Martin Devine
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DEVINE, Martin

August 15, 1936

I, MARTIN DEVINE, 2123 Ward Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, do depose and say that I recall the late Gustave Whitehead and an airplane of his construction which I helped push upon more than one occasion for a demonstration. The plane was heavy and I do not recall being present upon the occasion of its flight but believe I arrived immediately after it crashed into a brick building, a newly constructed apartment house which I believe was on the O'Neale estate. I recall that someone was hurt and taken to a hospital, but do not recall what one. I am able to identify the inventor as Gustave Whitehead from the picture of this man showed me by Miss Stella Randolph. The plane was heated with charcoal and the place of most of the experiments was in the vicinity of the present McKee Place and Louisa Avenue. Whitehead lived on Bates Street (I think about 663 or 664) with some people named Morrow, renting part of their house, I believe. As definitely as I can recall the plane was upon wheels.

Signed & Sworn

Stella Randolph typed notes July 17, 1936

It was then late in the afternoon and Mr. Ritchey had already been to see Mr. Devine and told him about my visit and interest in the Whitehead matter. Mr. Devine could not be sure whether he had seen the flight that crashed; he thought he had arrived on the scene afterward. He remembered the wrecked plane and that a man was scalded and taken to the hospital. He was not a fireman at the time, but hung about the place a great deal and said he had often helped push the plane to give it a start for tests. He was able to identify Whitehead and said some of the pictures I showed him resembled the plane as he knew it. He told me the Whiteheads lived on Bates Street 663 or 664 with another family named Martin, and he thought the plane crashed into an apartment house that had recently been built on the O'Neal estate.