Martinsburg, WV Private Plane Crash, Aug 1948

F. C. THOMAS AND COMPANIONS DIE IN CRASH.

BUCKEYSTOWN NATIVE, BALTIMORE ATTORNEY AND PILOT KILLED.

PLANE HITS HILLSIDE NEAR MARTINSBURG.

Martinsburg, W. Va., Aug. 3 (AP) -- Two businessmen prominent in Baltimore and the neaby West Virginia-Maryland-Virginia area were killed along with their pilottoday when a light plane crashed near here.
The dead:
FRANK C. THOMAS, 57, vice-president and general manager of the Standard Lime and Stone Company with headquarters in Martinsburg.
GEORGE BAKER TREIDE, 34, Baltimore attorney and a director of the company.
E. C. PARKINSON, 37, president of the Martinsburg Flying Service and manager of the Municipal AIrport here.
They had taken off in PARKINSON'S single engine Beechcraft Bonanza charter plane at 8:57 a.m. (EST) for an inspection tour of Standard operations at Kimballton, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn.
At 8:59 PARKINSON contacted the weather station operated by the Civil Aeronautics Authority at the airport. He said the overcast weather was clearing and he was proceeding normally to Blacksburg, Va., near Kimballton.
The plane apparently crashed at 9:05 on a wooded hillside near the house of Lewis Staubs between Gerrardstown and Arden not far from the Virginia-West Virginia line between here and Winchester, Va.
The spot is about four air miles from the airport and some eight miles southwest of Martinsburg by road.
Staubs said the motor was roaring full blast when the plane dived almost vertically into the hillside. There was no explosion and the wreckage did not burn.
PARKINSON was a veteran flier and THOMAS often used his service on trips among the scattered quarries operated by Standard.
THey both had been in the forefront of the civic work which obtained an airport for Martinsburg. THOMAS being chairman of a citizens' advisory committee which sponsored the airport campaign.
THOMAS was a native of Buckeystown, Md. and related to the Baker family which expanded its original quarry holdings around Frederick, Md. into the Standard company.
THOMAS had headquarters in Martinsburg for the past 30 years, was a member of the School Board at one time and always took a big interest in civic affairs.
TREIDE was the son of Henry E. Treide, prominent Baltimore financier who formerly was president of Davison Chemical Corporation in Baltimore and a director of several large corporations.

Frederick Post Maryland 1948-08-04