In 1933 Vicky asked the Department of Commerce to change her address from Roosevelt Field Hotel. This was adjacent to the flying field. It is confusing whether Vicky learned to fly at Roosevelt Field or another school. I do know that she had a pass a temporary pass to the air field. This hotel is for pilots that flew out of the field. It was Lindbergh’s field and Amelia’s. I don’t know if Vicky knew them but I’m sure they influenced her. They became icons that influenced pilots that came after them.The Department of Commerce stated that she flew 57 hours and 35 minutes.Another record stated that she lived with my aunt, her sister-in-law at 534 Addison. Then she moved to 420 Diversey Parkway. She lived at so many places. Medical records from 1937 listed she was living with my dad at 392 Frontier.In the last her address was listed as Vicky Lederer % General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Ancestry.com listed that Vicky’s worked as a waitress in Juneau. My family told me that Vicky had a flying school in that city. I don’t know the truth. I hope to get more information from the Juneau Historical Museum.
I will add more information in another post. Vicky’s life was such a mystery to me. I am trying to find the truth. If I don’t her life will remain an interesting mystery.
This post will give information about my immediate family and my family further back. It will include myself, my mother, father, uncles, aunts, grandmother, grandfather, my great grandfather.
- I was born on March 14, 1946.
- My father: Francis Foster Florsheim
- My mother: Isabelle (maiden name: Rosenthal)
- My brother: Bruce Florsheim
- Grandmother on my mothers side: Cora (maiden name Cooper)
- Grandmother on my mothers side: Gertrude (maiden name Driarski)
- Uncle: Lee Florsheim
- Aunt Paula Lucille Hirschfield
- Uncle: Lee Florsheim
I have three children and six grandchildren and many cousins.
This a picture of Vicky. Maybe it was taken in San Diego.
Don’t know if it’s a Durant car.
Most of the pictures are from the late 20’s or 3o’s. They are in bad condition but some people say I should leave them alone because they look more authentic.
Elinor Smith was flew under the four bridges that lead to Manhattan. It was quite a stunt and gave her some free publicity. This was against the law and she almost lost her license because of her flight. It was only suspended for a few days. She entered this stunt on a dare and everyone thought she would get killed due to the turbulence and the many ships that go through that area. But I was successful. She was only 17 and she was so foolish when she took a dare to fly under the bridges. No man or woman had ever accomplished this before. The newspaper men decided that they would film my flight to make sure that she actually flying.
After successfully completing this stunt boats were blowing their horns and people cheering. She thought she would get killed due to the turbulence and the many ships that go through that area. She even had to to fly sideways around the Statue of Liberty. She made it and boats were blowing their horns and people were cheering.
She appeared at the state legislature hearings to testify that tension the wires that surrounded airports were hazardous. Elinor was a strong advocate for safe flying not only for women but all pilots Her license was suspended for a few days. She was lucky she because her license was suspended for a few days. It could have been worse…she could have lost her license.
Everyone believes that Amelia was the best woman pilot in the world. Amelia said that Elinor was the best pilot. If Amelia hadn’t gotten lost maybe Elinor would be an iconic name in aviation. I am not trying to diminish the fact that Amelia was a great pilot and believed that women could be equal to men. Amelia got all of the publicity but Elinor really was an outstanding pilot too.
1933 Vicky asked the Department of Commerce to change her address from the Roosevelt Field to Hotel Shelton in San Francisco. She lived in one address after another. Another record stated that she lived with her sister-in-law Mrs. Lee Florsheim. Another address was 420 Addison. Then she lived at 420 Diversey in Chicago. She lived with my dad at 3923 Frontier.
Her last address was Victorine Lederer % General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Ancestry.com listed her work as a waitress in that city. I really don’t know the truth.My family told me that she had a flying school in Juneau. I hope to find out more information from the Juneau Historical Museum. I will add more to this blog as I find out more.
So many mysteries about Vicky. Maybe I’ll unravel some more about Vicky. If not Vicky will remain a wonder mystery to me.