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1. "Making charts of air currents." Arcadia Journal, June 21, 1919. 2. "Mercury Flights Through Cloudland (1917)." Advertising brochure for sightseeing flights. One of the attractions was the Balloon School. Copied from the original owned by Sid Platford. 3. "Veteran recalls balloon field." Ar…
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1. "Making charts of air currents." Arcadia Journal, June 21, 1919.
2. "Mercury Flights Through Cloudland (1917)." Advertising brochure for sightseeing flights. One of the attractions was the Balloon School. Copied from the original owned by Sid Platford.
3. "Veteran recalls balloon field." Arcadia Tribune, July 1, 1976, page 1.
4. "Observation balloons ruled air." Arcadia Tribune, August 16, 1973.
5. " 'Eyes of Army' look back." Los Angeles Times, September 30, 1966, Part II, page 1.
6. "Veteran balloon pilots." Arcadia News-Post, September 29, 1966.
7. Goddard correspondence, March 22, 1965
8. "Gasbaggers reunion." Arcadia Tribune, October 2, 1966.
9. "Eyes trained at Arcadia." Branding Iron, December 1962, reprint.
10. "Eyes trained at Arcadia," by J.H. Richardson, in manuscript form.
11. "Ross field wrecking rushed." Copies from Alton Green scrapbook.
12. Balloon School personal account. 5 typed sheet.
13. "C-2 is expected." Arcadia Journal, September 23, 1922.
14. "History of Fort Omaha Balloon School. Copies from Omaha newspaper.
15. "Show Ross Field return secured by Hoeppel." Arcadia Tribune, June 2, 1963.
16. "Balloon corps veterans plan." Arcadia Tribune, September 18, 1966.
17. "Earlier days in Los Angeles, about Woodrow Wilson, carrier pigeon." News clip, April 7, 1974.
18. Corps member Cathcart's letter. June 30, 1964.
19. "Earlier days in Los Angeles, about first all night observation trip." June 1969.
20. Photos showing buildings, hospital, and balloons in the air. Arcadian Observer, December 21, 1918, page 19, 31, 60.
21. "Panorama of our new school." Arcadian Observer, August 3, 1918.
22. "The U.S. Army Balloon School." Arcadian Observer, September 1918, supplement.
23. "Swimming pool and clubhouse." Arcadian Observer, September 1918, supplement.
24. Correspondence from Akron-Summit County Public Library. Letter in reply to Balloon School information request, June 5, 1978.
25. Correspondence from the Department of the Army. Letter in reply to Balloon School information request, June 13, 1978.
26. Correspondence between Donald G. Cathcart and the City of Arcadia, 1964.
27. Completion Report Number 1 covering construction of Army Balloon School, October 1, 1918. 40 pages. Purchased from National Archives in 1978.
28. "Arcadia man recalls ballooning days." (Rudolph C. Shosted) Monrovia Journal, April 11, 1974. (Also in Arcadia Tribune, April 11, 1974, p. A2)
29. "Colonel W.N. Hensley, Jr., commanding." Arcadian Observer, September 1918, page 3.
30. "Airships tracked enemy from Arcadia balloon base." Arcadia Tribune, January 26, 1978.
31. Copies of photos with designation of various sections of base.
32. "Major Max Fleischman." Arcadian Observer, October 5, 1918.
33. "The Arcadia Balloon School, 1918." Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly, October 1980. Photo with lengthy caption.
34. "Ross Field does fadeout." Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1933, Part I , page 6.
35. "Close blind pig at once!" Hensley blind pigs is slang for speak easy or illegal operation, and referred to a need to clean them up if Balloon School is to be here. Arcadia Journal, June 8, 1918.
36. "Arcadia will be aircraft center." Arcadia Journal, September 28, 1918.
37. Correspondence regarding archival holdings on Balloon School in National Archives, June 16, 1978.
38. The first all night observation trip.
39. "Au revoir Col. Hensley." Arcadian Observer, September 1918, page 6.
40. Recollection of Mr. John Milton Huston, stationed here at 21.
41. "The post band." Arcadia Observer, November 9, 1918, page 6.
42. "Balloons re-enter the wars." News clip, October 7, 1951, possibly from an Omaha publication.
43. "Airborne 'elephants' once inhabited Arcadia's skies." Fedco Reporter, May 1988, by J.D. Carroll.
44. "Observer." Arcadian Observer, September 1918, page 19.
45. "New commander in charge of Arcadia." Arcadian Observer, January 4, 1919, page 8.
46. "First American Balloon Officer to die in action." (Lt. Cleo J. Ross) Arcadian Observer, November 2, 1918, page 27.
47. "Two balloon men killed by bomb." Arcadia Journal, September 28, 1918.
48. "Balloon School awaits on order." Arcadia Journal, March 30, 1918.
49. Sample of letterhead stationery from Balloon School.
50. "L.A. Scene - The City then and now." Balloon School/Arcadia County Park. Los Angeles Times, December 20, 1993, page B3.
51. "Officers to have a camp at Arcadia." Temple Times, June 26, 1924.
52. "Pioneer 'Birdman' recalls balloon exploits in Pasadena area." Arcadia man won fame in flying dirigible. Pasadena Star News, March 16, 1952.
53. "Ross Field use known June 1." News clip, May 8, 1929.
54. " Ross Field bill voted by houses." News clip, March 4, 1933.
55. "Ross Field Parks Project near vote by County leaders." Pasadena Star News, May 14, 1933.
56. "Ross Field purchase is urged on Council." News clip, May 18, 1933.
57. "Ross Field planned to become new park as County gets deed." News clip, August 1, 1935.
58. "Ross Field betterment approved." News clip, August 2, 1935.
59. "Ross Field to harbor zeppelin and Ross Field hangar leased as zeppelin assembling center." News clip, no date.
60. "Air planes gather at Ross Field for zeppelin activities." News clip, May 22, 1929. "Pilots will be trained at Ross." News clip, May 22, 1929. "Light tests on way at Ross site." News clip, May 18, 1929.
61. "U.S. returns Ross Field as sports center." News clip, June 11, 1935.
62. "Army School Ross Field Project." News clip, June 24, 1930.
63. "Park agreed at balloon field site." News clip, July 3, 1935.
64. "$55,655 price decision near on Ross Field." News clip, May 17, 1933. "Senate passes Arcadia Bill." Los Angeles Times, 1933.
65. "Set date for zeppelin to take air." News clip, May 28, 1929.
66. "Dirigible's keel laid at Ross." News clip, May 20, 1929.
67. "Group backs Ross Field measure." News clip, January 24, 1933.
68. "Senate passes balloon camp land transfer." News clip, February 10, 1933.
69. 1996 Heritage Calendar by Chino Valley Bank. Includes photos of U.S. Army Balloon Corp station.
70. "Today and yesterday of the Arcadia Balloon School Field." Pasadena Star News, July 4, 1931.
71. Copies of photos of Ray Walters, stationed at the Balloon School. Photo and article regarding the first annual picnic, June 1938.
72. Copy of photo #186.
73. "Army's biggest balloon school coming here." Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1916, Part II, page 1.
74. First draft chapter on Ross Field, by Arcadia resident John Irwin.
75. "Balloon Work Conditions Better, Y.M.C.A. Outpost is Established at Stocker Field, Officers Will Play Ball Tonight at Balloon Camp." Pasadena Star News, July 18, 1918.
76. World War I Heroes Remembered : Cleo J. Ross. Written by Ken Hudnut. (Internet article)
77. California Aviation History : The Army Balloon School, Ross Field, Arcadia, California, by Richard DesChenes. From the California State Military Department, California Military Museum. http:www.militarymuseum.org/BalloonSch.html
78. "Pasadena Public Library does bit for soldiers." Collection of books is provided for the military camp of the Seventh California regiment of guardsmen at Arcadia. Pasadena Star News, May 19, 1917, p. 13.
79. Overseas Army nurse, Grace Thompson, has been assigned to the post hospital at the United States Army Balloon School at Arcadia. Pasadena Star News, May 21, 1919, p. 11
80. "Heads For Camp in City." Thirty officers arrive from Fort Dodge, Iowa to take balloon duty in Arcadia. Many live in Arcadia. Lieutenant Colonel W.N. Hensley will host a dinner for his staff at Hotel Huntington. Pasadena Star News, Monday April 1, 1918.
81. "Tents Erected at Balloon Campsite." Seven tents for thirty men from the United States Army signal corps have been erected on the site of the new balloon station on the Baldwin Ranch in Arcadia. Pasadena Star News, April 4, 1918.
82. "May Give Up Camp Plans." Rumors from Washington say balloon station is not needed, decision will come soon, war department to meet with Los Angeles representatives. Pasadena Star News, April 9, 1918.
83. "Sale of Ross Field is Vetoed." War Department's wire stops sale of Ross Field to any private individual or municipality, government will reserve tract for other training. Pasadena Star News, April 13, 1927.
84. "Fire Plan Revision is Foresters' Job." Forest guards, patrolmen and registrars to complete training at Ross Field in Arcadia before fire season begins. Pasadena Star News clipping April 24, 1929.
85. "Forest fire work to be given trial. Rangers to carry out training program." The annual forest rangers' training school will be in session for two days at Ross Field, Arcadia. Pasadena Star News clipping, April 30, 1929.
86. Gallery Guide to Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum Exhibit, November 2005-January 2006. Exhibit called "War Department, Department of Military Aeronautics, Army Balloon School."
87. Named "Ross Field" for Lieutenant Cleo J. Ross, killed in France. The Atlanta Constitution, May 23, 1919.
Subjects
Balloon School
Item ID
32AF
Collection
Subject Files
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The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School

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1. The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School at Arcadia, California. Vol. 1 #1 August 3, 1918 – Vol. 1 #29 February 15, 1919 (Bound) 2. Official Souvenir & Program Balloon School Circus and the Final Edition of The Arcadian Observer, February 22, 1919.
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1. The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School at Arcadia, California. Vol. 1 #1 August 3, 1918 – Vol. 1 #29 February 15, 1919 (Bound)
2. Official Souvenir & Program Balloon School Circus and the Final Edition of The Arcadian Observer, February 22, 1919.
Subjects
The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School
Location
History Room
Box Number
Box 40
Shelf Number
Shelf B5
Item ID
350AF
Collection
Subject Files
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The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School

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1. The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School at Arcadia, California. (Miscellaneous single issues) Supplement to The Arcadian Observer, September 1918, was gift from Sierra Madre Public Library on March 17, 2004.
Contents
1. The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School at Arcadia, California. (Miscellaneous single issues) Supplement to The Arcadian Observer, September 1918, was gift from Sierra Madre Public Library on March 17, 2004.
Subjects
The Arcadian Observer. Official paper of the United States Army Balloon School
Location
History Room
Box Number
Box 41
Shelf Number
Shelf B5
Item ID
351AF
Collection
Subject Files
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Calisthenics class, Balloon School officers summer camp at Ross Field, 1925.

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Date
1925

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Date
1925
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
1276
Collection
Photographs
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Goodyear blimp VOLUNTEER is seen stopping at Ross Field Balloon School in 1929. Five automobiles are seen parked and interested spectators are standing nearby. The two large hangars at the extreme west portion of the Balloon School land are seen in background.

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Date
1929

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Date
1929
Subjects
Balloon School
Aeronautics
ID
862
Collection
Photographs
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Photo of General John J. Pershing mingling with a group at Ross Field Balloon School. He is accompanied by other officers and there are a number of young boys eager to greet him. Across photo had been written "Balloon School Training" and "1920" and "General Pershing at Arcadia."

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Date
1920

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Date
1920
Subjects
Balloon School
Pershing, John J.
ID
222
Collection
Photographs
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Writer Charles Cooper continues his series of articles called "Memories of Arcadia" with a history and description of the U.S. Army Balloon School that was at Camp Ross (or Ross Field) in Arcadia during World War I. The balloon school was located on the current site of Arcadia County Park.

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Newspaper
Arcadia Weekly
Date
July 3, 2003
Pages
p. 1
Newspaper
Arcadia Weekly
Date
July 3, 2003
Pages
p. 1
Subjects
Camp Ross
U.S. Army Balloon School-Ross Field-Arcadia, CA
World War I
Item ID
31780AN
Collection
Newspaper Index
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Photo shows hangar and large gas tank believed to be on grounds of Ross Field Balloon School. Low buildings show on left and right of hangar.

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Date
c.1917-1918

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Date
c.1917-1918
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
171
Collection
Photographs
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John M. Huston, a World War I private in the Air Services Signal Corps unit that was here in Arcadia at the Balloon School, gives an account of those experiences.

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Newspaper
Arcadia Tribune
Date
July 1, 1976
Pages
p. 1
Newspaper
Arcadia Tribune
Date
July 1, 1976
Pages
p. 1
Subjects
Balloon School
World War I
Item ID
595AN
Collection
Newspaper Index
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View north toward San Gabriel Mountains. Men of Ross Field Balloon School, holding gondola or basket just coming to the ground or being readied to go aloft.

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Date
c.1917-1918

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Date
c.1917-1918
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
160
Collection
Photographs
Images
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Original description, "Balloon about 30 feet off ground. Balloon has round target-like mark on its side. Under balloon is truck with winch and many men participating in restraining it. Overcast day." Revised description 9/7/2017 by Mark Rosenblum, a local Balloon School historian, identifies it as Rockwell Field in San Diego. It is not Arcadia, but he said the men from the Balloon School at Ross Field in Arcadia, went to San Diego to join in on a public display of the balloons.

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Date
c.1917-1918

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Date
c.1917-1918
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
167
Collection
Photographs
Images
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U.S. Army Balloon School (Ross Field) in Arcadia. View is to the north with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background. In the foreground are Army vehicles lined in a row. Buildings are visible behind the vehicles.

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Date
c.1917-1918

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Date
c.1917-1918
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
1341
Collection
Photographs
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Rudolph C. Shosted, now 79, recalls his time spent at the Army's observation balloon school, located where the Los Angeles County Park golf course now is.

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Newspaper
Arcadia Tribune
Date
April 11, 1974
Pages
p. A-2
Newspaper
Arcadia Tribune
Date
April 11, 1974
Pages
p. A-2
Subjects
Balloon School
Item ID
594AN
Collection
Newspaper Index
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Looking SW from mountains north of Arcadia. Major tree-lined street running from mountains south is Santa Anita Avenue. Southernmost tree-lined street cutting across entire middle of photo is Duarte Road. Barracks at the Balloon School can be seen just below Huntington Drive. Notice that Huntington Drive stops just west of the Balloon School, at the Baldwin Ranch. Much of Foothill area was planted to citrus.

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Date
c.1927

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View northeast over Pacific Electric Railroad. Ross Field Balloon School occupies portion on right side of photo over to the railroad tracks. The street marking its northern boundary would be Huntington Drive. The large rectangle just north of this street was Rancho Resevoir, converted into a swimming pool. The principal street marking east boundary of Balloon School property running north to south across this photo about at middle, is Santa Anita Avenue.

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Date
November, 1929

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Date
November, 1929
Subjects
Aerial Photo Collection
Aerial views
Balloon School
Pacific Electric Railway
Railroads
Ross Field
ID
630
Collection
Photographs
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These two long buildings appear to be buildings at the Balloon School. They have been left from the time that "Lucky" Baldwin's Santa Anita Race Track was on this site. There is considerable snow on San Gabriel Mountains behind.

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Date
c.1927 or 1928

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Date
c.1927 or 1928
Subjects
Balloon School
Santa Anita Park-1907-1912
ID
952
Collection
Photographs
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Maneuvering officer (extreme right) leading about 23 men in readying balloon to take on observers and go aloft. Identification was given by H.F. Paden, August 1978. Mr. Paden was an officer at the Balloon School. Field is totally flat.

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Date
c.1917

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Date
c.1917
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
154
Collection
Photographs
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Master Sgt. William Bucher sitting at steering wheel of Army vehicle just inside grounds of Ross Field Balloon School. Behind him can be seen tower of Santa Anita Avenue and Huntington Drive.

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Date
c.1927

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Date
c.1927
Subjects
Balloon School
Bucher, William
ID
1008
Collection
Photographs
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Apparently a visitors' time at Ross Field Balloon School. Photo shows balloon aloft with basket suspended. Many people in photo. Closest to camera is left to right: man, boy, and four women. Eucalyptus trees all across background.

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Date
c.1917-1918

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Date
c.1917-1918
Subjects
Balloon School
ID
176
Collection
Photographs
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Parachute pictured coming down on Balloon School field. San Gabriel Mountains and Chantry Flats Road can be seen in background. Parachutes were used as emergency way to evacuate balloon in case of enemy fire, lightning, etc., according to H.F.Paden.

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Date
c.1917 or 1918

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Date
c.1917 or 1918
Subjects
San Gabriel Mountains
Balloon School
ID
155
Collection
Photographs
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