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THE TOLEDO TIMES
Visited Fiery Peak by Helicopter
Woman Aids Group
Captain and Mrs. George Colchagoff
By MILDRED WIRT
As Spanish interpreter, still photographer, and "jack of all trades," Mrs. Colchagoff was accepted as the only woman member of a scientific helicopter expedition sponsored by the Air Material command, U. S. Army Air forces, and the National Research council.
The party of 17 was headed by her husband, Capt. George Colchagoff, Wright Field, son of Mr. and Mrs. Demeter Colchagoff, 217 Worthington street, and had as its dual purpose a study of volcanic action and the effects of air currents upon a helicopter.
Situated 23 miles from Uruapan, the volcano heaved up in 1943 from a cornfield and was named for the first village it destroyed.
Two camps were set up by the scientific expedition, one at Paricutin's base and the other three miles away.
"The volcano's beauty was breath-taking," Mrs. Colchagoff said. "At night it was a giant fireworks display in orange, red and yellow. Mornings were fairly quiet, except for great explosions. Then steam would pour out as from a dragon's mouth, and by noon the crater would be blotted from sight for miles around."
In the interest of science, 75 helicopter flights were made over the flaming crater. "It was like looking down into a fiery geyser," Captain Colchagoff related.
Army regulations prevented Mrs. Colchagoff from making a flight. However, one day when the helicopter was down for a check, she and her husband crossed the lava fields afoot, leaping crevasses where a fall would have meant instant death.
Between flights, guarding the helicopter or "dragon fly" as natives called it, was a problem. "We hit upon drawing a circle on the ground around it," Mrs. Colchagoff said. "Natives always respected that mark."
"Water was our big problem," Mrs. Colchagoff related. "All we had was brought by native women in huge jars. We never felt clean."
Meals were a monotonous repetition of sopa or stew with frijoles, prepared by native women on stones in a hut with a floor of packed lava ash. "Once, though, we cooked our own supper on the volcano, using a large black but fiery hot clinker for fuel," she explained.
As a grand climax to the expedition, the president of Mexico requested that the helicopter, the first ever to visit his Country, fly to Mexico City to hover over the National palace.
Simultaneously, the mayor of Uruapan declared a fiesta, planning to present the keys of the city to Captain Colchagoff.
The helicopter party took flight for Mexico City, leaving Mrs. Colchagoff behind to be official representative and guest of honor at the all-day, all-night fiesta.
"All in all, the trip was exhausting, but fun," Mrs. Colchagoff summed it up. 'George and I couldn't get too much of Mexican life. So on our vacation, we flew to Yucatan, returning to Ohio only a few weeks ago."
Bulgarian native visits Arbor Hills
Among other parts of the program presented by Mr. Colchagoff, a Bulgarian native, students were presented a historical, geographical and sociological background of Bulgaria. Little did they realize that Bulgaria enjoys a climate exactly like that of Ohio, U.S.A. being on the same latitude plane.
Likewise, the population parallels that of Ohio while customs obviously are different. The chief product manufactured for international trade, rose oil, ranks among the main sources of national wealth.
Arbor Hills spokesmen noted they are especially indebted to Toledo's International Institute for their generous cooperation in the presentation of this program and to Pat Brunner, a Steering Committee mother, who has aided us throughout the course of the year in preparing the Special Guest Program; as an adjunct to the traditional Activity Period.
Friday's program concluded with a group participation in a traditional folk-dance of Bulgaria.
"WINDOW DANCE" These long-time members of the International Institute's Folk Dancers are performing the Austrian "Window Dance" in anticipation of the 16th annual International Festival to be held May 17-19 at the Toledo Sports Arena. Shown are: Demeter Colchagoff and Madeleine Bonhomme.
May 17, 18, 19
will attract gourmets
How can you visit over 40 different countries
in just three days?
By attending the 16th annual International
Festival, May 17, 18 and 19, at the Toledo Sports Arena
MEMBERS OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE TO ENTERTAIN
'Cosmopolitan Night' Set
'COSMOPOLITAN NIGHT' is the title of a program to be presented at a
meeting of Washington Guild of Washington Congregational Church Thursday
in the recreation hall of the church.
THE CANTON REPOSITORY
RASCAL'S GIRLFRIEND. That's pretty Mary Ellen who will present "Our Gang" comedies on "The Little Rascals" series starting today at 6 over WEWS. There'll be cartooning, puppetry, songs and stories, too, in between the films.