More Facts About Vicky

unknown man …maybe on a ship that Vicky took to Europe.

My research said that Vicky was a bush pilot in Juneau. If she was she would have had a hard time. There were very few women pilots in the 30′ in the US let alone Alaska. I will write the Juneau Historical Society and see if they have any records about her. Other research said she was a waitress. Who knows. Another mystery about Vicky.

Vicky was a risk taker and courageous.  I think that she was not afraid of danger or the unknown. These were the character traits of other women pilots. Vicky took flying lessons at Roosevelt field and stayed the Roosevelt Field Hotel. It was a place for dancing in the huge ballroom. It’s funny but I can picture so much about Vicky but I wish that I had asked my parents about her. But that wouldn’t have worked. My mom really didn’t like her. At the hotel they could eat outside on warm sunny days. The eating area overlooked the field and they could watch the planes land and takeoff. Roosevelt Field was the most famous airfield and everything was made for the pilots safety. The field had asphalt runways so was the perfect place to learn to fly.

When women started flying in great numbers people wondered if flying was safe for women. Are they physically fit? Instructors wondered if women could learn because their lack of mechanical knowledge. Women learned to fly for sport. They believed, it was a wholesome sport and adventure. But others took the idea of flying as serious business. They wanted to learn. But after getting their license they were restricted in finding jobs. Most women ended up selling planes, or writing writing about planes. Maybe Vicky was one of the women who didn’t care what men thought. She just wanted to fly.

When her husband walked out on her Vicky reported Ward missing two years later in 1927. She looked for Ward on her own for 2 years because she didn’t want the publicity. When the police were alerted they tried to talk to Wards mother Mrs. Anna D. Lederer, his sister Catherine Durant…neither would give any information to the police. Vicky stayed temporarily at the Hotel Manager. Vicky didn’t want to live on the family’s charity but she sure changed her mind.
It was such a mystery where Ward was living but she was tired of looking for him. Vicky said “Now I am neither unmarried or married. (New York Times, April 4, 1927)
Ward wasn’t honest with his own wife. Now could he marry another woman and not give Vicky the courtesy of divorcing Vicky. She loved the parties the drinking, and the high life but she loved Ward more. Vicky made herself so sick that she couldn’t work and she didn’t know how she would survive. She decided that she had to accept the money from Wards family. It was then that she went traveling and then learned to fly. When the world was in crisis Vicky lived well.



Memorabilia from Raymere

Vicky and two unknown people at Rayner

Vicky and Ward

Fourteen room mansion owed by William C. Durant

I will post many pictures from my aunts memorabilia. Again, there are no captions so I will describe the pictures the best I can. Some of these pictures show Vicky and Ward Lederer, her second husband. I will show more pictures of  Vicky and others at Raymere in other posts.

Raymere was designed by Albert Gottlieb in 1909. Originally, it was the Jacob Rothschild estate. It

was later owned by William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors. My aunt was related to

Durant by marriage because her sister-in-law married Durant. Vicky must have had a great time in that mansion. This was the end of the twenties before the start of the Great Depression. I wish I had exact dates but I know that this was extreme opulence.


Dad, Vicky and Ward at Raymere

wpid-dad-and-vic-at-raymere.jpg.jpegMy dad is kneeling and my aunt and her husband, Ward Lederer are on the far right. I have no idea who the other people are. They are standing in front of Raymere, the fourteen bedroom of home of William C. Durant. My Dad told me he didn’t know which spoon to use when he visited Vicky!

I hope that someone can recognize the others in the picture. It’s the only picture I have of my dad with his sister Vicky. I think that the picture was taken in the late 20’s.

Vicky’s Husbands

I have told you about some facts about Vicky’s husband but I never told you about her first husband. I thought that my aunt had two husbands but I discovered that she had three. On I discovered that Vicky was married to a man named Nathan Potter. I found her Certificate and Record of Marriage.

Nathan Potter's marriage certifcate

Nathan Potters Certificate of Marriage

He was born in Enfield, Massachusetts on April 30, 1983 in Enfield, Massachusetts.  They married on September 5, 1915 on September 3, 1915.This was the first marriage for Vicky and Nathan. They were married in the Borough of New York, City of New York

I don’t know how my aunt met Nathan but I know that at this time but she lived 325 W. 58th and Nathan lived at 238 W.56th St.him. Vicky was raised in the Jewish faith she married in a church in Manhattan. I guess Nathan was not Jewish but I have no information about him except that he was an artist. Nathan’s father was also  and designed Lions  front of the New York Public library.

Other than these facts I know nothing about Nathan Potter. I don’t even know when Vicky and her husband were divorced. I wrote the State Of New York Records department and was informed that divorce records for the date of marriage were not available. Nathan died on November 25, 1934 at Lyme, Connecticut. New London County, Connecticut.Services were held Wednesday November 28, 1934, in the chapel at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

I have written about Vicky’s second husband  Ward  Henry Lederer in previous surprised posts but I will fill i new information that I have found, He was born in Jackson, Michigan on December 12, 1892. Before their marriage he lived at 33 West 51st St. Vicky lived at 800 Sheridan Avenue, Chicago. His Social Security number was 460-01-2443. He walked out from their New York Apartment and left Vicky for good. My aunt looked all over the country for him. During this difficult time Vicky lived at The Hotel Manger in New York. I could not find any information about this hotel. Vicky’s husbands family, and The her husbands in laws, Catherine and William C. Durant paid her to stay away from her husband.  The Durants lived at 1045 Park Ave. New York.

In 1935 Ward  convicted of cashing bad checks and was served his term in San Quetin Prison in 1935.

I Believe that he was married again before he divorced my aunt.  His last addresses was 77006 Houston, Harris, Texas. I am not sure that is accurate. He died in Harris, Texas. December 1961.

I learned that George parents where Luddgton Mattthew Tobey and Anna Laura LaMonte. Their children were Leatha Vignia Winfrey born in 1912, and James LaMonte Wright Judge. I hope that James Wright will email again. He said that George LaMonte was his grandfather.

vicky and ward - Copy

Ward was born on December 17, 1891 in Jackson Michigan. His social security number was 460-01-2443. He was 26 when he enlisted in the military. He served in the military from July 16, 1918 till May 3, 1919.

Ward and Vicky lived in Springfield, Massachusetts and they sold Durant cars. Ward was the president of Springfield Durant Car Company. He also represented the Samson Tractor Co. in Reno, NEVADO.also represented the Sampson Tractor Co. in Reno, Nevada

In 1920 he married my aunt in Yonkers, New York. He walked out of their New York mansion in New York.   I found out that he married again before he divorced Vicky. He lived in Houston at this time. Unfortunately, divorce records were not available at the time.

He died on June 1967.

Some of this information was from The rest was from my aunts memorabilia.

George Campbell LaMonte. (also known as George C. Tobey He was born on 1902 in New York wa her 3rd husband.mentioned previously in this post. I visited her in San Diego when I was about six. I could see from the picture I was about six and my brother might have been eleven. I wish that I could remember my aunt on that trip. I do recall that we went to a place called Knots Berry Farm and of course Disneyland. I wish I knew more about my aunt. My brother doesn’t remember anything either. I wish that I knew more about my aunt and George.George LaMonte

george and vicky on bicycle

This is a picture of George and Vicky. I only met him once and I didn’t know anything about him. He and Vicky lived in San Diego in an area called Point Loma. I fell in love with San Diego. I wish he knew more about him.

He died on October 10 1964. He was cremated at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego . See  the section of “Finding Vicky” for address of George and
Vicky’s addresses in San Diego.

Vicky didn’t have any children from her three marriage.





Aviation Country Club


















aviation country club

See the Beautiful Swimming Pool

The first Aviation Country Club was opened in Hicksville, Long Island. A branch in Chicago was supposed to open in card in Vicky’s memorabilia says that the club was located at Palwaukee Airport now located in the northwest suburbs of Wheeling and Prospects Heights.
The Aviation Country Club was patterned after Golf Clubs. It had all the amenities for the upper class members. The Club included Club airplanes, private member planes, machine shops, fueling facilities, and spectator stands for air shows. Members could commute to work and back. Members of one club were permitted to use other clubs in different cities. The Clubhouse had rooms to stay overnight, restaurants and a bar. One of the main attractions was the fully pilot training school.

Lindbergh, Guggenheim, Vanderbilt, and JP Morgan were the founding members of the Aviation Country Club. Even though Vicky had a card saying that the Club was at Palwaukee airport websites say that the club was really locatede at Sky Harbor Airport near Glencoe, IL.
Safety was the major concerns of the Club. The airport was equipped for day and night flying. Very few fields had lighting so they could fly at night. This airfield had a revolving beacon that made night flying possible.
Social flying in the 30’s increased the interest in joining the Aviation Country Club. The club was an upscale hangout for aviators. It was a perfect place to fly whether you used the clubs planes or your own. “Fame, money, and high-flying connections were requirements for membership. Because Vicky and Ward were related to William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors. I assume that Vicky were members becausw they were socially acceptable. I don’t know if they were members but it sure would have been a place that Vicky would fit in. Membership was a matter of social connections and status just like a golf club.
Another reason for the existence for the clubs was a serious matter. It was hoped to develop pilots for a potential war where planes and pilots would be needed for the war effort.
Many of these clubs were being developed and membership was extended to all.
Unfortunately, the Depression caused the demise of the Aviation Country Clubs. This area would become Levittown, the first planned suburban community.

Ward walks out now what for Vicky

Vicky and Ward were married in 1920 and just five years later he  walked out of their Manhatten 5th. Avenue and Vicky never saw him again. She called the police and she made a missing person report. The police were not successful in finding him so Vicky went off and looked for him on her own. She heard that he was in San Diego but she never found  him there,. Then she found out that he was in Texas, She was horrified that he had remarried. Vicky didn’t want to see him again when she found out the disgustung news from Wards mother. 

Wards family and the Lederer family offered Vicky money if she would stay away from Ward. Catherine and Billy were all

 part of this mess. Vicky didn’t want any part of this offer till she thought about her furture. Vicky’s family had no money and they would’t support her anyway. 

Vicky considered taking the money. She didn’t want to see Ward again and she felt she deserved to live the high life. She and Ward had been arguing about money for a year. Vicky believed that Ward had money he was hiding from her. Ward wanted a divorce but Vicky wouldn’t giive him one because he was hiding  money from her. I guess that’s why Ward walked out.

Like any smart, adventureous women Vicky took the money and had a fantastic time spending it. Mom and dad always said that Vicky went through money like water and that that she was always broke. I used to hear my parents arguing about money. Years later I found  out that dad was supporting Vicky.


Sorry, I’m gettng off track. After Ward left Vicky she did what any fun loving women would do. She spent the money in the wildest ways.

Read my blog tomorrow. Enjoy yourself as you read about Vicky’y new life.








Vicky, Ward, and Durants life entwined


Catherine was William Durants second wife. If fact, he married Catherine one day after his first wifes divorce was final. They lived a lavish life. Of course, Ward and Vicky joined this exciting life till he walked out on Vicky.  Catherine was interviewed for a book about  her husband and mentioned that Ward was in trouble because he got married again without divorcing Vicky. It is possible that Ward wanted to get away from Vicky because she felt entitled to part of a fortune that Ward may or may not have had.

This information came to me from an author in Canada. In my next post I will tell you more of the intrigue when Ward left Vicky.