Thanks to the research efforts Charles Lautier, both a member of the CASC and Gustave Whitehead Committee (USA) , many of the sites mentioned in various Whitehead stories have been documented. We ask that you respect the property owners at the various locations and do not trespass if you decide to make a day of it visiting the many famous sites.
We first start in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During Whiteheads time, Bridgeport was a much different place. Industrialization was underway by he mid-19th century. Famous factories included Wheeler & Wilson, which produced sewing machines and exported them throughout the world, and the Locomobile Company of America, builder of one of the premier automobiles in the early years of the century. It should be considered that Whitehead came to Bridgeport for several reasons but best of all was the machine shops, machinists and foundry’s. Anything you needed to build an airplane or engine could be had here.
241 Pine Street – Gustave Whitehead lived here with his wife and daughter. His shop was a garage.
I decided to stop in the area of Gustave Whitehead’s address, 241 Pine St., Bridgeport. As I mentioned earlier. there are no longer any residences on Pine St. They were torn down years ago, possibly at the time that Interstate Route I-95 was built in the mid-1950’s. The structure at the present 241 Pine St. address is a warehouse. There is no assurance that the structure at the present location of # 241 is in the same location as Gustave Whitehead’s house. If it is, some of the pictures I took of the factory and its smoke stack to the north of # 241, and on the north side of I-95, might be of relevance were we to come across photos showing the factory and smoke stack. However, the existence of a smokestack in a Gustave Whitehead’s photo should not be construed as being the same as this one. Around the turn of the 20th Century there were dozens of smokestacks in Bridgeport. – Charlie
Surrounding Area around 241 Pine Street
Our next stop is Stratford, Connecticut. Stratford has seen the likes of Sikorsky, Lindbergh, and Stanley Yale Beach , Whitehead’s close friend as it ended up bitter enemy of sorts.
The Next stop is Fairfield Connecticut. This is where Whithead lived out the remainder of his life and in the end died in his driveway of a heart attack.
We start with Anton Pruckner’s former home at 79 Scofield Avenue in Fairfield, CT.
The house is a duplex and Pruckner’s home would have been the one on the right. Unlike GW’s and SYB’s former homes, this one appears to be in very good condition.
I found the address in the Bridgeport Sunday Post of August 18, 1940. – Charlie