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There is no biographical file for pilot Williams in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.

 
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SUZANNE GARVIN WILLIAMS

Suzanne Garvin Dallas News Article, November 13, 1931 (Source: Woodling)
Suzanne Garvin Dallas News Article, November 13, 1931 (Source: Woodling)

Suzanne Garvin Williams landed twice at Tucson, under two different last names. Her first visit was on Monday, November 16, 1931. She was solo in the Inland NC12838. Based at San Diego, CA, he arrived at Tucson eastbound from Yuma, AZ at 12:15PM. She did not cite a departure date or a destination. She identified herself as Suzanne Garvin.

The news article at right ties in nicely with her landing at Tucson. He was on her way east to Dallas to visit her daughter. Note that the article identifies her as a low time pilot.

The article below dated December 6, 1931 is unclear as to location. It does corroborate her idiosyncracy of flying with her bulldog, Champion Souvenir Vivant. If my calculations, below, of her birth year are correct, then she is about 42 years old in this news photo. This is the only picture I have of her.

Suzanne Garvin Unsourced News Article, December 6, 1931 (Source: Woodling)
Suzanne Garvin Unsourced News Article, December 6, 1931 (Source: Woodling)

 

Her second visit was on Thursday, June 21, 1934 at 10:14AM. Based at San Diego, she was eastbound from Yuma, AZ to El Paso, TX. She was solo in Inland NC254N (or maybe N259N, her handwriting is unclear). She identified herself this day as Suzanne Williams.

She was born Suzanne Frances Jackels in Denver in 1889. Her parents were Charles F. and Mathilda H. Jackels, who moved to Kansas City around 1910. She had an older sister, Marguerite. Both sisters attended Mary Baldwin College in Virginia.

J.H. Garvin, USNA, 1924 (Source: Woodling)
J.H. Garvin, USNA, 1924 (Source: Woodling)

Suzanne married Joseph F. Garvin of Dallas on July 20, 1914, in Kansas City. Garvin was a widower and was 14 years older than Suzanne. He had two children at the time, one of whom was Joseph Hawley Garvin, a graduate of the US Naval Academy (USNA) in 1924. Apparently the younger Garvin, pictured, right, from his USNA yearbook, was responsible for Suzanne's interest in flying as indicated in the last paragraph of the article below from the Dallas Morning News of April 29, 1930.

Dallas Morning News, April 29, 1930 (Source: Woodling)
Dallas Morning News, April 29, 1930 (Source: Woodling)

Joseph F. Garvin was an officer of the M-K-T railroad (the "Katy") and split his time between St. Louis and Dallas.

She was married to Richard H. Williams (date unknown, but probably sometime before her first and second visit at Tucson), a commercial pilot and flight instructor and they operated the Chula Vista Airport near San Diego for a number of years.   She learned to fly in Dallas, TX in 1931. She held Private Pilot License certificate #12,838.  

Site visitor John Underwood supplies the following. He states, "Her airplane number is not discernable, but most likely it was NC259N.   She and Richard also had another Inland, an S-300, NC254N.    I don’t know for certain the status of their marriage, but they both had a Lakeside, CA address as of January, 1940, although Richard also had a San Francisco address and operated a Waco ZPF-7 and a Beech B17R during the 1940-41 period.   The only pictures of Inlands with D-M connections in my files are NC509Y taken here at Glendale and one of NC8088 taken at Roosevelt Field during its early days as a demonstrator."

And, "Don’t know much about Suzanne, but she damaged one of her Inlands at the Kern County air show in 1931.   Made a hard landing that damaged a wheel causing the Inland to flip on its back.    She participated in an air show bombing contest at Taft, CA in 7/33 which caused some concern when her 'bomb' got hung up in a wing strut.    She must have been active in the 99s, but I don’t have any information on that [a search at www.ninety-nines.org yields nothing].    Suzanne performed at other airshows, but had not progressed beyond the PPL stage as of 1/40."

Indeed, a March 1932 Ninety-Nines organization newsletter reports, “Suzanne Garvin, formerly of Dallas, is now living in San Diego.  Sue has the agency for the Inland Sport [managed with her husband, below], and has made several trips back east recently.  She spent a couple of weeks in Dallas at Christmas time.  On all her trips 'Bugsby,' a prize French bulldog, always accompanies her.  Bugsby has her own helmet and goggles and sweater, and a tiny little safety belt that fastens on to her harness.”

Suzanne Garvin Williams Obituary, 1981 (Source: Woodling)
Suzanne Garvin Williams Obituary, 1981 (Source: Woodling)

 

Further, about Register pilot Earl J. Williams, he states that he, "... was the Inland factory rep for the West Coast, first at Medford, OR covering the Northwest, and later at OAK [Oakland Airport, CA].    His passenger, Joe Shannon, doing business as Angelus Aero Corp., Van Nuys, was the Buhl, Aeromarine and Inland dealer for Los Angeles.   My hunch is Earl was related to RHW [does anyone KNOW?].   There were two Williams women, Mary and Ethyl, who accompanied Suzanne on occasion.   One or both were pilots, but I have no info."

Contributor Woodling states about E.J. Williams, "He was one of the four or five salesman for Inland Aircraft, along with Bill Ong, who owned an airport across the highway from my grandfather's house in Raytown, MO. A relative of ours occasionaly flew his staggerwing Beech into Ong airport to visit with the family."

Garvin died in 1981 at age 92. Her obituary appeared in the San Diego Union, right, exact date unknown.

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