Bozeman, MT Plane Crash, Jan 1938

Mamer Well Known Airman
Pilot MAMER was one of the best known airmen of the northwest. Among his early achievements was an early coast-to-coast non-stop refueling flight and victory in a New York to Spokane air race in 1928. He once described the pilot of those days as "a colorful, if sometimes irresponsible individual." He took great pride in his record of never having injured a passenger.

MAMER, a Northwest Airlines pilot for three and a half years, made the first round-trip St. Paul-Seattle flight in 1930 and was credited by his associates with convincing the U. S. Postoffice Department of the possibility of a northwest line.

MRS. MAMER returned to her Seattle home Sunday from a hospital after a major operation. Physicians reported her condition as serious after she received word of the crash. She has one daughter.

Fellow airmen had shown their high personal regard for MAMER during MRS. MAMER'S illness. Three pilots submitted to blood transfusions to aid her.

WEST, the co-pilot, joined Northwest Airlines April 15, 1937.

WEST, a graduate of the University of California, was an army cadet at Randolph Field, in 1934, and graduated at Kelley Field in 1935, where he was stationed two years. He is survived by his widow, his parents, MR. AND MRS. FRED W. WEST, SR., and a brother, JACK, of San Francisco.

BORGENHEIMER, who boarded the plane at Butte to rush to his mother's bedside, took the ill-fated earlier plane rather than a night ship when he learned there was a seat available on it.

Shortly before 5 p. m., just as reports were reaching Bozeman of the crash, MRS. BORGENHEIMER received a telegram at their Basin, Montana home that her husband's mother had died.

MRS. BORGENHEIMER was told only that her husband had been injured, and she left Basin immediately for Bozeman. Friends of the family said they did not know the name of the Wisconsin town, about 100 miles from Minneapolis, toward which BORGENHEIMER had started.

CROONQUIST was a member of the aviation committee of the Billings Commercial Club and an ardent exponent of commercial aviation. Surviving CROONQUIST are his widow, a son, HARRIS, and a daughter, MABEL, an adopted daughter, SUE.

Brothers of LEVIN, the Detroit mechanic, decided against advising his ill mother of the crash, although her condition had been reported improved when he left Butte to return home. His widow lives in Detroit.

MacKAY had worked as a newspaper man in England as well as Canada before he became press representative for the Seigntory Club, Montreal, and the Hudson's Bay company. He was married at Ottawa, Jan. 10, 1925. The widow and three children, DOUGLAS, JR., JOHN and MARY, survive.

ANDERSON had worked for the air line 10 years. He formerly lived at Lewiston, Idaho. MRS. ANDERSON and her daughter, MARY GRACE, 12, were informed of the crash last night at their Spokane home.

STEVENSON is survived by his widow and three children, ROBERT, FRANCES and DOROTHY.

The Daily Inter Lake Kalispell Montana 1938-01-11


Pin-point the crash site in Bridgers?

Researching to see if I can find the crash site. Anyone from Bozeman or Belgrade out there, feel free to contact me.

-Roxanne Kenison, Seattle

Bozeman 1938 crash

Thank you so very much for posting this very detailed account of the crash that killed my grandfather, Irven Stevenson (not JE, but IE). I have a trove of material from my grandmother - thinking there are some stories to tell here. Nick Mamer's daughter Patti became my mother's (Dorothy's) best friend after the death of their fathers. Until now I have found only sketchy accounts of the crash. The detail here brought the scene to life, and I confess, made me sad all over again that I never knew my mother's father other than in pictures and what he wrote. Thank you again - this websiteis a gem!