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Flying Radio Sgt Army Signal Corps WW1

Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
09 Sep 1894 1
Sedalia, Missouri 1
Death:
12 Nov 1963 1
Fort Wipple Veterans Hospital Prescott, AZ 1
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Omer Ferguson Divers
Omer Ferguson Divers
Dallas, Texas, Love Field 1918 Flying Radio Sergeant Army Signal Corps WW1
Pvt. Omer Ferguson Divers
Pvt. Omer Ferguson Divers
Sansiper Photo 1226 Fifth Ave, San Diego, California 1918
Sgt Omer Ferguson Divers Marker
Sgt Omer Ferguson Divers Marker
Buried at Prescott National Cemetery, AZ. Sect. 2 Row J Site 63.
OMER'S RADIO 1920'S
OMER'S RADIO 1920'S
Wireless Head Set
Wireless Head Set
Newspaper article in the local paper.
Omer Ferguson Divers
Omer Ferguson Divers
At his home in Salida, Colorado 1912
Salida Home
Salida Home
DAD'S ROOM
DAD'S ROOM
Carnegie Tech Football Team 1914
Carnegie Tech Football Team 1914
Ascot Speedway, California 1916
Ascot Speedway, California 1916
Chief Mechanic for Capt. Eddie Richenbacker
Chief Mechanic for Capt. Eddie Richenbacker
Ascot Speedway and Indianapolis 500.
Omer's !916 Henderson
Omer's !916 Henderson
8 Sep 1915 Winterset, Iowa
8 Sep 1915 Winterset, Iowa
Postcard of Omer and friend Embree D Wllson at a fly in.
Omer's Curtis Pusher
Omer's Curtis Pusher
1913 REO
1913 REO
Lockheed Vega
Lockheed Vega
Famiy Photo
Famiy Photo
L-R front row William Williams and wife Myrtle Bell, Lillie Maud Tucker Sen Ralph Tucker Back row Lillies son Omer Divers and Melvin Williams.
Divers Home
Divers Home
Salida, Co
Studebaker Service Manager
Studebaker Service Manager
Hudson Super Six
Hudson Super Six
Miss Vivian Grissom and Touring Sedan.
SALIDA HIGH SCHOOL
SALIDA HIGH SCHOOL
OMER IS TALLEST AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS PHOTO
Pecos Main Street
Pecos Main Street
Dixieland Oil Field, Texas
Dixieland Oil Field, Texas
Salesman
1919 Essex
1919 Essex
Ira J. Bell's 1919 Essex 'Super Six' touring sedan and his family crossing the Pecos River. They knew the Grissoms' and there is a story about his oldest son Earl Bell in 'Reminscence' by Vivian Grissom Divers 1977.
Dixieland Oil Field
Dixieland Oil Field
Ira J Bell's daughter Ethel Bell at the oil field.
Indy 500
Indy 500
Omer Divers mechanic in the black vest.
MOM & DAD
MOM & DAD
TWO TURTLE DOVES
TWO TURTLE DOVES
Omer Jr
Omer Jr
Working on car.
Film Clip
Film Clip

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Birth:
09 Sep 1894 1
Sedalia, Missouri 1
Male 1
Death:
12 Nov 1963 1
Fort Wipple Veterans Hospital Prescott, AZ 1
Cause: Heart Failure 1
Burial:
Burial Date: 15 Nov 1963 1
Burial Place: Prescott National Cemetery, AZ. Sect. Row J 1
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Birth:
Mother: Lillie Maud Davis Tucker 1
Father: John Wesley Divers 1
Marriage:
Alice Vivian Grissom 1
1927 1
Los Angeles, California 1
Spouse Death Date: 1984 1
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World War I 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
1918 1
Service End Date:
1919 1

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Aviation & Radio Pioneer

San Diego, Ca, & Dallas, Tx

Pvt. Omer Ferguson Divers
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My father Sergeant Omer Ferguson Divers Sr. US Army WW 1 As a young man he built wireless stations, rode motorcyles, flew airplanes before he joined the service. He enlisted 10 Apr 1918 in San Diego, CA transferred to Love Field near Dallas, Texas to the aircraft mechanics school. He later became one of the first flying Radio Sergeants in the Army Signal Corps (later AAF). He was on the ship to go to Europe when he many others came down with influenza during the deadly Great Flue Epidemic. He recovered just as the war ended. Received Honorable Discharged 17 Mar 1919. Buried at Prescott National Cemetery, AZ. Sect. 2 Row J Site

First Wireless Station

Salida, Colorado

Wireless Head Set

YOUNG MEN BUILDS WIRELESS

WILL HAVE POWER TO COMMUNICATE DISTANCE 200 MILES

Though Omer Divers is calculated to enjoy life with the vigor characteristic of any young man of his age he is not inclined to spend the major portion of his time making  inter social pleasures, immense satisfaction  perfecting numerous  original ideas, among other things that are interesting and in-gauging his attention is the installation wireless 2 KW station at the residence of Senator and Mrs. R. W. Tucker Seventh and G streets.

Mr. Divers and Arthur French are busy perfecting the station and making all the apparatus which will be good for 300 miles when ready to operate. With this station, which will be complete in every respect. The boys when perfected, there will be Colorado Springs and other places where other stations are located within 300 miles of Salida. As the apparatus and installation is expensive, it will take them sometime to complete it, but when perfected there will be no doubt to its working facilities, as there is one such station in Denver, which was constructed last year by Mr. Divers and which he sold to a friend who makes perfect communication with Colorado Springs and other points around the state.

Eddie Richenbacker's Indy 500 Car

Indianapolis, In

Chief Mechanic for Capt. Eddie Richenbacker
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Chief Mechanic for Capt. Eddie Richenbacker cars.

A successful driver, he earned the nickname "Fast Eddie" and participated in the 1912, 1914, 1915, and 1916 Indianapolis 500s. His best and only finish was placing 10th in 1914, with his car breaking down in the other years. Among his achievements was setting a race speed record of 134 mph while driving a Blitzen Benz. In addition to fame, racing proved extremely lucrative for Rickenbacker as he earned over $40,000 a year as a driver. During his time as a driver his interest in aviation increased as a result of various encounters with pilots.

Lockheed Vega Plant

Burbank, Ca

Lockheed Vega

Omer and his wife during the war effort worked as a Radioman and a stenographer. 

Family Photo

Salida, Co

Famiy Photo

Omer's father and mother John Wesley Divers and Lillie Maud Davis were school sweethearts in Sedalia, Missouri. He was a conductor on the DG&R and was killed in a tragic train accident at Gunnison, Colorado. his wife Lillie remarried another conductor Raph Wiliams Tucker (1878-1966 )who later became a Colorado Senator. John buried at his home town at Crown Hill Cemetery located in the old addition at Lot No. 1, Block 43, Grave No. 6.

Studebaker-Packard Service Manager

Chicago, Il Long Beach, Ca

Studebaker Service Manager

Service Manager in Chicago for Packard and Comunity Studebaker in Long Beach.

IRA J BELL & CO.

PECOS, TEXAS

Pecos Main Street

This photo of main street was taken by my father Omer Ferguson Divers Sr. is now on the Reeves Co. website. It's ironic that he and his mother Lillie Maud (Davis) Tucker were selling oil shares for promoter Ira J Bell and his future wife Miss Alice Vivian Grissom was living there. Right next door is the 'Mint Cafe' where Uncle Bob Lewis had coffee. There is a short story about him and his daughter Gladys and son-in-law Bob Penn in the book "Pecos, A History of the Pioneer West" Vol 1 & 2 by Alton Hughes. On First St. the "West of the Pecos Museum" has a jail picture of a stable boy who stole Bob Lewis guns and horse. He was the last horse thief hung in Texas. My grandfather Robert (Bob) Franklin Grissom came from East Texas to farm in the rich Pecos Valley. He bought 320 acres and built a two story house for his family about 26 miles North of Pecos on US #285 near the old ghost town of Dixieland which became a boom town with the discovery of oil. I have letters of R. F. and Electra Grissom postmarked 1905 Dixieland. He sold the farm and moved to Pecos so the children could attend school but his wife soon died in 1911. Later he married Marion Snow Hudson and they grew some of the finest Pecos cantaloupes on the 68 acre farm located at Range Road #1216 about 11 miles North of Pecos. What stands out in my boyhood memory were the sweetest melons. I think he sold his interestin in a successful company to his partner M. L. Todd because he saw his life ending. He was 69 when they found him slumped over the wheel of his tractor. In front of the 'West of the Pecos Museum' there is a Historic Marker #5397 Title: 'The Pecos Cantaloupe'. The name R. F. Grissom one of the first pioneers of the industry is missing from the story. 1919-1920

 

Bendix Air Race

Burbank, Ca to Cleveland, Ohio

Omer helped prepare the radio in P-51 of pioneer pilot Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980). 

Film Clip

Hollywood, Ca

Film Clip

This is the only film clip in Omer's photo album. Working as an extra for $3 day.

Once he got paid $200 for a stunt riding a motorcycle up to a streetcar, climbing on and letting the motorcycle crash.

The studio paid his brother-in-law Earl Lee Davis magnificent voice that was recorded to replace actors weak voices.

Omer worked as a Chauffeur for the silent film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933) of Keystone Studios

Jacobs Wind Generators

Carlsbad, NM

Brothers

Omer during the depresson was a disttributor selling to people who had no power to light their farms and ranches.

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