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Felton Aviation School information needed
I have information on William McDonald Felton's, "Auto and AeroPlane Mechanical School" that was first located at 260 S. Front Street, Steelton, Pa. The school opened circa March 31, 1919. It was only located there a short time. It may have burned down during a fire. In 1920, it was located along with Felton's flying field at 14th and Sycamore Streets in Harrisburg. Around 1922, the school opened at 44 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg. this building was finally torn down in the mid 1990's by the Appalachian Brewery.
Felton was a Black pioneer in Aviation. I have written to several sites that contain information on early aviators and aviation schools. These sites are now listing information on Felton. My goal is to find information on graduates of this school. Perhaps you may come across some additional information on this school or its graduates.
Anyone with information is requested to contact Calobe Jackson, Jr.
List of Felton's Students
"George, below is a list of persons known to have attended Felton's School at 260 S. Front Street, Steelton in 1919. I found Anthony Smothers, Ross Family and Harrison Family in the 1920 Census on Afrolumens. I remember a Judson Branch, who was related to the Branch family in Oberlin. Willis is another well known name. Perhaps you and Barbara [Barksdale] may be able to identify some more people."
List of Students attending Feltonís Auto and Aeroplane Mechanics School Located at 260 S. Front Street Steelton in 1919
A. Kline, Hummelstown
The Digital Harrisburg website also has an article on William McDonald Felton: https://digitalharrisburg.com/william-mcdonald-felton/.
We have also found out that William McDonald Felton is buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Penbrook: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/242025821/william-mcdonald-felton.
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2023 Afrolumens Project
The url of this page is http://www.afrolumens.com/century of change/felton.htm
This page was updated March 17, 2023.