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Hays Free Press April 17, 2013 NEIGHBORS Page 5C + n April 23, 1926, Bessie Coleman made the last payment on her new airplane and arranged for the second-hand Jenny to be flown to Jacksonville, Florida, site of her next air show. "Brave Bessie" was born in 1893 less than a dozen miles from the Arkansas border at the northeast Texas communi- ty of Atlanta. Her father, who was three-quarters Cherokee, returned to his reservation roots around 1900, and her mother, strong-willed daugh- ter of a freed slave, settled at Waxahachie south of Dallas. Even though four offspring had died in childhood and five had left home, Susan Coleman still had four hungry" mouths to feed. Life was a day-to-day strag- gle, as she took in washing and little Bessie and a sister picked cotton, but no one missed a meal in the loving home. Illiteracy did not blind the single mother to the impor- tance of education, and she encouraged her kids to learn to read. The brightest was Bes- sie, who taught herself with borrowed books and second- hand magazines. It was an article about the Wright broth- ers in a dog-eared periodical that sparked her interest in 41S WEEK IN aviation. Despite limited schooling, Bessie passed the entrance exam for an all-black college in Oklahoma. The precious few dollars her mother had squirreled away bought just one semester of higher educa- tion, and the promising stu- dent was forced to drop out. Determined not to let her daughter's dreams die on the vine, Mrs. Coleman put Bessie on the train for Chi- cago. She could stay with two older brothers while looking for higher paying work in the Windy City. The naive notion the North was a prejudice-free paradise was soon laid to rest, when a white businessman actu- ally laughed in Bessie's face. "You ought to know better," he snarled. "We don't hire Bessie Coleman in 1922 beauty school. She studied hard and with diploma in hand landed a good job as a manicurist in the White Sox barber shop. By this time, Bessie had changed her plans. Instead of going back to college, she wanted to take flying lessons. She would learn, however, no aviation school in America would accept a black and female applicant. Bessie did not know which way to turn until a steady cus- Negroes here!" Realizing their sister needed tamer pointed her in the right a skill, the Coleman brothers direction. Black newspaper loaned Bessie the money for publisher Robert Sengstacke Abbott told the ambitious nail clipper that France was the place where she could get her dream off the ground. Fresh from a crash course in conversational French, Bessie sailed for Europe in the fall of 1920. By the next summer, she was a licensed pilot- the first of her race and gender in the world. Bessie returned to Chi- cago in September 1921 and opened up a chili parlor. The day her dollars-and-cents goal was reached, she closed the popular eatery and hurried back across the Atlantic for ad- vanced training in aerobatics. The talented Texan was already a celebrity before her August 1922 homecoming. "Termed by leading French and Dutch aviators one of the best flyers they had seen," reported the New York Times, "Miss Bessie Coleman, said to be the only negro aviatrix in the world, returned from Eu- rope yesterday to give a series of exhibitions in this country." The diminutive daredevil proved she had the right stuff in a Labor Day stunt show on Long Island. This dazzling debut was followed within the month by an exciting crowd- pleaser at Checkerboard Aero- drome in Chicago. When she succeeded in coaxing a dead engine back to life during a death-defying dive, aston- ished spectators coined a new nickname - Brave Bessie. While visiting her mother in Waxahachie, Bessie agreed to perform without charge for the local schoolchildren. She took a stand against segrega- tion by refusing to take off until the black students were allowed to use the same en- trance as the whites. Bessie barely escaped with her life in 1924, when the air- craft she was testing for a tire manufacturer malfunctioned and plunged to earth. The crash grounded her for a year, which she spent cooped up in a Chicago apartment recover- ing from her injuries. By 1926 the close call was a distant memory, and Bessie was her old, spectacular self. She looked forward to a ben- efit performance in Jackson- ville, Florida not only to help a well-deserving charity but also to pitch her own idea of a flying school for blacks. Bessie bumped into her old pal Abbott, the Chicago publisher, who told her he had a bad feeling about her new airplane. He begged her to skip the pre-show test flight on Apr. 30, 1926, but she assured him there was no reason to worry. A recently hired mechanic was at the controls, when the plane suddenly went into a steep dive. 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TX 78666 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Trinity United Chuch of Nlederweld 13700 Camino Real, Hwy. 21. Niederwald CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 DIRECTORY OF LOCAL CHURCHES ] RIMERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA DE BUDA 104 S, San Marcos Street. 512-295-8768 HORARIO/SCHEDULE DomingotSaedayt Escuela Domlniea/Sunday School ............................ 9:45 a.m, Cults de Prcdicaci6n/Worship Service ................... I 1:00 a,m, Sean Todos Bienvenidos , : . . dy for all ages 9 45 a m Worship Service, 10:55 a.m. (English and Spanish) Pastors 4000 East FM 150 (4 miles east of Kyle) WEDNESDAY: Sllver)o Hernandez (S12) 268-5471 Bible Study & Prayer, 7 p.m. and Dr. Dennis Koger Wornens & Mens Group Buda United Methodist Church Elm Street & San Marcos Traditional Worship (Worship Center)-9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)-10:l 5 a.m. Contemporary Worship (Worship Center)-ll a.m. Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772 SANTA CRUZ CATHOLIC CHURCH 11({0 Main Street Buda,Jbxas 78610 Office: 512-312-2520 " Fax: 512-29%2034 Rev. Kirby D. Garner, Pastor Fr. Charlie Garza, Assoc. Pastor CONFESSION OFFICE HOURS Saturdays: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday evening: 5 : 30 p.m. _~. Sunday ~ s~u~ t'o~t~g~ 8:30 a.m. (Spanish), 1 1 a.m. (English) 5 p.m. (English) Baptist Church .9:15 Traditional Service .10:45 Contemporary Service Classes for all ages at 9:15 and 10:45 St. John EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Youth Group 6od with A FOUNTAIN OF Services Sun, 10:30 a.m. Wed. 7:30 p.m. We are a non- denominational church currently meeting at Tom Green Elementary, 1301 Old 6oforth Road in Buda. Ca11512-393-4460 or go to for more info. Free Lunch Buffet Last Sunday of each month / First Baptist Church A loving & caring Southern Baptist Church 104 S. San Marcos Street, Buda Buddy Johnson, Pastor o 295-2161 Sunday School ........................................... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .................................... 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study / Youth Activities ...6:00 p.m. AWANA's (Wednesday) .......................... 6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided fbcbuda@austi~rccom Lutheran Church of Uhland, LCMS Highway 21, Uhland Bible Study ....................... 9:15 a.m. Church Services ................. 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Goeke 210-635-8584 20 N. Camino Real (State Hwy. 21) Uhland, Texas 78640 SUNDAYS 10AM Pastor Mark Pecina 51Z803.5909 Buda, TX 78610 FBWC@ymail,com t.s mt~ so. of Cai~as ~Southern Hills Church of Christ ~hrist , Serving Others / :rcO, M/we RSHIP WS:,:C~ mUS] Bible Class 10:00amWorship 6:00pm Worship Wednesday 7:00proBible Class 3740 Ranch Road 967 Buda, Texas www,southern (512) 312-5900 All services are sign-interpreted for the deaf east Baptist