|March 30, 1930|
At the end of the month, this story about famed aviation pioneers Harry T. Williams and James Wedell appeared. (NOPL considers Williams "one of its own," since he once owned the house that is now our Latter Branch.)
"Above is shown the two Louisiana designed and built monoplanes that were flown by Pilots Harry P. Williams and James Wedell in their spectacular race against time Saturday from Patterson to the Menefee airport here. The ships are of the type that the Wedell-Williams flying service intends to manufacture at their proposed aircraft factory here. The ships have been tested under flying speed of 200 miles per hour. Below, Mr. Williams is shown at right, exchanging congratulations with Mr. Wedell after their 180-mile-per-hour trip from Patterson to Meneffee Airport Saturday afternoon. The flight was a race against time and ended in both planes roaring across the home port abreast. The planes flown were of the pilots' own design and covered the 90-mile run in 27 minutes."