Hopefully, things are getting back on track for you, and you can continue to concentrate on the preparations for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

I am back at the computer to bring you more insights about Nicholas/Beazley. I hope you were able to absorb the "giving" facts I wrote about last week, and I hope, too, that you will give headquarters a call at (660) 886-2630 to receive more detailed information on how you can help Build the Vision.

I have at my disposal a real historical treasure. I am guarding it with my life until I can glean all I need from it, then return it in pristine condition. What is this thing? It is a 1931 Sabiduria. A what?? A Sabiduria ... the yearbook of Missouri Valley College. This one is invaluable in that it is rare, because the theme is "Air-Mindedness", and because it features the NB4 throughout its design.

You will realize that this 1931 edition was produced and published at a time when Marshall was in the national spotlight as a focal point for aviation. I will print for you the Theme Page content:

"One hundred percent air-minded?" ... that is the motto of Marshall, Missouri. Missouri Valley joins with her in "air-mindedness"; and to show that spirit, the art theme for the 1931 Sabiduria is based upon the airplane, featuring the Barling NB-4 'plane. The Barling airplane is manufactured in Marshall by two former students of Missouri Valley, Messrs. Nicholas and Beazley. It is with the aim of creating a keener interest in this enterprise that was the deciding factor in adopting the airplane theme. The airplane symbolizes, throughout the book, a College Education. With the exception of the first five opening pages, the art work has been executed by students of Missouri Valley College. E. Irving Braden, Art Editor."

The artwork is truly stunning, as is the layout of the book ... according to an old yearbook sponsor ... me. I hope that someday all of you will be able to peruse this wonderful book to get a "taste" of the past ... not only of the aviation theme, but of the college that has served this community so well.

"How can I get to see this?" you ask. Well, Dick Butterfield donated this book to be placed in the Nicholas/Beazley Aviation Museum, part of the Civic Center Project. It will be there, along with a wonderful array of mementoes and artifacts from the era of the dawn of flight. That leads me to inviting any of you who have articles, items, and memorabilia about the Nicholas/Beazley years in Marshall to consider donating them to be preserved for future generation. Again, just contact headquarters, to get more information. The number of items (including the most interesting pictures I have ever seen) that have been delivered to headquarters by interested individuals is staggering. Oh, what a fantastic museum we will have!

I must say that the opening of the World War I Museum in Kansas City is very exciting. I have been following the progress (and sometimes lack of progress) on that project for years. I see several parallels between that vision and ours in that it took a long time and a lot of work, but the visionaries never gave up. Preserving the past is something we must always do. What better way to learn history's lessons?

Enough of my introspection!

Check this out ...

The Marshall Democrat-News, June 13, 1929


"Civic Pride is Expressed in Welcoming Addresses

"Before the Meeting of Postal Clerks

"Postal clerks and others attending the meetings of the Missouri Federation of Post Office Clerks and the Women's Auxiliary heard some things about Marshall's prosperity and what made it prosperous from local speakers extending a welcome to the visitors Monday. There was a note of pride in the officials' voices as they recounted the successful efforts put forth here during the last eight or ten years.

"It is with pleasure that I represent the Marshall Chamber of Commerce in welcoming you to our city," said President W.A. Vawter. "Marshall is glad to be your host and extends the hand of welcome to all organizations wishing to accept her hospitality."

"This sentiment was reiterated by Owen C. Rawlings; Ed. E. Page; John A. Jones, postmaster; and J. C. Patterson, secretary of the Chamber, who also urged the visitors to ask the Chamber for any service they desired and expressed a desire that the clerks and delegates use the Chamber of Commerce freely.

"Marshall is a city of considerable civic pride, having an unusual mileage of paved streets, an exceptionally efficient municipal light and water system and educational facilities sufficient to care for the needs of the city for the coming generation ... including Missouri Valley College, Mercy Academy, an exceedingly fine system of public schools, and Murrell Memorial Library," President Vawter said. "We also have excellent railroads, three state highway routes, International Shoe Factory, employing 1,000 persons, with a payroll of $20,000 per week, and the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, which has been producing four Barling NB-3 monoplanes a week.

"Our industries are varied and our industrial and manufacturing plants fit the needs of our population, utilizing the serious effects following seasons of depression which periodically occur in any one line of business.

"Marshall's airplane factory, flying field, and the Page Milk Condensary are institutions that would excite interest in much larger cities. The airplane factory is not only a factory for a small plane that bids fair to make history in the flying end of the industry, but you will find also that Nicholas-Beazley Airplane company has the largest wholesale business of aeroplane parts and accessories in the United States, having branches in various cities in foreign countries as well as in America. The Airport will be of interest to you. It has been used five or six years by the Marshall Flying School, a subsidiary of the airplane company, for instruction in flying, and was brought up to government standards as soon as rules were instituted by that department.

"......I am sorry it will not be possible to visit the airplane plant, but changes being made there make this impossible. However, at the airport you will see the machine and the pilot, which hold the world's altitude record, perform."

Building the Vision appears Wednesday.

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