Ruth Elder was the first woman to attempt a flight across the Atlantic from the United States to Europe, just five months after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. Her airplane was a new Stinson 'Detroiter' - a single-engine, high-wing monoplane that she called “American Girl.” On October 11, 1927, she and her co-pilot, Captain George Haldeman, took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York. Stormy weather and a leaking oil line forced them to ditch in the Atlantic about 300 miles short of the Azores. Ruth had spent nine hours at the controls. The two aviators were rescued by a Dutch oil tanker, the “Barendrecht." As her plane was being hoisted on deck, it caught fire and was totally destroyed. Though they did not successfully reach their destination, they did fly about 2,600 miles nonstop. This flight established a new over-water endurance flight record and also was the longest flight ever made by a woman at that time. New York City honored them with a ticker-tape parade when they returned. She became known as “Miss America of Aviation.”
In 1929 Ruth flew in the first Women's Air Derby, competing with 20 other female aviators of the time including Amelia Earhart. This nine-day race from Santa Monica to Cleveland was later dubbed the "Powder Puff Derby." Two-and-a-half months after the Derby, Ruth and the other Derby participants formed a group called the “Ninety-Nines” – a group of 99 licensed women fliers in America who advocated women's involvement in flying. She continued as a member until she died in 1977.
Ruth was a silent film actress who starred with the popular Richard Dix in the 1928 film Moran of the Marines and also appeared in Fashion News.
She was married seven times, to C.E. Moody, Lyle Womack, Walter Camp Jr., G.K. Thackery, Arnold Gillespie, and twice to Ralph King.
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On 30 Jun 2017 at 21:59 GMT Nancy Elder wrote:
Here’s one I sent him — it’s easy to recognize the nearby DINWIDDIE VA and PETERSBURG VA locations for “PETER ELDER” DNA group.
In 1940 census, also in Ancestry.com tree By “DavidTCONNELLY” at https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/27338179/person/2041853527/facts
FOR — Atwill Moss Elder (or Atwell M. Elder) — b. 20 NOV 1910 -- Dinwiddie, VA -- d. 13 NOV 1967 • Colonial Heights City, VA (Petersburg) — 1940 residence -- Rte 60, Spencer, Powhatan, VA
PETERSBURG VA cemeteries (ELDER = 86) and DINWIDDIE VA (ELDER = 51), so I added some notes to the ELDER FAMILY RESEARCH BULLETIN BOARD at http://www.familytrail.com/elder/bb/viewtopic.php?p=1177#1177
On 4 Jun 2017 at 12:05 GMT Nancy Elder wrote:
Y-DNA kit #12786, kit #35714 (wiki Elder 2044), kit #557353 (wiki Elder 2047) and 16 other Y-DNA matches on ELDER DNA RESULTS CHART at https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Elder?iframe=yresults
Also on Marshall Family Tree by “secfan17” at https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/57478530/person/30023628295/facts
Ruth Elder — Birth 08 SEP 1902 • Anniston, AL — Death 09 OCT 1977 • San Francisco, CA
Father — James Oscar Elder — Birth 02 NOV 1874 • Alabama — Death 19 NOV 1935 • Anniston, Calhoun, Alabama
Also WorldConnect by Melissa Speed at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mspeed1&id=I1039
Good Docs at http://peterelderva.info
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