Walter J. Smith Collection
The collection consists of photographs and news clippings concerning pilot Walter J. Smith. Smith, a Pierre native, won honors as a pilot in France during World War I and after the war, was an airmail pilot for four years. He died September 8, 1922 in Indianapolis while delivering mail between Chicago and Cleveland. The two photographs are of Walter Smith in a plane with the label “U.S. Mail” and a photo of Smith in a World War I era pilots uniform with his sister Bernice (Smith) Chesley. The newspaper clippings offer various accounts of Smith’s exploits and history. A death notice found in the Pierre Capitol Journal from September 8, 1922 is also with the collection. Pierre’s earliest airport located north of town was named Walter J. Smith field in his honor.
- ca. 1910s-1920s
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- Airplanes and Aircraft -- South Dakota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Chesley, Bernice (Smith)
- News Clippings Subject Source: Local sources
- Photograph Collection -- Manuscript Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Postal Service -- Airmail -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Smith, Walter J.
- World War, 1914-1918 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings