AERONAUTICS: Partridge

Farmer S. J. Letendre of Mendota, Minn., paused by his barn one afternoon last week to observe the erratic flight of an airplane coming along low over the fields from the windy northwest. It was swerving and teetering as if its courage were buffeted away. Two small pieces fell from it. It twirled reluctantly, then dropped like a shot bird. Farmer Letendre extricated from the wreck the remains of Pilot Elmer Lee Partridge. Partridge had just left Minneapolis on the inaugural southbound trip of an air mail service between there and Chicago.*...

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