via email from Nancy Mess, 1-18-06
Niece of O. E Williams
The Fenton Michigan Memorial. The CHAMBER OF COMMERCE of Fenton, Michigan arranged the commemorative of twelve men (listed below) who gave their lives in the development of aeronautics. A cachet was arranged showing the names of those men. Letters arrived from all parts of the world to be mailed with the special cachet applied. 5,300 letters went into the mail on that Memorial Day, 1929.
"TO THE STUDENTS OF THE WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF AVIATION AND OTHERS OF OUR YOUNG MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AVIATION"
O. E. Williams
Lt. Cyrus Bettis (served in WW1)
Lt. John Burns (served in WW1)
Capt. E. G. Knapp (served in WW1)
Lt. J. Thad Johnson (served in WW1)
Born August 18, 1889, died August 31, 1916. Text on the earlyaviators states members
of Michigan school of aviation who gave their lives pursuing aviation up to 1930. Fowler died(actually killed in
aeroplane accident) in 1916. He's buried in Michigan.
Findagrave has a copy of his death certificate. Thanks to Johnna Hirigoyen at Findagrave for her scan of his 1916 death certificate.
Find A Grave
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper
Contributed by Pete Jones, 2-27-11