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Flamboyant aviator dies

Word has been received that well-known American circus performer Col. Samuel Franklin Cody, a naturalized Briton, has died. He is credited with the first aeroplane flight in the United Kingdom at Farnborough, Hants on Oct. 16, 1908 after working on airships and man-lifting kites. He had traveled for 50 feet above the grass in May, 1908 and later that year made the first recognized aeroplane flight over 1,390 feet.

He was killed in a flying accident last month, August, 1913 and was given a military funeral and burial at Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

Stranger on our shore

John Butler Yeats, well-known Irish portrait painter, born in 1839, became the father in 1865 of William Butler Yeats who went on to be a world-famous Irish poet and dramatist. John possessed a brilliant mind and a remarkable talent which he passed on to his son.

After leaving Dublin for London in 1907 John made his final move to New York and two years ago, in 1911, he met Jeanne Robert Foster, of Chestertown, N.Y. there when she was assistant editor of the Review of Reviews, a New York journal edited by Albert Shaw. Today they are close friends. (Note: Jeanne Robert Foster was an Adirondack poet and writer who late became the American editor of Transatlantic Review. She wrote stories and ballads about the lumberjack era in this area where she grew up. She took care of John Butler Yeats when he was an old man and showed him much kindness. He did a sketch of her in 1917 for a large oil painting that he never got around to beginning. He died in 1922 when he was 83 years old and she had him buried on the hill in the Foster family plot in the front of the Chestertown Cemetery, looking down upon Rte. 9, far from the land of his birth. )

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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