Marvell Crosson Died in Powder Puff Derby

   Marvell Crosson was the only pilot to die in the Powder Puff Derby. She was a very fine pilot who flew was a bush pilot in Alaska. She an her bother Joe went to Alaska because they knew that there were many jobs there. They intended to start an airline but the racing bug hit Marvel.
Before The Derby Marvel flew the entire course to know the route. She had the fastest plane in the race and was favored to be the winner. She was warned of sabotage because her plane was so much faster than the other planes. Marvel wasn’t deterred. She was confident that she would win.
After winning Marvel planned to go back to Alaska to build a home and continue to develop the airline business with her brother. She wasn’t afraid or concerned about the warnings of sabotage.
Unfortunately, she had problems right away. She damaged the left-wing after an accident. That was easy to fix but soon she developed engine trouble. She was an experienced pilot…how could this happen! Well it happened. By definition, it was an accident. No one knew where she was until her body was found in the desert of Arizona. The women of The Derby were shocked. Marvel was one of the most qualified pilots in the race.
Marvel’s body was found near her plane. Residents of the town of Welton, Arizona saw a plane falling out of the sky. Reports said her probably tried to jump to safety. It seemed that her plane developed engine trouble.She probably bailed out too low so her parachute couldn’t open in order to save her. It was so sad…this beautiful, talented lady found with broken bones and her parachute wrapped around her. She probably tried to pull the rip cord but it didn’t work.

  The women pilots said they needed to continue in Marvel’s honor. Unfortunately, the participants believed that sabotage was responsible for their problems.

Why I Didn’t Post

why I haven’t Posted

 

When I started my blog I said that I would post 3 times a week. Then it changed to 2 and then a week went by and I didn’t post anything. I want to explain why this happened.

My father died in 1986 and I was left a treasure. It was an old suitcase that belo ged to his sister. Vicky died in 1971 and I was so excited about the contents of this suitcase. I have told you in my beginning post but I think that it’s necessary to repeat this information.

I really never thought much about Vicky till I inherited the contents of this suitcase. It contained paraphernalia of Vicky’s life. I divide it into sections. 1. Her travel photos, newspaper clippings of her marriage and her high life of being related to William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors.

I became fascinated about Vicky and started researching everything about her life. Well  there wasn’t much on the Web about Vicky so I researched everything remotely connected with her. This research led to more tha  3,000 pages of research.

I made folders on top of folders with information about the 30’s and women pilots of that era. I had no experience in research so I just threw everything into folders. For example, any time I found information about women pilots I put them in a folder called WOMEN. No order just WOMEN.

Now I am going back and dividing the folder into sub-folders with the womans name. The bginni g reason for my blog was to acquaint the general public with women pioneer pilots. I found out that few knew any of these women. I decided I would write about Vicky but also other women pilots.

I made a presentation entitled Their’s More Than Amelìa. I will restart these presentations again and offer a product of index cards that will help the general public learn about these women. No one should only be know when they die. But that’s just what happened. I think it’s important that we know there’s more than Amelia.

Now I must get to the point of this post…I researched without any method. Now I am going back to the research and filling in the gaps. For example…growing up I learned that Vicky had a flying school in Juneau, Alaska. I found I formation that states Vicky’s address listed as General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Nothing more. Recently, I found on Ancestry.Com that Vicky was employed as a waitress in Juneau, Alaska. Again I know nothing more. I do know that Vicky and George did have a flying school in Alameda, California. I never wrote the Historical Society in Juneau.

Here comes my reason why the quantity of my posts are dropping. I have to do more research on many subjects. I want my posts to be as accurate as possible.  I may be repeating some information as I fill in the blanks of Vickys lìfe. I am going through my research and putting it in a better order.

Why is this important to me? I want the facts accurate but I also want to know more about Vicky. The information in the suitcase is skimpy so I am trying to find more.

I hope that you all stay with me on my blog. I will try to post as quickly as I can. But, now you know the reason I don’t post as frequently as before.

Stay with me and I promise a  log with stories that will fascinate you. Stories of lost love and intrigue. I will write stories that will entertain and surprise you.

I am going to surprise you now. After Vickys flying days she became a Secret Service Detective on a train.

Vicky sure had an amazing life and one that I want to tell you.

If you aren’t following me now I’m sure you will click that follow button, and put in your email address and enjoy every new story I post. http://www.vintageaviation.wordpress.com

why I haven’t Posted

 

When I started my blog I said that I would post 3 times a week. Then it changed to 2 and then a week went by and I didn’t post anything. I want to explain why this happened.

My father died in 1986 and I was left a treasure. It was an old suitcase that belo ged to his sister. Vicky died in 1971 and I was so excited about the contents of this suitcase. I have told you in my beginning post but I think that it’s necessary to repeat this information.

I really never thought much about Vicky till I inherited the contents of this suitcase. It contained paraphernalia of Vicky’s life. I divide it into sections. 1. Her travel photos, newspaper clippings of her marriage and her high life of being related to William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors.

I became fascinated about Vicky and started researching everything about her life. Well  there wasn’t much on the Web about Vicky so I researched everything remotely connected with her. This research led to more tha  3,000 pages of research.

I made folders on top of folders with information about the 30’s and women pilots of that era. I had no experience in research so I just threw everything into folders. For example, any time I found information about women pilots I put them in a folder called WOMEN. No order just WOMEN.

Now I am going back and dividing the folder into sub-folders with the womens name. The bginni g reason for my blog was to acquaint the general public with women pioneer pilots. I found out that few knew any of these women. I decided I would write about Vicky but also other women pilots.

I made a presentation entitled Their’s More Than Amelìa. I will restart these presentations again and offer a product of index cards that will help the general public learn about these women. No one should only be know when they die. But that’s just what happened. I think it’s important that we know there’s more than Amelia.

Now I must get to the point of this post…I researched without any method. Now I am going back to the research and fillimg in the gaps. For example…growing up I learned that Vicky had a flying school in Juneau, Alaska. I found I formation that statec Vicky’s address listed as General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Nothing more. Recently, I found on Ancestry.Com that Vicky was employed as a waitress in Juneau, Alaska. Again I know nothing more. I do know that Vicky and George did have a flying school in Alamada, California. I never wrote the Historical Society in Juneau.

Here comes my reason why the quantity of my posts are dropping. I have to do more research on many subjects. I want my posts to be as accurate as possible.  I may be repeating some information as I fill in the blanks of Vickys lìfe. I am going through my research and putting it in a better order.

Why is this important to me? I want the facts accurate but I also want to know more about Vicky. The information in the suitcase is skimpy so I am trying to find more.

I hope that you all stay with me on my blog. I will try to post as quickly as I can. But, now you know the reason I don’t post as frequently as before.

Stay with me and I promise a  log with stories that will fascinate you. Stories of lost love and intrigue. I will write stories that will entertain and surprise you.

I am going to surprise you now. After Vickys flying days she became a Secret Service Detective on a train.

Vicky sure had an amazing life and one that I want to tell you.

If you aren’t following me now I’m sure you will click that follow button, and put in your email address and enjoy every new story I post. http://www.vintageaviation.wordpress.com

why I haven’t Posted

 

When I started my blog I said that I would post 3 times a week. Then it changed to 2 and then a week went by and I didn’t post anything. I want to explain why this happened.

My father died in 1986 and I was left a treasure. It was an old suitcase that belonged to his sister. Vicky died in 1971 and I was so excited about the contents of this suitcase. I have told you in my beginning post but I think that it’s necessary to repeat this information.

I really never thought much about Vicky till I inherited the contents of this suitcase. It contained paraphernalia of Vicky’s life. I divide it into sections. 1. Her travel photos, newspaper clippings of her marriage and her high life of being related to William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors.

I became fascinated about Vicky and started researching everything about her life. Well  there wasn’t much on the Web about Vicky so I researched everything remotely connected with her. This research led to more tha  3,000 pages of research.

I made folders on top of folders with information about the 30’s and women pilots of that era. I had no experience in research so I just threw everything into folders. For example, any time I found information about women pilots I put them in a folder called WOMEN. No order just WOMEN.

Now I am going back and dividing the folder into sub-folders with the womens name. The reason for my blog was to acquaint the general public with women pioneer pilots. I found out that few knew any of these women. I decided I would write about Vicky but also other women pilots.

I made a presentation entitled Their’s More Than Amelìa. I will restart these presentations again and offer a product of index cards that will help the general public learn about these women. No one should only be know when they die. But that’s just what happened. I think it’s important that we know there’s more than Amelia.

Now I must get to the point of this post…I researched without any method. Now I am going back to the research and filling in the gaps. For example…growing up I learned that Vicky had a flying school in Juneau, Alaska. I found I formation that states Vicky’s address listed as General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Nothing more. Recently, I found on Ancestry.Com that Vicky was employed as a waitress in Juneau, Alaska. Again I know nothing more. I do know that Vicky and George did have a flying school in Alameda, California. I never wrote the Historical Society in Juneau.

Here comes my reason why the quantity of my posts are dropping. I have to do more research on many subjects. I want my posts to be as accurate as possible.  I may be repeating some information as I fill in the blanks of Vickys lìfe. I am going through my research and putting it in a better order.

Why is this important to me? I want the facts accurate but I also want to know more about Vicky. The information in the suitcase is skimpy so I am trying to find more.

I hope that you all stay with me on my blog. I will try to post as quickly as I can. But, now you know the reason I don’t post as frequently as before.

Stay with me and I promise a  log with stories that will fascinate you. Stories of lost love and intrigue. I will write stories that will entertain and surprise you.

I am going to surprise you now. After Vickys flying days she became a Secret Service Detective on a train.

Vicky sure had an amazing life and one that I want to tell you.

If you aren’t following me now I’m sure you will click that follow button, and put in your email address and enjoy every new story I post. http://www.vintageaviation.wordpress.com