Obit: Aldinger, Henry #2 (1887 - 1929)

Contact:  Lynn (Aldinger) Narret

----Source: Owen Enterprise July 4, 1929, page 1



Henry Aldinger, Curtiss, is dead as the result of a plane crash which occurred on Sunday afternoon at that place while he was a passenger in a plane carrying passengers.

The cause of the accident was due to the plane going into an air pocket, and the pilot not being able to bring the machine into control.

Aldinger it is said was killed instantly, as his chest was crushed, several ribs broken, as well as his arm and leg. He was accompanied on the flight by the pilot, and Alphonse Herman, co-owner of the ship. Herman, was badly cut and bruised and was immediately rushed to the Colby clinic where he was given medical aid. The pilot escaped with minor injuries and remained at the plane following the accident.

The plane was piloted by D. K. Schwartze, Greenwood, a young man who had recently returned from a flying school at St. Louis. He came to Curtiss early in the morning and was making flights carrying passengers. He had made several trips in the afternoon, and Aldinger, feeling the desire for a ride, entered the plane. After the ship had raised about 800 feet from the ground it struck an air pocket, and then made a nose dive, coming down and striking a large stump in a field nearby from where it had taken off.

There was a large crowd present watching the plane as it was making flights, and among the spectators were Mrs. Aldinger and her two children, a daughter 8 years old and a son 5 years of age. The plane was a complete wreck. The body of Aldinger was brought to Owen following the accident where it was prepared for burial at the undertaking parlors of Griebenow - Weirich Co.

Henry Aldinger was one of the leading business men of the village of Curtiss, having been owner of the garage of that place for the past several years. He was married June 25, 1919, and is survived by his wife and two children.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) from the German Reform church at Curtiss, Rev. Goetz of Colby, officiating and burial took place in the Curtiss cemetery.


Family Note: The Colby obituary for Henry Aldinger says Henry's wife was the daughter of Gottlieb Schoeneman. Henry's father was Gottlieb Aldinger and I believe his wife's father was Richard Schoeneman. I also don't believe that Wm. Hennlich was Henry's brother in law.





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