By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

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1946: First plane lands at new Hartley airport


April 8, 2021

• April 11, 1946

The town council voted to allow $15 a month to Mayor P.A. Leese, to rent his office for use as police headquarters. A police phone was being installed. Harry Lage was hired as night watchman to replace Bob Meyer.

A strong wind which blew in gale-like proportions caused considerable damage to a hanger being constructed at the airport at May City. The wind blew over cement blocks at the front of the new structure. The hangar was being built by Carl and Fred Keller.

Lambert Fechter piloted the first plane to land at the Hartley municipal airport. With him were his wife and d...

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