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Company in Chicago and had the Beachey engine installed in this machine, Beachey's former mechanic, Art Mix, came with her at that time to supervise the engine installation andd she induced him to become her exhibition mechanic to assure success with the engine. On July 4th she flew an exhibition in northern Minnesota, then on July 12th her new plane was completed. She started practicing acrobatic flying with it at Cicero and made her first loops there later in July. August 2d to 7th Katherine looped at Grant Park, Chicago during "Market Week", on Labor Day she looped at a County Fair at Caro, Michigan and later that month exhibited and looped at the Michigan State Fair at Detroit. November 4th to 6th she was at the Arizona State Fair at Tucson, then on November 21st she put on her show at San Diego, California before huge crowds.

By this time "The Stinsons" had established a school at San Antonio for the winter and had several students. Eddie had his flying license and in January, 1916 they had their own private flying field and fourteen students enrolled in the school. In January Katherine exhibited at Los Angeles where she started a new feat, flying and looping at night with magnesium flares, and there she spelled out the letters C A L in the darkness. On February 16th she put on another day and night performance at Chicago, Illinois at a Showmen's Convention.

In early May Katherine flew a Sheephshead Bay, New York at a Speedway Air Tournament and raced an automobile driven by Dario Resta, and returned in late May flying for a military tournament. Following this event she flew at South Bend, Indiana on June 15th, then returned to Ashburn Field, Chicago. At that time R. W. Schroeder was her mechanic. Katherine flew at Chicago June 22d, then left for a tour of western Canada, starting at Calgary on June 30th. She remained in Canada until early August and filled dates at Edmonton, Brandon, Regina and Winnipeg, winning great acclaim wherever she went. She flew for charity events, Indian tribes and at night flew with flares.

After returning to Chicago she flew at Worchester, Massachusetts in early September, and September 30th was at the Tri-State Fair at Memphis, Tennessee. She flew at the Virginia State Fair in October, then at Clinton, Iowa in November.

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