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terrain and plan new aerial conquests.
Lieutenant Barnaby has the distinction of being the only man to drop from a navy dirigible in a glider, having staged a successful test from the Los Angeles arranged to demonstrate the possibilities of landing a naval or army man in enemy territory in time of war.
[[left margin]]flying[/left margin]] When Mrs. Barnaby was 16 years of age, and resided near New York City, her brother, Charles meyers, introduced her to George (Buck) Weaver, who was experimenting [[strikethrough]] with toy gliders [/strikethrough]] while endeavoring to acquire a complete knowledge of the theory of aviation. Weaver was immersed in aviation, body and soul[d]. The lovely school girl, who had absorbed some of her brother's interest in aviation, became Weaver's firm friend and the one in whom he confided all of his plans.
Friendship quickly developed into love and they were married, the young husband's soul fired by a desire to achieve and the young matron consumed by the ambition to prove herself his greatest helper. Her father, William C. Meyers, was a printer employed upon a metropolitan newspaper, a man of education, refinement and understanding, who gave his daughter and his son-in-law all the encouragement at his command. 
From her grandfather, Charles Meyers, once an editor of the New York Sun, she had acquired literary talent that drew to her bright minds whom she quickly converted into firm friends of herself and her husband.
Weaver and his brother-in-law, accompanied by Mrs. Weaver, traveled the country over, barnstorming in a second-hand plane, sometimes flush with funds and quite often flat broke, but always acquiring information to make possible the fulfillments of Weaver's dream of becoming a dominant force in aviation. Quietly, and at great sacrifice, following their World War service, Weaver and Myers assembled an engine of the former's design and constructed an airship after a model Weaver had created as result of his profound study of small gliders. It was an unqualified success, and promptly Weaver incorporated the Waco Company, the "W" standing for Weaver, "a" for aircraft, and "co" for company.
This concern, sadly in need of financing, was the parent of the present Waco airplane, now known the world over. Mrs. Weaver, who had presented her husband with Buck Weaver Jr., now 12 years of age, and with his mother in this city, somehow managed to be mother, nurse, housekeeper, active member of the new company and confidential adviser of her husband.
At a moment when it seemed the new Weaver airplane, the Waco Cootie, was to bring its inventor and owner riches, he was fatally injured in an airplane crash.
In her hours of darkness and despair, following her husband's death, Mrs. Weaver found in one o her husband's associates, Elwood Junkin, a devoted friend who asked only to be of service to her and who, in many ways, proved a friend indeed in her early widowhood.  Ultimately her heart turned to him and they were married quietly, but again fate decreed her pathway should lead into the valley of death, and ere their honeymoon was really ended the young man was seized by a heart weakness that caused his death within a few months.
Shortly after his passing the young woman again became a 

[[image caption]] She's air minded and pet minded, too, judging from this picture [/image caption]]

mother, a tiny little girl coming to claim her attention and to lift, to some extent, the burden, of sorrow that seemed more than she could bear. Handicapped by two children and in uncertain health, the doubly bereaved young woman faced the future with a grim determination to keep and rear her treasures and despite repeated failure, financial difficulties and heartbreaking experiences kept her family together and provided for all their needs.
In her spare hours she used her literary talents to produce articles on aviation that found a ready magazine market and added to her insufficient regular income. Her days were spent in office work, her early evenings were devoted to her children and the midnight oil used to aid her in writing about aviation, its past and future, that she might advance its interests and at the same time secure needed funds.
Then into her life came Lieutenant Barnaby, a student of aviation who had determined to make it his life work, and their kindred interest kindled anew the fires of her affections and ultimately they were married.  Now, in their attractive home in Washington, they live in a world of aviation with distinguished pilots and airplane builders as ever present guests. When Lieutenant Barnaby became interested in gliding his wife saw an opportunity to make it pave the way for her active entrance into aviation and last last year, when the first glider and soaring meet was held here, she accompanied her husband to Elmira to become a glider pilot.
While Lieutenant Barnaby was flying scheduled contest events his associates were teaching Mrs. Barnaby how to glide and at the close of the meet she was recognized as competent to seek a license. Returning to Washington she continued her lessons and a few weeks before the opening of the present meet passed a rigid test and received from the department of commerce her long coveted license. Without loss of time she entered the contest now being held here and with her husband arrived a day ahead of the opening of the meet.
Attired in a regulation flying suite that refuses to appear masculine upon her dainty form, she gave several thousand Elmira's a demonstration of her skill in the glider of the United States Volunteer Air Service and announced her intention of entering every contest during the ensuing two weeks. Male pilots welcomed her cordially for they had learned from past experience she asked no favors on account of her sex but demanded to be recognized solely as a sportsman among sportsmen.
Mrs. Barnaby will not be the only woman contestant, however, as Mrs. Russel Holderman of Leroy is also entered as a contest pilot. She is the wife of Major Holderman, head of the D.W. Airport at Leroy and an accomplished glider pilot. She received her instruction from W. Hawley Bowlus, former American glider champion, designed fo the Bowlus glider and instructor of Colonel and Mrs. C. A. Lindbergh, when they took up gliding more than a year ago.
This second annual glider and soaring contest is sponsored by the Elmira Association of Commerce, of which Malcolm J. Wilson is manager. Former Mayor J. Norton Wood is chairman of the general committee, while Donald F. Walker, Detroit, manager of the N.G.A., is in charge of the contest events. 
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