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In Years Past

September 28, 2011
The Post-Journal

In 1911, flying at the height of about 1,500 feet, Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers soared over Jamestown at a mile a minute gait, and his flight was witnessed by practically all of the 31,000 population. It was a sight long to be remembered, the first heavier than air flying machine that had passed through this region. That interest in the aviator was keen was evident at an early hour when telephone calls were received at The Journal office asking the hour the aviator was expected to appear. No information could be given because it was not known the exact hour he would leave Salamanca and, moreover, The Journal office force was not omniscient. The big fire whistle in Jamestown boomed the announcement that he was coming. Scarcely had the final whistle blast died away when like magic the roofs of the business blocks began to fill with people and groups gathered at the street corners and gazed eastward. For a brief moment they saw the propeller blades glitter in the sunshine and heard the whir of the machinery, then the machine gradually dwindled down to nothing in the west.



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