|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1904|
|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1935|
Hanley Cohn, about 30, who died in the plane crash that took three other lives near Cheyenne last night, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cohn, operators of the Cohn's Grocery, 103 East Fifth street here.
He was a graduate of the Sheridan high school in the class of 1922. After his graduation he went to work in the C.B. & Q. railroad yards, following this employment until he became interested in flying and started taking instructions in 1928.
His first flying instruction was under V. R. Lucas of Billings. He later finished his instruction under the tutorship of Al Lucas (no-relation) who later, like Cohn, became a pilot for the Wyoming Air Service. Lucas was killed in a crash near Glendo, Wyo., several months ago.
It was learned here today that Pilot V. R. Lucas under whom Cohn received his first training was also killed in a plane crash between Philadelphia and Washington about three years ago.
After Cohn had finished his flying instructions he barnstormed around the country for several years and also gave flying instructions.
About two years ago he went to work for the Wyoming Air Service and was the pilot who flew the plane carrying the first mail from Cheyenne to Casper after the company received a mail contract.
Among those in Sheridan whom Cohn taught to fly are Fred Bezold, Ed Sharp, Glen Sabin, and Frank Speakerworth.
Bezold who soloed under Cohn, expressed himself as being "shocked" when he heard of the tragedy. He said " I am shocked to hear the sad new regarding my good friend, Hanley Cohn, with whom I have flown on numerous trips over this western country.
" I considered him one of the best pilots in the west, due to the fact he received his training in the barnstorming days, under conditions that were not the most favorable and when success was obtained only under the most difficult methods.
" I would not hesitate to go any where with Hanley Cohn. I have never seen a more conscientious pilot, and likewise, have never seen him take any unnecessary chances during the many times I have traveled with him.
" Aviation cannot well afford to lose pilots of his caliber when air travel is opening a new era in transportation. I can not help but feel that had Hadley been at the controls, this accident might have been averted.
" Hanley was a true aviator, flying not for fame or money connected with it, but for the love of the profession."
Cohn's parents and his sister, Miss Marie Cohn, left Sheridan last night for Denver and it was expected they would return his body here for burial.
Cohn is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Cohn of Denver, two sons, his father and mother, his sister and two brothers, Charles Cohn who attends the university at Laramie, and Byron of Plattsmouth, Nebr.
Sheridan Press, Oct. 31, 1935
George W. Cohn (1875 - 1937)
Mary Stegman Cohn (1877 - 1950)
Hanley G. Cohn (1904 - 1935)
Byron C. Cohn (1906 - 1972)*
Note: Plot owned by Pearl E. Cohn
Sheridan Municipal Cemetery
Plot: Block 32 Lot 11
Created by: Karylyn Petrie
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15051783