A link about the life of Victor Vernon.
Under his memoirs of Oregon & Washington, he says his health was bad and
"thinking the climate of Portland and the northwest would be more beneficial than New York's. I saw to it that J. D. Hill, Walter Lees, and an expert mechanic were employed to accompany me to the Oregon, Washington & Idaho Airplane Company which was to operate off a small neck of land adjoining the Willamette River which flows through Portland, thus accomodating both land and water planes. We found it a marvelous country, but we were too early for the full acceptance of flying and what is now known as airline operation. In the third year I came down with typhoid fever and while incapacitated the directors decided to take their losses and close up shop. I was retained as receiver and closed its affairs in June of 1922. At least there I recovered my health while we lived in a small cottage on nearby Lake Oswego from where I sometimes commuted by flying boat to the airport."
l.e. on 25th April 2013 @ 7:29am
Walter Lees accompanied Victor Vernon on the Oregon, Washington & Idaho Company venture.
Here is an ad for flights from Grand Dalles. $10.00.
l.e. on 25th April 2013 @ 7:53am
Considering the stage of development of the automobile in 1920, taking the motor to a flying machine with enough power really was quite an accomplishment, and a very brave action in my mind.
nels on 25th April 2013 @ 8:47am