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Front page, May 9, 1917: Who is Victor Carlstrom?

Here are some highlights from The Buffalo Evening News of May 9, 1917:

* Swedish aviator Victor Carlstrom was killed when his plane collapsed at an altitude of 3,500 feet in Newport News, Va. Also in the plane was an Army aviator student. Carlstrom was a record-holding aviator who set an air speed record for flying across the United States. He also had close ties with Buffalo's Curtiss Aeroplane plant and spent a lot of time in Buffalo at the Curtiss Flying School where he taught pilots and set many records. The week before, he made a flight from Buffalo to Batavia to deliver copies of The Buffalo Evening News to the fairgrounds there – the first time a newspaper was delivered by airplane.

* Rep. Waldrow and Senator Calder continued their fight to get an Army aviation field built in Buffalo. An advantage for Buffalo over other cities was its proximity to the Curtiss Aeroplane plant, which was one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world and made thousands of planes during World War I. Since the Curtiss plant was in Buffalo, it could provide quick repairs and delivery of airplanes and airplane parts for the Army.

* A Buffalo's man hopes of marrying a 19-year-old Canadian woman were dashed when the man's common-law wife – who was also the mother of his five children – stood up in the courtroom to protest. The man was in court to answer to immigration charges regarding "importing" the girl for "immoral purposes" and planned to plead not guilty. The man's common-law wife brought many of the man's relatives, all of whom testified that they believed the couple to be married. The judge fined the man $100 and suspended his jail sentence if he agreed to marry his children's mother.

Here's the front page of The Buffalo Evening News from May 9, 1917:

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