I have mentioned on this blog in a past post or two, that there had been a major airshow in Spokane in about 1927. I speculated that Keith would be attending and that this might have been where his love of airplanes began. Since then new information has come to light and a cousin’s wife has shared some photos and another collection of Eddie’s. This time it is her High School Yearbook that cover not just school but a lot more.
Here is a link to the history of that air race:
Here is a PDF about the Air Race and Charles Lindbergh’s visit. This is a very cool piece of history.
Much to my surprise my Aunt Eddie, sister to Keith, was at this National Air Race as a nurse. She and other nurses were there to take care of anyone who was injured or hurt. So if Eddie was there as a nurse and knew about the air races, then my Dad was close by.
These pages are from Eddie’s High School Yearbook another collection of wonderful pictures and memorabilia to add to her Collection of Junk series. As you can see it was in one of those fancy printed books and you can see it has had a bit of wear and tear. I think it was a good 2 inches thick. Just click on the photo to open it in a bigger window and then hit your back button.
Here we have the itinerary of the show from Wednesday to Sunday, September 21 to 25, 1927.
In the photos above: Eddie is the fourth one over from the right with the very dark hair.
The Pretty Nurse article is really interesting and quite funny. I really don’t think it is part of the air races but it was pasted right under the photo above. I hope it doesn’t offend anyone. HA!
It reads: A group of nine nurses have been on duty at the air races to act in emergency cases. Fortunately their services have been in little demand. One day a marine parachute jumper was shaken up in coming to earth which was the most serious injury. The nurses are: Front row-left to right, Mrs. F. M. O’Leary, Maude Zimmerman, Catherine Walters, Edna McDonald, Darlene Allison; back row, Ida Thomas, Josephine Jacquette, Margaret Carroll, and Catherine Flaherty.