TWO DAYS OF PLEASURE AT
AEROPLANE EXHIBITION THE
FEATURE - EXCITING
FLIGHTS - THRILLERS FOR
THE LARGE CROWDS - CON
GRATULATIONS FOR AVIATOR
AND PO;PULAR BAKER.
. Reading Eagle
Reading, Pennsylvania, August 8, 1912,
from Michael J. Floriani, 7-29-05
The memories of those two eventful days, featured with aeroplane flights, will linger long in the minds of the grown-up folks. To the chiildren, the ice cream cones, free lemonade and rides on the miniature railway, circle swing, merry-go-round will always be delightful recollections. It is estimated that 45,000 persons visited the park.
The second day was the best. It was quite a contrast to the close last season. The weather conditions were ideal compared with the rainy and chilly atmosphere a year ago.
Nearly 30,000 people visited Carsonia on Wednesday afternoon. Everybody was bent on having a look at the aeroplane. Thousands had seen the daring aviator, Charles F. Walsh, circle over the city in his Curtiss biplane. They saw him glide through the air thousands of feet above the earth. They noticed him descend behind the mountains. It aroused their curiosity. They wanted to touch the machine, examine the parts, take a look at the birdman and see the start of a flight.
It was an ideal day for an outing. Men, women and children flocked to the park. Excellent car service was furnished by the transit company. No mishaps were reported in handling the large throng of humanity. The crowded cars en route to the park were an advertisement in themselves. It was an incentive for others to make the journey and see what was going on. In this way, the crowd became larger and larger.
It was an orderly concourse. While the State Police patrolled the park, no arrests were made. The aviation field was the mecca of thousands. It was roped off early in the afternoon. This move was a good one, as little difficulty was experienced at the time of the trips to keep an open space.
The scene on the aviation field for the first flight in the afternoon was a magnificent one. Mr. Walsh's face beamed with smiles as he viewed the surging mass of humanity that formed a wide circle around the field.
Everybody gazed in the direction of the machine,. Mr. Walsh received an ovation. There was no unnecessary delay. The engine was quickly tested. Mr. Walsh then mounted the seat. The mighty 60-horsepower engine began to send forth its buzzing noies. The propeller started, cutting the air with a deafening roar. Suddenly Mr. Walsh threw out his hands and the men holding the machine released it. Swiftly along the ground the biplane moved and then steadily took the air. After rising about 1,000 feet he made a circle around the field. He then ascended heavenward until about 1,500 feet was reached. Suddenly he began to circle in spirals, making six or seven drops by easy stages. The people looked on in astonishment. Some turned their heads, thinking he was going to fall.
Mr. Walsh's starts and finishes were perfect. He made no attempt for height. His object was to satisfy the crowd at the park. Arthur Fink announced when Mr. Walsh was performing several spiral glides that he was executing the Turkey Trot. At times the machine was almost perpendicular. Many stood in fear thinking he had lost control.
The final flight at 6 o'clock was another beauty. He duplicated his stunts for the benefit of the late comers. Figure eights and large circles, dips and angles of all sorts were performed. It took him two years to master the details,. Mr. Walsh left this morning for New York to join his wife and family.
The watermelon earing contest was very amusing. Chester Solanski won the match. He defeated such professionals and Harvey Geiger and "Hungry Bill."
In the apple bobbing event George Meek, Thomas Shartle and Louis Morris each secured an apple. Each received a knife for a prize.
The other events:
100-yard dash for boys, Daniel Harner, prize, watch.
50-yard dash for boys under 10, Thomas Hugh, watch.
100-yard dash for boys under 12, John Martz, watch.
Grocers' race, George Kurtz, silver cup.
In the nail driving contest, Grace Solanski won a watch.
The men's race, 50 yardss, was won by William Tiernan, 60 years old. He received a watch. Daniel F. Logan and J. C. Anderson tied for second place. Each received a knife.
Mr4s. Wickel, wife of Officer Wickel, won the silver cup offered as a prize in the married women's race. Mrs. Slonaker was second and received a watch. There were 14 entries.
25-yard dash for girls under five, Erma Strohecker, parasol.
Twenty-five yard dash for girls under 10, Thelma Graeff, parasol.
50-yard dash, open for girls, Mary Schortheimer, of Pottstown, watch.
There was a tremendous rush for ice cream. The Quality Company, 202 Clay street, served 3,000 gallons ..............