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Collection Number RG1108.AM
Collection Name RG1108 Sias, Ernest J., 1877-1955
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 1.0 cu.ft.
Title Ernest J. Sias papers
Date or Date Span 1907-2004; mostly 1938-1945
Year Range from 1907
Year Range to 2004
Admin/Biographical History Born in Fontanelle, Iowa, June 23, 1877, Ernest J. Sias studied at Drake University and received his B.A. degree from Cotner University, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1907. Sias served as minister of the First Christian Church of Frankfort, Indiana from 1907 until 1910. He was instrumental in the formation of Nebraska air transportation. Sias founded and was president of the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School in 1920, and the Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in 1935. Sias died on October 4, 1955, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is buried next to his wife, Alma (Demarest) Sias, in the Grant Evergreen Cemetery, Nemaha County, Nebraska.
Scope & Content The bulk of this collection consists of the correspondence relating to the Lincoln Aeronautical Institute from 1938 until its liquidation in 1945. This correspondence reveals the efforts of E.J. Sias, president, to establish a training program for discharged veterans. Correspondents include: J.S Hoffsinger, 1943-1945; E.H. Reitzke, 1944-1945; Karl Stefan, 1944; A.L. Miller, 1944; G.W. Rosenlof, 1944; C.S. Boucher, 1944; William R. Enyart, 1940; C.N. Suffill, 1943; and Max Kier, 1944.

Additional correspondence relates to an effort to establish a feeder system of air transportation throughout the state of Nebraska, along with speeches and advertisement material on the value of air transportation. Also included are several scrapbooks, a volume containing sermons from Sias' time as a minister, and a history of E.J. Sias, the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School and the Lincoln Aeronautical Institute, written by Del Harding in 2004.
Creator Sias, Ernest J., 1877-1955
Other Creators Harding, Del
Related units of description Aeronautics Collection (Neb.) [RG2929]
Lincoln Aircraft Company, Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG1163]
Lincoln Airplane and Flying School (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG1475]
Lincoln Airplane School (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG4172]
Lincoln Primary Flying School (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG1610]
Subjects Aeronautics
People Boucher, Chauncey Samuel, 1886-1955
Kier, Samuel Max, 1895-1972
Miller, Arthur Lewis, 1892-1969
Rosenlof, George Walter, 1891-1974
Sias, Ernest J., 1877-1955
Stefan, Karl, 1884-1951
Search Terms Aeronautics -- Nebraska
Lincoln Aeronautical Institute (Lincoln, Neb.)
Lincoln Airplane and Flying School (Lincoln, Neb.)