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Charles A. Arens was born December 17, 1895 in Chicago. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Arens. On May 29, 1941 he was married to Miss Helen Crow.

Charlie developed a keen interest in aviation while still in his teens and avidly studied everything about airplanes that he could get his hands on. One day back in 1911 he happened to pass "Matty" Laird's home as he was working on his glider and a close friendship, which was to last throughout their lifetime, was started. Charlie assisted "Matty" in the building of his first powered airplane, and when it made its first flight on September 15, 1913, Charlie was determined to build and fly his own plane. This ambition was finally realized and his solo flight was made on November 18, 1916.

Shortly after this flight Charlie went to work with Frank LaVista at L.W.F. Engineering Company at College Point, N.Y. This was the company founded by Charles F. Willard and Robert G. Fowler. They were building a two-place biplane designed by Willard with the assistance of his chief draftsman, Forrest E. Wysong. This connection lasted until 1923 when Arens joined the Air Mail Service on the run between Chicago and Minneapolis. During this time he became interested in improving the control systems on airplanes and later founded Arens Controls, Inc. in Evanston, Illionis. He served as inventor and president of this company until his retirement to Winamac, Indiana in 1944.

Charlie served as secretary of the Early Birds from 1960 until 1962 when he was forced to surrender the post due to a slight stroke. After a remarkable recovery, he again became active in Early Bird affairs. At the request of Paul Garber, he began preparing an authentic book about the L.W.F. airplane to be kept in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. Charlie and Helen Arens regularly attended the Early Bird Annual Reunions until his death which occurred early Friday morning, January 13, 1967. Though he had been under a doctor's care for heart trouble, the fatal attack came suddenly and unexpectedly.

The crowd which filled the Winamac Methodist Church Sunday afternoon for the funeral attested to the esteem in which Charles Areas was held in his community. Burial was in Winamac cemetery.

Surviving, besides his wife, Helen, are a sister Mrs. Clara Grimm and nieces and nephews.



Elmo N. Pickerill, Secretary of The Early Birds, died apparently of heart attack in the waiting room of the Long Island RailRoad station in Mineola shortly before noon Sunday January 14, 1968. He was 82 years old and lived at 4 Weybridge Road, Mineola, L.I., New York.

"Pick", as his fellow Early Birds called him, was a pioneer in two fields; first, he studied radio with Guglielmo Marconi and second, he learned to fly with the Wright Brothers. As a matter of fact one led to the other. He developed radio equipment to communication between an airplane in flight and the ground, and approached Wilbur Wright with the request that the airplane part be mounted in the biplane and that the radio equipment was so heavy that a passenger was out of the question. So Pickerill became the student of Wilbur
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[[caption]] Early Birds at Grover Loening's luncheon. "Matty" Laird and Grover in foreground. [[/caption]]

Wright and learned to fly the Wright Model B so he could operate his own radio. After seven hours of instruction, "Pick" made a one hour flight from Mineola to Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn and back on August 4, 1910, setting a record for distance and time aloft and establishing a significant first, - actual two way radio communication between a plane in flight and the ground.

Elmo N. Pickerill was born in Greenbridge, Missouri on May 24, 1885. He was the son of Worthington W. Pickerill, a musician, and his wife Ida. He attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs. After working as a rail road telegrapher he became fascinated with the potential of wireless telegraphy. He did some work with Dr. Lee De Forest and Marconi in 1904 and 1905, both then engaged in early wireless experiments. After a few years as ships's radip operator, "Pick" became imbued with the idea that airplanes as well as ships, would some day be equipped with radio, and proceded to develope the idea.

Last furneral rites were held Tuesday, January 16th at 8 p.m. at the Fairchild Chapels, 1201 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, Long Island. He left no immediate survivors.



Lester F. Bishop was born April 12, 1889 in Le Roy, Illinois. He was married to Pearl Golden Stephenson and later to Elizabeth Mary Bowden. Four children were born of these marriages: Edna Pearl, Vincell Harwood, Roberta Belle and Marlyn Elizabeth.

Lester started his aviation career in 1915 when he went to work as a mechanic with the Champion Airplane Company, Chicago. In 1916 he was associated with Eddie Stinson and Robert F. Shank. His first solo was made in a German Taube. In 1917 he became a flying instructor at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois and Selfridge Field, Mount Clemens, Michigan. A year later he was an instructor at Rich Field, Waco, Texas. From Wace he was sent to Detroit to be test pilot for the Bureau of Aircraft Production. After World War I, he joined the Air Mail Service. In 1920 he went to work at 
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the Laird Airplane Company. Leaving, he engaged in the following activities; Boeing Air Transport Company, 1927-28; Field Manager, National Air Transport and Air Mail pilot, Thompson Aero. Corp., 1929; Inspector, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1930-31; Manager, U.S. Flying Club, Detroit, 1932; operated Mutual Flying Service, 1933-34; Operations Officer, Wayne County Airport, Detroit, 1934-42; Rohr Aircraft Corp., 1948-54.

A letter from his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Bishop to Waldo Waterman said in part, "Mr. Bishop passed away in the hospital after four months illness, on March 28, 1967. Thank you again for the Solo Plaque. I got up there right after you left and he had it in his bed. He was so pleased. He asked me to take it home to our daughter. She has taken it up to Glen Abby and they promised her they would do everything possible to put it on his crypt.



Mrs. Luba Phillips: Word has come from Miss Viola Gentry that Luba Phillips, who was carried in the "Gone with the Wind" section of our 1967 roster of members, died sometime in 1959 in New York City. The landlady that Miss Gentry talked to could not remember the exact date and said that all Phillips memorabilia had been discarded in TRASH!

Lubov Galankchikoff was born in Russia, and her early aviation activities took place there. Her Russian FAI Certificate No. 56 was issued to her on November 19, 1911.



Mrs. Anne M. Acre, widow of Early Bird Raynold E. Acre who died January 16, 1966, died the evening of December 3, 1967 following a heart attack. At the time of her death she was undergoing treatment in the University of California Hospital in Los Angeles. She was seventy-three. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, December 6, at the Manchester Chapel, Inglewood Cemetery, Inglewood, California. Mrs. Acre is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Acre; a son, Harry R. Acre; and two granddaughters, all of Manhattan Beach, Caliornia.
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