Telegram to Praeger on September 6, 1918
Capt. Benjamin B. Lipsner wired Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger in Washington, D.C., that he expected pilot Max Miller to leave Cleveland, Ohio, at noon, followed by Edward Gardner. Lipsner’s copy of a Western Union telegram expressed optimism for the New York-to-Chicago pathfinder flights, stating how “great the test is for aviators and planes.” He would wire Praeger when the pilots arrived.
According to Aerial Mail Service by A. D. Jones, Miller departed Cleveland at 1:35 p.m., for Bryan, Ohio, and from there to Chicago. Edward V. “Turk” Gardner arrived in Cleveland at 3:00 p.m. and took off shortly thereafter.
Miller made three unscheduled landings on the way from Cambridge, Ohio, to Cleveland because of radiator problems. By September 6, 1918, however, after a night at the Hotel Statler and with his radiator repaired at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory in Cleveland, he was ready to set-out for Bryan, Ohio, then onto Chicago. Gardner, on the other hand, spent the night of September 5, 1918, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to repair a leaking gas line.
Jones, A.D. Aerial Mail Service: A Chronology of the Early United States Government Air Mail March. Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, 1993.