Atchison Daily Globe, January 12, 1935


Is Expected to Land at Oakland, Calif., Late Today


Atchison-Born Aviatrix Alone -- Keeps In Touch By Radio

Los Angeles, Jan. 12 - Basing his computations on a report from the Dollar liner President Pierce, commander Clarence S. Williams, who plotted Amelia Earhart's Honolulu-California flight, said this afternoon the woman pilot probably would not reach Oakland until shortly after 1:15 p.m. (Pacific standard time).

Oakland, Calif., Jan. 12 - Soloing across the Pacific Ocean, Amelia Earhart Putnam roared toward Oakland from Honolulu today, her clear, calm voice frequently messaging "All O.K." as the red and gold monoplane ate up the last miles of her hazardous journey.

Estimates of radio station listeners placed her position approximately 500 miles off the coast at 8 a.m. (P.S.T.) although her exact location was not known because they said she had refused consistently to give her position.

Late this afternoon she radioed that she would land "anytime".

Undaunted by a heavy downpour of rain that made Wheeler field at Honolulu heavy with mud, Miss Earhart ascended at 4:45 o'clock (9:50 o'clock last night, Atchison time), forced her heavily loaded plane upward and streaked out directly toward Oakland, Calif.

Flying almost on the heels of a storm, Miss Earhart appeared to be heading for clearer skies.

Pointed for the faraway American mainland, her heavily loaded plane shot through the mud of Wheeler field and within six minutes was 2,000 feet in the sky.

First woman to span the Atlantic, she sought to blaze a new trail for her sex by being the first to cross the Pacific from the midocean isle.

As her plane became a spec in the eastern sky, the 36-year-old flier's husband, George Palmer Putnam, said that unless she returned within a half hour, she definitely would hold to her course.

Weighing 5,800 pounds and carrying 522 gallons of gasoline, the plane rose without effort after a 3,000-foot run. It headed true for Diamond Head, the last point of land on the long and perilous journey.

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison and spent the greater part of her girlhood here.

Her principal homes now are at Rye, N.Y., and Medford, Mass., near Boston.

She was born in Atchison, July 24, 1898. Her father, Edwin E. Earhart, was an attorney and railroad claim agent who made frequent moves about the country, taking his family with him.

As a result the future premiere woman flier of America attended six different high schools and three colleges. She was graduated from Hyde Park high school, Chicago, in 1915.

Her first lessons in flying were received near Los Angeles, where she had gone to be with her father after working at Columbia University. She pawned jewelry and her fur coat to get the money for the plane, and worked as a mail and file clerk to enable herself to keep up lessons -- without her father finding out where the money was going.

She spent eight years here and there accumulating flying experience. She was in Boston completing her second year as a social worker in the famous Denison house settlement when

she met George Palmer Putnam, seeking a woman pilot for the trans-Atlantic flight being sponsored by Mrs. Frederick Guest of London. It was the flight which brought her fame and fortune and incidentally introduced her to Putnam, now her husband.

Miss Amelia Earhart stamped her name indelibly into the newspaper headlines in 1928 by becoming the first woman to fly successfully across the Atlantic, and her aerial accomplishments since have made her indisputably America's premier aviatrix.

The slim, tousle-headed blonde flier with the sparkling blue eyes probably has more worthwhile "firsts" in her record than any other woman of her generation.

  • First woman to fly the Atlantic.
  • First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • First person to fly the Atlantic twice.
  • First woman to fly an autogiro.
  • First person to cross the United States in an autogiro.
  • First woman to receive the distinguished flying cross.
  • First woman to receive the National Geographic Society's gold medal.
  • First woman to make a transcontinental non-stop flight.
  • Holder of women's transcontinental speed record: 17-07-30.
  • Former holder of women's international speed record - 181.18 m.p.h.
  • First woman licensed in United States to carry passengers for hire in cabin planes weighing up to 7,700 pounds.