ISSUE ONE, 2018
In 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first
first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In the Spring of 1936 she set her sights on a new record—a 29,000 mile circumnavigation of the globe. To help cover the costs of the round-the-world flight, she embarked on a lecture tour of various colleges across the
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the Midwest. After speaking at Northern Illinois State Teachers College in DeKalb on April 1st, she drove south for Jacksonville the following morning. According to the following newspaper account, ten miles north of LaSalle she became “grounded” with a flat tire:
Amelia Earhart Putnam, noted American aviatrix, was "grounded" in LaSalle this morning, because of a flat tire.
While en route to Jacksonville from DeKalb, on Route 51, ten miles north of LaSalle, a tire on Mrs. Putnam's coupe went flat.
As it did so the machine swerved to the shoulder of the road, but was brought under control by Mrs. Putnam. A LaSalle garage was called to the scene and the aviatrix accompanied the garage men to LaSalle and remained there while the damage was repaired.
A little over a year after this incident Earhart attempted her flight around the globe. Some 22,000 miles into the flight all radio transmission with her plane was lost as she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.