Contributed by Alvin D. Grady 5-26-11
Roger has collected and now shares with us a series of newsclippings from the Duluth News Tribune which detail the exciting career of Harry Webster during the period 1914 to 1915. Reproduced below you will find the earliest one in the series.
GASOLINE 3,000 FEET IN AIR
Harry Webster, the Duluth aviator, says that all the dangers that birdmen are subject
to are not confined to the European war zone. In a recent flight in North Dakota of more than 125 miles his machine
ran out of gasoline when he was more than 3,000 feet in the air and his escape from death was almost miraculous.
He narrates his experience in a letter written at Beach, N. D., to his brothers, Fred and Victor of this city "I was to make a flight to a town twelve miles away," he says, "and flew to a point thirty miles out, circled at an altitude of 2,500 feet and returned in a zig zag course to Beach, covering about seventy miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes. I passed over Beach at an altitude of 3,800 feet, volplaning to about 3,000 feet when my motor gave a gasp and quit working. I had run out of gasoline, but I landed perfectly in a stubble field about a quarter of a mile from town. The spectators held their breath when they saw the propeller stop at such a distance from the ground and I consider myself very lucky that I gave the people such a good entertainment without breaking my neck.
"The idea of the flight was to boost the town of Beach, N. D. for the permanent county seat. After my day's work, I was banqueted and entertained for the evening."
Webster began his career as an aviator only about a year ago after being
graduated from the School of Aviation at Los Angeles. Since starting as a professional he has been making flights almost constantly at county fairs and public gatherings of various kinds all over the country.
He states that the interest in aviation has taken on new life since the beginning of the European war, and that the people everywhere are making inquiries as to the value of the aeroplane in war and if the United States government intends making greater use of the flying machine.
Webster is planning on a trip to Florida and other Southern states for flights during the cold weather.
Feb 24, 1914
Mar 21, 1914
May 28, 1914
Jun 17, 1914
Jul 26, 1914
Feb 22, 1915
Mar 12, 1915
Mar 13, 1915
Mar 15, 1915
Mar 15, 1915
Jun 22, 1915
Jul 28, 1915
Aug 18, 1915
Sep 13, 1915
DULUTH MAN TURNS AVIATOR
FORMER DULUTH BOY IS NOW AVIATOR ON COAST
WEBSTER, DULUTH BIRDMAN, THRILLS THOUSANDS
HARRY WEBSTER, DULUTH AVIATOR
WEBSTER DOES SOME VERY FINE FLYING
SHOW WILL BE A REVELATION RACES BEGIN TOMORROW
BIRDMAN IN TWO FLIGHTS
WEBSTER FLIES WITH PASSENGER
WEBSTER MAKES 3 FLIGHTS
AUTO RACES AEROPLANE
DULUTH AVIATOR HAS LONG LIST OF FLIGHTS BOOKED
DULUTH AIRMAN HAS NARROW ESCAPE IN NORTH DAKOTA
H. J. WEBSTER AIR MAILMAN SOARS ABOVE THREE CITIES
AVIATON EXHIBITION AT PINE CITY FAIR