The committee members come from a variety of backgrounds, so they have been exposed to various aspects of learning, presenting, organizing, etc. Some of the individuals are artistic, some fine-tuned in lighting and sound, some familiar with educational approaches, others experienced in building. It is the hope that ideas will meld, bringing to Marshall one of the finest and most unique museums in the state, as well as a stellar civic center for public enjoyment.
Members of the committee are planning to visit other museums to check out the concepts presented there. Many are checking out the Worldwide Web for innovations, and ALL are interested in the public's input. Let this edifice be truly a product of the people ... built with monetary donations and filled with conceptual donations. Please call Headquarters at (660) 886-2031 if you have anything to add, including artifacts, or feel free to contact committee members. The committee is made up of the following people:
Tom and Leslie Butler, Paul Vaillancourt and Darla Arni, Barb and Alan Criswell, Larry and Anita Wright, Spencer and Carla Fricke, H. F. and Sharon Mills, John and Ginger McGraw, Bryan and Barb Berlin, Shelly Peuster, Doug and Cathy Swinger, Tom Jones and Lucy Fletcher.
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In The Marshall Democrat-News, on March 27, 1930, the following article appeared:
"Importance Of Inspection Of Airplanes Told
"William A. Lamkey Says Government is
"Trying to Make the Craft Much Safer
"Warning against riding in an airplane not having the letter "C" painted on it and with a pilot who refuses to show his federal license, was issued Wednesday by Wm. A. Lamkey, with the aeronautic department of the United States Department of Commerce, inspector located at the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., plant here.
"'The "C" indicates that the plane has an approved type of certificate and has been manufactured under government supervision,' Mr. Lamkey said. 'Such craft is considered 95 percent safe when under the control of a licensed pilot. An unlicensed pilot is not allowed to drive a licensed plane. Therefore, play safe and demand both the "C" and the license before taking a ride.'
"Mr. Lamkey, who was the principle speaker at the Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon Wednesday, told of the work of the government in making planes as safe as humanly possible, and the difficulties it was encountering in controlling unlicensed ships. Non-licensed craft could not be regulated by the government, he said, but seventeen states had passed laws prohibiting their use and an effort was being made to have other states pass similar laws.
"This was done, he explained, in order to protect the public and sell them aviation as a mode of transportation. "The public generally is enthusiastic about aviation, but it is not yet ready to take a ride or own a plane," Mt. Lamkey said. "Thus we must continue to preach safety and put into operation safety methods whenever and wherever they are devised."
"Mr. Lamkey outlined the method aircraft manufacturers must follow in order to have their craft approved by the federal government. After the final approval of all plans, specifications are carried out to the letter in each job.
"The Marshall inspector is a veteran pilot, holding No. 183 of the first 200 pilot's licenses issued by the Aeronautic Internationale. Only about eleven of these two hundred are now living, he said.
"Besides the community sing conducted by Dean Claude L. Fichthorn, a quartet composed of Donald Huff, G. W. Reid, M. W. Reid, M. W. Cowan, and Shelby Wilson sang three numbers. While this group of men has been singing together only a short time, they are getting to be quite like professionals. They were accompanied by Mrs. W. M. Westbrook.
"President W. A. Vawter announced that the Nicholas-Beazley airport would be lighted for night flying soon. The wire has been ordered and should be installed within a month."
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Check this out ...
April 20, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:
"To Install A Teletype At N-B Airport
"Sending and Receiving Machine Will
"Be Used to Record Weather Conditions Hourly
"The United States Department of Commerce, weather bureau department, has ordered the installation of a teletype machine at Nicholas-Beazley Airport, 3 miles south of Marshall, and work toward installation will proceed soon. The Southwest Bell Telephone Company here has received the order for the equipment. It is expected the machine will be in operation by May 1.
"The teletype machine is a telegraph printer, operated similar to a typewriter. It is hooked up with the telegraph wires and operation of the keys sends the message out over a circuit to be picked up by other teletype machines and recorded on a tape. The machine to be installed here will send or receive, as the case may be.
"It will be used to report weather conditions in this area and receive reports of weather conditions from points on the circuit for benefit of air mail and passenger planes. Reports will be sent out from here hourly during the twenty-four hours of the day, and similar reports will be received hourly.
"All of the weather instruments, including the ceiling projector, thermometers and barometers, will be moved to the airport. Mrs. H. K. Ferrell, who has been in charge of them, will work at the airport during the day and L. R. Short, a student at Nicholas-Beazley will work during the night shift.
"Marshall gets one of three machines being installed in the rural communities of the state. The others are at New Florence and Columbia.
"Other points on the circuit are St. Louis radio and weather bureaus, Springfield, Ill., Kansas City radio and weather bureaus, St. Joseph, Tarkio, Omaha radio and weather bureaus, Adair, Ia., Des Moines, Grinnell, Ia., Iowa City radio and weather bureaus, Sterling, Chicago radio and weather bureaus."