Person:Doyen Wardwell (1)

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Doyen Parsons Wardwell
b.15 APR 1896 Kingwood, Preston, WV
d.8 AUG 1929 Casper, Natrona, WY
m. 29 SEP 1882
  1. Florence Minnie Wardwell1883 - 1917
  2. Marguerite Eunice Wardwell1886 - AFT 1930
  3. Alice Marie Wardwell1889 - 1974
  4. Sanford Hunt Wardwell1892 - 1894
  5. Doyen Parsons Wardwell1896 - 1929
m. 21 JUL 1917
  1. Laura Wardwell
  2. Frederick Koppe Wardwell1921 - 1997
  3. Marjorie Jo Wardwell1928 - 2003
Facts and Events
Name Doyen Parsons Wardwell
Gender Male
Birth[1] 15 APR 1896 Kingwood, Preston, WV
Marriage 21 JUL 1917 Logan, Hocking, OHto Alice Dorothy Koppe
Death[2] 8 AUG 1929 Casper, Natrona, WY
Burial? Oak Grove Cemetery, Logan, OH

Living in Logan, OH at 1910 census as a boarder with Mary Parsons. Died in Plane Crash.

Ohio Military Men, 1917-18 ancestry.com:

Name: Doyen Parsons Wardwell Serial Number: First Lieutenant Race: W Residence: 4012 W. 100th St., Logan, O. Enlistment Division: Enlisted Reserve Corps Enlistment Location: Fairfield, O. Enlistment Date: 15 Aug 1917 Birth Place: Kingwood, W. Va. Birth Date / Age: 15 Apr 1896 Assigns Comment: Aviation Section Signal Corps to Discharge Private, first class Honorable discharge 7 Jan 1918 to accept Commission Called to active duty 15 Aug 1917. 1 Lieutenant AS 7 Jan 1918 from Officers' Reserve Corps Fort Harrison Ind 13 May 1917 to 14 Aug 1917. 103 Aer Squadron to Discharge Garden City LI; American Expeditionary Forces St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 14 Nov 1917 to 5 Feb 1919. Honorable discharge 7 Feb 1919.

Graduated in the first class of pilots trained at Wright-Patterson Field in Dayton. -Samuel Wardwell of Andover & A Line of his Descendants-Stuart Byles & Marjorie Wardwell Otten

Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Wyoming by Paul Freeman. Revised 1/02: "This 640-acre airport was built in 1927, as Natrona County's airport. In 1929, the county commissioners named the airport in memory of Major Doyan Wardwell, who died in an airplane crash at the airport earlier that year. Wardwell had helped develop the early airport. In 1952, the county airport was moved to the former Casper Army Airfield, and the abandoned Wardwell Field was sold in 1954 for the sum of $20,500 to Romie Nunn."

Iowa City, Iowa, June 9-Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh's instructor when he was in the Army Air Service at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, Lieutenant Russell Maughan, famous "dawn to dusk" transcontinental flier, raced East by air from here today to greet his famous pupil upon his arrival at Washington. Lieutenant Maughan was accompanied by Major D.P. Wardwell. They were flying from Cheyenne, Wyo. -New York Times 10 June 1927

NEED OF AIRPORT AT LOGAN IS OUTLINED Mayor Doyne (sic) Wardwell Tells of Need After Visit Here "Logan (Ohio) Feb. 27 - Logan needs an airport in the opinion of Major Doyne (sic) Wardwell, former Logan citizen, who is employed in the geological department of the government with headquarters at Casper, Wyo. He voiced that opinion while here at the end of the week visiting Miss Rita Parsons and Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Koppe. Major Wardwell is employed in the department which has charge of the oil and gas operations on the federal property in the eleven Rocky Mountain states. He was returning to his home from a two week trip to Washington and New York City. He took up aviation during the World War and at its close retained his commission. He said that with the rapid development of air travel Logan should take its place by providing a suitable landing field and should also mark the city so that aviators would know their locatoin. This was the first visit to Logan in four years with the exception of last summer when he in company with Lieutenant Maughan, trans-continental dawn-to-dusk flier, passed over Logan by plane while returning from the east where they had been to welcome the returning Lindbergh. Their failure at that time to find a field which would have been suitable for landing prevented them from stopping and also brought out the question of an airport for the city. He said that a large open field free from ditches or holes would be all that would be necessary for landing purposes. After completing his visit here Saturday, Major Wardwell continued his journey home. -Athens (Ohio) Messenger 27 February 1928

WAR FLIER IN TRIO BURNED WITH PLANE Major W.D. (sic) Wardwell of Lafayette Escadrille Crashes with Companions in Wyoming Casper, Wyo., Aug. 8- Major W.D. Wardwell, 36 years old; Earl Holtz, 35, and George Cameron were killed here tonight when their plane burst into flames, went into a tail spin and fell several hundred feet. The bodies were burned. The plane was piloted by Major Wardwell. Major Wardwell, an agent of the Wyoming Airways, Inc., a Casper concern, won his flying laurels during the World War as a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, later joining the United States Air Squadron. On his discharge from the service, he went to Casper as an engineer for the Geological Survey, and while in that occupation he fostered and promoted the airways company, a pioneer air concern in the state. A widow and four children survive him. Holtz and Cameron were from Worland, Wyo. -New York Time 9 August 1929

3 KILLED WHEN PLACE CATCHES FIRE Bodies Burned Beyond Recognition; Pilot Was Head of Wyoming Airways, Inc. CASPER, Wyo., A.ug. 8 (AP) -Major D. P. Wardwell, 33, and Earl Holtz, 35, and George Cameron, were instantly killed here tonight when their plane burst into flames, went into a tailspin and fell several hundred feet. The bodies of the three men were burned beyond recognition. Wardwell, manager of the Wyoming Airways, Inc., a Casper concern, won his flying laurels during the world war as a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, later joining the United States Air Squadron. On his discharge from the service after the war, Wardwell went to Casper as an engineer for the United States geological survey and while in this occupation he fostered and promoted the Airways company, a pioneer air concern in the state. A widow and four children survive. Earl Holtz was a truck driver of Worland, and was accompanied to Casper by his wife. Little is known here of Cameron, also a Worland man. Holtz and Cameron engaged Wardwell to take them up for a brief flight. They were unaccompanied to the airport and there was only one witness to the tragedy. Wardwell was chairman of the Wyoming aeronautics board, created by the state legislature this year. This board was to have held its first meeting next week, to be presided over by Wardwell. -Harve (Montana) Daily News 09 August 1929

References
  1. Ohio Military Men, 1917-18 ancestry.com.
  2. William Wardwell of Andover With an Informal Collection of His Descendants through the 8th Generation, Majorie Wardwell Otten 2002.