Air mail from Shelton


Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Walter Graham and Jessie Knight prior to takeoff.

A front-page story in the May 1, 1938, Shelton Daily Spokesman began: "As the surprise feature of National Air Mail Week comes word today from Shelton Postmaster Jessie Knight that the first-ever flight of mail would take off from Shelton between 4 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Well-known local pilot Walter Graham, who will have the honor of taking Shelton's first and only air mail load from Sanderson Field, is in Seattle today to get final instructions."

A civic group led by Mayor L. D. Hack was drawing up plans for a program to be held at Sanderson Field, and was hoping to have the "fi...

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