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Images recording 1910 airplane flight somehow involving James L. Kempthorne in a Curtiss Biplane. Research shows Kempthorne came to Davenport in 1908 to live with his aunt and attend high school. He graduated in 1912 and worked in Chicago for a time before attending Columbia University where he graduated in 1919. According to his 1978 obituary: "At age 18, Mr. Kempthorne and a friend built an airplane-just three years after the Wright brothers made their first flight at Kitty hawk-then barnstormed throughout the Western United States..."
One is labeled as taken at Davenport, Iowa fair grounds and one in Strawberry Point.
Ages don't align and there is no mention found in local newspapers of his involvement with airplanes. This would, however, fit in properly with the time period in which local aviator Eugene Ely was active in the area.
- Creation: 1910
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1 Folder(s) (5 prints 5x7" black and white; 7 negatives black and white; 1 envelope; 1 letter)
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Range 44 Section 2 Photo Box 5
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