On Jan. 21, 1955, Frank Booth, along with his son, Dale, were killed when their Piper Cub airplane crashed while spotting foxes for a group of area men who were hunting on the ground below. The crash happened six miles south and one mile west of Cushing. Dale was piloting the plane at the time of the crash.
Both Frank and Dale were the J.I. Case dealers in Cherokee. Their implement business, Booth Implement Company,,was located in the building that now houses KCHE radio station.
Shortly after the accident, Dale's wife, Stella, and their daughter Cindy, who was two-years old at the time, moved away from the area.
Recently, Don Blake of Cherokee noticed that the now-grown Cindy Booth Maher was the new coordinator for the Cherokee County Gen Web site (www.iagenweb.org/cherokee). In her introduction page, she said that her father and grandfather were killed in that accident. Blake soon began corresponding with Maher. He learned that she and her mother both live near the Iowa City area.
Shortly thereafter, Blake remembered that Gerold Nissen of Cushing had taken some pictures of the accident. Blake contacted him, and Nissen sent him some pictures of the tragic scene. Blake soon sent them on to Maher and, according to Blake, she was thrilled to receive them.
Blake also remembered that Marion Robb, a local farmer, was also a pilot back at the time of the accident. He had salvaged the control surfaces from the wreck. Blake was in the aircraft repair business for years, and in the 1970's had obtained parts of the Booth plane from Robb.
She added, "The tragic accident occurred 55 years ago. I was less than three years old and do not remember my dad and grand-dad. That is why I'm so curious to know more about them personally and also an understanding of the events that led up to the crash.I understand they were popular businessmen and had numerous friends in the community."
Recently, Blake and Maher met at his daughter's home in Pleasant Hil,l and he presented her with the rudder.
Maher stated that she would like to hear from any of the hunters who were hunting that day, and she would also love to have any memorabilia from Booth Implement - such as pencils, yardsticks, or other memorabilia used as promotional materials which Booth Implement might have given away to their customers.
If you know of any memorabilia , you can contact Maher at 319-828-4480 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org