"Stardust" -- From Sept. 18, 1917
Posted by David Schott (+17424) 4 years ago
It would be interesting to know more about A.T. Heinie's crash at the fair and I don't think Fort Keogh's request for drivers to behave themselves on the Fort Keogh road ever caught on:

From the September 18, 2017, Miles City Star newspaper:

People and Perspectives from Miles City's past

100 YEARS AGO (1917)

Two thousand persons
frantically rose to their feet
in the grandstand and bleach-
ers at the Custer County Fair
yesterday afternoon when A.
T. Heinie’s airplane turned
turtle 80 feet in the air and
dashed to the earth. Shrieks
were heard from every sec-
tion of the grounds and peo-
ple rushed pell mell to the
scene anticipating a tragic
end for the young aviator
who had released the straps
about him and jumped to the
ground, a distance of about
50 feet, lighting on his back.
That he was not instantly
killed was due to the rarest
kind of good fortune. As it is,
he is at the Sister’s hospital
suffering from severe,
though not serious, bruises.

Officials at Fort Keogh
called up The Daily Star last
night requesting that auto
drivers be given final notice
that fast driving on the
Keogh road will no longer be
tolerated. Any driver of an
auto going beyond the regu-
lation speed of 20 miles an
hour will be barred from the
reservation without ceremo-
ny and his car will be
tabooed so far as that thor-
oughfare is concerned.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17663) 4 years ago
When was the last time you heard someone use the expression "pell mell"?
Posted by David Schott (+17424) 4 years ago
Reply to Gunnar Emilsson (#373813)
"Turned turtle" was another favorite of that era. The whole airplane story sounds highly suspicious.
Posted by Amorette Allison (+11900) 4 years ago
I just copy 'em. I don't write 'em. So I assume it was true.