Hotel Carter, Cleveland, August 30-September 2, 1946.
All the 300
     All the three hundred odd Early Birds were at the latest and greatest reunion ever.
     Yes, you were all there. Not all of you were there in person but you were there in spirit and wishfulness. And you were there in the thoughts and recollections of those who actually lifted their glasses.
     There should have been more of you present in person. As in the first reunion, and in the last before this, and in between, you would have had the time of your file. And still better will be the next to come, and the one after that---for how long? Quien Sabe.
     Youv'e all got a lot of years yet to pleasure yourself at an Early Bird reunion but why longer delay. Make it a date for next year---you'll be surprised.
Who, Where, When
     Now past, the greatest reunion of all Early Bird time took place at the Hotel Carter, Cleveland, August 30-September 2, 1946. George Scragg, Brig. Gen. Frank P. Lahm, Robert Minshall and Al Engel of the reunion committee, did a job. The program was of constant activities, and the arrangements were complete. These are they who were there alone or with their wives,escorts, or escorted, so far as the Great Book shows---there are still others who missed the record;
  Ray Acre
Steadham Acker
Charles A. Arens
Reinhardt N. Ausmus
Ralph S. Barnaby
Harry Bruno
Hillery Beachey
George W. Beatty
C. R. Borkland
Frank T. Coffyn
Harry D. Copland
L. Luzern Custer
C. A. DeGiers
Wm. A. Denehie
R. H. Depew, Jr.
Al J. Engel
John R. Gammeter
Goerge A. Gray
Ernest C. Hall
B. R. J. Hassell
Charles E. Hathorn
Chas. Ear. Hess
Edw. F. Hinkle
Russell Holderman
E. A. Johnson
Ernest Jones
A. Jordanoff
Horace Keane
Edw. A. Kelly
Leo B. Kimball
B. W. King
Auguste Koerbling
John K. LaGrone
B. Gen. F. P. Lahm
E. M. Laird
George F. McLaughlin
Robert Minshall
Geo. Francis Myers
George A. Page
Will D. Parker
Chas. H. Paterson
Augustus Post
Marshall E. Reid
Blanche Stuart Scott
R. W. Schroeder
George H. Scragg
C. W. Shoemaker
O. H. Snyder
P. H. Spencer
M. H. Simmons
Thomas E. Steptoe
C. R. Sinclair
Sam Tickell
Stanley I. Vaughn
H. W. Walden
A. P. Warner
Hugh Watson
Ivan P. Wheaton
J. T. H. Whitaker
David H. Young
     As the boys appeared and registered they were handed an envelope holding an identification badge, tickets for the four days of racing and a strip map covering the entire race and EB program, with stubs where necessary for each of the doings. On hand in EB headquarters was a stock of refreshments (liquid) and check caps and pins for the delinquents. The White bus left daily from the hotel to carry EBs and their accomplices back and forth between the races and the hotel. All the EB had to do was to struggle in and out of the hotel.
The Program
     Friday, August 30, the boys met, saw the races and attended Bill Jack's stag dinner and party. Here the surprise was the appearance of Shorty Schroeder and opportunity was taken to recount his exploits into the stratosphere.
     Saturday morning, Aug. 31 there was the annual meeting and election, adjourned into a second session Sunday morning. During the afternoon racing the Sesquicentennial Commission of Cleveland presented President George Scragg a plaque commemorating EB Glenn Curtiss' first flight over Lake Erie, August 31, 1910. At the reviewing stand were EB's Scragg, General Lahm, Reinhardt Ausmus, John R. Gammeter, Ernest C. Hall, Robert J. Minshall and Al Engel. Subsequently the plaque will be installed at Euclid Beach park whence the flight initiated.
     Al Engel and Harvey Humphrey of the Park Company were present when Curtiss flew and were on hand for the presentation made by Charles A. Otis, the Commissions Co-Chairman. Al Engel was mechanic for Curtiss on the original occasion. Humphrey's father, then president of the Beach organization, put up the $5000 for the flight to Cedar Point under the auspices of the Cleveland Press.
     The evening of that day meant cocktails by Minshall as a matter of lubrication. Then followed fueling up at Frank Tichenors dinner and them filets really did a job. Of course late birds could still attend the aviation ball before hitting the hay.
     Sunday morning, September 1 was called a "rest period" on Scragg's long green ticket but the time was consumed in discussion of a national fund for deserving aviators at large, the EB museum, a permanent metal membership card and this and that.
     The air races were still there for the afternoon and a lawn party for the evening, guests of Fred Crawford, president of Thompson Products.
     By Monday, September 2, some of the EBs had seen about enough of the races and they hung around the more or less elaborate headquarters set out for the EBs by the Hotel Carter. Departures were recorded here and there as the EBs began their individual returns to the peace and quiet of normal routine, with a permanent reminder of the last day in John R. Gammeter's leadless lead pencil, which might come to be handy to anybody.
The EB Banquet
     The EB's own share of the Cleveland fracas wound up with the banquet Saturday night when 114 EBs and guests finally got together all in one place and at one time. Again male EBs and their wives, EB Blanche Scott and her escort were the guests of Frank A. Tichenor who by now has firmly established himself as a perennial.
     At the head of the tables were; EB President elect, George H. Scragg; Frank A. Tichenor, President of Aero Digest and EB's good friend/ EB Retiring President R. H. Depew, Jr.; Tom Herbert, First World War Pilot and Governor-Elect of the State of Ohio; Brig. Gen. Frank P. Lahm, Ret., EB Vice President; Augustus Post, EB Treasurer; Robert J. Minshall, President, Pesco Products and EB Trustee; Air Commodore Frank WHittle, R.A.F.; E. R. Sharp, Manager of the Cleveland Laboratory, N.A.C.A.; Al Engel, EB member Reunion Committee, and our speaker, William B. "Bill" Stout, who lost none of his reputation as speaker, prophet and authority in the course of his remarks.
     The headliners were introduced with few unnecessary words as to their importance and then attention turned to a sampling of the ordinary diners.
     Frank Tichenor reminded his hearers that had America heeded Billy Mitchell, there would never have been a World War II and he vehemently urged us to consider that we are now in a similar position and there must not be neglected adequate appropriations for research for the Army and Navy and the Air Forces. Chairman Scragg took the opportunity to express publicly the appreciation of the Early Birds for Frank Tichenor's "fathering" of us fledglings.
     And he called attention to the work of Paul Litchfield of Goodyear in the pioneer development of aeronautics.
     In the sampling, Scragg called on the following in turn to stand, reciting a line or two in reminder of their past doings---Al Engel, Blanche Stuart Scott, Dr. G. F. Myers, Frank T. Coffyn, Dr. H. W. Walden, A. P. Warner, Auguste Koerbling, J. T. H. Jack Whitaker, Ralph S. Barnaby, Hillary Beachey, and Major R. W. "Shorty" Schroeder.
     Bill Stout's elequent and impressive survey concluded the evening's events. He talked of three dimensional thinking excepting, perhaps, the bureaucrats---, compared the influence of the automobile upon the world as compared with that of the airplane, recalled the failure to appreciate Mitchell's sinking of the battleships and considered the selection of assumptions. One could assume world peace and the path would be easier and air travel and air acquaintanceship might well be the greatest influence and power in its attainment.

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