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Vol. XI

Editor - Betty Cross

November 1975


Reno was terrific! masse from allover

WASPS arrived en the country, by bus,

car) plane etc.

We saw many faces ~hat

had never made it to the other reunlons

and what a welcome

was lots

sight they were. There

of hanger flying, picture taking,

amid the controlled confusion of checking

in at Kings Inn Hotel.

ittee was kept busy handing out envelopes

The reunion comm-

containing our

activities list), ceramic Fifi plaques)

tickets to various functions,

Ziggy Hunter corralled every new arrival

and informed them where they could "gas"

O~ders of The Day ( 4 day

IDs, etc.

up in her room, a veritable



Then, SMITTY'S BAR opened and things


off to a real flying start. Those who could still stand at 1700 hrs. made a re- fueling stop for Champagne and Hors D'Oeu-

'vres in the lobby. And this was only Thurs.! Some of the girls went to Lake Tahoe or

Virginia City on Friday.

We were scheduled

for an outdoor buffet that afternoon


Bowers Mansion Park but it was cancelled

due to uncertain

the Kings Inn was utilized again and we

had our buffet there.

WASP only buffet breakfast

might add) and then free time for 7 hrs. before cocktails and the Reunion Banquet. At the OOF meeting at 1000 to 1200 many

weather so, the lobby of

Saturday was the

(very good I

of the items you'll read were discussed

and the crux of Col. Arnold's

given. New officers were elected and a

big hand was given the outgoing officers

report was

for the excellent


of Nev., Mike O'Callaghan

Dough.rty Strother was presented the Order

job they did while in

At the Banquet that night Gov.

spoke, Dr. Dora

of Fifinella Award

by Del Scharr, Miss


~llienasked if my name could be placed

on the ballot for President)

that I might have expected to be offered

the Presidency

that of the O.O.F.

I want you to know how very honored I am. Our "administration" will be running an "open door" policy, so here is how I can be reached:

I confessed

of the U.S., but never

And now that elected,

In N.J. (summer) R.D. 2, Box 519) Newton,

N.J. 07S60 Ph. 201-362-$61$ In Fla. (winter) 10330 N. Military Trail,

Palm Beach Gardens, 33410 Ph. 305-622-~435 The policy of the O.O.F. Board is gOlng

to be PUBLICITY. We urge

member to do her best to get publicity for the WASP's so people will not be thinking

each and every

of us as you-know-what




your local newspaper.

the WASPs to your local Rotary, Klwanls,

(Much factual

inform~tion can be found in your roster;


and so the younger

most of whom have not heard of

will know there were women fliers in

Get some publicity

for yourself in

Make a spe~ch ~bout

flying club, etc.


and accurate history of the WASP training program for the Journal American Aviation


bellishing facts with some personal ex-

periences of yours or friends

Dora Strother wrote a superb, complete

Society, Winter of '74), em-



Your comments al-

ways welcome.

Bee Haydu, The Prez.



Bea Haydu, Pres.


"You mentioned

the time that I gave to


Cochran spoke to all and the


the Reunion.

I feel badly that I

former officers of OOF were

commended for



strong enough to be with


the outstanding job they had done.

Floyd OdIum, Miss Cochran's husband had


of you more than I was, but any time I

gave was certainly worth giving, in my


her to the Reunion and it was


for the outstanding

credit all of


to see them both there even

you hav~ brought to the group both during

though they haven't been well.


your presenco made the gathering

plete success.

Thanks to

of you, Mr. OdIum

and Miss Cochran,

a com-

"HOT SPRINGS for '76"

the program and in subsequent years.

haven't sufficient adjectives to express

my pride in all of you.

permit,' I hope I can be with all of you


If health will

in October. Warm regard.





PRESillENT * BEE HAYDU R. D. 2, Box 519 Newton, N. J. 07$60

Bee learned to fly in Martins,Creek, in 1943. She joined the WASP program in

Feb. 1944, graduating in Sept.


Was then

stationed at Pecos, Texas doing utility flying for the Training Command in UC7$'s. After deactivation, she obtained her FIt. Instructor's and Ground School Instruct- ors ratings, did ferrying of surplus air- craft from the south to depots in the


Obtained a Cessna Dealership and tl

first yr. they produced after WWII, sold

20 new airplanes. men in ownership


the Garden State Pkway was built cutting

off one of our runways

After that , joined $ of a fIt. sohool in Isle]

A year after we were in operation,

and putting us be-

low CAA minimums for an airport, so we we:

out of business.

in N.Y.C., of airplanes and parts for

damer Corp. who represented the Govt. of

Then I became a buyer,


India and various airlines and corporat-

10ns in India.

Joe Haydu and did the most important thine of my life--I married him. This was 1951

and in 1952 we added Joey, 1953 Steven and 1954 Diana. Joey just graduated Bryant

During this time I met


R.I., Stevey is attending U. of


Conn. and Diana is in U. of Fla.

(South), Tampa, Fla.

In '69 I got my real

estate license and we have been active in

the real estate mkt. ever since.

We pre-


own a '75 Cessna 210 and have had


over the yrs. rangiqg from Beech


to Stearman's, T34's etc.

Joe was

with the CPT program during WWII as a fIt. instructor and we still both enjoy flying.

SECT.-TREAS. * BETTY PETTITT NICHOLAS 125 West $2nd St. Indianapolis, Ind.46260

Betty was born in Harrietstown, New York First flight on airline from New York to Montreal and it sold me on flying. Had been secretary to president of a music foundation in Newark, N.J., and quit that job to get enough flight time to join the

WASP. Was stationed at Napier Field, Dothan Ala., as test pilot on AT-6's. Returned to base after work as Link inst. and taught American and Mexican cadets in English and Spanish respectively. Worked at small aviation jobs until I accepted one as sky-

writer-secty. in Indianapolis.

was sold for Korean war effort, went with

Aeronautics Commission as Chief of Special

When plane


back working again, first

man of the board and president of an insur-

Quit job after marriage.


as secty. to chair-

ance company, now as Manager of the Word Processing Center for that same company. Own and fly a Cessna 150.

EDITOR: Betty Cross 2001 Elm Ave. Modesto, Calif. 95351

Betty learned

in Chas., W.Va.

to fly at a seaplane base in 1942, while working for


parachute rigger on days off to earn grnd.

Worked as mech. at nights and

school and fIt. time.

any service when war declared in '41 but

too young.

Left WMC and was sent to CTD by War Dept.

to train as Eng'g. Aide.

program in 1943 and wrote to Gen. Hap

Arnold to see if I could get

my age.

Had tried to join

Was a member of C.A.P. also.

Heard about WASP

a waiver on to Wright-

Aide and

Meanwhile, was sent

Patterson AFB to work as Eng'g.

was there when informed I would be accepted

if 1$ by end of '43.

sence from Wright-Patterson and began trng.

Jan. '44.

Field as Tow Pilot and did some

Got a leave of ab-

After grad. was sent to Moore



D.D. in '44, was

employed as Trng.


at N.A.C.A. Langley Fld., Va.



to get my Inst., Instructor

and Comm.

licenses renewed on Land & Sea at Spartan Sch. of Aero., Tulsa, Okla. in '46 then

joined World Air Shows as a Stunt Pilot. Left the show to instruct G.I. and others

at Casper, Wyo. for a few mos.

to rejoin show in Minn. when hit by

cycle after Navy Air Show and hospitalized

for yrs. Studied Aero Eng'g. while there and met husband Guy while I was still in


is S. Sgt. in Air Force and youngest Guy, Jr. may have already made Staff by now

as Jet Mech. in AF. Both are career.

ghter Cara lives here in town.

child, Danielle, dghtr. of Guy, Jr. Took trng. in Photographic Repair and opened my

own shop in home after grad.

at same time in Personnel

well as holding job for P.O. Dept. as Rural

Route Driver for over 3 yrs.

quit all except Repair and then I went to work in La~.of Cannery doing test work. Finally told to stop work completely but am very proud to recently have passed my physical so I can fly again.

Dr. made me

Was going


Have 3 great kids, Don, the eldest


One grand-

Also worked

for Cannery as

Sara Hayden didn't get a write-up

on her-

self in time for press time, but hope

to have one for the Newsletter

will come out before the Ark. reunion.



Anyone representing museums or collec- tors should write their needs to the News- letter Editor who will place the informa- tion in this column. She will also place information from those willing to donate.





The proposal for a WASP Memorial sub-

mitted by Mary Jones (Regalbuto) 44-9 is

for a six to seven foot bronze statue

of a

WASP in flying garb. She commissioned the internationally known sculptor, William McVey, to cre~te the rough quarter size sketch model pictured. McVey's sculpture is in permanent coll- ections at various museums across the country including the Smithsonian Institution. His publicly owned works include the monuments to

Davey Crockett, Ozana, Texas; James Bowie, Texarkana, Texas and George Washington, Cleveland Federal Building. Particularly famous works are his 9 foot bronze of Winston Churchill at the British Embassy, Washington, D.C. and his many works in the Washington National Cathedral. The statue, to be presented to the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, would be placed on a suitable


base with a bronze tablet. It would

be a lasting tribute to the nation's first women military pilots, the WASP of World War II, as well as those who died in the per- formance of flying duties. The cost is esti- mated at $15,000. The Air Force Museum has suggested that, if the Order of Fifinella proceeds, hopefully. the piece would be completed in sufficient time to permit a public unveiling at the museum's July 1970 Bicentennial celebration, with a representative group of WASP present.


WASPs at the Reno meeting had an oppor- tunity to view a full-scale hydrostone "mock-up" model of a memorial plaque, scul- ptured by Artist JEWEL ESTES 44-10 of Dal- las. The final bronze sculpture, cast from the same mold through the lost-wax process, now hangs in the History of Aviation Coll- ection at the U. of Texas at Austin. Ziggy Hunter says the total piece is com- prised of TWO bronze plaques so it is flex- ible for use as a memorial (with the name plate) or a recognition plaque (with the sculptured art in bronze and the lower

plate presenting the dedication or recog- nition message). This question was re- iterated many times at Reno as to whether the sculpture could be installed without the nameplate of the girls killed in service.

The, Jewel

Estes, has offered to

donate all her time and talent

ation of additional bronze memorials, off- ering the O.O.F. membership a program re- quiring funds only for materials and del- ivery cost. This has been ev~luated at be- tween $1150 and $1500 for the two-plate plaque. Any funds left over beyond actual cost would be returned to the O.O.F. fund or applied to an additional one, if desir- ed. Although Ziggy explained at Reno the reasons their first effort on both the in- stallation and fund raising were limited to Texas, she feels the whole membernhip needs to be aware that they did contact the O.O.F. Exec. Committee, as well as Col. Arnold, for their o.k. before they took

in the cre-

even the .first step.

In permitting them

The experience gained on the Te~as

fund-raising project will be shared, 1f needed and requested. The total plan, records and card file of donors and pot- ential givers on this highly successful

endeavor will be made

appropriate committee on request. Ziggy

Hunter reports that 27 families of the 3$ WASPs killed have been locate~ and they are eager to see more memor1als

placed and would

projects of this nature.


to go ahead "on your own," they did ask them to hold off on making a Nat'l. mem- bership contact until the Reno meeting. They limited their fund raising to and for the Texas installation because of that. This memorial was dedicated April 11, 1975, with ceremonies which honored fam- ilies of WASPs who gave their lives in flight service. Representatives of many of these families came from all parts of

the U.S. to take part.

Armstrong participated as principal speaker

at the evening banquet before some 500 pilots and friends. Since the entire WASP training program was based in the state, Texas WASPs and other pilot supporters carried through their wish to place the

first memorial to the WASP

ate Texas site. Jewel made a gift of talent and time in providing the plaQue. valued at $10.000 - $12,000 by some Dallas artists. Texas WASPs and other supporters raised the

funds to defray the cost of materials, pro- duction, packing and transporting. Ziggy offers answers to some of the que- stions the O.O.F. members may have:


available to an

be of significant

help in

Astronaut Neal


What with rising costs of mailing, printing, paper, etc., management regrets that we are forced to increase dues to


Please use enclosed separate form for renewals.

in an appropri-

Membership cards will be sent.


For the Reunion in Hot Springs, Ark., If we travel in groups, there will be con- siderable airline savings. There are

group fares for 10 to 24; 25 to 39; 40 and


and a Travel Agent would need to know a-

bout $ wks. for a group

will be some reduced Bi-Centennial fares in effect but they will not be as low as

However, it takes advance planning

in advance in order to apply


Also, in 1976 there

A: The total piece is comprised

of TWO

bronze plates, making it flexible for use as either. The top is a sculpture of two faces--one with pilot's helmet, depicting the training phase, the other with grad-

The lower plate may be

group travel. Suggest that anyone ob- taining information for groups in your area, send this
group travel.
Suggest that anyone ob-
taining information for groups in your
area, send this information
to J.R. Smith
(Smitty), Drawer FF, Hot Springs. Ark.
them would
give us a reduced for the R~-
union based on our military service and
being part of the flying business.
At the Reunion in Reno, Colonel Bruce
Arnold reported on the status of the two
bills before the House and the Senate.

112Q! for inclusion in Reunion Information. Be sure to mention the travel agent who would handle this so the gals can contact them directly. We already have Destina- tion Unlimited Travel Agency, Hollywood, Calif. for the L.A. area and Elaine Harmon is writing to United, Delta and American on behalf of all WASPs to see if any. of

He is doing much "behind the scenes" work and has asked every WASP to please not ob- tain publicity regarding Militarization of the WASPs until he feels the time is


who knows a political figure well enough

to be on a very personal basis, to please give h:j.m.hername, address and phone num- ber and the name of the person well known to her and when the time is right, he will

contact her with his request.

He does, however, want any WASP

You may

send this information to:

Col. Wm. Bruce

Arnold, 1625 Eye St., N.W., Suite 419, Washington, D.C. 20006.

uation beret, symbolizing the service phase

of the program.

either the name plate, listing the girls who were killed, or a recognition plate with a dedication message. Q: HOW MUCH MONEY WILL HAVE TO BE RAISED? A: The amount will be governed by the

number of placement and site locations de- sired by the membership. Concise account-

ing of expenditures

above, and the cost was referred to earlier

will be kept, as stated

in this article.

fluctuation in price of bronze. Jewel's proposal includes a request (l)the cost

This will vary with the

(2)a committee of the

amt. be placed in a fund which can be drawn upon for this project before the memorial

will be started,

O.O.F. be available for consultation during production, and (3) that no time frame be set for deadline not within reason, since

creativity is laborious and dictates its

need to th~ artist rather than vice versa. Each production must go through a stage

of refinement by the artist.

It's estim-


that possible 15 casts can be made



one mold, but each is an.indiv-





ZIGGY HUNTER g3g Havenwood, Dallas,Tx. 75232

Ph. (214) 224-2905 or 352-5204

BEA HAYDU, our Pres., has identified one of our greatest needs in O.O.F.--the locat- ion of current addresses of all O.O.F. eligibles. This includes both graduate WASPs and non-grad trainees. In appoint- me membership chairman, she stressed the need for getting an active committee that would develop some procedures and follow up every clue we could generate from the cooperative efforts of our members. So,

HELP ,HELP 1 Each of you

is now appointed

SUPER SLEUTH and may forthwith get about detectivating. Somewhere among your unanswered corres- pondence or Christmas Card list, there may be lurking a current address of some

WASP identified in the roster with one of those curs-ed asterisks. The committee will be comprised of mem- bers in strategic areas over the country but there was not time to get confirmation of a full committee before Newsletter deadline. Charlyne Creger 44-10, Shreve- port, La., will serve as vice chairman, and Ruth Hagemann Wheeler 43-5, and Jewel Estes 44-10, both of Dallas, have agreed to help with research and record keeping. Some procedures found helpful in locating the families of the 3g WASPs killed in service before the Texas memorial dedi- cation last spring may suggest how to use old addresses and other slight clues to advantage.

1. Check your yearbook and class rosters

for Sweetwater classmates (including non- grads) and see how many are shown in the alphabetical list (who is lost and who is missing altogether?). If you are corres-

ponding with any or know their current address or a later address than the ros- ter listing, please forward the infor-

mation to your addresses.

committee at the above

2. Check your Geographical List in the

roster and if some of these are "lost", check your local criss-cross directory for a possible move within town or for the present tenants at the WASP's last

known address (or name of a neighbor). Then check with these people and tell

them the purpose of your search.

can often provide clues such as a new married name, the destination of a move and sometimes even the current address. Don't overlook the slightest clues--- husband's name and address; university attended; airport where the WASP may have trained or instructed (flyers do keep up with other flyers); place of


business or occupation--and you'll come up with some leads you hadn't anticipa-

ted. Sometimes, by presenting our pur- pose to the Postmaster, he can help pro- vide valuable information or address.

3. Recall the names of those with whom

you were stationed after graduation.

Are they

in the roster and is their add-


ress current?

4. Are you corresponding with an inst-

ructor, whose listing needs correction?

5. Do you know of a deceased WASP not

listed? Please send details.

6. Do you know of a WASP who has chan-

ged her name through marriage or re- marriage? What is her last known address?

7. When you get as much as a name and

town, resort to the Long Distance oper-


plus Area Code plus 555-1212. For instance: in the case of Eliz. Ann (Stavrum) Lux, 43-g, a call might be made to the LD Ope at Oshkosh, Wis.,

for further help.

The number is 1

(her last known address) requesting a listing for a Lux, Eliz. Ann or perhaps

E.A., at 525 Algona Blvd.

Lux at that address?"

her husband's name and may


the same, ask operator to "please check if there's a listing for a Stavrum at

that address." Stavrums listed?"

many, she'll give the listings on all

Is there any

(We don't know

learn it this

Since her WASP entry address was

If not, "Do you have any If there aren't too

of them.

Make notes so calls can be

made later

through a WATTS line for def-

inite i.d. of Eliz. Ann.

If it's a

small enough town, by telling your pur-

pose, you may find an operator who was

a resident during WWII and knew the fam-

ily. They can get very helpful.


it was known Eliz. Ann was stationed at Maxwell Fld., Ala., and Napier Fld., Dothan, Ala., and WASPs sometimes retur- ned to live in the locale where they served, same procedure might be follow-

ed at those places.


some other line of investigation.

Make a note of any

obtained as it may clue you to


you're seeking some one in the same town or nearby, please call the number

and ask for the WASP by name.

a happy connection.

information you have (however minimal) to your committee at the above Dallas

address and we'll follow up.

It'll be

If not, send all


We need volunteers for the Committee

and especially are eager to have those

of you who travel or have access to a

WATTS line to contact us.

ward you some contacts to make.

We'll for-

We have

all the old rosters, all past newslett-

ers, .and a list of entry

addresses and

are assembling a card file by towns.


find the most "lost" WASPs by the 1976 meeting in Hot Springs will receive due


The ones who

Believe ~t or not, there

are nearly

and that's

be nearly that many of us actively look- ing for them, if we all work at it, so

1000 lost grads & non-grads a tall target, but there will

it's not an impossible dream.

So fast

as y'all find them, y'all write to us.

'em in

Committee News

ANN ATKEISON, Chairman of the Awards Committee would appreciate submittals and information on candidates before April 1,

1976. Her address

Ft. Worth, Texas 76109. Any members hav- ing a candidate contact Ann. FAITH "Bucky" Richards, Chairman of the Nominating Committee would like members to send any suggestions for candidates to to her before elections are held at the October '76 reunion.

is 3848 W. Biddison,

Other committees ana ~ne~r cnairmen are:





of O.O.F. should contact the

committee chairmen with any information or questions pertaining to that committee.


The Sweetwater Women's Forum raised the sum of $1500 to have a 3ft. Fifi made to be placed at the fountain of our restored


President of the Women's

Forum is Johnny M. Moore.

and Ann AtkeiBon are making the sculpture

of the Fifi.

Frances Withers

Pres. Moore, working with

the Chamber of Commerce in Sweetwater making the dedication of this permanent

Memorial to the WASPs a part of the off- icial Bi-Centennial Ceremonies of Sweet-

water in '76.

us know about this great tribute to our terrific bunch of fly galsl


Thanks Dedie for letting


The following have donated their wings to the Smithsonian: Nancy Crews (WAFS), Gerry Nyman (43-1 and WAFS), Ruth Trees

(43-2), Gretchen Gorman (43-3) Betty Martin (43-4), Jill McCormick f43-5), & Irma Story (43-6). The Smithsonian would

like a duplicate

set of the wings to be

used "behind the scenes" for study.


set of wings with the lozenge and a pair of slacks worn with the Eisenhower jacket.

Either send them to the Smithsonian


perly identified


another shoulder strap. pocket book,


D.C. (Air & Space Museum) pro-

or to Bee Haydu who will

see they are delivered.


During the convention

in Reno, two pro-

posals were made fro~ the floor for a WASP


The proposals included clauses for not only approval by the Order but for financing by

the Order.

agreement or conclusion on these proposals

during the convention.

been appointed to investigate the problem and arrive at some recommendations.

statue or plaque.

It was not possible to reach any

A committee has thus

We need the help of all the members of the Order.

Basically the two proposals were as follows:

(1) Ziggy Hunter, an instructor

at Sweet-

water, proposed that a bronze plaque made by Dallas Artist Jewel Estes (who started with 44-W-IO), be installed in as many museums and public places as appropriate. This plaque, commemorating the WASPs who died bears their names, the WASP wings and a re- lief form of heads of two WASPS (one in flight helmet and goggles and one with the

formal WASP uniform hat).

ques has been purchased with donations from

One of these pla-

WASPs and has been installed

sity of Texas, History of Aviation Library. Another was on display at the convention. (2) Mary Jones, 44-W-9, proposed a tribute to the WASP program in the form of a 6 ft. statue of a WASP. She commissioned inter- nationally known artist Wm. McVey to create

at the Univer-

a l/4 scale model ~n c~ay or wnat tne sta~ue

might look like.

in flight uniform, strapping on a parachute

This would cost

$15,500 and Mary proposed it for the Air

and looking to the sky.

It would represent


Force Museum.

She has been in contact with

the curator

of the museum and he has indi-

cated their tentative acceptance of such a gift.

We recognize that either proposal,

if acc-


by the Order as a project, will


extensive financing and work.

We are asking

the membership

to give us comments and re-


Please fill out the following

questions (add more comments if desired) and send to Dora DOugherty Strother, }616 Landy Lane, Ft. Worth, Texas 76118.

1. Do you favor the sponsoring

commemorative or memorial edifice to the WASP?

2. Do you favor sponsoring


3. Woula you be willing to work on a cowrittee

to raise the money to support the project?

4. Would you be willing to contribute

a project?

5. Do you feel WASP memoriabelia (uniforms,

wings, pictures, etc.) would be as effective in a museum display as a plaque or statue?

of any type of

the statue or the

to such

6. If you favor the plaque as a project,

where would you suggest it be placed (neither the Smithsonian nor the Air Force Museum will accept a plaque)?

WAFS Secretary: Katherine Bernheim Buckberg Mt. Road Tomkins Cove, N.Y. 10986

KATHRYN (SIS) FINE: I've been so busy, selling my house and property, getting ready to move to Roseville, Calif. I'm leaving on Aug. 4, headed to Atlanta to visit friends, then off to Roseville.

I'm driving all the way unless I can put the car on a train and ship it out. NANCY LOVE has been in and out of the hos-

pital, but the Drs. ok'd her for some

sailing in Maine this summer--so was really looking forward to that. DEL SCHARR has been writing a book. Her big problem is to be sure that she gets dates and events down accurately, for she wants it to be an authentic account of the WASP story, especially as it applied to the Ferry Command. So, if she asks you where you were or what you were flying on New Years Day, 1943, or some such idi- otic question, please take her seriously.

Del began to write last Dec., as she knew

it must be done before she forgot

thing. Husband Harold had become more

infirm with ankylosis spondylitis since


June and he died on Jan. 31, 1975.

was to have had nerve tumors taken from both feet the day he was buried and had to wait two more months for a hospital Harold had a stroke the week after

room. the Sweetwater reunion and that's what he died of. Since retirement from teaching

Del has this motto at her home.

moves, feed it.

paint it."

house in North St. Louis County now looks



"If it

If it doesn't move,

So, her old 108 yr. old farm

than 25 yrs. ago when she bought

it and the farm as an investment for old


gave an ideal background for widowhood.

Del says, "I ate alone, slept alone, READ ALONE, planned alone, and flew alone." Her plan is to devote the next year or two to the story of the WASP she admired

Being a WWII WASP pursuit pilot

so much in her youth.

After that, there's

time for play, we hope. The WASP Reunions get better and better and

Theme of

this one was the best thus far.


was directed to the original WAFS of New-

convention was "Orchids to You", and

castle AAB, Wilmington, Del.

lightedl Those WAFS assembled in Reno

We were de-

were so proud of Nancy Batson Crews as

the outgoing Pres. of Fifinella.

made a fine, efficient exec.

attendance were: Delphine Bohn, Barbara Erickson London, Betty Gillies, Teresa

James, Florine Miller Watson, Adela

Scharr, and Barbara Towne Fasken. Guess


leave the WAFS before the training per- iod was over because of a home emergency, now lives in Reno and joined us.


Others in

Catherine L. Slocum, who had to

43-1 Secretary: G. C. BROWNIE KINDIG 17205 N. 14th St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85022

The big news of the year, of course, was the Reunion in Reno. Gerry Nyman and

and had a marvelous time

I drove there

visiting with friends we hadn't seen in many years. Unfortunately, only four 43-1 WASPS attended. Gerry keeps active these days by bicycling to the courts

every day and plays tennis.

husband Van have made several trips to

Baja and Mexico to indulge orite snort of snorkling.

She and her

in their fav-

DOTTIE YOUNG was present and

is as viva-

cious as ever.

ed a hockey team in Oklahoma, which really keeps them hopping.

She and Pete have adopt-

MARION FLORSHEIM also attended the Reunion and is now living in Walnut Creek, Calif. Her activities are too numerous to list, but among other things, she has ghost

written a book on poetry and horticulture; edited monthly columns for feature stor-

ies in magazines;

is on the Nat'l. Board

for the American Society of Interior De- signers; and found time to be present at the start of the Powder Puff Derby. MARION MACKEY DeGREGORIE and her husband still have their restaurant in New York. They took a two week trip to Italy and had a wonderful time. ELEANOR BOYSEN MORGAN has been living in Europe for the past two years, but is now residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where she frequently sees Evelyn Green- blatt Howren. Eleanor still has 500' of movies which she would be happy to show to any WASP who may be in the vic- inity or travelling through. Glad to have you back Eleanor. MAGDA TACKE and George changed their minds

about moving to Tuckerton, N.J., and have purchased a home in Lake Worth, Fla. In spite of the work entailed in moving,


manages to play golf now & then.

BYRD HOWELL GRANGER sent in a brochure which told of a fascinating trip she was leading in the Mediterranean, which incl- uded a trip through the Greek Islands. As a professor of Folklore at the U. of

Arizona, her classes are the most popular. BETTY TACKABERRY BLAKE still continues work-

ing day and night

iness and doesn't know what the word vac-

ation means.

the Rangers (the original name of the Green Berets) and is currently taking


in the real estate

Her son Bruce has joined

parachute jumps and is already a Karate Instructor. MARY LOU COLBERT NEALE has been leading a hectic life. She is the Medical Librar- ian in the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital which she finds quite interest-


to San Luis Obispo where her daughter had

She has been commuting from Newhall

more corrective surgery as the result of an automobile accident last October, but is now fine.

43-2 Secretary:

MARION SCHORR BROWN 2512 Montgomery Laredo, Tex. 78040

Ed. Note:

Rec'd. no news for this Newsletter

but hope to hear from this class by the

next newsletter which will be published before the Hot Springs reunion. I have

been informed

however, that Gov. Mike

o 'Callaghan, Gov. of Nev., has appointed FRANCES DIAS GUSTAVSON to the Veteran's Advisory Committee. It's his hope her appt". will help promote Veterans status for the women in our organization. ,43-3 Secretary: BETTY ARCHIBALD FERNANDES Rte. 3 Box 27 Collinsville, Miss. 39325

The lucky ones who attended the WASP re- union in Reno were Esther Berner, Clarice Bessent, Betty Budde, Gretchen Graba, Lois Hailey, Grace Mayfield, Ruth Ruckert, Velma Qualls, Emma Ware, Dora Strother and Lois Ziler. Next year let's all meet in Hot

43-3 is proud that our

Springs in October.

class member, Dr. Dora Strother received the

Fifinella Award. EVELYN LAESCH FARLEY writes that she and Bertha Link Trasky thought of flying to the Reno

reunion but Evelyn is nursing

a heart

condition. BETTY ARCHIBALD FERNANDES is busy working as a board member of the Lauderdale County Humane Society attempting to get an animal shelter built and finding homes for animals until

it is built.

For those

who knew her father,

he passed away in August at the age of Bl on his way home from an afternoon dance. She hopes she can do as well. LOIS BROOKS HAILEY visited son and family in

Bremerton, Wash.

She met the ATWAR pilots coming through EI

Paso and visited with Kay Brick. She is

thinking of retiring from public high school teaching to teach in a religious or private school. She and Lois Ziler took their fIt. inst. refresher course.

He is still in the Navy.


life on the Pac-

ific Coast. Her house overlooks an air-


and the ocean. She is Rehabilitation

counselor looking forward to retirement and possibly another career. JEAN ROSS HOWARD as Executive Director of the

She remained in the


a general reporter with an aviation column. Took time out for two years experience with

an audio-visual film producing company and then went to Wayne State Univ. full time

for a Master's degree in audio-visuals

research assistantship.

another year

teaching and research fellowship. Two years ago Wayne State Univ. gave her an honorary

Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

returned to the Free Press as a science and aerospace writer and covered all the early launches of unmanned rockets and satellites at Cape Canaveral through Shepard's first U.S. space flight. Wrote a man-in-space series that received a national award. Went to the Detroit News as a science writer and continued to cover some space shots in-

cluding Apollo 11, the first manned landing

on the moon, Shepard's moon landing

last Apollo flight to the moon. Most of her

writing, however, was general science and


women scientists to go to the Antartic and

to conduct a women only expedition about

BOO miles from the South with the Navy and landed

as the first woman to reach the South Pole. She had already flown directly over the North Pole on a special flight for the Japanese Imperial family from Tokyo to Copenhagen. As a science and aviation writer she has been fortunate to have had an opportunity for many adventures: a Nat'l. Science Foundation oceangraphic voyage in the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Aus- tralia, flights (supersonic) in the Delta Dart, and participation in the Air National Guard's Rich Trophy Event from Travis AFB,

Calif. to Hawaii, Wake Island, Tachikawa AFB

She returned

Naval Reserves and put

in 20+ years and is now a Lt. Commander,

to the Detroit Free Press as

on a

Followed that with

and a half of graduate on a

She then

and the

In 19b9 she went with the first


Also flew

at the South Pole

in Japan and return.

For fun she has been

Alice Hammond's co-pilot in seven or eight

Powder Puff Derbies and alw~ys had a wonder-

ful trip.

172 which they enjoy. Last fall she was acc- epted by the Univ. of Mich. as a full time graduate student in the School of Public

She and her husband own a Cessna


for a two year degree progran in



This fall she will be taking

an overload of courses as they plan to move

to the San Francisco area next year.

regrets that she was not able to attend

the reunion.


RUTH RUCKERT writes she enjoyed the reunion and also the Int'1. Convention of _the 99's.

Whirly-Girls, Inc. has been to numerous conventions and on a vacation trip to Europe ISABEL FENTON STINSON is busy with commercial

where she attended the Paris Air Show and coptered to England to visit friends. She

real estate management and her husband with


medical students at the U. of Cuidad Juarez

and live in El Paso.

Matthew are all seniors - John at West Point, Mark at the Mass. Maritime Academy and Matt-

hew at Cathedral High School.

husband have been busy with Aunt Marjorie's

Her daughter and son-in-law are

Sons John, Mark, and

She and her


She died in April at her home in

is with the

Office of Public Affairs with

Aerospace Industries Assoc. of America, Inc. JEAN PEARSON, after leaving the WASP, joined the Navy, went to midshipman school and served in the aviation training division for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (air) as an aviation officer for the duration.


the QB's, etc. having been the "flying school

Her ashes were dis-

marm in pre and WWl era.

- she was a charter of the 99's,

VI THURN COWDEN works for instructional Aid, Huntington Beach City schools, making reading, math games for learning centers. The most interesting thing about Vi at the reunion was her beautiful daughter whom she brought with her. RUTH GAMBER is presently with the aircraft

tributed over Stinson Field in San Antonio.


all the early aviators which

Libr~ry of Congress.

couldn't make the reunion. Dept. of Bechtel Corp. Oakland Airport

had an enormous collection of data on


they gave to the is sorry she

DORA DOUGHERTY STROTHER states that she will


One of

articles on the WASP was published in

dispatching Jet aircraft and crews. Since WASP days she has been with Flight Dent, Administrator and General Aviation. She was in French Morroco, North Africa,

in personnel with

always cherish her Fifinella


the winter of 1974 edition of the Journal of

the American Aviation Historical Society.

She is still with Bell Heliocopter and has Gambie is still Gambie.

been doi~g quite a bit of speak~ng lately.,

At th 7 k~ck-off Year.~n January

eon ~n Dal~as co-spo~sore~

Zonta and ~n connect~on w~th the same 7 vent

the AF for 3~ years

MARY EDITH ENGLE has 3 daughters, 2 married and one engaged plus a grandson age 4. Interestingly enough in the past she help-

ed train trotters taught psychology

and raced them plus at the Univ. of Ky.

of the Internat~onal Women s she was speaker at a,lunch-

by the 99 sand

was guest

on a three hour talk show ~w1th two

Now she spends her time painting, doing

others). In May she.spoke to.the reg~onal b~nquet ?f the Amer~can.Inst~tute of Indust-

ceramics and does bookkeeping. She boats all summer and travels whenever possible.

r1al Eng~neers.

In Apr~l.she was banquet.

We should see her in Hot Springs •••That's

the State meet~ng ?f AAUW and ~n

a Possible.


lectured a~ the Un 7 v. of T~xas at CONNIE LLEWELLYN HOWERTON has been employed

Arl~ngton to clas~es ~n behav~oral SC1ences.

for nearly 25 years in social work in

She has been apP?~nted

to the Bo~rd of Trus-

Public Welfare Dept., L.A. and Santa


of the Amel~a.Earhar~ Memor~al Scholar-

Barbara. She is currently with Santa

sh~p Fund of the N~nety-N~nes,Inc.

Barbara County Welfare Dept as super-

LOIS HOLLINGS~ORTH ~ILE~ is still teaching .

visor of foster home placem;nt of depend-

math and sc~ence ~n S~e:ra Blan?a,

Tex. h~gh

ent children of Juvenile Court. Her hobby

school and her husband ~s start~ng


is playing baseball with the Women's soft-

four year term as Count~ Jud~e.

She recently

ball team and keeping up with her 15 year

got current on her phys~cal

~n case she g~ts

old daughter, and we all know that's a

a.chance to fly. ~ecause of two resorts 1~ challenge in itself.

S~erra Blanca she play tenn~s WILLIE PEACOCK KELLY is employed at the VA

and golf.

~he says ~t ~s a l~ttle late to

grown tall and

hospital Lake City, Fla. for the past ten years. A son and daughter both graduated from the U. of Fla. and are married. Her

husband is a safety

engineer for Dept. of

start learn~ng ?ut fun. VIA the GRAPEVINE.

, Betty Due~er Budd.s are all

. Emma Co~lter War~ ~s ~t~ll.~n

she is st~ll work~~g.


Clayt?n~ Mo.

transportation for the State of Florida.


NAFFZ MARTIN is on her 2nd career. She

Grace B1rg~ ~yf~eld

~s ~t~ll

sky d~v~ng.

got a BA in Biology

in 1967 and teachers

Bee Medes ~s ~n Oregon w~th a kennel and a

small home an~ large garden. Kay ~enges Br~?k lost her husband las~ ~ear and ~s still w~th the AWTAR as ex-off~c~o advisor. Esth~r Berne: i~ still with th~ Indiana Aero- naut~cs Comm~ss~on as Deputy D~rector.

certificate in 1973. Still not working

but most active in City Beautification and Clean up anti-litter programs in schools-


etc. Basically she's a housewife

and t~ a great guy •••he was with Betty. VIOLA MASON and her husband moved back to

Texas in 1973.

She and Bob operate a fixed

43-4 Secretary: FAITH B. RICHARDS base and operation at the Ennis Municipal

3411 Goldendale Drive Dallas, Texas 75234

17 members plus 4 that originally reg- istered but cancelled were the 43-4 class representation in Reno. What happened to you four, Bowles, Waite Underwood and Wierzbicke? Those'present were Jennie Brown Burbeck, Juanita Bolish Cooke, Vi Thurn Cowden, Mary Edith Engle, Ruth Gamber, Margaret Moore Holben, Connie Llewellyn Howerton, Gerry Hardeman Jordan, Willie Peacock Kelly, Isabel Steiner Karkau, Betty Naffz Martin, Viola Thompson Mason, Faith

Buchner Richards, Henrietta Richmond, Isabel Madison VanLom, Lt. Col~ Helen M. Schaefer and Elenor Thompson Wortz. We had a mini

class meeting and here

all of you about those present.

is some info for


Guess they ought to be able to

fly to the reunion next

year •••

MARGARET MOORE HOLBEN was towing targets at Camp Davis in the WASPS. She was an instruc-

tor in Va. until 1946. She married into the USMC and they lived in Tsingtad, China

1947-4S, then stationed allover USA to 1972. From then till '75 they were in Yoko- soha, Japan. While there Margaret joined Atsugi Navy flying club, 'hoping to re- learn how to fly' •• Her big moment came on

5 March

'74 when she was awarded the title

of Honorary aviator in 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Iwakuai, Japan. LT. COL. HELEN M. SCHAEFER USAF retired civil-

ian occupation is a dispatcher for San Bruno Police Department for the past 15 years.

KATY LOFT STREHLE is the chief pilot for the

She was devoted to her five nieces, one

Flight School at Opa-lacka Flight Center,

of whom

would like to write

about the

Opalaka, Fla. She does part time air taxi


So Barbara wishes us to keep in

work. She flew to Reno with Evelyn (43W6)

touch with


Her address is : 465

and Mark Trammel in their Cessna 421. Kay said she was spending more time doing

W. 23rd St., N.Y.,N.Y. 10011. CALL, PAT HILLER-- Pat reports that her

paper work than flying so she went out

current news is mostly about her child-

and got her M&E Seaplane rating this spring in a Twin Sea Bee just mainly for

ren. Eldest, Dan, graduated

local Univ. and currently is a Fire Tech-.

from the

"lots of fun".

Evelyn and Katy attend-

nician for the Forest Service. Sally

ed the P-47 pilots reunion in Atlantic

graduated from Whitman College and is

City last May.

teaching the fourth grade in Adelaide,

ISABEL "Pete" MADISON VAN TOM is employed


Australia. Cindi, a Junior at the

by Tektronix Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon,


and is working for the Forest

manufacturers of scilloscopes and related instruments. She and Jerry live in Port-

Service this summer. And last, Mary, graduated from high school this spring

land, Oregon with

two of their 5 children.

AS FOR YOURS TRULY, am still with Braniff and will probably stay until retirement. Which in my way of thinking can come any- time soon. Would love to have an income and still be able to fly around to places

like Wasps reunions.

The rest of the gals at the reunion fai-

led to send me a thumb

fully they will by next news letter. Did get one interesting letter from Mary Jane Stephens Meikle. She was with her husband

from Oct. 1974 till Jan. of this year. They were stationed in Bangkok and sh~ wrote saying she was enjoying living with the Thais and learning a little about their life and culture. JUANITA COOKE did not write about herself but I know from talking to her in Reno that since she is now alone she has made another home away from home and has gone to Helena, Montana ••• she plans to commute

nail sketch, hope-

Our best to the

years ahead. Hope we will see all of you from the Reno convention at Hot Springs plus the rest of 43-4 that just couldn't make it this year.

between there and Calif.

43-5 Secretary: JILL McCOill4ICK 4920 N. State Rd. 43 W. Lafayette, Ind. 47906

Flown West: AUTRAIN, MARY PARKER--rec'd

a nice letter from Mary's sister, Barbara Chasis, reporting that Mary, better known as Parkie, died suddenly in July 1973. She reports the following of her life after disbandment: Mary had a tour of duty in the South Pacific Theatre with the Red Cross. When the war ended, she settled in New York City and made pers- onnel work her profession. She was with Macy's for 15 years and then became Dir- ector of Personnel at Allied Purchasing

Corp., a position she held for

12 years

and until her death. She said that Mary was always the warm, generous, fun-loving person we remember. She didn't fly again after leaving the WASPs although flying was something she would like to have done when she returned to civilian life. Mary married twice but had no children.

and looking forward to College in Sept.

Since our last chick is leaving

Jerry and

on the market and drawing

small one over on Whidbey Island--really

starting to build next month. We are not planning to move out there perman- ently yet. I'm still teaching school and Jerry's dental practice is here. For the first time in many years, met a

the nest,

I are putting our big house

plans for a

former WASP, Kathleen Kelly 43-4, visit-

ed our school

Olympia. She now lives in Cutbank, Mont. JANE THOMAS CAMPBELL reports that she and Hubby are selling their lovely farm in the Catskills due to being unable to keep help. They are trading deer, wild tur- key, chipmunks, and a large diversity of birds for sun, sand, surf and deep SGG- fishing. They are moving to Holden Beach, N.C. The correct address is Mr. & Mrs. John C. Campbell - Rt. 1, Supply, N.C.26842 They will be living right on the Inland

enroute to teaching in

Waterway after their house is built---

until then they will live aboard their 50 ft. yacht, name of "Wampum", her bailing port is Calabash, N.C. She is a two diesel, sleeps eight, has two fishing chairs, air condo flying bridge. They plan to deep sea fish, travel, and eat a lot of seafood and fish. They both "luv"

his Wok

whenever possible and has studied Mand- arin Chinese cooking and she specializes in casseroles and Crock-Pots. Jane reports that she had a lovely but too short visit with Monica Flaherty 43-5 who lives near Brattleboro, Vt. Monica was very hospi- table to her and they had a great visit. Monica's father was Robert Flaherty, noted

cooking. Her husband, Jack, uses

movie director and her Mother, a remark- able person. RUTHMARY BUCKLEY COLE reports: from the WASPs I did charter work out of Kalama- zoo, Mich. with a Fairchild 24(4place) which my father owned and soloed at 70


Did some charter with

the PT~19 too. Started for Calif.-side-

tracked in Texas - met, married and lived 10 years in Dallas. Had three children

while living in Dallas.

PT-19 in on trade.

Sold it and pontoons and took a

Moved to Ft.


now alone - a widow - with a beautiful Airedale and an open road mini motor home

and I love it.

mour Johnson AFB at Goldsboro,N.C. for a grandson or daughter's arrival. My son- .

about 17 or 18 years ago.


I'm now heading for Sey-

in-law is a pilot there on KC-135.

is now on alert at Homestead,

all safe.

to Ohio to see Sleepy(Mary Wilson) 43-4

McConkey and look for land.


keeping us

In June went to N.C. then on

We phoned

Mary Rosso Lewis 43-4 and had a wonderful small convention. She's in Santa Barbara, Ca. Ruthmary would like to have a WASP convention in the East! EDNA MODISETTE DAVIS - (just as Edna wrote

it) - B26 - towtargets,

Harlingen, Tx.,

married John Thorne Davis, Lt. AAF Harlin-

gen, Tx. - B-24's.

U. of S.C. With husband moved to Los Angeles, Ca. - 2 sons. Flying difficult

He finished Law school

Scott. After dividing Golf instruction between Thunderbird Country Club and El-


1ness. Enjoyed a very successful seven years as the owner of a fashionable women's wear store. Am now retired and trying to playa little Golf on my own. I'm on the board of the Palm Springs Path- finders, an auxiliary of the Boys Club, and our organization donates time and charitable events to support of the Boys Club, and a summer Ranch. We built and maintain an indoor olympic-size swim- ming pool and modern gymnasium. Also a Ranch between Palm Springs and Idyll- wild(in the Santa Rosa Mts.). And this summer are able to send almost 400 under- privileged boys to camp. I'm also a life-

time member of the Eisenhower Medical

Center auxiliary.

spending about 8 months in Palm Springs

I went into the Sportswear Bus-

I follow the sun by

in L.A. area

- smog fun! So - Travel Business.

and traffic = trouble+

Five years

(October to May) and the summer season

in Portland, Oregon. DOROTHY EBERS BACH - Dorothy reports that

she is busy as a Public


traveling - taking Youth groups thru

Europe and Mid-East.

and tours, World Wide, from Afghanistan

to Bali. Make four big

four small ones.

Now, manage groups

Health Nurse with

the County Health Dept. She has com- pleted 20 years in Public Health this month (August 1975). She supervises some 12 nurses and finds that it is very interesting work with emphasis on pre- vention, which she believes in. JOSEPHINE PITTS EGAN--quote: No change over last year - except I made the Army-Navy Country Club's Ladies "~" tennis team

this year.

and indoors, with time off for skiing

at Vail in winter with

are now located in Colorado.

trips a year and past year - Russia,


Central America, So. Pacific Islands and

the Orient.

the Airlines except meet many friends and spend time "up front" on many flights. Ex.: mid-winter above artie circle in Kotsebu, Alaska - pilot had been flying

Hd had spent many

an R.O.N. at Abilene and even one at Sweet- water during WWII. Have made all the big reunions and look forward to the next.

I urge all who have not.attended to make the effort - come and enjoy!

Happy to leave flying up to

in that area 25 years.

Play all year round, outdoors

my two gals who

It was her first Her work and ill-

RUTH FITZSIMONS reports that she went to

Hawaii in March 1974. vacation in 20 years.

ness in the family have kept her tied

to the grindstone. ELIZABETH GREENE - quote: My activities since disbandment include helping to start Mission Aviation Fellowship in Jan. '45, an active association which lasted 27 years. About a third of that time was spent overseas as a pilot in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Since

IRENE FREMD DeGray - quote:

Our business

continues to grow and become more demand- ing, but we look forward to our brief

jaunts to South Padre Island, off Browns- ville, Texas for swimming and fishing.

I have made the big decision to learn to surf. Have spent three muscle-numbing days trying to stand up on the board.


ing next month when we will take another

And I intend to keep on try-

Took some Spanish lessons

crack at it!

to augment our Portuguese so we can be adequate in South Texas and Mexico.

late '71, I've

caring, first for both and the last two

been at my parents home

Since Jan. '74

HELEN DETTWEILER * QUOTE: After disbandment,

I returned to exhibitions and Uolf tour-

years, for my Mother.

I've been able to again participate in

naments since

ional in pre-WASP days. My most notable pupils were Pres. Eisenhower, with whom

I had a daily lesson at 0830 each morning at Eldorado Country Club in Palm Desert


Jackie Cochran was also a fairly constant pupil and playing partner. Among other famous pupils were Jack Benny, Mary Liv- ingston, Danny Kaye, Greer Garson, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, William Lear (multi- inventor - particularly the Lear Jet), Phil Harris, Alice Faye. and Randolph

I had been a Golf profess-

he headed for his Golf game, and

MAF. This

time as Prayer Secty. at home.

HELEN TURNER HOLLAND - quote: The way to keep up with the Holland family is to


noteof what is happening on the

highways these days. John invents and manufactures road paving equipment. So

if you see a FLOWBOY hauling asphalt to a paving machine--you know it's John's


asphalt out the back end of a chain drag. Currently, John is finishing a machine that reverses this action and, instead of being a trailer, is a truck

It is huge, yellow, and delivers

with engine in the rear. Now this kind

of thing is exciting--to

dimensional, drawing take shape and f1n-

see a flat, ?ne

ally move down the road in such places

the plane was severely damaged.

operating Camp Denali in the McKinley Park country with Ginny Hill Wood (43-4)

as partner.



England for a

as Toronto

Colorado, and California.

this spring, joining my good friend,

In this bu~iness

one lives on the brink

Louise Potter, of Norwich, Vt., who is the

of disaster no matter what the stage.

youngest octogenarian of my acquainten-

"Will it work? Will

someone buy it?

ance. She holds something of a record

Will we have enough money to keep going?

with 26 trips solo by car over the 5,000


we have

to sue the Company which

miles from Vermont to Alaska, the last

is trying

to copy it?" etc.

This is the

one in Spring of 1974.


John took after his flying


days--after publis~ing a bo~k

on flying,

the WASPs she flight instructed in Colum-

writing short stor1es, and 1nstructing. I've gone in the direction of e~dless board meetings--on health plann1ng, Juvenile programs, education, and poli- tics. Helen reports son Martin was graduated with honors and is going to be a rancher-farmer near Grand Island-- where he is following in his parent's footsteps and spending m?ney on flying. Daughter Bets 1S marr1ed,

bus, Ga. in 1946,'47 and 1948.

flew in the Cleveland National Air Races

and won the Halle Trophy in 1947.

decided to leave Ga. and gave Calif. a

whirl at flight instructions in various

locations there.

went into her own business: Ruth Johnson Flying Service - Chino Airport, Chino, Ca., and now is Chief Pilot and F.A.A. Designee. Received these honors in 1970 and still



Finally in 1968, she

has a 10 months old son and lives in holds them to date. Her qualifications

Hastings, Nebr., where she won an art

scholarship this year and of

are: Commercial ATP - CFI-I - AS~lliLand besides a bunch of piston engine air- craft she has flown the following: T-33

Jet trainer - Citation Jet - King

her bronze pieces.

ied to Jim Petersen who is from Alliance

Nebr., home of WASP Roberta Mundt. Kit - Aerostar and a MU - 2 Jet.

is in her last year at the U. of Okla- homa Law School.

Daughter K1t 1S marr-

Air 200

MARION (SCARLET) STEGEMAN HODGSON is still writing, writing, writing - but selling

CELIA M. HUNTER -- quote:

I am still very

much involved with two major interests,

Alaska and Conservation.

was elected state president of the Alaska Conservation Society, the only

completely Alaskan conservatio~ organ-

In Feb., I

nothing except her three she didn't mean to write

place!). Her mystery is finally finished and has been sent to her agent in New

York. Scarlett she and husband

cookbooks (which in the first

says if it is a BESTSELLER Ned will take up flying



which I helped found 1n 1960,

again. Spurred on by Betty Haas Pfister


of ~hich I was

Executive Secty. for

of 43-5, Scarlett took up snow skiing in


first 12 years of its existence.

her old age but is still on the beginners'

Our organization is about 1,000 strong

now, divided between Alaskan members who may vote, and Associate members resid- ing in the other 49 sta~es, who.are.

Among the 1ssues w1th wh1ch


we are concerned are the "d-2" lands the areas within Alaska designated in the

1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act ently, a boy born July 9."

for inclusion in one of the four systems: MARIANNE

National Parks, National-Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, or Wild and Scenic


and additions to already existing units,

must be acted upon by Congress before my own, born last July 15, 1974. Grumman


She and Ned and youngest


John, 14, spend every Christ~as at Winter Park, Colo. "to get away from the rat race

and to get out of the kitchen."

The Hod-

gsons had a good visit with Helen Turner Holland (43-5) and family recently. "Both ex-WASPs are now Grandmothers - mine rec-

BEARD NUTT: -- quote:

So many

things have happened last Fall and Winter and so far this year, WOW! Have a grand- daughter 5 years old by my daughter-in- law's previous marriage and a grandson of

These new parks,

forests, refuges

all you WASPs will be support-

ing us when they come up?

ing as a Federal

eral-State Land Use Commission for Alaska,



Am still serv-

member of the Joint Fed-

asked me to come to Wetham Field, Stuart,

We offi-

cially opened the Control Tower April 1. We've been quite busy - we are a non-

Fla. (They have a plant here).

to which I was appointed

by Secty. of

federal tower. I'm facility rated



Roger C. B. Morton,

in 1972.

course (before April 1), two other


The whole

question of land use is of


(one had the CTO and took the re-

major importance in Alaska, and the Comm-

ission is involved

in attempting to pro-


mote good planning and management. not flown since we sold our plane in

1965, but have survived a couple of plane crashes, the latest one in a F&WS Beaver

in the Brooks range.

No one injured, tho

view exam last week) he will, no doubt, be faci~ity rated by next week-end. The

other fellow has until Oct. 1 to operate

and then the FAA allows him to take the

exam. They are working

out very nicely

so far.

troller which I feel is really wonderful

Grumman designated me Chief Con-

but a big responsibility.

Teresa James (WAF) at West Palm Beach. She's fine - we had a great weekend. some of her family again. Ruthmary (Buckley) Cole (43-5) and Dottie Henesy

Just visited

DAWN ROCHOW SEYMOUR - quote: Housewife, I am! Happily married to Mort Seymour who is a Mfg. Rep. and who flies for fun. We

have 4 children:

and Marg, all three will be Srs. in High School this fall, and Amy who will be a lovely freshman, two Labradors, one duck- ling, 3 gold fish etc. We yo-yo between Rochester and Cacandaigus Lake where I'd really love to live--someday! I'm buying

and running my Dad's Rochow Swirl Mixer bus. and am in the throes of "great econ- omic decisions w • Bill Balden, now almost 29 is married to Mary Lenning who is the Jr. High librarian in Steamboat Springs,


Sam and the twins: Wiz

(43-6) may be coming up from Ft. Lauder-

dale next weekend. May

to attend the P-47 Thunderbolt Assoc. con- vention - great fun, there were g WASPs


ress: Breezy Pt. (R.R. 1) Jensen Beach,

2 went to Atlanta

Change of add-

I'm Nat'l Secty.


sure made the most of it.

see Universal Studios so we took that in before taking her to the Hollywood Hotel where she stayed the 2nd night to get the bus to the airport early the next morn. It had been 25 years since Ruthmary was in Monrovia. She had visited my parents when she picked up her plane here in Calif.

This year, I couldn't make the reunion as

I had too many other things

going. After

26 years as an Eastern Star I finally am going thru the line, my first year as

Assoc. Conductress is about over then comes another 3 years before I finish as Worthy Matron. Of course, George has

never been a Mason and he has now finish- ed as Pres. of the Teachers Assoc. and

State Rep. etc., so is now taking this

opportunity to j6in and will have com- pleted the qualification to become an

Eastern Star in time to be Assoc. Patron

and Patron with me.

ward to the next three years.


ful man.

ert and the fun we had then.

time starts this next week for us.

will be doing what we call the

San Jauquin River, King River, Merced,

Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Sacramento, Amer- ican, Yuba, Trinity, McCloud to Eagle Lake coming back thru Reno to Mammoth


are all rivers in Calif.

Dodge club cab and a Calif. camper and,

of course, FIFI is on the back so anyone

who sees an orange rig with

ern Star and Masonic emblem on the rear,

knows it's us.

black & white decal we got in Palm Desert but my niece is going to put it in color

so it will show up better.

new activities in Star and Masons we keep

ourselves busy with, now 3, great nieces and one nephew. Since we never had chil-

dren, we are nuts over our greats anyway. I guess this just about does things up for "Calie", still working at the P.O. It is now 21 years, and it doesn't look


George is Librarian at La Puente High

We are looking for-

This sum-

is 14 years married to this wonder-

He still talks about Palm Des-



loop •••

We love to fish rivers and these

We have a big

a FIFI, East-

Right now FIFI is the

Outside of

if we will be moving out of Monrovia.

Fla. 33457 ELLENOR KURTEN SCHAFFER * quote: Last year Ruthmary "Bucky Cole was at Castle AFB visiting her daughter and called me from

I met her at LA IntI'., she only

had a 24 hr. stop over with us but we

She wanted to

Colo. Bill is the Mgr.

Inn. We have had great fun following them around the country: Mich., Minn.,

Vt., Hawaii and now is the mts.

of the Ptarmigan


in an

some of the old-timers remember Bill's

father who was killed in Jan. 1946

aircraft accident. It took me ten years

to find Mort. Thanks to Jinny Archer

Williams, I've made contact with old WASP friends. Polly Markle Mulligan telephon-

ed but I missed

Greenie, Mitch and the ole 17 girls at re-union but couldn't escape. There has to be another time. (you bet there is, Oct. 1976 in the Ozarks, Ark. Dawn, you


Had Hoped to see

be there---Jill) SHIRLEY SLADE TEER

- this is some news Sh:.r-

ley wrote to me on a Xmas card--She said

that her husband is not too well, but she managed to fly the coop long enough to

visit Spain for two weeks.

Spain is beautiful country and that she had a terrific time. She also said that

She said that

their son is in college now and it's a bit lonely around home.

VIRGINIA ARCHER WILLIAMS - quote: Just re- turned from a few days at Cape Cod -- Craigville is my favorite spot and the water was 74°1 Bob, my eldest son, com- pleted his Army stint (was a Helicopter

in May and has been looking for a

job and adjusting to Civilian life. Richard is flying Jets in England and


Edgar and I are flying over to see him

Sept. 6th.

My first trip out of the

country and we are both quite eager for this experience. Our youngest son, Stephen, is an engineer and living in Woocester, Mass. JILL McCORMICK - I plan to give a report of

Harriet Urban White with my report as I

visited her this summer.

ette, Ind. on Air Wisconsin to Chicago and then UAL to Reno to attend the WASP '75 Convention. 43-5 was represented by 13 members: Vivian Cadmen Eddy, Betty Shea Boyd, Sylvia Dahmes Clayton, Jeanne D'Ambly, Solange D'Hooghe, Betty Haas Pfister, Gerry Hardman Jordon, Helen Hague(please send me your address), Ann Karlson Kenny, Marge Logan Rolle, Jill McCormick, Lucille Friesen McVey, and Yvonne Pateman. Had some traumatic mo-

I left lafay-

School which is close by.

my travelers checks. Thanks to Gerry Michel- son (43-1) who stayed over with me until Monday and provided the transportation to go to the Bank and then to the Air- port where I took UAL to DEN and then Frontier to ABQ to visit Harriet Urban

ments when I discovered

I had lost


me to Cochiti Lake (38 miles north of Albuquerque) where I checked my land

which I purchased in 1973.

there, developing

Lake, and planning to build a Golf course

across the street from my lot.

Harriet's five children: Tom, the young-

est, who just finished High School and is sort-of Chief Honcho of the Homestead (until Fall) while Harriet spends some

time out of town teaching.

went to her newly wed son's, Andy, home for dinner at which event I also met an-

other son, Bill.

Harriet drove me to Las Cruces, N.M. where she would be working for six weeks teaching an intensive English program at

N.M. State U. with students from Chihua-

hua Univ. Harriet's a great gal

teaching bus. also loads My 2nd Cousin-in-law who

uces, Met me and drove me to visit my

We had a ball together, she drove

Really great

well, water in the new

Met 3 of

One evening

At the end of my visit

in this

of fun to be withl lives in Las Cr-

1st cousin, his Mother-in-law,

in El Paso.

While there, spent a day at the Airport greeting the Powder Puff Derby Contest- ants as they flew in. Among them was Margaret Ray Ringenberger (43-5) who, by

the way, came in 5th in the final results.


is our Indiana Chapter 99 PPD


She's entered each year for many

years and has done well in several, but

the 1975 Race was her best showing. From El Paso, I flew American to Dallas and

visited my Nephew and family.

to Marion (Scarlett) Stegeman Hodgson on

the phone.

a Grandparent.

ican on home, where I've been busy ever since_catching up with myself.

Did talk

She was involved in becoming

From Dallas, I flew Amer-

SYLVIA DAHMES CLAYTON really enjoyed attend- ing her 1st WASP reunion this year in Reno.

Now she's back in the work routine.


enjoys working in her husband's company, it started in 1968. They are using the technology derived from making the lights the Astronauts used in Skylab and have 12V fluorescent emergency lights on the market now. Their daughter and her hus- band both -1st Lts. in -the Army stationed

at Ft. Bragg, N.C., have just bee~ home

on leave.

at Duval Mining Corp., and his wife live


near them.

Their son, a mech. eng1neer

in Tucson, so we get to enjoy being

Sylvia hopes to see some of her

"Bay" mates at the next reunion! Note:

Thanks for the

WASP experience--that's what Colonel Arnold wants. Great: Jill.

article on you and your

43-6 Secretary: CAPPY WHITAKER JOHNSON 4175 Kenneth Ave. Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628

Members of 43-6 at the reunion in Reno:

MAURINE BRUNSVOLD WILSON, MARGARET CASTLE McANALLY, LANA CUSACK BOXBERGER, MARJORIE LOGAN ROLLE, BLANCHE OSBORN BROSS, LOLA PERKINS RICCI, MARY RUTH RANCE, FRAN SNYDER TANASSY, IRMA "BABE" STORY, LOUESA THOMPSON BEARD, EVELYN TRAr~L, DOROTHY WEBB, ADDIE WOLAK ELLISON AND CAPPY WHIT- TAKER JOHNSON. Shouts of greeting, punc- tuated by "I would have known you any- where, you look exactly the same". It was the first reunion for BLANCHE OSBORN BROSS and LOUESA THOMPSON BEARD. Louesa had her mother, Tillie, with her, which was like old times as Tillie accompanied Louesa to Sweetwater, and I'm sure will be remembered by many.

PEG HELBURN KOCHER spent a summer month in

England, biking into the backlands

Cotswolds, Stonehenge, Bath, etc., and to

Cornwall and Devon.

and visiting friends in London. She has been busy leading workshops on the Charter Revision Proposals for N.Y. City and will be a pan€list at Queens College on this

She has a son work-

for a seminar in Oct.

(with anoth-

er son there visiting), a third son works

of the

Had lots of theatre

ing on the pipeline in Alaska

for Hertz at JFK and daughter Deb, will be

in her 3rd yr. at Taft.

sees EILEEN BRISTOL (Establishment) who

PEG occasionally

lives nearby. ANN CRISWELL MADDEN has six of her ten child-

ren still with her at home.

and one of her daughters

or from London who was conducting a small group to Russia for 2 wks. to study art and

They found it extremely int-


eresting and she has since given several

lectures on the subject. They concentrated

mainly on Moscow and Leningrad,

out to a number of villages where they wal-

ked across fields to see 11th century

Last fall she

joined a profess-

but did go


They found the art breath-taking

and the architecture most unusual. MARGARET CASTLE McANALLY says she must have caught a cold in Reno because she entered the hospital with pneumonia on July 1st. She hopes to be recovered and ready to

teach her fourth graders by fall.


youngest girl is a sophomore at J.C •. in Bakersfield, her oldest daughter 1S married, and her son is in servi~e •. They are all interested in parachute J~mp1ng, hang gliding, etc. instead of flY1ng to which MARGARET philosophically adds "to

each his own thing." LOLA PERKINS RICCI enclosed a picture of

herself with Lana and Jerry Boxberger standing in front of "The Bird" that flew

them to the reunion.

air to Pa.,NY, Wash.,D.C., Fla., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands last Nov. and

She flew the Travel-

says the friendly radar voices are welcome

Denver by a well-known artist. When


passengers when trying to avoid thunder-

isn't playing golf or tending garden

she is

storms, in the clouds,

roach to San Juan, P.R. She got some ob- server time recently with husband Ed, practicing approaches and single engine fIt., preparing for his ATP. She ran

into Elmer Riley (Director of Flying, Sweetwater) and his charming wife at Van

is selling air-

Ntlys Airport in June. He

planes and instructing in the San Gab- riel Valley, and was the fIt. examiner

when Ed got his multi-rating

LOLA has had her single and multi-instru- ment instructors renewed and is good until

on a night app-

7 yrs. ago.


PEG WISSLER ROBERTS dared me to print her

news so with all due modesty, here it is. PEG and JAY ROBERTS visited CAPPY and LYALL JOHNSON at their beautiful home in Fair Oaks, Calif., on their way home

from a vacation

reports that the Johnson's home is some- thing everybody ought to see if they are interested in developing an inferiority complex. Cappy and Lyall built the beau- tiful house entirely with their own hands and it's perfect both architecturally and in its execution. Not only that, but Cappy produced a lunch out of the Johnson garden that put Escoffier to shame; fresh vegetables in wild abundance grown by themselves, and absolutely mouth-water- ingly delicious. Ah shucks, Peg, it was

nothing. MARGE LOGAN ROLLE and her husband, Ken, had a nice trip via the Airlines to Mexico

in Colo. and Wyo.


last Feb.

for Ken's annual Airport Exec. meeting, stopping on the way home in Seattle to visit Marge's sister. They fished for salmon in Puget Sound (No luck) but en- joyed their first experience of digging clams and catching crabs. During the

summer they spend the week-ends at Flat- head Lake, 90 miles from Missoula, where

In June they drove to Portland

they caught silver "kokanee" salmon.



it was great seeing everyone at the

reunion. MAXINE STEWARD SMITH reports that with June one of her busiest months in her law prac- tice, it was impossible for her to attend the Reno reunion. IRMA "BABE" STORY enclosed a snapshot show- ing some of our class at the reunion break-

fast. Thanks, Babel

trip to the Kennedy Space Center as a VIP guest of NASA for the Apollo-Soyuz flight.

David Scott (astronaut for Apollo 9

and moon rover driver) took a small group

She had an envious

& 15

to all the no-no

launch they were in the launch control

center getting a briefing.

)0 min. after


They also got

to see the crew quarters and suit-up room and even got in the command module and L&M simulator. FRAN SNYDER TANASSY spent two weeks during the summer attending an art workshop in

trying to talk Emil into taking her to

Hawaii, space-A.

reunion, Fran was wearing a very fashion-

able blue denim pants suit which

made. So professional looking, and proves our girls have talent in many areas. NANCY JOHNSON THORNE says her seventh grade class was better than usual this past year. She took a trip to Chicago via AMTRAK and reports that trains haven't changed that much since WASP days, but Chicago has.

Lottsa luck, Franl At the

she had

She thinks it was much simpler when we had

TR's and transportation. MARION TIBBETS was sorry she couldn't make the reunion, but she had just gotten home from an extensive trip across the U.S. To start her journey she went to a mini- reunion in Austin, Tex. The memorial services at the U. of Texas were lovely


not to mention so many WASPS, some from

as far away as Calif.

her dog, Snoopy, she headed for Mass., chased all the way bv heavy rains and tor-



had just lost the roof of her house and

barn in a storm.

place in Mass., Dedi came visiting and they did all the points of interest for

On leaving Mass. she went to

Atlanta, Ga. to visit a friend she used to

it was a treat to meet Neil Armstrong,

After that with

In the Gettysburg,

Pa. area she

While at her sister's

the area.

fly with in Romulus, then to Tampa for a visit with DOROTHY EBERSBACH. EVELYN TRA~~LL reports no special news

except they

on the C421

schedule of 8 sales meetings in the south- east, which was vital to their business.

She wants everyone

had to have an engine change in 48 hrs. in order to make a

to know how much she

enjoyed being with them in Reno. MAURINE BRUNSVOLD WILSON worked hard with the 99 Club getting the Powder Puff Derby off in Riverside. She's working on renewing

her instrument license, and is going to

Rio de Janero in October. VIRGINIA YATES writes from our capitol that things are pretty hectic in the last two day~ before Congress vacates for August. Her life the past year has been one of sur- vival of headlines from Watergate, Viet Nam, etc. Until the advent of the JFK Center, her prime time was a week or so in London for shows, but hasn't done this since 1971, and her passport has expired.

Plans to~t

one of the new Bicentennial

editions. ANN WALDNER CURRIER is seriously ill, in and out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Desperately in need of your prayers and letters. CAPPY WHITTAKER JOHNSON loves those times when she can visit with another WASP. She and Lyall had an overnight visit with MAURINE BRUNSVOLD WILSON and Glen last winter and stopped in Santa Barbara on


same trip to have a delicious


joyable time.

Viewing the old movies or




slides brought back memories, such as "Did

were delighted to have the ROBERTS return

that visit in Aug.

West Virginia in Sept.

CAPPY went back to

(first time in

28 years) and visited her good, dear friend, NANCY JOHNSON THORNE. Now that you've enjoyed reading about your


make a mental note to send in

your own news next year. EDITOR'S NOTE: ANN WALDNER CURRIER lost

I really look like that?" and etc.

Univ. of Texas has started a room for us

and in time it would


be a most interesting

stop on ones travels to look around.


moonlighting o~ week ends for friend of mine who has a flight school. Not doing any flying but helping keep the office and students together with right air-


Interesting and fun to be around

her courageous fight for life at Walter Reed hospital in late Aug. Classmate LEE WHEELRIGHT ran into her by chance and visited her numerous times during July and Aug.-sharing memories of Sweetwater and flying.

43-7 Secretary:


1700 Seaspray Court Apt. 2119 Houston, Texas 77008

the "BIRDS" even tho not flying them.

ANN HOLIDAY was at Austin dedication but had

to return to San Antonio that night.

to be in Spain during reunion in Reno but promised that the next one would be a

She was one of those

uniform •••••. and

must for her. who could still



wear her

look great.

Oh well, some of us don't

have our uniforms anymore and that was greatest excuse I found, couldn't get into

it anYwaY.

EMERAL DRUMlJIONDattended reun1.on in Reno 43-7 at the reunion were: MICKEY STEVENSON,


for MHB. Emmy remains working some of the CRAFT, CAROLYN CLAYTON, EMERAL DRUMMOND.

and at last minute MARY HELEN BURKE couldn' make it as her room mate so she took in MAXINE (EDMONDSON) Flournoy 43-8. Thanks

ti~e and p~~ying most o~ the time •. 1 don't

th~nk Hawa11 could

the Emmy's summer. gracing the beaches for most of


a year w1thout







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JEAN BABB sent a note too late last year for




living outside the U.S.

reunion in Reno, I understand.

ress is 4?10 Dexter Drive #17, Santa Bar-

bara, Ca11f. 93110.

h:alth pro~lems but these appear to be over MARY ESTILL FEAREY writes: "I'm all for hav-


Mary Furn talked so much about

Don,t tuck ~s away 1n your f11es Ann:.

She had been almost 20 yrs.

She did attend

Her add-

Jean has had some



e suc



thanks you for making possi times enjoyed by all at Reno.

and effort to accomplish an endeavor so grand, boggles the mind. We do appreciate every minute-of our Reno Reunion.

The time

Let s hope so for her.

ing frequent reunions.

was super!

Lake Tahoe while

The one in Reno

ANNE !DESSERT) OLIVER. wrote to? late last yr.

in Sweetwater, I thought

Let s ke 7 P 1n


Her address ~s.

of her so much while absorbing the magni-

A. ~. Ol~ver,

720 12th ~t., ~ry~v111e,



for the first time.


Cal~f. 95901. Hus~and 1s.st111 ~n seed.

bus1ness and A~ne 1S n~w

bu~ only WHEN 1t doesn ~ 1nterfere ~~h

out by having Lois Auchterlonie as a seat mate on Hughes Air West from Reno to Las

Vegas Sunday night. Then it was great fun flying with Maxine in her Skymaster from Las Vegas to Tucson where she let me off

~n Real Est~te,


Four ch1~d-

ren all gone from home but one grandch11d near. LELA (LOWDER) HARDING wrote a n~ce letter.

br~dge and other fun th1ngs.

to visit our daughter.

to tell you, she is the proud owner of an

instrument rating, which she completed after returning to Texas."

In case Max fails

"I did so regret

bout all the other gals but d1dn't put 1n any news about herself or her family. Can't

take that Lela.


Next time start with you. FRANKIE McINERNEY WARMS:

Thanks for all info on reunion.

not being able to make it to the Reno Re- union but an ear infection prevented my

CAROLYN CLAYTON cut her braids and when I

heard the news I recalled doing

the same to


flying and driving

was out of the ques-

mine but that was 'bout 30 yrs.


tion. When you're a working gal, time is

is in the Air Force in the weather detach-

me hear from you the reason why Carolyn. There always is one and most are very

limited you know. Sharon, my daughter who

interesting, especially long hair for so long. MARY HELEN BURKE attended

when you've had

activities in

Austin in spring for dedication of plaque. Neil Armstrong, as you know, was guest speaker with Bob Considine M.C. Saw many WASPs that I intended to get with and chat


about 60 miles north of London.

9th I'll be on my way for my first trip

out of the States.

think of nothing else. My passport arrived a couple of days ago so, "I'm all clear

for take-off."

is stationed in England at Alconbury,

On Aug.

Needless to say, I can

We plan to see England,

but time ran out on most of us.

Some hav-

Scotland and Ireland and anywhere else that

ing to leave before the banquet.

Most en-

time permits.

At long last, the dream of

my life is finally going to be realized-- to put my foot on the "auld sod"--the land

of my ancestors--"Ireland"l


carry my "shillelagh"--just in easel"

Don't worry

I'll stay in the South of Ireland and


Andy writes of the reunion:

"Wasn't it great?

I really enjoyed seeing

all the gals again and catching up on the

news. It did not seem possible so many

years had passed--everyone looked so good! Wish I had some news for you, especially some thing bordering on the sensationall The only thing I've done since Reno is to visit my brother in Bakersfield, Calif.

If 104 degrees is sensational,

that's itl

But United Airlines performed well and it's

a pleasure

more." "We've had an overcast-type summer

and now it's beginning to "feel" like Falll The Finches and Hummers have thinned o~


to be in the Wild Blue once

When the first yellow leaf

falls, I think I'll screaml

iously--all the seasons have their good

(No, not ser-


It's just that I'm not ready for

snow yet."

Andy has a new mailing address,

P.O. Box 615, Kirkland,WASH. ge033.


"My best news is that I shall

be in New Zealand and Australia-bound in

4e hrs., and that means that my son, Tom Jr. and son-in-law Mike Sawdel will be doing all the advocacy for Aug. What a joy to have strong, young shoulders to drop the burdens toward! It has been interesting-- though I don't tell them--but I have ac- tually learned more from them in the months since they joined us than I remember learn-

ing in school".

this Newsletter Eleanor or they'll find out.

Now you'll have to hide



I was surprised to

find that Jo was writing to me from the

our world tour.

come true."

tending her garden and flowers, she goes to

school a couple of nights a week.

ago I finished Jr. College and am picking

up where I left off.

and interesting.

esting fields, I find it hard to settle

down on one."

have missed the reunion but say, "Next year,

for surel

How about that? Dreams can

When Iris isn't sailing, and


I find it a challenge

There are so many inter-

Iris was disappointed to

Bill and I spent our honeymoon

in Hot Springs!


just can't miss that

"Glad to hear the re- If we ever have one on


union went well.

the East Coast I will certainly try to make


Another reason is that I'm working

this summer in a survey and eng'g.



over for a friend who would


golf. After Ie yrs. of housewifing, it


but about the time

have this job down pretty pat.

easy to get back in the job market,

I quit in Sept. will

As I came

into this field knowing zilch, am finding

it is a fascinating business.

Mary Feary

may be interested to know that, finally,

3 yrs. after the flood L we are restoring

the Toll House."

a fascinating name--does it have some his-

torical significance?

The ~oll House is such

Next letter tell

us about it. MARGE SELFRIDGE DRESBACH: Marge is sorry she has no news to report but she says, "When I think about it--what better news

than to report we're happy, healthy

and so

fortunate to have good friends." As an after thought Marge mentioned her daughter

Deb graduated and her son Greg is off to

see the world. was in Belgium.

The last they heard, he That sounds like fun--


She looked so young

and beauti-

to be young again--but we had our share

ful at the reunion--not

a hint

that she


wasn't feeling well.

In her letter Jo

says, "I knew at the

got home I would go to the hospital for a



reunion, that when I

Would you believe I am still

However the turning point has come


This has been a busy

The reunion came and went like

summer. a beautiful dream and it was hard to settle down to the routine of reality.

and I shall be going home this weekend.


I came home from the reunion to resume a

sure shoots my golf season, but now I'm

battle to preserve our way of life.


healthy and can enjoy many more years.

true FIFI fashion I won--of

course. Last

for a "Spec-

Long range, looks like things are "go" for

May a couple of men applied

Hot Springs." ing better Jo.

all enjoyed his company at Reno and we'll see you both in Oct. '76.

We're all glad you're feel-

Say "Hello" to Bob.



Now that their four


Bill are enjoying their sailboat.

writes: "we race every Friday nite with the

are no longer at home, Iris and


local club.

option of racing at one of the four Yacht

Then, on Sundays, we have the

ial Use Permit" to operate a furniture mfg. business on the property adjacent to

our 20 acres.

sounds of nature going to be replaced by the"sounds of saws". After months of hear- ings and appeals etc. the permit was de- nied. It was an interesting experience and a first for me. I learned a lot a- bout our county gov't. and made many good friends among our neighbors.

No way were the beautiful


We really enjoy it and Bill has put

of time studying books, etc. of the subject. We have about four magazines each month.

As time marches

Me--I love the competition.

They each have a Sunday per month.


I truly regret to have

to inform you that DEE WILLIAMS passed

away Feb. 12 of this year after a brief

I received a letter

illness of cancer.

on we shall move up to bigger boats and


Juanita Williams, Dee's sister-in-

someday sail around to see you in Calif. on



me of the sad news.

It was

especially shocking since Dee's last cor- respondence was so full of golf and bowl- ing and looking forward to the reunion I will quote from Juanita's letter for.I'm sure she expresses our thoughts of Dee:

"We all miss her terribly for she was a really great person. We're thankful for t~e life she did have, full of accomp- l~shments, travel and excitement." If anyone w~shes to write to the family the address ~s, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Williams 10525 Shoshone Ave., Granada Hills, Caiif.


44-1 Secretary: JEANETTE JENKINS 716 Second St. N.W. New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

44-1 was well represented at the reunion::

(Alphabetical bt Class Name) Bartholf,

sometimes sad news and it is that Gene has lost her husband. We extend our sympathy. DOROTHY E. HENRY is now in Germany again. She sent greetings for everyone and regrets she couldn't make it to the reunion. RUTH C. JONES and IDA F. CARTER went to LAKE TAHOE for four days after the reunion. While there one morning they wakened to find

it snowing.

and it was very beautiful and cold. Then,

they went back to San Leandro

for a week and

The paper said it was 6 in. deep

then up to fish for salmon off the Washing- ton coast. They say, "got our limit, too-- had it canned and now we're busily paying our social 'debts', feeding them salmon in various forms." They are now back in Okla- homa City and making plans to teach one more year. EMILY PORTER KLINE couldn't make it to the re- union because she had a son and daughter both

Beyer, Carter, Crane, Dodd, Harper, Hopkins, graduating from college. She says that she Hunt, Jenkins, Jones, Kealy, Koth, Krasovec, keeps busy selling Real Estate and taking

Meurer, Murphy, Shaffer, Stell, Wall. Plus

Margaret Gerhart, who served on the Reunion CATHERINE MURPHY LORTZ is still the City Trea-

Committee. Great to see everyonel

care of the family chores.


However, she found time to get

ADELE F. BEYER reports

that she is still work-

checked .out again so that she, Gene, and

ing in hospital administration at Cedars

Dolores all flew to Reno together.

Hospital in L.A.

has a green thumb, lives with her. Adele says that she must continually create more

Her mother, who is 85 and MARY KOTH McCABE sent a new address for JO


Special Olympics and enjoys it very much.

Mary is a coach for the

space for her mother's many plants. this spring she enjoyed a trip to Arizona

MARDO CRANE is still editor of the 99 NEWS.

and Mexico.

Mardo complains that she doesn't have enough ALBERTA HUNT NICHOLSON is still a recreation

time to finish the books she has started. HARRIETT KENYON CALL reports that Betty Wall Roberts and Debbie Dickens and she had a nice visit together in Jefferson City this spring. Kenyon says that when the fishing gt~S poor in Missouri she visits her dtr. and son-in-law in Fla. She also earned her Advanced Life Saving & Water Safety Badge and is looking for a new suit to put it on

since she is 30 lbs. thinner.

Too bad she

therapist. She vacationed in Hawaii. VIRGINIA STELL O'NEILL and her husband were at

the reunion. Her husband is with Delta Air. ANNE BARTHOLF RAWLINGS Stayed with her daught- er in Reno while attending the reunion. DOLORES MEURER REED is now back in Calif. Dolores says she plans to sell the ranch in New Mexico since her husband passed away. We extend our sympathy to Dolores on her los~.

is now serving as a Reader ~n.


didn't get to Reno to show us. the Christian

Science Church in Boston. Th~s

FRAN JOHNSON CISTERINO regretted that she

is a three year appointment

and she plans to

couldn't get to Reno for the reunion, but

she's planning to move.

She and her hus-

band hope to be living in Italy at Christ-

mas time.

be there until 1977. While she was on the Lecture Tour, she had tours in Australis, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.

When they get settled, she will BETTY WALL ROBERTS is traveling with the speed

of the jets back and forth across the USA working for the American Cancer Society. Betty and her sister Julie were at the re-

union. Betty sees more WASP than any of the

send me her address.

She would like her

friends to visit them in Italy. DOROTHY KRASOVEC EBY and her husband made it

easily to the reunion since they have a home

in Carson City, Nev.

for Pan Am.

seems to thrive on it.



He is still a pilot

Dottie travels at jet speed and

She has been in

with Logan, who is an instructor at

rest of us.

Shall we call Betty our 44-1

missionary~ ROSINA LEWIS TODD was in Boston her son get a Master's Degree

didn't get to the reunion.

in June to see at MIT and She tells me

DOROTHY DODD EPPSTEIN while on vacation this

their three sons helped them celebrate their


traveled allover

the USA in her

25th wedding anniv. at Christmas time with


car and Reno was just one of her


a vacation in Maui, Hawaii, hiking, camp-

before going back to Mich. where she is a VA therapist.

GENE SHAFFER FITZPATRICK was one of five nom- inated for Flight Instructor of the Year for


first runner-up.

ward next year.

And the good news is that she came in

Hope you make the top a- With good news there is

ing and swimming. MARGARET HARPER WATSON recovered from a slipp-

ed disc and was at the reunion.

ed that she attended the dedication of the WASP Memorial Plaque in Houston in April •. Marge works for a publishing company and ~s

She report-

supervisor of proof readers.

ANN HOPKINS WHITE is now working with bank ex-

aminers and enjoying the work. EILEEN KEALY WORDEN says she is still a house- wife. Four of her children are still at

Status of Women. Hopefully, this will help insure that women's role in our country's history will not be ignored during the Bi- centennial Celebrations in Ohio. Next year should be an important "get-together" of the WASP in Hot Springs, Ark., as one of the Bi- Centennial's themes is "Horizons '76," in which we look to the future as well as past. I received only one response to my forty post

well as past. I received only one response to my forty post cards with those pretty

cards with those pretty pictures on them. So, if this seems short of other news, it isl

44-3 Secretary: DOROTHY MOULTON ROONEY 6977 Buchanan Ave. San Bernardino, Calif. 92404

Although there wasn't a large turnout by

44-3 for the

a very enjoyable and successful one. Those attending were Ann (Brother) Frink, Maxine (Manogue) Harvey, Isabelle (McCrae)

Reno reunion, still it was

Hale, Kris (Swan) Lent and yours truly. This was a first for Kris and she looked

little changed

happily married woman. Ann is still ac- tive in her flying and among other acc-

omplishments is a professional pianist. Isabelle and her handsome husband Bob, along with her brother and his wife, flew into Reno in their private plane. Maxine flew to Los Angeles and then

drove in with

by the years - even a

her friend Jean McCart of


be led astray by the bright lights and

gambling dens of Reno.

at 21 while Maxine and Jean played at

the dice tables. ahead.

I won and lost

Quite a few of us let ourselves

Only Jean came out


She has a new address.


everyone and regret they couldn't attend

the reunion. JEANETTE JENKINS - It is so good to hear from everyone and I sincerely appreciate your response when I write. Looking forward to

in the Ozarks in Oct. '76.

why not schedule your vacation now. Ask your husband and even your whole family to join you? Perhaps Smitty would schedule something special for the fellows if we had a dozen or more husbands attend. Autumn in the Ozarks is delightful as those who

our next reunion

have seen it will agree, so if you haven't seen it, start planning. 44-2 Secretary: MARY ELLEN KEIL 56 South Chesterfield Road Columbus Ohio 43209 Phone: (l14)231-7367

The Reno Reunion was three days to remem- berl What fun it was to get off the plane and be greeted by Fran Tuchband with a home-made


"Welcome WASPS", a borrowed van, and a

dozen eager passengers who made the ride to King's Inn very reminiscent of the cattle wagon trips.

Jacqueline Cochran's arrival with her hus-

band, Floyd Odlum, reinforced the feeling that

we were with a great group of people.


line has been selected as one of the Pioneer

. was determined to make the trip to Africa for During the var~ous act~v~t1es w~ were

Women of the 20th Century, and she said she

the presentation ceremony this fall, regard- less of her health. Colonel Bruce Arnold reported on his efforts

joined by our old fr1ends Mer1e~ Roby, Ruth Shaf:r and Ann Tucker (off1cially

44-4 but 1~ spirit 44-3).

All in all

"to complete his father's unfinished business", it was a f1ne reunion only marre~ by

that is, to get veteran's


benefits for the

He stressed the need for all of us to

the few numbers that turned out ~n our

class. Perhaps

the 1976 get-together

think about what ~

can do to summon all poss-

at Hot S~rings, Ark. will be within reach

ible political support when he gives the


of our m1d-west and eastern classmates

nal for action on the bill that is now in Congressional Committee. Our class was represented by Betty LeFevre,

and therefore more popular. 44-4 Secretary: MILLIE DAVIDSON DALRYMPLE 4211 Prickly Pear Drive

Jean Soard, Fran Tuchband, and Mary Ellen Keil

Austin Texas 78731

The class picture is by courtesy

of Fran.


Thanks, Fran. FRAN TUCHBAND has been traveling


Many thanks

to those of you who respond-

the South and West, this past six months,

ad so quickly

to my frantic request for

but is planning to settle down after her new news.

May thunderstorms haunt the rest of

grandchild arrives. BETTY LeFEVRE is a busy real estate sales woman as well as wife and mother.

JEAN SOARD is still operating her cheese shop wrong in the last Directory even though a

I changed jobs

you and I hope you get warts on your (non) writing fingersl I need to apologize if W-4 addresses were

in Fla. and showing pictures of her grandson correction had been sent.

whenever encouraged to do so---seems like he's really "the big cheese".

and couldn't even remember my own address for


Result was I didn't send the Class

YOUR CLASS SECRETARY has been appointed to the Roster in on time.

This year I'm better

Advisory Board of the Ohio American Revolu- organized, so if you'll send me an up-date, tion Bicentennial Commission as the repres- you have a better chance of getting your

entative from the Ohio Commission on the

WASP mail.

First item is a plea for help:


HOW can I get a copy of my pilot's license? FAA has no record and mine

was stolen in 1954.

Two numbers

shown on my army service record are P-46275$ and S-46275$, but FAA says these numbers are assigned to some- one else. If anyone has a clue as to where I could appeal for further research, I would surely appreciate knowing. FRANCES STANDEFER ACKER 3425 Brown Valley Road Vacaville, Calif. 956$$ FRAN'S husband is a dermatologist and her -recent hobby is making leaded stained glass windows. She has remodelled her kitchen with one 6-foot and two 3-foot stained glass windows forming an archway around two square sliding windows. Doesn't that sound beautifull One son is an Air

Force Capt. just returned from Jordan. She also has three daughters and four grand- children so life is obviously full for Fran and if someone can help her locate

a duplicate

license, she will be most


MERIEM ROBY ANDERSON loved the reunion and

thought they

She is still buffaloing and has one lady

buffalo named Rosalie who doesn't like to

stay put, so Meriem of her time hunting

ranch was on one leg of the Powder Puff Derby this year and she watched them jock-

eying for position.

did a beautiful job on it.

spends a great deal for Rosalie. Meriem's

After the WASP re-,

union she went to the "99'sn convention in Couer d'Alene. RUTH SHAFER FLEISHER retired last year as a

major from the AF Reserve and got out of her air traffic control job. She livesl in Homestead, Fla., belongs to the A.F. flying club and makes the "99" flying


The best event of the year for

her was the "Waspie" reunion and she is looking forward to next year's. MADGE LEON MOORE had two sons graduate

from Princeton in June.

including parents~ grandparents and girl friends attended and the return trip which added sons and paraphernalia + bicycles

actually required the addition of a tra- iler to the caravan. She writes: "Prin- ceton makes a real occasion out of grad- uation. (The parents are entitled to a show after footing the bills for four

years). There were receptions, awarQ cere- monies, concerts, a garden party, a prom, picnic, displays, and the biggest show of all was the Commencement itself, with all

the pomp and color of a coronation. Salutatorian's address was in Latin.

was amazed at the number of graduates ver-

sed in the classics--as evidenced by t~ir laughter or applause at appropriate times during the delivery. Later we learned each graduate was given a copy of the

The whole family



speech (in Latin) with footnotes instruct- ing girls, or men, or both when to applaud

and how loud." HAZEL STAMPER HOHN said thanks for all the nice thank-you's after the reunion and commented that there was a blizzard two

She and

Werner went for their first hot air bal- loon ride and although she has published

articles on ballooning, she had never had the personal experience before. She was so busy watching the procedures of fly- ing the balloon that she forgot to look over the side admire the view of mts. and


days after the reunion was over.

At $100 per hr., she isn't very

optimisitic about getting a rating, but sure would like to solo.

ALYCE STEVENS ROHRER was leaving for Hawaii

just after she wrote.

Alyce's husband is

A.F. Ret. and a friend of Vance Brand, the


the Cape Canaveral blast-off.

n't go but her husband did and thought it

so they got an invitation


Alyce did-

very impressive •••even worth the five hr. traffic jam back to the base. Alyce is still busy with her extra curriculars of school teaching but if she could inspire Flt. 1 to contributing to the Newsletter, I'd happily give her the Secty. job back. FLORA BELLE SMITH REECE found few of 44-4 at the reunion but delighted to see Sue Sivade, one of her original baymates who had not been able to finish training be-

cause of a death in her family.

Belle had recently returned from a Peace

Corps tour of Malaysia where she worked as a math consultant for the educational TV. They loved the country and its people but came home realizing how very great this

"good ole U.S.A." really is. pleased to be reunited with

She was also her four grand-


children. LOUISE BRAND HYDE's "not much with me in way of news" means she's still selling real es- tate and sailing. In Aug. she joined the "Meander" for a long sail from Martinique

to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

3 aboard so it was a busy trip.

hopes to make the WASP reunion next year.

There were only


MARGARET DIFFIN CHURCH just barely beat the press deadline with her news that Barry is back on complete physical flying status and hopes to get his helicopter instructor license. She too:is recovering from their 3 years of stress after his crash and ter-

rible burns.

been transcendental meditation.

the greatest thing since sliced bread. I

The way out for Maggie has

"It is

lost the extreme exhaustion

energy back, my mind is clear again, I can

remember things, I can visualize (which

for decorating

timistic and I smile."

I had, got my

is a must), I am more op-

Maggie was espec-

ially pleased to see ANABEL EARP RUSO at the reunion and reports that after all I these years, Anabel is "as pretty as ever." MILDRED DAVIDSON DALRYMPLE--I have had a lovely WASP-related experience I want to

share with you.

In April one of the de-

ceased WASP memorial plaques was dedicat- ed in the Univ. of Texas A1r Museum. I

helped act as hostess for some of the fam-

ilies who came.

It was a beautiful trib-

ute and I was proud to be a part of the group which sponsored the presentation. In visiting with the honoree families, I realized for the first time how desperate- ly they have needed some recognition of their lost loved one's sacrifice. They had had little or no contact with the WASP organization after their flyer's death and there was an awful void for 30 years. They were hungry to know what experiences their WASP would have had and eagerly prompted

us to tell them anything and everything we

did after graduation.

Our reminiscing seem

ed to fill their need to know what the fut- ure would have held for their daughter or sister. MARY HOWSON'S mother was a special delight &

I was happy to be able to show her pictures of Mary in training among her classmates.

She wrote after her return to Devon, Penn.:

have known as much about

the WASPs while Mary was there as I feel

I do now.

"I wish I could

We never saw her after she left

home and letters can't fill the place


actually being there. Her father and

I had


so that

he could grasp how she felt about it, but after he had learned he didn't continue."

He took up flying after her death

to come to the graduation of 44-4.

MARY NESBIT HEARN and Mate are enjoying their

home in Fla. and are planning to do some cruising. The Hearns have another grand- son, Scott Nesbit. Mary talked with Peggy Moynihan McCoffrey and they both hope to attend the '76 Reunion. MARGOT HARVEY VEAL will be at the '76 Reunionl The reason she missed Reno was because she and Bill were in Europe---Scotland, Portugal, etc. Bill retired from the AF in 1972 and

for awhile

off-shore cruiser, "Gemini". After 9 mos. they decided it was too confining and sold


Santa Barbara, since retiring. They are

now planning a 3-day

they lived on a 42 ft. diesel

They have lived in Fla., Mexico and

raft trip down the

Salmon River in Idaho and then off to Hawaii to sail with friends to Tahiti, then fly to Australia and New Zealand. DARLENE CALKINS ENO (Mrs. Arthur R. Eno, Jr. St. Clement Shores, Compton, Maryland 20627). Darlene visited with Gwen Clinkscales Lind- er recently. It was their first visit in 20 years. Husband Arthur has retired from FAA. The Eno's have three daughters--one is married, one will graduate from college in Dec. and the third daughter is a Sr. in

high school. Darlene

and for the past three years has been teaching the fourth grade and loves it.

went back to school

MERRIDEE NE\~LL SNIVELY wants the address of ANN TePAS WILTSEE (and so do I). Any

Since we are at

one know where she is?

it , we don't have the right addresses for : Elizabeth H Eyre, Margaret Roberts Goldham, Marlyn Myers Holcomb, Elizabeth C. Hubbard, Joan C. Hutton, Ethel L. Jones, Jean McFarland Koehler, Karla D. Mogensen, Dorothea M. Norris, Beverly Olson Southwick, Harriett Stockwell, Phyllis Johnson Strauss, Wanda Robedee Townsely, Pauline Cutler White, and Martha MacKenzie Green. If any of you know the addresses or any current infor- mation about these gals, would you please let me knowl

44-5 Secretary:


3161 Flowerdale Lane

Dallas, Tx. 75229

Thirteen 44-5 attended the Reno Reunion:

Dorothy Beard Burns, Earlene Flory Hayes, Merridee Newell Snively, Dottie Swain Lewis, Lorraine Nelson Bain, Carol Brinton Self- ridge Marjory Foster Munn, Peggy Phelan Tay- lor, Martha Moore Lager, Selma Cronan, Becky McSheehy, Dortha Sexten Wethey, and Liz Watson. We want to thank the planning comm-

ittee for their beautiful job.

joyed ourselves and many of us are looking forward to the 76 Reunion at Hot Springs, Ark.44-6 Secretary: BEVERLY BEESEMYER

EARLENE FLORY HAYES enjoyed the reunion and Rt. 3, Grove, Okla. 74344 forwarded some pictures we hope will be pub- -

HARRIET TRAIN BLAKE (Choo Choo) has traveled all you 44-6'ers in Arkansas

We really en-


SUE BOOTH WARDLE plans to meet and greet

next get together in '76.

for the In the mean-

Cloudy, but none of

No wonder she did not care whether

extensively since WASP days-~---lived in

London, Paris and Tokyo. Rec'd a Master's time she has been on a two week cruise

degree in Journalism from Columbia School

of Journalism and does free-lance writing. Lives in the family horne in Savannah, Ga. and spends six months of the year in So.


to Alaska aboard the SS Monterey via the

Inland waterway.

them wept on the trip to Vancouver, Jun-

eau, Haines, Glaciers, Sitka, and Victor-


the sun shone or not.

see some of the rebirth of the Indian

culture and Crafts, dances etc. Flew over the Glaciers in a Comanche out of Haines, and all of a whole hour under

clouds, between mts. etc.

shades of Sweetwater?

Had a chance to

Choo Choo has been in touch with

Truitt has checked out in

all the latest instrument flying machines; her two brothers own a plane and they do a _great deal of flying.

MILDRED TAYLOR MARSHALL could not attend the

Reno reunion as they were in the midst moving from Hawaii to Fla. Mildred and husband (Lt. Gen. W.W. Marshall) are now stationed at MacDill AFB, Fla.

Barbara Truitt.


Sound like

In Sept. Sue and

her husband Ken leave L.A. for London via the pole route with a two week auto- farm-house tour of Ireland. Better be

at the Arkansas reunion in '76 and get

all the details.

travel Sue and Ken, Mary Breidenback Hansen and husband Victor are getting together for a week-end of golf, and all this sounds just about par for the


In between all this


is really into a new and

exciting project.

go along if she could, she is so enthus-

I do believe she would

forcing her to sell last fall I do believe

she would still

be there.

Her son is a



Betty said a friend sent a clipping

the Topeka, Kansas paper as follows; "Correcting an outrage. By a technicality some 1,100 pilots that flew a total of 60 million miles for the AAF, in WWII weren't eligible for GI BD 1 of Rights benefits-

in High and making top grades and Class

a proud mother, and rightly so.



Don't have much detail yet, but

members of the Women's Air Servi~e who fer-

the whole

project is around an attempt at

ried new planes from assembly lines to Air

the world

altitude record in a hot air


38 of them died in service.



This involves a Life Suspension

more than 30 years, a bill has been intro-

system from NASA etc.

Hope she can show