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Building the Vision: Civic center/aviation museum groundbreaking a success

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The clouds parted, the sun poured down, and the groundbreaking took place.

I am taking the break in the weather as a good omen. A large crowd was on hand to see the official beginning of a project that has been a dream for so many. Sincere gratitude goes to all the dignitaries who came, spoke, and turned the earth. Thanks, too, to the well-wishers ... many of them monetary supporters ... who attended. Following the ceremony, a delicious meal was served and a time of fellowship was enjoyed.

We welcome and encourage you to stop by the site throughout the summer to see the progress. Now comes the task of designing the interior of both the civic center and the museum. A committee of people from many backgrounds has been formed. Their first meeting will be Thursday, April 19. Again, we are looking for ways to incorporate features into the facilities to make them appealing and functional.

With the center, our goal is to provide an efficient and useful place for all who use it. As for the museum ... we want to educate as well as entertain. Keeping visitors of all ages in mind, we will be striving to design exhibits that will appeal to everyone, will be interactive, and will peak curiosity and learning.

Wow! Sounds like a pretty tall order, but with the input from the committee and any of you who would like to contact us with your ideas and suggestions, it can be done. I encourage you to call Headquarters at (660) 886-2630 to share your visions and any memorabilia you might have in your possession.

As we know, the growth of a city can be a spiraling thing with one new business bringing the need for another. Such was the case in 1930 according to The Marshall Democrat-News article dated March 13 of that year.

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"New Industry for Marshall is Moving In

"Manufacturers of Supplies for Pilots and

"Other Items Will Employ About 50 Women

"Marshall's newest industry is moving in.

"It is the Faust Aircraft Equipment Company of Chicago. The machinery arrived over the Missouri Pacific and is being unloaded in the building formerly occupied by the Missouri Valley Storage Company on North Lafayette Avenue. Operations will probably start within two or three weeks.

"The Faust Aircraft Equipment Company has been operating in Chicago for about eighteen months, manufacturing personal equipment for pilots and flyers. This includes flying suits of all descriptions ... from those costing a few dollars to a suit which retails for $325, helmets, monogrammed unionalls for garage, oil station and other employees, playing suits for children, and other items of wearing apparel.

"The employees will be mostly women. There will be from fifty to seventy-five of these when the plant is under full production. The machinery is very similar to that in use at the International Shoe Factory and, in fact, working conditions will be quite similar to those at the shoe factory. About the same wages will be paid, it was said.

"John N. Faust, and his son, Clyde F. Faust, are the proprietors of the plant. John N. Faust, who makes his home with his son, has had forty years of manufacturing experience, twenty years of which has been with Sears, Roebuck and Company. Clyde F. Faust who is married and has one child, has had twelve years of manufacturing experience. He was an army aviation instructor during the World War, spending thirty-three months in the service. The proprietors motored to Marshall and are looking for a suitable house in which to move.

"Credit for securing the new industry goes to the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., and to the industrial committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The Nicholas-Beazley Company made the contact and induced the proprietors to come here and look things over with a view to locating. The industrial committee stepped in then and sold the Fausts the town as a location.

"One of the reasons the company wished to leave Chicago was the labor troubles experienced there. No sooner would they get a group of workers trained than the unions would call them out or they would quit, or something else would happen to mar the smooth running of their plant, it was said.

"The Fausts were convinced, after talking to Russell Nicholas, president of Nicholas-Beazley, and members of the industrial committee, that the airplane factory district of America lies between St. Louis and Wichita, with Marshall almost in the center of it. More than one-half of the aeronautical supplies and airplane manufacturers in America are produced in this area. Shipments may be made to the east, west, south or north with equal dispatch.

"The Fausts are said to have realized that they could depend upon the community support, get a higher class of labor and turn out more materials with less overhead here than any place else. Another thing, Nicholas-Beazley is one of the largest outlets for the supplies produced."

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Check this out ...

This article in The Marshall Democrat-News, dated March 13, 1930, speaks about the ongoing issue of lighting at the airport. It also provides a window on some of the issues in Marshall and the surrounding area at the time. Do you recognize any of the names?

"To Finish the Boundary Wiring at N-B Airport

"C. of C. Board Accepts Gun Made By Late Henry

"Patterson ... Considers Other Matters

"The Chamber of Commerce board of directors at its regular monthly meeting Monday night decided to finish the wiring for boundary lights at the Nicholas-Beazley airport, 3 miles south of Marshall. A committee with George Duggins as chairman was authorized to do the work. The committee is not to expend more than $200 for the wiring. H. K. Ferrell, airways machanician, will do the installation.

"Several other matters were considered at the meeting, which was presided over by President W. A. Vawter. Members present were E. E. Elsea, C. J. Irvine, W. E. Bell, jr., D. R. Harrison, Russell Nicholas, J. P. Huston, Paul L. Ross, W. M. Westbrook, Paul Groeschel, Louis Blosser, George T. Duggins, And J. C. Patterson, secretary.

"To Speak Over WOS

"The board accepted the large gun, which has for many years been over a building on the south side of the square, from the Patterson heirs. The gun, which was constructed by the late Henry Patterson, will be erected in a suitable place.

"Paul L. Ross was selected to speak over station WOS at Jefferson City, in connection with a program of music to be broadcast the evening of March 31 by John John's orchestra of Marshall.

"The appointment of Russell Nicholas, D. R. Harrison and George T. Duggins as a committee to confer further with the Faust Company regarding its connection with the location of a manufacturing concern here, was approved.

"The board voted to cooperate in the holding of the annual high school activity banquet in the near future.

"Several members of the board donated a number of the large Marshall view books for distribution to prospective citizens and manufacturers.

"The board approved the contemplated plans of establishing a farm experiment station in the Malta Bend neighborhood and turned the matter over to the agriculture and production committee, headed by E. E. Elsea."

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