Molly Jebber, Author
Let's talk about Amelia Earhart . . .
Amelia Earhart was born July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She disappeared July 2, 1937 near Howland Island which was near the central Pacific Ocean. Her father was a railroad lawyer, and her mother came from an affluent family. After her grandparents' deaths, her family struggled financially due to her father's alcoholism. The Earhart family had to move often during her life, and she completed high school in Chicago in 1915. After her mother received an inheritance, she sent Amelia to Ogontz School in Rydal, Pennsylvania.
But when Amelia went to visit her sister in Canada, she became interested in caring wounded soldiers in World War I. In 1918, she left college to become a nurse's aid in Toronto.
After the war, Amelia entered the premed program at Columbia in New York, but left in 1920 due to her parents insisting she live with them in California. While there, she took her first airplane ride and loved it, and she signed up for flying lessons. In 1921, she bought her first airplane, a Kinner Airster. Two years later, she obtained her pilot's license.