|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1894|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1931|
BREWSTER'S FAMOUS FLYING DUTCHMAN ENDS TEN-YEAR AIR CAREER IN FATAL CRASH TODAY
Joe Shalz and Two Youths Instantly Killed When Monoplane Falls from Altitude of 600 Feet
Falling from an altitude of approximately six hundred feet, Joe Shalz, veteran pilot and two seventeen year old boys crashed to their death at the fair grounds at Quinter, Kansas, this Thursday evening at about five o'clock. The other victims were Leo Fahey of Quinter and his cousin, Floyd Norton of Spruce Missouri. All three were killed instantly. The Quinter telephone exchange was unable to get Brewster and the first news of the tragedy to reach here was a telephone message to Arch Koppel from his cousin at Oakley. Mr. and Mrs. Keppel and Mrs. Shalz left immediately for the scene of the accident.
According to witnesses Joe was coasting his big monoplane with idling motor, with practically no power, when a strong gust of wind struck the front of the ship with more power than the motor was delivering. The ship stalled and the motor died, and the ship fell straight down, maintaining almost a perfect level and striking the ground flat. Apparently the pilot was unable to get the motor started to regain flying speed. Although Joe was crushed beyond recognition the position of his hands and feet on the controls showed that he had fought to gain control until the instant of the ship's contact with the earth. The big monoplane was totally demolished.
Joe Shalz was 38 years of age, and leaves a wife a son and three daughters. Always careful in such matters, he had insurance policies totaling $8,000 in a company represented by C. A. Horney and there is reason to believe he had at least one more policy.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Brewster Methodist Church. (The Brewster Herald, September 17, 1931, Vol. 16, No. 23, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)
Joseph Nicholas Shalz was born April 11, 1894, in Wathena, Kansas and died at Quinter, Kansas, September 17, 1931, at the age of 37 years, 5 months and 6 days.
He came to Colby, Kansas, with his parents in the year 1906, where he spent much of his life including a time after he was married to Helen Baird in 1917. He then moved to Gem, Kansas and from there to Brewster, Kansas in the year 1919, where the remaining years of his life were spent. A very fine business has been built in Brewster and the recent purchase of a splendid home, surrounded by a host of friends, pointed to the happy days ahead with his family.
"Joe", as known by children and adults, was a man of jolly appearance. He greeted you with a smile and chuckle that won his way into the esteem of great numbers of people. His acquaintance has been widened during the past ten years by his agile interest in aeronautics. He was considered a very able flyer an experienced mechanic, having in his possession the highest license awarded by this department, viz: Transport License No. N C 96 W. He as a member of the National Aeronautic Association of the U.S.A., local chapter at Colby, Kansas; a member of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, License No. 290. He was also a member of the B. P. O. E., No. 1528, Goodland, Kansas.
An appalling shadow was cast over this and other communities of his intimate acquaintance when the word of his untimely passing was received. Western Union wires and telephone messages have been pouring in to speak their word of sympathy and untold scores with his beloved wife and family mourn his departure.
Space will not permit of mentioning the names of each relative and friend but we pause to mention the very near relatives. The wife, Mrs. Helen Shalz, and four children, one son, Glenn and three daughters, Esther, Ruth and Ruby. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Shalz of Colby, Kansas. Five brothers and six sisters, W. M. Shalz, Chico, California, Nicholas Shalz, Sagle, Idaho, Mrs. Christina Taylor, Saratoga, Wyoming, John Shalz, Butte, Montana, Mrs. Mary Liles, Colby, Kansas, Mrs. Barbara Woolman, Monterey, California, Mrs. Katherine Wallas, Kanorado, Kansas; Mrs. Elizabeth Boeh, Colby, Kansas, Mrs. Arelia Shumaker, Hoxie, Kansas; Louis J. Shalz, Colby, Kansas and Gerald Shalz, Colby, Kansas. Beside these are the hosts of other relatives and friends.
The funeral services were conducted from the Brewster church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19. The music was furnished by a mixed quartette composed of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Scott, Miss Velma Binkley and Mr. R. N. Hunter. The vocal solo was rendered by Miss Binkley and at the piano were Mrs. J. c. McArthur and Mrs. Roscoe Scott. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Ira J. Bieber of Brewster, broadcast over a public address system installed by Lee F. Horney of this city and the Caldwell Electric Co. of Goodland. The number of people in attendance is without count but some conservative estimates place it at from twenty-five hundred to three thousand. The burial service was conducted at the grave within the Brewster cemetery. The occasion was very impressive by the aerial formation of planes which dropped floral offerings from mid-air. The Elks attended in a body.
CARD OF THANKS
Our sorrow is made lighter by the presence and help of our many friends. Each has contributed to our comfort; the flowers have spoken their intended message, and to one and all we speak our heartfelt thanks.
Mrs. Joseph N. Shalz and Children, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Shalz, and his Brothers and Sisters. (The Brewster Herald, September 24, 1931, Vol. 16, No. 24, transcribed by Peggy Thompson
Nicholas Joseph Shalz (1862 - 1936)
Mary Franzen Shalz (1864 - 1936)
Mary Helen Baird Michael (1898 - 1977)
William Joseph Shalz (1883 - 1959)*
Nicholas Matthew Shalz (1885 - 1963)*
Joseph Nicholas Shalz (1894 - 1931)
Louis John Shalz (1901 - 1957)*
Created by: Walter Doernbach
Record added: Feb 14, 2012
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