Charles Lindbergh lands in Baltimore in 1927 [History Matters]

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"Opens on Main Street

"Mrs. Juantia Mcintosh announces the opening of a Dressmaking and Altering shop at 149 Main Street.  Sewing will be the capable hands of Mrs. Ruth Botts who had her own shop for an exclusive clientele in Jamaica and more recently worked in Baltimore.

"Mrs. Botts will not only make dresses from patterns but can sketch original designs for those who just 'have an idea' of a special gown they would like to have, and create from the sketch. Home sewers can have buttons covered, button holes made or unusual details arranged."

October 1927

The (Lone) Eagle has landed

"Crowds Brave Rain To Acclaim 'Lindy'

"Col. Charles Lindbergh, more familiarly known as 'Lindy,' was given a rousing reception upon his arrival in Baltimore on last Tuesday and despite the prevalence of one of the severest wind and rain storms of the fall season. It was estimated that at least half a million people braved the elements to see and to cheer the conqueror of the Atlantic Ocean and his good airplane, 'The Spirit of St. Louis.'

"From the time of his arrival at Logan Field, where he was met by Mayor Broening and other members of the official reception committee, until he reached the Stadium, 'Lindy' saw little but a great sea of umbrellas carried by his admirers. These virtually lined and blocked the streets during the entire trip and when he reached the Stadium he was almost overcome with emotion when observed no less than 20,000 of the faithful standing there in the rain patiently awaiting his arrival, including many Howard countians.

"He directed the attention of the people interested in aviation to practical questions involved in creating airports in preparing necessary regulations for large expansion in the use of planes and in arranging educational facilities. He told the public not to think of air stunts but of the art and industry of aviation."

Lindbergh, or the Lone Eagle, had crowds gathering to see him in several cities around the country, as a few months before, in May 1927, he made his famous transatlantic flight. He would go on during World War II to fly missions in the Pacific theater.

But it was the feat of being the first to fly over the Atlantic ocean in his 'Spirit of St. Louis' that won him America's Medal of Honor. He also garnered more fame at the sad death of his toddler son, who was kidnapped and killed in 1932.  As the Baltimore Sun's H.L. Mencken wrote, it was the "biggest story since the Resurrection."

But Lindbergh was not only one of the pioneers in flight that eventual lead to space exploration and a moon landing, in the years after his famous trans-Atlantic flight he had his hand in a variety of disciplines. One was working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducting aerial surveys on bacteria and spores.

He also became interested in medicine, specifically heart problems. He wanted to find a way to circulate the blood during heart repair surgery. As a pioneer in the field, he engineered a pump to help organs survive outside the body. A working model of the Carrel-Lindbergh Perfusion Pump was shown at a 1938 medical seminar.

October 1889


Burgeoning Woodbine

"Improvements at and near Woodbine:

"A correspondent of the Baltimore Sun writing from Woodbine says:

"Woodbine is gradually emerging from a hamlet into a thriving town. Capt. C. C. Newport has recently erected eight new dwellings. A new Lutheran church is to be erected. Services have been held for several months in Capt. Newport's warehouse and have been largely attended. W. R. Steiner built a large grain warehouse during the summer. A new schoolhouse at a cost of $1,300 will soon be completed at Lisbon, a mile and a half from Woodbine. Mr. Albert Owings has built a new storehouse at the same place. Mr. Horatio Griffith is building a handsome dwelling on his place."

In  the Glenelg column: "Mr. Frank Rappanier, of this city, has just finished the corner stone for the new M. E. Church South at Glenelg. On the face of the stone is engraved the initial of the church and the year in which built. The work is considered good."