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VOLUME 19, NO. 39


THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010


COMPLIMENTARY 12th


Annual Gathering Of


Marines Sat., Nov. 13 in Laconia Lt. Colonel Joseph Kenney To Be Honored


Marines, past and pres-


Winnipesaukee Air Service personnel in the late 1930s. At left is thought to be mechanic Caleb Marston, followed left to right by Bill Cannon, Hugh Cannon with Chummy, Floyd Miller, Ben Horrigan, and Lester Drew. AUTHOR’S COLLECTION


A HISTORY OF AVIATION AT THE WEIRS


by Jane Rice Contributing Writer


Aviation at the Weirs has a long


and colorful history that dates back nearly a century to a summer week in 1912, when pioneer aviator Harry Atwood brought his famous Wright Model B on floats to the Weirs as a tourist attraction. Less than 9 years after the first primitive flight at Kitty Hawk, the Wrights had trained a number of pilots who were making exhibition


flights around the country, setting new records for distance and alti- tude from week to week. First to fly in New Hampshire was Arch Hox- sey, who flew at the Rochester Fair in September, 1910. Another pio- neer, Harry Atwood, learned to fly in the spring of 1911, and made a record-setting flight from Boston to Nashua, Manchester and Pittsfield, in June, 1911. He had planned to reach Laconia on that flight, but was delayed by the excited crowds at his earlier stops and darkness


overtook him in Pittsfield. Later that summer, he flew to Washing- ton, D.C. and landed on the White House lawn to give President Taft a close-up look at the sensational new flying machines. Perhaps it was this near-miss of


Laconia’s first flight that inspired Weirs promoter Frank McGrath to hire Atwood to display his plane at the Weirs in 1912, where he arrived on July 20. He was engaged for a period of one week, but owing to poor fly-


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ent, from all corners of New Hampshire, will come together to honor Joseph Kenney, a Lt. Colonel in the United States Ma- rine Corps Reserve and former legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and State Senate, and 2008 Republican candidate for Governor, during the 12th Annual “Gathering” of Ma- rines on Saturday, Novem- ber 13th at the Margate on Winnipesaukee Hotel lo- cated at 76 Lake Street in Laconia, New Hampshire. This year Marines and


Naval Corpsmen who are attached to Marine Corps units stationed around the world, as well as those who See MARINES on 22


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