Looking Back - Urbana Fly-in and Grace Fern Heck
This is a photo (#0100) taken on October 24, 1934 of World War I Aviator Jimmy Mattern and local Urbana civic group. They are next to the airplane Mattern flew into Urbana, Ohio. He was touring under the sponsorship of the Pure Oil Co. At that time, Urbana did not yet have an airport so he landed in a pasture field south of town.
Grace Fern Heck represented county government as she was the prosecuting attorney of Champaign County. She was the first women in the State of Ohio to serve as prosecuting attorney. Also she was Ohio’s first female municipal court judge. On Grace’s right is W. W. Rock, the mayor of Urbana, and on her left is Jimmy Mattern. Also in the photo is Warren Grimes (3rd from the left). Perhaps this event prompted him to consider establishing an airport in Urbana.
Then & Now Champaign County
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