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Remember When? Wally Arntzen’s rescue missions make the news throughout the U.P. and Wisconsin

September 4, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - The aviation exploits of Walter "Wally" Arntzen were not regulated to the local area. There were dozens of accounts of his aerial expertise from throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin in the 1930s and 1940s.

A few of the published reports are as follows:

Wally Arntzen Brings Four Passengers to Straits

ST. IGNACE - Wally Arntzen, Escanaba pilot, Thursday night landed his airplane on the bay without the aid of lights. At about 8:30 p.m., he flew into St. Ignace from Escanaba with four passengers. There were no lights on the bay but his plane made a perfect landing just back of the Shell Station. Passengers with him were Marsha J. Collins, George Williams, Bill Ahern, and Delbert Paeske, all of Escanaba,

Published in The Evening News in Sault Ste. Marie on March 11, 1939.

Wallie Arntzen makes another mercy flight

WASHINGTON ISLAND - Aussey Olson, 44, Washington Island, was removed from Wally Arntzen's cabinplane at the Escanaba municipal airport to be taken to St. Francis Hospital yesterday afternoon. Olson received serious injuries to his back when a tree fell upon him Saturday morning.

Arntzen hopped off for the island at 1:10 p.m. and was back to the airport with Mr. Olson within an hour. The injured man is the brother of Mrs. L. Swanson of Gladstone.

The Escanaba aviator has made several mercy flights to Washington Island in the past.

Published in The Daily Press on Feb. 18, 1940.

Flier finds three adrift

on lake floe: Supplies dropped to fishermen afloat since Saturday

MUNISING (March 2, 1941) - Three fishermen, Matt Lammi and Jake Luoma of Chatham and Manuel Edlund of Autrin, adrift on an ice floe in Lake Superior since early Saturday morning, were located five miles off Grand Iland this afternoon by Wally Arntzen, Escanaba flier.

With Arntzen was Walter Thompson, also of Escanaba. Arntzen was called to search the area after an all-night hunt by coast guardsmen from the Marquette station failed to locate the missing men.

Arntzen landed his monoplane on bay ice here and took aboard blankets and a load of provisions. He dropped the supplies to the men without any trouble.

Coast guardsmen from Sand Point Station started for the men as soon as notified they had been found. The Marquette Coast Guard lifeboat also set out toward the men.

Arntzen said the fishermen were apparently in good health. They stood up and signaled him. They had constructed a shelter of ice blocks against the north wind. The floe, about two miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide, is drifting in with a north wind. It is broken and rough and because of this, Arntze was unable to land.

Published in the Milwaukee Journal, March 4, 1941

 
 

 

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