4160Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Miss Ruth Norton
- Mar 26, 2007I'm just catching up with all the news of 2 months
ago.....There was an article done by Blanding for the
Carmel Pine Cone about a then 16 year old female
pilot. I interviewed her and she related that she
later became a pilot that ferried bombers around the
U.S. in WW2. She mentioned going to Florida and I
wonder if she knew Ms. Norton? I'll do some checking
and see if we might be lucky on this one. Never
--- keith2draw <keith2draw@...> wrote:
> I caught a few more whiffs of Ruth Norton's scent:
> She showed up in the 1930 census living in Chicago
> with her Swedish mother Anna, and
> working as a Department Store buyer.
> Then I came across this 1943 article in a Florida
> WOMEN TEACH MEN HOW TO FLY AIRPLANES
> MIAMI -- On Biscayne bay, between here and Miami
> Beach, there is a seaplane training
> base run by a woman and staffed, for the most part,
> by women.
> The women have to be good. Sixty per cent of the
> fliers who train at their base are either
> in the army or navy, or training for them. They have
> to pass Civil Aeronautics authority
> tests when the women are through training them.
> The director of the base is Mrs. Ruth A. Norton, a
> Seattle girl who trained in music at the
> University of Washington. She spent two years at the
> University of Hawaii teaching
> psychology, two more years there as a Yale fellow in
> research enthnology. Then several
> years in Chicago and New York as a buyer for big
> retail concerns. She now flies both land
> and seaplanes--and runs a training base for the army
> and navy.
> There's more in the article, but I have to get the
> kids to bed. We at least know where Ruth
> was as of the mid-1940s.
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