Whistled Like a Bird: The Untold Story of Dorothy Putnam, George Putnam, and Amelia Earhart

By Sally Putnam Chapman

During this notable, precise tale approximately an self sufficient lady, a world-famous aviator, and the strong guy who enjoyed them either, Sally Putnam Chapman, the granddaughter of Dorothy Binney Putnam and George Putnam, recounts a treasure trove of thoughts, spanning the years 1907 to 1961, culled from her grandmother's diaries. of photographs.

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To Teterboro box with Amelia, by means of automobile. Flew from there together with her and males to Sea Girt, army evaluation, and so on. , by way of Governor Moore. vast lunch and celebration. Stultz got Mayor’s fee. Had a lesson in braveness; the pilot or our airplane, Caperton, had a foul reputation—crashed planes lately. The Stultzes refused to fly with him. Amelia walked over and climbed in. She and that i went with him. scorching day—Small plane—Thrill On August four, Dorothy impatiently awaited the start of a long-planned weekend with G.

Was once no longer the following. He enjoyed it final 12 months. THE FRIENDSHIP FLIGHT HAD NOW develop into an incredible media occasion, and Dorothy secretly longed for her personal event. “Oh Yd supply a lot to be far-off, on an island with a cabin and the tides and sunlight and fishing and an occasional climb, and so forth. I don’t wish suburbs and towns. fairly loneliness and the seal” slowed down via terrible climate, George and the pissed off group endured to attend one other 3 days. whilst the large seaplane ultimately lifted from Boston Harbor, Dorothy recorded the eventful day: JUNE three, 1928 Hooray!

However the maximum increase to her spirits used to be the inside track that David and Nilla had made up our minds to maneuver all the way down to Florida, making plans to construct a home around the street from Immokolee on land Dorothy had given them. On July 6, 1935, Dorothy grew to become a grandmother. David and Nilla Putnam named their daughter—my older sister—Binney. From the instant that Dorothy held the tiny child to her breast, she felt renewed. Her grandchildren might turn out to be an overpowering resource of satisfaction and delight, and she or he vowed to make up for the days she felt she had missed either David and June.

I giggle whilst i believe that my mom and dad compelled me to attend an entire yr ahead of marrying my very own husband, Jack. a number of days later, David needed to depart fortress Pierce to renew his task in Maine, yet no longer ahead of preventing in short in Rye to inform his father and Amelia the scoop. His new bride remained with Dorothy at Immokolee for numerous days earlier than returning domestic to Georgia, the place her family members used to be understandably stunned by way of this flip of occasions, yet nonetheless delighted for his or her youngest daughter. Her new in-laws have been both stunned and extremely joyful, judging from a letter she bought from George Putnam, her partner's father, observed by means of a observe from Amelia.

Oh, please, won’t this warfare ever finish! ” On April 12, 1945, Dorothy heard the lovely information that Franklin D. Roosevelt had died: “President Roosevelt died at 4:30 p. m. and country is surprised! We heard it at dairy, 5:30 en direction domestic. the entire international is surprised and mourns the lack of nice allied chief. All ‘commercials’ off radio and lovely tributes from in every single place. ” Servicemen returning domestic have been relocating slowly around the nation, and Dorothy’s personal prayers have been responded whilst eventually she bought observe from her sons.

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