Thursday, October 3, 2013

More on Melba Gray Ferris

Previously I discovered a distant cousin lived in East Greenbush, N.Y., and was a pilot, as was his mother-in-law.  In the 1930s it was unusual for a woman to have a career.   I became more interested in the family and in the East Greenbush airport.  I found some more interesting newspaper articles.


A parachute jump from a plane piloted by Mrs. Melba Gray Ferry, wife of Vernon F. Ferry, well known garage man of Stockbridge, Mass., was made at West Lebanon by Ted White on Thursday afternoon of last week, from 4,000 feet in the air.  The jump, in perfect flying weather, was made by White purely for pleasure,  In order to escape landing in the woods, White was forced to use his emergency ‘chute, and landed safely in a field at the rear of the West Lebanon postoffice.
Mrs. Ferris, who made her solo flight not long ago, is, like her husband, fond of places in which she was traveled many miles.

Chatham Courier, 1 November 1934


The funeral of Mrs. Melba Gray Ferry, 3, wife of Capt. Vernon Ferry of the Army stationed at Miami and former operator with him of the East Greenbush Airport, was held this afternoon from the J. W. Mehan Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Mass. Interment was in Stockbridge Cemetery. Mrs. Ferry died Thursday night in the House of Mercy Hospital in Pittsfield.
She was a licensed airplane pilot and had operated passenger planes for the last ten years. Recently she had been living at Miami with her officer husband.
Survivors include the husband; two daughters, Mrs. Russell Snyder of Scotia and Miss Patricia Ferry of Pittsfield; a son, V. Robert Ferry; her parents Mr. And Mrs. Grover L. Gray; two sisters, Mrs. James Corbett and Miss Eryntrude Gray, and three brothers, Darwin, Clarke and Grover L. Gray, jr. all of Pittsfield.

Troy Times Record, 26 July 1943

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