From left to right are: Zora Montgomery Courtney (1882-1962); Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940); and Gretchen Frances Hahnen (1902-1986) circa 1935-1940. Eddie has a cigarette in his right hand and he is missing a tooth, possibly his left canine. He most likely lost it in his crash on May 16, 1935 when he was taking off from the Jersey City Airport and fell into Newark Bay, 200 feet off Droyer's Point, Jersey City.
Westhampton, Long Island, September 17, 1961. The widows of two early record-holding airmen were honored here today at the fourth annual meeting of the Early Fliers Club of Long Island. ... Mrs. Black was the wife of the late Eddie Schneider, holder of the junior transcontinental speed record for light planes in the late nineteen-twenties. He was killed in a mid-air collision at Floyd Bennett Field in 1940. ...
Paris (Associated Press) Four disillusioned American aviators announced today they were through with Spain and, furthermore, they were through with civil wars. The Four - Bert Acosta, Frederick Lord, Gordon Berry and Eddie Schneider - had led the Spanish socialist government's "Yankee squadron" on the Basque front in the far north. But, they said, they were not paid, and money was their only reason for joining up. The flyers protested they were given nothing but unarmed sports planes with which to fight, while Russian pilots were assigned "regular American army planes." The American planes were said to be machines built in Russia through contracts giving the soviet government permission to copy American models. The flyers said both the socialists and the fascist air forces in Spain were staffed almost entirely by foreigners.
Source: Associated Press in Oshkosh Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; January 06, 1937
Municipal Airport, Los Angeles, August 21, 1930 (Associated Press) Eddie Schneider, newly crowned east-west junior transcontinental speed king, took off at 6:17:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) today in an effort to establish a new west-east junior transcontinental air record. He planned to make his first stop at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despite a load of 140 gallons of gasoline, Schneider pulled his little monoplane into a fast climb and quickly was out of sight.
Source: Associated Press in Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio; August 21, 1930
People: Gretchen Francis Hahnen (1902-1986) Housewife (b. March 11, 1902, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA - d. December 1986, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, 27530, USA) Social Security Number 123019936.
Robert Courtney Hahnen I (1906-1999) Worker (b. September 23, 1906; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA - d. October 19, 1999; Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, 55108, USA) Social Security Number 470426986.
Zora Montgomery Courtney (1882-1962) Housewife (b. January 27, 1882; Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA - d. October 7, 1962; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA) Social Security Number 484055476.
Source: Image from the collection of Richard Hahnen.
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) circa 1930-1940
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940)
He set the transcontinental airspeed record for pilots under the age of 21 in 1930. He fought for the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War in 1937 and he died in a plane crash in 1940 when a Navy pilot clipped the tail of his plane, and his plane crashed.