Newspaper Articles

Below are newspaper articles that are about Vicky. They are not complete but I will include any information I have available. Some of these I have scanned them but they are not clear. I hope that you will be able to read them. In case you can’t I will write part of the articles.

Mrs. Lederer Hunts Missing Husband.  The New York Times: April, 14, 1927. When Vicky’s second husband, Ward Lederer walked away from her she looked all over for him. He left their home at 135 East Fiftieth St. on Jan. 27, 1925. She never saw him after that. She looked for him on her own because she thought she could find him herself. She found out that he was definitely in Albuquerque, New Mexico but she couldn’t find him their. After two years she finally went to the police to help her. She felt that Ward’s mother knew where he was but couldn’t prove it. She told the police that Ward was the brother-in-law of millionaire automobile magnate William C. Durant. Vicky thought his mother was sending him money. Vicky also was sent money but she hated and said “I want my life straightened out.” “I am not going to live on their charity.” She didn’t want a divorce but “wanted to be accorded enough respect to be given some status in life.”  She was twenty-five and alone neither unmarried or married.” She became so sick that she wasn’t able to work as she had done in past years.

I felt so sorry for her when I read about her trouble. Dysfunctional families exist today just as they did in Vicky’s lifetime. 

Another article described the group of people who were part of the Polar Bear Club. They flew out into Lake Michigan in the winter on New Years Day. Vicky was part of this group. The article doesn’t mention Vicky but my parents told me that she swam out to the Lake Michigan Crib in the winter.

The Mercury Herald, Wednesday Morning, Sept. 30, 1031. Grooming For Pacific Flight. Picture of Vicky and plane to be used in Pacific flight.

The Stinson cabin plane, formerly operated here (San Francisco) by Mead and Orr Flying service, in which an attempt will be made to fly from Honolulu to the San Francisco bay area, is now being overhauled for the flight. Miss Victorine Lederer, diminutive aviatrix, who will draw lots with five men for a chance to pilot the plane. (Mercury Herald Photos.) 

(paper, date missing, part of clipping.)  Contestants : Victorine Lederer  25-year-old pilot from Roosevelt Field. New York, Roy Metz, expert mechanic and flyer,  J.V. Hyde, Texas flyer, and Hudson Mead, formerly a proprietor of the San Jose Airport. (San Francisco, Mercury Herald, Oct.6,1931) past the half-way point from Honolulu. Plane is functioning fine even though it is encountering heavy fog.

Just Plane Gambler was the title of one article.

Vicky and the roll of the dice

J. K. Von Althaus, World War Ace, and member of Baron Von Richtofen’s “air Circus” pride of the German air Force and owner of the Stinson monoplane said that “it will be purely a commercial venture. We expect to pay expenses by charging stamp collecting letters and others $100 each to carry letters for them in what would be the first time that the mail was flown between the islands and the mainland.”

Tests flights of the Stinson monoplane will begin later this week. Von Althaus said he expected the plane to lift 500 gallons of gasoline at the takeoff, possibly from the famous “Barking Sands” on the island of Maui.  There will need gasoline for the thirty-five hour flight. This would be sufficient for 2,200 miles, Von Althaus said.

The plane was named “The Hawaii.” by Raymond C. Brown, acting governor of Hawaii.  

(Mercury Herald, September 30, 1931,) Local Plane May Be Flown By  Girl 

If there is a forced descent a life raft, invented by Lieutenant George P. Tourtrtelellot, a Weaver Field aviator. It can be used within seconds.

The pilots arrived aboard the ship, The Calvin Coolidge. They will move the plane which they hope to fly from Honolulu to the John Rogers Airport where the plane will be assembled after test flights. Other airports in Hawaii will be looked at for possible paces to land.

Repairing plane for a historic flight.

Repairing plane for a historic flight.

She said “ I think that the public should have confidence in women fliers. It will come someday.” Miss Newcomer was a specialty dancer before she became a pilot.

(San Francisco, Mercury Herald, Oct.6,1931) past the half-way point from Honolulu. Plane is functioning fine even though it is encountering heavy fog.

(Detroit News) The Flying Ladies Have Their Day At Air Show. Vicky and Ed Newcomer participated in the National Aircraft Show  in Detroit. Visitors came from all over the country to see this show. This show was sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s Aeronautical Association

(no paper name or date) Title” Women Fliers Visiting Here: Mrs. Edna Newcomer, and Miss Victorine Lederer, both licensed  pilots of Roosevelt Field L Roosevelt, L. I, New York. Miss Newcomer is the daughter of Mrs. John G. Newcomer. The women are guests of the home of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Rohrer of 1959 Franklin Street.It is said that both women were spectacular in their flying routines.

They drove from Detroit to New York in a midget car. Amazingly,  they spent only $3. 94 for the entire trip. They represented Roosevelt field in the air show. The show took place on April 11th to the 19th. After finishing the air show they will drive to New York again.

Miss Newcomer learned to fly just two years before the show. The two women represented Roosevelt Field as the only two honorary members of the New York Ariel Police. Miss Lederer was excited about this unique show. During this show a special was called “Michigan Day.” Governor     Bruckner of Michigan was there.

(Detroit News) Four men and one women will draw lots for a chance to make historic flight from Honolulu to San Francisco ) California.

Mrs. Lederer, of 420 Diversey Parkway, Chicago, was the only licensed Jewish aviatrix in the United States.

(San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday October 6, 1931) ” Cast Die For Joust With Fate.”Picture of Vicky and five other men hoping to pilot the important flight.

The San Francisco Examiner also published an article entitled “Just Plane Gambler.” The flight where Vicky Vied with 5 men never took off. Years later Amelia made that flight. This feat added to her fame. Vicky’s fame faded but she tried to be in this historic race to push the world of flight to a more advanced level. It is interesting to note that Amelia crashed on her first try to leave Honolulu.

(September 30, 1930) Fliers Map Hawaii Flight, Log Weather Days,  and To Carry Reserve Fuel, Stinson Monoplane, formerly  operated by The Mead and Orr Flying Service.

(no date or new name of paper) Plane Tested For Flight In Honolulu) Official Orders after repairs.

Plane To Make Maui to U. S. Hop

(Mercury Herald, October 5, 1931) “Ready For Ocean Hop” Picture of Harry Forres, member of team that would fly from Honolulu to San Francisco. Honolulu Flight Plane Is Given First Air Test. Inspection is made at Oakland Municipal Airport.

San Francisco News September 29, 1931. Plane Lands Here 

(San Francisco Examiner, September 30, 1931) “Just Plane Gambler” Vicky was always willing to take a chance. This article recounted her brush with fame.

The Flying Ladies Have Their Day At Air Show. Newcomer participated in the National Aircraft Show  in Detroit. Visitors came from all over the country to see this show. This show was sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s Aeronautical Association

(no paper name or date) Title” Women Fliers Visiting Here: Mrs. Edna Newcomer, and Miss Victorine Lederer, both licensed  pilots of Roosevelt Field L Roosevelt, L. I, New York. Miss Newcomer is the daughter of Mrs. John G. Newcomer. The women are guests of the home of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Rohrer of 1959 Franklin Street.It is said that both women were spectacular in their flying routines.

Miss Newcomer learned to fly just two years before the show. The two women represented Roosevelt Field as the only two honorary members of the New York Ariel Police. Miss Lederer was excited about this unique show. During this show a special was called “Michigan Day.” Governor Bruckner of Michigan was there.

(no paper name or date) Title” Women Fliers Visiting Here: Mrs. Edna Newcomer, and Miss Victorine Lederer, both licensed  pilots of Roosevelt Field L Roosevelt, L. I, New York. Miss Newcomer is the daughter of Mrs. John G. Newcomer. The women are guests of the home of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Rohrer of 1959 Franklin Street.It is said that both women were spectacular in their flying routines.

They drove from Detroit to New York in a midget car. Amazingly, they spent only $3. 96 on the trip. They represented Roosevelt field in the air show. The show took place on April 11th to the 19th. After finishing the air show they will drive to New York again.

They drove from Detroit to New York in a midget car. Amazingly,  they spent only $3. 96 on the entire trip. They represented Roosevelt field in the air show. The show took place on April 11th to the 19th. After finishing the air show they will drive to New York again.

Miss Newcomer learned to fly just two years before the show. The two women represented Roosevelt Field as the only two honorary members of the New York Ariel Police. Miss Lederer was excited about the ability in women flyers. She said “ I think that the public should have confidence in women fliers. It will come someday.” Miss Newcomer was a specialty dancer before she became a pilot.”

Governor Wilber M. Brucker  of Michigan Visits Air Show Today. The National Aircraft Association sponsored this unique event. The show was a way for aircraft manufactures to display and sell their planes. It also featured an air show where many woman pilots would show their expertise. My aunt and Edna Newcomer were two of the featured flyers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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