Tuesday, May 09, 2006

In 1944, Rose Lynch just wanted to fly

Crowded Day No Bar to Rose,
She Still Flies


By June Dieckmann
(Wisconsin State Journal Staff Writer)


Because there are only 24 hours in a day doesn't stop one Madison girl from fulfilling her ambition to fly -- even after she has worked and gone to school for 16 of each of those daily hours.

The ambitious young girl is Rose Lynch, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Lynch, 21 N. Butler st., who probably has one of the fullest 'round-the-clock schedules of any Madisonian.

Miss Lynch not only spends eight hours each day at Central high school, from which she will be graduated June 9, and works as a waitress at the Spanish cafe, 212 State st., for eight more hours during the day, but she finds time to take pilot training at Royal Airport.

Started When "Little"

Her ambition to fly started when she as "just a little girl," she said, living with her parents on their farm near Yuba in Richland county. When the family moved to Madison, talented Miss Lynch was delighted because she would be living near an airfield where she could receive flight training.

It was difficult to fit flying into her schedule after she had arranged her high school studies and working hours at the Spanish, she said, but it was accomplished and she expects to take her first solo flight Tuesday, after completing more than the required eight hours of dual flying.

"I Just Want to Fly"

"Anything with wings just sets me going -- even bugs," blue-eyed Miss Lynch laughed. "I just want to fly."

To help her along the road to fulfilling her amibiton of becoming a commercial airlines pilot after the war, Miss Lynch will enter the four-months radio-technicians' school at Gen. Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, June 10, the day after her high school graduation.

The course is sponsored by the army air forces and the University of Wisconsin extension. After completion of training in Milwaukee, she expects to be sent to Wright Field, Dayton, O., for the final phase of the course, where she will be able to stack up flying hours for her commercial pilot license.

At Central high school, the pre-aviatrix studied a preflight course under Faculty members T. Ruth Raeuber, Benjamin H. Ashmann, and Nina Frederikson. The course fives the pupils a knowledge of navigation and meteorology, aircraft maintenance and aircraft engines, similar to the army-sponsored course at the university. For two months last summer, she studied an aircraft maintenance course at the vocational school in Globe, Ariz.

At Royal Airport, she has been training in the Taylor craft, under the instruction of Louis Wullemeier, Pvt. Roy Leber, Walter Schultz, and Vincent Mann.

Miss Lynch has made excellent grades at Central, her teachers report. He work at the cafe is praised by her boss, Fred Nicholson, who says, "she makes fun out of work."

Then, too, there is work for Miss Lynch, who has six brothers and sisters, five of them younger than she. The two youngest, Jimmy, 3, and John, 6, idolize their flying sister. The four sisters are Patricia, 10, Regina "Gene," 13, and Mary, 20, and the one Miss Lynch says is another prospective pilot, Helena "Mike," 15.

"My mother and father want me to fly," Miss Lynch said, "but Dad wants his feet on the ground." Her father is an employe of Oscar Mayer and Co.

Besides all the other work included in her "no days off" schedule, Miss Lynch finds time to write morale-building letters to about 100 men in service.


Note: This feature story was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 29, 1944. It began on the front page of the newspaper and jumped to page two. The photo that accompanied it appears in the next post. Also note, Nina Fredrickson's surname is misspelled in the article.

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