21 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh’s Daring Solo Plane Flight

The “Roaring ’20s” was a fast-paced, dizzying time of excitement and possibilities. Peace and prosperity had returned after the devastation of WWI, and new inventions and machinery were pushing frontiers and expanding former boundaries. A bold young pilot named Charles Lindbergh epitomized the spirit of the times, and he dazzled the world when he landed his plane in Paris after completing history’s first solo trans-Atlantic flight on 21 May 1927.

photo of Charles Lindbergh standing in front of his plane “Spirit of St. Louis”

Photo: Charles Lindbergh standing in front of his plane “Spirit of St. Louis.” Credit: Library of Congress.

The 25-year-old airmail pilot was unknown when he flew his now-famous airplane Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, to Le Bourget Field outside of Paris, France, in 33½ hours on 20-21 May 1927. He was after the Orteig Prize, a $25,000 reward that had been available since 1919 to the first pilot to fly nonstop between New York and Paris.

In the intervening years several attempts had been made, all unsuccessful, and six famous pilots had died. Just 12 days before Lindbergh took off on his successful flight, two French war heroes—pilot Charles Nungesser and navigator Francois Coli—departed Paris in pursuit of the Orteig Prize, but they and their plane disappeared forever after flying over the coast of Ireland.

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The whole world seemed to embrace Lindbergh’s amazing aeronautical feat, and his daring and confidence were praised and rewarded. As a reserve Army officer he was awarded the Medal of Honor, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Coolidge. He achieved wealth and lasting fame, and the unknown airmail pilot was obscure no longer.

frront-page news about Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, Augusta Chronicle newspaper article 22 May 1927

Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia), 22 May 1927, page 1

This historical newspaper reported:

A new epoch in aviation has been inaugurated.

Charlie Lindbergh, of Little Falls, Minn., landed at Le Bourget, France, at 5:15 p.m. eastern daylight time yesterday, in one record-smashing jump from Roosevelt Field, New York.

“Well, here we are” was his greeting to the enthusiasm-maddened crowd.

Unaccompanied, Lindbergh drove his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, over the nearly four thousand mile air track, clipping about two hours and a half off the most optimistic time allowance.

The world’s imagination was fired by his exploit.

Spontaneous celebrations in scores of cities both here and abroad lasted far into the night; President Coolidge and executives of other nations flashed their congratulations and these were supplemented by the thousands from other individuals publicly prominent.

At Detroit, Charles’ mother relaxed her steadily maintained attitude of silent confidence and through tears of joy declared his victory “was all that mattered.”

photo of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” airplane on display at the National Air and Space Museum

Photo: Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” airplane on display at the National Air and Space Museum. Credit: Ad Meskens; Wikipedia.

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The old newspaper also reported Lindbergh’s reception when he landed in France:

To the young American it was seemingly merely the achievement of an ambition. To Paris, to France, to America, to the world, his landing tonight made him the greatest of heroes mankind had produced since the air became a means of travel.

A crowd of at least 25,000 surrounded his plane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” when it came to earth after its epochal voyage from the new world to the old. The airman was lifted from the seat, where for two days and a night he sat fixed, guiding his plane over land and sea, and for 40 minutes he was hardly able to talk or do anything else, except let himself be carried along by a mass of men made delirious with joy at his achievement.

Never has an aviator of any nation, even king or ruler, had a greater or more spontaneous welcome from the hearts of the common people of France. The very recklessness of his endeavor, as it appeared, appealed to the quick emotional imagination of Frenchmen, and they were quick to respond with everything their own hearts could give.

All ties of nationalism were forgotten by the Le Bourget throng. They saw in Lindbergh only a man who had brilliantly gambled with death and won. There was regret, for Nungesser and Coli, and regret, too, that the daring Frenchmen had not been the first. But there was no bitterness in their greeting of the American winner.

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California
Colton.
Chicano. 1 Issue. 5/10/1973
Los Angeles.
Dos Republicas. 1 Issue. 1892-06-07
Los Angeles.
Heraldo de Mexico. 27 Issues. 8/8/1918 to 11/1/1928
Oakland.
Mundo. 36 Issues. 8/2/1973 to 4/2/1975

Colorado
Trinidad.
Anunciador. 1 Issue. 9/9/1922

DC
Washington, DC.
Daily National Intelligencer. 1,624 Issues. 1822-01-01 to 1884-12-31

Florida
Ybor City.
Diario de Tampa. 6 Issues. 1/6/1909 to 1/30/1909

Georgia
Sparta.
Farmer’s Gazette*. 51 Issues. 1803-06-17 to 1807-08-08

Indiana
Indiana Harbour.
Amigo del Hogar. 2 Issues. 5/29/1927 to 5/27/1928

Louisiana
Donaldsville.
Donaldsonville Chief . 6/11/2008 to Today
New Orleans.
Times Picayune. 528 Issues. 1861-05-01 to 1897-04-10

Maine
Eastport. Eastport Sentinel*. 555 Issues. 1818-08-31 to 1832-08-15

Maryland
Baltimore. Federal Gazette. 1,989 Issues. 1796-02-05 to 1823-11-08 Uniontown. Engine of Liberty & Uniontown Advertiser*. 73 Issues. 1813-10-21 to 1815-04-27

Massachusetts
Gloucester.
Gloucester Telegraph. 1,597 Issues. 1827-01-01 to 1851-12-31
Springfield.
Federal Spy*. 170 Issues. 1794-05-13 to 1804-05-29

Nebraska
Nebraska City.
Nebraska City News-Press. 4/6/2009 to Today

New Mexico
Albuquerque.
Opinion Publica. 1 Issue. 1893-01-21
Las Cruces.
Eco del Valle. 5 Issues. 1/6/1906 to 2/13/1912
Las Cruces.
Estrella. 12 Issues. 6/19/1915 to 2/21/1925
Las Cruces.
Labrador. 12 Issues. 1897-11-21 to 9/1/1911
Las Cruces.
Las Cruces Democrat. 1 Issue. 1892-03-09
Las Cruces.
Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 1 Issue. 4/30/1937
Mountainair.
Independent. 2 Issues. 4/20/1918 to 12/7/1918
Santa Fe.
Daily New Mexican. 30 Issues. 1871-06-21 to 1875-01-30
Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1 Issue. 1895-12-26
Socorro.
Defensor del Pueblo. 16 Issues. 1925-0-16 to 9/24/1937
Springer.
Colfax County Stockman. 1 Issue. 12/10/1910
Springer.
Estandarte de Springer. 124 Issues. 1890-07-03 to 1893-05-25

New York
Albany.
Albany Evening Journal. 69 Issues. 1854-04-22 to 1874-06-30
Brooklyn.
Espana Libre. 2 Issues. 2/7/1941 to 5/9/1941
New York.
Doctrina de Marti. 30 Issues. 1896-07-25 to 1898-02-15
New York.
Eco de Cuba. 3 Issues. 1855-06-22 to 1855-07-20
New York.
Prensa. 1832 Issues. 7/19/1919 to 12/30/1929
Poughkeepsie.
Dutchess Observer*. 60 Issues. 1816-07-24 to 1821-12-26
Sag Harbor.
Frothingham’s Long Island Herald*. 8 Issues. 1791-07-26 to 1798-03-12

Ohio
Chilliocothe.
Fredonian*. 27 Issues. 1807-02-19 to 1819-06-10

Tennessee
Athens.
Daily Post-Athenian. 3/28/2009 to Today
Newport.
Newport Plain Talk. 7/1/1998 to Today

Texas
Brownsville.
Cronista del Valle. 13 Issues. 2/21/1925 to 8/9/1927
Brownsville.
Heraldo de Brownsville. 18 Issues. 7/21/1937 to 2/20/1940
Brownsville.
Progreso. 1 Issue. 1876-05-07
Brownsville.
Puerto. 1 Issue. 9/27/1958
Corpus Christi.
Nueces County News. 1 Issue. 11/17/1938
El Paso.
Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 8 Issues. 11/3/1910 to 1/21/1929
El Paso.
Continental. 3 Issues. 10/17/1937 to 8/19/1938
El Paso.
Monitor. 1 Issue. 1897-07-03
Kingsville.
Notas de Kingsville. 2 Issues. 8/2/1951 to 11/11/1954
Laredo.
Correo de Laredo. 2 Issues. 1892-02-11 to 1892-05-26
San Antonio.
Bejareno. 2 Issues. 1855-08-18 to 1856-04-19
San Antonio.
Prensa. 662 Issues. 2/13/1913 to 9/15/1916

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Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 42 issues. 10/7/1906 to 12/30/1906

Arkansas
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,027 issues. 6/8/1905 to 12/21/1921
Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 191 issues. 1/13/1820 to 8/14/1891

California
Colton. Chicano. 45 issues. 10/13/1971 to 3/3/1977
Sacramento. Prensa Libre. 56 issues. 1/15/1969 to 12/31/1970

Connecticut
New Haven. *Connecticut Gazette. 71 issues. 9/20/1755 to 1/12/1767
New London. New London Democrat. 47 issues. 9/11/1847 to 12/23/1848

Florida
Tampa. Nueva Republica. 8 issues. 5/29/1897 to 5/28/1898
Tampa. Revista de Cuba Libre. 8 issues. 1/8/1898 to 8/6/1898

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Falls Times. 43 issues. 1/8/1903 to 9/27/1917
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 3 issues. 11/17/1905 to 4/23/1915

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1 issue. 12/27/1866
Chicago. Latin Times. 183 issues. 9/3/1960 to 11/27/1970
Chicago. *Sol de Chicago. 1 issue. 3/21/1960

Kentucky
Frankfort. *Palladium. 32 issues. 3/2/1805 to 11/20/1813

Louisiana
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 2,852 issues. 1/23/1861 to 7/22/1901

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 4,708 issues. 7/1/1807 to 12/31/1898
Dedham. Norfolk Democrat. 25 issues. 1/4/1850 to 9/8/1854
Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette. 92 issues. 5/14/1782 to 7/20/1784

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 107 issues. 1/24/1904 to 2/25/1912

Missouri
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 148 issues. 1/1/1885 to 6/25/1895

Mississippi
Natchez. *Mississippi State Gazette. 138 issues. 3/6/1818 to 5/14/1825

North Carolina
New Bern. *State Gazette of North Carolina. 52 issues. 8/9/1787 to 2/20/1799

New Mexico
Las Vegas. *Revista Catolica. 301 issues. 1/8/1888 to 2/3/1895
Santa Fe. Weekly New Mexican. 9 issues. 7/13/1919 to 12/14/1919

New York
Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 154 issues. 2/1/1850 to 6/26/1871
Brooklyn. Curioso. 14 issues. 6/16/1934 to 5/4/1935
Brooklyn. *Guamaro. 15 issues. 9/26/1895 to 1/2/1896
Brooklyn. *Long Island Weekly Intelligencer. 7 issues. 7/3/1806 to 1/1/1807
Canadaigua. Western Repository. 14 issues. 11/1/1803 to 12/8/1807
New York. Cronica. 1 issue. 1/13/1950
New York. *Kan-de-la. 1 issue. 6/3/1949
New York. Liberacion. 10 issues. 5/3/1946 to 3/20/1948
New York. *Machate Criollo. 1 issue. 2/27/1927
New York. Nueva Voz. 37 issues. 7/29/1962 to 9/1/1965
New York. Prensa. 7 issues. 6/3/1925 to 8/28/1925
New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 14 issues. 2/20/1943 to 3/4/1944
New York. *Puerto Rico en Marcha. 19 issues. 8/21/1951 to 4/21/1969
New York. *Republicas Hispanas Unidas. 1 issue. 12/18/1943
New York. *Soberania. 1 issue. 4/21/1958
New York. *Vida Hispana. 9 issues. 6/25/1953 to 9/25/1954
New York. Voz. 2 issues. 2/1/1961 to 4/1/1962
NY. Troy. Troy Gazette. 65 issues. 4/5/1808 to 3/17/1812

Ohio
Cincinnati. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 2,716 issues. 5/1/1871 to 9/30/1890
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 18 issues. 1/2/1862 to 5/22/1862
Cincinnati. *Spirit of the West. 21 issues. 7/26/1814 to 4/15/1815
Cleveland. Plain-Dealer. 1,445 issues. 6/17/1914 to 12/31/1922

Oklahoma
Perry. Perry Republican. 1 issue. 5/31/1917

Oregon
Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 250 issues. 4/6/1872 to 6/30/1877
Portland. Oregonian. 956 issues. 2/4/1861 to 8/22/1889

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. *Public Ledger. 836 issues. 6/13/1838 to 11/12/1855

Texas
Brownsville. Republican. 1 issue. 7/5/1866
Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 2 issues. 1/4/1911 to 1/6/1911
El Paso. Atalaya Bautista: Semanario Evangelico Bautista. 1 issue. 7/14/1910
Kingsville. Accion. 1 issue. 8/1/1932
San Antonio. Epoca. 1 issue. 4/21/1918
San Antonio. Prensa. 4,764 issues. 2/9/1916 to 5/28/1959
San Antonio. Revista Mexicana. 10 issues. 7/13/1919 to 1/25/1920
Taft. *Panamericana News. 136 issues. 9/21/1942 to 6/21/1956

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 331 issues. 2/4/1902 to 12/29/1914
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Tribune. 3 issues. 5/19/1877 to 10/27/1877

Virginia
Richmond. Virginia Argus. 183 issues. 12/29/1797 to 10/19/1816

Vermont
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 725 issues. 1/11/1849 to 1/16/1922


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Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 174 Issues. 1903-02-03 to 1911-04-29

Arizona
Tucson. Fronterizo. 9 Issues. 1892-05-07 to 1892-12-10
Tucson. Tucsonense. 3 Issues. 1920-07-01 to 1922-04-20

Arkansas
Helena. Western Clarion. 2 Issues. 1865-04-08 to 1865-09-23
Hot Springs. *Hot Springs Village Voice. 2008-09-03 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,976 Issues. 1904-09-03 to 1921-12-14

Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 3,354 Issues. 1821-01-06 to 1891-12-11
Russellville. *Courier. 2008-08-23 to Current

California
Colton. Chicano. 2 Issues. 1973-02-08 to 1974-03-07
Los Angeles. Prensa. 177 Issues. 1932-03-06 to 1937-01-02
Sacramento. *Prensa Libre. 15 Issues. 1969-03-21 to 1970-11-12
San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 2 Issues. 1918-04-06 to 1918-07-06
San Francisco. *Voz de Chile y de las Republicas Americanas. 41 Issues. 1867-10-11 to 1868-05-26
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 2 Issues. 1882-04-29 to 1882-11-18

Colorado
Colorado Springs. Gazette-Telegraph. 501 Issues. 1903-01-01 to 1922-12-02
San Luis. Adobe. 1 Issue. 1978-06-01

Connecticut
New London. New London Daily Chronicle. 3 Issues. 1860-07-02 to 1861-07-13
New London. New London Democrat. 19 Issues. 1845-04-05 to 1852-02-21

Florida
Tampa. *Informacion. 1 Issue. 1858-10-21
Tampa. *Nueva Republica. 2 Issues. 1897-07-24 to 1897-07-31
Tampa. *Revista de Cuba Libre. 5 Issues. 1897-12-25 to 1898-06-11

Idaho
Idaho City. Idaho Register. 1,350 Issues. 1886-09-25 to 1916-10-17
Twin Falls. Twin Falls News. 666 Issues. 1918-04-08 to 1921-12-17

Illinois
Centralia. Centralia Sentinel. 1 Issue. 1865-01-19
Chicago. Vida Latina. 2 Issues. 1953-05-21 to 1960-04-21
Chicago. Vorbote. 88 Issues. 1874-02-28 to 1875-12-25

Iowa
Centerville. *Ad Express & Daily Iowegian. 2008-01-02 to 2008-02-14


Louisiana
New Orleans. Abeja. 1 Issue. 1830-02-19
New Orleans. Times Picayune. 9,277 Issues. 1837-01-25 to 1900-12-28
New Orleans. *Times Picayune. 96 Issues. 1901-01-03 to 1901-07-21

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 383 Issues. 1904-01-24 to 1912-02-25

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 146 Issues. 1868-07-01 to 1917-10-06
Haverhill. *Observer. 8 Issues. 1833-03-23 to 1835-02-14
Northampton. *Daily Hampshire Gazette. 2008-07-18 to Current
Springfield. *Hampshire Herald. 93 Issues. 1784-07-27 to 1786-09-26
Springfield. Massachusetts Gazette. 17 Issues. 1782-05-14 to 1784-07-20
Springfield. Springfield Republican. 153 Issues. 1886-05-01 to 1891-12-31MA.
Stoughton. Stoughton Sentinel. 8 Issues. 1871-05-13 to 1876-08-26

Michigan
Ludington. *Ludington Daily News. 1998-02-05 to Current

Mississippi

Greenville. *Delta Democrat. 2002-01-08 to Current

Missouri
Kansas City. Kansas City Times. 129 Issues. 1884-05-01 to 1895-10-30

Nebraska
Nebraska City. Daily Nebraska Press. 81 Issues. 1868-08-07 to 1876-12-28

New Hampshire
Concord. Republican Gazette. 13 Issues. 1801-02-05 to 1803-04-28
Dover. Phoenix. 5 Issues. 1792-02-08 to 1795-08-22

New Mexico
Las Cruces. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 6 Issues. 1934-02-02 to 1938-10-21
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 42 Issues. 1871-04-17 to 1874-05-21
Santa Fe. *Weekly New Mexican. 22 Issues. 1919-08-10 to 1920-01-25
Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 3 Issues. 1890-04-03 to 1891-01-15
Las Vegas. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 26 Issues. 1881-10-09 to 1884-02-29

New York
New York. Albany. Albany Evening Journal. 187 Issues. 1850-06-11 to 1873-01-14
Brooklyn. *Curioso. 23 Issues. 1934-04-07 to 1935-06-01
Brooklyn. Espana Libre. 2 Issues. 1941-04-18 to 1941-10-31
Garden City. *Eco. 1 Issue. 1932-03-01
New York. *Alba de Nueva York. 1 Issue. 1954-03-20
New York. Americana. 1 Issue. 1948-06-01
New York. *Cine Variedades. 3 Issues. 1953-07-21 to 1954-04-21
New York. *Crisol. 1 Issue. 1949-05-28
New York. *Cronica. 1 Issue. 1950-01-04
New York. *Eco de Mundo. 2 Issues. 1960-08-06 to 1960-08-13
New York. *Liberacion. 9 Issues. 1946-05-10 to 1949-04-09
New York. *Mensaje. 3 Issues. 1957-08-25 to 1958-03-25
New York. *Nueva Voz. 8 Issues. 1962-10-01 to 1965-03-01
New York. *Nueva York al Dia. 1 Issue. 1945-05-01
New York. *Prensa. 91 Issues. 1925-05-01 to 1925-08-31
New York. Pueblos Hispanos. 49 Issues. 1943-03-06 to 1944-08-05
New York. *Puerto Rico en Marcha. 4 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Puerto Rico y Nueva York. 3 Issues. 1954-05-21 to 1968-10-21
New York. Republican Watch-Tower. 15 Issues. 1800-03-19 to 1810-11-16
New York. *Semanario Hispano. 2 Issues. 1946-03-09 to 1946-05-25
New York. *Seminario. 1 Issue. 1955-12-10
New York. *Voz. 5 Issues. 1960-04-01 to 1962-10-01
Troy. Troy Gazette. 53 Issues. 1802-09-15 to 1808-12-27


North Carolina

Rockingham. *Richmond County Daily Journal. 2003-05-05 to Current

Ohio
Cincinnati. *Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. 121 Issues. 1873-05-01 to 1873-08-31
Cleveland. *Plain-Dealer. 229 Issues. 1914-10-20 to 1920-05-20

Dayton. *Ohio Republican. 63 Issues. 1813-11-01 to 1816-10-02
Ravenna. *Portage County Advocate. 54 Issues. 1854-04-05 to 1855-03-28
Wooster. Wooster Republican. 43 Issues. 1862-12-18 to 1872-12-19

Oklahoma
Duncan. *Duncan Banner. 2008-01-11 to Current

Oregon
Eugene. Oregon State Journal. 268 Issues. 1864-03-12 to 1880-12-25

Pennsylvania
Harrisburg. *Oracle of Dauphin. 67 Issues. 1821-02-03 to 1824-07-17

Rhode Island
Pawtucket. Pawtucket Times. 30 Issues. 1920-03-16 to 1921-02-06

Tennessee
Murfreesboro. *Daily News Journal. 1999-02-12 to Current

Texas
Beaumont. Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 265 Issues. 1906-03-28 to 1911-09-30
Beaumont. Galveston News. 2 Issues. 1881-09-29 to 1882-10-26
Brownsville. Daily Metropolitan. 30 Issues. 1893-10-22 to 1893-11-30
Brownsville. *Daily Republican. 2 Issues. 1884-09-20 to 1884-09-26
Brownsville. Heraldo de Brownsville. 5 Issues. 1939-04-17 to 1939-11-22
Brownsville. Republican. 38 Issues. 1862-10-09 to 1868-07-16
Cleburne. Cleburne Morning Review. 283 Issues. 7/14/1911 to 12/20/1914
El Paso. Continental. 2 Issues. 1959-07-01 to 1959-08-29
El Paso. Independiente. 1 Issue. 1896-08-07
El Paso. Monitor. 1 Issue. 1897-07-10
San Antonio. Prensa. 540 Issues. 1918-06-10 to 1955-09-20
San Antonio. *Revista Mexicana. 19 Issues. 1919-08-03 to 1919-08-31

Utah
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Telegram. 1 Issue. 1909-03-20
Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Tribune. 1 Issue. 1877-6-16

Virginia
Richmond. Virginia Argus. 211 Issues. 1799-07-23 to 1814-07-25

Vermont
Putney. Argus. 17 Issues. 1797-03-16 to 1799-02-26
St. Albans. St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1,420 Issues. 1839-05-09 to 1921-11-19

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Newsday (Melville, NY) – August 4, 2004
Elayne Singer, 80, bookkeeper, family matriarch
Agonizing that her older sister, Marion, had a matter of hours to live, Elayne Singer told her grandson, Scott Resnik, in a telephone conversation Saturday morning that she hoped her own death would be quick and painless.


Less than two hours after that telephone conversation, Singer, a liver transplant survivor, died at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow from injuries sustained in an accident on Sunrise Highway. Singer, 80, and her husband, Irving, were on their way from the couple’s Uniondale senior complex to the Merrick Long Island Rail Road Station to pick up another of Singer’s sisters for a farewell visit to their dying sibling Marion when a car slammed broadside into their Honda Civic. Her husband was hospitalized with two fractured ribs.

“She was the family matriarch and my best friend,” Resnik said of his grandmother. “I called her my hero.”

Singer, the youngest of five children, all girls, was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1942. A fan of the big band music of the day, the former Elayne Lieberman was at a Manhattan dance hall, her grandson said, when she met Irving Singer not long after his discharge from the military in 1946.

The couple married two years later and subsequently moved to Levittown, where they raised two children.

When the children had grown, she became a career bookkeeper, working until she was almost 70 for a variety of local companies.

His grandmother may have been diminutive in stature, but she had a giant heart, Resnik, of Mastic, said.

As relatives fussed over her at a recent family barbecue, tripping over each other to cater to her, she just waved them off, insisting that there must be some tasks to which she could be assigned, Resnik recalled. “She was very petite but she had enough love in her to feed an entire city and more. She constantly wore a smile.”

In addition to her husband and grandson, Singer is survived by two daughters, Hope Martinsen of Afton, N.Y., and Cindy Nadelbach, of Levittown; three sisters, Pat Eagen of Manhattan, Marion Seplow of New Hyde Park and Bea Krebs of Brooklyn; and two other grandchildren, Josh and Lauren Nadelbach.

The funeral was yesterday at Boulevard Riverside Chapel in Hewlett followed by burial at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn. Family will be sitting shivah in Levittown until tomorrow, relatives said.

Donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, P.O. Box 5218, Toms River, N.J. 08754-5218.
Copyright (c) 2004 Newsday, Inc.


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Auburn, NY. Cayuga Republican. 1823 to 1876
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Ballston Spa, NY. Saratoga Advertiser. 1804 to 1812
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Cherry Valley, NY. Cherry Valley Gazette. 1821 to 1826
Goshen, NY. Goshen Repository. 1797 to 1798
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Herkimer, NY. Farmer’s Monitor. 1805 to 1807
Kingston, NY. Rising Sun. 1793 to 1798
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New York, NY. Hodge’s Bank Note Reporter. 1861 to 1861
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New York, NY. New-York Advertiser. 1821 to 1859
New York, NY. Republican Watch-Tower. 1810 to 1810
New York, NY. Royal American Gazette. 1777 to 1780
New York, NY. Spectator. 1822 to 1824
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Newburgh, NY. Rights of Man. 1801 to 1804
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Plattsburgh, NY. Plattsburgh Herald. 1815 to 1825
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Schoharie, NY. Schoharie Observer. 1820 to 1827
Troy, NY. Troy Gazette. 1802 to 1811
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Utica, NY. Utica Patriot. 1817 to 1820
Waterloo, NY. Waterloo Gazette. 1818 to 1821
Whitestown, NY. Western Centinel. 1794 to to 1798
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B-Ann Moorhouse (1925-2008)

Joy Rich, Editor, Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society (New York), contacted me with the sad news that B-Ann Moorhouse has passed away.
She was a terrific genealogist. When I began researching in the 1960s I got to know her and always appreciated her kindness and assistance.

With permission I am reposting Joy’s announcement of her passing.

I write to you with a heavy heart about the passing of B-Ann Moorhouse. B-Ann was a professional genealogist (and a CG) for several decades. She was loved and respected by the enormous number of people whose lives she touched.

B-Ann was the epitome of kindness and graciousness. She believed in people and encouraged them to fulfill their potential. She was always eager to share – especially with the next generation of professional genealogists and with librarians and archivists – the astonishing amount of wisdom, knowledge, and insight she had in the field of genealogy, particularly concerning Irish and colonial American genealogy.

Another area of great interest to B-Ann was the history of African American families in Brooklyn. B-Ann was the founder in 1978 of the Ulster Historical Foundation’s Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild, a research co-operative established to link people worldwide who shared a common interest in Irish genealogy. She also founded the Genealogy Workshop at the Brooklyn Historical Society, which, at the time, was named the Long Island Historical Society.

She authored numerous articles for genealogical publications, abstracted Kings County, New York, administration proceedings and typed them on an extremely temperamental computer, and created finding aids for New York City for several New York state censuses. B-Ann was given access to basements and storage rooms in New York City’s Municipal Archives (when it was still in the Tweed Courthouse), Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court, and the Long Island Historical Society. Left to her own devices, she proceeded to rummage around and found many hidden treasures that she brought to light.

B-Ann passed away on February 15, 2008, in Georgia. Her beloved niece, Ann, who assured me that B-Ann died peacefully, moved her there last year so that she could care for B-Ann in her last months. It will bring a smile to your lips to know that, under Ann’s care, our B-Ann of the small frame gained sixteen pounds in six months.

Soon before she moved to Georgia, Jim Garrity and I paid her what turned out to be our final visit. We took her for a stroll on the promenade in her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and then out to dinner. We had a wonderful time. It is just one of so many good memories of her that we will have with us always.

B-Ann will be dearly missed by her friends and her family.

Joy Rich
Brooklyn, NY