THE FINAL CURTAIN
CHARLES' LAST LETTER TO ALICE
|Oct. 1, 1912|
I wired you last night so will drop you a few lines this A.M.
Mr. Fanciulli will be here this afternoon and is going to collect the $500.00 for the flights yesterday. I guess it will be all right as he is the Gen Manager of the Co. We did not get our toolbox and Fell did some great hustling and had four sockets and the propeller bolts made so I made the first flight at five oclock and second at 5.30 did not do any great stunts as I wanted to get the machine in good shape first. We are having lovely weather this week and I hope it keeps up for a few days longer. This fair has the biggest attendance of any fair in the country. I suppose the weather is good at the factory now and be sure and get those two checks as soon as you can, they should settle after each date as Mr. Hall insisted upon when I was in debt to them.
Geo. Stevens is here with a Wright bi-plane and a man makes a parachute jump from it. Pres. Taft will speak here Thursday they say, they are selling round trip tickets from the station in Jersey city for $2.00.
Well darling I hope everyone there are well, I have quite a bad cold somehow.
Well so long dearie, write me soon. I am as ever your loving Hubby and Pappa,
Charlie had his share of accidents and crashes during his brief career. He was always able to handle the situation. This time it was in-flight structural failure, and that he could not handle. Charles Francis Walsh was brought home, where he was buried in Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, California.
Was it all worth it? To men like Charlie Walsh who introduced aviation to thousands of people in a spectacular, dare-devil way, it was. To men like Glenn Curtiss it was not. Certainly it wasn't to the wives and families left behind. The salemen, the promoters, the companies, formed to exhibit the airplane as a side-show made the money. Until aviation settled down to serve a humanitarian and utilitarian purpose, it only served to bring forth the most stout-hearted to join its ranks. Be that as it may, the men of Charlie Walsh's caliber are a unique part of American Aviation History.
These are excerpts from the Aero and Hydro Magazines provided to me by the
Curtiss Museum in New York.
July 20, 1912 Aero and Hydro pg. 361
C.F. Walsh--the Curtiss aviator, made a number of exhibition flights at
Sidney, Ohio on June 18th.
July 6, 1912-Aero and Hydro pg. 321
Charles F. Walsh at Fond du Lac, Wisc. July 4th.
The Daily Journal and Tribune,
Knoxville, Tennessee: October 4, 1912,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - 6-11-04
when his Machine Crashed to Earth
at Trenton, N.J., from Height of 2,000 Feet.
Walsh was twenty-five years of age and a native of San Diego, Cal. His wife and two children are visiting at Hammondsport, N. Y., where they intended remaining while he was flying in the east. Walsh learned to fly with Lincoln Beachey."