Building the Vision: Pancake breakfast will offer chance to see memorabilia

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I do believe that it is almost June. That signals that the Pancake Breakfast for the Civic Center/Museum is coming up soon ... June 10, to be exact. The memorabilia we now have, including airplanes, will be available for you to see. What fun it is to look at the items and think of the glory days of flying in its infancy, and in the Nicholas-Beazley era!

Plan to join the crowd for the Pancake Breakfast. It will be a great way to spend a Saturday and you can get a first-hand look at the progress being made at the building site. The rain has slowed us down, but things will be moving "full-steam" soon.

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The Marshall Democrat-News reported the following on July 3, 1930:

"Airport Lights Allow Flying and Landing at Night

"Mail Plane Was First To Take Advantage Of

"Arrangement ... Was Here Several Hours

"Boundary and other lights have just been installed at the Nicholas-Beazley Airport, three miles south of Marshall, which so illuminates the field that planes can land and take off at night. While the boundary lights, which were financed by the Chamber of Commerce, are only temporary, they are sufficient for pilots to operate by.

"A mail plane was the first to take advantage of the lighted field last week. The plane was forced down at 9 o'clock by the storm and stayed at the field until 3:00 a.m. A big tri-motor passenger ship also landed but took off upon ascertaining what the weather conditions ahead were.

"The value of the government weather service was proven in these two instances. The mail plane was headed west. It was storming here. The night operator at the airport immediately got in touch with the Kansas City airport over the teletype instruments and learned that the weather there was clear. As soon as the storm subsided here the pilot continued.

"Weather reports are being received and sent at the local airport almost continuously. The Democrat-News gets its hourly readings from the government station there through the courtesy of Mrs. H. K. Ferrell, day operator."

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July 3, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Gave Governor Invitation

"Barney Zimmerley Represented M. A. A. in Flight Saturday

"D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley, accompanied by Mrs. Russell Nicholas, flew to Jefferson City and returned Saturday and delivered to Governor Henry S. Caulfield an invitation to attend Governor's Day at the National Air Races in Chicago in August. Zimmerley represented Harry Block, of St. Joseph, Missouri, governor of the National Aeronautic Association."

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July 3, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Zimmerley Wins First Place in Iowa State Race

"Steady Increase In Parts And Supplies Sales

"Is Noted By Nicholas-Beazley Co.

"In a field of six representative types of airplanes entered in the recent Iowa State Tour, D. S. (Barney) Zimmerley, local pilot, was first place with a Barling NB-3 in the only closed course race for ships powered with 100 horsepower or less, it was announced at the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company, Inc., offices here today.

"Zimmerley flew a monoplane powered with the new Warner 6-cylinder Junior motor. His maximum speed was 135 miles an hour. The race was run at Emmettsburg, Iowa, a point visited on the tour.

"Deliver Five Planes

"Deliveries of Barling NB-3 monoplanes reported this week by the Nicholas-Beazley Company included two, powered with Genet motors, to Allen-Cox of Terre Haute, Ind., distributors; one to Voss & Verrege at Oakley, Kan., one to Gardner Cowles, Jr., president Des Moines Register-Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa, and one to J. B. Soreney, Taft, Calif. Shipment of Genet-powered monoplane was made to Enrique Toepke, Guatemala City, Guatemala, South America, this week.

"Another foreign shipment this week was that of a large amount of clear nitrate and pigmented dope to the government of San Salvador in Central America. This order was made by W. F. Tonkin, exports manager.

"Parts Sales Up

"A steady increase in parts and supplies sales is reported by the company. While manufacturers of aircraft are buying very sparsely during the present conservative production schedules, orders received from individual plane owners are on the increase. This indicates that owners are keeping their ships in repair and flying them rather than trading them in on new ones, R. B. VanZant, parts and supplies manager, said."

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July 3, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Letter on Wrecked Plane

"Missive Mailed January 10 Just Arrived in Marshall

"A letter mailed at Long Beach, Calif., at 4:30 p.m., January 10, by Frank Duggins was received in Marshall Monday by Mrs. D. D. Duggins, his mother. On the face of the envelope was stamped 'Delay Due to Wrecked Mail Plane, January 10, 1930.'

"The wreckage of the plane which carried the letter was found only last week in the wilds of Utah. The pilot has not yet been found. It is not known whether he walked away from the wreck and perished or whether he fell from the plane and was killed. The weather was stormy at the time."

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Check this out:

July 10, 1930, The Marshall Democrat-News:

"Woman Uses Barling to Set Record

"Ruth Alexander Attains A Height of 20,000 Feet

"At San Diego, Cal., Yesterday

"Ruth Alexander, flying a 90-horse-power Barling NB-3 monoplane Friday soared to a height of 20,000 feet, Associated Press dispatches say. The former record, made by Miss Alexander about six months ago, was 15,000 feet.

"Miss Alexander bought the monoplane she used about two months ago from the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company here. A story at the time said she planned to use the ship in record-breaking attempts.

"It is understood Miss Alexander will compete in cross-country and other races this summer, using the Barling NB-3 on all occasions.

"The San Diego aviatrix ran into a temperature of 20 degrees below zero at the top of her climb from Lindbergh Field. Her altimeter registered an ascent of 21,000 feet, but the barograph which she carried would register only to 20,000 feet, and the record was determined by that instrument.

"Miss Alexander was up two hours and thirty seconds.

"Ruth Blayney Alexander has leaped quickly to the front in the field of women's aviation. From the day that she first obtained her pilot's license after working as a waitress and beauty operator to get money for a flying course, her exploits have been of public interest. Her first passenger was Governor Reed of Kansas. About six months ago, she soared to 18,000 feet in a light plane. Her only accident has been a crash in a glider as she sought a first-class glider license. Her parents now live in Irving, Kan.

"Flies 156 Miles an Hour

"When a Nicholas-Beazley 60-horse-power Barling, low-wing monoplane roared into Topeka airport last Saturday, at the start of the air circus, it may have set a world's record for planes of that class.

"Piloted by Blaine Tuxhorn, and carrying two passengers, the ship was clocked upon leaving Kansas City and again upon landing at the Topeka airport, and the time was twenty-three minutes for the sixty-mile trip. This made the average 156 miles per hour.

"Nicholas-Beazley officials now are trying to receive official approval of this record."