Stunt pilot and entrepreneur Paul Mantz poses with one of his airplanes. Mantz received his pilot's license in 1926 while serving with the Army Air Services, after which he pursued a career as a motion pictures stunt pilot, air racing pilot, film aviation consultant, and manager of "United Air Services" and "Paul Mantz Air Services," which contracted pilots and airplanes for the film industry. Paul Mantz also taught pilots, including notable student Amelia Earhart, whom he accompanied on her first (unsuccessful) attempt at flying around the globe.This photograph was likely taken during Mantz's divorce trial from his first wife, Myrtle L. Mantz (nee Harvey), a fellow aviator and former student. They were married in 1932 and divorced in 1936. A "Mrs. Putnam" was named during the divorce hearing, a likely reference to Earhart, who was married to George Palmer Putnam, publisher.
Maj. Donald H. Connolly, United States Army engineering officer, succeeded Harrold English as C.W.A. director of Los Angeles County. Upon first arriving in California, he met with Capt. Edward H. Macaulay, the state director of the C.W.A. for California, in San Francisco. Donald H. Connollly was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers from West Point in 1910, and was the officerin charge of the W.P.A of southern California for 1935-1939. He would go on to reach the rank of Major General, serving in the Persian Gulf command from 1942-1944. Ma. Gen. Donald H. Connolly retired from service in 1948 and died in 1969.
Portrait of aviator Myrtle L. Mantz, nee Harvey, likely taken during her divorce from film stunt pilot and consultant Paul Mantz. Mrs. Mantz was a former flight student of her husband's. They were married in 1932. Their divorce hearing attracted public attention when a "Mrs. Putnam" was named during the divorce hearing, a likely reference to Amelia Earhart, who was married to George Palmer Putnam, publisher. Both Earhart and her husband were friends of Myrtle and Paul Mantz, and Earhart was tutored by Paul Mantz on long distance aviation and navigation. The Mantzes were granted a divorce on June 28, 1936.
Leland M. Ford, appointed County Supervisior for Los Angeles' Fourth District, circa the time of his appointment. Ford was appointed by California Gov. Frank Merriam. At the time of his appointment, Ford was a 43-year-old resident of Santa Monica, where he operated a real estate business. As of April 1936, Ford was married, with two children.