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San Francisco Corral - Westerners International

April 2018

Volume 15

Number 5

Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. for

A guided tour of the Hiller Aviation Museum!

A guided tour of the
Hiller Aviation Museum!

Hiller-copter

Pictured: Stanley Hiller, Jr. in his Hiller-Copter.

In 1942, at the age of 17, San Francisco native Stanley Hiller, Jr. established the first helicopter factory on the West Coast in order to develop his "Hiller Copter" for the U.S. Army. In January 1949, the Hiller 360 became the first civilian helicopter to cross the United States. Hiller moved his collection of eclectic aircraft from a warehouse in Redwood City to found the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, which opened to the public in June 1998, when he was 73 years old. The collection consists of unique early aircraft, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and cutting edge test vehicles from the Hiller Aircraft Company, as well as other manufacturers. The collection reflects Hiller's participation in Northern California aviation history, where he produced innovative aircraft the world had never seen, from personal flying platforms to ramjet tipped rotorcraft. The Museum is devoted to communicating the richness of this legacy. The display contains inspiring examples of aviation technology to tell the stories of adventurous aviation pioneers. Visit www.hiller.org to learn more about the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Ourside Hiller Aviation Museum
Ourside Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller-copter

In 1942, at the age of 17, San Francisco native Stanley Hiller, Jr. established the first helicopter factory on the West Coast in order to develop his "Hiller Copter" for the U.S. Army. In January 1949, the Hiller 360 became the first civilian helicopter to cross the United States. Hiller moved his collection of eclectic aircraft from a warehouse in Redwood City to found the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, which opened to the public in June 1998, when he was 73 years old. The collection consists of unique early aircraft, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and cutting edge test vehicles from the Hiller Aircraft Company, as well as other manufacturers. The collection reflects Hiller's participation in Northern California aviation history, where he produced innovative aircraft the world had never seen, from personal flying platforms to ramjet tipped rotorcraft. The Museum is devoted to communicating the richness of this legacy. The display contains inspiring examples of aviation technology to tell the stories of adventurous aviation pioneers. Visit www.hiller.org to learn more about the Hiller Aviation Museum. Pictured: Stanley Hiller, Jr. in his Hiller-Copter.

Fior d'Italia
2237 Mason Street, San Francisco
(map)

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
(map)

The restaurant provides us with a private room and valet parking. We gather at 5:30 p.m. Dinner seating begins at 6:15 p.m. A three course selection is available for dinner at the cost of $43.00. Please note change in price.

R.S.V.P. - Please send checks and dinner reservations by April 20, 2018 to: Judy Van Austen, KOC, 1789 Northwood Court, Oakland, CA 94611. See S. F. Westerners Posse below for full contact information; you can contact Judy by email or phone to reserve a seat.

The group tour, which will focus on California-based aviation, is $10.00 for seniors (age 65 plus) and $16.00 for adults. Parking is available. Members may also gather for an informal luncheon after the tour at the Sky Kitchen, 620 Airport Way, San Carlos.

R.S.V.P. - Please make reservations by May 9, 2018 to: Judy Van Austen, KOC, 1789 Northwood Court, Oakland, CA 94611. See S. F. Westerners Posse below for full contact information; you can contact Judy by email or phone to reserve a seat.

We Need Books!

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Round-up! Donations of books, ephemera and other
Western-themed memorabilia are needed for our
monthly raffle! Your donations will be much appreciated!

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Round-up! Donations of books, ephemera and other
Western-themed memorabilia are needed for our
monthly raffle! Your donations will be much appreciated!


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Golden Gate International Exposition Illustration

The above illustration is a detail from a 1939 booklet issued for the Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island. Man-made Treasure Island was originally designed to be San Francisco’s new airport, and it briefly served in that capacity throughout the run of the Fair, and shortly thereafter as America prepared to enter World War II. A Pan Am Clipper is shown just to the right of Yerba Buena Island, where the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge passes through. The Clippers were seaplanes, and they docked in the port harbor north of Treasure Island.

Passenger air travel was then in its infancy, and it was soon determined that Treasure Island would not provide runways of a sufficient length for safe landing for non-amphibious aircraft. Also, Treasure Island provided an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate, and people were seriously worried about enemy submarine attacks. Since there had been a naval station on the natural island of Yerba Buena since 1898, it was perfectly logical for the United States Navy to extend its operations to Treasure Island, which was now connected to Yerba Buena via a vehicular exit from the bridge.

This map shows an extremely condensed view of the peninsula lying to the south of San Francisco. The upper left-hand corner of this illustration depicts a man parachuting down toward the San Francisco Municipal Airport, which has, of course, been greatly expanded, and still serves as San Francisco’s airport today.

United Air Lines Mainliner Postcard

This 1939 postcard shows the United Air Lines Mainliner flying over Treasure Island at the time of the Golden Gate International Exposition. The Port of the Trade Winds, between TI and Yerba Buena, was constructed to provide a calm water harbor for the landing of the Pan Am Clippers, which were amphibious aircraft. There was no airstrip for the UA planes to land. These postcards were provided free to UA passengers, and the stamp box instructed the sender to hand the card back to the stewardess, who would stamp the card and put it in the mail.

Noteworthy Events

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society – Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.: Diane M.T. North presents San Francisco and World War I. World War I propelled the United States into the twentieth century and served as a powerful catalyst for the making of modern California. Diane M. T. North will discuss the decisive role played by San Francisco and its citizens in the war. She will cover the growth of the military, changes in the economy (especially shipbuilding), volunteer efforts to support the war, the impact of the influenza pandemic, and major threats to civil liberties. This program is co-sponsored by the Presidio Historical Association. Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd. (at Geary; entrance on Palm). www.sfhistory.org. Admission for non-members is $10 per person or $5 for seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and persons with disabilities. Admission fees may be applied to membership dues within 45 days.


Western Neighborhoods Project

The Western Neighborhoods Project—Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. L. J. Moore and Alex Snyder on Lone Mountain Cemeteries and Discovering Edith Cook. In 2016, a backyard landscaping project at a home near Rossi Park turned up a small metal casket with two viewing windows. Inside, a young girl lay suspended in an exceptional state of preservation. In early March 2018, dozens of grave markers and cut stones were unearthed during a parking lot renovation. From the 1850s until the 1930s, San Francisco's dead rested in four large cemeteries around Lone Mountain. Why were they removed and what remains of them both above and below ground in the city? Join us for an illustrated presentation on the cemeteries and a conversation with L. J. Moore and Alex Snyder, who was part of the investigative team that discovered the identity of the little girl found 140 years after being laid to her “final” rest. Tickets: $10. Space is limited. 1617 Balboa Street, San Francisco. More information at www.outsidelands.org.


San Francisco History Association

San Francisco Museum History Association—A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries. Presented by Filmmaker Trina Lopez on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. There are almost no graveyards in San Francisco, even though there were many in decades past. Burials are illegal here, and there are very few places to have cremated remains housed. Trina's film reveals not only why the dead were evicted, but where most of them went, and how this came to pass in the first half of the 20th century. It also offers insight into how the conflict between the living and the dead in the Bay Area continues to this day. Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California Street, San Francisco. Admission for non-members is $10 per person. More info: www.sanfranciscohistory.org.

S. F. Westerners Posse

Sheriff:

Tom McLaughlin
[email protected]

Sheriff:

Tom McLaughlin
[email protected]

Trail Boss:

Ask how you can assist us here

Trail Boss:

Ask how you can assist us here

Registrar of Marks & Brands:

We also need help here

Registrar of Marks & Brands:

We also need help here

Keeper of the Chips:

Judy Van Austen, (510) 339-1298
[email protected]

Keeper of the Chips:

Judy Van Austen, (510) 339-1298
[email protected]

International Rep.:

Gerhard Brostrom, (510) 524-5984
[email protected]

International Rep.:

Gerhard Brostrom, (510) 524-5984
[email protected]

Marshal:

Bob Lawhon, (415) 519-3972
[email protected]

Marshal:

Bob Lawhon, (415) 519-3972
[email protected]

Inkslinger:

Kathryn Ayres, (415) 583-9916
[email protected]

Inkslinger:

Kathryn Ayres, (415) 583-9916
[email protected]

Inkslingers Emeritus:

Tom McLaughlin; Richard F. Olson; Mary Lou Lyon, HM

Inkslingers Emeritus:

Tom McLaughlin; Richard F. Olson; Mary Lou Lyon, HM

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