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MARJORIE STINSON

Early Wright Pilot - Instructor

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Marjorie Stinson was born at Fort Payne, Alabama where whe [[she]] attended local schools, then Millsaps College,Mississippi, and George Washington University Law School in Washington, D. C.

Her older sister, Katherine, learned to fly in 1912, then with their mother formed the Stinson Aviation Company in the spring of 1913 to conduct an aviation business. That season Katherine firmly established herself as a renowned exhibition pilot and Marge, encouraged by her sister's success, became determined to learn to fly.

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As a result she entered the Wright Flying School, at Dayton, Ohio, in mid-June, 1914, where she was taught to fly by Howard Rinehart. She flew her tests for pilot license on August 1st and was granted F.A.I. Certificate No. 303 on August 8, 1914, on a Wright Flying school. On August 5th Marge joined Katherine, who was flying at Overland Park, Kansas City, Missouri, and there Marge made her first public exhibition flights. Following this event the sisters made their headquaters at Cicero Field, Chicago, Where Marge continued her practice through the fall of 1914.

During the winter of 1914-1915 Marge and Katherine established their headquaters at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, where they carried passengers and continued practice flying. At that time their brothers, Ed and Jack, were assistants and mechanics and the girls were giving them instruction. The family now lived in San Antonio. That winter the two girls devoted considerable time to promoting interest in aviation in the schools. They organized and lectured to model airplane clubs and gave plane rides as a prize to contest winners.

In May, 1915, Marge tried to start an airmail route between San Antonio and Sequin, Texas. Arrangements were made with the postmasters of both

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