Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Eleanor Otis
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Arthur Otis was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1894. In 1912, he moved to Sugar Lake. He and Eleanor met when she was working as the first schoolteacher in the community. They married and started Otis Lodge on Sugar Lake. The 1927 Lindbergh flight sparked an interest in aviation and they built an airfield at the resort. Access by air became the key to the success of the resort. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Getting the land in Grand Rapids. Moving the family there and building the resort and airfield. Arthur's learning to fly. Promoting the resort at air shows and conventions. Marketing the resort at a Chicago air show and convention. The types of airplanes that landed at the resort. Fly-ins at the resort. First fly-in guest: Dwight P Joyce, president of Glidden Paint Company. Story about Danny Fowley; G.B. Van Deusen and first glider landing at the resort; Glenn McCarthy, and Paul Mantz. Eleanor's introduction to flying. The first Douglas DC-3 to land at the resort.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
41 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Otis, Arthur
Interviewee: Otis, Eleanor
Interviewer: Holey, George
Interviewer: Holey, Anne M.
Made in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/03/1965
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 101
Accession Number AV1992.88.19
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Air Museum of Minnesota Oral History Project'

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