First Airplanes Arrive in Lewis County
by Vic Kucera and Karen L. Johnson
Local residents C.A. Studebaker and Sam Downs might have wanted their money back, though. Pilot Barnes struck a rut when taking off with Studebaker and Downs as passengers. The plane hit its nose. Studebaker, thrown forward into canvas and machinery, sustained a number of injuries. Small wonder--he had been sitting in Downs' lap. Downs and the aviator, both in seatbelts, were uninjured. The Advocate added, "One nice thing about Mrs. Crowns trip was that a good safe landing was made, which, after all, seems to be the important thing."
LEWIS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM
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Volume 26 - No. 4 December 2004