Phillip Billards memorial

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Phillip Billards memorial - ; : re-. Memorial to Topeka's Aviation Hero J r...
; : re-. Memorial to Topeka's Aviation Hero J r t f -f ' " Front and profile views of the Gage Memorial to Lieut Phil Dillard. The statue, five feet high, will be plaoed in the Memorial building by the Topeka Rotary club. ""Flight." a four-foot statue typifying Merrell Gage"s conception of the spirit of flight, has just been tmpteted in clay and approved by the memorial committee of the Topeka Rotary club, which asked Gage to minlel a memorial for Capt. Phil IJilUrd. Topeka aviator killed in testing airplanes in France. The committee will give its report at the Rotary club meeting to be held at the Cbamlier of Commerce this noon. ! The clay statue is ieing put into the plaster cast in which the final bronze will lie made. The statue is to stand i in Memorial hall. It will be ready I about July 1. ! (Sage, well known as the sculptor of ! the bronze Lincoln on the state house grounds, grew up with Billard and into; the statue which is to immortalize the Topeka flyer, has inn more than artistic execution. The phofograpL. were taken in Gage's Kansas City studio. "The will to fly" i the idea which the artisr has expressed. Kvery line ! of the figure i aliv with movement, and the boy seems to be soaring into space. The statue is not intended to represent the features of Iiillard. The drapery falling from hi shoulders hu.-. been taken to symbolize the magic roln ; of the Arabian nights, which, if a man j '"X ) v- v.-".r ... .i ' ' .v- V .. - v- -V" touched it. would transport him where-over he wished. The memixTs of the memorial commit H of the i bib saw the statue in Kana City last Saturday, and were deeply pleased by it. The committee i composed of the president and former presidents of the club. Henry Bennett. Frank Beck, Fred Dei by. Charles F.lliott and Fred Voiland. Gage himself was a soldier in the lloth sanitary train of the Thirty-fifth division. The model who poed for the statue is a former soldier of the Kighty-ninth division. Gage ha been working with the model inee January. Phil Billard. son of J. B. Billard. former mayor of Topeka. was one of the first aviators in the t. He received a mmmission in the flying corps when America entered the war. He was killed in France while testing a new plane, anil was one of the first Topeka soldiers to meet death in active service. Besides the report of the memorial comaiim-e. the Rotary Hub at its meeting (this ncxin w ill cl et new officers for the coming year. Noel V. Wood of the Wood Motors Co. will make a talk. Ross Crane, the 'better homes'" lecturer, will be a guest of the dub and will give a sliort talk. I

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  1. The Topeka Daily Capital,
  2. 28 Apr 1921, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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