Telegram from Jordan on September 6, 1918
The first line of the Western Union telegram was in code [in care of] C 311 War Exposition Chicago Ills and contained sixty words charged to the U.S. government. It was a duplicate of the original sent by John A. Jordan to Capt. Benjamin B. Lipsner from Bryan, Ohio, at 7:28 p.m. on September 6, 1918.
The telegram from Jordan, a Post Office Department representative, informed Lipsner in Chicago that pilot Edward V. “Turk” Gardner landed in Bryan, Ohio, at 5:15 p.m. on September 6, 1918, the second day of the New York-to-Chicago pathfinder survey flight. Jordan told him that Gardner took-off for Chicago at 5:50 p.m. without difficulty.
Gardner assumed he would be landing in Chicago at night in poor light. He told Jordan to have runway lights available—two fires lighted in corners of the landing field and a third smaller one in the center of the field near the area where he would be landing. Jordan added that Gardner by error had left a sack of mail in Bryan, Ohio, and ended by informing Lipsner that he was leaving for Chicago.