23 Apr Crosswind Chatter Newsletter: Historic Colorado 99 Stories: Mae Boettcher
By Penny Hamilton
Crosswind Chatter Newsletter
It was 1946. Harry Truman was President. World War II was over, gas was 15 cents a gallon and the average price for a new car was $1,120. Tupperware and the electric blanket were introduced to Americans. A top song was Zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care book was the top topic for parents.
According to Josephine Trinder, the Colorado 99s met for dinner that early January evening at the home of one of their newer members, Mae Boettcher. Mae had worked in a munitions factory contributing to the war effort. After her 1944 marriage to Charles Boettcher II, Mae earned her pilot license and joined The 99s. Jennie Joan Tschoep was our Chapter Chair, and Darlene Young Secretary. Former WASP, Betty Clark, was the speaker, also a new chapter member.Read more