Pomeroy, George I.
Mail Service Began:
||August 16, 1924
Mail Service Ends:
||August 4, 1927
||Aug 23, 1924 – North
||June 10, 1925 – Cheyenne,
Fortunately for George Pomeroy, he was an excellent
pilot. If that had not been the case, his career with the
service would have ended two years before it did. On December
21, 1924, Pomeroy used his mail airplane to help a friend
hunt antelope in Kimball County, Nebraska. Not only did he
misuse a mail airplane, but he killed a protected animal.
On January 14, 1925, Pomeroy was fined $155 by the country
for "having in his possession one certain antelope."
Superintendent D. B. Colyer forwarded a letter to Second Assistant
Postmaster General Egge outlining Pomeroy's activities.
pilot Pomeroy left Chicago at 9:43 am and arrived at North
Platte 4:25 pm. He reported that he had landed at Lodgepole,
Nebraska, due to a broken stabilize brace wire at 10;58 am.
After tying up the brace wire he reported that the remnant
of the time was consumed trying to start the motor. My investigation
discloses he landed about 11 a.m. S.W. of Kimball on ranch
of Mr. Norberg. On landing, advised Mr. Norberg that there
were a bunch of antelope nearby." Mr. Norberg stationed
himself in a spot, and Pomeroy got back in his airplane and drove
the antelope to Norberg. "He did in the neighborhood
of 2 hours flying, driving the antelope around the countryside
trying to get them close enough for Mr. Norberg to make a
"At least one antelope was killed. Mr.
Pomeroy landed and loaded carcass into mailpit."
In response, Egge noted that the Isaac Walton
League of Nebraska intended to call the crime to the attention
of the Postmaster General and the President of the United
States, noting,"if such action is taken we cannot
consistently keep Pomeroy in our service."
In the end, Pomeroy was suspended without pay
for 30 days, as his supervisor argued that it would take more
time and money than it was worth to find and locate a replacement
pilot. Egge finally acknowledged that "I believe the
offense merits firing, but to get a replacement would cost
a few thousand dollars, so Pomeroy kept his job.