Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Early Aviation Articles

 

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Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Dr. William Ballard in May of 2008.

 

Agency History

 

Dart Boats Inc. began in Lima, Ohio, in the 1920s.  In 1928, a collection of businessmen led by Lt. Commander Webb C. Hayes II (the grandson of President Rutherford B. Hayes) purchased the rights to construct Dart runabouts.  At this time, production moved to Toledo, Ohio.  By 1930, the Dart Boat line consisted of four models, and prided itself on “More Speed per Horsepower.”  While the company flourished for some time, the Great Depression ultimately led to economic hardship.  In 1933, the Dart Boat Company was sold to Frank Hafner of Columbus, Ohio, for the sum of $500.  Shortly thereafter, Dart Boats ceased production and the business came to an end.

 

The Dayton Daily News debuted on 22 August 1898 at the hands of publisher James M. Cox.  It prided itself on mass appeal, focusing on such issues as women’s issues and stock market quotes.  The newspaper also utilized photographs and took advantage of the Associated Press wire service.  Cox also expanded delivery of the newspaper into surrounding areas such as Xenia and Piqua.  Within two years of its creation, the Dayton Daily News was the leading paper in the city.  Cox would also enjoy some popularity, becoming a Democratic candidate for president in 1920.  The Dayton Daily News is still in print today.

 

The Canton Daily News, established in June 1833, is perhaps most well-known for its editor from 1925 to 1926, Donald Ring Mellett.  When Mellett accepted an offer to edit the Canton, Ohio, newspaper in January 1925, it was lagging behind the leading Canton newspaper of the time, The Repository, with circulation at only half that of its rival.  Mellett changed the focus of the newspaper to combating local corruption, and took an interest in politics by having the paper support a Democratic candidate for mayor.  Mellett’s articles on the homicide of a local “underworld” individual, however, and his printed accusations of the murderer, led to his own assassination in 1926.  A year later, the Canton Daily News received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its work in fighting corruption; Mellett was posthumously recognized for his personal sacrifice.  Without its determined editor, however, the paper once again began to decline and was bought out by The Repository shortly thereafter.

 

Scope and Content

 

This collection, dating primarily from 1919 to 1929, contains articles in the Bay City Times Tribune, Dayton Daily News, The Akron Evening Times, The Akron Times-Press, and the Canton Daily News relating to events and achievements in aviation during that time.  Also included are two issues of Rudder, the official magazine of “The Antique and Class Boat Society,” dated Fall 2007 and Winter 2008.  The article of interest in these pieces is “Dart to the Heart” (parts one and two), which relates to the Dart Boats Inc.

 

Inventory

Ac. 5715

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1. “Rudder,” official magazine of The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Fall 2007, Vol. 17, No. 2 – “Dart to the Heart, Part One,” pp. 30-38.

2. “Rudder,” official magazine of The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Winter 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3 – “Dart to the Heart, Part Two,” pp. 28-33.

3. The Bay City Times Tribune, Vol. 47, No. 156.  1 July 1919.

4. The Bay City Times Tribune, Vol. 47, No. 174.  22 July 1919.

5. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 34, No. 308.  16 August 1920.

6. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 38, No. 210.  17 March 1924.

7. The Akron Evening Times, Vol. 90, No. 3.  6 August 1924.

8. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 16.  5 September 1924.

9. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 18.  7 September 1924.

10. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 24.  13 September 1924.

11. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 25.  14 September 1924.

12. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 113.  11 December 1924.

13. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 140.  7 January 1925.

14. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 39, No. 149.  16 January 1925.

15. The Times-Press, No. 8625.  7 January 1926.

16. Dayton Daily News, Vol. 50, No. 112.  11 December 1926.

17. The Times-Press, No. 9032.  9 May 1927.

18. The Times-Press, No. 9050.  30 May 1927.

19. The Times-Press, No. 9055.  4 June 1927.

20. The Times-Press, No. 9056.  6 June 1927.

21. The Canton Daily News.  13 October 1927.

22. The Canton Daily News.  14 October 1927.

23. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9332.  21 April 1928.

24. The Canton Daily News.  11 October 1928.

25. The Canton Daily News.  12 October 1928.

26. The Canton Daily News.  13 October 1928.

27. The Canton Daily News.  15 October 1928.

28. The Canton Daily News.  16 October 1928.

29. The Canton Daily News.  1 November 1928.

30. The Canton Daily News.  18 November 1928.

31. The Canton Daily News.  26 November 1928.

32. Dayton Daily News.  28 July 1929.

33. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9731.  31 July 1929.

34. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9754.  27 August 1929.

35. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9755.  28 August 1929.

36. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9756.  29 August 1929.

37. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9759.  2 September 1929.

38. The Akron Times-Press, No. 9760.  3 September 1929.

39. The Akron Times-Press, No. 10295.  13 July 1931.