|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1889|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1916|
On August 25, 1916, newspapers carried the headline: "Aviator Injured." While testing out his aeroplane, prepatory to giving a series of exhibition flights.
Ranson Fowler, 27, of Fenton, was seriously injured when his machine was caught in an undercurrent of air and swept one hundred feet to the ground. Fowler's right leg was fractured above the knee. This mishap occurred at the Harry Baker farm south of Flint on the Grand Blanc road.
Mr. Fowler was found unconscious alongside the wreckage of his aeroplane. It was believed that he jumped from his seat just before the nose of the aeroplane struck the cornfield. The seat frame was found crushed into kindling wood alongside the heavy motor.
The Dodds-Damanois ambulance was summoned to bring the injured aviator to his parents' home. Fowler's aeroplane was a new machine recently completed at Fowler's shop in Fenton. This ascension was to be a part of his test flights preparatory to giving exhibition flights the following week in Windsor and other Canadian cities.
Mr. Fowler had been an aviator for two years with strong association with the Williams Aeroplane Company at Fenton, Michigan. During the last year he had devoted his time to the manufacture of biplanes. His wrecked machine was the third aeroplane completed by Fowler at Fenton. The fourth flying machine was well under way and in many ways different from the one in which the aviator was fatally injured.
Mr. Fowler graduated from Linden High School in 1905. Ransom and his dad owned and operated a large garage in Flint for some time until it was sold a year ago when Ransom moved to Fenton to pursue his interest in aviation, and the manufacture, of biplanes.
Mr. Fowler passed away on August 30, 1916, born August 18, 1889, in Muir, Michigan. He was survived by his wife, Luella (maiden: Marion), married December 20, 1909.
Besides his wife and parents he left two sons, Ransom A. Fowler and Kenneth L. Fowler. He also left a brother and sister, Edward Fowler of Perry, and Mrs. Gladys DeElmo of Detroit. Mr. Fowler was a member of the Presbyterian church of Linden. Funeral services were held at his parent's home with his final resting place in the Grace Lawn cemetery.
At his grave, the funeral party separated to allow a pathway for the pallbearers to bring the aviator's body to the open grave, where the last rights were held. The pallbearers were Aviators: Latshaw, "Smith," Parker, Willmert and "Everson," of the O.E. Williams aviation school at Fenton, and "George Whitney."
Expanded details about Ransom Fowler are in the book, "MEN, WIND and COURAGE, A Pioneer Aviation Story of O. E. Williams and His Associates"
John N Fowler (1859 - 1946)
M Jennie Barnett Fowler (1858 - 1942)
Created by: Johnna Hirigoyen
Record added: Oct 15, 2009
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