During this week in 1912, Centralia’s only aviator survived an accident when his plane fell to the ground.
“While making a trial flight in his new aeroplane at the fair grounds yesterday morning, the engine of the machine failed, and Claude Berlin fell to the ground, a distance of 40 feet,” The Centralia Daily Chronicle wrote. “The aeroplane was badly damaged, but the aviator fortunately escaped with only a few scratches. Immediately after the accident, new parts to replace the damaged ones were wired for to New York and as soon as they arrive the machine will be repaired. This will be in about a week. Mr. Berlin stated this morning that his accident yesterday would in no way affect the flights arranged for the Hub City Festival.