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FROM THE
FLYING PIONEERS BIOGRAPHIES
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called the "Haddock" for a man by that name, which Ivy operated some in 1909. On October 11th, 1909 Ivy and J.C. Irvine made an ascension in the balloon "Queen of the Pacific" at the Oakland, California Aero Club Balloon Races. 

On April 2nd, 1910 Ivy and R.W. Martland flew the Queen of the Pacific from Oakland to Tracey, California. That summer Ivy's interest turned to flying and during October he purchased and was trying to learn to fly a Curtiss-type pusher bi-plane, powered by a 4-cylinder Hall-Scott engine, at the Parade Grounds of the Presidio at San Francisco. After many trials and tribulations with numerous smashups he succeeded in making some short flights. He had the urge to fly around Alcatraz Island and through the Golden Gate, but crashed on take-off.

In January, 1911 he made some short flights with his machine at the Hope Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, then undertook some exhibition flying. In May his plane was badly wrecked when his mechanic tried to fly the plane without permission and it was necessary to send it to the California Aero Manufacturing Company in San Francisco to be rebuilt.

In January, 1912 Ivy organized Baldwin & Company and was building a new Curtiss-type plane, to be powered by a 80 H.P. Frederickson engine, at Elmhurst, California. In April he flew this plane at Sunset Field, Alameda, California where he soon installed a 4-cylinder opposed-type engine built by Fredrickson.

In 1913, he returned to Denver where he contracted to fly a twin-float hydro-aeroplane from Sloan's Lake at the Manhattan Beach resort. There he flew well and carried passengers that season. Evidently he gave up flying at the end of that season but never lost interest in show business and aeronautics. Reportedly he retired to a ranch 60 miles northwest of Denver, near Eldorado Springs, Colorado, and there, in 1928, announced the opening of his aviation tourist camp. He had made an airstrip and invited flying guests.



Just to prove that he could still do it, he again made two trips across South Boulder Creek Canyon on a tight wire, on his 82nd birthday.

His wife passed away in 1947, following which he continued to live alone on his ranch. After spending a lifetime defying death, Ivy died alone in his cabin on October 9, 1953, at age 87, survived by two sons and a daughter. Burial was at

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