Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940)
Source: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) archive from the Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998) collection
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in 1930
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940)
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) at Dickinson High School, Jersey City, New Jersey in 1927
Boy Flier Plans Flight Around World Next June. Boston; December 14, 1930 (AP) Eddie Schneider, former holder of the junior trans-continental flight record, today announced he would hop off on a lone flight around the world next June. He said would leave from Roosevelt Field, New York, and make stops at Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Alaska, and Seattle. Schneider expects to make the flight in twenty-two days.
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in 1930 via Associated Press (AP). Image most likely from the Hudson Dispatch or the Jersey Journal.
Waving a cheery hello, Eddie Schneider, 18-year-old Jersey City youth quits his Cessna monoplane on completion of hs record flight from Los Angeles, California. Schneider's time of 26 hours and 38 1/2 minutes for the eastward coast-to-coast trip broke the late Frank Goldsborough's junior record by 1 hour and 29 1/2 minutes. Schneider now holds both junior records. His time for the westward flight is 29 hours and 21 minutes. (International Newsreels) Van Wert Daily Bulletin; Van Wert, Ohio; Wednesday, August 27, 1930.
Girl and Boy of 19 Are Interesting Pair in This Year's Ford Airplane Tour. Above are two of the most interesting pilots in the Ford Reliability tour, which got under way at Ford airport, Detroit, on a 4,000-mile trip with 15 planes competing. At the right is Nancy Hopkins, Washington society girl and niece of Lady Nancy Astor, the only woman contestant; with her is Eddie Schneider, 19, the youngest pilot in the race. Below is a closeup of Miss Hopkins.
Source: Newark Advocate; Newark, Ohio; September 16, 1930.
The 1930 National Air Show. Plane 21 is a Cessna monoplane belonging to Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940); and plane 22, behind it, is a Viking Kitty Hawk biplane belonging to Nancy Hopkins (1909-1997). Source: NationalAirShow.org
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) obituary in the New York Times. 2 Die As Planes Crash At Field. Eddie Schneider, who started flying when he was 15 years old and set a junior transcontinental record in 1930 at the age of 18, was killed with a student passenger yesterday when their light training plane was in collision with a Naval Reserve plane, also on a training flight, just west of Floyd Bennett Field. The Naval Reserve plane landed safely at the field but Schneider's plane went into a spin, tore off a wing, and crashed into Deep Creek, a few hundred feet across Flatbush Avenue from the city airport in Brooklyn. Both Schneider and his passenger, George W. Herzog, 37, a contractor living at 535 North Second Street, New Hyde Park, Long Island, were dead when their bodies were pulled from the submerged wreckage. At the Naval Reserve base at Floyd Bennett Field ...
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) via Associated Press (AP)
From left to right are: Maria Elizabeth Winblad (1895-1987); who is sitting in the lap of Ralph Freudenberg (1903-1980); Arthur Oscar Freudenberg (1891-1968) in the black tie; Sigrid Marie Andreassen (1905-1940); and Klara Helene Shultz (1895-1973). Sitting on the steps are: Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940); and his sister, Alice Violetta Schneider (1913-2002). On the right side of the picture are: Ada Augusta Freudenberg; Naida Muriel Freudenberg (1915-1998); Emil Schneider (1884-1955); and his wife Inga Petersen (1885-1928) circa 1917-1918 at an unknown home. There are two unknown women in chairs on the porch, one of them may be Sophia Pedersen, the sister of Inga, who had married a Schultz.
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940)
"The marriage on June 2, 1937 of Gretchen Hahnen of Jersey City, New Jersey governor of the Women's International Aeronautic Association, and Eddie A. Schneider of Jersey City, who in 1928, at age of 16 was the youngest air pilot to hold a commercial license, was announced today. The couple was married at the NY Municipal Building. Miss Hahnen, daughter of Mrs. Zora M. Hahnen of Des Moines, Iowa, and Mr. Schneider met when Miss Hahnen was organizing the Jersey City Junior Aeronautical Association, of which Mr. Schneider was sponsor. In 1930 Mr. Schneider broke the transcontinental junior speed record by lowering the mark of the late Frank Goldsborough. Mr. Schneider won the Great Lakes Trophy in the Ford national reliability tour in 1930 and in the 1931 tour he won first place for single-motored planes. He was director of the aviation division of the Hoover Business League in 1932. ..."
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) draft card from 1940. Source: George H. Williams, World War I Aviation Library at the University of Texas at Dallas
He Learns to Fly in 55 Minutes. After 55 minutes of instruction, Herbert Sargent, twenty-two, of Jersey City, made his first solo flight in a plane at the Jersey City airport and after completing the prescribed maneuvers set his plane down for a three point landing. Eddie A. Schneider, twenty-three, Sargent's youthful instructor, holder of the junior transcontinental flying record, said he allowed Sargent to go up alone because he handled a plane perfectly. Taking the air on such short instruction is believed to have brought to Sargent a new record. Source: Richfield Reaper; Richfield, Utah; Thursday, March 21, 1935.
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) draft card from 1940; and driver's licenses from 1938 and 1937.
Boy Pilot Seeks Record. Jersey City student set to fly to Pacific coast and back in August. Westfield, New Jersey; July 29, 1930. Eddie Schneider, 18-year-old Jersey City high school graduate, will try next month to better the national junior transcontinental airplane speed records of the late Frank Goldsborough. He plans to fly from the Westfield Airport to San Francisco and back. The youth has 275 air-hours to his credit, of which thirty-eight hours were of night flying. The record attempt will be made in a four-piece Cessna monoplanes powered with a Warner Scarab motor, a far faster ship that that used by Goldsborough. Source: New York Times; July 30, 1930.
Seeks Title on Coast Hop. Jersey boy, 18, plans start tomorrow, attempting speed record. Westfield, New Jersey; August 11, 1930. Weather permitting, Eddie Schneider, 18-year-old, Jersey City high school graduate, will take off from the Westfield Airport here at daybreak Wednesday in an effort to break the junior transcontinental speed record set two months ago by the late Frank Goldsborough. Schneider who decided today to make the attempt this week, will pilot a Cessna monoplane, powered with a 110-horse power motor, bought for him by a syndicate headed by his father, Emil A. Schneider. Only adverse weather conditions will delay the start of the flight, the youth said. He is considered an expert flier, having 275 flying hours to his credit. He plans to fly to Columbus, Ohio, and from there to St. Louis and spend the first night in Wichita, Kansas. He also plans to stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Source: New York Times; August 12, 1930; page 4
Inga Karoline Eldora Pedersen (1882-1927) confirmation in Farsund, Norway. Inga was the daughter of Peder Andreas Pedersen (1841-?) and Serine Larsdatter (1841-1905) of Farsund, Norway.
Letter from Gretchen Hahnen to Bertrand Blanchard Acosta from June 30, 1953.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 18, 1930 (Associated Press) Eddie Schneider 18 year old pilot attempting to set a new transcontinental flight record left Albuquerque at 7:40 am (Mountain Standard Time) today for Los Angeles expecting to finish his flight from New York without another stop.
4 Disillusioned Yank Airmen Desert Spain. Paris, January 6, 1937 (Associated Press) Four disillusioned American aviators announced today they were through with Spain and furthermore, they were through with civil wars. The four - Bert Acosta, Frederick Lord, Gordon Berry and Eddie Schneider - had led the Spanish socialist government's 'Yankee squadron' on the Basque front in the far north. But, they said, they were not paid, and money was their only reason for joining up. The flyers protested they were given nothing but unarmed sports planes with which to fight, while Russian pilots were assigned 'regular American army planes.' The American warplanes were said to be machines built in Russia through contracts giving the soviet government permission to copy American models. The flyers said both the socialist and fascist air forces in Spain were staffed almost entirely by foreigners. Source: Ironwood Daily Globe; Ironwood, Michigan; January 6, 1937
Schneider Off On Trip To Wichita. Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 22, 1930 (Associated Press) Eddie Schneider, eighteen year old pilot, left at 7:55 a.m. today (Mountain Standard Time) today for Wichita, Kansas, on the second lap of his attempt to lower the junior west-east flight record of twenty-eight hours and thirty-five minutes, established by the late Frank Goldsborough. Schneider will stop at Wichita tonight and expects to reach New York tomorrow. His elapsed time from Los Angeles to Albuquerque was seven hours, twenty-eight minutes. He lost half an hour in circling to get over the San Bernardino mountains because of his heavy load of gasoline. His magneto compass also failed him and he was forced to fly by dead reckoning.Source: Decatur Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois, August 22, 1930.
Russell Leads Nine Fliers in Air Tour.
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 10, 1930 (INS) Harry Russell, in a trimotored plane led nine contestants in the national reliability air tour into Tennessee Sky Harbor today for a luncheon control stop. Flight officials had received no word from Eddie Schneider, 19-year-old pilot, who was forced down near Middlesboro, Kentucky yesterday. Source: Lima News; Lima, Ohio; July 10, 1931.
"Reliability air tourists over West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. ... The point standing is as follows: ... Eddie Schneider 13.156.8" Source: Coshocton Tribune; Coshocton, Ohio; July 9, 1931.
A recent guest speaker at a club meeting was Eddie Schneider, who recounted some of his exciting experiences while a flyer in the Spanish Civil War. Source: American Modeler: The Best in Model Planes, Radio Control, Model Boats - Page 92.
... California; O'Brien and Jackson set a new endurance record; eighteen-year-old Eddie Schneider broke the Junior record in his round trip flight between New York and Los Angeles; and Von Gronau has made a successful eastwest flight ... Source: The Ohio School of the Air Courier - Page 36. Published by Ohio School of the Air, Ohio Department of Education - 1929.
... Lord, Bert Acosta, Gordon Berry and Eddie Schneider Jr. [sic] Only Edwin Semons, who had helped recruit the others in the USA and had journeyed to Spain with them, did not go to the Northern Front. Frederic Ives Lord ... Source: The Flyers: The Untold Story of British and Commonwealth Airmen in the Spanish Civil War and... - Page 92
by Brian Bridgeman - 1989 - 255 pages
Mrs. Gretchen Schneider Black; Fort Worth, Texas: The Eddie A. Schneider Memorial Library consisting of 67 books, 35 pamphlets, and a painting. Source: Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution - Page 137 by Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents - 1965.
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) living in Hempstead, Long Island with Carl Schneider in 1930.
Hahnens in the 1910 US Census in Des Moine, Iowa.
New York Times; August 24, 1930
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in the New York Times on August 25, 1930. "Schneider Makes Record Flight East; Pilot, 18, Cuts Goldsborough's Junior Coast-To-Coast Mark By 1 1/2 Hours. Lowers Round-Trip Time Jersey City High School Boy Arrives From Los Angeles In 27 Hours 19 Minutes, Dodging Storm On Way.
Roosevelt Field, Long Island; August 24, 1930. In his trim little Cessna monoplane Edward Schneider, 18-year-old high school student, roared across ..."
3 U.S. airmen here to explain aid to loyalists. Acosta, Berry, Schneider fly to capital with their attorney. Back from the broken harvests of the bloody Spanish war, the famed triumvir of American air fighters – Bert Acosta, Gordon Berry and Eddie Schneider – flew into Washington Airport yesterday all set to do some tall explaining to the Federal Government. Apparently none the worse for the wear and tear of the bitter civil conflict, now in its sixth month, the trio who quit because "it would be suicide to continue" and because their actions "might not be in tune with the spirit of neutrality", talked freely with newsmen about the reasons that motivated their enlistment. "I was broke, hungry, jobless," 25-year-old Schneider, who is married and has a family in New York, said. "Yet despite the fact that all three of us are old-time aviators who did our part for the development of the industry were left out in the cold in the Administration’s program of job making. ...
Source: Washington Post; January 20, 1937
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) and Nancy Hopkins (1909-1997) in Chicago, Illinois at the 1930 Ford National Reliability Air Tour on September 12, 1930.
World Wide Photo from the Nancy Hopkins Tier (1909–1997) collection at the International Women's Air & Space Museum archive.
Junior record for long hop. Los Angeles, California, August 19, 1930 (Associated Press) A slight, 18-year-old Jersey City youth, Eddie Schneider, today held the junior record for the fastest westward crossing of the United States. Landing at the municipal airport at dusk yesterday, the young flier completed his transcontinental crossing in a total flying time of 29 hours, 41 minutes, just 4 hours, 22 minutes less than required by the former holder, the late Frank Goldsborough, of New York. Schneider left Westfield, New Jersey August 14, 1930, flying only during the daytime. He said he experienced much stormy weather along the route and damaged his plane slightly once when he struck a tree in landing at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Source: Newark Advocate; Newark, Ohio; August, 19, 1930.
Sets Junior Transcontinental Record
(By Pacific and Atlantic) The junior trans-continental speed flight record, formerly held by Frank Goldsborough, boy ace who died in a crash recently, was lowered by Eddie Schneider, 18 year old flier, who made east to west crossing in elapsed flying time of 29 hours, and 41 minutes. Goldsborough's time was 34 hours and 3 minutes. Eddie is here seen being congratulated upon arrival at Los Angeles airport by Colonel Richard Barnitz, manager of the field.
Coshocton Tribune; Coshocton, Ohio; August 25, 1930, "Boy makes new round trip mark."
Local Pilot Killed. Eddie Schneider And Passenger Die In Crash. Eddie A. Schneider, 29, veteran pilot and former holder of the junior transcontinental speed record for airplanes, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon when a small monoplane in which he was giving a refresher course to another pilot was struck by U.S. Naval Reserve plane at Floyd Bennett Airport, Brooklyn. Schneider’s plane, one wing sheared off, plummeted in a tight spin into an inlet of Jamaica Bay, causing instant death to Schneider and his student, George W. Herzog, 37. Schneider, a native of New York City was a resident of Jersey City until a few years ago. He became interested in aviation while still a student at Dickenson High School, Jersey City, causing him to leave school when 15 to go to work as a plane mechanic at old Roosevelt Field Hempstead, Long Island. ...
Source: Jersey Journal; Jersey City, New Jersey; December 24, 1940
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) death certificate
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) medical examiner's report
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in the 1920 US Census
Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in the New York Times on January 16, 1937.