Baby name story: Curtiss

Curtiss airplane
Curtiss airplane

Neta Snook Southern was the pioneering aviatrix who taught Amelia Earhart to fly. She was also the first female aviator in Iowa and the first woman to run a commercial airfield, among other things.

She gave up flying to raise a family, but paid tribute to fellow aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss when she named her son William Curtiss Southern (b. 1922).


Image: U. S. A. Scout (1916)

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