By Jean Hayworth
The Stephens County Airport was in line to get an East" West Texas Air Transport (T.A.T.) passenger line on a 60-day trial basis. The Chamber of Commerce Airport committee met with the Fort Worth Assoc. of Commerce Aviation Dept. to confirm the details. The committee chairman, J.D. Sandefer Jr. had presented the proposal on behalf of the Stephens County Airport. Others on the committee included Ray B. Leach, John Z. Martin, W.B. Guinn, J.E. Thompson and Jack B. Robert.
Tom Hardin, who was the General Manager of the T.A.T. organization, said that two men would come out to inspect the Stephens County Airport and facilities along with the airfield. If all was approved then the new East" West passenger line would begin with two stops each day, one going east to Fort Worth and Dallas and the other going west to Abilene.
There was a lot of credence given to the questionnaire the Chamber had submitted to local businesses, who all confirmed they wanted a passenger line that would take them to Fort Worth and Dallas on business trips and to Abilene, where they could catch flights going further west, north and south. With a capacity to go in any of the four directions, Breckenridge became a hub for more expansive travel for business and pleasure.
Braniff now offered flights to the west coast out of their Tulsa, Okla. airport facility, at 8 a.m. and arrived at Oklahoma City at 9:15 and get to El Paso by 4:15 p.m. for an overnight stop at El Paso. There also was an alternative straight all-daylight flight from Tulsa, Okla. to Los Angeles, Calif.
Breckeridge travelers could now catch a hop to Abilene on the 9 a.m. flight and then get a flight to Tulsa, Okla. with a connecting flight to the west coast.
In August of 1929, the Oil Industry was celebrating the 70th anniversary of the American Petroleum Industry. It was Aug. 27, 1859, that Col Edwin I. Drake, using a crude salt mining apparatus, struck oil at Oil Creek, Pa., which was in western Pennsylvania.
The well produced 2,000 barrels of oil that first year. The average output of oil in the United States for 1928 was 902 million barrels of oil annually. In 1928, the U.S. produced 68.2 percent of the world's oil. There were 323,000 producing wells by the beginning of 1928.
The Mid-Continental Field, which included the oil fields of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, northern Louisiana and most of Texas, was responsible for 61 percent of the oil produced in the U.S. in 1928. That represented a 17 percent increase in oil production from 1927.
Meanwhile, the All-Female Air Derby reported the 14 remaining female fliers were landing at Tulsa for a luncheon honoring their contribution to air travel. Mrs. Louise McPhetridge Thaden came in first on the 240 mile jaunt, in one hour and 45 minutes. Behind her was Amelia Earhart in fourth place.
New problems had arisen between the Breckenridge Y.M.C.A. and the fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. Tom L. Dyer, from the "Y" Board felt that the two programs were a duplication of effort and that both organizations could not be funded by the citizens of Stephens County as well as they should and the "Y" already represented an investment of more than $150,000 and served men and boys of all ages from 8 to 95. Women also used the "Y" at designated times.
Those conducting the $2,000 fundraiser for a Stephens County Boy Scout Council said that the two organizations are separate and distinct with each designed to build the young men of the community. The raising of the $2,000 to buildup a Boy Scout program in Stephens County did not interfere with the "Y" funding. Representatives, " believed that people in the community would support both and not detract from either.
Dr. L.C. McKnight supported the expanded Boy Scout program for Stephens County and said, "the Boy Scouts did not want any money from the citizens who could not contribute to both organizations. If a person can't give money to the Boy Scouts and the 'Y,' then give it to the 'Y.' Their total emphasis was to build up both programs."
A new Gulf Refining Station opened at the corner of N. Breckenridge and Elm with the management team of Mr. Charles Lunsford and Mr. T.W. Wilson. The combined Filling Station will carry a variety of Gulf products and tires from the Hicks Rubber Co. Blake Bryant will be in charge of the Hicks Tire Dept. with tires and tubes available for sale. Mr. Bryant will sell Dayton Thorobred tires. He had been the manager at the Eastland facility.
Breckenridge now had three dentists and included Dr. I.C. McKnight, who had his office in the Bender Building and lived at 403 W. 4th St. Dr. D.M. Boles was in the Ball Building and lived at 909 W. Dyer. Also, there was a Dr. W.T. Edwards, who had his office in the Burch Hotel and lived at 1015 W. Williams.
The Graf Zeppelin finally took off from the Tokyo airport at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. To avoid unfavorable weather conditions to the north, the Graf Zeppelin headed directly out to sea. At 9 p.m., the Commander, Dr. Hugo Echener, reported his position at 147 East, 37 North, which was about 415 miles due north of Tokyo and was traveling at a speed of 72 mph. However, an hour later, Tokyo radio reported the Graf to be at 35.40 N, 147.40 E, which indicated that Dr. Echener had veered sharply to the southeast of his previous position. Apparently, weather conditions to the north were unfavorable and changed course.
More on the flight of the Graf Zeppelin as it approaches the U.S. and flies on to the East Coast.