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Amelia Mary Earhart

Birth date:

July 24, 1897


223 N. Terrace


Atchison, Kan. Meelie



Amy Otis Earhart


Edwin Stanton Earhart Grace Muriel Earhart


Morrissey (nicknamed Pidge) Alfred & Amelia Otis

School in

David & Mary Earhart College Preparatory School



sports, reading, horses


Muriel, cousins Lucy


"Tootie" and Kathryn "Katch" Challiss George Palmer "G.P."


Putnam July 2, 1937

•First woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean •First woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean alone •First woman to make a transcontinental non- stop flight •First woman to fly the Pacific Ocean, crossing from Honolulu to California •First woman to fly an autogyro •First woman to fly non-stop from Mexico City to New York City (establishing a speed record of 14 hours, 19 minutes) •First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross and the National Geographic Society Gold Metal

Books about Amelia

Amelia. Mv Courageous Sister by Muriel Earhart Morrissey and Carol L. Osborne Amelia. Pilot in Pearls by Shirley Dobson Gilroy The Sound of Wings, by Mary S. Lovell Amelia Earhart. by Doris L. Rich 20 Hours. 40 Minutes, by Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart Flying for Adventure, by Mary Wade

Books for younger readers

Lost Star, by Particia Lauber Amelia Earhart. Adventure in the Skv by Francene Sabin Amelia Earhart by Muriel Earhart Morrissey Amelia Earhart Pioneer of the Sky. by John Parlin

Women in Aviation

Women of the Air by Judy Lomax Solo Woman. Gabv Kennard's World Flight by Gaby Kennard Straight on Till Morning by Mary S. Lovell Just Plane Crazv. Biography of Bobbi Trout by Donna Veca & Skip Mazzio Ladybirds and Ladybirds II by Henry Holden and Capt. Lori Griffith

Thank you to The Book Station 521 Commercial, Atchison, Kan. for recommending these books.

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published by The Atchison County Historical Society and the Atchison Tourism Bureau Santa Fe Depot 200 S. 10th St. Atchison, KS 66002


Amelia Mary Earhart was born in her grandparent's Atchison home on July 24,1897. Atchison was the home of Amelia's maternal grandparents, Alfred and Amelia Otis. Her parents, Edwin and Amy Earhart, lived in Kansas City, Kansas. Amy returned to the comfort of her parents' home to deliver Amelia. Amelia's grandparents held a prestigious position in Atchison society. Alfred Otis was a retired U.S. District Court judge and president of an Atchison bank. He was also chief warden of Atchison's Trinity Episcopal Church where Amelia Earhart was baptized. The Otis family home at 223 N. Terrace overlooked the Missouri River. A fence that young Amelia liked to jump enclosed the home and yard. "I know that I worried my grandmother considerably by running home from school and jumping over the fence which surrounded her house," Amelia later wrote.





Amelia, on right, and her cousin, Lucy "Toot" Challiss in Atchison.

Courtesy of the Atchison County Historical Society

Amelia had many opportunities to jump the fence, as she lived with her grandparents while attending grade school in Atchison. Her parents lived in near-by Kansas City, Kansas where her father was an attorney. When Amelia returned to Atchison in 1905, she was already familiar with her grandparents' elegant home. Amelia and her younger sister, Muriel, had visited their grandparents often. Muriel could not pronounce Amelia so she called her sister "Meelie." Amelia called Muriel "Pidge." Life in the Otis house was very different for Amelia than life with her parents. The Otises were considered wealthy for the time whereas money was a constant concern for the Earharts.





"My girlhood was much like that of many another American girl who was growing up at the time I was, with just the kind of fun and good times we all had then," Amelia wrote. Sports was one of Amelia's pastimes. But in the early 1900's girls were not encouraged to play sports. "There is the thread of liking all kinds of sports and games and of not being afraid to try those that some of my elders in those days looked upon as being only for boys," wrote the future adventurer. Amelia enjoyed basketball, bicycling, tennis and "tried any and all strenuous games." Amelia remembered requesting footballs for Christmas one year. Her father granted her wish. But girls were hampered in sports by their clothing. Amelia was a fashion trend setter even then. The Earhart girls were the first girls in Atchison to have gymnasium suits.

"We wore them Saturdays to play in, and though we felt terribly free and athletic, we also felt somewhat as outcasts among the little girls who fluttered about us in their skirts," Amelia remembered. A more ladylike activity for the Earhart sisters was reading. "Books have meant much to me," Amelia wrote. "Not only did I myself read considerably, but Mother read aloud to my sister and me." Ameliarememberedreading Dickens, George Eliot, Harper's Magazine for Young People, and The Youth's Companion. Amelia the explorer was even evident then. Like Tom Sawyer, Amelia played along a river in search of adventure. "The few sandstone caves in that part of the country added so much to our fervor that exploring became a rage." Amelia wrote. Amelia left Atchison in 1909 when her family moved to Des Moines, Iowa. But Amelia remembered her time in Atchison fondly. "Throughout the grade school period, which was mostly spent in Atchison, I remember having a very good time," Amelia reminiscenced. For more information about Amelia, check your local library.

Amelia's quotes came from her book, The Fun of It. Additional background information was provided from the books, Amelia. My Courageous Sister by Muriel Earhart Morrissey and Amelia Earhart by Doris Rich.

Picture on cover: Amelia in 1908. Courtesy of the

Atchison County Historical Society.