via email from Betsy Hendrix, 4-27-07
In my researching the 1920's I came across another early aviator. Don't know 1st name but went by Lieutenant Merrill and is stated in the January 1920 paper as being "a famous aviator".
Anyway, this article tells about how he loaded his plane with the Journal newspapers, flew to Mt. Airy, Rural Hall, Elkin, N.Wilkesboro and Yadkinville, either dropping the papers by small parachutes or landing and then distributing. This was the 1st time an airplane had flown over the small town of Mt. Airy! I thought this was so interesting.
Editor's Note: If you can help us to identify this mystery man, please contact me.
IN AN AIRSHIP
Hundreds of the First Monday
Morning Issue Delivered by
Aviator Merrill at Mt. Airy
and Other Towns
EARLY START STOPPED
BY ICE IN RADIATOR
Beautiful and Successful Flight
in Afternoon--Makes Two
Landings, Greeted by Crowds
and Asked Many Questions
If you have any information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper