Perry Field / Perry Airport
CULVER TO HAVE AIRPORT BACKED BY NORMAN PERRY
|From One township Yesterdays (1934-1935): N. W. Rector recalls when there was water on
the old Bond farm, about 1883. This is now the "airport," north of the W. O. Osborn farm
Culver to have an airport!
|| Norman Perry, of Indianapolis and
owner of the finest "cottage" on Lake Maxinkuckee, has leased 80 acres of land from W. O. Osborn to be used
for this purpose. The transaction is in the form of a five-year lease with option to buy.|
Mr. Perry wanted a location on which he could land his planes when flying up to his
summer home and a thorough survey of this vicinity revealed that there are but a few
places free from trees, telephone and electric wires, hills, and rocks. The distance was
also considered and the Osborn tract selected as the best. This land is all clear now
and gives a half mile run east and west, and a width of one-fourth of a mile.
Twenty acres of the field have been seeded and the balance is now covered with sod. The
entire tract is to be rolled. An expert aviator has been here to assist in planning the
field and declares that this location offers a better air port than that of Indianapolis.
Arrangements have been made, it is understood, for guests of the Culver Military Academy
to use this landing field also. Being but a mile from town and a short distance to the
new cement-paved Road 10, which goes past the academy, the port will be very convenient
for all possible users. Through courtesy of Mr. Perry other planes will be allowed to
use the field also. - - The News-Sentinel, Saturday, October 13, 1928
The CItizen headlines read: "Culver To Have Airport West of Town
Backed by N. Perry
Indianapolis Man Lease 80 Acres From W. O. Osborn Forms Ideal Location "
The article read the same was dated 10 October 1928
1929 - Feb 6 - Public Sale On Account of converting a large part of my farm into an airport,
I will offer at public sale, at my farm located a mile and a hald south and west of Culver...
W. O. Osborn
1929 - Dec 4 - Aiplaine Crashed At Airport Laast Thursday
The airplane which had brought E. R. Culver Jr., here from St. Louis crashed at the Perry Field
last Thursday. The pilot had taken the plane up to warm ip up, but in landing on the snow
covered field the under-rigging was torn away and a wing and part of the propeller smashed.
The exact cause of the accident is not known. The plane was immediately dismantled and
shipped back to St. Louis for repairs.
1930 - Apr 30 - Chamber of Commerce Investigates Sigins
... D. W. Marks reported that he would soon have maps ready showing the roads leading to
the airport along with its location. These will be sent to the various aviation organizations...
1930 - Jul 23 - Tre-motored Plane Bogs On Perry Airport Field
Workman are busy today putting planks under a tri-motored Fokker plane which bogged down on
Perry Field, west of town, yesterday afternoon. The huge plane, beleived to be the largest ever to
land here, got off the regular landing field and dropped down in the soft loam. The place belongs to
Fisher Bros., automobile body tycoons, of Detriot. It brought visitors tot he Culver Summer School.s
1933 - Jun 28 - Airplane Rides ~ ~ Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ~ ~ From Culver Airport ~ ~
PAssenger Trips $1.00 ~ ~ Two airplances - - Expereinced Pilots ~ ~ V. M. Rassner--Lincoln Paige
Janes Stewart--Travelaire ~ ~ See Culver From The Air.
1936 - Jul 8 - Cows Eat Fabric From Visiting Airplane
The cows on the W. O. Osborn famr evidently have a taste for aviation. LAst Wednesday evening an
airplane from Columbus, Ind., with Floyd Simmen as the pilot, landed on the Osborn farm when he
was the old directions to the former Perry airport.
When he cam back the next morning he found that the cows had eaten large holes in the fabric on
the winds and body, requiring a trip to South Bend for airplane linen to patch the various gaps.
Aviators state that there is some flavor to the fabric that cows enjoy and that Simmen's experience is
far from rare.
|Airport area 1936