RUTHERFORD PAGE AT NORTH ISLAND
The Curtiss school was opened on October 20th for the 1911-1912 winter season. Among the new students were: Dunford, an
Englishman; George Capitsini, a Greek Army Captain; J.G. Kaminski, Polish; a turbanned Mohan Singh;
K. Takeshi from Japan; plus several Americans: William Hoff of San Francisco, S.C. Lewis of Chicago,
J.B. McCalley of Harrisburgh, Charles W. Shoemaker of Olean, New York,
Lansing Callan, Carl Sjolander and Rutherford Page. Also, F.J. Terrill of Springfield, Mass;
R.E. McMillan of Perry , Iowa; C.A. Gerlin of Centralia,
Washington; and M.M. Stark of Vancouver, B.C.
One of Curtiss' early woman students, Julia Clark, would arrive later,
along with several American military students. In a month McClaskey, Lewis, McCalley and Shoemaker qualified for their licenses. McClaskey
even astonished Curtiss, by doing a series of figure eights, remaining in the air longer than any other graduate, and speeding more than a mile-a-minute!
From WALDO: Pioneer Aviator