UP IN AIR 2,500 FEET
IT WAS THE FEATURE OF PAN-
AT CARSONIA PARK--TEN
THOUSAND PEOPLE SEE
HAVE FIND TIME.
Reading, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1912,
from Michael J. Floriani, 7-29-05
This was the second season for Pan-Dandy Days given by Frank C. Kolb, Reading's successful
baker, and it will be repeated on Wednesday. From all indication it promises to be greater than last year. It is estimated that during the
morning, 10,000 persons visited the park. This large concourse of people was augmented throughout the day by men, women and
children who followed after the noon hour.
For weeks the youngsters have been saving the Kolb Bread label. They were good for tickets which entitled them to all the amusements at the park. Each ticket allowed the holder to a ride on the miniature railroad, merry-go-round, toboggan, old mill and circle swing, besides ice cream, lemonade and sandwiches,
There was no confusion or delay. For the safety of the traveling public, special watchmen were stationed along the route. At the curve leaving Mt. Penn for the park, a flagman was stationed to prevent the cars crowding. Another employee was stationed at the approch of the cemetery grade, in order to prevent accidents.
It did not take the news long to travel. A score of Kolb's attaches began to rope off the field opposite the theatre. The State Police under Sergeant Ely, moved the crowd back out of danger. During this time Mr. Walsh and his mechanician, Wm. Fell, began to test the machine.
The flight was a beauty. A half dozen times he swept over the heads of the people as they gazed in wonderment. It was something new for the thousands in attendance. It was a real sensation. At one time he made a flight out of the sight of the spectators, going in the direction of Reading. Another time he soared along the ridge of the hills at Black Bear, coming back along a straight line over the top of the circle swing.
At one time the machine looked like a huge dragon fly. It was under perfect control of the operator.
His left and right hand spirals on descending were thrillers. The former is exceedingly dangerous. The machine looked as though it was going to upset. After sweeping the field in a wide circle, he came back to his starting point. Scores rushed to congratulate him. During the flight, the Philharmonic Band played a number of selections including "Home Sweet Home." The llight lasted 18 minutes.
Someone suggested that Mr. Kolb make a trip. Mr. Kolb replied: "I must be here tomorrow to pay bills." There is only room for the operator. The machine used by Mr. Walsh has been in all parts of the United States. The canvas is covered with autographs of many persons. It wieght 100 pounds and is driven by a 60-horsepower engine.
H. G. Shoenberger is in charge of the lost children's tent. Over a dozen youngsters were lost. They were seated on a bench and fed ice cream and sandwiches until the parents called for them.
Arthur A. Fink is one of the active workers and has charge of the athletic events. He rendered efficient service. Owing to the aeroplane flight, the programme of sports was postponed until in the afternoon.
In the vicinity of the lake, the Leuken dog and pony circus and vaudeville show attracted attention, The Emilie Sisters, double trapeze performers. Charles McIntyre, equilibriet; West Bros., a comedy revolving ladder team, all made hits.
Mr. Kolb, whose generosity is responsible for Pan-Dandy Day, was in charge. He was assisted by Malcolm Farrow and J. T. Good. The sandwiches are in charge of Landis Boltz. These others are assisting: Luther Suppee, H. S. Eckels, Landis Boltz, Charles Morrison, Charles Steckoine, Herbert Schoenberger, Robert Musser, Elmer Dilfield, Irvin Althouse, John Blieler, Adam Becker, Frank Phillips and Park Sholley.
Sergeant Ely, of the State Police, had these privates under him: Messrs. Banks, Harcoirote, DeHaven , Kautz and Miller.
Pan-Dandy Day will be continued Wednesday. One of the State Police found a purse containing 10 cents.
While hauling provisions to Carsonia Park, one of Kolb's bakery teams broke down on Ninth street near Court. The rear axle snapped off near the hub of the right wheel.
The flight of the Curtiss aeroplane was visible in the city. It circled in the vicinity of the Pagoda. Mr. Walsh said he saw the city. He reported no air currents until after he reached the mountains.