Monday, December 1, 2008

Aviator's Wife, Sitting in a Biplane -- December 1, 2008

"Portrait of Mrs. James. C. Mars, aviator's wife, sitting in a biplane on Grant Park aviation field in Chicago, Illinois, during an aviation meet held between August 12 and 20, 1911."

James C (Bud) Mars was a pioneering aviator who lived until 1944. No one seems to know Mrs Mars' first name. He made demonstration flights in Asia in 1911.

The photo comes from the Library of Congress' wonderful American Memory site ( n057651, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.


debbie_m said...

I might know his wife's name, but hesitate to say for certain, because he had more than one marriage. The woman in the photo was probably named Marie, the woman who was married to him for 6 years as of the 1910 census. His WWI Draft Registration also show a wife named Marie Elizabeth. I don't know if she is the same Marie as the 1910 census person. I am trying to track his marriages down. Bud Mars is a distant relative of mine.

Joe Thompson said...

Debbie: Thank you for the comment. It would be nice to know if that is Marie. What a neat relative to have.

Joe Thompson ;0)