On Saturday the 13th of April, 2013, while visiting family in Phoenix, we headed south to Tucson with our first goal being to visit the Arizona Historical Society Library in order to search for photos and articles about Jack and his early companies, Standard Airlines and Transcontinental & Western Air. It is well known Tucson was Jack and Paul Richter’s prime spot of establishing a new airline route for commerce and travel as it was in a direct line towards El Paso, a spot they both had their eyes on for the future. We were able to come up with many articles and photographs and at $0.15 a copy, we loaded up! More photos are being researched via the Tempe Arizona AHS location.
The quality of the original photo is spectacular with clarity that rivals today’s image quality. I was completely dumbfounded how clear it is. Ms, Hughston by the way was the Advertising manager of Steinfeld's in 1969 when this photo was donated by her.
My wife Kelly said sure, we have just been to 3 other stores without success so waiting won’t be a problem. We stayed out of the way of rushing employees loading up a van, then suddenly Ms. Jane Thrall asked us what kind of flowers we needed. We said a small bouquet of assorted flowers in a vase will be fine. As we watched her tend to our request, we began sharing what the flowers were for. I had said a famous individual who was an airline pioneer here in Tucson and that the accident occured out at Ajo and Palo Verde. A man asked “who was he?” I get this question all the time. I said Jack Frye. He said, "never heard of him." This is the typical answer that over time we hope to dispel of and begin bringing Jack and his story into the forefront of American culture. After a few minutes the bouquet is ready to go. We trade contact information and we pay and leave.
when we shall see Him and Jack again...
St. Mary's Hospital
Video of Jack's final drive February 3, 1959 - click here