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Building the Vision: Groundbreaking on April 12; Pepper show April 2

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I want to apologize for the error regarding the date of the upcoming groundbreaking ceremonies. The true date is April 12. Mark your calendars and plan to join us, if you can. For many of us who have been actively involved in this project for a long time, April 12 will be a significant day both literally and figuratively. As you know, when you have a cause that is important in your life you place special emphasis on the time when it actually becomes a reality. The turning of the dirt, the comments of the dignitaries at the site, and the smiles on the faces will just be "icing on the cake" for the fact that Marshall is actually going to have a civic center and a museum that will serve the community and surrounding area for years to come.

Bryan Berlin and I will be appearing on the Paul Pepper Show, Channel 8 in Columbia, on April 2. This is our second appearance, and we are pleased that the producers have invited us back to give an update on the progress of our project. We will once again be making an appeal for support and for any historical information that listeners might have. Tune in, if you have a chance.

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Today's articles from The Marshall Democrat-News begin with one from the Nov. 21, 1929, issue which informs the public that production of planes at the Marshall plant is going at full throttle.

"Made Twenty-four Barlings During Month of October

"Production Going Forward At Rate of Four a Week

"-- Test New Engine -- School News

"During October, twenty-four Barling NB-3 monoplanes were produced at the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc. factory here. Production was divided equally between the LeBlond, Velie, and Genet-powered models. Production during the month of November will be carried on at the rate of four planes per week.

"Try Out New Engine

"A Barling NB-3 monoplane with a Kinner engine of ninety horsepower was recently test flown at the airport and tests proved very satisfactory, the plane developing a top speed of 130 miles per hour and climb of 1,500 feet per minute, with a takeoff in 15 or 20 feet, it was reported. It is being contemplated to add this motor installation to the present line for use in high altitudes.

"Barling planes now come equipped with the Belie 55, the LeBlond 60 and the Genet engine of 80-horsepower. All three models which are of the low wing, all-metal structured, three-place type, sell for less than $4,000.

"Planes to West Coast

"The second carload shipment of five Barling NB-3 monoplanes has been shipped to the West Coast distributor for the company at Los Angeles. The shipment consisted of two Velie, two LeBlond and one Genet-powered models.

"Sales amounting to several hundred dollars daily are reported for the Western branch, which was established only a short time ago. During the month of October profits were favorable and a steady increase is being shown, according to W.F. Potter, export manager. A contract calling for twenty planes was placed by the Canadian concern which has recently accepted delivery on the first two ships. The planes will be equipped with skis for winter flying, it is reported.

"The Aeronautical Corporation of Canada was recently organized for the distribution of aircraft and aircraft supplies in Canada. J.A. Sully, president of the Winnipeg Flying Club, is president of the company, and C.O. Borker, formerly purchasing agent for the Canadian Western Air Express, is the purchasing agent. According to officials of the new organization, branches will be established in the near future which will be located to offer immediate parts and supplies service to Canadian airlines and other operators.

"J.L. Balmat and G.R. Seamans of St. Joseph, Mo., have been appointed dealers for the Barling NB-3 monoplane. A contract calling for twelve planes has been placed by the St. Joseph men who have accepted delivery on the first ship. Operations will be carried on from Rosecrans Field there.

"During the current week the Export Department of this company made a shipment of the Engineering Division of the Siam Government at Bangkok, Siam. Reports from that country indicate that a comprehensive development of aviation is taking place. A shipment was also made during the current week to the Messers Atkinson's Motor Garage, Ltd., of Bloemfonteen, South Africa.

"Eight Students Qualify

"Eight students of the Marshall Flying School, Inc., have qualified as limited commercial pilots during the past two weeks, according to Don Brastow, manager of the school.

"The students, who come from five different states are: William R. Smith, Springboro, Penn.; O.P. Beckley, Harrisburg, Penn.; Elwood J. Fetzer, Bethlehem, Penn.; Edward W. Rinehart, New Freedom, Penn.; William E. Slaughter, Stillwater, Minn.; Virgil Garrity, Ottawa, Illinois; Ames T. Minor, Bethelem, Conn.; and Ralph E. Peck, Holliston, Mass.

"Moving pictures are now being used in conjunction with ground school lectures at the Marshall Flying School, Inc. A moving picture projector has recently been added to the equipment of the school. The machine is equipped with a gold shutter which permits the film being stopped at any place desired. Pictures showing various phases of aircraft construction and operation are shown. Films are obtained from the government every two weeks for instruction purposes."

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November 28, 1929, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Permanent U.S. Inspector Here for N-B Factory

"William A. Lamkey to See That Planes Built

"Here Comply with Government Requirements

"William A. Lamkey, recently of Wichita, Kans., arrived in Marshall Friday to assume his duties as the department of commerce inspector for the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company here. Mr. Lamkey will be, so far as is known, permanently located in Marshall.

"It will be Mr. Lamkey's job to see that all planes built in the local factory comply with government specifications. He will watch construction from the time the raw materials enter until the planes leave the factory. After a final inspection Mr. Lamkey will issue an approved type certificate and a number for each ship.

"Only factories which produce planes eligible to receive approved type certificates have government inspectors. And only factories which have large production are assigned permanent inspectors. Factories whose production is small are inspected periodically by traveling Department of Commerce representatives.

"The government only approves sturdily built craft. Safety for those who fly is the watchword of the Department of Commerce, and specifications for planes laid down by the department must be met or the plane does not receive a license. So sure is the department that planes approved are safe, that it has ventured the opinion that 80 percent of all airplane accidents are due to the human element and not to the fault of the craft.

"Mr. Lamkey has never visited Marshall before. He had not even seen the Nicholas-Beazley factory when a reporter called for an interview this morning."

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Check this out ...

Next week, I will print the results of that interview with Mr. Lamkey. It is very interesting, I can assure you.

Now, I would like to follow up on a recent story I printed. Last week it was my pleasure to speak with Russell Nicholas ... an event I hope to repeat soon, but at greater length. He informed me that he had an ending ... "the rest of the story," if you will, for the article about his father's endeavor at raising rabbits.

"My father was always trying new things," he said, "and was very successful with most of them. However, in the case of the rabbits ... they all died!" He went on to comment that his father learned that rabbits were susceptible to most maladies, and his rabbits were no exception to that fact. Lucky in flight; not so lucky with fur, I would say.

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