July 24, 1897, an amazing young pilot was born in Atchison, Kansas. Her name was Amelia Earheart. Amelia was the first women to fly across the Atlantic, by herself, twice! She broke a record for the longest distance flown by a women, non-stop, and for crossing in the shortest time. She was a strong, independent woman, who knew what she wanted and was respected for it.
Amelia was the first child in her family, but two and a half years later, she was followed by her younger sister Muriel. Their parents left them with their grandparents, so the father could take a job with the Rock Island Line Railroad in Des Moines, Iowa. The two girls moved to Des Moines to be with their parents in 1908. At the Iowa State fair, 10yr old Amelia saw her first airplane.
While Amelia was a teen, it had become obvious that her father was a drunk. In 1914, their father had lost his job and the girls left him to move in with friends in Chicago. In 1917 Amelia decided to train as a nurse aid in Toronto, Canada. In 1919, she became a pre-med student at Columbia University. In the 20?s, she decided
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