Monday, August 31, 2009

Scour country for abducted 19 year old girl

Three men are today scouring the country in an effort to discover the hiding place of Miss Mildred Burdette, 19 years old, the fiancée of Cyrus Turner of Witherford, Ohio, who Mr. Turner alleges, has been abducted and kept under lock and key in some farm near Whittaker.

The members of the party consist of Rev. James Derrick, Joseph Richardson, Henry Miller and Turner, who came from Ohio Monday to claim his bride, intending to be married Wednesday.

At 10 o’clock Turner accompanied by Richardson sought the assistance of Justice George Gunn, asking for a search warrant. In order to procure a search warrant, it would be necessary to swear that the girl had been abducted.

Law books were then consulted to see whether or not a writ of replavin would enable the men to take the girl if found, but a writ is not broad enough, and as Mr. Turner is unwilling to swear that the girl is being kept by force, no warrant was sworn out. Later, about 1 o’clock this morning, they awakened Deputy Sheriff Charles Hipp, asking him to accompany them to the locality where they believe the girl is hidden.

The name of the farmer near Whittaker is mentioned in connection with the alleged abduction and it is possible that a warrant will be sworn out late today.

Turner intended to secure a marriage license today and be married Wednesday. He arrived in Ypsilanti and immediately went to the home of his fiancée. There he was told that she had not been at home for several days and that they did not know where she had gone to.

Friends had not seen her, and no one could tell the anxious lover the whereabouts of his sweetheart.

It is feared by friends of Turner, that if the girl has been bound or harmed in any way he may seek vengeance on the person responsible for the ill treatment.

The farmer who is suspected, is a former resident of the Ohio city where all three lived at one time, and is said to have followed the girl to this city, being madly in love with her. The girl is said to have repulsed him several times, and it is thought that he realizing that he could not gain the girl by fair means, adopted the other.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ypsilanti plane bids submitted

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Tuesday, August 18, 1934.

The Hammond Aircraft Corporation of Ypsilanti was one of 13 airplane manufacturers whose bids for the sale of 25 airplanes to the U. S. Commerce Department were announced today at Washington.

The Safety Air Transport Company, of Indianapolis, Ind., was lowest with a quotation of $750 a plane and the Church Airplane Company of Chicago, was second with a bid of $1,695 each. The Hammond Corporation bid $3,190. The highest was $6,695 each made by the Amphibians Inc., of Roosevelt Field.

Secretary of Commerce Roper, who opened the bids, observed that the prices were comparable to those of automobiles.

Dean R. Hammond of the local corporation left Washington today after submitting blue prints of the plane on which he bid. He is expected home Wednesday morning.

The model of the proposed ship has been tested in the wind tunnel at the University of Michigan and found to be satisfactory. This model is made of wood and resembles a very advanced type of bomber. It is a monoplane with twin tail structures and is streamlined in every detail.

Typhoid claims last of once notoriious Kozaks

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 28, 1929.

There was a simple funeral in Wyandotte this afternoon. A few flowers, a song, a sprayer, then they carried Irene Walling Smith to a little cemetery near New Boston and buried her besides her mother, Nettie Walling.

There were few left of Irene’s friends to form the funeral cortege which accompanied the body to its final resting place. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leonard of Rawsonville were there: the Leonards are loyal to their own. Her little son, Earl Smith, is ill in Children’s Hospital, Detroit, with typhoid, the disease which claimed his mother.

Irene’s heyday passed three years ago. The girl for whom one man was ready to kill his pal, the girl on whom he spent ‘ten grand,’ the ‘queen of the Kozak gang’ was working in a boarding house in Trenton just before she died.

There was a time when Irene Walling Smith did not have to work. Shorty Kazak’s gang knew where the money was, knew how to et it and how to spend it, and Irene was the banit queen. That was in the days when the Michigan Central safe in Ypsilanti, stores and oil stations here and in Ann Arbor as well as Detroit were yielding rich harvest and the gang was planning to venture into richer, if more dangerous field of bank robberies.

Then Frankie and Jimmie quarreled over Irene, and Frankie fled to Canada, fearful of his life, for Jimmie had already killed Patrolman Rusinko in the course of a Hamtramck ‘job.’ Jimmie, brains of the Kozaks, had become a killer.

Hard days followed—anxious days, bitter days. Trailed by police of two nations, the Kozak gang was brought together again at the bar of justice. Shorty first, then Frankie, were sentenced to long terms in Marquette for robbery armed.

“They’ll never get Jimmie—not alive,’ Shorty had said.

But they did, and Jimmie stood before the judge without a friend to help him, without means to gage an attorney and deserted by the girl he had loved.

Irene could not stand a killer. She did not question the source of the wealth which they showered upon her, but when they killed she fled. So the judge sentenced Jimmie to life in Marquette and the Kozak gang passed from the front page into the archives of Detroit’s criminal history.

Queen no longer, Irene returned to her girlhood home in Rawsonville, and has worked since the glamorous days of the Kozaks to support herself and her child. In February her mother died. She cared for her during her last illness, then found work again, in the Trenton boarding house. It was here she and the little nine year old boy contracted typhoid. Monday, in the eerie hours before the dawn, she breathed her last, gone after 27 years of life.

The child will recover, physicians have told the grant-grandparents. His father, who lives in Chicago, has been notified of the tragedy and may come for him; if he does not, the aged couple, both past the allotted three score and ten, will carry on.

The Leonards are loyal to their own.

Visit store nine times

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 28, 1909.

If there was to be a general cry of burglars some night through the town everyone, no doubt, would start for the Hutchins five and ten cent store—that is, providing they had a desire to see burglars at work—for this particular store seems to hold attractions for burglars that no other store in the city can lay claim to, for the reason that the burglary Sunday night of this store, or early Monday morning, makes the ninth time that the Hutchins store has been broken into since it has been in the city.

Late Sunday evening, but in all probability nearer 2 o’clock Monday morning, the night watch found a small back window in the east end of the Hutchins store on Washington Street open. Immediately he had the police gongs started to summon help, and upon entering the store found that the thieves had gone and about $50 worth of hosiery was gone also. Mr. Hutchins found that the safe had been opened and $239 and a few cents were missing. There may be other articles taken, but in a store of this kind it is hard to tell exactly without careful investigation.

It is thought that the ones who did the job were old hands at the business, for the reason that they got the combination on the safe, took out the money and then closed it up again. That there were several in the party and were to keep tab on the night watch is likely because the window through which they entered is directly under an electric light and the (word missing) have been pulled off while he was in another part of the business section. No track of the goods or the parties doing the work has been found up to the present time.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pleasant Impression of City Given M. C. Patrons

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 22, 1929.

Pleasant memories of Ypsilanti linger with 80 and 90 travelers daily—fragrant memories of fresh flowers from the gardens at the Michigan Central depot.

The greenhouse and garden spots were established in Ypsilanti fully 40 years ago and have since been maintained here by the railroad. In addition to the pleasing landscape effect which passengers enjoy while the trains stop here, small boutonnieres are made up daily at the greenhouse and distributed to the patrons of the road. L. B. Moore has charge of the gardens and Malcolm Laidlaw makes up the nose gays, an average bouquet consisting of a rose geranium leaf, a blue scabiosa, a gaimardia, a pink and some mignonette.

Flowers during the winter are grown in the green house and the supply is enhanced by the use of blooms grown in the summer time and cured, such as the brilliantly purple everlasting clover and the variegated straw flower. These little bouquets are distributed each day on trains 13, 15 and 23 which arrive at 9 a.m., 2 o’clock and 3.33.

There are 12 plots or ornamental gardens at the station with one spelling “Ypsilanti.” Each bed is surrounded by a close clipped, thick turf, kept velvety and green in spite of the extremely dry summer. At the top of the slope above the green house is a garden plot in which thousands of flowers bloom from early spring to frost time.

At present one may see about 600 variegated asters, every plant stroog and healthy; patches of three kinds of geraniums, the dusty miller, two kinds, for use in borders; straw flowers and everlasting clover for curing; phlox, zinnias, 450 carnation plants; helio trope, seabiosas, calendulas, 600 gladioll plants, Jerusalem cherry plants, Martha Washington geraniums, umbrella plants, trailing colus, ornamental grass, hardy pinks, mignonette, bachelor buttons, vinca vina, lobelia, myrtle, primulas, cineraria, aifnantha, old hen and chickens, dahlias, goldenglow, spider lily, Japanese daisy, vinca plant and numerous shrubs including licacs, Japanese plums, rubber plants, palms, spirea dns roses.

Other garden spots at the depot are now aflame with the brilliant cannas, there being five varieties diaghn, President, yellow king, Humbert and red king Humbert. Salvia, also bright red and cox comb may be seen in addition to a variety of other unusual plants. Seven kinds of hardy peonies appear in a single bed where cosmos and nicotine plants also are frequent.

Besides proving flowers for three trains stopping here daily and for the ornamental beds, the local greenhouse supplies decorations for the Detroit depot on holidays and with a similar institution at Niles, under John Gipner, chief gardener of the road, furnishes plants and shrubs for depots throughout the state. This spring two car loads were sent out from here.

In the winter activity is transferred from outdoor work to the greenhouse where plants are stored and cared for. New clippings are made in the fall and set out each spring. Tiny clippings from rose buses received only tow weeks ago are already in bloom, having been grafted into roots. Nearly 200 new ferns have been started and carnations are to be removed soon to make roof for new clippings

Inside the greenhouse is a jasmine tree, whose flowers smell extremely sweet and which can be used in the manufacture of perfume. The tree is not hardy enough to survive out doors in this climate so it has been carefully nurtured in the glass house. It has been pruned closely in order to keep it from interfering with the entrance.

In addition to making ready for the fall work which consists of potting and caring for plants which are now out of doors, Mr. Moore is having the paths which wind between the flowers beds filled with clean crushed rock and is arranging to have a new boiler for the heating system installed.

Five Ypsilanties hurt by auto crash

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 21, 1919.

Five Ypsilantians figured in a serious auto accident early Wednesday morning between Sheldon and Wayne. Herbert Smith, who lives on Cross street and operates a meat market in Dearborn, his sons, Cyril, aged 20, and Carl, aged 13, a nephew, Robert Barnes, Jr., and Wm. Dusbiber were all injured when a large truck belonging to the Wilson Packing company backed directly in the road of the Smith truck from this city from behind an embankment. The road was such at this point that nothing could be seen of the Wilson truck, which was heavily loaded, until it backed squarely into the road and with a crash collided with the Smith truck.

Robert Barnes suffered a broken leg, besides minor injuries, and is now in Beyer hospital. Herbert Smith is a mass of bruises and cuts filled with glass from the windshield. His sons, Cyril and Carl, are also bruised and cut from the flying glass. Wm. Dusbiber was cut and bruised and received a blow on the dead that rendered him unconscious. He did not recover until they were bringing him into Ypsilanti. The Smith family are all at home resting as comfortably as possible under the circumstances.

All five of those injured are employed in the Smith meat market at Dearborn.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Parents keep tots behind barred doors, fearing "nice man"

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on August 18, 1909.

“Mother and fathers of Ypsilanti who reside on the east side and near the beautiful east side playground, Prospect park, are keeping their children within their homes, forbidding them even to venture forth for provisions or candy at the stores,fearing that they may be snatched from them by an old man, who it is declared, has been endeavoring to seduce children with tempting offers of candy, ice cream, automobile rides, and other things dear to a child’s heart.

It is said that this old man, who is a stranger in this city, has endeavored in every possible way to secure the friendship of the children in that neighborhood, and many of the little tots have gone to their homes, dazzled, yet afraid to accept, by the offers of the ‘nice stranger.’

‘Why mamma,’ said one little girl, ‘that nice man offered to get all the candy and fruit and ice cream I could eat, and take me for an automobile rede and everything—but—I didn’t like his eyes when he said that, and so I told him I was mother’s little girl and that she would give me all the goodies I could eat—and besides an automobile was liable to hit something.”

A communication from an anxious mother is printed below:

“Is our beautiful Prospect park to be made an unsafe playground for our girls by the continuous presence of a repulsive old man who persists in talking to the innocent little ones and offering candy, ice cream, automobile rides and other inducements?

Cannot something be done to clear away this nuisance before it is too late?”

A Fourth Ward Parent

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Two girls frighten away burglars

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

Last Friday night while Mr. and Mrs. Luis Kuhl, of Superior Township, were attending the Redpath Chautauqua in this city, two men tried to break into the house, but were frightened away by the determined efforts of two daughters who were left at home. The men were discovered by the girls trying to gain an entrance through the cellar, but concluded that they were up against the real thing, as they evidently did not expect to have to dodge bullets. As soon as the girls saw them they sent in a hurry-up call to Miller’s taxi service with instructions to go to the Chautauqua and call Mr. Kuhl and get out there as soon as possible, and then grabbed the gun and fired a few shots, which aroused the neighbors, but on their arrival the burglars had flown.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Holsten Asso. hold picnic

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

Monday the Holstein-Fresian association of this county held their first annual picnic at Recreation Park. A fair sized crowd was in attendance, and after enjoying a picnic dinner President Aitkin of the state association was present and gave an address on the Holstein, laying particular emphasis on their good milk qualities and meat value.

After the address a Holstein calf from the Shady Knoll farms was auctioned off to the highest bidder, and John Bazley, who bid $500, became the owner of the calf. A curtis plane was on the field to deliver the calf to the owner’s premises, but whether the owner got cold feet or the birdmen thought the load a little heavy for the machine, we are unable to state; but after the claf had been led to the Warner barn to be fixed up for his flight through the air the plans were changed and a bag of straw was substituted and placed in the plane. Some say the calf objected so strenuously to becoming a birdman, and as the crowd was patiently waiting to witness this part of the program, something had to be done, and this was the only way out—so the straw calf.

As things turned out the calf was right; he just knew that the “darned” thing was a flivver, and that he wasn’t going to trust his valuable carcass to no such contraption. The start was made and the crowd hollered “There goes the calf,” but it was evident that something was wrong—not with the calf, but the engine. It was flying low and turned and headed back across the field, and in attempting to light caught in the top of a tree, turned partly around and crashed into another tree and then crashed to the ground. Fortunately the pilot or the passenger with him were not injured in the fall, but the machine was badly damaged and will have to undergo extensive repairs before it can return to its home anchorage at Thompson field, Detroit.

So ended a perfect day.

George Grimston found guilty

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record on Thursday, August 14, 1919.

George Grimston was found guilty by a jury in Justice Stadtmiller’s court. Grimston was accused by Mrs. Ruby Miller, a neighbor, of harboring three loud barking, yelping dogs. The dogs that figured in the suit were just common dogs—black and tan—but they had names that would make an ordinary dog green with envy. The old dog aged 13 years, was named Teddy, after our great ex-president, Roosevelt; and the other two dogs, offspring of Teddy, were named Hans and Fritz, after the Katezen-jammer kids of Sunday newspaper colored comics fame. Most of Grimston’s neighbors had been subpoenaed to testify against him and those who were not volunteered to do so.

The dogs were accused of doing everything but robbing a bank. Witnesses testified they barked loud and long at nights, making it impossible to sleep; that they stole milk bottles and robbed hen’s nests and sucked eggs. Another witness testified the dogs dug holes in the park, and another that they chased automobiles and bicycles. Still another testified that the dogs had bitten her brother, and ex-Street Commissioner Crossman.

Grimston testified that he was keeping the dogs for his brother-in-law, Eugene Matthews, who was doing military duty in France. Testimony was brought out that when Matthews left there was only the old dog, and that three months after he left Matthews’ wife notified the dog catcher to come and get the dog and kill her. Grimston was fined $5 and $15.15 costs, which he paid

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

House robbed during the day

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Monday, August 11, 1919.

“Come quick! Burglars have locked your wife out and the baby’s asleep in the house.”

This is the message tha reached Carl Stockdale when his sister-in-law, Mrs. Bert Leader appeared at the Peninsula Paper Mill at exactly noon today. Jumping into Mrs. Leader’s car Mr. Stockdale was rushed home where he found the door still locked. Applying his own key the door was opened and they found, first of all, that the baby had slept through the entire incident.

Further investigation resulted in only two pocketbooks being missed. Both were empty of money, but it is a little embarrassing that Mrs. Stockdale’s should have contained her key. Mr. Stockdale’s purse had been in the hip pocket of his trousers which lay over the back of the chair. They had been thrown down on the seat of the chair.

Mrs. Stockdale had had a visit from Mrs. Anthony Meyers who lives above her at 124 North Washington, telling her that on Saturday, while they were away, their house had been thoroughly ransacked. Later in the morning (the Meyers family were away at this time) Mrs. Stockdale saw three men prowling around and presently one of them came to the door and asked for Mrs. Meyers.

A few moments after this Mrs. Stockdale went into the yard to spread some washing on the grass and upon going upstairs to her apartment found herself locked out. At that moment she saw her sister, Mrs. Leader, passing in her machine so they drove up to the Peninsular for her husband.

A robbery at high noon on a principal street in the down-town section of the town is something that will call for a little extra caution on the part of citizens.

Chief Cain has a new problem

This story was published by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Monday, August 11, 1919.

Chief of Police Cain is confronted today with a new and exceedingly difficult problem. It is to prevent the theft of parts from automobiles. To find stolen machines is child’s play as compared with the work of finding parts taken from a Ford car, for there is usually no mark on such parts to identify them or, if you there are marks, most car owners do not know what they are.

That there will probably be a considerable amount of this work to do is evidenced by the masterful beginning some made Saturday night. The job was discovered Sunday when Chief Cain was notified that a machine had been stripped and abandoned at King’s flats south of Ypsilanti. By the term “stripped” it was concluded that the tools had been stolen and perhaps an extra tire. To his astonishment the chief found upon investigation that not only tires and tools were gone but that the top and wheels and even the fan had been taken. (Words can not be read) indicated that work had been commenced to take the engine.

By the license number it was found that the machine belonged to William Hazen, Novi Township. He was notified and stated that his Ford was taken from his garage late Saturday night.

That the work was done by someone in this vicinity seemed quite probable on account of the fact that few strangers would be able to find their way to so secluded a place as that in which the machine was found. Chief Cain will appreciate information of any kind that may aid him in checking thefts of this character.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Women and childern placed in peril by reckless driver

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, August 6, 1909.

A party of women and children consisting of Mrs. James Hart, wife of James Hart, conductor of the Hart Band, her two children Jewell and Noel, Mrs. George Jackson, of Ann Arbor and Miss Jessie Hart was placed in extreme peril as a result of a collision between a light buggy which Mrs. James Hart was driving and a large double seated rig, driven by several men, who were apparently the worse for liquor.

The party was on its way to the Arbeiter grove and had turned south on Grove street from Congress Street, (now Michigan Ave.). They were on the right side of the road, but about two blocks south of Congress Street, Mrs. Hart noticed the reckless driving of the person with the approaching and directed the horse she was driving far into the ditch, so as to avoid them. With seeming recklessness and an almost criminal desire to smash the rig driven by Mrs. Hart, the driver of the team turned toward the rig in which the women and children were seated and collided with them, throwing the lighter vehicle several feet and smashing the front wheels.

Mrs. Hart children screamed as the buggy was hit and the entire parity was considerably jarred.

They were able to proceed slowly toward the Arbeiter grove and the rig was then returned to the home of William Maubetsch to whom it belonged.

The driver and his companions were not recognized but the police are endeavoring to find the men today.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mother's complaint results in warrants for saloon men

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 5, 1909.

Justice George R. Gunn today issued warrants for the arrest of Frank Bowerman, proprietor of the Hawkins House bar and William Moore, proprietor of a saloon at 309 East Congress Street, (now Michigan Ave.) on the charge of selling intoxicating liquors to a person who is a habitual tippler and drunkard, and for whom notice has been served prohibiting the sale, giving or furnishing of intoxicating liquors.

The complainant is Mrs. Clara Reed of Jarvis street, who signed the complaints in behalf of her son, Embert, 23 years old, who it is alleged, purchased liquor in both resorts on the 27th of July.

Reed was arrested and arraigned before Justice Gunn in a sworn statement he is said to have implicated the two saloonkeepers or their bartenders for whom the warrants have been issued.

One of the features which has developed since the arrest of Reed and the swearing of the complaint, is the alleged reticence of Chief of Police Milo E. Gage and his subordinates to become involved in the matter.

According to a statement made by a republe lawyer today it is the duty of the police to gather such information as may be necessary to issue a complaint and then sign the complaint.

No action however has been taken of Chief Gage, why, is open to conjecture.

Several men, it is declared were in the saloons at the time that the liquor was sold to Reed, and in the statement made to the Municipal justice, the names of these men were revealed.

These men, it is said will be called in the examination which will be held in the local court room, and strenuous efforts will be made to refresh their memory concerning the time, when it is alleged, Reed purchased the liquor.

Another interesting development in the case, will be the prosecution under the personal supervision of County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Storm, who will handle the cases himself and push them to the limit in an effort to secure a conviction.

Every saloonkeeper in the city of Ypsilanti has been served with the notice forbidding the sale of liquor to Reed and the majority of them have complied with all such notices and have evinced their willingness to do so.

The alleged excuse given by the proprietors of the two bars, for whom the warrants have been issued, is that they are new men in business in this city.

Interwoven with the issuing of the warrants and what will be the subsequent arrest and prosecution of the men alleged to have sold liquor to Reed, is the story of drink tragedy that is replete with pathos, hardship and endurance of mother love.

Reed, who is but twenty three years old, several years ago developed a passion for intoxicating drink, which has caused Mrs. Clara Reed, the mother, many sleepless nights, her mind fraught with anxiety for her absent son.

In the past if has been almost a farce to attempt to convict liquor dealers of Ypsilanti for any offense they were alleged to have committed, but with the presence of Prosecutor Storm in the case it promises ill for them for whom the warrants have been issued, if a scintilla of evidence is found that will warrant the men being bound over to tcircuit court.

Although the majority of the saloon men are obeying the law in this respect, alleged offenders will be harshly prosecuted, as Mr. Storm is hoping to make an example for others to take heed of.

Frank Bowerman, of the Hawkins House bar is the nephew of Mr. Joseph Burchill, the proprietor of the hotel, and it is said that Mr. Burchill is conceded to be the owner and main stay of the baddet

These cases will undoubtly bring forth a determined effort from the saloon interests in an effort to prevent prosecution and conviction, and it is acknowledged on all hands that Prosecutor Storm will have a hard fight in the prosecution of these cases.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Two Ecorse men, walking tracks, killed by train

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 2, 1934.

No inquest is planned by Dr. David Robb, coroner, into the death of two Ecorse fishermen who were struck and instantly killed by an east bound passenger train neat Superior Wednesday evening about 6 o’clock.

The two men, Sam Dalton, 25, and Doc Hollis, 28, Negroes, both living on Thirteenth St. Ecorse, were members of a party of six who were fishing in the Huron River near the Superior Bridge. The two victims with a companion, Stillmore Murdock, 3919 Thirteenth St., Ecorse, were walking toward Ypsilanti at the time of the mishap; both Dalton and Hollis were on the eastbound tracks while Murdock was walking along the side of the rail. A west bound freight which was passing at the time made so much noise that neither of the tow men heard the approaching train, although Murdock shouted to warn them.

The engine threw one of the men clear of the rail killing him instantly, while the other was dragged several hundred feet and mangled almost beyond recognition.

The passenger train was in charge of Conductor J. E. Every, Detroit, and Engineer Bert Conklin, Jackson.

Glider starts 150 miles trip

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, August 1, 1929.

The first glider ever to take off from Ypsilanti Airport on a test flight left there at 11:20 this morning, towed behind an airplane, bound for Akron, Ohio, where it was expected to land by 2 o’clock this afternoon.

The engineless plane is one of practically all-metal, taper wing construction which is built by Prof. R. E. Franklin of the engineering and mechanical department of the University of Michigan and his brother, Wallace, a former student in the department, and was piloted by the latter. Piloting the Waco 220 plane which towed the glider was Hugh Robbins, Waco distributor in Akron.

It is the first glider attempt of any distance on record in this vicinity, and if successfully completed will be one of the longest on record in this country, according to fliers at the airport. A glider in California recently completed the longest flight in tow when it traveled practically from the upper to the lower end of the state.

About 60 miles an hour was expected to be the average speed of the flight to Akron and the distance by air was estimated at approximately 150 miles. The fliers expected to complete the jaunt therefore, in about two and one-half hours.

A local test flight to the east of the field an hour before the final take-off for Akron proved one of the prettiest sights ever seen on the field here. As the plane taxied across the field, the glider was first to rise, and as the pilot began his ascent the glider dipped perfectly, relieving the upward pull on the tail of the plane to allow both to sail into the air as smoothly as an unhampered plane.

After rising to a height of several hundred feet, to the east of the port and circling to return the glider was cut loose and the pilot brought it to a landing as graceful as that of any plane at a speed of probably between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

The take-off was equally perfect when the plane and glider left for Akron, soaring bird-like, through the atmosphere and out of sight of the small group of spectators, in a southeasterly direction.

Prof. Franklin has experimented with a number of gliders for several years and has completed a number of machines which have proven highly satisfactory in various test. The present machine he has just returned from the East where he obtained excellent results in various types of flights.

In appearance the glider is an exact duplicate of a plane, with the exception of the noticeable lack of motor and propeller. The pilot sits at his controls in the forepart of the machine, just in back of which is the single landing wheel, balloon tired and the average size with which planes are equipped.