Jackson Center, IN Airplane Crash, Oct 1933


Jackson Center Is Scene Of Disaster.


Carries Three Passengers Two Pilots, Radio Operator and Stewardess to Burning Deaths.


(By Englebert Zimmerman)
Porter county, traversing point of many transcontinental air lines, experienced its greatest air tragedy Tuesday night when a big bi-motored ten-passenger cabin plane of the United Air Lines, exploded 1,000 feet in the air on the farm of JAMES SMILEY, trustee of Jackson township, one and one-half miles north of Jackson Center, in northeast Porter county, carrying seven persons to their deaths.

The ship, bound from New York for Chicago, and eventually Oakland, Calif., flying in a steady rain, was wrecked when a terrific blast severed it in two, and shot it to earth, like a blazing comet before the eyes of dozens of horrified persons living in the vicinity, the first of whom to reach the scene were driven back by sheets of flame with cries of the dying in their ears.

Three passengers were aboard the ill-fated craft, in addition to two pilots and a radio operator and a stewardess. All lost their lives.

The dead are:
HAROLD R. TARRANT, chief pilot, 308 West Erie street, Oak Park, Ill.
A. T. RUBY, co-pilot, 320 Wisconsin avenue, Oak Park, Ill.
MISS ALICE SCRIBNER, 26 years old, 1507 North Sacramento boulevard, Chicago, plane stewardess.
FRED SCHENDORF, 28 years old, 6829 Chappel avenue, Chicago, manager of the apartments division of R. Cooper, Jr., Inc., electric refrigerators.
MISS DOROTHY M. DWYER, 25 years old, daughter of M. FRANCIS DWYER, 67 Mount Vernon street, Arlington, Mass.
EMIL SMITH, 911 Argyle avenue, Chicago.
H. R. BURRIS, of Columbus, O., radio service employe of United Air Lines.

The appalling tragedy occurred around 9 p. m. The plane was due in Chicago at 9:47 p. m. Five of the bodies were removed shortly after the flames died down about the plane.

Two bodies, those of BURRIS and SMITH were not found until late this morning. They were in the woods about half a mile from the plane. It is believed they were either blown out of the plane at the time of the explosion, or else jumped.

Five of the bodies were removed to local undertaking establishments. The bodies of SMITH and BURRIS were brought to the C. W. Bartholomew & Son funeral chapel; those of SCHENDORFF and MISS SCHRIBNER to the Stinchfield funeral home, and that of MISS DWYER in the Frank A. LePell & Son funeral home. The bodies of the two pilots were taken to the Flynn chapel at Chesterton.

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