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it. During his last flight the column broke. Alys saw him trying to take hold of the stub and the loose control cables while the airplane was in a dive, but he could not regain control. Later examination of the control column revealed that it had broken apart at a crack, undoubtedly caused by the bending and straightening. After the tragedy she gave up flying until November, 1913, when she made several flights at Harbor Island, Seattle, Washington, for the movies. She did some flying on the West Coast again in 1914. In 1915 she joined the Benoist Aircraft Company at St. Louis, Missouri, then later at Sandusky, Ohio, where she served as an instructor and she did some flying. In October, 1916, she was employed as an instructor by the Scientific Aeroplane Company flying school at Stratford, Connecticut. During World War-I, Alys was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company at Akron, Ohio, where she worked on military blimps. Following this she became a diver and did professional underwater work repairing wharves and ships, and also did some work with carnival shows. She then became a jewelry and cosmetics sales-lady for various firms and a physician's assistant. While with him she often prepared medicines and salves. About 1934 she moved to Washington, D.C. where she made a living selling a salve that was beneficial for muscular pains, naming it "Alys-B-Cream." During World War II she took a course in welding and was employed at the Washington National Airport repairing metal parts of transports. She died September 6, 1954, at age 74. SA few days before her death she asked a close friend, Paul Garber, to conduct her funeral. She said, "Get the gang together and then go for a happy flight and a good meal." So they did, in Billy Parker's Lockheed-14. All agreed it was the kind of funeral any flier would approve. 3
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