Martha, Jerome, Libby, Elizabeth) & the Darlings (James & +Jane Darling) met
with James Lane at the Pittsburgh airport. That meeting was video taped by an
unknown person. The video tape has been
converted to DVD. Copies are with Don
Taylor and Jane Darling. The first part of the video includes background music
and family videos of Jane, James, and their father Robert Harry and their
mother Florence (Drexl) Darling. This
part of the video has no voices. The
second part of the video is the Howells and Darlings meeting James Lane. The
quality of the audio is extremely poor at the recording was done with the built
in mike while at a busy airport.
Initially the meeting and everyone
meets. Virtually none of those meetings are discernable. Then Gray Beard
(Clarence Howell) talks with James about a bit of his family history. He speaks of Roanoke Island and of Frank
Armstrong. Then James Lane talks with
Jane & James Darling about his past
with their father Robert Harry Darling . Everyone leaves but the video
continues on with James Land talking about important places in Pittsburgh where
the family lived. He speaks while at each of the locations. 2800 Burg, 2700 Pleasant,
and Arlington Ave. Transcript of the
video is below. My comments are identified by brackets in the below text.]
place called Roanoke island.
were normally at the service but were missing one Sunday Morning. Later that that day he ran into Allen Bigit [?] and asked where they were. They said they went across the sound over to
Nag’s Head and helped those crazy kids from Dayton launch that contraption
they’ve got over there.
other parts of the state, were Springport,
Telegraph agent that sent the telegraph. – That happened before I was born. They were
the stories my father told. … They were.
cousin was Frank Armstrong. My middle son is named after him. He was in the Army Air Corps… and the Army Air Corp took over and flew the
airmail. My cousin Frank had Denver and flew to the coast.
you remember during the movie Twelve O’clock high. That movie character was
based upon him. He flew the first B17
raid. The last the [B}24 raid over Tokyo. He survived the war and after the war he was
in commander general of the 4th.
of northwest and Alaska. He &
Byrd Balkin [?] did the first flight over the North Pole. [Note: Frank Armstrong flew in the first
daylight bombings over Germany and the last conventional bombing over Japan.]
did you teach him.
with a moter boat with
Lane wherein he mentions something about machining candlesticks that they have.
school in Cleveland for five years in Cleveland. Most of my family was here though. Many years we lived in the same place.
now. Born in 1910 –
(Robert Harry Darling) died in 1969.
married in Pittsburgh. Yea. He was just a year or two older than me. We used to
hang out – ice skate. Together. All kinds of things.
Darling leave to catch a plane. Video shifts to outdoors]
place where Peter McAllister brought his family from Catasauqua, PA. Catasauqua on the Lehigh Canal. Lehigh University
is right handy to Catasauqua. He built
this place a date I don’t know for sure but it can easily be figured out. Somewhere in the 90’s I imagine. This place just over the knoll leads down to
the river to the Jones and Laughlin Steel mill.
This place at one time had a stable in the back. In the late 90s or
to the Mill.
there 1900 . James born in that house in 1910. Plenty of rooms. Double house
exploded in the middle there.
buried there Shortly after Anna died,
grandmother McAllister took Anna’s two children Elizabeth and Harry [to
went to business school from here. Grandma came here after her wartime trip to
England. Across the water and back during the war.
McAllister, my Grandfather. Last time I saw Peter was hat this location. In the
20’s or yep or early 30’s at the latest. [Note: Peter returned to England in 1921.]