This Day in History: 1911-08-15

1st airplane flights in Dansville

In 1911 the Dansville Board of Trade sponsored an “Old Home Week” celebration, which was designed to lure back former Dansvillians for a visit to their old stomping grounds. The feature event of the week was an airplane exhibition by a pilot named Walter Johnson, flying a Thomas Headless Biplane. These were the first airplane flights in Livingston County history; takeoffs and landings occurred from a field owned by Stark Brothers Nursery; near the future site of Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School. A young Lynn Pickard was among the spectators; he would go on to found Dansville’s own airport.