Yesterday, I received some interesting correspondence from Shirley Clark, the woman from Tempe, Ariz., who I wrote about last week. Her father learned to fly at the Marshall Flight School, and she sent his picture and a synopsis of his life to be placed among the items for the museum. What a dashing young pilot he was!
Again, I encourage you to send items, share anecdotes, and contribute in any way you can to the museum contents. The personal items and stories truly make the history come alive.
As I mentioned, the committee to design the interior of the civic center/museum is formed and has met. Many more meetings will follow, I'm sure, and several people have expressed a desire to observe other facilities to see how they are put together.
In reading the Explore St. Louis insert in the Sunday Kansas City Star, I noticed that from June 3 to Sept. 9 the Missouri History Museum there will be featuring "The History of Flight in St. Louis." I, for one, plan to see that exhibit, with the hope that I can gather a few ideas for our building. Maybe some of you would like to check it out also. Never hesitate to let us know about any items or ideas that you have. You may call Headquarters at (660) 886-2630.
I have been interested and intrigued with the stories about women who became involved in early aviation. It seems like it was the "daring sport" of society ladies, and in the following article it is seen as a chance for a woman to set a new record.
May 29, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:
"Sells Plane To Aviatrix On The Pacific Coast
"Ruth Alexander Plans to Use Barling In
"Record-Breaking attempts ... Book Orders
"With the announcement that production at the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., plant here has reached three Barling NB-3 monoplanes a week, it was divulged that a monoplane was sold in San Diego, Calif., last month to Miss Ruth Alexander, a noted aviatrix on the west coast, who plans to use it in attempts to establish new records for women fliers.
"Miss Alexander is reported to be especially anxious to capture the women's altitude record, with long distance and other record attempts in mind. D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley now holds the world's altitude record for light planes, established with a Barling in St. Louis last winter.
"Proof of the coming popularity of small, open cockpit sport planes is cited by the increasing sales of the Nicholas-Beazley Company. In April, nine deliveries were reported as follows: 2 to St. Louis; 1 to Thomasville, Ala., 1 to Detroit, Mich., 1 to South Bend, Ind.; 1 to New York City; 1 to Waco; 1 to Kansas City; and 1 to San Diego, Calif.
"Already this month ten actual sales and deliveries have been made as follows: F. W. Hammer, Salmon, Idaho; Rodrique A. Brothers, Tampico, Mexico; Geo. M. Austin, Rushville, Mo.; William A. Nichols, Wichita Falls, Texas; Aeronautical Corporation, Winnipeg, Canada; Enrique Toepke, Guatemala; Tuxhorn Flying School, Kansas City; Billings Air Transport, Billings, Mont.; 'Duke' Ressler, Montgomery, Ala.; Cox and Allen, Terre Haute, Ind.
"Production has been increased to three ships a week with orders booked ahead for immediate and future deliveries.
"The formulation in communities of local chapters of the NB Flying Club Association is progressing quite rapidly it is reported. Already ten such clubs are operating with approximately 150 young men to get flying instructions and complete ground courses, at their own homes, at practically no cost. It is a co-operative plan in which the students are part owners in the plane in which they train. All text books, planes, and the services of an experienced pilot instructor are furnished. The complete insurance coverage at the lowest rate obtainable for airplanes is an outstanding feature. The metal wing construction and high safety factors of the Barling make this possible.
"New Flying Salesman
"Myrten F. Johnston, of the army school at Dallas, Texas, has joined the force of flying salesmen of the Nicholas-Beazley Company. He will act as special factory representative for southern central states. R. M. "Duke" Ressler, of Montgomery, Ala., will be representative for north central states, while George M. Coles, New York City, will act in a similar capacity for eastern states.
"Geo. M. Austin of Los Angeles, Calif., has been retained as special representative for the Nicholas-Beazley company to formulate and complete organization of local chapters of the NV Flying Club Association."
Check this out ...
May 29, 1930 The Marshall Democrat-News:
"Teletypes Into Operation At The N-B Airport
"Machines Record Weather Conditions Hourly
"Over A Horseshoe-Shaped Circuit
"Two teletype machines, installed by the Department of Commerce, were placed in operation at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at Nicholas-Beazley Airport, three miles south of Marshall. Twenty-four hour service is being maintained.
"The teletypes are electrically operated typewriters. That is, the impulse of current made by pressing a key on a teletype in Kansas City or elsewhere on this circuit causes that letter to be made in the Marshall office. The writing is on tape which runs out of the machine and on to a reel. The local operator can send messages just as the other offices.
"The purpose of the installation is to record weather conditions along the routes flown by United States mail planes. For instance, the 9:12 o'clock report from Marshall today reads that weather was clear, vision was unlimited, ceiling was unlimited, temperature was unlimited, temperature was 63 degrees, wind was out of the southwest and of 5 miles velocity, the barometer reading was 30.64 and that the north and south runways at Nicholas-Beazley Airport were in good condition.
"This information is sent out from here hourly, just as the same data from other points is recorded here hourly. Wherever stops of mail planes are made, the pilot picks up the reports and knows exactly what kind of weather is ahead of him.
"Chicago starts the report exactly on the hour. Moline sends its report after Chicago, then Omaha, then Tarkio, St. Joseph, Kansas City, then Marshall followed by Columbia, New Florence, St. Louis, and ending finally at Springfield. Of course there are smaller stations in between, but this is the general system reporting.
"Mrs. H. K. Ferrell operates the machines during the day and Lawrence Short at night. Another operator will probably be added, making the shifts eight hours instead of twelve within a few months."
Building the Vision appears Wednesdays.